Keeping your hands warm and dry in winter can be a tall order. Get it wrong, and you’ll spend the rest of your shift with freezing hands and more than your fair share of misery. Shopping online for things like work gloves is supposed to make the buying process easy, but it can make you just as miserable as cold hands can.
Misleading product descriptions can make it hard to find a model that works well, much less the one that is right for you. Our reviews are designed to show you the good and the bad on each model and to help you find the gloves that are right for you.
|Carhartt Men's Cold Snap Insulated Work Gloves|
|West Chester John Deere JD96650||6 oz||4.75/5|
|Kinco 1786P Waterproof Work Gloves|
(Best for the Money)
|Jeniulet Mens Winter Warm Gloves 100% Waterproof||5 oz||4.4/5|
|West Chester 96650 Pro Series Yeti||6 oz||4.1/5|
The Carhartt Men’s Cold Snap Insulated Work Gloves are the gloves you want to get if you need gloves with excellent protection against the cold, as well as gloves that can take a beating without tearing. These gloves live up the Carhartt name and resist tearing extremely well, even when subjected to heavy work. They also come with a barrel-lock adjuster around the wrist, so you can adjust it to fit your wrist and keep cold air out. With a seal like that, moisture could become a problem, but the moisture-wicking lining works extremely well and keeps your hands dry.
The shell is also breathable, which keeps the air in your gloves a uniform temperature, and helps draw sweat off your hands and into the moisture-wicking lining. The only issue with this line is that these gloves tend to run small. It would be a good idea to order up a size from what you normally wear. While a lot of gloves force you to choose between good durability and good heat protection, these gloves fall in a sweet spot that maximizes both. For the price, you won’t be able to find a better pair of waterproof work gloves.
The West Chester John Deere JD96650 is the best overall glove for people who don’t need extra cold protection, but who want to make sure that their hands stay dry while they work. These gloves come with a waterproof lining, but don’t pack in a lot of extra padding to keep your hands warm. If you work in a warm, but wet environment, then these gloves would be a good choice for you. Since these gloves don’t add in that extra padding, they remain flexible and are good for people who need good dexterity to do their jobs.
This model also comes with a hook and loop cuff, so you can adjust it to get a good fit around your wrist. It also comes with touchscreen-ready fingertips, which allow you to use electronic devices without taking off your gloves. If you work in manufacturing or other inventory-keeping jobs, you already know how much that will come in handy. The only negative you should be aware of is that they run large, so you’ll need to be careful when you make your size selection. Overall, these are good gloves that could take the first spot if they added more temperature protection.
The Kinco 1786P Waterproof Work Gloves are a great choice for people who need a waterproof, warm pair of gloves, but don’t want to break the bank to get them. These gloves are far cheaper than the top two models on our list, but provide much of the same performance, earning them the title of “best for the money” on our list. These gloves are arguably the best on our list when it comes to keeping hands warm, which makes them great for use in cold environments. They also come with a waterproof latex layer, which performs very well in terms of locking moisture out.
It comes with a textured surface, which makes it easier to get a good grip on slippery objects. They’re also designed to be “seamless,” which increases comfort as the seams that might rub against you in other gloves are minimized. What ultimately keeps these gloves out of first place is that they don’t have a moisture-wicking layer inside. Your hands will be warm, but they’ll sweat, and these gloves don’t have a solution for you. If you need waterproof gloves at a low price for short excursions, then these are the gloves for you.
The Jeniulet Mens Winter Warm Gloves 100% Waterproof are aimed at the consumer market instead of at the heavy-duty market. However, they do have some features that would make them a good choice for people looking for waterproof gloves. These gloves feature a polyester shell which does a great job of keeping water out and a decent job of keeping your hands warm while staying lightweight and flexible. It also comes with a zipper closure, which is easy to manipulate with gloves on. The fingers are all coated in a material that allows them to work with touchscreens, and they seem to do really well in that area.
However, they’re not the most durable work gloves out there. If something sharp were to brush up against them, they’d probably rip. Even gentle but repetitive tasks would be likely to tear through these gloves. That makes them a generally-poor choice for people looking for heavy-duty work gloves. If you just need gloves to keep you warm while you’re not working, you could be very happy with these, but they’re ultimately not likely to stand up to the demands that work gloves are built to withstand.
The West Chester 96650 Pro Series Yeti bills itself as a great waterproof work glove, but it has a lot of shortcomings that make it a poor choice for those who need a heavy-duty work glove. They do come with a decent sweat-wicking lining, which is important in work gloves. These gloves also have a hook and loop wrist, which allows you to get a tight fit without cutting off circulation. That will help keep your hands dry.
However, these gloves have a lot of serious issues. First, they don’t keep water out as well as they claim to. Your hands will get wet, possibly within the first half hour of wearing these gloves. Second, they don’t keep your hands warm as well as they should. Your hands will get cold, which negates a lot of the purpose of wearing waterproof gloves. Finally, they don’t provide that good of a grip. You’ll have to squeeze extra hard to keep a grip on things, which is bad for your hands and a problem that gloves are supposed to help you solve. Overall, these gloves aren’t expensive, but they don’t work, and that makes them poor value no matter the price.
The Carhartt Men’s Cold Snap Insulated Work Gloves are our favorite gloves due to their moisture-wicking lining, great durability, and breathable shell. The West Chester John Deere JD96650 comes with touchscreen-ready fingertips, a waterproof lining, and good flexibility, though its non-standard sizing keeps it out of first. The Kinco 1786P Waterproof Work Gloves have a waterproof lining and a good texture for gripping, and its great price makes it the best overall value for the money on our list. The Jeniulet Mens Winter Warm Gloves 100% Waterproof are lightweight and have touchscreen-ready fingers, but their questionable durability means they’re not ready for heavy-duty work. In last place is the West Chester 96650 Pro Series Yeti which has a sweat-wicking lining but suffers from poor water resistance and poor temperature control.
We hope that our reviews have helped you find the waterproof work gloves that are right for you at a price you feel great about.
Note: we also have a buying guide for leather work gloves that you can find here. We also have one for heavy-duty gloves found here.