Nitrile or Vinyl – Which Should You Choose?

Depending on the job, it’s helpful to consider flexibility and comfort, tactile sensitivity, puncture and chemical resistance, and frequency of use.

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile is now the most popular choice for disposable gloves. A synthetic rubber, nitrile is used to manufacture gloves that are soft and comfortable, providing reliable protection against abrasions, oils, and chemicals.

Benefits of Nitrile:

  • – Offers the best resistance to chemicals, oils, and viruses
  • – Food safe
  • – Available in exam, sterile, non-sterile, chemo-rated, and general purpose grades
  • – Not made with latex
  • – 4 mil to 8 mil thickness options
  • – Superior puncture and abrasion resistance
  • – High sensitivity and material softness
  • – Form-fitting and highly elastic, reducing hand fatigue
  • – Multiple colors available
  • – Long shelf life
  • – Available in fingertip textured, full-finger textured, or fully textured styles. Textured nitrile enhances grip in wet or oily environments.

Vinyl Gloves

Formulated from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), vinyl gloves are a popular disposable option for the food service and hospitality industries. They offer an economic alternative to nitrile gloves when working with foods or mild chemicals, but do not have the puncture resistance or protection from harsh chemicals or viruses found with nitrile.

  • – For food handling, light duty, and short-term jobs
  • – Latex free
  • – 5 mil thickness
  • – Lower chemical resistance than nitrile
  • – Effective barrier protection for low-risk jobs
  • – Looser fit with easy on and off
  • – Low elasticity
  • – More economical for applications that require frequent changing of gloves while working with non-hazardous materials

When deciding between nitrile and vinyl, consider:

  • – Risk involved in the task
  • – Tactile sensitivity and fit needs
  • – Frequency of glove changes
  • – Budget