Best gym gloves 2023 for weightlifting and gym workouts

The best gym gloves will improve your grip and prevent blisters from forming when lifting heavy weights

best gym gloves: Pictured here, a bodybuilder putting on gym gloves
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The best gym gloves – a.k.a. best weightlifting gloves – won't lift the weights for you, but they can be an excellent alternative to chalking your hands before lifts, which admittedly is a messier way to work out. Especially if you're working out at home and prefer not to have calluses and blisters all over your palms, you'd better invest in a pair of weightlifting gloves today – we listed the best options below.

How do you pick suitable gym gloves for you? Do they need to be fingerless or full-fingered gloves? We'll try to answer all your burning questions about weightlifting gloves and give you a list of the best gym gloves on the market.

Are you building a home gym? Have a look at T3's these guides for more info: best dumbbell, best barbell, best pull-up bar and best kettlebell. And what a surprise, wearing gym gloves would be handy using all these types of home gym equipment. The pun is very much intended.

Best gym gloves to buy right now

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How to chose the best gym gloves for you?

Ideally, you would like sturdy gym gloves; no one wants their newly-purchased exercise gloves falling apart after one session. That said, you don't want them to be too stiff, so you can't bend your fingers. Weight lifting belts might be supporting as hell, but if you tried grabbing some weights in gloves as thick as weight lifting belts are, you would not have fun in the gym. Also, you'd drop weight a lot more, which kills the point of wearing gym gloves in the first place.


Why are gloves frowned upon in gym?

Hardcore bodybuilders will tell you not to wear gym gloves in the gym. In Arnold Schwarzenegger's words, "If you are gonna wear gloves when you lift, just make sure they match your purse." However, not everyone in the gym is a bodybuilder, and not everyone is fond of having calluses on their palms, no matter how cute that Instagram video is of the Rock's daughter trying to file them away.

Long story short, don't listen to the haters and wear gloves if you want to. For hardcore lifters, we recommend getting lifting straps/deadlifting straps for those heavy lifts. Using gloves for heavy lifting can compromise grip, so you're better off using straps or your bare hands covered in lifting chalk.

Matt Kollat
Section Editor | Active

Matt looks after T3's Active vertical, which incorporates all things fitness, outdoors, wearables and transportation – anything that gets you moving and keeps you fit and healthy will go through his hands. His byline appears in several publications, including Techradar and Fit&Well, and more. Matt also collaborated with other content creators (e.g. Garage Gym Reviews) and judged many awards, such as European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance's ESSNawards. When he isn't working out, running or cycling, you'll find him roaming the countryside and trying out new podcasting and content creation equipment.