As we continue to add to our range of gloves we thought we’d prepare a guide to help our customers pick the right glove for their industry.

Which type of disposable glove is right for you?

When it comes to buying disposable gloves, there are many different options available to choose from, which suit a variety of different needs. With so many choices available, the decision can get overwhelming, so here we try to break it down to help make the process of choosing gloves much simpler. The most common disposable gloves are latex, nitrile and vinyl gloves. Each glove is designed to serve specific tasks while protecting the skin and preventing cross-contamination but the level of protection, comfort, and durability can vary vastly between the different types of gloves.

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile gloves have become very popular since the 1990’s and they are the preferred type of disposable gloves used within the medical industry now, as they eliminate the risk of latex allergy reactions and are also exceptionally durable, which minimises the risk of the gloves puncturing whilst in use. Nitrile gloves are also available in a range of thicknesses, textures and colours. Medical users typically opt for Blue, in either Lite or Regular, for maximum comfort, touch and softness. For Heavier uses such as Tattoo, Finger Nails, Make Up, Domestic and Commercial cleaning etc. Extra Thick in Blue or Black are the norm. For heavy industrial use, such as factories, engineering, car repair and valet, customers usually opt for Orange Heavy Duty, Textured gloves, for maximum grip, puncture and tear resistance.

Latex Gloves

Latex gloves are made from a natural material, rubber latex. In terms of quality, durability, flexibility and cost they are an ideal solution and many users find them comfortable to wear over long periods of time. Despite their advantages, latex gloves have become an issue for some due to latex allergies.

Vinyl Gloves

Vinyl gloves are made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride), a petroleum-based film. They are typically used as a cheap, latex-free alternative to Nitrile gloves. Vinyl gloves are less durable than latex and nitrile and only offer limited protection against chemical or biomedical exposure. Due to their low cost and low protection levels, vinyl gloves are commonly used in food preparation, retail environments etc. where regular changes of glove are required, meaning the user is only required to wear them for short periods of time.

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