Best gardening gloves – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine

10 of the best gardening gloves on test

Find the best gardening gloves to suit you with our tried and tested recommendations.

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Gardening gloves are available in an array of designs, materials and with various features, including waterproofing, added grip and cushioning, and mesh panelling to help regulate hand temperature.

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The design and features you need will depend on the gardening jobs you intend to carry out. Thin, lightweight gloves are best for duties such as potting and planting where dexterity and being able to feel what you’re doing is key. Heavy duty gardening gloves are better for protection and support when using tools or doing hard landscaping jobs.

Our expert reviewers spend hours trialling tools and equipment from essentials like the best garden hoes and secateurs to the investment spends of lawn mowers and pressure washers.

In this article, we’ve reviewed the best gardening gloves to find out which are the most comfortable, durable, value for money and protective, safeguarding your hands from damage. Each pair of gloves has been given a score out of 5 depending on how well they performed, along with clear pros and cons lists.

If you’re in need of other gardening essentials, have a look at our recommendations for the best garden kneelers and garden hand trowels, or find the best kids’ gardening gloves to get the whole family involved.

How to choose the best gardening gloves

Choosing the best gardening gloves for you will depend on the jobs you’re planning to do. Gardening gloves are typically categorised as either light, medium or heavy duty.

Light duty gloves will keep your hands clean during low intensity jobs and enable dexterity when seed sowing and undertaking other light, everyday tasks. For potting on, pruning and working in borders, medium duty gloves will suit you needs, while heavy duty gloves will protect your hands during tougher jobs such as landscaping or when you need additional protection from nettles or thorns.

A range of materials are on offer including leather, bamboo, latex and nylon. Bamboo fibre is one of the more environmentally-friendly options and is typically soft, close fitting and flexible. Latex and leather are both tear-resistant and are often used to improve grip.

Additional padding or cushioning can also be helpful. Look out for padding on knuckles, fingertips, wrists and palms for increased protection when taking on manual tasks. Elasticated cuffs will provide a snug fit, prevent soil and plant debris falling in and are easy to get on and off.

Finally, if you intend to use gardening gloves all year round, water-resistance is helpful. This is often done using latex or leather or synthetic materials can be specially treated to repel water.

Best gardening gloves at a glance

Through extensive testing, we have determined 10 of the best gardening gloves to keep your hands warm, protected and clean no matter which gardening task you’re doing.

All of the gardening gloves within this list received a rating of four (out of five) or above so we can be certain of their high quality and performance.

Best gardening gloves to buy in 2020

Browse our pick of the best gardening gloves, below.

Clip Gloves Bamboo Fibre

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

RRP: £4.99

Clip Gloves Bamboo Fibre – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
Clip Gloves Bamboo Fibre

Pros:

  • Comfortable and light
  • Second skin fit
  • Breathable
  • Feel strong
  • Excellent value

Cons:

  • Bamboo snags occasionally

Awarded Best Buy for light use, our reviewers found the Clip Gloves Bamboo Fibre a good fit, easy to take on and off, comfortable and breathable. The gloves are washable and they come with a carabiner to clip them on to your belt. They did snag occasionally but they’re great for delicate work and all day wear in spring and summer. Available in both men’s and women’s designs.

Read the full Clip Gloves Bamboo Fibre review.


Clip Gloves Shock Absorber

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

RRP: £14.99

Clip Gloves Shock Absorber – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
Clip Gloves Shock Absorber

Pros:

  • Comfortable and well fitting
  • Good dexterity
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Good for heavy duty jobs

Cons:

  • None

These gloves mould to the hand to provide good dexterity and an excellent fit and our experts praised their well thought out materials. They’re comfortable and durable but not bulky. There’s a carabiner to clip gloves to a belt and padding on the palms for extra protection. Awarded Best Buy for heavy duty work. Clip Gloves Shock Absorber come in both men’s and women’s sizes and design.

Read the full Clip Gloves Shock Absorber review.


Gold Leaf The Dry Touch

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

RRP: £20.95

Gold Leaf The Dry Touch – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
Gold Leaf The Dry Touch

Pros:

  • Comfortable with good control
  • Soft, high quality leather
  • Tough and long lasting
  • Water resistant
  • Good investment

Cons:

  • Expensive

The Dry Touch gloves from Gold Leaf are tough, long-lasting and water resistant, making them the best for wet work. Made from soft, supple leather, the gloves have a sturdy, yet luxurious feel. They’re available in both men’s and women’s sizes.

Read the full Gold Leaf The Dry Touch review.


Clip Gloves General Purpose

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

RRP: £16.95

Clip Gloves General Purpose – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
Clip Gloves General Purpose

Pros:

  • Snug, comfortable fit
  • Padded and reinforced
  • Great for everyday, medium duty work
  • Hard wearing

Cons:

  • Lack warmth
  • Not water resistant

With an adjustable wrist strap, extra padding and a tailored fit, these gloves were awarded Best Buy for everyday use. They may not be waterproof but the gloves dry well, keeping their shape. Sizes range from small to large in both men’s and women’s styles.

Read the full Clip Gloves General Purpose review.


Stihl ThermoGrip

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

RRP: £7.50

Stihl ThermoGrip
Stihl ThermoGrip

Pros:

  • Comfortable and snug
  • Warm
  • Good grip
  • Good value

Cons:

  • Bulky

Designed to keep your hands toasty and warm in the winter months, Stihl’s ThermoGrip gloves are thick, sturdy and have a snug, knitted fit. Their chunky thickness means they lack a little dexterity but they have a good grip and a waterproof latex layer. They were awarded Best Buy for winter use.

Read the full Stihl ThermoGrip Gloves review.


Burgon and Ball Love The Glove

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

RRP: £17.49

Burgon and Ball Love The Glove – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
Burgon and Ball Love The Glove

Pros:

  • Comfortable and snug
  • Good dexterity and control
  • Strong and durable
  • Attractive, quality materials

Cons:

  • Wrist strap fiddly for some

Made from artificial suede and tweed with a leather trim, the Burgon and Ball Love the Gloves were some of the best ladies gardening gloves on test and were awarded Best Buy for year round use. The materials are high quality and the gloves are breathable, tough and  provide protection all year round. The wrist strap is adjustable for a snug fit but some may find it fiddly.

Read the full Burgon and Ball Love the Glove review.


Town and Country Weedmaster Bamboo

Our rating: 4.3 out of 5

RRP: £5.99

Town and Country Weedmaster Bamboo – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
Town and Country Weedmaster Bamboo

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Good for everyday tasks
  • Grip well
  • Washable

Cons:

  • Not for winter

These gloves from Town and Country are soft, comfortable and easy to take on and off. However, the sizing does run a little big. The latex was thicker than on some other gloves tested so provides good protection and grip, but it does limit the dexterity. A good option for everyday tasks.


Niwaki Gardening Gloves

Our rating: 4.3 out of 5

RRP: £6.00

Niwaki Gardening Gloves
Niwaki Gardening Gloves

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Second skin feel
  • Breathable
  • Water resistant

Cons:

  • Lack durability

The Niwaki Gardening Gloves have a second skin feel that makes them comfortable and breathable. They’re easy to take on and off, but are very thin so may not be as durable as others on test. A good choice for all day use on light, delicate work such as seed sowing, weeding and potting on.


Burgon and Ball Dig the Glove

Our rating: 4.3 out of 5

RRP: £15.99

Burgon and Ball Dig The Glove
Burgon and Ball Dig The Glove

Pros:

  • Comfortable with wrist strap
  • Attractive, quality materials
  • Don’t go stiff when wet

Cons:

  • Padding limits dexterity
  • Not for heavy duty or fiddly tasks

The Burgon and Ball Dig The Gloves are the men’s version of their Love the Glove. They’re comfortable, breathable and ideal for general use. Made from denim and synthetic suede with a leather trim, the gloves come up a little big for size and have a loose fit but an adjustable wrist strap helps ensure a snug fit.


Clip Gloves Cosy Garden

Our rating: 4.3 out of 5

RRP: £7.99

Clip Cosy Garden Gloves
Clip Cosy Garden Gloves

Pros:

  • Snug, soft and comfortable
  • Good control and dexterity
  • Grip well
  • Good for cooler weather

Cons:

  • Not for freezing days
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The Cosy Garden Gloves from Clip Gloves are warm and thick without being bulky. Features include water-resistant latex, good grip and a carabiner to clip onto a belt. A good choice for the cooler, but not freezing, months.


How we tested the gardening gloves

When testing these gardening gloves, our experts considered a range of variables including price, fit, material, durability and what protection they provide. Whether they’re water resistant is also considered, how quickly they dry if they’re not, and whether they limit your dexterity. To assess this, our experts trialled each pair of gloves through the year, across a range of gardening tasks, from delicate work such as sowing seeds to more physical jobs like digging and heavy pruning. Once the test was complete, each product was rated out of five and the gardening gloves that really impressed our experts were awarded Best Buy status.