Spills and splatters happen all the time – even (and often) in professional kitchens. Kitchen aprons are a chef’s best friend. Whether you’re a seasoned pro in the kitchen or a culinary novice, an apron is a staple if you want to keep your clothes mess-free and your essential cooking tools within reach. Chef aprons are like a coat of armor, offering protection from an overzealous mixer, food processor, or stubborn grease stain. It doesn’t matter how good your food is, it’s not worth ruining your favorite shirt over.
There’s an apron for every kind of chef, whether you’re a BBQ champ that needs something a little more sturdy to withstand the hot temps or a baker that needs pockets to keep measuring spoons, dish towels, and thermometers handy. Even if you don’t think you need an apron, you’ll be surprised by the functionality an apron can provide upon your first wear. There are plenty of aprons for men that are serious in comfort and durability without being too pretentious. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best men’s kitchen aprons that will upgrade both your cooking and personal style.
Risdon & Risdon Black Apron
Handmade in Shropshire, England, this apron is made from a sturdy, stone-washed 10-ounce cotton canvas. Suitable for in the kitchen, studio, or workshop, this apron goes where you go and protects you along the way. The durable full-grain leather neck and waist straps ensure a comfortable fit, and it is held in place with smart screw-effect poppers, making it easily removable for washing.
ChefWorks Rockford Bib Apron
This apron offers full-body coverage in a heavy-duty, plain-woven durable fabric that can handle any kind of kitchen disaster. Great for grilling, this apron looks professional and includes multiple pockets so you can be hands-free while you’re cooking up your favorite meal.
Hudson Durable Goods Heavy Duty Waxed Canvas Work Apron
It’s all right there in the name: Hudson Durable Goods makes aprons that last. Handcrafted from water-resistant and rugged 16-ounce waxed canvas, this apron features heavy-weight gun-metal grommets and rivets to give it strength and structure. The cross-back strap design prevents pulling on your neck so you can cook comfortably and confidently. Versatile pockets make this apron useful in the kitchen, outside at the grill, or in your workshop.
Hedley & Bennett The Essential Apron
This 100% cotton canvas fabric has been tested and approved by thousands of chefs. The adjustable neck strap makes it truly one-size-fits-all, from the tallest of tall to the smallest of small, and the cotton webbing offers incredible durability and comfort. Made with superior craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail, this apron is a professional chef’s favorite.
Williams Sonoma Classic Solid Apron
This affordable pick comes in a variety of colors to fit every personality. It’s thick, durable, and a great basic no-frills option for those that prefer that classic apron look. For an extra $10, you can get the front on the apron monogrammed with your choice of font and thread color, making it a great gift for the home chef in your life.
Tilit Contra Chef Apron
The Tilit Contra Chef Apron is lightweight and water-resistant, which is great for keeping your clothes dry while you’re washing pots and pans in the sink. It’s the house apron at Contra, a trendy, New American restaurant in Manhattan, which makes sense given its minimalist-chic vibe. Waxed aprons tend to feel heavy, but this one remains comfortable even after hours of wear.
Caldo Linen Kitchen Apron for Cooking
Made with 100% cotton, this apron is made for the everyday chef. The ties are soft cotton, so it feels like you’ve had it for years from the moment you try it on. It features a strap to secure a dish towel, which is very handy and useful if you’re a messy cook. It’s simple, classic, and functional.
Readywares Waxed Canvas Utility Apron
Talk about durability. This apron is constructed using a high-quality 20-ounce waxed canvas, which might feel stiff at first, but loosens up with time. This apron offers three pockets to hold your pen, a phone, and anything else you might need within arm’s reach. The heavy-duty canvas makes this apron a great grilling companion. You’ll find multiple uses for this sturdy apron after falling in love with its function and style.
ApronMen Utility Barista Waist/Half Apron
If you love the functionality of an apron but not the look of it, this half apron might be the one for you. Designed for baristas, this half apron is a sophisticated combination of 14-ounce waxed cotton canvas, top-grain genuine leather straps and accents, and brass hardware. The clip makes it really easy to take on and off – no tying required. It features a leather towel strap, a small pocket, and a larger pocket to keep your hands free in the kitchen.
Crate & Barrel Chambray Grey Apron
This classic apron is built from lightweight linen and cotton so it doesn’t feel too heavy on or restrict your movements in the kitchen. The leather straps give it a polished, professional look that inspires confidence in the kitchen. This is a great pick for home chefs and amateur bakers who are looking for an apron without too many bells and whistles.
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