Because the last thing you want after a long day of work in the dirt is a sunburn, we’ve rounded up our top 10 favorite gardening hats with UV protection. So go ahead, enjoy the sunshine (without worrying about sun damage).
Choosing the right gardening hat should be an essential part of your summer routine. It’s easy to forget to reapply sunscreen when you’re focused on planting, and a sun protection hat will keep you covered, even when you’re just heading out for a quick watering. Choosing gardening hats with UV protection is one of the best ways to protect your skin for years to come. Plus, you’ll enjoy some shade, even in the heat of the summer. To help you pick, we’ve rounded up the top 10 gardening hats with UV protection (and what they’re best for).
Best for: Serious sun protection, Hot days
The Sunblocker is the perfect gardening hat for hot summer days when UV protection is just as essential as breathability. With a light color that reflects the suns rays to keep you cooler, the Sunblocker is a gardening hat with UV protection of 50+. Plus, it’s made with the sustainable production that always sets Conner Hats apart. This hat uses five recycled water bottles in it’s making and plants 12 trees with its purchase.
Best for: Keeping your hair out of the way
If you’re always struggling to keep your hair off of your face and out of the dirt, this is the gardening hat for you! The Reversable Ponytail Hat is made with a ponytail hole in the back so that you can comfortably wear the hat while keeping your hair out of the way. Made with organic cotton, this style offers completely reversible sides, so you get two hats for the price of one! The hard part? Picking the color combo you want…
Best for: Protecting the back of your neck from the elements
One of the easiest places to find yourself sunburned is the back of your neck. It can be hard to remember to apply sunscreen there and you won’t see yourself getting red throughout the day. This gardening hat is the solution! With an additional sun shield on the back of the hat that you can snap together around front of your neck for extra protection, all you’ll need to worry about is the task at hand. And as the sun goes down, you can remove the shield for added breathability. A chin strap also keeps this gardening hat where you want it all day long.
Best for: Style and function, breathability
Equally at home in your backyard, at the beach, or paired with a sundress. The Riveria is a gardening hat that you can easily take from work to play and look great doing it. Don’t worry, you’re still covered. This is one of the best gardening hats with UV protection of 25+, and an extra wide brim. You’ll enjoy full-day sun protection of your face and neck.
Best for: Being equally at home in the garden and at the beach
Who says gardening can’t have style? The Wategos Beach sun hat offers fantastic UV protection and timeless style. And if you want to take this gardening hat on your next vacation? Don’t worry, it’ll easily reshape if it gets a little bent out of shape along the journey.
Best for: Windy days + serious sun protection
One of our best-selling gardening hats with UV protection, it gets high marks for a reason. The McCloud Ladies Sun Protection Hat has a simple, durable, and flattering design that will last for years and never go out of style. With a chin strap and a wide brim, it’s a great choice for gardening on windy days when the sun is out in full force.
Best for: Hot days, timeless style
Not a fan of big-brimmed hats? Toss on this gardening hat that features a classic gambler style design. Made with hemp (an extremely sustainable natural material), the Sun Shade hat is lightweight and breathable, making it a great choice for hot days where airflow is important. You’ll still enjoy the protection of a UPF 50+ rating.
Best for: Adding a pop of color to your day, comfort
Tired of boring colors? The Nantucket Sun hat is for you. With a movable brim that can be flattened for additional sun protection, this gardening hat comes in a variety of colors to brighten your day. With a stretchable terry band, this gardening hat offers comfort without sacrificing style. It’s lightweight and packable, making it great for travel as well.
Best for: Hot days, humid climates, back of the neck sun protection
If you’re looking for the ultimate gardening hat for hot and humid weather, the Legionnaire Sun Cap is for you. It features waterproof material made from recycled water bottles and premium UV protection. Thanks to a sun shield in the back of the hat, your neck will always be covered. The UPF 50+ rating on this hat is backed by rigorous testing that you can trust to keep your skin safe this summer.
Eco-Friendly Gardening Hats with UV Protection
As you enjoy the benefits of gardening this summer, rest easy knowing that your gardening hat is made with sustainable practices that are working towards a healthy environment. Whichever gardening hat you choose, 12 trees will be planted through Trees For The Future when you make a purchase. And we’re in the process of growing our very own Food Forest project in St. Augustine, FL. You shouldn’t have to choose between quality gardening hats with UV protection and sustainable production. That’s why we focus on making our hats from natural, recycled, and biodegradable materials, such as organic raffia and recycled plastic bottles.
Why Choose a hat with UPF? If you’re not sure why you need gardening hats with UV protection, read this this helpful post about UPF Sun protection hats.