What kind of disposable gloves do I need?

Rubberex wants to help you choose the disposable gloves that offer you the best solution for your needs.

Advances in technology have succeeded in bringing us a wide range of options, but choosing the best specifications for protecting our hands can be a challenge.

In the last few years, nitrile rubber gloves have been the best alternative to vinyl and latex gloves. But let’s have a look at the characteristics of this type of disposable glove:

Latex gloves are made from a natural material; they used to be the most popular type of gloves in the health sector and other industry applications. Today they offer the advantages of comfort and sensitivity. They feel like a ‘second skin’ that allows extensive manipulation during use, they are elastic and you can wear them for a long time without discomfort. However, they can cause allergies in a growing percentage of the population, and this has meant they are no longer the first choice.

Nitrile rubber gloves are manufactured with a synthetic material and are the best alternative for those allergic to latex. Their biggest advantage lies in their resistance to puncture and the fact that they can be used for handling food, if certified for that purpose. Their sensitivity level is as high as that of latex gloves, they provide a good fit and there is no reason for their prolonged use to cause discomfort. Ease when handling instruments and high tolerance to certain chemicals mean that in recent years this has become the disposable glove demanded by most sectors for protection purposes.

Vinyl gloves are manufactured from synthetic PVC. They are popular in situations where protection or durability levels are not a priority. They are the cheapest option and suitable for people who are allergic to latex. They also offer a high level of sensitivity, but can’t offer the ‘second skin’ effect, since this material does not have sufficient elasticity.

To make the right choice, we have to know what sort of protection you need. We invite you to take our ‘How to choose your gloves’ test to select the type that best meets your requirements.