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Seven best wellington boots on test

Our top rated wellington boots on test.

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A strong, comfortable and reliable pair of wellington boots are essential for every gardener. Whether you’re looking for the best wellington boots for walking, digging or weeding, we’ve tried and tested a range of pairs to bring you clear advice on the best wellington boots for you.

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Below is our best wellington boots review focusing on seven pairs, as rated by our gardening experts. Some of the wellington boots have also been awarded Best Buy status for particular tasks or times of year, for instance best for light use or best for cold weather. These distinctions should help you choose the most suitable pair for you, or help narrow down the options if you’re looking for a gardening gift. If it’s something a little lighter you are searching for, we have also found some of the best garden shoes which may be useful.

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How to choose the best wellington boots

When choosing the best wellington boots for your needs, there are a few key things to consider.

Firstly, you will want to make sure they will be comfortable to wear and fit well. In our descriptions of each pair of wellingtons, we have noted if the sizing is particularly large or snug. We have also highlighted features which we found improved or impeded the comfort of each pair.

The material the boots are made from will also affect how they feel to wear. For instance, neoprene may make the boots more flexible in some areas while fleece linings will improve comfort and warmth.

Every pair will have a slightly different grip, heel size and some may also have features such as reinforced toes, which can be useful for heavy duty work. In any wellington boot, a good, strong grip will be important to keep you steady on your feet whether in wet, stony or muddy conditions.


Best wellington boots for ladies

Discover our pick of the best wellington boots designed for women below:

Muck Women’s Greta Max Work Boots

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

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Muck Women’s Greta Max Work Boots

Sizes: UK 3-9

Muck’s wellington boots are made from rubber with a stretchy neoprene calf and lining for additional comfort and warmth. The pair are sturdy and hard wearing and feature reinforced toes, making them ideal wellington boots for farming or other heavier duty tasks. A one-year warranty is included and we judged them to be a Best Buy, as the best women’s heavy duty boots.

Pros:

  • Pull tab for easy on and off
  • Neoprene thermal lining
  • Reinforced toes
  • Comfortable and light

Cons:

  • Quite big

Read the full Muck Women’s Greta Max Work Boots review.


Aigle Chambord Pro Lady

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Aigle Chambor Pro Lady

Sizes: UK 2-8

These rubber wellington boots are handmade and easy to get on and off. They feel soft and supple and have a handy quick dry lining. They were comfortable to wear with generous room around the calves and feet and have a firm grip underfoot. There is a two-year warranty included and we awarded them Best Buy for wider leg shapes.

Pros:

  • Soft, supple and flexible
  • Excellent grip
  • Good support
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • Big for size

Read the full Aigle Chambord Pro Lady Wellington boots review.


Brakeburn Printed Tall Height Wellies

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Brakeburn Printed Tall Height Wellies

Sizes: UK 3-8

These printed wellington boots by Brakeburn are made from a rubber mix and feature a handy hook to help pull them on and off. The boots feature a warm fleece insole for extra comfort. They also have a solid grip and small heel, although mud can build up in the arch. The pair didn’t scuff and held up to digging well. They are guaranteed for one year and we judged them a Best Buy for light use.

Pros:

  • Adjustable calf strap
  • Warm and comfortable

Read the full Brakeburn Printed Tall Height wellington boots review.


Ariat Burford Waterproof Rubber Boot

Our rating: 4.3 out of 5

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Ariat Burford Waterproof Rubber Boot

Sizes: UK 3-8

This Ariat pair of long wellington boots for walking are light and springy to wear. Made from a combination of rubber and leather, the pair offer good grip and support although they can rub on the back of the heel for some wearers. There’s a choice of three colours available and they are guaranteed for one year

Pros:

  • Very light and bouncy
  • Breathable
  • Toe protection

Cons:

  • Rub on back of heel
  • Adjustable calf more for decoration

Best men’s wellington boots and unisex pairs

Find the best men’s wellington boots as well as pairs available in both men and women’s sizes, below:

Hunter Original Tall Wellington Boots £95 /£100

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

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Hunter Original Tall Wellington Boots

Sizes: UK 3-12

Hunter’s original rubber wellington boots offer a comfortable and flexible fit and are easy to get on and off. The boots don’t rub, making them ideal wellington boots for walking or digging in. There’s a good grip and a range of colours for both men and women. A two-year guarantee is included and we awarded them a Best Buy as an all-rounder choice.

Pros:

  • Adjustable calf
  • Foot support
  • Good for digging
  • Strong and sturdy

Cons:

  • Block heel unpopular

Read the full Hunter Original Tall Wellington Boots review.

Skellerup Red Band Knee Length Farm Boot

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Skellerup Red Band Knee Length Farm Boot

Sizes: UK 6-14

Skellerup’s thick rubber wellington boots are cotton-lined and feature a kick spur so are easy to get on and off, although they are little big for size. The cushioned insole makes them comfortable while the reinforced toe ensures sturdiness. There’s a good grip, so the boots are ideal for muddy conditions and warmer weather. A one-year warranty is included and we awarded them a Best Buy for men’s heavy duty wellington boots.

Pros:

  • Helpful kick spur
  • Robust and heavy duty
  • Good for bigger calves
  • Distinct heel and deep

Read the full Skellerup Red Band Knee Length Farm Boot review.


Le Chameau Vierzonord Neoprene Lined Wellingtons

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Le Chameau Vierzonord Neoprene Lined Wellingtons

Sizes UK 2.5-15

Made from a combination of rubber and neoprene, these wellington boots by Le Chameau are very warm and have an adjustable calf for a better fit. Although easy to slip on, the pair can be harder to get off. They have a comfortable fit with a shoe like feel, although they may be snug for wider feet. There’s a wide range of sizes and colours and they are available for men and women. There’s a two-year warranty included and we awarded them a Best Buy for cold weather.

Pros:

  • Exceptionally warm
  • Shoe like fit
  • Easy calf adjustment
  • Good support
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Read the full Le Chameau Vierzonord Neoprene lined wellingtons review.