Know The Difference - Nitrile vs Latex Gloves

23 March 2023
Nitrile and latex gloves have two features in common, they are both lightweight and elastic. However, there are a number of factors and characteristics that set these two types of gloves apart.

While both types of gloves are proven forms of PPE, research has shown that nitrile gloves are the more versatile and reliable solution. Read our 5 key points to discover why Mediskin Powderfree Nitrile Gloves are the best overall choice.


Latex gloves are produced using natural rubber. The natural rubber contains proteins that can cause an allergic reaction once they’ve had direct contact with the skin.

On the other hand, nitrile does not contain proteins that may cause an allergic reaction. This makes them the perfect alternative to latex gloves. Nitrile gloves are the best solution within industries where gloves could come in contact with those that have an allergy to latex. The healthcare and food industries are key examples where proper care and attention to allergies is vitally important.

Puncture Resistant

Did you know that nitrile is up to 4 times more puncture resistant when compared to latex?
This is due to nitrile being a thicker material with more durability and flexibility. This makes them a suitable glove for those seeking hand protection against mechanical equipment, or for anyone requiring protection in risky workplaces, especially where sharp objects are used.

In the event that a nitrile glove is punctured or torn, they are design to quickly reveal the tear. This useful feature is enhanced by the flexible qualities of the gloves. Latex gloves do not reveal tiny holes and tears as effectively as nitrile gloves. Punctures that go undetected can have detrimental consequences especially for those that could be exposed to hazardous substances and mechanical equipment.

Chemical Resistant

When it comes to chemical resistance, nitrile gloves offer the most sufficient protection. Latex gloves are chemical resistant to only certain substances. This makes them unfit for widespread medical and industrial use. Nitrile gloves are the most reliable choice for industries that work with corrosive substances and hazardous chemicals.

Furthermore, nitrile gloves are puncture resistant. This offers additional protection as their puncture resistant quality protects hands from hazardous substances and chemicals.

Sense of Touch

A perceived disadvantage of wearing gloves is that they can undermine a person’s sense of touch. However, this is not the case with nitrile gloves. Nitrile gloves have the ability to conform to the shape of the user’s hand. This feature ensures that the person wearing the gloves can retain full mobility and maintain their sense of touch. These benefits come with the security and protection provided by the glove.

Comfortable Fit

In certain professional settings, it is a health and safety requirement to wear disposable gloves for long periods. For example, it is mandatory for medical professionals such as doctors and nursing to wear gloves to prevent the spread of infection. The same applies to professions within other industries such as food, healthcare, and production.

With this in mind, nitrile gloves offer their users a comfortable solution that fits properly to your hands. The gloves react with the temperature of your hands which allows them to conform to their size and shape.

Mediskin Powder-Free Nitrile Gloves
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Product Features
  • Latex Free.
  • Non Sterile Nitrile (Carboxylated Budadiene Acroylonitrile).
  • High abrasion and puncture resistance.
  • Micro-textured for better wet and dry grip.
  • Rolled cuff.
  • Meets requirements of EN455-1:2000, EN455-2:2015, EN455-3:2015, EN455-4:2009.
  • CE Certified Class 1 Medical Device.
  • Thickness: 3mm.
  • Average weight of medium glove: 3g (=-0.2g).
  • Available in S,M,L & XL

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