7 Best Welding Gloves in the UK in 2023: Reviews & Top Picks
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Oven gloves are not the same as welding gloves, even though welding gloves make suitable oven gloves. Welding gloves have multiple purposes. You’ll also see that there is no one-size-fits-all welding glove, not with an actual size or with the type of glove. However, we’ll show you some of the best gloves we’ve found. Whether you’re welding overhead inside a barge and need something that is going to last, or you’re doing an art project in your garage and comfortability is most important, we’re here to give you our reviews of the best options out there so that you can make an informed choice for your project.
A Quick Comparison of Our 2023 Winners
|Best Overall||FZTEY Thickening Welding Gauntlets||
|Best Value||Generic Extreme Heat Resistant Gloves||
|Premium Choice||Intra-FIT Cowhide MIG Welding Gloves||
|WELDAS SOFTouch TIG Welding Gloves||
|HITBOX Extreme Heat & Fire Resistant Gloves||
The 7 Best Welding Gloves in the UK
1. FZTEY Thickening Welding Gauntlets – Best Overall
These gloves are extremely heat resistant and ideal for welding with extreme heat output. The split leather surface makes it durable enough to handle scrapes and rest against hot items. With Kevlar stitching, you know they will not fall apart easily. The insulation protects your hand from serious burns, and the cotton interior is moisture absorbent.
You won’t have to worry about your hand getting overly sweaty; this is a common issue with thicker welding gloves. We rate this as the best overall welding glove for welding stick and flux core. It can take a good beating, and you should be able to wear it for several hours without having to clean the sweat off your hands. The only downside is that the gloves’ thickness makes them a tad cumbersome and less tactile. However, this is to be expected with a good stick and flux core glove.
2. Generic Extreme Heat Resistant Gloves – Best Value
While these are not exclusively advertised as welding gloves, they are the best gloves for the money. They can stand up to a decent amount of heat and work well for TIG and MIG welding since the heat output is generally less. They can also work in a pinch if you need to weld stick or flux core in the flat or horizontal position. The gloves’ longevity will be reduced if you are welding overhead and have a shower of sparks hitting them all day. But overall, you can’t beat the gloves for the price, especially when they are so versatile. They’re thick enough to handle the heat but tactile enough even to walk the cup doing TIG!
3. Intra-FIT Cowhide MIG Welding Gloves – Premium Choice
It’s irritating when you’re moving along while welding MIG, and you turn your arm, and a shower of sparks hits your arm. Even though this is something a welder should expect, it can be avoided. What makes these gloves great is that they have longer cuffs on the forearms for more protection.
Some gloves take their entire life to break in, leaving your hand sore and fatigued. Inra-FITs are flexible but also durable enough to handle extreme heat. You can weld but not feel as if you have to throw on your other gloves to fit up, grind, etc. Even though they are durable, they should be used primarily for MIG or structural welding in the flat position.
4. WELDAS SOFTouch, Very Soft TIG Welding Gloves
|Material:||Goatskin palm, split leather back, and cuff|
|Size:||Medium, large, or extra large|
Few gloves provide enough protection with the desired amount of dexterity for TIG welding. When you start using smaller filler rods, it can become difficult to feel where they are between your fingers as you are depositing the metal. But with WELDAS SOFTouch, not only will your hands be protected from the heat, but as far as leather gloves are concerned, these have got to be among the most tactile thanks to the goatskin.
For gloves that have such a specific use in welding, they’re not too expensive. WELDAS are not recommended to wear when you whip out your grinder, or you’re going to do something dirty. Save these nice gloves for TIG welding; they’ll thank you later.
5. HITBOX Extreme Heat and Fire Resistant Gloves
|Material:||Leather, aluminum, cotton|
|Size:||One size fits most, for men and women|
These gloves can handle up to 932°F (500°C) without being damaged. Unless you are putting your hand within a couple of inches of the welding arc, you are going to be in excellent shape.
Combining comfortability and durability, HITBOX has put together a glove that is versatile enough to handle structural welding processes as well as MIG, if needed. It provides ample protection without feeling like you are wearing a safety device that hinders your ability to work efficiently. Like many welding gloves you will find, they are not limited to welding but can be used to handle animals, pull items off the grill, and anywhere where extra protection is required.
6. QeeLink Welding Gloves
|Size:||One size fits most|
QeeLink is a company by welders for welders. Founded in 1990, they have been bringing safe and effective products to people in the field. These gloves are no exception. With split cowhide leather, you can expect to keep your hands safe from sparks and burns, especially given that they have extra sleeve protection.
Qeelink gloves are perfect for stick welding or handling sharp edges and will outlive other gloves advertised as “heat resistant” or “durable.” Not only are they great for protecting from radiating heat off of hot objects, such as weld arc or the heat-affected zone, but you can also grab hot objects and transport them without worrying about burning your hand or doing significant damage to the glove itself. A downside is that there are comparable gloves that are more affordable. Also, depending on the size of your wrist/forearm area, the cuff may be too tight.
7. WELDAS 10-2050 ArcKnight® Welding Glove for High Comfort and All Welding Applications
|Material:||Black split cowhide back, white grain cowhide palm, flame retardant fabric cuff|
You can tell from their appearance alone that these gloves are sturdy enough to handle hotter applications but also flexible enough to tinker with things that require a bit more delicacy. WELDAS are touted as “all welding application” gloves, and they don’t disappoint. The cuff is made of a fire-retardant fabric which makes the glove lighter overall, so it will protect your arm and wrist without limiting mobility. While remaining light, they’re still sewn with 3-ply Kevlar, so they’re not going to fall apart from too much heat exposure.
Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Best Welding Gloves
Type of Welding
If you need to use multiple processes and aren’t doing projects that are out-of-position, or maybe you are only welding a little bit each time, it might be okay to get a glove that is more middle-of-the-road in terms of comfortability and protection. Welding the occasional pass in the flat position with stick while wearing a pair of TIG gloves will not burn your hand or ruin the glove instantly.
If comfort is what is important to you and you aren’t welding a ton, then err on the side of comfortability. On the other hand, if you are welding a lot and durability is important to you, you have to sacrifice some level of comfortability, especially if welding stick or FCAW. If you are an occasional welder and utilize all processes, you might be able to get away with a good MIG glove, provided that you can still feel the filler rod when welding TIG.
Gloves made from split cowhide leather are going to last longer. The leather itself is not usually what fails first on a welding glove but rather the stitching. You won’t find holes in the leather before finding gaps in the fingers or palm. Getting a glove with Kevlar stitching is the best way to ensure that your glove lasts as long as possible.
Use cheaper gloves for tasks other than welding. You can weld with them, but don’t be afraid to get them dirty, whether that means moving material, grinding, or even cleaning up your work area. If you are looking for premium welding gloves, don’t be afraid to spend the extra money to get comfort and durability.
One Size Fits Most, But Not All
Wearing a “one size fits most” reduces the anxiety of whether or not the glove is going to fit you. The gloves that are advertised as “one size fits most” tend to fit more loosely than those that are actually made to size. They tend to be comfortable because of the loose fitting.
However, you might not have as great of a grip as you would with one that is more suited to the actual size of your hand. Furthermore, sparks and other debris can get inside your glove because of the looser fitting. Also, if you don’t fit into the category of “most,” you’ll discover that even though your hand fits into the glove, the fingers themselves are too short for comfort. It’s best to find a glove that fits comfortably.
For the best overall welding glove, we choose the FZTEY Thickening Welding Gauntlets. They provide durability and protection for structural welding. Generic Extreme Heat Resistant Gloves provide the best value for the price since they are comfortable and versatile. Our premium choice is the Intra-FIT Cowhide MIG Welding Gloves which though mostly limited to MIG, provide excellent protection and dexterity. We hope these reviews help you select the perfect gloves for your next welding project. Ideally, you should have a few types of gloves in your arsenal.
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