Buying Guide

Latex vs. Nitrile Gloves

Latex Gloves
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Latex gloves are a common choice in the healthcare industry where virus protection is more critical than chemical protection. They are comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time and form-fitting enough to allow unrestricted motion.  


Latex is environmentally friendly and made of natural, biodegradable material. Because latex gloves are made of natural rubber, they are less durable than nitrile and more susceptible to harsh solvents.  


Features  

  • Biodegradable 
  • Close-fitting for excellent range of motion 
  • Superior protection from viruses and bacteria 
  • Comfortable for long-term wear 


Considerations 

  • Prone to puncture 
  • Poor protection from cleaning chemicals 
  • Can trigger allergic reactions 
  • Less durable than other disposable glove options 


Latex gloves are best suited to jobs where hygiene and motion precision are crucial. 

Nitrile Gloves
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Nitrile gloves are made of durable, synthetic rubber. They stand up against harsh chemicals and punctures but provide less protection from bacteria. The synthetic material also makes nitrile gloves less fitted to the hand and less comfortable to wear than latex.  


Nitrile was created as an latex-allergy alternative for food, health and cleaning workers.  


Features

  • Puncture resistant  
  • Chemical resistant 
  • Long-lasting and durable 
  • Allergen-free 


Considerations

  • Less comfortable 
  • Not biodegradable  
  • Restricts ease of movement  
  • Less protection from bacteria and viruses 


Nitrile gloves are best suited to tasks that require higher levels of durability and lower levels of dexterity.

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