In days gone by, cooking aprons for men generally featured ridiculous slogans with a fit to match, which was fine when dad’s culinary responsibilities extended to a Fourth of July barbecue. Well, those once-a-year summertime cookouts have long since expanded to men being in the kitchen year-round, with the average guy taking a vested interest in not just what his kids eat but in the preparation of the meals themselves. The best men’s aprons still protect from a spitting BBQ but also shield their wearers from all manner of outfit-staining hazards in the kitchen, from marinara geysers to smoothie eruptions.
The best cooking aprons certainly do this, but they also fit comfortably, stay secure without impeding your movements, and provide space for your most-used tools. In short, the best aprons make you more efficient and empowered in the kitchen. Whether you prefer a full or half apron, something soft, or a stiffer, more durable option that will become more pliable over time, your apron should only enhance your cooking experience. These days, the coolest aprons for men cover a range of styles and materials, from denim to leather or canvas. Whether you’re looking for an everyday cooking apron or a sturdy grilling apron fit for barbecuing a weekend feast, these are the best aprons for men — and the job.
Huckberry house brand Flint and Tinder builds this man’s apron from scratch with a base of Martexin waxed canvas. The fabric is legendary for shirking liquids and other staining substances while developing a unique patina over time similar to leather or brass. Cotton neck and waist straps are comfy over long hours perfecting your sauce, while a number of pockets on the chest and waist hold all your must-have utensils.
While many others on this list are full-coverage, sometimes all you really need is an apron to store a few tools and wipe your hands. Voila, this option by ApronMen. Designed for the barista on the go, it’s cut from a rugged 14-ounce waxed cotton and secures with a tie-less leather strap design. A towel holder and dual side pockets round this robust option out.
Like your favorite pair of jeans, this apron from Artifact isn’t cheap, but it lasts longer than more modestly priced options. Cut from 13-ounce Cone Mills denim and hand-stitched in Omaha, Nebr., it breaks in with age, displaying a patina unique to you. Its leather Y-strap keeps everything close and comfortable over long days in the kitchen.
Like a classic car, the subtle racing stripe on this apron only hints at what’s under the hood. Ingenious features like built-in pot holders for moving piping dishes are at the lower corners, while a handy conversion chart for common measures is tucked into a pocket (of which there are many). Sturdy brass bucks and reinforced stitching ensure you’ll have this for years to come.
Designed for professional chefs, this cotton apron offers full coverage, can fit a variety of body sizes, and has cross back straps to ensure a comfortable fit. There are two deep tool pockets up front, a towel loop, and one smaller chest pocket. One of the cooler things is the large “kangaroo” style hand pocket that will let you stash your cell phone close by.
With multiple pockets (a double front on the chest and two utility on the hip and chest) this machine-washable cotton-polyester blend apron is a kitchen workhorse. That’s not surprising: Chef Works has dressed an untold number of cooks across the country.
Made from a cotton-linen blend, this apron is ideal for every day kitchen use when you want to be protected from splatters but still stay nimble. It has adjustable neck straps and long waist ties to fit chefs of nearly any shape or size. Machine washable.
This apron is handmade from 10-ounce denim reinforced with leather patches and features durable anti-rust vintage brass metal hardware. It also has double-stitched utility pockets. But its best feature is the split-leg design that enables better mobility.
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