A variety of industries depend on disposable gloves in order to handle chemicals safely and effectively in laboratory environments. With so many different choices of latex, nitrile, and vinyl gloves, choosing the right one for your application can be a bit confusing. In this article, we will provide an in-depth analysis of the different types of gloves available to buy, along with the advantages and disadvantages of different glove materials.
Latex gloves are popular among industrial and medical industries because they are cost-effective and offer great comfort and dexterity. Additionally, latex provides better elasticity than nitrile, or vinyl. The main disadvantage of latex gloves concern latex allergies that effect certain people. In order to avoid latex allergies, these latex gloves are not recommended for food preparation or some medial applications.
The Aurelia Vibrant latex powder-free disposable glove is textured on the fingertips, fingers, and palms for improved grip, particularly in wet environments, compared to gloves with textured fingers.
Nitrile gloves are a great alternative choice to latex, produced from synthetic rubber while having similar characteristics to latex. Additionally Nitrile gloves are more chemically resistant than latex making them well suited to handling chemicals and have a longer storage shelf life. All Nitrile gloves also feature great flexibility and durability, offering the best puncture resistance if all types of disposable gloves. Common industries that use nitrile gloves include food service, laboratories, dentist offices and medical doctors.
These Aurelia Robust Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves are
ambidextrous, made from a special nitrile (NBR) compound that is non-sterile. Key features include a 5 mil thickness and micro-textured finish for improved grip.
Vinyl gloves are used when Use vinyl gloves when durability and high levels of protection are not needed. These gloves are better for light, low risk applications like food handling or cleaning. Vinyl gloves often have a looser fit than other types of disposable gloves and are typically the least expensive option.
Glove Specification: What do they mean and what to look for?
Tensile Strength: This refers to the extent of resistance of the glove material to breaking under tension. Tensile strength is measured in megapascals or MPa. All glove material types have different tensile strengths, therefore it is important to determine the quality of the glove and how it will perform when used.
Thickness / mils: Thicknesses are measured in mils. A mil is equal to one-thousandth of an inch (0.001 inch). Gloves with lower mils often have better dexterity and flexibility while higher mil gloves offer better protection and are less likely to tear. Our highest mil gloves are the Aurelia Ignite heavy duty nitrile gloves with a 7.0 mil thickness. These are great for automotive work and manufacturing applications. In comparison, are gloves with the lowest thickness are the Aurelia perform nitrile with a 2.5 mil rating. These are more ideal for laboratory work and medical applications.
Recommendations and how to choose the best gloves for you:
Medical and dental applications:
In dental and medical fields, quality comfort and durable protection matters most. All these Aurelia gloves are also powder free to prevent risk of contamination.
All Aurelia laboratory gloves help ensure a clean, and comfortable lab environment. These gloves help protect against harmful chemicals and hot or cold liquids.
Industrial workers are often exposed to chemicals, sharp objects and other hazardous materials. Our line of Aurelia gloves comply with OSHA standards and are durable enough to withstand hours of rigorous use.
Food service workers look for a combination of comfort and safety when choosing disposable gloves. Our line of Aurelia nitrile gloves conform to the highest standards of safety and offer a lightweight design for all-day comfort.