Vinyl, latex, and nitrile gloves are the most popular types on the market today. There are advantages and disadvantages to each style. Nitrile gloves have a very low allergy rate and are extremely versatile.
One advantage of nitrile gloves is that they tend to tear when they get a hole. That’s important because it prevents tiny holes from being hidden on the glove and creating an entryway for bacteria. Not only are latex gloves prone to puncture, it may be impossible to notice a tiny hole until its too late. What further complicates the issue is that a simple eye test is not guaranteed to detect any punctures or incisions.
When deciding on which glove is most suitable for you, you should ask how much protection you need. Compared to latex gloves, nitrile gloves are more chemical resistant. Latex gloves are made out of rubber and are more traditional.
These gloves have been used in hospitals and the medical field for many years. Some people have an allergy to latex and that’s one of the reasons they’ve lost some popularity. In rare instances, a person who is allergic to latex might have a severe reaction or life-threatening anaphylactic attack.
Vinyl gloves are generally used in the food and beverage industry and work well for short lengths of time. They have a low resistance to hazardous substances and also tend to allow perspiration, which can irritate the skin.
By far, nitrile gloves have become the most popular glove for providing barrier protection and comfort. Check out our selection of nitrile gloves, here.