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Latex vs. Nitrile vs. Vinyl: Selecting the Appropriate Medical Gloves to Wear

Latex vs. Nitrile vs. Vinyl: Selecting the Appropriate Medical Gloves to Wear

Latex vs. Nitrile vs. Vinyl: Selecting the Appropriate Medical Gloves to Wear

When choosing the gloves to wear in your medical operations, do note that not all gloves are created equal. Between latex, nitrile and vinyl gloves…it is a must that one considers which type is the ideal choice. Although most gloves may look the same, the materials they are made of vary drastically. It is important to take note of the benefits and drawbacks of each material when selecting gloves that meet one’s need.
If you have trouble deciding which glove is the right one for you, listed below are the characteristics of the three common materials used in manufacturing gloves that will help guide you what to wear.


rashesAlthough latex gloves are known for their strong property, some are allergic to its latex proteins

These gloves are made from the saps extracted from the latex ducts of rubber trees. These are natural materials made out of rubber. They’re basically the top choice when it comes to protective glove for medical or industrial use. Latex gloves still are a popular choice on the market when it comes to elasticity, resiliency, and fitting material consistency, even with the introduction of synthetic materials.


  • Acts and fits like a second layer of skin
  • Suited for wearing for an extended amount of time
  • Have a high level of touch sensitivity
  • Efficient for high-risk situations involving infectious material
  • Elastic and strong
  • Biodegradable


  • Allergic reactions for some users
  • Costs fluctuation according to prices of natural sources
  • Not as chemical resistant as other glove types


    Nitrile gloves are made out of a synthetic rubber. Gloves of these types’ works perfect as an alternative to those having latex allergies. They are often referred to as “medical grade” gloves. These gloves are the best choice when it comes to resistance to punctures. It provides better protection against germs and viruses than vinyl gloves. Being a synthetic material, nitrile gloves have longer shelf life than natural rubber.

    Nitrile gloves are known for their strong resistance to punctures


    • Latex-free
    • More resistant to puncture
    • Higher level of sensitivity
    • Provides a great fit to hands
    • Best to wear an extended amount of time
    • Efficient when working with infectious agents
    • Chemical resistant


    • Non-biodegradable
    • Less elastic and form fitting
    • A little expensive compare to latex and vinyl gloves


    Vinyl gloves are also made with synthetically derived polymer material. This polymer, more commonly known as PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a petroleum-based film which is not molecularly cross-linked, in contrast to latex or nitrile. Most vinyl gloves are manufactured with cornstarch or other light powder inside to help the user slide it on with ease.

    Vinyl gloves are mostly coated with cornstarch for easy donning


    • Allergy Free
    • Economical alternative to latex gloves
    • Have a looser fit
    • Good for short-term, low-risk tasks
    • Lightly powdered to make it easier to wear


    • Less flexible and elastic
    • Poor resistance to many bacteria and germs
    • Non-biodegradable


    When choosing the appropriate glove to use, it is very important and should be done based on where you’ll be using the gloves for, allergic reactions, and cost. Going for gloves that are the correct size of your hand, that not only provide the most suitable fit, but it also keeps the gloves securely in place; thus, reducing the chance of exposure to harmful bacteria.
    The cornstarch based powder that comes in the powdered and lightly-powdered gloves are also reported to giving allergic reactions to some people. This could be also be a factor to consider in choosing to use powdered, lightly-powdered or powder free gloves.

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