Introducing The Top 12 Best Beekeeping Veils For 2024

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When purchasing a beekeeping suit, the material is certainly something to consider; you will also want to think about what gloves are best for your beekeeping needs. However, neither of these are the component that beekeepers lose sleep over.  The one part of the beekeeping suit that is the most varied and the most indispensable is, of course, the veil.

A good beekeeping veil makes all the difference in the world. For one thing, it is perhaps the one area of the beekeeping suit that even experienced beekeepers would shiver at the thought of not being secure. A veil protects your face – and a rogue bee finding access to this part of your body is unpleasant to even think about.

For this reason, there’s much variety in beekeeping veils, with various sellers promising the best in protection and visibility. These two factors are indeed the metric by which you should judge a beekeeping veil – you will need to keep out every bee, but also see what you’re doing! Comfort is also something you might want to consider and, just so long as you put protection and visibility first, it’s definitely worth bearing in mind that some beekeeping veils can fit more agreeably than others. If you wear glasses, this is also a major consideration as some veils might be slightly uncomfortable for glasses wearers. Once again, you will want to see what you’re doing.

As good rule of thumb, beekeeping veils that attach to your suit via a zipper are usually more secure than those that use a drawstring or elastic. This is not to say that all of these types are bad veils (and I have some in my list below), but zippers are generally considered the most bee-proof way of sealing up your suit.

Beekeeping veils can be sold separately from both the suit and the hat, which secures them from the top of your head. Some veils are sold separately as two pieces (beekeeper hat and veil), some are only one piece and some of course come as part of a whole beekeeping suit. Naturally, choosing your veil separately is the best way to combine the qualities of a good veil with the qualities you’ll be looking for in the other parts of the suit – it’s a wise idea to mix and match here. In this article, I will give you a run-down of the best separately sold beekeeping veils, but you can see my article here for the best full suit sets on the market (opens in a new tab).

Types of Beekeeping Veils

When it comes to beekeeper veils and hats, there are three main types –round, square, and hooded veils. Deciding which of these most fits your needs is the first step in purchasing the right veil for you. Before I begin my list, let’s check out the three basic designs. 

Round Veil

The round veil is a (normally) single piece veil that combines a wide brim with a mesh that completely encircles your head. Obviously, this is the type of veil that supplies the best visibility, offering the wearer 360 degrees vision. This is however also the largest and most cumbersome of the three types. This means you will want to be extra sure that it fits securely to your bee suit. With round veils, a good protective mesh material is a must as it features the largest mesh surface area, meaning more potential for bee intrusion if any part of it rips or is not properly reinforced. Nevertheless, for that valuing visibility above all else, the round veil is usually the way to go. You’ll notice that round veils feature most prominently on my list.

Square Veil

The square is the veil type that most often comes in two parts – a hat and a veil – often sold separately. As the name suggests, it is square in shape and offers decent peripheral vision to the beekeeper, making it a good halfway point between the round veil and the more enclosed hooded veil. The square veil is also the most economical choice and, to save money, beekeepers have been known to only buy the veil and combine it with whatever hat will hold it in place. The security concerns here are obvious and the veil itself can be prone to swiveling around your head. However, if you buy quality, you can certainly find square veils that hold firm.

Hooded Veil

A hooded veil is an (often collapsible) veil that unfolds over the head like a hood. The hooded veil is probably the best option for protection, as it limits the mesh area and fits securely. Unfortunately, this also means that your peripheral vision when wearing one can be poor to non-existent. With hooded veils, it is also particularly important to get the right fit as an ill-fitting hooded veil can sit low on your head and limit your direct vision as well. This is an avoidable pitfall but certainly one to bear in mind when purchasing.

Armed with some knowledge about the different types of veils and what beekeepers typically look for in them, you are already in a great position to make an informed choice. Here then follows my list of the best beekeeping veils on the market.

Bestseller No. 1
Massive Bee Store Three Layer Ventilated Beekeeping Veil in Round (Khaki, 3-Layer Hat)
  • Three Layer Ventilated beekeeper veil with round hat, reinforced brims, and elastic shoulder straps
  • Massive bee Store Veil is design for both Unisex for men and women
  • Universal fit with an oversized mesh to protect your neck and shoulders, plus elastic shoulder straps to keep everything comfortably in place
  • Massive Bee Store Veil provides outstanding protection against bee stings, plus all-day comfort in most weather conditions
  • Best For Beginner and Professional Beekeepers
Bestseller No. 2
CLOTHES & LEATHER GEAR Three Layer Ventilated Beekeeping Veil in Round (White, 3 Layer HAT)
  • Material Type: 3-Layer Hat Best For Beginner and Professional Beekeepers
  • Three Layer Ventilated beekeeper veil with round hat, reinforced brims, and elastic shoulder straps
  • Massive bee Store Veil is design for both Unisex for men and women
  • Universal fit with an oversized mesh to protect your neck and shoulders, plus elastic shoulder straps to keep everything comfortably in place
  • Massive Bee Store Veil provides outstanding protection against bee stings, plus all-day comfort in most weather conditions
SaleBestseller No. 3
AukBeeFun Cowboy Beekeeper Hat with Veil Bee Veil Hat with Visibility Veil Outdoor Professional Beekeeping Protective Gear (1)
  • Beekeeper Gear: Beekeeping veil cowboy hat has a wide and generous round sturdy brim. It keeps veil away from your face. While protect your face from insect , it also providing better breathability and great all round visibility.
  • Comprehensive Protection: The veil material is high quality small hole durable veil which will not rust, tear, wear out and bees are not easy toget in. Meanwhile it can provide a good view, you can see very clear when you are working. This veil hat will release you from the muggy full-beekeeping-suit .
  • Humanized Design: The thickened and hardened cowboy top of the hat makes the hat very strong and durable. Two durable adjustable elastic under the cowboy beekeeper hat and a fixed rope in the hat can increase stability and thet there is bottom stripping line fixed, ensuring uneasy to fall off.
  • Wide Application: This light-weight yet effective veil hat is easy to wear and carry. Keeping flies and other bees off your face while working in the garden, beekeeping, hiking, camping, wild fishing and so on.
  • Packaging and After-Sales: 1*cowboy beekeeping cap and one size fits all. You can contact with us when you face some questions. We will help you to work out them until you are satisfaied.
Bestseller No. 4
BeesNise Beekeeping Veil Hat Beekeeper Hat with Anti-bee Netting Professional Bee Keeping Supplies
  • [MAX COMFORT] The beekeeping hat is crafted using highly breathable cotton and linen materials, ensuring maximum comfort during use. The hat’s breathable design allows air to circulate freely, keeping your head cool and refreshed even in hot weather. This, in turn, makes the hat ideal for extended periods of use, regardless of the weather conditions.
  • [UNIQUE DESIGN] The bee hat with a veil features a unique gauze design at both the front and back, providing excellent visibility while protecting you from bee stings. The elastic shoulder straps and metal buckles ensure a secure fit and comfortable wearing experience, even during extended periods of use.
  • [PRACTICABILITY] The beekeeper hat and veil are designed with ample space around the interior to ensure maximum comfort and breathability during extended periods of use. Additionally, the design allows for an unobstructed view, ensuring clear visibility while protecting you from bee stings.
  • [OCCASIONS TO USE] The beekeeper hat is highly versatile and suitable for a range of outdoor activities, including beekeeping, fishing, gardening, hiking, and more. With its breathable design and comfortable fit, the hat is perfect for any activity that requires head protection without compromising on ventilation or comfort.
  • [SPECIFICATION]The beekeeping hat measures 12cm/5″ in height, with a hat circumference of 62.8cm/25.12″. The veil measures 43cm/17″ in diameter and has a circumference of 36.5cm/14.3″, providing ample space for your head and face while protecting you from bee stings. With its durable construction and reliable design, this beekeeping hat and veil are sure to stand up to prolonged use in various weather conditions.
Bestseller No. 5
Head net hat Beekeeping Beekeeper bee Veil hat Hunting Netting mesh Hood Cap bee Keeper Catcher Halloween Costume
  • 1. Fabric Composition: Nylon fabric 100%+Polyester net mesh. Foldable/packable
  • 2. SPECIFICATIONS: Head Circumference: 22.8″-23.2″; Crown depth: 4″; Veil: 13.4″ long; Brim: 2.95″ wide. It fits comfortable over most headwear. Washing Tip: below 86℉ water.
  • 3. DUAL FUNCTIONALITY: adjust it to the size of your head and you’re fully prepared to have an enjoying outdoor activity without annoying
  • 4.SUN PROTECTION: Featured by a 360° brim, it will provide the optimal protection can protects your skin from sunshine.
Bestseller No. 7
AukBeeFun Beekeeping Veil Hat Bee Keepers Hat with Netting Safe and Comfortable Professional Bee Keeping Supplies(Pack of 1)
  • MAX COMFORT: Aukbeefun bee veil hat is made with highly breathable cotton and linen materials, ensuring maximum comfort during use. The breathable design allows air to circulate freely, keeping your head cool and refreshed even in hot weather. Perfect for extended periods of use, regardless of the weather conditions.
  • UNIQUE DESIGN: Aukbeefun beekeeping veil features a unique gauze design at both the front and back, providing excellent visibility while protecting you from bee stings. The elastic shoulder straps and metal buckles ensure a secure fit and comfortable wearing experience, even during extended periods of use.
  • PRACTICABILITY: Aukbeefun bee keeper hats are designed with ample space around the interior to ensure maximum comfort and breathability during extended periods of use. Additionally, the design allows for an unobstructed view, ensuring clear visibility while protecting you from bee stings.
  • VERSATILE USE: Aukbeefun bee keeping hat and veil is highly versatile and suitable for a range of outdoor activities, including beekeeping, gardening, hiking, and more. With its breathable design and comfortable fit, the hat is perfect for any activity that requires head protection without compromising on ventilation or comfort.
  • SPECIFICATION AND PACKAGING: 1 * beekeeper hat. The top of the bee keeper hat is 14 cm/5.51 inches high, with a maximum circumference of 64 cm/25.2 inches, and a brim diameter of 38 cm/14.96 inches. The height of the veil is 43 cm/16.93 inches, and the diameter of the steel ring supporting the veil at the neck is 33 cm/12.99 inches, providing ample space for your head and face while protecting your head from bee stings.
Bestseller No. 8
BeesNise Beekeeping Hat with Veil,Large Beekeeper Hats,Bee Hat with High Visibility Veil for Beekeepers During Beehive Maintenance
  • 【Best Protection】Bee hat and veil can protect your face,forehead and neck effectively.Bee veil hat can give you all-day comfort in most weather conditions and it has best ventilation.
  • 【High Visibility Veil】Beekeeping veil has good visibility,and see clearly.It also allows fresh air in.It will not block your sight and hinder your work.
  • 【Unique Design】Beekeeper veil and hat has bright metal buckles and adjustable elastic straps and chin strap.Chin strap can make the hat much more stable.Flexible bands do not make you feel tight and inconvenient to move.
  • 【Superior Quality】Bee keeping veils is made of cotton and linen woven.Bee keepers hats are stitched together tightly and are not easy to crack and fall off.
  • 【Multi Purposes】Beekeeping veil and hat are suitable for beekeeping, fishing, hiking, camping,boating, hunting and other outdoor activities. Wear bee protective hat when you are working on your garden or sleeping in the wood,mosquito hat also can surely protect you!
Bestseller No. 9
Beekeeping Pocket Veil with String. Protection During Hive Inspection Maintenance. Black
  • Pocket veils are made of flexible mesh fabric and worn over a hat
  • Elastic at the top will fit onto any hat with a brim. The bottom has a drawstring used to tie the veil down.
  • The netting is tightly woven making it great for gnats and mosquitoes as well.
  • handy to keep in the glove compartment of your car (for swarm captures)
  • Lightweight and flexible enough to fit in your pocket.
Bestseller No. 10
NIZEFEI Beekeeping Hat with Veil Bee Hat with High Visibility Veil Outdoor Professional Protector Bee Keeping Supplies
  • BEEKEEPING SUPPLIES: The bee veil hat is made of cotton and linen materials which are very durable. It can protect your face,forehead and neck effectively. Beekeeping hat has a wide and generous round brim. Therefore, it can protect your face from insects in 360 degrees.
  • BEST PROTECTION: The beekeeping veils hat is a durable veil with small holes so that bees can’t get in easily and it’s not easy to tear and fray. Bee veil can both give you a good view and save you from the sweltering heat of a full beekeeping suit.
  • THOUGHTFUL DESIGN: The beekeeper hat comes with a fixed cord which can fixed the hat on your head so that it is not easy to be blown away by the wind. And the stitching is tight and it is not easy to fall off. It adds stability to keep you safe while working.
  • WIDE APPLICATION: This bee keeper hat with veil is not just for beekeeping, it also keeps flies and other bees away from your face while you’re working in the garden, beekeeping, hiking, camping, backcountry fishing, and more.
  • SPECIFICATION AND PACKAGING: 1*beekeeper hat. The beekeeping hat and veil Top 14 cm/5.51 inches, Hat Circumference 64 cm/25.2 inches, Veil 43 cm/16.93 inches, Hat diameter 38cm/14.96 inches.
Bestseller No. 11
AukBeeFun Bee Veil Hat Beekeeping Veil Hat with High Visibility Veil and Long Elastic Shoulder Strap
  • Ultimate Protection: Our beekeeping hat and veil are made of high-quality cotton and linen materials that are durable and provide excellent protection for your face, forehead, and neck. The wide and generous round brim offers 360-degree protection from sting..
  • Superior Design: Our beekeeper hat comes with a fixed cord that keeps it securely in place, even on windy days. The tight stitching ensures that the hat and veil won’t fall apart easily. Plus, the small holes in the black veil provide a clear view while keeping bees out.
  • Versatile Use: Our bee keeper hat with veil is not just for beekeeping. They’re also great for gardening, hiking, camping, fishing, and more. Keep flies and other insects away from your face while enjoying the great outdoors.
  • Perfect Fit: Our bee hat with netting is designed to fit most head sizes. The top of the beekeeping hat is 14 cm/5.51 inches high, with a maximum circumference of 64 cm/25.2 inches, and the height of the veil is 43 cm/16.93 inches.
  • Great Value: You’ll receive one beekeeper hat and veil with your purchase. Our beekeeping supplies are of the highest quality and offer excellent value for your money.
Bestseller No. 12
Mann Lake CL105 Stingless Binding Square Folding Veil with String
  • This square veil is constructed of 10 mesh steel wire
  • It folds flat and has stingless binding
  • Helmet is required
  • String starts in the front
  • Measures 10-5/8-inch length by 10-3/8-inch width by 8-1/2-inch height

The Best Beekeeping Veils – Conclusion

Beekeeping is a fascinating and rewarding hobby that allows individuals to connect with nature while also providing them with the opportunity to produce their own honey. However, while beekeeping can be a fun and fulfilling activity, it is also a potentially dangerous one. Bee stings can be painful and, in some cases, even life-threatening, so it is crucial for beekeepers to have the proper protective gear.

One of the most important pieces of beekeeping protective gear is the beekeeping veil. This piece of equipment is designed to create a barrier between the beekeeper’s face and the bees, protecting the beekeeper from bee stings. Beekeeping veils come in various shapes, sizes, and materials, each with its unique features and benefits.

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When choosing a beekeeping veil, it is important to consider factors such as the level of protection required, the beekeeper’s experience, and personal preference. The veil should fit snugly around the head and neck to prevent bees from getting inside, while also being well-ventilated to provide comfort during hot weather.

Overall, a high-quality beekeeping veil is an essential piece of gear for any beekeeper. With the right veil, beekeepers can safely and comfortably tend to their hives and enjoy the benefits of this rewarding hobby.

FAQs

Q: What is the purpose of a beekeeping veil? A: A beekeeping veil is designed to protect the beekeeper’s face and neck from bee stings while working with bees. It is an essential piece of safety equipment in beekeeping and can be worn independently or attached to a beekeeping suit or hat.

Q: What materials are commonly used in beekeeping veils? A: Beekeeping veils are usually made from a combination of materials, such as polyester, cotton, and mesh. These materials provide breathability, visibility, and protection against bee stings.

Q: Are all beekeeping veils compatible with every beekeeping suit or jacket? A: Not all beekeeping veils are universally compatible with every beekeeping suit or jacket. It is essential to check the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure compatibility and proper protection.

Q: How do I choose the right size for a bee veil? A: To choose the right size for a beekeeping veil, measure the circumference of your head, including the area where the veil will sit. Compare your measurements to the manufacturer’s sizing chart to find the appropriate size.

Q: What is the difference between a round and a fencing veil? A: A round veil typically has a wider brim and offers a more expansive field of vision, whereas a fencing veil has a more streamlined design with a smaller brim and a shape similar to a fencing mask.

Q: Are there veils specifically designed for people who wear glasses? A: Yes, some beekeeping veils are designed with additional space or features to accommodate eyeglasses comfortably. Look for veils with a wider brim or extra room around the eye area.

Q: How do I clean my beekeeping veil? A: Most beekeeping veils can be hand-washed or machine-washed on a gentle cycle with mild detergent. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper care and maintenance.

Q: Can I use a regular hat or cap instead of a beekeeping veil? A: While a regular hat or cap might provide some protection, it is not recommended as a substitute for a beekeeping veil. A proper veil is specifically designed to protect the face and neck from bee stings and offer better visibility while working with bees.

Q: How often should I replace my beekeeping veil? A: The frequency of replacement depends on the quality of the veil and the intensity of its use. Inspect your veil regularly for any signs of wear, and replace it when it no longer provides adequate protection.

Q: Can I make my own beekeeping veil? A: Yes, it is possible to make your own beekeeping veil using materials such as mesh, fabric, and a hat or helmet. However, ensure that the materials and design provide sufficient protection against bee stings.

Q: Are there any alternatives to a beekeeping veil? A: Some beekeepers use beekeeping helmets with built-in veils or full beekeeping suits with integrated veils as alternatives to standalone beekeeping veils.

Q: Do I need a beekeeping veil even if I’m using a bee smoker? A: Yes, a beekeeping veil is still necessary even when using a bee smoker. While the smoker helps to calm the bees, the veil provides essential protection for the face and neck.

Q: How much should I expect to pay for a good quality beekeeping veil? A: The price of a good quality beekeeping veil can range from $15 to $60, depending on the materials, design, and brand. Higher-priced veils often provide better durability and protection.

Q: Can I use a beekeeping veil for other activities, like gardening or hiking? A: Although beekeeping veils are primarily designed for beekeeping, they can also provide protection against other insects during outdoor activities like gardening or hiking. However, keep in mind that the veil’s effectiveness in protecting against other insects may vary, and it is not specifically designed for those purposes.

Beekeeping Disclaimer:

Beekeeping, like any agricultural activity, involves inherent risks. It is important to understand these risks and take appropriate measures to mitigate them.

Potential risks associated with beekeeping include:

  1. Bee stings: Honey bees are generally not aggressive but can become defensive if they feel threatened or their hive is disturbed. Bee stings can cause allergic reactions or even anaphylaxis in some individuals, which can be life-threatening. It is important to wear protective clothing and follow best practices when handling bees to minimize the risk of stings.
  2. Diseases and pests: Bees can be vulnerable to various diseases and pests, including mites, viruses, and bacterial infections. These can have significant impacts on bee colonies, leading to reduced honey production or even colony collapse. It is important to monitor hives regularly and take appropriate measures to prevent and treat diseases and pests.
  3. Weather conditions: Extreme weather conditions, such as drought or cold temperatures, can affect the health and productivity of bee colonies. It is important to ensure that hives are appropriately sheltered and provided with adequate food and water.
  4. Environmental hazards: Bees can be affected by environmental hazards such as pesticide exposure, pollution, and habitat loss. It is important to be aware of these hazards and take appropriate measures to protect bee colonies and promote healthy environments for bees.
  5. Legal requirements: Beekeeping may be subject to local, state, or national regulations, such as registration or inspection requirements. It is important to be aware of these requirements and comply with them.

While beekeeping can be a rewarding and enjoyable activity, it is important to be aware of the potential risks and take appropriate measures to mitigate them. By following best practices and staying informed about the latest developments in beekeeping, beekeepers can help ensure the health and productivity of their hives and contribute to the well-being of bee populations worldwide.

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