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The best gardening gloves to buy in 2022

If you’re looking to spruce up your garden (or balcony, or patio or yard), it’s worth investing in a pair of quality gardening gloves. They also make great presents for the green-fingered friends in your life.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Oct 25, 2021

Woman gardening with gloves on

If you're feeling inspired to finally start growing that veg patch, or just keen to improve the outdoor space you have, it's well worth investing in a decent pair of gardening gloves.  Let’s face it, gardening is no easy task and it’s important to have the right gear before you get stuck in.

If you’re doing more heavy duty work or will be wielding garden tools, then a trusty pair of gardening gloves can help protect against painful blisters and provide a decent grip as you work. And if the sun’s not shining, the best gardening gloves will keep your green fingers warm and nimble.

We’ve scoured the Mumsnet forums for recommendations to put together a selection of the best gardening gloves, from heavy duty options to lightweight pairs. We’ve also thought about gardening gloves with cushioning and grip to make sure you garden safely and comfortably. Whatever your budget, we've tracked down the best garden gloves for you to buy.

Here are the best gardening gloves to buy in 2021.

1. Best overall gardening gloves: Gold Leaf Soft Touch gloves

Goldleaf gardening gloves

“Gold Leaf gloves might be expensive, but so worth the extra money”

“Gold Leaf are incredibly robust”

The Gold Leaf brand is not only a go-to brand for Mumsnetters, but the gloves are also endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). And it’s easy to understand why. They are very well crafted and are made with high quality deer-skin leather, which is tough but soft on the skin. They are close-fitting gloves but have a flexible panel on the back of the hand made from lycra and nylon to enable easy movement when you’re busy in the dirt. These gloves are very appealing to those looking for a robust, fitted pair that also provides style and comfort for everyday use.

Key specs

  • Material: Deerskin, lycra, nylon
  • Waterproof: No

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2. Best budget gardening gloves: Gardena Gardening and Soil Gloves

Gardena gardening gloves

If you want a pair of garden gloves that will keep your hands clean and dry during some light gardening work like potting or weeding, then these are a great buy. They have a latex coating, which not only prevents tools from slipping through your hands but also keeps hands dry when handling moist soil and wet leaves. Don’t get the wrong impression though — they aren’t just latex gloves, they're made from a breathable knitted material so your hands don’t get clammy.

Key specs

  • Material: Fabric and latex
  • Waterproof: Yes

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3. Best heavy duty gardening gloves: Clip Gloves Ladies Shock Absorber Padded Hand Protection Heavy Duty Garden Gloves

Clipglove shock absorber gloves

These gloves are like a gardener’s best friend. You can spend a whole day in the garden in these high quality gloves tackling everything from pruning and landscaping to digging. They are made from a sweat-absorbent fabric with shock absorbing pads so your hands go unharmed while working on heavy-duty tasks. Wear them snug on your hands with the hook and loop wrist strap. Safety and comfort combined!

Key specs

  • Material: Fabric and neoprene
  • Waterproof: No

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4. Best leather gardening gloves: Amazon Basics gauntlet gloves

Gauntlet gardening gloves

If wrestling with thorny rose bushes and spiky foliage is part of your gardening routine, then these gauntlet garden gloves are what you need. Made from full-grain leather, they’re lovely and supple and you’ll be able to move your fists freely while in an elbow-deep battle with a bush! They come in a variety of colours, so you can choose a style to suit you.

Key specs

  • Material: Goat and cow leather
  • Waterproof: No

Price: £12.49

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5. Most comfortable gardening gloves: Burgon & Ball Love the Glove Gardening Gloves

Burgon tweed gardening gloves

If you like to look stylish while trimming your stems, then these chic Burgon & Ball gloves in red tweed might be right up your street. But it’s not just style over substance: users rave about these gloves for year-round use. They are a quality buy that should last for years. You can adjust the fit as snug as you like with the wrist strap (although some people say this is fiddly). You’ve got a tough garden glove here with all the frills.

Key specs

  • Material: Fabric and leather trim
  • Waterproof: No

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6. Best bamboo gardening gloves: Clip Gloves Bamboo Fibre

Clipglove bamboo gardening gloves

Credited for being comfortable to wear, for providing a good snug fit and for being easy to take on and off, these gardening gloves are loved by users as well as publications like Gardeners’ World. They come with a handy carabiner clip so you can attach them to your belt or clothes and they’re machine washable too. Made from skin-friendly bamboo, the lightweight fabric of the glove can sometimes snag but this is a great value glove for light use in spring and summer.

Key specs

  • Material: Bamboo lining, fabric and latex
  • Waterproof: No

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7. Best gardening gloves for thorn protection: Hexarmor Thornarmor gloves

Hexarmo gardening gloves

This is by far the best gardening glove for heavy duty gardening and landscaping tasks. No thorn will get close to puncturing your skin in these triple-layered gardening gloves made from ‘practically impenetrable, armour plated fabric’. And the Airprene Velcro cuff helps to keep any debris out. The only slight flaw with these hardy gloves is the back panel. Made from a stretchy, breathable fabric to provide dexterity, it’s not as robust as the underside. A serious buy for serious gardeners though.

Key specs

  • Material: Made with SuperFabric
  • Waterproof: No

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8. Best warm gardening gloves: Clip Gloves Cosy Gloves

Clipglove cosy gloves

Are your fingers at risk of getting a little numb in the cold? Then these Cosy Gloves will be sure to keep them toasty warm thanks to a polyester chenille lining. On the outside of the glove, there’s a latex coating so you can grip smaller tools like secateurs and handle damp or prickly shrubs. But be warned, you may feel thorns poking through on the back of the hand. Most of all, these gloves are cosy and provide good wrist coverage and a decent level of water-resistance for general purpose gardening throughout the year.

Key specs

  • Material: Polyester chenille and latex
  • Waterproof: No

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9. Prettiest gardening gloves: RHS Flora and Fauna Gardening Gloves

RHS gardening gloves

“I bought the RHS approved “Gold” gardening gloves for my DH – I bought via Amazon as they were the same price as most places but there was no delivery charge.”

Designed by the RHS, this is a decent pair of gloves in a pretty fabric. The cushioned palm helps prevent against blisters when you’re dealing with heavy tools and the gathered wrist provides a snug fit and keeps pesky dirt from getting inside. You’re buying a durable glove with bonus style points — the beautiful Flora & Fauna fabric print is from the RHS Lindley Library. These would make a lovely, thoughtful gift.

Key specs

  • Material: Polyester and elastane
  • Waterproof: No

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How to choose the best gardening gloves

Buying the right gardening gloves depends on the type of jobs you intend to work on. If you’re going to be potting plants and sowing seeds, then dexterity is key, so you need lightweight gloves so you can feel what you’re doing. But you’ll need heavy duty gloves if you’re using tools or taking on hard landscaping tasks as you’ll need better protection and support. Most gloves are categorised by the type of work you’re carrying out — light, medium or heavy.

What material is best for gardening gloves?

Fabric gloves will provide flexibility, but if you’re after a water-resistant glove, look for ones with a latex coating or treated leather. Fabric gloves come in a range of materials such as leather, bamboo, latex or nylon. Bamboo fibre is probably the softest and close-fitting, and also the most environmentally-friendly option as it’s biodegradable. Latex and leather are both tear-resistant and provide a decent grip.

Should you always wear gloves when gardening?

Garden gloves are important as they protect your hands while gardening. They can help prevent cuts and grazes while planting and blisters forming when using heavy tools. Gardening gloves are also a good idea if you’re using chemicals in the garden as you’ll want to avoid contact with your skin. In colder months, gloves will keep your hands warm while you’re tending to winter garden tasks.

What are the best gardening gloves to buy?

The Goldleaf Soft Touch Gloves are our best overall buy. Not only do Mumsnetters love them, the RHS approves of them too. They’re at the higher end of the price bracket, but they’re such good quality and will last for years.

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which garden gloves discerning Mumsnet users had bought for gardening activities. We compiled a list of garden gloves they recommended for being durable and offering value for money.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which garden gloves had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media, and what customer reviews said about them.

Having collated all that information, we picked the best garden gloves we thought would make the best buys.

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