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Best Work Gloves for Dexterity 2024

1 September 2023  |  Sharman

If you've ever had to pick up small parts wearing overly thick and rigid gloves, you know how difficult it can be. For fine handling you need a flexible pair of gloves that maintain the natural dexterity of your hands, while still protecting them from mechanical hazards. 

Depending on the job you're doing or the hazards you're facing, the type of dexterity gloves you need will differ. Whatever you're after, this guide to our Best Work Gloves for Dexterity 2024 can help.

What Does this Guide Cover?


Winner: MaxiFlex Ultimate Palm Coated Handling Gloves

MaxiFlex Ultimate Palm Coated Handling Gloves 42-874

Why We Love Them...

 Thin and flexible while retaining versatile mechanical resistance
 Microcup GRIPTech finish offers a secure, safe and precise grip
 Naturally cooling and breathable for long-lasting comfort

Perfect For...

 Handling small parts and work that requires precision
 Comfortable, all-day wear for a variety of jobs 
 Lower risk technical work and engine maintenance 

Not the Best For...

 High cut resistance (See our solution)
 Extremely cold weather (See our solution)


Editor's Verdict: The MaxiFlex Ultimate Palm Coated Handling Gloves are lightweight, thin, grippy and among the most popular handling gloves available. They're ideal for most precision and lower risk mechanics jobs, as well as being breathable and skin-kind for long-lasting comfort.

Customer Verdict: "Best outdoor gloves I have ever used… it's the first thing I put on before getting my hands dirty whether doing building work, gardening or under the bonnet of my cars." Irek ★★★★★

Best High-Dexterity Cut-Resistant Work Gloves

Winner: Uvex C500 Cut Resistant Gloves 

Uvex C500 Cut Resistant Gloves Why They're Great...

Diverse range of use across industries or convenience and affordability
Level 5 abrasion resistance protects against heavy-duty injuries
Highly breathable bamboo design reduces sweat, adds comfort and tactility

Ideal For...

Assembly, automotive and car manufacturing
Sharp object handling, sheet metalwork

Not the Best For...

Working in the rain or very wet conditions (See our solution)
Handling extremely hot objects (See our solution)



Editor's Verdict: The Uvex C500 Gloves offer protection from a huge range of industry hazards without compromising lightweight or flexibility. We particularly love the Uvex Climazone technology which regulates the conditions within the glove for control in even the most unpredictable work environments. Featuring a bamboo blend for total breathability, this handy pair of gloves allows workmen to stay precise and protected in the most comfortable way possible.

Best High-Dexterity Waterproof Gloves

Winner: Ansell AlphaTec 87-029 Astroflex Heat-Resistant Gauntlet Gloves

Ansell AlphaTec 87-029 Astroflex Heat-Resistant Gauntlet GlovesWhy They're Great...

✔ Extremely flexible design with crinkle pattern for extra grip
Versatile chemical resistance and gauntlet design for protection
Contact heat resistance up to 250°C for handling hot liquids

Ideal For...

Working with chemicals and hazardous liquids 
Maintaining dexterity and grip when handling wet materials

Not the Best For...

✘ Cut resistance (See our solution
Maximum dexterity (See our solution)



Editor's Verdict: Made with tough, but flexible and lightweight natural rubber with an anatomical shape, the Ansell Gauntlet Gloves are fully waterproof and extremely dextrous. They're finished with a crinkle coating to provide to a secure grip even in wet and oily conditions. With an extended gauntlet design, comprehensive chemical resistance and contact heat resistance up to 250°C, they're also versatile and extremely protective.

Best High-Dexterity Winter Work Gloves

Winner: Ejendals Tegera 517 Insulated Waterproof Precision Work Gloves

Ejendals Tegera 517 Insulated Waterproof Precision Work Gloves

Why We Love Them...

Resistance to water, oil and grease for a secure grip
 Certified for resistance to convective and contact cold
 Super-thin, tactile build despite their fantastic protection

Perfect For...

 Finer handling and the most technical work
 Cold protection while maintaining sensitivity and dexterity

Not the Best For...

Extremely fine handling (See our solution)
 Handling hot objects and dealing with sparks (See our solution)



Editor's Verdict: The Tegera 517 are some of the most popular thermal work gloves for a reason. Certified as resistant to contact and convective cold, along with water permeability, they combine fantastic protection with a thin and flexible design that maintains the natural dexterity of your hands. When you're dealing with frozen items, no matter how small or slippery, the 517s have you covered.

Customer Verdict: "Snugg [sic], easy to work with them on. I work in fridges and freezers, so far so good. Keep hands warm and dry" Stuart ★★★★★

Best Heat-Resistant Thin Gloves

Winner: Portwest A622 Level C Cut-Resistant PU Coated Gloves

Portwest A622 Level C Cut-Resistant PU Coated GlovesWhy They're Great...

✔ HPPE and glass-fibre combination offer comprehensive abrasion resistance
Able to withstand contact heat up to 100°C for up to 15 seconds
Feature a non-slip rough texture and an excellent grip on outdoor environments

Ideal For...

Mechanics, shipping, cargo handling  and warehouse use
Handling tasks in cold weather due to being cold weather certified

Not the Best For...

Higher levels of cut risk (See our solution)
Working in cold stores or outdoors in the winter (See our solution)



Editor's Verdict: Made with a combination of glass fibre and HPPE, these Portwest Gloves offer robust mechanical protection despite their thin and flexible build. The PU coating is supple and pliant, offering a fantastic grip and the dexterity needed for fiddly jobs and precise work. All this plus their fantastic price make it easy to see why they're one of out best sellers! 

Customer Verdict:  "Excellent Gloves - Purchased to use with a heat gun for stripping paint, they protect my hands well" - Kerry ★★★★★

Flexible and Protected Hands

Whether you're a mechanic, work in fine assembly or any other profession that requires a high amount of dexterity and precision, a pair of these thin work gloves will provide needed protection without slowing you down.

No worries if you haven't found what you're looking for yet though, why not have a look at our ranges of Thin Work Gloves and Lightweight Work Gloves.

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