What’s the difference between nitrile and latex gloves?

What’s the difference between nitrile and latex gloves?

Here at GRJ Health, we offer different types of disposable gloves to meet the needs of various industries. However, finding your perfect glove with so many materials, thicknesses, and colors available can be challenging. One of our most frequently asked questions revolves around the difference between nitrile and latex gloves. So, we compiled this quick guide to the two materials and their main differences. 

What is nitrile?

Nitrile gloves are a type of disposable glove made from a synthetic rubber compound. They are commonly used in healthcare and food service settings, as well as in many industrial applications. Nitrile gloves provide an effective barrier against bacteria and have better puncture resistance than other disposable gloves. They are also excellent for those with a latex allergy.

Our nitrile gloves from Aurelia feature an extra thick 4.5mil palm and 5mil fingertip, tested to the highest degree of international standards. Our customers love using these nitrile gloves for all kinds of sectors - from tattoo artists to nail salons. 

We also offer powder-free gloves from Raxwell - ideal for those prone to skin irritation or skin allergies. They provide excellent performance for daily heavy-duty use while still having a comfortable fit.

What is latex?

Natural latex gloves offer superior protection against various contaminants and are an essential piece of personal protective equipment for many professionals - as long as latex allergies are not an issue. 

When should you use nitrile or latex gloves?

Nitrile and latex gloves are used in the healthcare industry as they provide a barrier against contaminants and pathogens. The latex glove material is more elastic and perfect for tasks that require dexterity and sensitivity, such as medical procedures. Alternatively, the food and beauty sectors often choose nitrile gloves because they are resistant to oils like olive, jojoba, and argan oil. 


Latex and nitrile gloves: Which is stronger?

Nitrile gloves are made from a rubber synthetic material that is stronger than latex. Nitrile is puncture-resistant and chemical resistant. However, if it encounters particularly acidic solutions, it will likely break down and deteriorate.

Are nitrile gloves waterproof? 

There is some debate over whether nitrile gloves can be considered waterproof. While nitrile protects your hands from harmful substances - it’s not completely impervious to water, so some people do not consider it to be waterproof.

There are a few different ways to test the waterproofness of disposable gloves. One common method is the Water Test, which involves submerging the glove in water and checking for leaks. Another method is the Breath Test, which involves blowing air into the glove and then checking for leaks. If there are no leaks with either method, the glove is waterproof.

Nitrile gloves have many benefits, but whether or not they are considered waterproof is still up for debate. If you need gloves that will protect your hands from water, you may want to consider another material.

How do nitrile gloves handle friction?

Nitrile gloves are well known for their resistance to chemicals, punctures, and abrasions. But did you know that they also offer excellent protection against friction?

Nitrile gloves are ideal for use in high-friction environments where other glove materials, like latex gloves or vinyl gloves, would quickly be destroyed.

Nitrile has a very low coefficient of friction and provides excellent grip, even when things are getting slippery. So if you need a glove that can stand up to tough conditions and keep your hands safe, nitrile is the way to go.

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