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How to discover the best gloves for your needs

Nov 16, 2021

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) shot atop the global lexicon at the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Today it's mostly recognized as a medical necessity, but long before it became one of the year's top terms, it was (and still is) an essential resource at dozens of job sites, ranging from tattoo parlors to oil rigs.

Some of the most recognizable pieces of PPE are disposable gloves. They come in a variety of colors and sizes and can be seen on hands around the world. They may all look similar, but knowing the differences among them can be the difference between safety and catastrophe.

At Select we have the ability to facilitate orders for all types of disposable gloves. Our specialists are here to help you through every step of your order process, including selecting the ideal glove for your particular needs. But if you're not ready to talk with an expert just yet, you can check out this article to get a clear understanding of the 4 most popular disposable gloves on the market.

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile gloves are powder-free gloves made from synthetic rubber. They don't contain any latex, so you don't have to worry about triggering a latex allergy when wearing these. They're stretchable, durable, and offer good protection against chemicals and punctures.

Most commonly used by: medical professionals; those handling electronics; tattoo artists; physicians; food vendors; mechanics; technicians; and those handling hazardous or corrosive chemicals

Vinyl Gloves

Vinyl gloves are commonly known as PVC or PVA gloves, which stand for polyvinyl chloride and polyvinyl alcohol, respectively. They can be manufactured to varying durabilities and the thickest gloves can stand up to acids and some solvents.

Most commonly used by: medical professionals; food handlers; janitors; housekeepers; staffers in low-infection or non-hazardous situations; painters; employees in the chemical and oil industries

PVC / Nitrile Blend Gloves

PVC/nitrile blend gloves were created to offer customers a less expensive alternative to nitrile gloves, while maintaining durability and strength. They’re made from PVC paste and nitrile latex, offering wearers the flexibility of PVC and the durability of nitrile.

Most commonly used by: medical professionals; food handlers; those with sensitive hands; those working in clean rooms; those working with electronics; beauty professionals; tattoo artists; cleaning professionals; dentists

Latex Gloves

Latex gloves are usually the least expensive of all glove types and they offer the greatest tactile feedback. They're ideal for procedures where sensitivity is of utmost priority, like intricate surgery. Their main fallback is they can trigger skin reactions for people allergic to latex, but according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, less than 1% of the US population suffers from a latex allergy.

Most commonly used by: surgeons; medical professionals; those needing protection against bacteria, viruses, and bodily fluids; veterinarians; auto technicians; hairdressers; cosmetic professionals; forensic examiners

In conclusion

Whether you need chemical-resistant, cut-resistant, cold-resistant, heat-resistant, superior tactile feedback, comfort, durability, or to protect yourself against electrical components, Select can help you find the ideal glove.

Email us at if you are interested in sourcing gloves from the Select team or learn more at,

This week's #B2BTuesday Tip:

One benefit of ordering directly from a manufacturer is they can quickly make product alterations. Even disposable gloves can be manufactured at different thickness levels to fit your needs, so always make sure to ask your supplier for exactly what you need when ordering.

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