10 Best Gardening Gloves

Whether you're pruning thorny rose bushes, pulling weeds, or digging in the dirt with your hands, there's a gardening glove for that.

April 12, 2017
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All you have to do is Google the term “gardening gloves” to know that choosing a pair is no easy task. Do you really need those ones that extend all the way up to your elbows? Is that skin-tight pair meant for maximum dexterity going to provide enough protection? Should you embrace your inner Wolverine and opt for the set with literal claws attached to the fingertips (for digging, they say)?

So. Many. Questions. 

Before you work yourself into a tizzy, know that there is no “one size fits all” glove that will meet every gardening function. There is, however, an ideal pair (or two) of gloves for you depending on your personal gardening style and what you plan to grow—and we’re here to help you find it. 

Here, we’ve rounded up our top 10 garden gloves that are the best in their class for various gardening tasks. 

(Whether you're starting your first garden or switching to organic, Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening has all the answers and advice you need—get your copy today!)
 

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Best For Pruning: Womanswork Rose Gauntlet Garden Gloves

Ladies, protect your arms from thorns and brambles with these attractive leather gloves. The hands, which are custom cut for women, are made from supple yet durable pigskin leather, while the arms are made from super tough goatskin to protect you from twigs. 

Find them at Amazon.com

Related: Our Top 10 Tools For Working The Soil

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Best For Pruning: Exemplary Gardens Pruning Gloves

These elbow-length gloves made from goatskin and cowhide serve the same function as the ones above, but are a great fit for both men and women. Bonus: The leather is treated with lanolin oil, which actually moisturizes your hands as you wear them—no cracked gardener hands for you!

Find them at Amazon.com

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Ideal For Hand Digging: Garden Genie

Because sometimes it’s just easier—and way more fun—to dig in the dirt with your hands instead of using gardening tools. If that’s your philosophy, then these are for you. Made from waterproof and puncture-resistant latex, the Garden Genie gloves are easy to wash and ideal for gripping. Their durable plastic claws also make digging small holes and transplanting plants by hand a breeze. Great for both men and women.

Find them at Amazon.com

Related: 26 Plants You Should Always Grow Side By Side

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Optimal Dexterity: Second Skin Garden Gloves

Some gardening gloves are so thick that you can barely feel what you’re hands doing, making tasks that require handling tiny seeds and delicate seedlings much more difficult. That’s why we love these form-fitting, minimalist gloves for women with silicone grips for secure hands. Their long cuffs keep out dirt, and they are treated with a UPF 50 coating to keep your skin safe from the sun. 

Find them at ShopTerrain.com

 

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Optimal Dexterity: Atlas Nitrile Tough Glove

Guys, we’ve got a minimalist glove for you, too! Like the gloves above, these ones fit like a second skin and allow you to feel exactly what you’re doing, all while keeping your hands dry and providing a great grip, thanks to their nitrile coating. Great for both men and women. 

Find them at Amazon.com

Related: 10 Plants You Need To Grow If You're Suffering From Depression, Stress Or Anxiety

 

 
 
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Most Stylish: Burgon & Ball Garden Gloves

These women’s gloves are high-performance with a touch of style. The stretch mesh between the fingers helps to keep hands cool and improve dexterity, while the padded leather palm offers extra cushioning and the adjustable wrist strap keeps out dirt and debris. 

Find them at ShopTerrain.com

 

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The Prettiest: Anthropologie Floral Gardening Gloves

We get it: For some, style can’t take the back seat. If gardening is a weekend hobby and you’re mostly working out of pots or small containers, then these lovely, machine-washable cotton gloves for women will do the job. They’re great for light weeding, but won’t hold up to thorns nor prevent blisters from heavy use of garden tools. 

Find them at Anthropologie.com

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Most Ladylike: Floral Twill Gardening Gloves

While not quite as tough as the all-leather pruning gloves above, these floral beauties do offer protection from scratches, insects, and sun exposure—and they’re machine washable. The synthetic leather palms—and double reinforced thumbs and index fingers—keep your hands protected.

Find them at ShopTerrain.com

 

 
 
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Ultra Durable: American Heritage Perfect Gardener Glove

Goatskin is one of the most puncture and abrasion resistant types of leather, while still being super supple and flexible, which makes them perfect for gardening gloves. We love these gloves, specifically, for their simplicity and seamless palms that never rub us the wrong way. Great for both men and women. 

Find them at Amazon.com

Related: 7 Secrets To A High-Yield Vegetable Garden, Even When You're Short On Space

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Ultra Durable: Bionic Tough Pro Gloves

Perhaps the toughest of them all, these heavy-duty gloves (which were designed by an orthopedic surgeon!) are made from goatskin leather with added vibration-absorbing palm padding, and reinforced silicone material at palms, thumbs, and fingertips. Designed for men, but some sizes may fit women. 

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