DIY Guys give a damn about your DIY dollar. We don’t want you to spend more than you have to but also want you to get the best bang for your buck. We’ve rated the top garden gloves so you don’t have to go sticking your hand into holes unprotected. And in case you’re wondering, yeah, it’s best to invest in a good pair of gloves. Your man hands can handle a lot, but a little protection never hurt anyone.
So what, exactly, makes one set of gloves stand out from another? Well we’re are glad you asked. There’s actually a crap ton of things to consider including stitching, material, wrist closure, and fit. And trust us, you don’t want to get stuck wearing a set of cheap garden gloves that will allow the things you’re trying to keep off your skin from seeping in and getting pressed against your stubby little fingers.
Here are the top nine garden gloves we give a damn about:
1. Leather Gardening Gloves by Fir Tree (Price: $25.99)
9/10 Damns Given
These rugged goatskin-handed gloves don’t stop at your wrist but give you added protection halfway up your arm. They are ideal for rose gardening or for pruning those unkempt prickly bushes out back. The gauntlet-style sleeve is cowhide and puncture-resistant for your protection. If everything that covered our body parts was this durable, our bloodline would cease to exist.
Pointing out the obvious, MorningChores.com’s review noted these leather gardening gloves by Fir Tree give maximum protection. And when you have “thorny tasks,” TheSpruce.com says these gloves are exactly what you need to keep yourself from getting pricked when you’re down and dirty with the rose bushes.
Bottom line: Spend the $26 on these gloves and you’ll keep your hands and arm from looking like a scratching post. They are washable and come in sizes from small to XXL for you heavy-handed gardeners.
2. Atlas Nitrile Garden Gloves (Price: $12.50/4-pack)
7/10 Damns Given
If leather is a little bulky for your tastes or you want to drop the hint to everyone else in the house to help out, this handy multi-pack has you covered. The Atril nitrile garden gloves are like a second skin but without the vulnerabilities. With fingers and palms covered in nitrile — a tough-as-nail synthetic rubber compound – these gloves are flexible so you can do everything from pull weeds to spread mulch without getting your hands wet or dirty.
Don’t take our word for it. BackYardBoss.net says these gloves are flexible enough to pull your zipper shut or handle other small tasks when finger dexterity is a must. TheWireCutter.com claims these inexpensive gloves perform as well as goatskin gloves without compromising your hand agility.
Bottom line: Atril nitrile garden gloves are thin, flexible, and slip on with ease; they’ll protect your hands without exposing you to moisture. At $15 bucks for a multi-pack, you won’t give a damn if you lose a pair. Our only issue is the pastel color palette but you can always tell your buddies they belong to the wife.
3. RZleticc Gardening Gloves (Price: $8.97)
6/10 Damns Given
Your wife called and she wants these premium, double-stitched microfiber garden gloves…You will, too, when you try them on. These puncture-resistant hand coverings are great for rose gardening but offer a fit that allows for nimble movements and holding delicate garden fare at harvest time. They are breathable so your hands won’t stink of sweat when you’re done. Use them with tools and you’ll keep your palms callous-free all summer long.
It’s not just us that noticed these pink camo gloves. BestProducts.com likes the touch-screen compatible fingertips. But really, who the hell uses their phone while doing yard work?
Bottom line: These well-fitting garden gloves might be marketed toward women but with features like double-stitching and microfiber construction, we’ll gladly be seen wearing them. Pink is the new black, right?
4. Atlas Nitrile Tough Glove (Price: $5.36)
8/10 Damns Given
Here’s another set of gloves coated in nitrile but these are built for a man’s hands. Tough and sleek, these durable nylon gloves by Atlas are available in size small to extra large so you’ll be able to find the right gloves even if you have dainty fingers. They’re ultrathin so you can feel every detail of your outdoor project while maintaining your super strong grip. Machine washable, the nitrile garden work gloves by Atlas are inexpensive and reusable.
Bottom line: These aren’t designer gloves but then again you aren’t a designer man. They’re cheap and probably won’t last more than one season but they are one of the few sets of gloves that allow you to almost fully maintain your sense of touch.
5. Bionic ReliefGrip Gardening Gloves (Price: $34.99)
6/10 Damns Given
Honestly, we thought these were golf gloves at first but after slipping them on, it’s evident these can be used to do pretty much anything. Designed by an orthopedic hand surgeon, these are about the softest thing we’ve ever slid a body part into. These white and black gloves feature a secure wrist strap, terry cloth pads on the inside, and special stretchy material around the knuckles for freedom of movement. Did we mention they are damn comfortable?
Robo-mitts is a pretty effin’ accurate way to describe them (thanks Independent.co.uk) and TheSpruce.com swears they’ll keep you from getting stiff, which is probably a good thing when you’re working outside. To be clear, we mean they will keep your fingers from getting stiff from repetitive use.
Bottom line: These are great for working around the house and even on your lawn equipment or vehicle. They don’t offer the same level of forearm protection as longer gloves and you lose your ability to feel fine details through the silicone-coated fingertips. But you’ll get great grip and if that matters then these gloves won’t disappoint.
6. Simple Leather Gardening Gloves for Men and Women (Price: $19.99)
6/10 Damns Given
The brand name says it all, these are simple gardening gloves appropriate for men and women. They are manufactured out of synthetic leather, which might make your hands sweat a little more than goatskin or cowhide. But, the stretchy fabric on the back means even wide hands can fit into them with ease. Simply put, they get the job done.
We were a little reluctant to add these to the list but after reading GardeningProductsReview.com’s review we had to check them out. And, they really are tough, comfortable and, most importantly, machine washable. MorningChores.com found another use for them as utility gloves for moving heavy objects, such as lumber and rocks.
Bottom line: You won’t win any fashion awards wearing these but you’ll protect your hands whether you’re hoeing or getting your rocks off the driveway or patio.
7. Bionic Women’s Rose Gloves (Price: $33.29 medium)
7/10 Damns Given
Don’t stop reading because they are labeled as women’s. These gauntlet rose gloves are every bit as manly as rose gloves could possibly be. They are extra-long and offer extra stretch around your knuckles and in between your fingers. And if you like goatskin leather, these have it aplenty. These high-quality gloves also have extra padding in the thumb for when you’re using tools. And like other Bionic products, they were designed by an orthopedic hand specialist.
BestProducts.com states the obvious by giving a shout out to these gloves in regards to rose gardening. But we think they have many other uses and actually offer decent hand protection when working with tools around the house or on lawn and garden equipment.
Bottom line: You’re still a man if you use these gloves. We actually like them a little better than some higher up on the list, but the comparatively high price knocks them down the ranks.
8. Second Skin Garden Gloves (Price: $30.00)
5/10 Damns Given
If you like gloves that can be described with words like “supple,” “form-fitting,” and “water-resistant” these are the ones for you. Made of Lycra (that’s spandex for you guys that don’t know your materials) and silicone, these gloves will let you walk into a thorny situation without getting stuck. They also offer significant protection from sun and heat, which is kind of important if you’re working outdoors.
BestProduct.com notes that they are durable enough to keep burrs and barbs from penetrating your hands.
Bottom Line: $30 might seem like a lot to spend on gloves but when the name Second Skin holds true, it’s a justified price. Plus, you can wash them so you won’t have to replace them each time you touch something you shouldn’t have.
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9. Women’s Leather Gardening Gloves – By Piddlin’ Jenny! (Price: $19.95)
5/10 Damns Given
What’s made of goatskin and slips on quickly for protection when you need it most? These gloves, that’s what. Because they are a little smaller than gloves geared toward men, these might be best for women but they make a hell of a Mother’s Day gift. Piddlin’ Jenny gloves aren’t just for the garden either. They are good-looking enough to take to the tees and can even be used when working with free-weights. They only takes a night to air dry so you (ahem, she) can wash them and wear them day after day.
Bottom Line: We say Pink and White Does it Right. Don’t be afraid to show your softer side if it means stopping blisters while working with your hands. At $20, they’re a mid-priced glove that will last through at least one planting season, more if you actually take care of them (but you probably won’t).