Latex gloves

Latex is a popular choice for both the medical and industrial fields. Latex gloves are made out of rubber consisting of natural materials. The main reason for not using latex gloves would be because of allergies. If you do not suffer from latex allergies then you can comfortably choose between latex and nitrile gloves depending on your budget.

Benefits of latex gloves:

  • Fits like a second skin
  • Lightly powdered, easy to put on
  • Cost effective
  • Biodegradable
  • Good for high risk situations involving infectious materials



Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile gloves find themselves as a good alternative for latex suffers, but these gloves have benefits of their own regardless of allergies. Nitrile gloves are superior where puncture resistance is concerned, it is often referred to as medical grade and is ideal for the chemical industry; including laboratories, agricultural and meat processing. Nitrile gloves are also able to tolerate higher temperatures which is a benefit for automotive applications.

Benefits of nitrile gloves:

  • Latex free
  • Most puncture resistant
  • Mould to your hand for a great fit
  • Available in blue or black, easy to identify punctures
  • Good for high risk situations involving infectious materials
  • Nitrile gloves break when punctured, letting you know immediately when your protection is compromised.
  • More resistant to oils, fats, solvents and chemicals
  • Long shelf life



As you can see there are pros and cons to each and similar benefits, ultimately the choice is based on the applications used for, allergies and cost.

*Top Tip: Regardless of the type of gloves you choose, always wear the correct size for optimum use and this will also avoid damaging the glove.