How to Buy Gardening Gloves

There are several types of gardening gloves you can buy depending on your preferences; however, the gardening gloves you buy should always be comfortable, durable, and thick enough to handle the plants, roots, and other materials you work with. When choosing a pair of gardening gloves, you should select a pair that is designed to protect your hands from cuts, scrapes, blisters, and other types of hand injuries. Continue reading this guide to learn how you can buy gardening gloves that best suit your gardening purposes and needs.


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    Buy gardening gloves made of waterproof materials. This will keep your hands dry and comfortable when working with water and moist soil, and will also help prevent your hands from blistering.
    • Choose waterproof leather gloves that are light in weight and designed to allow your hands to breathe through the material.
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    Buy gardening gloves that extend past your wrist. This will help prevent dirt and other materials from entering your gloves and collecting uncomfortably at the ends of your fingers.
    • Choose gloves with elastic around the wrist section to prevent materials from coming into direct contact with your hands.
    • Choose gardening gloves that cover your entire arms if you will be working with sharp or thorny plants, such as roses.
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    Buy gardening gloves with grips or no-skid pads on the fingers and palms. This will provide your hands with the friction and strong grip needed when working with shovels and other gardening tools.
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    Buy gardening gloves that fit properly. Gardening gloves in the correct size will provide you with a comfortable gardening experience and help prevent your hands from getting blisters.
    • Place both gardening gloves on your hands, then make a fist and flex your hands to verify that the gloves fit comfortably without being too tight or too loose.
    • Buy children's gardening gloves if your hands are too small for adult gardening gloves.


  • Buy gardening gloves made from neoprene if you plan on working with products that contain chemicals, such as pesticides. Neoprene gloves will prevent chemicals from coming into direct contact with your skin; whereas gloves made from a material such as latex may not provide the protection needed for your hands.
  • If you plan on handling seeds or other small plants, buy gardening gloves without fingertips or those made from light cotton. This will prevent your thick and heavy-duty gardening gloves from accidentally crushing seeds or the leaves of delicate plants.
  • Buy gardening gloves in a neutral skin color if you work primarily with large gardening equipment. The consistent handling of the equipment can potentially cause dye from the gloves to rub off on your hands and arms, especially with gloves in bright, bold colors such as red, blue, or green.


  • Do not buy rubber gloves intended for household cleaning to use as gardening gloves. Rubber gloves that are not designed specifically for gardening are prone to ripping, tearing, or being punctured by plants and gardening tools, and may not provide your hands with adequate protection.

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