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14 Best Work Gloves for Men

By Andrew Peloquin  |  Updated March 6, 2024

14 Best Work Gloves for Men
Courtesy of Carhartt

It doesn’t matter if you’re DIYing a bathroom renovation, chopping wood, wiring up lights, or doing farm chores—your hands need protection from both the elements and the tools and materials you’re working with.

A good pair of gloves will protect you from cuts and scrapes, but can also protect against acid burns, calluses, blisters, splinters, and electric shocks.

  • Material matters. Leather may be the “classic” work glove material, but there are many more modern options to choose from, including nitrile, rubber, breathable synthetic fabrics (nylon and polyester), cut-resistant fiberglass-reinforced fabrics, PVC, vegan leather, and more.
  • Choose the right gloves for the job. An electrician will have zero dexterity for precision wiring in a thick pair of leather gloves, and a pair of thin nitrile painter’s gloves will do nothing to protect your hands from calluses and blisters when swinging an axe or hammer. The type of glove absolutely matters based on whatever job you’re planning.
  • Every glove has a finite lifespan. Some gloves are designed to be used for a few hours (disposables, for example), others for a few days (cheaper gloves that come in multi-packs), others a few months or even years (like many of the tougher, heavier-duty picks on our list below).

I’ve found out the hard way what happens when you don’t wear gloves, and have the scars on my fingers to prove it.

So, for your safety as well as mine, I’ve assembled a list of the best work gloves to keep your hands protected no matter what you’re doing.

I’ve also written an article detailing the best steel toe boots so you can keep the toes as protected as the fingers.

Best Overall Work Gloves

Vgo Heavy-Duty Synthetic Leather Work Gloves

Why did I choose it?

Whatever your job, these heavy-duty synthetic gloves are up to the challenge. With PVC knuckle protection, high-density EVA palm and finger padding, and pre-curved fingers, they’re designed to be a working man’s best friend.

Best Work Gloves for Mechanics
GORILLA GRIP Slip Resistant Work Gloves

Best Cut Resistant Gloves
DEX FIT Level 5 Cut Resistant Gloves

Best Work Gloves for Cooking
NoCry Premium Cut Resistant Gloves

Best Leather Work Gloves
Wells Lamont Work Gloves

Best Overall Work Gloves

Vgo Heavy-Duty Synthetic Leather Work Gloves


For heavier-duty tasks (hauling on ropes, working with cable, chopping cordwood, etc.), you need a heavy-duty pair of work gloves like these.

Made from synthetic leather, they’re perfect for tactical situations, mechanical work, construction sites, and any job that requires a lot of protection for your hands.

The 3D PVC patches on the backs of the gloves will protect your hands and fingers, and the high-density EVA padding on the front will reduce impact and vibration.

Thanks to the 45-degree angle cuts at the finger junctions and pre-curved fingers, you’ll find the gloves flex and move easily. And, just for the sake of convenience, the gloves feature special pads in the thumb and forefinger that are compatible with your smartphone touchscreen.

Best Work Gloves for Mechanics

GORILLA GRIP Slip Resistant Work Gloves

$16 / 5-pack

Mechanics, these work gloves were built specifically for you.

They’re perfect for gripping bolts, nuts, washers, and tiny engine parts, with a polymer palm that encourages grease, oil, and water to drip off, offering amazing traction and grip even in wet or oily conditions.

The gloves are also designed extra-thin to provide dexterity, but the fabric is tough enough that it’ll withstand weeks of daily mechanical work.

Best of all, the gloves come in a 5-pack, so you’ve always got a spare when your current pair is ready to be retired.

Best Cut Resistant Gloves

DEX FIT Level 5 Cut Resistant Gloves


Carpet-layers, carpenters, and drywallers, you’ve just found your new favorite pair of work gloves.

They’re lightweight and surprisingly breathable, but made using a high-performance polyethylene and spandex fabric reinforced with fiberglass to make them Level 5 cut-resistant.

They integrate a water-based foam nitrile coating in the palm to offer amazing grip on your tools, phone, or pencil while working.

The snug fit and slim profile means you’ve got excellent dexterity for the more complex and precise tasks, but they’re tough enough to withstand months of use in both indoor and outdoor environments.

They’ll shrug off a kitchen knife or utility knife blade with ease, keeping your hands safe all day long.

Best Work Gloves for Cooking

NoCry Premium Cut Resistant Gloves


Home cooks and professional chefs, these are the work gloves for you. These bad boys are designed to keep your hands safe while slicing, dicing, and chopping, with a fabric made using polyethylene, fiberglass, and spandex that will shrug off knife cuts with ease.

They’re also ANSI 105-2016 certified and EN388 Level 5 cut-resistant, as well as 100% food grade and dishwasher safe.

If you’re prone to injuries—while wielding a knife, slicing with a mandolin, or grating—these are the gloves you’ll definitely want to keep in a kitchen drawer just in case.

Carhartt Men's System 5 Work Glove with Safety Cuff


Hard-working tradies know and love Carhartt, and with good reason. The brand builds tough, reliable, work-specific gear that can handle the rigors of any job site or machine shop.

These work gloves are constructed to Carhartt’s rigorous standards of durability and comfort, using a mixture of cotton, polyester, and polyurethane that makes them tough while reinforcing the weak spots (palm, fingers, etc.) with leather to extend their lifespan.

The cotton duck fabric will shrug off oil and water with ease, and the synthetic leather palm and suede cowhide palm patches offer excellent grip on your tools even in wet conditions.

Though they don’t feature a buckle or hook-and-loop closure system, the easy-on safety cuff makes it easy to slide your hands in and out of these gloves.

Sullivan Buffalo Roper Glove


If you’re the sort of guy who prefers to wear only leather work gloves (no synthetics!), you’re going to want the Sullivan Work Glove. It’s crafted using bison leather, which is tougher, thicker, and hardier than bovine leather with a natural abrasion-resistance that makes it wonderfully suited to work on any construction site.

One great thing about bison leather: it’s got a much shorter break-in time than cow leather. It’ll mould to your hand within a few days, and quickly become the most comfortable glove you’ll ever wear. The unique, eye-catching textured grain will make you stand out from the crowd, too.

Tough, beautiful, and reliable—what more could you ask for?

Ironclad General Utility Work Gloves


For the guy who tinkers with engines and gets up to DIY projects all in the course of a week, these gloves are a great pick.

They’re built to be “general utility” work gloves, suitable for anything from mechanics to carpentry to electrical work to plumbing, with a secure fit, thermoplastic knuckle protection, and a unique patented palm design that maximizes grip and durability without compromising your freedom of movement.

The hybrid cuff with its quick-release safety feature lets you slide out of the gloves in a hurry if necessary, but keeps them snugly fitting to your wrists all day long.

For those hot, sweaty days, you’ll be glad for the terry cloth sweat wipe integrated into the back of the thumbs.

When you’re finished with your job, just throw them in the washing machine and they’ll come out clean and ready for you to use all over again.

Best Leather Work Gloves

Wells Lamont Work Gloves


For chores around your farm, you’ll find these are a truly amazing pair of gloves.

Whether you’re baling hay, pulling weeds, or chopping firewood, the cowhide leather gloves are more than up to the task.

They’re both puncture- and abrasion-resistant, with a HydraHide treatment that adds an element of water-resistance, too.

The reinforced leather palm, finger, and thumb patches will stand up to barbed wire, fencing, chicken wire, or thorn bushes.

The gloves will never slide off on their own (thanks to the elasticized wrist cuff), but when you need a break, you’ll find the slip-on wrist cuff makes it easy to remove them in a hurry. For the price, you won’t find many better options.

CLC Custom Leathercraft Contractor XtraCoverage Flex Grip Work Gloves


Whether you’re swinging a hammer, wielding a hammer drill, or framing a house, you’ll be glad you’ve got these gloves on.

They’re built tough but offer amazing flexibility, with synthetic reinforcement at the palms and fingers that both improve grip and provide vibration-resistance.

The Clarino synthetic leather patches will also protect your knuckles, while the wing closing strap ensures the gloves stay firmly in place no matter what you’re doing.

Thanks to the mix of spandex, neoprene, lycra, and PVC used in the synthetic fabrics, the gloves will have enough elasticity and breathability to stay comfortable all day long, for any task.

BAREBONES Classic Work Glove


Gardeners, this one’s for you.

These simple work gloves are built for pulling weeds and cutting down thornbushes, and the extra-thick, all-natural cowhide leather used in their construction will be incredibly resistant to punctures and cuts.

The keystone thumb stitch makes it easy to grab anything, but the gloves’ sturdy palms will improve your grip and prevent wear and tear from breaking them prematurely.

The elastic pleating on the back of the wrist will keep them securely in place all day long. You won’t find a better, tougher pair of outdoor gardening gloves anywhere.

COREGROUND Leather Safety Work Gloves


These are the work gloves to keep on hand if you’re driving a big rig and need to throw on a set of tire chains, working the grill and need protection from the sparks and heat, welding, chopping wood, or fixing up a fence.

They’re built incredibly tough, using 100% split cowhide that is both abrasion and puncture-resistant. The leather has also been treated using a special tanning process that adds natural water-resistance, so you can use them in wet and rainy environments without worrying about their being damaged or shrinking.

Though they’re thick leather, you’ll find they’re surprisingly breathable, keeping your hands cool and dry all day long.

Slip them on and off with ease thanks to the elastic wrist cuff, and you’ll find the unique stitching of the palms, thumb, and fingers make for far more versatility than you’d expect from such a tough, thick pair of work gloves.

Klein Tools Journeyman Leather Utility Gloves


If you prefer “classic” leather work gloves, you won’t find a better pair than these.

Though they’re built for construction work, you’ll find they’re more than capable of enduring the rigors of daily farm chores, gardening, or swinging an axe.

They’re built using Durahide, a specially-treated leather that is tougher and more cut-resistant than regular leather, but they’re still surprisingly flexible and dexterous thanks to the stretch fabric integrated into the back.

You’ll never struggle to slip them on and off, either, thanks to the open cuff.

Rugged, versatile, and comfortable, they’re an excellent pair of work gloves to keep in your toolbox, barn, or garden shed.

Ironclad Tactical Operator Impact Glove


These work gloves are built to be useful for most jobs around your house, from gardening to DIY jobs to garage mechanics to cleaning out an over-stuffed attic.

Built using synthetic leather (PU) for the front, they’re slim enough that you can feel what you’re doing and still have decent dexterity for more precision tasks. However, to ensure you are safe while you work, they have TPR impact protection pads on the backs of your fingers and hands.

For your comfort, the palms feature vibration reduction and there’s a sweat wipe integrated into the cuff.

Milwaukee Winter Demolition Gloves


Like everything Milwaukee, these quality winter gloves are built tough, are versatile, and ensure reliable performance for a long, long time.

They’re thick and warm enough to use even in a snowy winter or ultra-cold temperatures, with 40 grams of insulation and a waterproof/windproof layer that will keep your hands dry and toasty all day long.

Thanks to the reinforced palms and fingertips, the gloves will last longer even if you’re swinging a framing hammer or working demolition.

The SMARTSWIPE Knuckle on the finger and thumb allow you to use your smartphone with the gloves on.

There’s even added an integrated knuckle guard to provide extra protection for your hands on any job site or DIY home improvement.

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