From sturdy leather for grilling to light linen, these aprons (literally) have you covered.

By Bridget Hallinan
Updated June 18, 2020
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We’ve all felt the frustration of staining clothes when we cook. A splash of tomato sauce on your shirt; oil splatters you can’t quite get out, even after a few washes. Which is why, in addition to chef’s knives, dutch ovens, roasting pans, and other essential kitchen tools, it’s helpful to have an apron on hand, too. They come in several different styles, from cross-back to smock, and can help keep your clothes mess-free. Some are even specially designed for grilling, so if you’re planning on spending a lot of time cooking outdoors this season, it might not be a bad idea to pick one up. We’ve gathered 13 good options to choose from, compiling well-rated models and a few editor’s picks—check out the full spread below.

Hedley & Bennett Aprons

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Popular workwear brand Hedley & Bennett is known for its stylish aprons, and you can find them everywhere from Williams-Sonoma (where you can get them monogrammed!) to Amazon. Most options on Amazon are currently unavailable, but Williams-Sonoma has four colors—Lemon Bar, Roma Tomato, Currant, and Fennel—which all have three reinforced pockets and can be machine-washed. 

Hedley & Bennett Aprons, $90 at williams-sonoma.com 

Tilit Aprons

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Tilit is another popular workwear brand that counts chef Missy Robbins among its fans (they’ve collaborated on aprons and a jumpsuit). The Contra Chef Apron (pictured) is made from waxed cotton and has a leather strap that snaps on and off when you need to wash it; the Wrinkle Free Chef Apron rings in at $69, with a hip pocket and a chest pen pocket. Both are available in several colors.

Contra Chef Aprons, $89 at tilitnyc.com; Wrinkle Free Chef Aprons, $69 at tilitnyc.com 

Food52 Five Two Ultimate Apron

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Food52’s Five Two aprons, which sport a solid 4.6/5-star rating, have several handy features, including built-in pocket holders on the bottom corners (up to 250 degrees) and a conversion chart in one of the pockets, laying out how many quarts are in a gallon, how many fluid ounces are in a cup, and more. As for the colors? Choose between five—“Blueberry,” “Smoked Salt,” “Peppercorn,” “Maple,” and “Rhubarb.”

Five Two Ultimate Apron, $45 at food52.com 

MINNA Grid Apron

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MINNA’s minimalist cotton aprons would make a chic addition to your kitchen gear, and they’re washer- and dryer-friendly, too. Each has two loops for tools and a pocket, with an adjustable neck halter. While the indigo color is currently almost sold out at Need Supply Co., you can find several more available through Food52.

MINNA Grid Apron $125 at needsupply.com and food52.com 

Williams-Sonoma Classic Apron

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With 34 five-star reviews, Williams-Sonoma customers are big fans of these aprons, available in both kid and adult sizes with plenty of colors to choose from. Customize them with text for a thoughtful gift.

Williams Sonoma Classic Solid Adult & Kid Aprons, $25 at williams-sonoma.com 

Sur La Table Kitchen Apron

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Thanks to a sale, you can currently score this well-reviewed Sur La Table apron for just $8. It’s 100-percent cotton and machine-washable (cold water, on gentle), and can be tumble-dried on low.

Blue Butcher Stripe Kitchen Apron, $8 (was $28) at surlatable.com

Portland Apron Company Pinafore Apron

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Out of 195 ratings, Portland Apron Company’s Pinafore Apron received a whopping 191 five-star reviews, and it's an editor's pick, too. Pick from four different sizes and eight colors.

Pinafore Apron, $82 at portlandaproncompany.com

Patagonia All Seasons Hemp Canvas Apron

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This Patagonia apron is another editor’s pick, made from sturdy hemp canvas. There’s a utility pocket near the top of the front with a pencil sleeve, and two larger pockets below for storing tools. 

Patagonia All Seasons Hemp Canvas Apron, $59 at patagonia.com 

Studiopatró Kitchen Apron

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Studiopatro’s beautiful cross-back aprons, an editor's pick, are available in tons of different colors, including “Ocean” (pictured), “Fern,” and “Oatmeal.” The linen is described to be durable but also breathable—key, if you’re cooking in a steamy kitchen—and it’s said to resist dirt, too. The best part? No ironing necessary. 

Studiopatró Kitchen Apron, $84 at studiopatro.com and $89 at etsy.com 

GDS Cloth Goods “The Good Apron”

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In addition to being sleek and functional (two large front pockets! Fully adjustable cross-back straps!), this editor's pick apron also has a design that produces zero waste, per GDS’ website.

The Good Apron, $88 at gdsclothgoods.com 

Outset Leather BBQ Apron

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Outset’s BBQ apron, which got great reviews from Amazon customers, has a suede exterior with a flame-retardant liner to keep you protected while you’re at the grill. There are two front pockets, so you can have your tools at the ready; however, if you’d prefer a non-leather option, Williams-Sonoma has grilling aprons for both adults and kids, with three pockets and a towel loop to boot. They’re made with heavyweight cotton and have an acrylic coating to resist moisture and stains.

Outset Leather BBQ Apron, $33 at amazon.com and $45 at bbqguys.com; Grilling Adult & Kid Aprons, $25–$65 (depending on which aprons you order) at williams-sonoma.com 

Sur La Table Rose Nuage Apron

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For a vintage floral vibe, try this pretty rose apron from Sur La Table. It’s part of a larger collection that includes an oven mitt, napkins, plates, and platters, if you’re looking for a matching set.

Rose Nuage Apron, $24 (was $30) at <strong>surlatable.com</strong>

Crate & Barrel Denim Apron

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Crate & Barrel’s denim apron is part of a set, too, in case you also need an oven mitt and pot holder. It has two front pockets and a towel loop, and can be machine-washed and line-dried. (Just make sure you remove the leather straps first.)

Denim Apron, $40 at crateandbarrel.com