Difference between Vinyl, Latex and Nitrile Disposable Gloves?

Learn more about the various types of disposable gloves from Unigloves.

As with the various hand sizes that they are designed to protect, modern disposable gloves come in a variety of materials to provide optimum protection based on the tasks at hand. Different tasks require different levels of protection and hand dexterity. Thus, a “one size fits all” approach does not apply for disposable gloves today. Thus, it is important to measure up each material to determine the best option.

Vinyl Gloves

Vinyl gloves are manufactured from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) – a thermoplastic polymer. Vinyl offer a cost-effective alternative to latex and nitrile gloves. However, they are best suited for short term, low risk tasks.

BEST FOR: Food handling and general cleaning

Latex Gloves

Latex gloves are manufactured from natural rubber latex. Popular for medical and industrial applications, they offer good protection in a wide range of situations and are resistant to many chemicals. However, they can be problematic for people who are allergic to latex.

BEST FOR: Automotive repair, janitorial, manufacturing and medical

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile gloves are manufactured from a 100% synthetic polymer and provide an ideal alternative when latex allergies are a concern. The synthetic polymer provides strong resistance to solvents, oils, greases, hydrocarbons, as well as some acids and bases. With improved puncture resistance, nitrile gloves prove to have superior durability in comparison to latex and vinyl.

BEST FOR: Automotive servicing and repair, manufacturing, chemical handling, medical and healthcare

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3-Tiered Protection

The nitrile glove offering by Unigloves is split into three tiers – general purpose, premium and commercial. Gloves across all tiers feature a textured surface for better grip and handling.

GS003 General Purpose

Ideal for most automotive tasks, the thinner construction allows better dexterity and better control of fine motor skills.

GU004 Premium

Designed for automotive, chemical and cleaning, this tier provide better puncture and abrasion resistance while providing good flexibility and comfort. Specially chlorinated to offer better tactile sensitivity and comfort.

GA004 Commercial

Designed for commercial vehicle use, the commercial nitrile gloves offer high resistances to harsh solvents, grease, oil and hydrocarbons that are found in antifreeze, paint, thinners, petrol, etc.

How Good Are the Disposable Gloves?

AQL is a statistical quality measure to determine the number of potential defects per 100 gloves. Unigloves are manufactured in to meet AQL 1.5 despite the standard set for automotive gloves at AQL 4.0.

AQL 1.5 simply means that in a batch of 100 gloves manufactured, only 1.5 gloves are likely to have a defect. Conversely, AQL 4.0 means that four gloves out of 100 may have a defect. By this definition, Unigloves AQL standards surpasses the quality expected of automotive gloves.

As no single glove provides the perfect solution for all applications, it is best to speak to your local FPS representative to learn more about gloves that are best suited for your customers.



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