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Nitrile Gloves vs. Latex Gloves: What are the Differences?

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Disposable gloves are an essential item in any healthcare environment. Different materials and design choices make certain gloves or different environments.

When you purchase new gloves, you might wonder if you should purchase nitrile or latex gloves. If you order the wrong type for use, you may end up wasting resources and increasing the risk of punctures, rips, and tears. Therefore, it’s essential to consider how they vary and which one is better. In this blog, we will tell the differences of the two material and offer guidance into which environment each type is best suited for.


First, you need to know what is nitrile gloves and latex gloves

What is nitrile gloves?

Nitrile is a durable, synthetic rubber technically known as acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber, that’s free of latex and have very low allergy rates (less than 1% of users), first developed during the early 90s’ as a leading latex alternative. Nitrile has excellent chemical resistance as compared to latex. This is one of the main advantages of a nitrile glove and is important when the user comes into contact with hazardous substances.


How about latex gloves?

Latex is any polymer in a water-based or viscous form. For decades, latex gloves were the king of the disposable glove industry. But as their popularity increased, so did cases of allergic reactions. This led to more demand for latex-free disposable glove alternatives, like nitrile and vinyl. Latex gloves provide exceptional physical barrier performance similar to nitrile but they do not offer any real protection against solvents which is another downfall of the latex material.


So what situation should use nitrile or latex gloves

Nitrile Gloves

The main features of nitrile gloves include excellent flexibility and well fit, it doesn't cling to your arms and fingers; chemical resistance; tear resistance; environmental friendly. These make it ideal for almost all hygienic activities. Great for doctors, medical experts, nurses, dentists, caretakers, veterinarians or any other health professional. Practical and versatile, they can be used for cooking and food prep services, pedicure, painting, cleaning and more.


Latex Gloves

Latex gloves are just as comfortable as nitrile, the biggest difference is latex in general is an allergen, which can make it dangerous to use when it comes to healthcare settings. In addition, the powder that’s usually used on latex gloves to make them easier to put on and remove can leave behind a residue on food. They’re safe for use as long as one doesn’t suffer from a latex allergy.


All above leads us to the ultimate question of which is better, nitrile or latex gloves?

The answer is that nitrile is a stronger one. Latex gloves are popular due to their elasticity and comfort, says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guide to personal protective equipment. Nitrile gloves, on the other hand, are more durable and resistant to punctures and chemicals. Compared with latex glove: it does not cause allergy, and its are tear resistance. Compared with vinyl or vinyl blend gloves: it is more elastic and environmental. Overall, nitrile gloves may be the more versatile option. However, Latex is a cheaper option for those that do not require stronger chemical and puncture resistance. It does depend on what job or task you are planning on using gloves for.



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