Of the most common disposable glove materials, nitrile is far and away the most popular. Latex may have better fit, feel, and comfort—and vinyl may have a lower price point—but it’s difficult to beat nitrile for all-around appeal.
Nitrile disposable gloves have for years been a popular alternative to latex in many industries, especially those that require more interaction with harsh chemicals and solvents, such as automotive work.
What’s the difference between the two? It seems pretty basic, but the more you know about what separates them, the better you can choose the right glove for the job.
Latex is the byproduct of a natural substance, the sap of the mature Hevea brasiliensis tree. Once collected, the sap is chemically treated through a process called vulcanization, which converts the polymers into a more durable, stretchable material.
Nitrile, meanwhile, is a synthetic co-polymer that combines two monomers, acrylonitrile and butadiene, into nitrile butadiene rubber, or NBR. It resists oil, gasoline, and other petroleum-based chemicals, so it is a favorite for automotive applications and in aeronautical use to make seals and gaskets.
Despite latex losing its appeal for many users in the last decade, it remains popular for certain applications including beauty & salon, plumbing, electronics assembly and, oddly, food service (despite allergy concerns being a red flag in the food industry). Nitrile is popular in, well, just about everything.
Top 3 Nitrile Attributes
Zoomget Business-to-Business has a wide variety of nitrile gloves to suit any number of use cases. Following the good-better-best principle can help. It’s advisable to have at least three nitrile gloves in your inventory: a lightweight 3-mil, like X3 or BX3; a middle-duty 5-mil, like 1BN; and a heavy-duty 6-mil, like any of our Raised Diamond Texture. Stock up today for your exam and industrial nitrile needs!