The best cut resistant gloves are a vital piece of your protective wear, and are crucial in preventing a range of minor to serious injuries.
Safety is the number one priority for almost anyone, and punctures, lacerations or deep cuts can all be prevented by a pair of quality cut resistant gloves.
The type of gloves you should purchase really depend on the level and type of dangers and hazards involved in your work or task.
If you are finding it difficult to find a pair that will ensure your safety and adhere to the specific guidelines of your particular institution, refer to our picks for the top cut resistant gloves.
1. NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves
Made from materials 4 x stronger than leather these cut resistant gloves from NoCry will give you the confidence to be a master chef around all of your sharp kitchen utensils and gardening or workshop implements.
The gloves are manufactured with food-grade ultra-high molecular weight Polyethylene, glass fibres and Spandex. Graded EN388 Level 5 protection, they resist cuts from the sharpest of blades.
The gloves come in four sizes: Small, Medium, Large and X-Large and are meant to be snug-fitting for optimal protection. A size guide is available online.
The inclusion of Spandex in the material mix provides a stretch to keep the gloves firmly on your hands and a secure grip on the item you’re holding.
At the same time, the gloves are extremely thin so you don’t lose that sense of touch which is so important to performing any tasks involving your hands, whether it be food preparation or other jobs.
They only weigh about a 40 grams so you won’t even notice that you’re wearing them. The gloves are machine washable but should only be drip-dried.
Please note: these gloves are not guaranteed to prevent cuts but rather to minimise their likelihood. Care should still be exercised when using sharp blades.
2. EvridWear Cut Resistant Gloves
Available in a pack of two pairs (pink and grey) the EvridWear cut resistant gloves are a great solution to hand protection when dealing with sharp blades and tools in the kitchen, garden or workshop.
Resistant to cuts the gloves are made from a light breathable fibre which includes HPPE (high-performance polyethylene glass) and designed to significantly reduce the risk of knicks and cuts.
Available in four sizes: Small, Medium, Large and X-Large, they are designed to be worn like latex gloves. They’re soft and thin and very comfortable to wear.
You will be able to still feel what you are doing through the gloves, and their exterior surface is covered with slip-resistant micro-dots which enable you to keep a firm hold on anything you’re cutting.
Due to the strength of the knitted fibres used in manufacture the gloves are also extremely durable.
The gloves meet the highest Cut Resistant Performance Level 5 under the CEN: EN388 Level 5, and also the ANSI cutting class. This means they can be used in professional food preparation services such as restaurants.
They can be washed in the washing machine but should not be tumble-dried or ironed. A downloadable recipe eBook will be available after purchase.
3. ThreeH Protective Gloves
Suitable for use on either the right or the left hand the ThreeH protective glove is designed for use by anyone using sharp blades, whether that be in the home or professional kitchen, garden, butchery, food processing, workshop etc. They are also useful for jobs like picking up broken glass.
Made from 316L stainless steel wire chain-linked with Polyethylene the glove will act like chainmail to protect the hand from cuts, stabs, punctures and scratches. An internal woven fabric provides a comfortable surface against the skin, and an adjustable buckle can be used to ensure the glove is secured properly and safely to the hand and wrist.
The material satisfies EN 388 Level 5 cut resistance standards so is safe for use in industrial settings.
Washing your hand with the glove on will be enough to clean the glove itself, or it can be put in the dishwasher. It comes in seven sizes between X-Small and 3X-Large.
Precise sizing measurements can be found on the Amazon site in inches and cms. An additional white glove to be worn inside the protective glove is included with purchase.
Please note: the glove will not necessarily protect from direct-point punctures so care should still be taken when using sharp knives and blades.
4. BYETOO Cut Resistant Gloves
Providing EN388 Level 5 grade cut resistant protection for hands when using knives and other sharp blades, the BYETOO safety gloves are ideal for use in many settings including home and professional kitchens (they’re food-safe), fishing, gardening, butcher’s shops, workshops, DIY, woodworking etc.
Designed to protect against serious injury, cuts, scratches and nicks the gloves are a snug fit with a thin membrane and an elasticised finish to provide a firm grip on the item being cut or processed.
And you will hardly notice you're wearing them because they are so light (under 2 ounces in weight) and thin so you don’t lose any dexterity. They’re also extremely durable and are anti-wear, anti-tear, anti-skid and breathable so are comfortable to wear for extended periods.
The material used to manufacture these gloves is 4 x stronger than leather and 10 times stronger than standard gloves. It’s a mix of food-safe ultra-high molecular weight Polyethylene, glass fibre and Spandex.
They literally fit like a glove due to the elasticity of the Spandex. And they satisfy the EN388 Level 5 cut resistance rating so can be used in an industrial setting.
The gloves are available in three sizes, Medium (kids), Large (teens) and X-Large (adults). They are washing machine safe.
5. Glove Buddi Cut Resistant Gloves
Quite apart from the interesting colours (each pack contains a pair of green and a pair of red ones) and the low price, the Glove Buddi cut resistant protective gloves are also from a newly established Australian company (Buddi Products) working on making a reputation for innovative products here.
The gloves are made with Polyethylene fibres which can protect the hands from injury when working with sharp blades. This makes them ideal for use in the kitchen when preparing food with any of those utensils that are so sharp, not just the knives but the mandolin for example.
And the reason for the different colours is to allow you to use one pair for meats (red) and the other for vegetables etc (green) to prevent cross-contamination.
The gloves meet the maximum Level 5 rating under the EN388 standards for cut resistance so you can be sure they will protect your hands as well as any other protective glove out there.
You can also use these in many other ways – in the garden, the workshop, picking up broken glass, DIY-ing etc. And because of their EN388 rating, they're suitable for professional kitchens, butcheries, fishing, shucking oysters etc.
The gloves are machine washable and have a handy ring for easy drip drying. The gloves come in one size, Large, which suits most hands.
What Size To Pick For Cut Resistant Gloves?
Good question, you should check the size guide on the individual product pages. Usually the sizes are small to large or extra large. Some brands offer big sizes up to 3XL.
Small and medium is usually for kids and teenagers, or those with very small hands. Most adults will be a large and these fit nearly 90% of people.
If you've got larger hands then you'll want to go for an extra large at the minimum and potentially a 2XL. The good thing about purchasing cut resistant gloves through a site such as Amazon, is the free returns policy if the gloves don't fit. You can exchange them fast and easy.
If in doubt choose a large or extra large, they will fit most individuals.
Do Cut Resistant Gloves Actually Work?
Cut resistant gloves are designed to protect your hands from getting cuts while working with sharp tools such as kitchen knives or when working with materials such as metal.
Not all cut resistant gloves are created equal, some are stronger than others. It's important to check individual gloves before purchasing to ensure they meet industry specifications.
In Australia, most cut resistant gloves use the European standard of EN388. We've clearly identified which of the gloves above meet these levels, which range from 1 to 5.
How To Test Cut Resistant Gloves?
This is how the European Standard is tested on these gloves.
Last Updated: December 2, 2021 by Rhys