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Best Coveralls for Mechanics for 2022

Sick of digging out an old pair of jeans when it's time for an oil change? Hopping into a good set of coveralls is much easier. Here are our favorites.

Tim Stevens Former editor at large for CNET Cars
Tim Stevens got his start writing professionally while still in school in the mid '90s, and since then has covered topics ranging from business process management to video game development to automotive technology.
Tim Stevens
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If you're someone who likes working on their own car or motorcycle, you're likely someone who gets their clothes quite dirty as well. Sure, you could wear old clothes that you don't mind ruining, but why do that when you can wear coveralls. The best coveralls keep everything underneath protected while also looking cool -- especially if you're a fan of Halloween's Michael Myers. It's also way easier to deal with, it being one piece of tough clothing that can take multiple washes.

When it comes to coveralls, there are tons of choices out there, from disposable coverall options that you can toss after particularly dirty jobs to pricier protective coverall suits that include insulation, pockets, zippers and other useful features. (You can even find a flame-resistant coverall if you look!) Personally, I like investing in workwear that lasts, so I only considered options that will hold up -- even if they're put through their paces. After testing out a bunch, these are hands-down my favorites. I'll update this list periodically.

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Duluth Trading

At $130, the DuluthFlex long sleeve coveralls are way more expensive than my more affordable jumpsuit choice to come, but damned if they don't feel worth it. It starts with the material. The company calls it DuluthFlex Fire Hose fabric and it manages to be a lot more comfortable than I assume a real fire hose would be, yet stretchable enough that the suit doesn't bind when you're crouching down to grab that washer that keeps leaping out of your hand. 

The generously sized chest pocket and thigh pockets are big enough to swallow your new Galaxy S20 Plus and close with Velcro to keep it from plopping into the drain pan. Plus, zipper pass-throughs mean you can get into the pockets of the work shirt you're wearing beneath -- assuming you choose to wear clothing beneath. Zipper legs mean you can kick these on over work boots, and overall there's just not much to dislike. This workwear suit is on the heavy side, so it's not ideal for sticky days, and the lack of support for knee pads is unfortunate. Finally, while the metal rivets on the pockets give me confidence you won't have to worry about any seams blowing apart, you will want to be a little careful when leaning over that new cherry pearl paint job you got last summer if you're wearing this.

Red Kap

If the Duluth coverall option is a bit too costly, don't fear, Red Kap has a range of basic but excellent cotton work clothes that will keep you clean while you're getting dirty. This is definitely a no-frills sleeve coverall, but it starts at $38, and you're getting a durable, well-made cotton coverall suit with generous chest and waist pockets, plus pass-throughs. No zippers here, just some quick snaps to keep yourself in, but since all of them are concealed snaps hidden behind fabric, no worries about damaging your paint with these clothes.

Red Kap

If you routinely find yourself dealing with sweat running down your back after an hour or two of wrenching, you might want to think about opting for this ventilated work uniform from Red Kap, which starts at $53. You're giving up some durability with this clothing -- the fabric here is noticeably thinner than Red Kap's other suits -- but that sheerness and the generous ventilated panels on the back make it remarkably comfortable on hot days. 

Closure here is via zipper and snaps, but they're hidden behind fabric, and you have the same complement of waist and chest pockets as on Red Kap's other mechanic coveralls.


If your problem is more about keeping your vital parts from going numb in cold weather, Carhartt has a workwear suit for you. The Yukon Extremes long-sleeve coverall is the most expensive on our list at $250, but it'd be just as well suited to a day on the slopes as a morning spent swapping wheels and winterizing. This is a heavy insulated work coverall suit that will keep you toasty, even more so if you snap on the optional hood. The pant leg zipper goes all the way up, so jumping in is quick and easy, while the huge, zippered chest pockets do a great job of doubling as hand warmers. This Carhartt deluxe insulated coverall is a premium, heavy-duty suit top to bottom, so it comes at a premium price. 

Red Kap

Looking for a more vintage look to go with your vintage ride? There is plenty of boutique, period workwear clothing out there if you want to shell out some serious cash, but the herringbone weave on this cotton Red Kap jumpsuit gives it a simple, classic look that would fit right in at the Goodwood Revival, all without a high price. This sleeve coverall suit is available for as little as $39. The cotton fabric here looks and feels more appropriate than the polyester synthetics used elsewhere, while the heft gives this suit plenty of durability -- if you don't mind a little extra warmth.

Comparison of the best coveralls for mechanics

BrandName Price
Best coveralls for mechanics overall Duluth TradingDuluthFlex Fire Hose Coveralls$120
Best coveralls on a budget Red KapSnap-Front Cotton Coverall$38
Best lightweight mechanics coveralls Red KapPerformance Plus Lightweight Coverall$53
Best mechanics coveralls for extreme cold CarharttYukon Extremes Insulated Coverall$250
Best vintage-look mechanics coveralls Red KapHerringbone Button-Front Cotton Coveralls$39

Some notes on the best coveralls for mechanics

  • Coveralls versus bibs or overalls: Coveralls do exactly what the name says: cover everything. Overalls, meanwhile, usually just cover your chest and lower body, leaving your shoulders and arms exposed. Bibs and bib overalls may be quicker and easier to get on, and they tend to be lighter too, but if you want to keep your upper body clean as well as your trousers, you'll want a full set of coveralls. Short-sleeve coveralls are available, but if you ever find yourself rolling around on the garage floor -- as I often do -- opt for the extra protection long-sleeve workwear clothing provides.  
  • Durability versus weight: Thicker workwear will put up with whatever you can throw at it, meaning you can crawl around on asphalt all day long without it tearing. Thicker garments also tend to be a little easier to get clean, in my experience. But that extra durability means additional weight and heat. If it's often hot while you're wrenching, you may want to opt for a lighter coverall suit.
  • Materials matter: Synthetic materials like polyester generally stretch more and are easier to clean, but natural fabrics like cotton can offer some advantages when it comes to breathability and overall feel. If you can, see if you can try out a synthetic polyester option and a cotton option. Most of these shops that sell workwear clothing offer generous return policies, so take advantage!  
  • Not for the style-minded: I'm sorry to report that not a single jumpsuit that I tested had anything approaching a fit that I'd call flattering. Even the models with an elastic waist insert just leave you looking like you're in a slightly cinched burlap sack. That bulk makes these workwear suits easier to get into and out of, and more comfortable too, but you're going to look a bit shabby when shuffling around the shop in this clothing.

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