Three Things to Consider Before Buying Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile gloves are more durable than latex, which is a huge asset if you’re working in tough conditions or with biohazards.

Woman wearing latex gloves holding a needle
Nitrile gloves are not the same as rubber and are safe to use if you are allergic to latex.Ammex

Latex gloves have, in the past, been the first choice for disposable gloves. However, nitrile gloves are quickly rising to the top of the list for a few different reasons. First of all, nitrile gloves do not pose the threat of allergic reactions—they are synthetic rubber. Also, nitrile gloves are able to do the same things as that latex gloves: be flexible, durable, and fit tightly. In addition, nitrile gloves are great in resisting puncture, which can be very important. So, when shopping for nitrile gloves, there are three things you want to look for: the right grade, texture, and powder.

Grade

MedPride Powder-Free Nitrile Exam Gloves
Industrial grade gloves are good for dealing with chemicals, and medical grade for other contaminants.MedPride

The first thing you want to look at in nitrile gloves is the grade. There are two grade options: industrial and medical. What grade you need depends on how you’ll be using the gloves. Industrial grade gloves are best for dealing with chemicals. Think industries such as janitorial work, food service, etc. Medical grade nitrile gloves, on the other hand, are best when there is concern about coming into contact with contaminants. This is the type of glove used in hospital settings as well as medical offices and labs. There are specific guidelines that medical grade nitrile gloves must follow, so you can trust these gloves will provide the protection you need if they’re labeled as such.

Texture

AMMEX Medical Black Nitrile Gloves
A textured grip on a glove makes it easier to grab and hold on to things.AMMEX

If you’re using nitrile gloves for something that requires a bit of a grip, then you want to look for gloves that have a textured finish. This allows you to better grip things regardless of the conditions. Textured gloves come in handy for automotive work, dental work, and more. These gloves are ideal when you need to grab something that may be wet, slippery, etc. Nitrile gloves without texture won’t work in those situations.

Powder

ProCure Disposable Nitrile Gloves
Powder inside some gloves helps prevent moisture from building up inside the glove.ProCure

While the thought of powdered gloves may sound messy, they work great when there is worry about your hands getting sweaty. The powder inside helps to absorb any moisture which is great for keeping your hands sweat-free. It also makes putting on the gloves in the first place much easier. Nitrile gloves without powder, however, are great for a different reason. They are mess-free and leave you free of powder residue when putting the gloves on and when taking them off.

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