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The Best Nitrile Gloves in 2024

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There are tons of disposable nitrile gloves out there, but in this article we take a close look at the 10 best.

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If you’ve spent any time searching online for disposable heavy duty nitrile gloves, you know it can quickly get a lot more complicated than just picking the right size. There are seemingly endless gloves to choose from, and if you’re the kind of person for whom a glove is a glove it’s tough to know what’s best.

We’re here to help. In this article, we’ll take a look at where some of the best nitrile gloves on the market measure up in terms of qualities like thickness, fit, and dexterity.

Since the best disposable nitrile gloves are ultimately the ones that meet the needs of the task at hand, we'll also discuss the gloves' usefulness in various industries and settings.

Of course, if you’re in a hurry, you really can’t go wrong with our selection of latex free nitrile gloves. We might be biased, but we really do think the heavy duty nitrile gloves we offer are some of the best money can buy.

The Best Nitrile Gloves

Handcare Exam Grade Black Nitrile Gloves

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Sure, these are our gloves, but over 1,200 reviews don’t lie: Handcare Black Nitrile Gloves really are a great combination of comfort, price, and performance. They’re latex free, powder free, 100% nitrile so people with latex allergies or skin sensitivities can use them with confidence.

We’re serious about the quality of our gloves, so we make sure they’re rigorously tested to meet the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). We think these are the best black nitrile gloves for many situations based on a number of factors:

Thickness: Handcare Black Nitrile Gloves are 4 mil thick, which means they offer a balance of good grip, protection, and comfort for most situations.

Fit: Our nitrile disposable gloves are made in sizes small, medium, large, and extra large (XL). They’re ambidextrous, run true to size, and provide a comfortable, snug fit on hands of all sizes.

Dexterity: Thanks to their average thickness and snug fit, Handcare black nitrile gloves provide great tactile sensitivity, which is important for getting many complex tasks done right.

Ideal Use: Workers in a wide variety of industries rely on our protective gloves every day. Among them: first responders, food processors, automotive workers, cleaners, tattoo artists, pest control professionals, veterinary professionals, and, thanks to our rigorous standards, healthcare workers.

Our disposable gloves are exam grade and valued by doctors who work at places like Johns Hopkins Hospital and Northwestern Hospital as affordable, high-quality non-latex gloves to depend on. And hey, if black nitrile gloves aren’t your thing, we also make them in blue.

Dark Light Black Nitrile Gloves

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These nitrile disposable gloves are great for when you need a high-performance, heavy duty glove. Like our other gloves, they’re powder free and latex free, making them safe for people with latex allergies or sensitive skin. Here’s how they stack up compared to the rest:

Thickness: These are 9 mil nitrile gloves, making them more than twice as thick as the Handcare gloves. That means they’re incredibly puncture resistant and are difficult to rip or tear.

Fit: These powder free gloves provide a snug fit that’s true to the variety of sizes they come in. Many reviewers say they’re pretty comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Dexterity: Thick nitrile gloves like these are never going to be as nimble as something thinner, but the Dark Light Nitrile gloves still allow for good grip and hand feel for many tasks.

Ideal Use: Dark Light Nitrile gloves are best used in situations where the extra protection from rips, tears, and hazardous chemicals is helpful. They’re popular in auto, machine, and welding shops for that reason. Some people even use them for gardening, where their puncture resistance protects against thorns.

Thanks to the extra layers of material, the Dark Light Black Nitrile Gloves are a little pricier than some others, but the amount of value for the price makes them well worth it for the situations where heft is helpful.

Venom Steel Industrial Nitrile Gloves

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Venom Steel Industrial Nitrile Gloves are a popular choice when it comes to heavy-duty glove alternatives. These gloves have some unique qualities that ensure they provide substantial protection. Here's how they compare with other nitrile gloves:

Thickness: Venom Steel gloves are 6 mil and are dual-layered - a black outer layer and a white underlayer. They’re designed to withstand over 10lbs of pressure and slashes from a knife, making rips and tears a rare event. When punctures do happen, though the gloves’ white underlayer makes them more visible.

Fit: Venom Steel claims that "one size fits most," and that does seem to be the case, with reviewers praising the comfortable and accurate fit across diverse hand sizes.

Dexterity: These gloves are a little thicker than some other nitrile gloves, but they still allow decent hand movement and feel.

Ideal Use: Venom Steel nitrile gloves are popular within a wide variety of industries. They’re used for automotive work, construction, plumbing, food service, landscaping, and many more job sites.

Venom Steel Industrial Nitrile Gloves command a relatively higher price vs other nitrile gloves. If you have the cash to spare, though, their exceptional durability and protection make them a worthwhile investment for those who prioritize safety and comfort.

Wostar Multi-Purpose Nitrile Gloves

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Wostar Multi-Purpose Nitrile Gloves have a thinner design, which offers enhanced tactile sensitivity. Still, they manage to provide a solid line of defense against punctures and cuts. Here's a closer look at their features:

Thickness: Despite their thin design, Wostar’s nitrile gloves are rated at 4 mil thick, providing a good balance of protection, comfort, and sensitivity.

Fit: Some reviews have found these powder free gloves to be slightly tricky to put on. Once you get past that, they conform well to the hand and allow normal movement.

Dexterity: The thinness of the Wostar nitrile gloves means they allow good tactile sensitivity and hand movement, making them ideal for tasks requiring a delicate touch.

Ideal Use: Since these nitrile gloves are so thin, they’re not suitable for settings where high temperatures or certain hazardous chemicals are present. Still, the good balance of protection and hand feel means they’re still useful for a variety of settings, from healthcare and dentistry to food service.

Wostar’s Multi-Purpose Nitrile Gloves are slightly more expensive than some options. Still, the balance they offer between thinness and protection might make them worthy of consideration.

The Safety Zone Nitrile Gloves

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The Safety Zone’s nitrile gloves are another thin nitrile glove that provides great everyday protection. Here's a breakdown of what you can expect from these powder free gloves:

Thickness: These gloves come in at a thickness of 3 mil. That’s a bit thinner than some others but enough to provide decent resistance to punctures and chemicals while still being comfortable.

Fit: The gloves come in a variety of sizes and tend to fit quite snug. Some reviewers have said they feel like a second skin, which is great for delicate tasks.

Dexterity: The thinness of these nitrile gloves allows for great hand movement. They’re finely textured all around, which lends them a good amount of grip for delicate tasks or small objects.

Ideal Use: Since they’re on the thinner size, these gloves are likely best suited to lighter tasks like food preparation, cleaning, pet care, hair coloring, or basic medical exams.

The Safety Zone nitrile gloves range a bit higher in price than some alternatives, but if the idea of a nitrile glove that fits like a second skin appeals to you, they might be a good choice.

Dre Health Nitrile Exam Gloves

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Dre Health Nitrile Exam Gloves are a good choice if you're after a powder free nitrile glove that delivers on quality and performance. Here's how they compare:

Thickness: Like The Safety Zone’s Gloves, Dre Health’s gloves come in at a thickness of 3 mil. This is relatively thin, but the Dre Health disposable nitrile gloves manage to have decent puncture and cut resistance.

Fit: Dre Health's gloves tend to run small compared to other disposable nitrile gloves, so expect a snug fit with these. For some applications, that might be okay, but it could be an issue for longer term use.

Dexterity: The snug fit and 3 mil thickness of these gloves allows for easy hand movement and feel, which makes them a good fit for performing delicate tasks.

Ideal Use: Dre Health’s gloves are suitable for a range of tasks, but like other thinner disposable gloves they’re better suited for lighter duty work where vinyl gloves wont cut it — think hair dyeing, basic medical exams, and food handling.

If you don’t mind a tight fit, Dre Health Nitrile gloves offer decent value for the money with good puncture and cut resistance for their thickness level and could be a good choice.

ASAP Orange Nitrile Gloves

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Full disclosure, ASAP Orange Nitrile Gloves are another brand of latex free, powder free nitrile gloves we sell. Still, we think they’re worth considering for their reliable protection at a good price. Here's why they might be the right nitrile gloves for you:

Thickness: These 5 mil thick gloves are designed for toughness and durability without being so dense as to sacrifice hand feel.

Fit: ASAP Orange Nitrile Gloves offer a snug fit that’s true to size. They come in a range of sizes from small to extra-large.

Dexterity: These gloves hit the sweet spot of being thick enough to be durable while still allowing a good, firm grip and excellent tactile sensitivity.

Ideal Use: The bright orange color of these gloves provides high visibility for added safety in situations like the construction industry. Their balance between feel and durability also makes them a great choice for household cleaning, medical professionals, lab technicians, automotive workers, and many other use cases.

ASAP Orange Nitrile Gloves are relatively affordable compared to other gloves with the same level of thickness and protection. If you need something a little thicker than our top pick but don’t want to compromise on price, these might be the right nitrile gloves for you.

Gloveworks Nitrile Disposable Gloves

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Gloveworks Nitrile Disposable Gloves are another bright orange nitrile glove, this time on the thicker end of the spectrum, with a unique coating that helps them stand out. Here's how they stack up:

Thickness: Gloveworks’ Nitrile Disposable gloves are 8mil thick, which is on the higher end. That extra nitrile material grants them extra resistance to cuts and tears compared to thinner ones.

Fit: These gloves come in a variety of sizes and fit mostly true to size if a little snug. Some reviews say they’re easy to put on, although they can require some effort to remove.

Dexterity: While Gloveworks Nitrile Disposable gloves’ thickness means they may not provide as much touch sensitivity as a lighter pair, they have a unique bumpy textured coating that improves their grip.

Ideal Use: Favored by construction workers, nail technicians, and home DIYers, these gloves can also handle messy tasks like dealing with motor oil, paints, and varnishes thanks to their dense design.

The Gloveworks Nitrile Disposable Gloves are on the higher end of the price range among nitrile gloves. Despite the cost, their superior durability and excellent grip make them worthwhile for those who need disposable gloves that can withstand heavy-duty tasks.

ProCure Nitrile Gloves

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ProCure Nitrile Gloves are a well-rounded medium-duty nitrile glove. They sport a couple of extra features that can make them especially helpful for certain tasks. Let’s take a look:

Thickness: At 4 mil thick, these gloves are lightweight enough to be comfortable and nimble while strong enough to be puncture resistant.

Fit: ProCure Nitrile gloves are fit true to size, ensuring a comfortable and secure fit. They also feature a longer cuff than some other disposable gloves, which can be a real asset during messy tasks.

Dexterity: ProCure’s gloves feature textured fingerprints that enhance grip. As a medium-thick glove, they allow good hand movement and sensitivity.

Ideal Use: These gloves are suitable for a range of tasks, but their textured fingertips make them extra helpful for tasks like working with paper, handling money, and working with plants. They're also popular for house cleaning and meal preparation.

ProCure’s gloves are relatively affordable and, unlike many of the other gloves on this list, come 200 to a box, which means less packaging to deal with. If their extra grippy fingertips and long cuffs are helpful for your needs, they could just be a strong contender.

MedPride Powder-Free Nitrile Exam Gloves

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The MedPride Powder-Free Nitrile Exam Gloves have been a popular choice for several years. Another glove with textured fingertips, these gloves provide a good blend of strength and sensitivity.

Thickness: While these gloves are listed at 4 mil, several reviews report they seem a bit thinner. Thickness ratings can differ between manufacturers, so they may be considered a 3 mil by some other standards. Either way, these disposable gloves protect well against minor rips and tears.

Fit: These gloves come in a variety of sizes, but they also can run a little small. Medpride’s gloves have beaded cuffs, which can help them stay on more securely, though as snug as they tend to fit that may not be an issue in the first place.

Dexterity: As with the ProCure gloves, the textured fingertips of the MedPride gloves can be helpful with detailed, meticulous tasks. Their thinness and tight fit lends them great hand sensitivity as well.

Ideal Use: MedPride’s nitrile gloves are well suited for the food industry, medical and dental exams, law enforcement, tattoo artists, and many other settings for light to medium duty work.

As long as you don’t have massive hands or need the extra durability that comes with thicker ones, MedPride’s nitrile gloves can be a great choice for affordable disposable gloves.

So, Which Are The Best Disposable Nitrile Gloves?

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As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, the answer to the question really depends on what you’re using them for, whether it’s heavy duty machining work or getting through the lunch rush in the kitchen.

While all the gloves on this list are great choices, some are more comfortable and effective than others for specific tasks. We know that not all gloves are created equal, and for close to 30 years, we’ve offered a wide variety of high quality, affordable disposable gloves for all sorts of use cases.

Take a look at our selection today to find the right pair for you.

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