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Best wellington boots

We tested wellington boots from Dunlop, Peter Storm, Mountain Warehouse, Barbour and more to find the best wellies. 
Joey Willoughby-Rainsford
putting on wellies

In June 2022, we tested wellies priced up to £100 for how durable and comfy they were and how good their grip was.

We picked the most popular wellies marketed at men and women.

Read on to discover how much you need to spend on wellies that will last and are a joy to stomp around in. 

Pricing and availability last checked: 8 August 2022. Listed prices are for a men's UK size 10 and for women's UK size 4. 


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The best men’s wellington boots

Only logged-in Which? members can view the welly-boot test results below. If you're not yet a member, you'll see an alphabetically ordered list of the wellies we tested.

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Barbour men’s Bede wellington boots

Cheapest price: £43.95 available at Welly Warehouse, also available at Country Attire.

Sizes available: UK 6-12

Padded insole: Yes

Adjustable calf strap: Yes

Calf width: Average

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Cotswold Compass Neoprene rubber wellingtons

Cheapest price: £62 available at Amazon, also available at Cotswold, Go Outdoors, Welly Warehouse.

Sizes available: UK 7-12

Padded insole: Yes

Adjustable calf strap: Yes

Calf width: Average

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Dunlop men’s wellingtons

Cheapest price: £13.99 available at Sports Direct, also available at Amazon, Dunlop.

Sizes available: UK 4-13

Padded insole: No

Adjustable calf strap: No

Calf width: Skinny

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Mountain Warehouse splash men’s wellies

Cheapest price: £16.99 available at Amazon, Mountain Warehouse, also available at Next.

Sizes available: UK 7-13

Padded insole: No

Adjustable calf strap: No

Calf width: Average

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Navitas Lite insulated boots

Cheapest price: £34.95 available at Amazon, also available at Blacks, Go Outdoors, Navitas.

Sizes available: UK 7-12

Padded insole: No, padded thermal lining

Adjustable calf strap: No

Calf width: Wide

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Peter Storm men’s adjustable tall wellies

Cheapest price: £26.31 available at Amazon , also available at Go Outdoors, Millets.

Sizes available: UK 7-12

Padded insole: Yes

Adjustable calf strap: Yes

Calf width: Wide

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The best women’s wellington boots

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Barbour Abbey wellington boots

Cheapest price: £39 available at House of Fraser, also available at Barbour, John Lewis, Next.

Sizes available: UK 3-8

Padded insole: Yes

Adjustable calf strap: No

Calf widthAverage

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Dunlop ladies’ wellingtons

Cheapest price: £13.99 available at House of Fraser, Sports Direct.

Sizes available: UK 3-8

Padded insole: No

Adjustable calf strap: No

Calf width: Skinny

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Grubs Boots LTD women’s highline wellington boots

Cheapest price: £80.95 available at Go Outdoors, also available at Grubs Warehouse.

Sizes available: UK 4-7

Padded insole: Yes

Adjustable calf strap: Yes

Calf widthAverage

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Joules field wellies

Joules field wellies

Cheapest price: £28.30 available at Amazon, also available at Joules, Next, Welly Warehouse.

Sizes available: UK 4-8

Padded insole: Yes

Adjustable calf strap: Yes

Calf widthWide

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Peter Storm women’s adjustable tall wellies

Cheapest price: £26.31 available at Amazon, also available at Go Outdoors.

Sizes available: UK 4-8

Padded insole: Yes

Adjustable calf strap: Yes

Calf width: Average

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Regatta women’s Fairweather II wellingtons

Only available at Go Outdoors: £19 (but the price is dependent on being a Go Outdoors member, which costs £5 a year).

Sizes available: UK 4-8

Padded insole: Yes

Adjustable calf strap: Yes

Calf width: Average

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How we tested wellies

These tests were conducted by male and female researchers at our Which? Gardening gardens.

Our male researcher wore size UK10 and our female researcher wore size UK4. 

Durability

To test the durability of each of the welly brands, our researchers first put the wellies on and then took them off with a shoe horn. We repeated this 50 times.

We then folded the foot as far forward and as far back as it could go 50 times.

We repeated this for every pair of boots.

The best welly boots were unaffected by this testing, while the worst had stretchmarks at the seams and, in one case, a broken insole.

Comfort

Wellies at a festival

We scored the fit of the boot, if it offered any support or padded insoles, and if it caught or scraped around calves.

The best wellies gave calves enough space and had comfy insoles. The worst ones were too tight around the lower legs and had no extra support or padding.

Grip

To test the grip of these wellies, we turned a fenced-off area into a muddy sty, fit for any swine.

We then put on the boots and walked around in the quagmire, trying our best not to fall over.

The best welly boots had grips with alternating designs and varied textured surfaces that kept us securely on our feet.

How we choose the welly boots we test

Although unisex wellies are available, the vast majority of wellington boots sold at leading UK retailers are marketed for men or women. That's why we chose to test these.

£100 was the top-end price point most of our members indicated they'd be prepared to pay for a pair of wellies. That's why we didn't go for pricier ones in this test. 

We purchased all of the wellington boots we tested.