Best Cleaning Gloves of 2020
The Casabella Premium Waterblock are stylish and well-fitted gloves. They have nice design choices, starting with the cuff feature, which keeps water from draining down the arm. The double cuff gives length options, and even when not folded down, has a lip on the end of the sleeve to help with water drippage. The gloves are aesthetically designed with fitted wrists and fingers, allowing them to fit snuggly and avoid gaping or adjusting issues. The material is substantially thick but stretches nicely, allowing them to remain comfortable. There is a light lining on the inside, which adds comfort, and helps the gloves slide on and off easily.
When testing the Casabella Premium Waterblock, we did note one design flaw with the cuffs; they are a bit heavy and have the potential to slide down to the wrist during continuous scrubbing. Though a bit annoying, this didn't happen enough during testing to be a huge concern. The only other note of concern is that the exterior of the gloves are softer and can be a bit more slippery. This is important to note if you're looking for a better grip; some texture elements on the fingers keep this point from being a huge detractor. Overall, they are aesthetically pleasing, fit comfortably, and have been designed with the user in mind.
The Vgo Household is a standard ten pack of yellow gloves. With few flashy features, the Vgo appears as your "typical" cleaning glove, yet it surprised us. We expected thin, sticky material but instead found substantial, extra thick material with a soft finish. The insides of the gloves are smooth, and they easily slide on and off the hands. Another nice design feature is the small lip on the sleeve, which helps keep water from dripping down your arm; this is great for kitchen chores and other tasks. They are breathable and don't get sweaty easily, even while using steaming hot water. They fit the shape of the hand well and have a comfortable elasticity to them, which we appreciate when switching between and handling more intricate cleaning tasks.
One primary downside to the Vgo is that the sleeve length is on the shorter end; if you're looking for a glove to protect from dirty tasks, this is something to consider. The outside of the glove is a bit too soft to maintain a really good grip when, for example, washing dishes in soapy water; because of this, these gloves get a slightly lower grip rating. They also lack a lining, which is something to consider if you're looking for a plush, comfy feel on the inside. Overall, the Vgo are a comfortable and cost-effective option with few significant downsides.
The Mr. Clean Bliss Premium gloves are a nice option when looking for a comfortable latex-free glove. Many design choices rate these gloves high in comfort and quality. They fit well, and boast a superbly soft and comfortable lining, keeping hands from sweating during prolonged wear, and giving an overall pleasant feel. The outside has a slightly matte finish, which adds to the feeling of wearing a high-quality glove. The thickness also helps improve protection and durability, which aids in hefty tasks. The wrists are designed to fit loosely and fade into a nice, wide sleeve. The wide sleeve is excellent if looking for a glove that fits over clothing nicely and doesn't restrict the arm.
Though the overall makeup of the fabric is lovely, there are a few potential downsides to note. There aren't any design features to help with water drippage during messy tasks, and the sleeves are a bit short as well. The thicker fabric, along with lower elasticity, can take away from the comfort if looking for a "barely there" fit. The gloves can slide around a bit during detailed tasks, as there are no features to keep the fingers in place, and the wide wrist design doesn't help. It is important to note that purchasing the correct size is important here, as not everyone will have this problem. These gloves provide decent comfort and protection and are great for lighter tasks around the home.
The LANON Wahoo Series PVC cleaning gloves are a pleasant find, as we never thought that a pair of cleaning gloves could handle the transition from food prep to washing dishes and cleaning countertops; these gloves can do just that. Being latex, DEHP, lead & cadmium free, they are specifically marketed for food use in the kitchen. This is a nice feature for those who want to keep their hands protected from staining and odorous foods while moving easily between food and kitchen cleaning tasks. Construction is thicker in the hands, with the sleeves thinning out a bit. The LANON Wahoo did receive a high comfort rating during testing. The material is slightly matte on the outside and soft on the inside. The thin material and flexibility help the gloves to feel breathable. We tested these gloves while preparing onions and garlic for homemade pasta sauce, moving between cutting, cleaning, and cooking on the stovetop. The gloves were flexible and thin enough to handle most objects easily.
On the downsides, cutting onions was a pleasant task, though peeling them was slightly difficult. We were willing to work with this downside until it came to peeling and dicing garlic, which was too intricate to do with these gloves. On a cleaning task note, the sleeves are a bit shorter, and it's not recommended to use with high-concentration chemicals. There are also warnings against wearing sharp rings and using around sharp objects such as toothpicks. Also, note that the white fabric stained easily when washing dishes. These gloves are a nice addition to most kitchen tasks and come in handy for most jobs in the kitchen.
The Elgood Reusable are an excellent latex-free pair of gloves thanks to their comfort and fit. Made with a soft lining inside, they were comfortable to wear for extended periods doing both around-the-home cleaning tasks and hefty dishwashing sessions. A notable feature is the non-slip design that includes small, gripping pieces of the fabric on the insides of the fingers. This feature works exceptionally well, as the Elgood Reusable stays in place and fits better than many in our fleet. The outside has a matte-like material that helps when gripping slippery objects.
One downside to the Elgood is that there is no lip or cuff feature to keep water from draining down the arm. Depending on how meticulous of a cleaner you are, this may or may not be a negative point. Feeling some stickiness on the inside (from the non-slip feature) also seems to take away from the comfort, as this feels a bit awkward at first, and is something to note. These gloves are very comfortable, fit to the hand well, and are an excellent latex-free option.
For a heavy-duty option, the UXglove Chemical Resistant Gloves provides excellent protection, durability, and comfort. They are thin enough to feel cool and breathable but substantial enough to protect against hot water that would normally scald the skin. The latex material is superbly stretchy, and because of this, they are more resistant to pokes or slices from sharp objects. These gloves protected us against chemicals, oils, and overall dirty tasks as they provide decent protection and length coverage. We also found that they accommodate your typical household cleaning tasks, and they do include a lip to help avoid water drippage for dishwashing and other water-heavy tasks.
It is worth noting that the UXglove Chemical Resistant gloves are classified as heavy-duty, but are not marketed as extremely resistant to sharp objects or very high temperatures. If considering these gloves for a variety of cleaning tasks, some downsides are worth noting. There is no lining to keep the hands from getting sweaty or adding a layer of comfort. The fit is a bit looser, and the design feels pretty "one-size-fits-all", lacking any tapering around the wrists or fingers. The outside of the material can also be slippery when using soapy water. These gloves are relatively versatile and accommodating to most cleaning and heavy-duty tasks.
The Playtex Living Reusable Rubber bring beneficial features to the average cleaning glove experience. The main feature that stands out is the drip-catch cuff intended to keep water from dripping down the arm. The gloves are extra long and can be cuffed a few inches without taking away too much from the length. This is a handy feature if you find yourself splashing a lot of water while washing dishes or reaching up high to scrub the shower wall, only to find a stream of water rushing down your arm. There is a lightly textured lining inside the glove, which also helps keep the hands from sliding around too much. The material on the exterior gives an excellent grip, as it is flexible, and the rubber texture helps to hold on to objects, even when covered in soapy water.
The Playtex Living Reusable fabric doesn't surprise or delight in any way, being a bit thinner and less substantial than others tested. They seem to be punctured more easily and may not hold up as well long term. The feel of the fabric is rubbery and can come across slightly sticky. It is also worth noting that the wrists are designed larger, so smaller hands can slip around a bit. Though a fairly average material, overall, the gloves give good coverage for messier tasks and provide substantial grip.
These gloves are a win for sleeve length as they are the longest of any of the gloves we tested. The Rubber Cleaning Gloves are made with thinner material, which is a plus for flexibility and helps improve the ability to grip objects well. The exterior includes some texture on the fingers that does improve grip as well. Overall they are versatile because of the length; they are ideal for washing dishes, cleaning the shower, and taking on other messy household cleaning chores.
It is worth noting that the long sleeves are narrow and could cause problems fitting if you're looking for more room in the arms. They don't have an interior lining to keep hands comfortable or to keep from sweating easily. The length, combined with the lack of lining, makes the gloves feel hot and less breathable than we'd like, particularly after extensive wear. There also aren't any features or design intentions included to help keep the hand from sliding around — a bit of a design miss here. The fabric is a bit thin, though we didn't find any quality flaws when testing. Though some design flaws are present, we did appreciate finding a truly long glove that excels in cleaning.
Why You Should Trust Us
Being a very detail-oriented person and a bit of a perfectionist with any task, our primary tester and reviewer,
Lael Martinez is often searching for the most productive and effective way of cleaning. Being the second eldest of 11 children, she knows a thing or two about messy tasks and getting things done. Now a homeowner, she has her own list of things to accomplish — dishes, deep cleaning, gardening, and more. Having the best product is essential to getting the job done.
After researching over 20 different gloves, eight made our list for the top, most effective cleaning gloves on the market. We tested each glove in a variety of household cleaning tasks, rating on quality and durability, versatility, comfort, and grip.
Analysis and Test Results
To test cleaning gloves, we used them in common tasks around the home and rated on the typical things that would either get in the way of accomplishing a task or make the task a breeze. We assessed any annoyances in using the gloves as well as surprising perks.
Quality and Durability
When testing for quality and durability, we assessed the fabric of the glove, thickness, and elasticity. We tested to be sure the gloves were fully waterproof and didn't easily tear when stretched. We evaluated any features that were thoughtful and functional, such as a lip on the sleeve to keep water contained.
The Casabella and the Playtex cleaning gloves stood out here; they both had a large section of the sleeve that could be cuffed to catch water. A few other gloves had small lips on the sleeve to avoid this issue, such as the Vgo and UXglove. Only two gloves stood out for length. The Playtex glove worked well when uncuffed and didn't slip down the arm, unlike the Casabella. The Rubber Cleaning Gloves were the longest and most helpful for length coverage.
Versatility was an essential ranking factor when engaging in a variety of tasks. We wanted the gloves to be convenient for moving from task to task without needing to remove them often. We even tested cooking, slicing veggies, cleaning the counters and dishes, and cleaning the kitchen floor after a nasty spill.
The LANON Wahoo gloves were the most versatile in the kitchen, as they're made with food-safe materials and provide sufficient coverage for kitchen tasks. They weren't as durable as the Casabella Waterblock gloves, which graded high for solving the water drippage issue across tasks such as washing dishes to cleaning the shower.
When assessing the comfort of each glove, we wanted to find few adjustments needed, features that would assist with keeping the glove in place, and any lining and design choices that would make wearing the gloves pleasant. The Casabella Waterblock gloves scored the highest here, with the LANON Wahoo and Elgood gloves ranking right behind. We were also surprised to find that though minimally designed with comfort features, the Vgo and UXglove provided a nice fit and elasticity that made up for this.
The grip of each glove was important to test, as both the fit and material of the glove could add to clumsiness leading to broken dishes, for example, and additional messes to clean. We found that the gloves with a matte finish fabric were the ones that gripped objects the best, such as the LANON Wahoo and Elgood gloves. The Playtex also ranked high, as the material was more rubbery and had a sticky texture. The Mr. Clean had a matte texture but didn't seem to fit as snuggly on the hand, so this lowered the grip potential here.
We were surprised by the cost-effective choices and overall comfort of most of the gloves we tested. Many surprising features added to the convenience of wearing cleaning gloves. However, it's worth noting that finding the right fit for your hand is important. An ill-fitting glove can detract from a pleasant cleaning experience, while a good fit, along with some other helpful features, can enhance any cleaning experience.
— Lael Martinez