What is the difference between nitrile, vinyl and latex?

Medical examination gloves are made from nitrile, vinyl or latex. Each glove has properties that make it more suitable for a task. SIf you order the wrong type of glove for your job, you may waste resources and increase the risk of punctures and tears. Let's see what are the advantages and disadvantages of each type of glove as well as what it is used for most often.


These gloves are very useful for dentists. They are comfortable, puncture resistant and offer a high degree of sensitivity to the touch while remaining very flexible. On the other hand, they can cause allergic reactions in some patients and healthcare professionals. These gloves are also preferred by nail salons.


These hypoallergenic gloves are very affordable, however they are less resistant than latex and nitrile. They are ideal for brief and frequent interactions where cost is an important factor such as medical exams. The gloves are loose and smooth so easy to put on and take off. These gloves are preferred by daycares, beauty salons, housekeeping companies, etc.


These gloves hypoallergenic are more expensive but they are very soft to the touch, more resistant to punctures than vinyl and more resistant to chemicals than latex. They are the gloves most used in the medical field (doctors, nurses, veterinarians, etc.). Textured fingers add dexterity for gripping medical instruments. On the other hand, they are more adjusted and less flexible. 

Disposable 2-4 mil thick nitrile gloves are also preferred by dairy farms, cheese makers, hairdressers, etc.

Disposable 5-9 mil thick nitrile gloves are used for more heavy-duty applications: garage and industry.

Nitrile gloves over 9 mil thick are generally reusable and preferred by embalmers, brewers, restaurants, etc.

 With your choice in mind, shop your gloves starting today. Thank you for trusting MedSec.

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