Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile gloves are made from synthetic rubber, making them ideal as an alternative to latex gloves, when allergies are a concern.

Nitrile gloves are puncture resistant (not puncture proof) and often referred to as "Medical Grade". Many nitrile gloves undergo a series of tests conducted by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to ensure their durability.

Nitrile Gloves are:

  • Latex-free
  • 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

✔ Strengths

  • latex-free
  • the most puncture-resistant of all three
  • mold to your hand similarly to latex, close-fitting
  • long-lasting & durable
  • can be worn for longer periods of time
  • provide superior barrier protection against many chemicals & petroleum-based products
  • long shelf life, being synthetic

✖ Weaknesses

  • do not fit as well as latex
  • more expensive to produce & hence, more expensive to buy
  • non-biodegradable

Medical gloves are usually made of polymers such as latex, vinyl, and nitrile, although you may find disposable gloves made of other materials, such as neoprene. Below is a quick comparison of latex vs nitrile vs vinyl, including the differences in design and benefits.


Latex Gloves

Made of Natural Rubber

Highest comfort, flexibility, fit and tactile sensitivity

Bacteria, viruses

Some people have a latex allergy so choose vinyl or nitrile instead.

Nitrile Gloves Made of Synthetic Material Stretchy, Durable Chemicals, viruses More costly than vinyl gloves and not reusable
Vinyl Gloves Made of Synthetic material Cost-efficient synthetic option, comfortable Chemicals Do not tolerate abrasion and tear easily. Not suitable for high-risk usage.


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