An overview of aprons and smocks and their...

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An overview of aprons and smocks and their differences

An apron is by no means only used in the kitchen. On the contrary, the workwear is worn by many different occupational groups, as its properties make the working day safer and at the same time more comfortable. As a rule, the utensil is very light, can be transported compactly and is therefore always quickly available when needed. Depending on the industry in which you work, you can fall back on different forms of implementation. Differences between the models of aprons and gowns usually arise in the following areas:

  • Material
  • cut
  • standards
  • price
  • robustness

Thanks to the large selection, you can find the right product to protect yourself from dirt and/or hazardous substances.

Work apron, work coat and protective suit - an overview of the different types

The terms "apron" and "smock" are merely the main terms for a variety of different protective clothing. Behind them are numerous types, all of which have their own advantages. The most popular types include:

You will also find aprons for children in our online shop. Whether in the kitchen, for handicrafts or painting - our children's aprons are perfect for this.

In the following section, we will give you more detailed information on the respective aprons, gowns and protective suits.

Lab coat

This is an extremely universally applicable workwear item, even if the name suggests otherwise. As a rule, however, this type of protective gown also performs excellently outside the purely laboratory environment. For example, the gown can also be worn in hospitals, in industry or when performing household tasks. This type of smock is often made of polypropylene.

Work smock

At first glance, the term "work coat" would also fit the lab coat described above, as it is worn during work. In most cases, however, this term is used to describe a gown that has been designed exclusively for a specific work environment. In our online shop, for example, you will find a lab coat that has been specially made for an ATEX and ESP environment. Here, electrical charges can be dissipated thanks to the material in such a way that no sudden discharge occurs within an explosive atmosphere. With regard to the fabric composition, the focus here is increasingly on a mix of polyester, cotton and carbon.

Butcher's apron

The butcher's apron, on the other hand, must be resistant to certain liquids such as fats, enzymes or digestive juices. The areas of the garment are usually designed to be impervious to soaking. Depending on the material used during production, some models also protect against oils and acids. In addition to TPU, nitrile rubber is often relied on for this material. Standards covered by such aprons include DIN EN 1186, DIN EN 343 or DIN EN 13688. This type of protective gown not only shines in the meat and food industry, but is also often used for gardening or household work.

Bib overalls

The bib apron for ladies and for men can definitely be called a classic among aprons, as it is not only worn in the catering industry, but also does a great job as protective clothing during cooking, gardening or cleaning. This type of apron is even popular in floristry, as it reliably protects against dirt and light external influences when planting and caring for plants. Often equipped with a small breast pocket, small utensils such as scissors or pliers can be easily stored here while working. This type of work apron is often also offered as a children's apron. Bib aprons are mostly made of cotton, imitation leather or rubber.

Protective suit

The protective suit is part of the all-round protective clothing that can be purchased for areas where chemicals, acids and alkalis are handled. Without the very resistant personal protective equipment, many occupational groups would not be able to cope with their daily routine, as contact with acids and alkalis would otherwise be too dangerous. Suits in this category usually protect against NaOH, KOH, HNO3 and H2SO4. They are also resistant to oil, grease and chemicals. They usually meet standards such as DIN EN 13688, DIN EN 343 or DIN EN 14605. The chemical, biotechnology and research industries in particular rely on the wearing of protective suits. The PVC-Plavitex material ensures maximum safety all round.

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Not only our work coats, protective gowns, dungarees and co. guarantee you safe protection. At you will find many other items of clothing that you can also rely on 100 percent at all times. Take a look at our categories "Work gloves", "Work jackets","Work trousers" or "Overalls" and order your desired model quickly and easily to your home with just a few clicks. You will find further high-quality highlights under "Work shirts & work shirts" and "Rain protective clothing".