Which Gloves are Better Nitrile or Latex?

Blog | Friday, May 18, 2018

There is a lot of confusion about which disposable gloves are the best, or which gloves you should be using in the food, medical and cleaning industries.

So the Glove Experts at The Glove Company are here to set the record straight!

What is Nitrile?

Nitrile is a synthetic rubber compound that is commonly used as a disposable glove material.  Nitrile has been around for a while, but only recently it’s become more affordable, which explains why it's gaining popularity throughout medical, food and cleaning industries. Nitrile has a higher puncture resistance than any other glove material. Nitrile also has a better chemical resistance than Latex or Vinyl gloves.


What is Latex?

Latex comes directly from rubber trees. Latex gloves are the most commonly used disposable gloves because they have been the only strong disposable glove material option on the market. However, now many hospitals and clinics have begun replacing their latex gloves with nitrile gloves.


 Quick Summary of the Difference Between Nitrile and Latex

 Nitrile and Latex comparison chart

*Data is not based on statistical analysis, the graph is meant as a guide to show the difference in benefits.


So this leads us to the ultimate question of Which Gloves are Better, Nitrile or Latex?

The answer is that Nitrile is a stronger higher quality glove then Latex. 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. If you have any questions, feel free to Contact The Glove Experts, Here.  

Written by Yvette Staples

Marketing & Communications Officer - with over 5 years experience in the health & safety industry.