Beekeeping is a great hobby and a way to help the environment in many ways. You are able to provide a home for honey bees, assist in pollination which is important for flowers and trees, and produce your own honey.
Depending on how many hives you have, you will be able to sell the honey for extra cash on the side.
While you are around the bees you are going to want to make sure you are safe from getting stung. Having a good quality beekeeping suit will prevent you from any stings.
There are various types of beekeeping suits from a 1-piece to multi-piece designs. We have found what we think are some of the best below and will do a short review on each of them to help you decide what would be best for you.
OZ ARMOUR Beekeeping Suit Review
The Oz Armor suit offers multiple sizes to fit most people. They include small, large, extra-large, xx-large, xxx-large, 7x-large, and 8x-large.
Oz Armor also reduces risks of bee stings by having a patented insert in the hood that distances the mesh from your face.
Another feature of the Oz Armor suit is that it is easy to wear. With high leg zippers, it goes on and off your legs easily and fast. The elastic and Velcro on the wrists and ankles allow for a quick close up and variable comfortability. The veil is also easily attached easily with zippers.
You will be happy with this suit for many years as it is built with a strong metallic mesh and industrial-grade materials with rayon reinforcement for the pockets and knee pads. It comes with a 12-month warranty as well.
Other features include double sliders on the leg zippers and front access zippers, YKK zipper, and convenience for bathroom breaks.
Natural Apiary – Apiarist Beekeeping Suit – (All-in-One) Review
Natural Apiary’s beekeeping suit also has elastic forearms and ankles to make a bee proof entry like most other manufacturers. The veil keeps bees away from your face to prevent stings and it includes conveniently placed pockets.
Natural Apiary uses YKK zippers that offer the best reliability and maximum strength. Natural Apiary made it machine washable too!
Available in many sizes, we are sure there is a proper fit for you. The sizes have a wide range and include XXS, XS, small, medium, large, extra-large, xx-large, and xxx-large.
Humble Bee 410-L Polycotton Beekeeping Suit Review
Humble Bee’s suit is medium-weight 50% cotton, 50% synthetic blend that provides maximum protection against bee stings and comfort in all weather conditions.
The unisex design makes it perfect for men or women between 5’7” to 5’8” with a removable veil for easy cleaning and storage. The broad range of sizes range from xx-small to xxx-large. It even includes a canvas carrying case. It is tailored to fit with elastic ankles, wrists, and waist. It also includes thumb and foot holes to make sure everything stays in place.
We think the best part about Humble Bee is that Humble Bee donates 10% of their earnings to non-profit organizations that assist and encourage beekeeping. This helps promote bee conservation efforts around the world.
FOREST BEEKEEPING SUPPLY – Premium Cotton Beekeeping Suit Review
There are not as many sizes as other brands but Forest Beekeeping offers small, medium, large, extra-large and xx-large.
This suit has sturdy brass zippers that will make putting the suit on and off easy for you and also give you ultimate protection from bee stings. The large round mesh veil will give you a clear working view without compromising your safety. You can also remove it effortlessly if needed.
This suit is ideal for beginners or professionals. If you are new to the apiary world and taking your first steps into it or a veteran, the Forest Beekeeping suit will keep you protected from any beehive and will meet or exceed any of your expectations.
Beekeeping Suit Buying Guide – How to find the best beekeeping suit for your needs.
Sizing: Make sure they make the right size for you so you feel comfortable while working in the suit. You don’t want something that is not going to fit properly and make you itch or uncomfortable. There is also the risk that if it is too tight, it may not prevent stings.
Ease of Use: You should check and make sure you can put the suit on and off easily, this is especially important while working out in the field. Something with good quality zippers and elastic will be the best for any single person to use.
Warranty: Check to see if there is a warranty with your beekeeping suit. If you need something fixed or repaired it is good to have that warranty just in case. There are various warranties on the market and this may have a major deciding factor on which beekeeping suit you pick.
Quality: A good suit is made of good quality fibers and also will allow breathing while wearing it. This will prevent you from over sweating and give you ultimate protection from bee stings. Most beekeeping suits offer some sort of elastic around the ankles and wrists. They will also have a brass or quality metal zipper in place that makes putting on a suit easy. Beekeeping suits usually have a veil that collapses for easy storage and attaches with a zipper.