Latex Gloves

Latex gloves are natural material, made out of rubber. They are a popular choice of protective glove for medical or industrial use. The primary reason people would choose an alternative to latex is because many people suffer from latex allergies. When allergy is not a concern, latex does have a slight advantage with comfort and dexterity over nitrile gloves.

Attributes include:

  • Fit like a second skin
  • Have a high level of touch sensitivity
  • Are good for wearing for an extended amount of time
  • Work well for high-risk situations involving infectious material
  • Are cost-effective
  • Are lightly powdered, making it easier to put on
  • Are very elastic and strong
  • Are biodegradable

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile gloves are made out of a synthetic rubber, and are an ideal alternative when latex allergies are of concern. Nitrile gloves are the superior glove when it comes to puncture resistance. Nitrile gloves are often referred to as “medical grade.” Before gloves can be marketed to hospitals and medical institutions, they must undergo a series of tests conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure their durability.

Attributes include:

  • Latex-free
  • Are most puncture resistant
  • Have a high level of sensitivity
  • Mold to your hand for a great fit
  • Are good for wearing an extended amount of time
  • Work well for high-risk situations involving infectious material
  • Resist many chemicals
  • Have a long shelf life
  • Are available in blue or black to help identify if the glove has been punctured

Vinyl Gloves

Vinyl is a synthetic glove material, 100% made of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). It is also latex free giving an alternatives to latex allergies user. Unlike nitrile gloves, which are also made from synthetic materials, vinyl gloves consist of PVC monomers, making them more cost effective.

Attributes include:

  • Latex free
  • Stronger than Polyethylene Gloves
  • Looser fit provides comfortable feel
  • Advantage for activities that require frequent changes of gloves
  • Less expensive than Latex and Nitrile Gloves
  • Suitable for food handling, beauty saloon, paint, agricultural industries, janitorial, cleaning
Glove comparison chart
Type of gloves Properties Latex Nitrile Vinyl
Elasticity Excellent Good Poor
Protein free No Yes Yes
Tear & puncture resistance Good Excellent Poor
Chemical Resistance Good Excellent Poor
Durability Good Excellent Moderate
Biodegradable Yes No No
Comfort & Fitting Excellent Good Good

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