Aprons are a staple of woodworking shops worldwide. If you haven’t added one of these to your collection, you’re probably messing up your clothes far more often than you’d like.
However, despite the apparent simplicity of these clothing-protectors, there are a lot of differences between modern aprons, and they come at a lot of different price points which can make it hard to tell which make for a good deal, and which aren’t worth the money.
We created this list of reviews of the best woodworking aprons of 2019 in a bid to help you determine which models can be trusted to live up to their price, and which models you’re better off skipping.
|Hudson Apron HDG901W|
|Texas Canvas Wares TCW9001 ||1 lb||4.8/5|
|GIDABRAND GDAP001||2 lbs||4.7/5|
|Bucket Boss Bucket Boss 80200|
(Best for the Money)
|KNG Adult Apron 1176||1 lb||4.2/5|
The Hudson Apron HDG901W is one of the best-made aprons, period. It’s easily our top pick, due in large part to its adjustable size. So many aprons don’t fit right out of the box, and this model is designed to fit such a wide range of people that most people find that it fits extraordinarily well. It comes with a quick-release buckle on the back which makes it fast and easy to put this apron on and take it off. It comes with padded straps that cross in an “x” formation on the back, which makes the weight rest evenly on the shoulders instead of around the neck.
It comes with sawdust flaps, which can be buckled shut to keep dust out while you work. It also comes with an assortment of pockets for tools, a pair of hammer loops, and three smaller pockets for screwdrivers, knives, chisels, or your phone. While that sounds like a lot of options, the only thing that could make this model better would be the inclusion of even more pockets. That being said, this is one of the best aprons on the market, and is fantastic for woodworkers.
The Texas Canvas Wares TCW9001 is a quality apron, and it just misses out on first place. Like our top model, it also comes with cross-back straps, which serve to take weight off of your neck and redistribute it to your shoulders. These aprons aren’t the heaviest things you’ll ever wear, but you’ll be thankful that you didn’t put that strain on you next at the end of the day. It also comes with large tool pockets which make it easy to carry your needed supplies with you as you work.
It’s water-resistant, which is good for any situations in the shop where you might get it wet. While it doesn’t fit the same range of people as our first model, it still fits most people of both genders, which makes it a suitable purchase for almost anyone. The one knock against this model is that it comes with finicky apron ties, which makes it hard for some people to successfully tie it behind their back and sometimes gets misaligned, which can cause the shoulder straps to fall off your shoulders. If that wasn’t the case, this apron might have a shot at first.
The GIDABRAND DDAP001 is a good choice for people who want a high-quality apron but don’t want to go all out for the very best aprons. This apron comes with large pockets, which on this model are centered, unlike the pockets on other aprons. While some people prefer offset pockets because they make it easier to reach with your dominant hand, others prefer centered pockets because they have a higher aesthetic appeal.
This apron is water-resistant, which makes it good for heavy-duty shop work. Most people also report that it fits them well, so this apron is yet another good choice, fit-wise. The one unfortunate problem with this apron is that it isn’t easy to put on and take off. Other aprons don’t have this problem, so it’s something specific to this design. If it were better in this category, we would rank it much higher on our list. As it is, we can rank it no higher than third.
The Bucket Boss Bucket Boss 80200 is our choice for best for the money. The very best thing about it is its price, as it costs about a third what the top entry on our list will set you back, and it runs for under half of other models on our list. It’s also by far the lightest option weighing in at under 13 ounces, which is less than a pound. With a weight that small, you’re not going to be worn out at the end of the day when using this product.
One of the better things about this apron is how easy it is to put on. If aprons are lightweight and easy to put on, you’re going to find yourself using them as much as possible, which means you get great value for the price. This model also comes with a ton of pockets, which helps you keep the small tools and other devices you need on hand while you work. The one problem with this model is that it doesn’t provide good leg coverage. That may not be a big deal for you, but it’s something you should keep in mind before you buy.
If you needed the cheapest of the cheap aprons, you might consider the KNG Adult Shop Apron 1176. It comes with four pockets, which means it has some of the pockets that you’d expect on a shop apron. Those pockets aren’t the most durable on the market, so expect to see rips and tears in their seems after a few months of use. This is due in large part to the cheap cotton material from which the apron is made. The straps themselves are not strong, so that’s another possible point of failure in the near to medium future.
It’s also not waterproof, and at best is water-resistant, though that’s a somewhat dubious claim. It lacks hammer loops, which means you’ll probably have to carry that common tool around yourself. This model doesn’t have the durability or the usefulness to come any higher than last on our list. While it is very cheap, you’re not getting a lot of value out of your buy. Overall, should probably spend a bit more money and get a model that lasts you much longer.