What to Look for in a Good Pair of Women’s Gardening Gloves

Protect your hands and keep those thorns at bay!

Close up of yellow flower in a garden
Durable gardening gloves are key for tending to thorny rose bushes.Unsplash/ Jon Geng

Weeds and pests are known hazards of gardening, but so is tearing up your precious hands. You’re digging, pruning, planting and weeding, while getting in contact with everything from pesticides to thorns. That’s why the right pair of gloves is non-negotiable. But not every pair is created equal—here’s what to consider so you’re sure to find something durable, pliable and easy to maneuver in.

G & F Women Soft Jersey Garden Gloves, Women Work Gloves, 3-Pairs Green/Pink/Blue per Pack

Durable and Long Lasting

This pair is made from 100% cotton.G & F Products

If you’re overhauling a garden and have your work cut out for you, it’s important to look for gloves with PVC dots on the palms. They provide extra grip so you can safely pull out stubborn weeds. Thorns can puncture cotton though, so reserve this pair for less-spiky tasks like weeding, mowing and replanting.

Magid Glove & Safety Professional Rose Pruning Thorn Resistant Gardening Gloves with Long Forearm Protection for Women (BE195TM) - Puncture Resistant, Medium (1 Pair)

Synthetic Leather

Measure around the widest part of your palm to find your perfect fit.Magid Glove & Safety

When it comes to gardening gloves, size is everything. You want your fingertips to reach towards the end of the glove fingers without crushing against them, and the webbing between your fingers to feel snug without any rubbing or chafing. Finally, make sure the wrist closure actually sits at your wrist—too short and you risk cutting or scratching your palm.

Pine Tree Tools Bamboo Working Gloves for Women and Men. Ultimate Barehand Sensitivity Work Glove for Gardening, Fishing, Clamming, Restoration Work & More.

Great for Multitasking

This pair is lightweight and breathable to keep your hands from getting clammy.Pine Tree Tools

For those who garden year round or don’t want to constantly take their gloves on and off, look for a pair made from bamboo. They keep hands cool in warm weather and warm in cooler months while sealing out moisture. Thanks to its touchscreen sensitivity, you can even keep this pair on for a quick phone check.