In a nutshell

Awarded a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy award for grip, these gloves fit snugly to help with delicate jobs and using tools, while offering extra protection for lifting and carrying. Unisex, they are available in a range of sizes.

What we tested

  • Comfort and fit
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Materials
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Durability
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Value for money
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.


  • Snug fit
  • Good grip
  • Well designed
  • Lightweight but sturdy


  • Not lined, waterproof or water resistant

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What are the Donkey Gloves like?

These gloves are made with an elasticated, breathable polyester back and a soft suede-padded palm and thumb gusset, which offers extra protection if you’re pruning and clearing borders. Though warm, they’re not waterproof or lined so won’t keep out the chill of wintery weather. They are designed to be unisex and are available in sizes small, medium, large and extra large.

Will the Donkey Gloves last?

The gloves feel well-made and sturdy, but it’s worth noting that while the material on the palm is water-resistant, moisture soaks through the back of the glove. That said, they dry quickly and the suede palm stays soft. They feel tough and made to last.

Are the Donkey Gloves good value for money?

These gloves are a well-designed, mid-priced option for everyday work that we think are good value for money.

Who are the Donkey Gloves most useful for?

Donkey gloves are ideal for everyday use with a range of gardening jobs, from pruning to digging as well as clearing and lifting. These gloves are unisex and come in a good range of sizes and while they don’t feature an adjustable strap, the stretchy wrist cuff means they’re easy to get on and off, so they should fit most gardeners. There’s also a helpful sizing-guide on the website to ensure you choose the right pair.

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This review was last updated in August 2022. We apologise if anything has changed in price or availability.

Product Specifications

BrandDonkey Gloves
NameDonkey Gloves
ModelDonkey Gloves