Nitrile Gloves vs. Latex Gloves

There used to be little choice in disposable gloves; a person or professional who needed disposable gloves (whether a dentist, physician, laboratory worker, veterinarian, or other) could choose between latex and latex with powder. Now there are choices, bringing advantages in using one or the other.

Advantages of latex gloves

  • Latex gloves adhere tightly to the skin, making them good for gripping
  • Strong elasticity and strength
  • Protection against infections
  • Powder makes them easy to put on and take off
  • Efficiently priced for situations where several pair must be worn each day
  • High touch sensitivity, allowing wearer to feel things when wearing them
  • Can be worn for a longer period of time

Advantages of nitrile gloves

  • Made without latex, so those with latex allergies can safely wear them
  • Better than latex gloves at preventing punctures
  • Protection against infections
  • Resist many chemicals to keep the skin protected
  • Can be purchased in bulk and remain on the shelf without “going bad”
  • They feel like they mould to the wearer’s hand to improve the fit and offer a great deal of comfort

Obviously, there are several things to keep in mind when choosing the appropriate glove. Some people prefer latex gloves because they are made out of rubber and are biodegradable, and many people feel that latex provides more comfort and dexterity than nitrile gloves.

Nitrile gloves are becoming more popular, and they are thought to be good for tear and chemical resistance.

With choices, it is easy to examine your needs and, if need be, try both kinds of gloves to determine what will best suit you.