Beekeeping has had a bit of a resurgence lately, and it’s something that I’ve been getting increasingly interested in. I have a few friends that keep bees and they love the idea of being able to be connected to nature while learning about a super complex, social animal that can also provide us with an amazingly versatile, delicious product – honey!
Unfortunately, these little buggers don’t always take so kindly to us raiding their stores and so we must protect ourselves if we’re going to delve into their little warehouses.
A full beekeeping suit is a must for the serious apiarist and I have been informed that they are not all the same! Quality can differ a lot amongst the various brands and you really don’t want to find out too late that your suit can let in bees through the veil or that it is too hard to get in and out of.
I’ve consulted with my beekeeping friends to find out what the ‘buzz’ is in the beekeeping suit world and what you need to look for when choosing the best suit. They’ve helped me come up with my list of the top beekeeper suits.
Quick Comparisons of the 5 Best Beekeeping Suits & Veils
Natural Apiary Beekeeping Deluxe Suit
BeeKool Ventilated Beekeeper Full Bee Suit (Small)
Humble Bee 410-M Polycotton Beekeeping Suit with Round Veil (Medium)
Professional Beekeeper Suit-M, Beekeeping Suit with Self Supporting Veil
Eco-keeper Professional Grade Bee Suits (XX Large)
What to Look for in a Beekeeping Suit
- Durability: I’m looking for a good balance of a suit that is strong enough to last and justifies its price point while not being so thick that I die of heat exhaustion when I wear it. It should be made of strong material and not feel cheap while offering a certain level of breathability.
- Coverage: For obvious reasons, I need good coverage with my beekeeping suit. I need no chance of a bee getting inside the suit or having any skin showing where they can get to me.
- Visibility: I want to be able to see out of the thing. The veil should be away from my face somewhat and the more peripheral vision, the better. The veil can’t be too dark or thick that I can’t see through it clearly.
- Pockets: My friends tell me pockets are key if I want to carry around all my beekeeping accouterments while I’m busying myself in the hive. I need my tools at easy access and loops or pockets would be great.
- Ease of Use: I am not always going to have help to get me in and out of the suit so I need a suit that is easy to get on and off. Whatever the attachments are in the suit, should be easy enough to use that I can do it by myself.
5 Best Beekeeping Suits And Veils
1. Natural Apiary Beekeeping Deluxe Suit
I chose this lovely suit for a number of reasons. First off, it’s 100% cotton so that’s going to be about as breathable as you can get. And it’s machine washable so I feel like this is built to last. The Natural Apiary Beekeeping Deluxe Suit also has reinforced kneepads which I like and it comes in a variety of sizes so I can find the suit that is the best fit for me.
I like the number of pockets. There are both easy access hip pockets and extra closing pockets just above the knee, so I can carry lots of tools with me out to the hive-there are actually 8 closing pockets altogether.
I also love that it has elasticized straps that go under your boots so I know that my pant leg isn’t going to ride up, letting bees into my boots! The ankles and wrists are also elasticized making a good seal against all attackers.
The suit has both a long zipper for the body and zippers on the ankles as well, making this suit very easy to get in and out of.
The veil is self-supporting, meaning it holds its own shape, with supports that reach down from the top of your head to your shoulder, keeping the veil well away from your face on all sides.
This is a great suit choice for the beginner or seasoned beekeeper with all the bells and whistles and the best part is, Natural Apiary stands behind their product with a full replacement warranty.
2. BeeKool Ventilated Beekeeper Full Bee Suit (Small)
Another great choice, the BeeKool Ventilated Beekeeper Full Bee Suit got my attention with the “Kool” and “Ventilated” in the name and it promises to be just that.
This suit is unique in that it is actually three thin layers: a waffle-like material that is sandwiched between two nylon layers which accounts for its breathability.
Although it does run a bit heavier than other cotton versions it still manages to be breathable while offering a great amount of protection with no stings getting through the three layers.
This suit also has thumb loops in addition to the elasticized wrists so you can put these over your gloves for extra security. The ankles are elasticized as well and good quality zippers make this suit an excellent value for the price. Plenty of deep pockets for tools and a large comfortable veil too.
This suit runs small so be sure to order a size up from your regular size and you’ll be good to go.
3. Humble Bee 410-M Polycotton Beekeeping Suit with Round Veil (Medium)
I chose the Humble Bee 410-M Polycotton Beekeeping Suit with Round Veil first of all because of its round veil which was instantly attractive to me. I love that it keeps the veil away from my face, all around the back of my head as well which offers not only great protection but a great range of visibility as well.
But the second thing that grabbed my attention was that Humble Bee donates 10% of all their earnings to bee education and conservation efforts and I really liked the idea of making a contribution to a good cause with my purchase.
In fact, the whole basis of their business began out of the passion to save the bee populations and do their part to contribute to healthy, sustainable apiculture.
This means that they really stand behind their products and all their suits are actually tested by them, so they know they are delivering quality they can stand behind and they back this up with a 2-year warranty on their suits.
Besides that, this suit is lightweight and breathable with a 50% cotton, 50% synthetic blend and it comes with a great carrying case that is handy for storing away the suit when you aren’t using it. They offer a huge range of sizes which makes it easy to get the suit that fits you perfectly. These guys are great.
4. Professional Beekeeper Suit-M, Beekeeping Suit with Self Supporting Veil
The Aspectek Professional Beekeeper Suit-M, Beekeeping Suit is another great option with a self-supporting veil that offers great visibility and has two-way neck zippers for convenience.
It has the elastic loops for the thumbs and ankles which are also great and I like that the hood is fencing style so it can be easily flipped back when I don’t need it without having to remove it completely.
This is a 100% cotton suit that is durable after washings in a neutral color that apparently is more calming to bees. High-quality zippers and Velcro are strong and easy to grab onto with gloves on and the leg openings are adjustable so you can make them as tight or as lose as you want to.
Recommended to buy a size up for comfort and otherwise, you can’t go wrong with this suit and it should last you a long time for a great price.
5. Eco-keeper Professional Grade Bee Suits (XX Large)
These guys claim to be the best beekeeping suit on the market and I can see why. The Eco-keeper Professional Grade Bee Suit has a rounded style hat so you’re getting the best amount of visibility as you can get with a veiled hat.
Made from a 60% cotton, 40% polyester blend, this fabric is tightly woven to prevent any stings from getting through the material, while also offering something that is a bit lighter weight than the 100% cotton suits.
It feels really durable and high quality but comes at a lower price than some of the other suits.
Easy to take on and off, with durable plastic zippers and elasticized wrists and zippered ankles. There is Velcro on top of the zippers as well, just for extra protection, which I really like.
This suit doesn’t seem to have all the pockets and extras that some of the other suits have but it is a cheap and cheerful model that gives good coverage at a great price for a suit that comes with a rounded veil. A good option for beginners.
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