Which disposable gloves do I use?

Disposable gloves… Which ones? Vinyl, Nitrile, Latex or Vynite? Which glove is the best performer for the task at hand? Whether you are a carer, tattooist, work in a childcare environment, hairdresser or dentist, choosing the right glove doesn’t always come down to price.

It’s apparent that disposable gloves come in many different types. Some gloves are better suited to tasks than others and price is a determining factor when purchasing a disposable item. After all, once used the gloves will be discarded and a new pair used. You may not know the difference between latex and nitrile, vinyl or soft touch synthetic but hopefully the guide below will help you to choose the right glove.

 

Latex Gloves

Essentially the mother of all disposable gloves these are produced from raw latex tapped from rubber trees. As latex comes from a fruit tree it contains a natural protein which can cause allergic reactions in some users. That said, due to refining techniques to reduce the level of transferred protein from tree to end product the percentage of users affected has been reduced.

Rubber gloves are extremely stretchy and flexible offering a high tensile strength leading to less breakage and tears. Once purchased in approximately the right size latex gloves are ideal for use where fingertip dexterity is needed. Most latex gloves are slightly textured offering a good grip for instruments like patient care apparatus, a tattoo gun and hairdressing tools.

Ideal uses for latex gloves are:

  • Carers
  • Dentists
  • Tattooists
  • Hairdressers
  • Mechanics
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Vets
  • Childcare
  • Food Preparation and Catering.

 

Vinyl Gloves

The choice of many users, vinyl gloves are the cheapest of gloves with the necessary standards that’s available. Whilst the glove offers protection they offer are very limited in flexibility. Made from refined oil, vinyl gloves can also cause allergic reactions in a small number of people due to the chemicals added to improve tensile strength and durability. However to pinpoint the cause can be hard as there a large number of compounds used in their manufacture which make it very difficult to find the root of the problem.

Sizes need to be purchased as accurately as possible as the gloves will not stretch to fit closely over the hand and fingers. They are available in blue for the food industry and are food certified as blue is easy to spot should there be any cross contamination should the glove tear or rip.

Ideal uses for vinyl gloves are:

  • Carers
  • Hairdressers
  • Nurses
  • Vets
  • Childcare
  • Food preparation and catering.

 

Nitrile Gloves

Although made from a mixture of man-made compounds, nitirle gloves offer less allergic reactions than most other gloves. Extremely flexible, stretchy and offering great dexterity, our nitirle gloves have become one of our best sellers, catching-up now with vinyl sales. At first glance the gloves seem expensive as they are packed in 200 rather than 100. However the breakdown cost per 100 is extremely competitive which means you are actually getting a lot more glove for your money.

The quality of our nitirle gloves are far superior to other types of gloves which is why most customers are tending to switch for latex and vinyl. They are the preferred glove of dentists, mechanics and more recently hairdressers. Our nitrile gloves are also food safe.

Ideal uses for nitrile gloves are:

  • Carers
  • Dentists
  • Tattooists
  • Hairdressers
  • Mechanics
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Vets
  • Childcare
  • Food Preparation and Catering

 

Soft Touch Synthetic Gloves

Super soft and durable these superior vinyl gloves offer a great alternative to latex. High quality and giving great dexterity they are produced from refined oil but are made super soft with treatments at the finishing stages of manufacture. They are not as expensive as you’d imagine and come boxed in 100s. White in colour the gloves offer all the medical certification as out latex, vinyl and nitrile.

Ideal uses for nitrile gloves are:

  • Carers
  • Hairdressers
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Vets
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