Latex vs Nitrile vs Vinyl Gloves…Which to Choose?

Latex vs Nitrile vs Vinyl Gloves…Which to Choose?

When deciding between latex, nitrile and vinyl gloves…

it can be a little confusing trying to determine which type of glove is the ideal choice.

Let’s take a closer look at the attributes and benefits of each type of glove.Latex GlovesLatex 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

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Nitrile GlovesNitrile 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:

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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 GlovesVinyl gloves are a popular choice for the food industry and situations where high levels of durability and protection are less of a priority. While they may be less durable, they are the less expensive option.

Attributes include:


Have a looser fit

Are good for short-term, low-risk tasks

Are the most economic option

Have anti-static properties

Are best for use with non-hazardous materials

Are lightly powdered to make it easier to put on

So, when it comes time to decide which type of protective glove is the right choice for you, the most important thing to consider is….how much protection do you need?

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Post time: May-10-2022