The Best Safety Gloves (for Woodworkers Who Want To Keep All their Fingers)

Safety gloves are important in all aspects of woodwork, metal work, and manual handling, as well as food preparation, landscaping, and many other chores and tasks.

When you're buying a pair of safety gloves, you're looking for secure grip and a good sense of feel through the fingers so you know you're handling materials and products safely. You want thick, abrasion-resistant material on the palms and fingers as these are the parts of your hands that will be coming into regular contact with sharp edges, blades, and rough surfaces.

If you can find gloves that keep you warm without bringing you out in a sweat, these are a great option for year-round use. If not, go for gloves that keep you warm, as there's nothing worse than trying to work when your fingers are going numb with cold.

We've picked a few of the most popular safety gloves on the market, and reviewed them for you, so you can make the right choice for your protective equipment.

Top Five Safety Gloves – Reviews

 

#1: Best Buy Safety Gloves: Chyda Cut Resistant Gloves

Graded to Level 5 for food preparation, these machine-washable safety gloves are highly abrasion-resistant, and ideal for anything that involves using sharp blades, from preparing dinner to creating a full-size wood sculpture.  

 
 

They also offer excellent protection against the sharp edges of glass, whilst being smooth enough not to damage the surface.

If you make windows, koi ponds, or stained glass creations, these well-designed, comfortable gloves give you the protection and performance you need, while those regularly working with razor-sharp knives and hand tool blades will be pleasantly surprised at the lack of blood that results from wearing these safety gloves.

At the end of a hard day's work, simply toss them in the washer, set them up to air dry, and they're ready to go again.

You will need to order a size larger than your hand measures to, especially if you need full freedom of movement in your hands while you work, as these gloves tend to come up small.

Pros:

  • Completely abrasion-resistant
  • Ideal for everything from stained glass work to slicing veg
  • Level 5 Food Grade
  • Machine washable

Cons:

  • Do tend to run small

Value For Money?

An affordable, versatile choice that's ideal for everyone.

#2: Ironclad General Utility Gloves

 
 

Giving you reinforced dexterity, the palms of these safety gloves are reinforced with synthetic leather, which doesn't sweat or shrink as much as hide. That makes it more suited to use in gloves that will be going through the mill in terms of heavy labor.

These gloves are better suited to manual handling than to workshop duties, as the nylon backs and fingertips aren't particularly durable, and will wear out quite quickly in a workshop setting.

If you're unloading trucks all day, or generally involved in any kind of grunt work, however, these are the ideal way to protect your hands against sharp edges, rough surfaces, and the elements.

Pros:

  • Fully flexible
  • Reinforced palms

Cons:

  • Not particularly durable for workshop use

Value For Money?

The lack of durability does let these gloves down, although they're still a good buy if you're looking for manual handling safety gloves.

#3: CLC Custom Leather Craft 125 Handyman

 
 

A comfortable pair of gloves that offer excellent grip, these safety gloves are let down by their lack of durability, which makes them more suited to light, casual hobby use rather than regular workday protective gear.

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Good grip

Cons:

  • Not durable

Value For Money?

Another pair of safety gloves that would be a good buy for manual handling, but wouldn't otherwise represent value for money.

#4: Proflex 817WP

 
 

One of the few brands that offer gloves up to size XXL, Proflex's reinforced safety gloves are particularly good for ice fishing, ensuring that you don't feel any kind of cold, or wet, when you're unhooking a fresh-caught fish.

In more everyday settings, they're more rain-proof than waterproof: fine for manual handling in bad weather, but don't expect to be able to use them for underwater welding.

These gloves are comfortable to wear, although the fingers do come up long, which could be an issue in certain circumstances. They are, regrettably, not as durable as the price would have you believe.

Pros:

  • Sized up to XXL
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • Not durable

Value For Money?

If you find XL gloves a little tight, it could be worth spending a bit more to get the comfort and fit you need. Otherwise, these are expensive for gloves that aren't all that durable when they're subjected to heavy use.

#5: Better Grip BGFL1-9L

 
 

These gloves come in a four pack, which you'll need if you're using them on a daily basis, as they're not all that durable. They are comfortable, however, so may suit those who do casual labor on an ad-hoc basis, and want to be sure of having protective equipment to hand (excuse the pun) without spending a fortune.

Available in a range of colors, including several hi-vis shades, these safety gloves offer good grip, but are not suitable for working in cold weather.

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Good grip
  • Hi-vis options available

Cons:

  • Not durable
  • Not suitable for cold weather

Value For Money?

If you just want to make sure you have protective gloves to hand if you should ever need them, this four pack represents excellent value for money.