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Best Disposable Gloves of 2021

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By Buck Yedor ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 23, 2020
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Tired of cheap gloves tearing on you while doing messy kitchen, house, or car work? Our review team researched the top-selling disposable gloves in 2021 and purchased nine of the best to compare in a series of comprehensive tests. After using them in real-life situations, we determined the durability, comfort, fit, ease of use, temperature resistance, and versatility of each pair. We got our hands dirty, so you don't have to. Our results can help you find the right pair of gloves for your unique needs.

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Best Overall Disposable Glove


Ammex Gloveworks Industrial Green


Ammex Gloveworks Industrial Green
Editors' Choice Award
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$38.99
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Material: Nitrile & Powder Free | Rating: Non-Sterile & Non-Medical
Grippy
Durable
Expensive
Reduced tactile sensitivity

The Ammex Gloveworks Industrial Green gloves are up for just about any tough task. The thick nitrile material is the most puncture and cut resistant of any of the gloves we reviewed. The outside is textured with small bumps that greatly increase friction when working with wet or greasy materials, thereby reducing the risk of dropping whatever you're holding. Given the extra thickness of the gloves, they offer a relatively decent amount of temperature resistance. That, combined with their gippy outers, makes them great for dishwashing or automotive work.

These gloves are quite thick, and if you are performing delicate tasks that require serious dexterity and tactile sensation, they might give you some trouble. While they do slide on easily, they take a little tugging to get them off. All in all, these were the most versatile and rugged gloves we tested and are ideal for kitchen, cleaning, automotive, or any other messy work you find yourself doing.

The Gloveworks model are our first choice, based on their...
The Gloveworks model are our first choice, based on their durability, comfort, and versatility.
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Best Nitrile Exam Model


MedPride Powder-Free Nitrile Exam


MedPride Powder-Free Nitrile Exam
Top Pick Award
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$30.99
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Material: Nitrile & Powder Free | Rating: Non-Sterile
Form fitting
Good tactile sensitivity
Poor temperature resistance
Expensive

The MedPride Powder-Free Nitrile Exam gloves are your basic nitrile exam gloves that hit the sweet spot between durability, comfort, and price. They are incredibly form-fitting and nonrestrictive, molding over our tester's fingers perfectly, leaving no dead space above the webbing between their fingers. These gloves felt thicker than the other nitrile exam gloves we tested and proved to be more cut and puncture resistant.

While they fared better than most, it's important to keep in mind that none of these gloves are really all that puncture resistant. These gloves also offered very little protection from hot water. These gloves are ideal for people looking for a durable, nitrile glove that leaves you with good dexterity and tactile sensitivity.

The Med Pride are decently comfortable and offer mid-range durability.
The Med Pride are decently comfortable and offer mid-range durability.
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Best Bang for the Buck


Ammex Gloveplus Industrial Clear


Ammex Gloveplus Industrial Clear
Best Buy Award
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$15.97
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Material: Vinyl & Powder Free | Rating: Non-Medical & Non-Sterile
Inexpensive
Good temperature resistance
Baggy fit
Poor durability

The Ammex Gloveplus Industrial Vinyl Clear gloves are versatile and an affordable option great for food service work and cleaning. These vinyl gloves proved to offer some of the best protection from hot water, making them great for washing dishes and general cleaning. The larger fit makes them easy to slide on and off without a struggle. This is ideal for food service where you might be changing pairs quite frequently.

The baggy fit and thick vinyl do noticeably reduce finger dexterity and tactile sensitivity. These gloves are also highly susceptible to puncturing and tearing. These vinyl gloves are perfect for anyone looking for an affordable glove that doesn't need to be approved for medical exam use.

The Gloveplus Vinyl are super thin and slide on easily.
The Gloveplus Vinyl are super thin and slide on easily.
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Excellent Latex Model


Curad Medical Latex


Curad Medical Latex
Best Buy Award
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$23.47
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Material: Latex & Powder Free | Rating: Non-Sterile
Comfortable against skin
Cut resistant
Semi-restrictive
Some durability issues

The Curad Exam gloves are a comfortable and durable option for people without latex sensitivities. The smooth latex feels soft against the skin and slides on with no issue. They offer fairly good protection against punctures and cuts. While they are thick enough to withstand some abuse, they aren't so thick as to significantly diminish your tactile sensations.

These gloves proved to be durable in use, though our testers did rip a few when trying to pull them on. They offer some protection against hot temperatures but wouldn't be our first choice for an extended stint of dishwashing. These comfortable gloves are great for medical exams, cleaning, kitchen work, and any other messy work — as long as you're okay with latex.

The Curad Latex Exam gloves are silky smooth and highly comfortable...
The Curad Latex Exam gloves are silky smooth and highly comfortable, so long as you don't have a sensitivity to latex.
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Best Vinyl Exam Model


Squish Clear Vinyl


Squish Clear Vinyl
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$20.99
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Material: Vinyl & Powder Free | Rating: Non-Sterile
Inexpensive
Smartphone and trackpad compatible
Difficult to get on
Mediocre durability

The Basic Vinyl Synthetic Exam Gloves are one of the more affordable exam gloves in our line up. The thin vinyl doesn't hinder your ability to use touchscreens and trackpads but still offers some protection against hot water.

These gloves are difficult to get on and don't have a ton of stretch, which noticeably reduces hand dexterity. It was hit or miss whether or not the gloves would tear at the wrist when putting them on. They also offered only mediocre resistance to punctures and cuts. These gloves are ideal for people looking for exam gloves that are more affordable than most nitrile options and are avoiding latex.

The Basic Vinyl Gloves are great for food service work.
The Basic Vinyl Gloves are great for food service work.
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A Quality Nitrile Option


Dre Health Powder Free Nitrile


Dre Health Powder Free Nitrile
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$29.98
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Material: Nitrile & Powder Free | Rating: Non-Sterile
Form-fitting
Good tactile sensitivity
Runs small
Poor temperature resistance

The Dre Health Nitrile Exam are another quality non-latex option. These nitrile gloves are durable and comfortable, and they offer above-average puncture and cut resistance. The nitrile material is form fitting and moves well with your hands, and does little to diminish tactile sensitivity.

The biggest flaw we found with these gloves is with the sizing. They run incredibly small, even compared to the other Dre Health gloves we reviewed. In line with the other nitrile gloves we tested, we found that they do not offer any real significant protection from hot water. They are great for just about anything you could want to wear disposable gloves for.

Be sure to size up with the Dre Health Nitrile Gloves, as they run...
Be sure to size up with the Dre Health Nitrile Gloves, as they run quite small.
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A Well-Priced Option


Dre Health Nitrile Vinyl Blend


Dre Health Nitrile Vinyl Blend
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$28.98
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Materal: Vinyl Nitirle Blend & Powder Free | Rating: Non-Sterile
Durable
Less expensive than 100% nitrile
Poor puncture resistance
Not as stretchy as 100% nitrile

The Dre Health Advanced Synthetic Gloves are made from a proprietary blend of nitrile and polyester. This proprietary mix of materials seeks to capture the best of both worlds. These gloves are more form-fitting and give you far more sensitivity than pure vinyl gloves.

Given the high vinyl content in these gloves, they are less durable and less stretchy than pure nitrile gloves. They proved to be more puncture resistant than the vinyl options but less so than pure nitrile. These are affordable gloves that offer many of the benefits of nitrile gloves at a reduced price.

The Dre Health Synthetic offers a good mix of the comfort and...
The Dre Health Synthetic offers a good mix of the comfort and dexterity of nitrile, with the affordability of vinyl.
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A Thin, Sensitive Nitrile Model


Wostar Nitrile 2.5 Mil


Wostar Nitrile 2.5 Mil
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Material: Nitrile & Powder Free | Rating: Non-Sterlile
Comfortable
Good tactile sensitivity
Poor temperature resistance
Hard to get on

The Wostar Multi-Purpose Nitrile Gloves are the thinnest nitrile option we reviewed. These thin and comfortable gloves offer tremendous tactile sensitivity without compromising durability. While not the absolute highest scoring pair in the durability metric, given their thinness, they provided good puncture and cut resistance. They conform to your entire hand well and hardly restrict normal hand movement.

These gloves are a little hard to get on, but once they are on, they fit well. The thin nitrile material offers almost no protection from hot water. These gloves are ideal for people looking for an extremely thin pair of gloves that maximize tactile sensitivity.

The thin Wostar Nitrile offer great tactile sensitivity.
The thin Wostar Nitrile offer great tactile sensitivity.
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Ideal for Food Service


Clinivex Clear Vinyl


Clinivex Clear Vinyl
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$18.99
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Material: Vinyl | Rating: Non-Medical
Inexpensive
Easy to get on and off
Poor durability
Restrictive

The Clinivex Disposable Vinyl Gloves slide on and off without much issue. They run fairly true to size, and if anything, a little large. Through our testing, we came to find that erring on a larger size is always a good choice because too small of gloves will just end up tearing.

The thick vinyl has minimal stretch and is somewhat restrictive when performing delicate tasks. These gloves offer mediocre cut and puncture resistance and little protection from hot water. These gloves are ideal for cleaning or food service work where you'll be running through gloves all day long, and dexterity isn't as important.

The Clinivex Vinyl are an affordable option good for house cleaning...
The Clinivex Vinyl are an affordable option good for house cleaning and kitchen work.
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Why You Should Trust Us


Buck Yedorwas our lead tester on this review. Between his time spent working in commercial kitchens and as an emergency medical technician, Buck has spent a lot of time working in disposable gloves. He knows the importance of having a pair that is comfortable, durable, and can keep your hands clean during the messiest jobs.

We cleaned our house, worked on our cars, and did our best to put...
We tore a lot of gloves trying to find the most durable.
Nitrile gloves are a great all purpose option.

Our team started by researching the top-selling disposable gloves available today. We then narrowed in on nine types of gloves that looked to be the most promising. We independently purchased all nine to compare them in a series of controlled side by side tests.

Analysis and Test Results


After receiving all of the gloves, we put them to work to see how they stacked up against one and another. We looked at durability, fit, comfort, ease of use, temperature resistance, and the versatility of each pair.

Durability


Durability takes into account how easily the gloves tear, cut, and puncture. Gloves are most likely to tear when being pulled on. Throughout our testing, we made sure to try on at least five of every glove and note how often they tore. To test for cut and puncture resistance, we used a box cutter to see how well each pair resisted damage. The Ammex Gloveworks Industrial Green are far and away the most durable. The thick nitrile was highly durable. Both the MedPride Powder-Free Nitrile Exam and the Wostar Multi-Purpose Nitrile offered excellent durability.

The thick Gloveswork gloves proved to be quite puncture resistant.
The thick Gloveswork gloves proved to be quite puncture resistant.
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The Clinivex Disposable Vinyl and the Ammex Gloveplus Industrial Vinyl Clear had some of the worst puncture resistance. The latex options like the Curad Exam seem to offer protection somewhere between Nitrile and Vinyl.

The Nitrile was consistently more cut resistant than Vinyl.
The Nitrile was consistently more cut resistant than Vinyl.
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Comfort & Fit


A big part of how comfortable gloves are is how much they stretch and conform to your hand. Across the board, we found that nitrile gloves offered the greatest amount of stretch and conformity. If you need high amounts of hand dexterity and a close fit, the MedPride Powder-Free Nitrile Exam and the super-thin Wostar Multi-Purpose Nitrile were extremely comfortable. Our testers also enjoyed the feel of the latex Curad Exam. The latex feels soft and almost slippery against the skin.

Med Pride nitrile gloves are some of the most comfortable on skin...
Med Pride nitrile gloves are some of the most comfortable on skin gloves we tried.
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The Basic Clear Vinyl have a baggy fit and doesn't conform to your fingers very well. All of the vinyl gloves we tested had very little stretch, making them fairly uncomfortable for tasks requiring high dexterity.

The Dre Health Synthetic gloves are comfortable and form-fitting...
The Dre Health Synthetic gloves are comfortable and form-fitting, but a little more restrictive than other Nitrile options.
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Ease of Use


Ease of use is just how well you can get your hands in and out of a glove. All of the gloves we tested are powder-free, so their ability to glide over your skin is a function of material choice and stretch. The Curad Medical Latex Exam were some of the easiest to pull on. Vinyl also proved to be an excellent option for quickly getting gloves on with minimal fuss. The less form-fitting and stretchy a glove is, the easier it is to get on. This obviously has some downsides, but if you take your gloves on and off frequently, it's something to consider.

The thick Nitrile and built-in texture on the Glovework's Heavy-Duty...
The thick Nitrile and built-in texture on the Glovework's Heavy-Duty make them great to work with but require a little more effort to remove.
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Nitrile options like Wostar Nitrile 2.5 Mil ultimately have the best fit but are hard to get on.

The added stiffness of the Nitrile Vinyl blend makes pulling the Dre...
The added stiffness of the Nitrile Vinyl blend makes pulling the Dre Health Synthetic gloves on quite easy.
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Temperature Resistance


None of the gloves in this review are specifically "dish" gloves, which are typically thicker, and as a result, more durable and offer better insulation. For home use or cleaning, however, having a little extra protection from hot water can be a welcome characteristic in a glove. The Ammex Gloveworks Industrial Green offer the most protection against hot water. These thick gloves are also nicely textured, which makes holding onto wet and greasy dishes even easier. The Wostar Nitrile 2.5 Mil and the Clinivex Clear Vinyl gloves are too thin to offer any substantial protection against hot water.

The Ammex Gloveplus Industrial Clear offered decent protection from...
The Ammex Gloveplus Industrial Clear offered decent protection from hot water.
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Versatiity


Our versatility metric is referring to how many different jobs or tasks are capable of handling. Can the glove be used for medical work, food service, automotive, general cleaning? Given their durability, comfort, and stretch, the Ammex Gloveworks Industrial Green are the most versatile. The only thing they aren't good for is medical exam work. They are relatively thick and reduce tactile sensitivity by a considerable amount. The MedPride Powder-Free Nitrile Exam and Wostar Multi-Purpose Nitrile were the next most versatile. These options are appropriate for medical exams and would be ideal for cleaning, food service, and anything else where a thin glove is needed.

The well fitting, comfortable, and durable Med Pride Nitrile gloves...
The well fitting, comfortable, and durable Med Pride Nitrile gloves were highly versatile and excelled at many tasks.
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The Ammex Gloveplus Industrial Clear are the least versatile. Their baggy fit and poor durability makes pigeon holes them into household cleaning or light food service work. The Dre Health Nitrile Vinyl Blend exists somewhere in the middle. They are more durable and comfortable than vinyl gloves but don't quite offer the dexterity and comfort of fully nitrile gloves.

The unique texture of the Gloveworks Heavy-Duty made them great for...
The unique texture of the Gloveworks Heavy-Duty made them great for working with wet or greasy items.
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Conclusion


After rigorously testing nine of the best selling disposable gloves on the market, our review team was able to discern the best and worst qualities in each pair. We got our hands dirty in our test kitchen to see how durable, comfortable, temperature resistant, and versatile they all were. Our comprehensive breakdown will hopefully help you decide which type of glove is right for your unique needs and budget.

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