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Comparison Chart of Glove Materials

Glove Type Key Components Strength & Protection Comfort & Fit Possible Allergies Typical Industry Use Cost
Latex Natural rubber latex Natural rubber latex is very durable

Low leakage rate

High protection
Long lasting due to significant thickness

Has some re-seal elements when punctured
Comfortable fit due to the elasticity of natural rubber

Snap-back qualities

Soft to the touch
High propensity for allergies due to latex proteins & chemicals Medical
Dental
Healthcare
EMS
Law Enforcement
Automotive
Food Service
Salons
Middle-of-
the-road
Nitrile Blend of butadiene, carboxylic acids and acrylonitrile to form a synthetic polymer Very strong
Does not tear easily
High protection
Resists punctures & tears
A little tighter fit because, with use, conforms to the shape of hand Low probability of allergies; no protein
Popular non-latex alternative
Dental
Healthcare
EMS
Law Enforcement
Automotive
Industrial
Janitorial
Tattoo Parlors
Expensive
Vinyl Poly vinyl chloride Weak
Breaks with extended or rigorous use
Low protection
Use in low risk situations
Anti-static properties
Comfortable because of looser fit that does not constrict hand
Looser fit usually results in less dexterity
Low probability of allergies; no protein Dental
Healthcare
Aviation
Food service
Education/Schools
Economical
3rd Generation Synthetic Poly vinyl chloride (PVC) with some additional advanced technology Very durable & strong
High protection
Resists punctures & tears
Good tactile sensitivity
Comfortable fit due to high elasticity
Slightly looser cuff allows for more air circulation
Soft to the touch
Low probability of allergies; no protein Dental
Healthcare
Law Enforcement
Aviation
Salons
Education/Schools
Middle-of-
the-road
Neoprene Chloroprene Strong
Resists punctures
Medium tear resistance
Comfortable fit
Flexible because of elasticity
Latex-like fit
Low probability of allergies; no protein Dental
Healthcare
EMS
Automotive
Expensive
Poly Polyethylene Weak
Tears easily
Low protection
Loose fit designed for easy and fast on and off
Good for frequent glove change
Low probability of allergies; no protein Food service
Fast food/Delis
Buffet Serving
Most
economical