Best Builder's Gloves 2020

Wednesday, 19 August 2020  |  Sam

If you work in construction, you'll know that a quality pair of gloves can go a long way – not only in protecting your hands and fingers, but boosting performance in certain tasks and applications. Here at SafetyGloves.co.uk, we've been around long enough to know a thing or two about what makes a decent pair of safety gloves. If you're looking to get your hands dirty, read on for our Best Builder's Gloves 2020.

Choose the Right Pair For The Task At Hand

We pride ourselves on our careful selection of only the most trusted brands and glove manufacturers. In this article, we're going to examine the gloves construction workers need most. The choice of each product is based on a combination of expert opinion, customer feedback, and value for money.

If you're looking for something in particular, here's what we're going to cover:


Best General Builder's Gloves

Winner: Portwest Black PU Palm Gloves A120BK

Portwest Black PU Palm Gloves A120BK

The Pros...

 Polyurethane coating allows for high levels of grip
 Provide touch sensitivity thanks to a thin pylon liner
 Bargain price makes these gloves a perfect bulk buy for larger companies

Good For...

 General usage, handling materials and tools
 Handling oily or wet components
 Money-saving in low risk environments

The Cons...

 Not suitable for use with power tools (See Our Solution)
 Lightweight design is not suited for risky environments (See Our Solution)


Editor's Review: We've seen a lot of gloves come and go, but the Portwest Black PU Palm Gloves A120BK are definitely one for the books. Simple and effective, with an excellent value for money. If you're looking for a reliable pair of builder's gloves with a strong grip, and a stretchy lightweight fit, you've found them.


Best Builder's Grip Gloves

Winner: Polyco Matrix F Grip Work Gloves

Polyco Matrix F Grip Work Gloves

The Pros...

 Coarse nitrile palm increases gripping power with great security
 Highly dextrous – feels like you're wearing only a thin layer
 Light resistance to water, grease and oil

Good For...

 Lightweight precision tasks requiring sensitivity
 All-hands-on-deck work, from scaffolding to pipeline work
 Careful handling of greasy bolts, tools, materials and more

The Cons...

 Snug and comfortable, but not great for hot weather (See Our Solution)
Low cost glove, but may not last more than a couple of washes


Editor's Review: For the price of the Matrix F Grip Gloves, it's hard to argue with how effective they are not just for builders but for a range of construction tasks. Lightweight and comfortable, these gloves won't protect you in risky environments but for pretty much low-risk situation, you can't go wrong with them.


Best Thermal Builder's Gloves

Winner: Honeywell Cold Grip Plus 5 Cut Resistant Thermal Gloves NFD11HD

Honeywell Cold Grip Plus 5 Gloves

The Pros...

 Insulates your hands against temperatures as low as -26°C
 Level 5 cut resistance is ideal for handling hazardous items
 Great grip in sub-zero temperatures

Good For...

 Winter work, especially night shifts when weather is at it's most frosty
 Handling very sharp tools and materials, including metals and plastics
✔ Railway maintenance work where shifts often extend long into the night

The Cons...

 Not suitable for handling wet items (See Our Solution)
 Not very practical for work in hot and humid weather (See Our Solution)


Editor's Review: Winter construction work can be an absolute slog – but with the toasty Honeywell Cold Grip Plus 5 Gloves, the hours pass a little easier. That's because the Cold Grip Plus 5 combine polyamide with a brushed thermal liner to protect against harsh temperatures as low as -26°C. Their utility doesn't end there though – the gloves have a fantastic level of protection against cuts and lacerations.


Best Waterproof Builder's Gloves

Winner: Polyco Polyflex Hydro KC PHYKC Safety Gloves

Polyco PolyFlex Hydro KC Phykc Safety Gloves

The Pros...

 Hydrophobic solution ensures a high level of water-resistance
 Nitrile foam across the palms boosts both comfort and grip
 Very lightweight and breathable, with touch-screen compatible fingers

Good For...

 Those grim soggy days on-site
 Scaffolding and other groundwork applications
 Foremen looking for all-weather touch-screen compatible gloves

The Cons...

 Not suitable for work with sharp edges (See Our Solution)
 Won't protect against very cold weather (See Our Solution)


Editor's Review: Waking up early, only to look outside and see rain pelting the streets – we've all been there, but not all of us were prepared. For situations like these, we recommend the Polyco Polyflex Hydro KC PHYKC Gloves. They're treated with a quality hydrophobic solution to repel the worst of wet weather, and keep your digits nice and dry – and they're touchscreen compatible.


Best Cut-Resistant Builder's Gloves

Winner: Predator Emerald Cut Level C Safety Gloves PUUH

Predator Emerald Cut-Resistant Gloves

The Pros...

 Cut Level C protection is ideal for higher-risk environments
 High flexibility doesn't compromise on your dexterity
 Coating adds a good level of grip to the gloves

Good For...

 Dry stone walling and masonry
 Handling rough and coarse materials 
 Working with bladed tools and machinery

The Cons...

 Some might find the Predators a little close-fitting (See Our Solution)
 Not well-suited for intricate and precise work (See Our Solution


Editor's Review: The Predator Emerald Cut Level C Safety Gloves are my number one recommendation for workers out there handling dangerous tools and materials with a bit of an edge to them. Not only will the Predators protect your hands and digits from lacerations, but their excellent polyurethane dip repels water, oil and minor bumps and bruises.


Best Concrete Handling Gloves

Winner: Ejendals Tegera 10PG Chemical Resistant Gloves

Ejendals Tegera 10pg Chemical Protection Gloves

The Pros...

 Excellent price for the dual protection you receive
 Treated PVC material resists corrosive chemicals including cement
 Very durable, ready to beat back the scuffs and bruises of a day's work

Good For...

 Concrete handling, especially wet concrete
 Handling other potentially dangerous liquids and materials
 HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) installation

The Cons...

 Heavy gauntlet design can cause fatigue during long shifts
 Great for wet concrete work, they aren't the best for dry work (See Our Solution)


Editor's Review: Wet concrete can cause chemical burns, third degree burns, and even cause blindness if it gets in your eyes. That's why the Ejendals Tegera 10PG Chemical Gloves are our most trusted gear for concrete handling. These red PVC gauntlets are hard-wearing, durable, and most importantly, they'll protect your digits from wet concrete and other corrosive chemicals. 


Best Summer Builder's Gloves

Winner: MaxiFlex Ultimate Palm Coated Handling Gloves 42-874

MaxiFlex Ultimate Palm-Coated Handling Gloves

The Pros...

 Nothing comes close to their anti-sweat cooling technology
 Coarse nitrile palms for a secure grip, courtesy of MaxiFlex's GRIPtech
 Good level of padding across the digits, with pre-curved fingers for comfort

Good For...

 Hot days on site when your sweaty palms are getting in the way
 Scaffolding, lightweight construction work
 Mechanical work, handling oily components

The Cons...

 Not suitable for tasks requiring high levels of protection (See Our Solution)
 These are actually okay for cold, but not extreme cold (See Our Solution)


Editor's Review: The MaxiFlex Ultimate Gloves are what some might call "gloves of the future". That's because they make use of a couple of technologies that we didn't have a decade or two ago. We definitely noticed their GRIPtech palms boost our gripping ability through a micro-cup suction finish – but what really caught our eye is their AD-APT tech, where a natural cooling agent is released based on changes in hand temperature. If you're sweating through summer, we couldn't recommend MaxiFlex enough.


Best Power Tool Gloves

Winner: Ejendals Tegera 9180 Anti-Vibration Work Gloves

Ejendals Tegera 91801 Gloves

The Pros...

 Designed to distribute and absorb vibration to protect your hands
 Reinforced across the index finger, fingertips and palms for lasting durability
 Comfortable padding reduces hand fatigue when handling tools

Good For...

 Handling power tools, from drills to jackhammers
 Mining, excavation and other construction work
 MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations)

The Cons...

 Not a great level of resistance to abrasions (See Our Solution)
 Aren't suitable for use with wet cement (See Our Solution)


Editor's Review: The Ejendals Tegera 9180 Gloves really do dampen down vibrations and stop post-work tingling. Ergonomically shaped with splayed digits, and reinforced seams across the bits that matter – once you try the Tegera 9180, we think you won't need anything else.


Looking for A Way to Safely Store Your Gloves?

Try our selection of Ergodyne Squids Grabber Clips. They allow you to store your gloves on-the-go and have an excellent breaking strength of 11.8kg.


Our Conclusion

Construction is a hard job at the best of times, and that's why workers deserve quality and effective gear. We hope that our blog on the Best Builder's Gloves has been useful and informative, and that you've found the right pair for the job. If you can't decide on the right pair, I'd recommend going for the MaxiFlex Ultimate Palm Coated Handling Gloves 42-874. They're well-rounded and they make use of some innovative technology to provide a good grip and a cool head.

If you're looking for more builder's gloves, why not check out our Builders, Bricklaying and Construction categories? For more expert opinions, check out our Top 5 Lists, only at SafetyGloves.co.uk.

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