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Choosing the Best Gardening Gloves

Written by Joseph Biggs and updated on January 14, 2018
Best Gardening Gloves

The right gloves can make or break your gardening efforts, so I scoured the web to find the best gardening gloves with reasonable pricing. After reviewing a variety of gloves--including the overall best options, gardening gloves with claws, and kids gardening gloves--I’ve made a list of my favorites. Read on to see the list!

The Importance of a Great Pair of Gardening Gloves

Most gardening newbies will go with any cheap pair of gloves they can find at their local store. As with anything, you may spend more in the long run replacing cheap gloves than you would by purchasing a great pair at a reasonable price.

Choosing the Right Materials

The materials make all the difference when it comes to investing in the right pair of garden gloves. Here’s a list of glove materials and their strengths (clicking on the material will take you to a Wikipedia page with more information):

  • Latex: A common glove material, latex offers an affordable and durable foundation to protect against cuts and scratches.
  • Nitrile: Nitrile rubber, an allergy-safe and chemical-resistant material, gives gardeners a flexible and puncture-proof experience in the garden.
  • Bamboo: An unusual material, bamboo absorbs perspiration and offers excellent breathability. Bamboo also offers insulation to keep your hands warm in colder months and cool in warmer months.
  • Spandex: Typically, you’ll see spandex combined synthetic leather for maximum breathability while achieving excellent durability.
  • Leather: Many gardeners consider leather gloves more durable than nitrile-coated or bamboo gloves. While this may be true, I believe that you’ll be able to find a better value with our materials, including synthetic leather.
  • Synthetic Leather: For vegans and the sustainable-minded, synthetic leather offers a great balance between durability and environmental sustainability.

These are a lot of materials, and it may be difficult to choose the right ones for your needs. Don’t worry – I’ll help guide you along with my list of the best gardening gloves on the market. These gloves will incorporate one or more of these products and I’ll be sure to go over their strengths and weaknesses, so you can make the right decision.

How to Choose the Right Gardening Gloves for the Weather

You should also consider the weather when you’re purchasing a pair of gardening gloves. If you’re gardening in the winter months, you’ll want to choose a thicker glove with heavier insulation.

For summer work, a lighter pair with breathability will keep your hands from becoming too sweaty. However, your gloves should also offer good dexterity regardless of its materials so that you do the delicate work of gardening.

Male, Female, and Unisex Gloves

If you’re considering purchasing male or female gloves, you may want to reconsider. Unisex gloves look great on any hand, and if you have a friend or family member of the opposite sex who wants to borrow your gloves, you’ll be able to share them if they are unisex. Ultimately, though, the decision is up to you!

Are Gardening Gloves Worth the Money?

Ultimately, saving money and protecting your hands are the most important reasons to purchase a great pair of gardening gloves. Thorns, bugs, and other garden-borne threats can turn your gardening experience into an unpleasant day if not properly protected against. A great pair of gloves can save you a lot of cuts, rashes, and headaches in the long run.

I really like the goat grain leather material on these gloves – it’s effective for protecting against punctures and scratches. I don’t know about you, but I hate getting sliced by rose thorns. These gloves are very effective for deadheading thanks to the split suede cuff.

Pros:
  • Enjoy maximum dexterity for planting seeds and other fine motor tasks in the garden.
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