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Best Nitrile Gloves in 2020 – Reviewed

Nitrile gloves are used for a variety of different purposes. They are used for medical exams, for food service, they’re used by mechanics, and they’re even used by police officers out in the field. The reason why they’re used by so many different jobs is that they are better than latex gloves and are quite versatile. To show our readers just how versatile they are, we’ve decided to review the best nitrile gloves that are currently available. We’ve also written a guide that will make buying a pair of them a lot easier. Anyone ready to learn more about these gloves merely has to tag along with us as we lay it all out.

Quick Summary of Nitrile Gloves

 Best Overall 
Gloveplus Industrial Black Nitrile Gloves  (review)
 Best Latex-Free 
MedPride Powder-Free Exam Gloves  (review)
 Best Affordable 
ProCure Disposable Exam-Grade Gloves  (review)
 Best Heavy-Duty Gloves 
Venom Steel Disposable Gloves  (review)

Reviews

Gloveplus Industrial Black Nitrile Gloves

 Best Overall 

Consumers who need a pair of nitrile gloves that can handle the hard and dirty jobs are probably going to want to consider these gloves. They’re designed to provide excellent elasticity, to be resistant to abrasions, and to also be resistant to punctures. They’re also equipped with textured fingers and palms that help the user get a good grip. They provide such a good grip, that consumers can even use them in wet conditions. That makes them a great pair of gloves for plumping, painting, or even for automotive repair work. They’re also approximately 5-mil thick, and they’re available in boxes of 100 or 1,000 gloves, so consumers can decide how many they need.

If there was one concern that we had about these gloves, it was the fact that their size ran a little bit smaller, at least, that was our opinion. They were a little too snug for comfort, and we ended up having to go up a size to get the fit that we liked. Not a big deal considering that these gloves are available in sizes from small to XXL. However, some other people we’ve talked to feel that that is true to fit, so consumers might have a different opinion of them than we have. It’s just something that consumers should think about when they’re buying a pair of gloves. As we said, some people are happy with the size and other people aren’t.

PROS:

  • They’re thick high-quality gloves.
  • They’re powder-free.
CONS:

  • Their size may run a little small.

MedPride Powder-Free Exam Gloves

 Best Latex-Free 

These nitrile gloves are latex-free, powder-free and are designed for people who are looking for a good pair of gloves. Although they are non-sterile, they are suitable for a variety of different jobs and can easily be used by law enforcement personnel, mechanics, or anyone else who doesn’t need sterile gloves. They only about 3.5-mil thick, which may be too thin for some application, but they do have textured fingertips that allow them to impart a good tactile sensitivity on to the wearer. They also have a smooth external finish and have a beaded cuff that makes them durable. It’s also worth noting that these gloves are easy to slip on and slip off as needed. That makes them great for consumers who are constantly putting on or removing gloves throughout the day.

One of the things that impressed us about these gloves was that despite them being a bit thin they were strong and stretched extremely well. We also liked the fact that they were powder-free, too. These are disposable gloves that also fit exceptionally well. They’re neither too loose or too snug, and as far as we can tell, they’re true to size. And the final thing that we’d like to say about these gloves is that they’re available in a box of 100 gloves or boxes of 1,000 gloves. That makes them a good solution for clinics or critical care institutions that need quality exam gloves.

PROS:

  • They’re latex-free gloves.
  • They’re true to fit.
CONS:

  • May be too thin for some purposes.

ProCure Disposable Exam-Grade Gloves

 Best Affordable 

These exam-grade nitrile gloves are going to be loved by quite a few people. Even though they’re a little thinner than many of the other gloves on our list, they’re reasonably priced, and they are strong and tear-resistant. They’re suitable for medical exams, foodservice use, or law enforcement use, but they’re probably not going to be well suited for people who have to do a lot of heavy work in them. On the other hand, these gloves do have textured fingertips that give the wearer the grip that they need for handling objects in both wet and dry conditions. These gloves are available in sizes that include extra-small, small, medium, large, and extra-large, so the wearer simply has to choose the size that works for them. And since they’re true to size, the consumer can be confident in their choice.

These gloves are latex-free, powder-free and are exceptionally reliable. Although they are only 3-mil thick, they do hold up well, and we have no problem recommending these gloves for all but the most labor-intensive jobs. And since they’re designed to be ambidextrous, each glove can be worn on either the left or right hand. Another thing that’s worth mentioning is that these cool blue gloves are available in boxes 200 gloves, so consumers have plenty of gloves for whatever job they need them for. All of which is why we have no problem recommending them to anyone looking for good nitrile gloves.

PROS:

  • They fit true to size.
  • They’re inexpensive.
CONS:

  • They are a bit thin.

Venom Steel Disposable Gloves

 Best Heavy-Duty Gloves 

We’d like to begin our review of these gloves by saying that we think that they’re good nitrile gloves overall, but they’re not without their problems. These gloves are 6-mil thick, which is the thickest of any gloves we’ve reviewed so far, but they do seem to have a tendency to rip during tough jobs. This might make some consumers wonder why we’re recommending them if they rip under duress, and we can only say that it’s because they do protect the hands well for most jobs. It’s just the tough jobs that the consumer is going to want to wear a protective glove over these nitrile gloves.

These gloves are also good for providing chemical protection to the user’s hands. That’s because they’re 70% thicker than the average exam glove, so they’re great for people working food service, for law enforcement officers, or even for mechanics. They’re also good for tattoo artists as well. They protect the hands from dirt, grime, and oil quite well, and also help protect against incidental scrapes. And because these gloves are fully textured and powder-free, they’re also better for gripping objects—regardless of whether they’re wet or dry. Keeping all of these things in mind, it’s easy to see that these nitrile gloves are good for lightweight to mediumweight jobs, but they’re just not designed for heavy work.

PROS:

  • They are true to size.
  • They provide good protection to the hands.
CONS:

  • They tend to rip during difficult jobs.

A Guide For Buying Nitrile Gloves

We sincerely hope that anyone who has followed us so far enjoyed our rundown on the best nitrile gloves that are currently available. We spent a considerable amount of work picking the above gloves out and we hope that they will be used by our readers. With that being said, however, we would like to take things a little bit further. We would like to take a few moments to arm all of our readers with the information they need to choose the gloves that are right for them.

In our opinion, the build and quality of nitrile gloves is only part of the story. We also think that it’s also extremely important for the consumer to think about how they intend on using the gloves. Just because a pair of gloves is the “best” doesn’t mean that it’s right for every single application. Therefore, the consumer should purchase not just the best pair of nitrile gloves, but the best pair of gloves for the job they’re doing.

To illustrate our point, we would like to go over some of the things that consumers should consider when buying a new pair of gloves. If we can help just one of our readers line up their needs with a quality pair of nitrile gloves, then we’ll feel like this guide will have succeeded. Now that we’ve stated our goal as earnestly as we can, let’s get started putting our readers into some quality gloves. 

Choose Between Industrial & Medical-Grade Gloves

The first thing that consumers are going to want to consider is whether they need industrial or medical-grade gloves. Although some people think there’s very little difference between these two types of gloves and simply purchase the one that’s available, in our experience, there is a big difference between these two types of gloves. A difference that we’re going to illustrate below. 

Medical Grade Gloves

These gloves are known as medical-grade, medical gloves or examiner gloves. These gloves are designed in accordance with regulations from the FDA and are rigorously tested to be safe use with patients. These gloves are most often used with dental offices, hospitals, doctor’s offices, laboratories or clean rooms. 

Industrial-Grade Gloves

These gloves are designed to be resistant to chemicals, scrapes, abrasions and they also offer some degree of puncture resistance. They’re usually thicker than medical gloves, so the wearer has more protection but less tactile feel while they’re wearing them. These are often used for automotive uses, for factories, janitorial jobs or even food service. Some tattoo artists use these, although there is a fair share of artists who also use medical-grade gloves as well. 

Choose The Correct Class Or Thickness Of Gloves

When it comes to medical-grade gloves, consumers have three different choices to choose from: Class I, Class II, and Class III gloves. As the level of the gloves rises, so does it’s protective properties. For example, Class I gloves have the least amount of regulatory control, so they shouldn’t be used for highly infectious diseases of other high-risk situations. Class II gloves are a little better regulated but they still don’t provide the same amount of protection as Class III gloves. Class III gloves have to be certified by the FDA and offer the consumer the greatest degree of protection. 

Industrial-grade gloves generally don’t have the same amount of regulation and safety standards applied to them as medical-grade gloves, but there is an easy way to determine which one is right for the application it’s being used for. The consumer should choose the thickness of the glove that best suits their needs. These gloves come in thicknesses of 3-mil up to 6-mil, so the consumers have plenty of choices available to them. The thinner the glove, the more tactile feel the glove is going to pass on to the user, but it also means that the glove is more likely to rip. Thicker gloves are less likely to rip, but they don’t provide the tactile feel for doing dextrous work with the hands. Therefore, the consumer should balance their need to feel what they’re manipulating with their hands and the protection the glove offers. 

Choose Between Powdered Or Non-Powdered Gloves

The last thing to consider is whether to buy powdered gloves or powder-free gloves. Powdered gloves are easier to put on and can absorb excess hand moisture, but they’re not suitable for jobs where the powder might contaminate the job. For those applications, powder-free gloves are probably the best way to go. 

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