A Beekeeper suit is very important, especially if you are just starting out, or are allergic to bees. There are different types for different stages and requirements, and so we’ll share what you should look for!
The Humble Bee 420 is our pick for the best beekeeper suit. This suit is on the more expensive end of the range, but there are good reasons for that. It is a high quality, durable, and ultra breathable bee suit.
As mentioned above, this suit has a layer of lightweight foam between two layers of breathable 100% synthetic fabric. This makes the suit both lightweight, breathable, and sting proof.
It also has good elastic bands on the wrists, waist, and ankles, granting peace of mind that no bee will wriggle its way into your suit. It has been expertly tailored to fit well at each size level.
For those with a little more money in their bee suit budget, this is the one for you.
Best ventilated alternative:NATURAL APIARY – Ventilated Beekeeping Suit.
The Humble Bee 411 is one of the best bee suits in the mid-range price. It’s not quite as good as the suit above, but it’s certainly worth considering.
The main differences are the fabric used and the hood style. This suit is a poly/cotton blend that is not as light and breathable as the previous option. The hood is different in that it is not so fitted to the head, and does have a tendency to shift around a bit (unlike the other one which is more settled).
That being said, this bee suit has some quality features like brass zippers and a carry case. It is a durable suit that can be spot washed, but not machine washed.
For those in this price bracket, it’s a great bee keeping suit.
Best mid-ranged priced alternative: MANN LAKE – Economy Beekeeper Suit.
This Natural Apiary Bee Suit is a good cheap beekeeping suit. It’s a the low end of the price range for full bee suits, and so it is missing some of the bells and whistles. Yet it provides adequate protection from bees, and have some breathability.
It’s 65% cotton and 35% polyester, so it is heavier than previous suits. The fencing veil is fully zip 0n/off, making this suit machine washable.
This suit is also available in 5 different colors: White, Pink, Camo, Khaki, and Sand. It is said that bees don’t notice white, which is why bee suits have been white traditionally. However, others will tell you this does not bear out in reality.
The VIVO Beekeeping Jacket is for those looking for protection for the top half only! This includes a jacket with a fencing style hood. Some people prefer just wearing jeans or other heavy pants when beekeeping, and don’t need or want the full suit.
This selection is on the cheap end, but is a popular option as a backyard beekeeping suit jacket. It has been very well reviewed and has many fans.
It is only available in a kids size and an adults size. The measurements are:
45 inches from hat brim to elastic waistband
29 inches from shoulder to elastic sleeve
30 inches from hood zipper to elastic waistband
It is lightweight and comes with a semi-detachable hood. If you’re looking for a jacket, this could be the one for you.
The Bee Smart Children’s Bee Suit is a great option for protecting your children while they help out and watch you take care of honey bees – it’s so cute as well seeing them dressed up as mini beekeepers!
This suit is a quality option for peace of mind that they are not going (though accidents do happen)! It’s a tough poly/cotton blend with removable hood and veil. It has heavy duty zippers and plenty of pockets for them to store any treasures they might find.
It has elastic in all the right places, along with thumb straps to ensure the sleeves stay down and don’t shift up. This has got to be one of the best beekeeping suits for children.
Breathability is one of the most important factors for being comfortable in a bee suit. You will be inspecting your hive at all times of the year, and it could be hot while harvesting honey. You want a climate controlled suit!
This just means asking questions like:
how heavy is the fabric?
how much air can circulate around the suit?
what material is it made out of?
how cool can it keep me in hot weather?
What’s best? Generally speaking, you want a bee suit made from synthetic fabrics as these tend to be much lighter and more breathable.
It is also good to get a beekeepers suit that has a removable hood and veil. This ties in with being comfortable in the heat. However, even in cooler weather, it’s good to be able to remove the hood separately from the rest of the jacket while you are away from the bees (like when you stop for a coffee)!
Most good bee suits will have this feature.
3. Sting Proof
The primary reason for wearing a beekeeping suit is to be protected from bee stings. Therefore, you want your suit to at least achieve this! This means having elastic wrist, waist, and ankle bands the prevent bees from sneaking into the bee suit.
Better bee suits, like the Humble Bee 420, have other sting-proofing features like having a foam layer. That suit has “a lightweight foam insert is woven between two layers of ultra-breathable (220 gsm) fabric”. Extra measures like this will ensure you are not stung when working with bees.
4. Other Features Of Good Bee Suits
Other features that you should look for or keep in mind are:
is it well tailored or just baggy all over?
what are the quality of the zippers?
is it machine or hand washable?
does it come with a storage bag or case?
what is the guarantee/warranty like?
Best BeeKeeping Suit
So there you have it, a list of the best beekeeping suits, and so many options. What is your particular situation? What type of bee suit do you need?
If you have any questions, please ask away in the comment section and we’ll get back to you asap!