Cook Better: What to Look for in a Chef-Worthy Kitchen Apron

Protect your clothes from splatter.

Woman rolling out pie dough while wearing kitchen apron.
An apron doesn’t have to be a fashion statement—it just needs to protect the one you’re wearing underneath!Andrea Piacquadio, Pexels

Years ago, I used to match my clothing to whatever I was cooking. Tomato sauce? Red shirt. Anything with turmeric? Yellow shirt. This was kind of fun, but it turns out that tomato-sauce-splattered shirts still look splattered, even if they’re red. A much better option is a kitchen apron.

Syntus 2 Pack Adjustable Bib Apron Waterdrop Resistant with 2 Pockets Cooking Kitchen Aprons for Women Men Chef, Black
This fabric is machine washable and promises not to shrink.Syntus

When looking for an apron, you want to make sure to find a few different features. First of all, the neck strap should be adjustable. If it isn’t, there may be a substantial gap above the neckline of the apron, which means the top of your shirt (or your neck!) could get drenched in hot oil.

Viedouce Womens Mens Aprons with Pockets Durable Restaurant Aprons for Chefs Pocket Apron 2 Pack, Navy
The fabric used in this option is described as “peach skin velvet,” which sounds delightful.Viedouce

Another nice feature to have in an apron is a pocket or two. There are certain tools or utensils that you may want to have easily on hand while you flit around the kitchen; maybe that’s a thermometer, a tasting spoon, a notebook or a measuring cup. You may not always need it, but you’ll be glad to have it when you do.

Hudson Durable Goods - Professional Grade Chef Apron for Kitchen, BBQ, and Grill (Black) with Towel Loop + Tool Pockets + Quick Release Buckle, Adjustable M to XXL
With a cross-back strap design, this product should be comfortable to wear for long periods of time.Hudson Durable Goods

Look for an apron made from a durable but lightweight fabric like cotton so you don’t overheat in the kitchen. Another plus? It’s machine washable and easy to scrub out fresh stains.

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