Matches have been around for hundreds of years and continue to be a staple in every home. Whether you need to light the barbecue or a new candle, or you’re preparing your survival kit for emergency situations, having reliable matches on hand can provide convenience and even be life-saving.
The world of wooden matches may not seem diverse, but depending on your needs, one match can’t do it all. Want something you can throw in a kitchen drawer and only use for the periodic candle lighting? You want an inexpensive and long-lasting box of matches. Need to light a fireplace or barbecue? You need a match with an extended reach and long burning time. Planning on a weekend camping trip or adding to your emergency kit? A waterproof, wind-resistant wooden match is a must-have.
From hiding odors to doubling as decor, we’ve searched for the best wooden matches for every situation. Check out our list below to find your perfect match. Literally.
1. UCO Compact Strike Anywhere Matches
Light your match quickly and easily with the UCO Compact Strike Anywhere Matches. The Strike Anywhere matches don’t require a standard striker for ignition, allowing users to light the match on a variety of hard surfaces. UCO makes their matches carbonized for safe storage in the home and beyond, making these a great option for candles, gas stoves, fireplaces and more.
Pros: The Strike Anywhere matches are sold in packs of 10 boxes with 32 matches each and are one of the most affordable options per match on our list. The boxes also provide added protection from the elements.
Cons: Unlike other matches on our list, the Strike Anywhere matches don’t have an extended burn time and aren’t waterproof.
2. GreenLight Diamond Strike on Box Matches
Burn clean with the GreenLight Diamond Strike on Box Matches, which are made with wood that has been sourced from responsible forests. The GreenLight is designed with a thick match body to provide extended burning time. A sturdy splint means the match won’t easily break when being lit. The GreenLight matches burn clean with minimal smoke and are packaged with 32 matches in each of the 10 boxes included in the set, making it easy for users to have a matchbox handy around the home, at the campsite and beyond.
Pros: The GreenLight is the most affordable option per match on our list.
Cons: The GreenLight matches are not waterproof or wind resistant.
3. Plow & Hearth Long Reach Matches
Light multiple candles at once or easily build flames in the fireplace with the Plow & Hearth Long Reach Matches. The extended matches measure 11” in length and are 4mm thick, giving users a long and strong match that can handle extend burning time and help protect fingers. The set of two tubes come with 90 matches each, with the tubes including a striker plate that is concealed on the bottom of the tube.
Pros: The Plow & Hearth come in an attractive decorative tube that can be left on display near a fireplace or candle.
Cons: The Plow & Hearth are the most expensive option per match. They’re also not as compact and therefore not as portable as other options.
4. Quality Home Fireplace Matches
Protect your fingers with the Quality Home Fireplace Matches. The extended matches measure 11” long, providing users with more time to ignite their fireplace, start their barbecue, or light multiple candles with one single match. The length of the matches also makes them ideal for lighting half-burned candles with difficult to reach wicks. The set comes with three boxes containing 40 matches each for a total of 120 matches.
Pros: The Fireplace Matches have a strike pad on the box and will not self-ignite.
Cons: The Fireplace Matches are not as thick and robust as the Plow & Hearth, which also measure 11” in length.
5. Incense Matches
Easily cover up odors and create a sense of peacefulness and calm using Incense Matches. The matches come in a variety of scents and act like incense, filling a room with a pleasing aroma. Each match burns for approximately five minutes. Users can either hold the match for approximately one minute while it burns or place the burning match in a fireproof dish. Once the match is blown out, it can also be placed in an incense holder to maintain the scent.
Pros: The set of 15 matchboxes comes with a variety of scents like Jasmine, Sandalwood, Bayberry, French Vanilla and more.
Cons: The matches do not come with a holder or container to use while they are lit.
6. UCO Stormproof Match Kit
Light a match in just about any condition using the UCO Stormproof Match Kit. The waterproof and windproof matches can light even after being completely submerged in water. The 25 matches come in a hard ABS plastic case that floats in water. The case has a no-slip grip and a striker on the outside along with two replaceable strikers in the case.
Pros: The Stormproof matches have an extended length and provide up to 15 seconds of burning time.
Cons: The Stormproof matches are expensive when compared to non-waterproof match options. Because they are waterproof and wind-resistant it can also be difficult to extinguish them before they’re done burning.