About a year ago, I confessed on this site that I never wore gloves while washing dishes. But I tried them out, and after a week I was hooked — and now I can say that I'm a total convert. Dishwashing gloves protect your hands from hot water and allow you to avoid touching the slimiest stuff. These days, I'll barely wipe down a countertop without my gloves on. It's not that I'm prissy; it's just that pulling on a glove is so easy, so why would I do chores any other way?
When I wrote my first post, I was using Casabella's Waterblock Gloves ($7 per pair). At the time, the gloves were $14 a pair — a price the company has since cut by half!! — but many commenters complained that they were too expensive for dishwashing gloves. I get that. Over the past year, I've had the opportunity to try out gloves from a bunch of brands, and there are a few cheaper ones that I like almost as much as my original Casabellas.
Here are the best dishwashing gloves for $5 or less.
1. Playtex Living Rubber Gloves, $11.40 for three ($3.80 per pair)
These gloves have many of the same features as the Casabella gloves: A turned cuffed to catch water, texturized fingers and palms to hold delicate dishes, and a comfortable inner lining that inhibits mold and bacteria growth. These are the ones I buy when I'm at the grocery store, and I'll note that my grocery store's branded pair seem basically identical, for half the price.
2. Mamison Quality Kitchen Rubber Gloves, $19.30 for five ($3.86 per pair)
Made in Korea, these gloves have a cult following in the USA. The gloves are extra-long — two inches longer than the Playtex or Casabella ones — which means you get better sleeve coverage for splashing water. There's no soft lining, but they're smooth on the inside and glide right on, with good grips on the outside.
3. Mr. Clean Bliss Premium Latex-Free Gloves, $16.83 for four ($4.21 per pair)
These gloves are, in my opinion, the prettiest and softest dishwashing gloves out there. They have a cotton flocked lining, so they feel like normal gloves when you put them on. They're bright white, with a little punched, scalloped edge on them. They have all the grips you'd expect. My only gripe is that the cuff is shorter than the others, and the white can start to look dingy after too many run-ins with tomato sauce.
Do you have a favorite pair to add? Tell us in the comments below!