6 Factors To Consider When Buying Work Gloves

6 Factors To Consider When Buying Work Gloves

No two work gloves are alike, and with hundreds of options to choose from, it can be overwhelming trying to find the right work glove to suit your specific needs. To make your browsing experience as smooth as possible, here are 6 factors to consider when buying work gloves.

1) Features

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Work gloves can be designed with an array of special features tailored to different applications. If you work with sharp objects like knives, it’s important to get a cut-resistant glove to protect against punctures and abrasions. If your job involves carrying heavy objects or working at higher elevations, you may opt for a palm coated glove for extra grip. Perhaps you need a glove that’s both cut resistant and palm coated — we have plenty of multi-featured gloves, too. 

You can start your glove browsing process by first identifying which feature(s) are important to you, then explore work gloves by feature. We have nearly twenty features to choose from, and you can select as many features as you’d like using the product filters on the left-hand column of the product list pages. 

2) Material

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Every glove material has its own feel and function. For example, nitrile coated gloves are flexible and dexterous, cotton gloves are soft and economical, and leather gloves are tough and durable.

Once you have a sense of the glove features you’re looking for, you can then decide what type of feel you’d like.

You can explore work gloves by material here

3) Seasonality

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It’s important to consider what time of year you will be wearing the work gloves you’re purchasing. During the Spring and Fall, a standard work glove will suit you just fine in most cases. In the summer, you might want to opt for lighter, more breathable gloves for optimal comfort. During the winter, you’ll almost certainly want thicker cold weather gloves

You can look for the “cold weather” product filter during your search, or oftentimes there are winter versions of popular evergreen gloves. For example, our bestselling Showa Atlas Fit 300 Gloves have a cold-weather version: the Showa Atlas Therma Fit 451 Gloves. These are nearly identical to the 300 Gloves but feature a fleece knit liner for added warmth.

4) Color 

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Color can often be a matter of preference, but it can also serve an important function. If you work at night or in other hazardous conditions, high visibility gloves can provide an important extra layer of safety. You can choose from hi vis yellow, orange, or lime to make sure you stand out while you work.

Conversely, we also offer a selection of covert, all-black gloves for military and police applications on our tactical gloves page.

Whether you’re interested in color for the look or for the function, we have a wide assortment of colors available for your choosing. You can sort through colors at the bottom of our product filters at your convenience.

5) Size

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Finding the right glove size is essential for optimal comfort and performance. Almost all work gloves offer sizes Small through Extra Large, but other sizes like Extra Small and XXL may require a bit more browsing.

First, we recommend visiting our helpful glove sizing page. There, you can find brand-specific sizing charts as well as a general sizing chart to determine which size is right for you.

Then, you can use the Size product filters on the product list pages to ensure the gloves you’re looking at will be a good fit.

6) Price 

PalmFlex Gloves PriceWhen you see two work gloves with similar designs and/or functions, but one is more expensive than the other, often this is because the more expensive style is made of thicker, more durable materials than the less expensive one. This not only adds another layer of hand protection, but it also gives the gloves more longevity before replacements may be in order. 

There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to price, it’s just a matter of preference. For demanding applications like construction and oil & gas, you may want to opt for a higher-end glove that will stand up to the stress and rigor that comes with the job. For less demanding applications like gardening, you may prefer a more economical style that you can replace as needed. The choice is entirely up to you.

Browse Work Gloves with Confidence

There are numerous factors to consider when buying work gloves, but we’ve worked hard to create a seamless browsing experience from start to finish: First, you can search work gloves by brand, industry, feature, or material. Then, you can take advantage of our comprehensive product filters in the left-hand column to further hone your options. Additionally, you can compare different work gloves to each other by clicking ‘Compare’ and visiting the Comparison page. Finally, we recommend reading the product descriptions to learn the work glove’s unique design, specific features, and recommended applications. At PalmFlex, we’re so confident you’ll be able to find a work glove you’re happy with, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee

Buy work gloves in bulk to take advantage of our huge volume discounts. We offer free shipping on orders over $80 storewide within the continental U.S. Have questions? Contact us online to discuss your work gloves needs with one of our experts, and feel free to share this article with colleagues to help them when they’re buying work gloves. For further reading, we have several resources to learn more about different kinds of work gloves, including our PalmFlex Blog and our Glove Terminology page.