Choice of Glove

Latex vs Nitrile vs Vinyl Gloves

Trying to choose between latex, nitrile and vinyl gloves may seem like a difficult decision to have to make. However, once you have a little more information about each type of material, you’ll find it easier to decide on what gloves are best for your work environment. Below, you’ll find the details, features and benefits of each glove type.


Vinyl Gloves

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Vinyl gloves are often used in the food industry and other industries where the spread of germs and overall cleanliness are a concern.

  • Often less expensive than alternatives
  • Latex-free
  • Great for use at low risk jobs and short term tasks
  • An economical option
  • Best used with non-hazardous materials
  • Lightly powdered
  • Anti-static properties


Latex Gloves

Made of rubber, latex gloves are popular among individuals working in the medical industry. Latex is known for more flexibility and comfort than nitrile gloves, but can cause an allergic reaction for anyone with sensitive skin or an allergy to the material.

  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Fits the hand comfortably and snuggly
  • They are great for high-risk tasks involving pollutants
  • Cost efficient
  • Lightly powdered to make putting them on and taking them off easier
  • Biodegradable
  • Strong yet high in elasticity


Nitrile Gloves

Made of synthetic rubber, nitrile gloves are an ideal alternative for anyone who suffers from latex allergies or sensitive skin.

  • Latex-free
  • 3-5x higher puncture resistance than latex and vinyl gloves
  • Forms to your hand as body heat penetrates the material
  • Great for high-risk situations involving pollutants
  • Chemical resistant
  • Long-lasting
  • Textured surface for firmer grip
  • Available in blue and black to recognize possible punctures or tears
  • Powder-free and still easy to put on and remove


With the knowledge you have now obtained after reading about each glove type, you should feel more confident with your decision making. The most critical thing to ask yourself before purchasing disposable gloves in bulk is how much protection you need in your work environment. Nitrile gloves are deemed the safest to use in high risk situations due to their durable synthetic rubber material and resilience. Nevertheless, they’re a little more expensive than its alternatives.

To learn more about your options and other safety products, contact Bulk Nitrile Glove at 877-898-2057. We will answer your questions and even tell you about our wholesale pricing. We look forward to your call!