Gardening Gloves

Tuesday, 11 November 2008 | Tags: , , ,

To protect your hands from thorns, dirt, friction, dryness, and potential bug bits, gardening gloves are essential. And depending on how much and when you garden, you may need more than one pair. We test out some gloves to see which fit best.

The Basics

  • Gloves should fit snug but allow movement. If they’re too big, they will hinder more delicate tasks like using pruning tools.

  • Women’s gloves are designed for longer and more slender fingers. If your hands are on the small size, try children’s gloves.

  • For extra grip especially in wet conditions, dots and ridges on the fingers and palms help keep pots and tools from slipping out of your hands.

  • For rose gardeners, look for a glove with a longer gauntlet to protect your arms from thorns.

  • For the summer months, look for cotton-lined gloves for breathability.

  • If you prefer leather, look for natural, un-dyed leather since coloured leather can discolour your skin.


We worked with some landscape specialists to test each of these gardening gloves:

  • Cotton: $1.99
  • Knit/rubber combination: $5.99
  • Nitrile: $9.99
  • Leather: $39.99
  • Bionic: $47.50

Wear Test

  • The cotton gloves were breathable, but only suited light jobs.

  • The Bionic may have a high-tech look to them but the padding actually pressed uncomfortably into our fingers.

  • The knit/rubber gloves were durable and provided great grip although our hands seemed to heat up a bit inside.

  • The leather were the most comfortable and durable for 3 out of 5 testers.


Leather gloves provide by far the most protection, are durable, comfortable, and a breathable choice. For the more casual gardener, the knit/rubber gardening gloves are an economical pick.


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