Best Disposable Gloves of 2021
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Nitrile options like Wostar Nitrile 2.5 Mil ultimately have the best fit but are hard to get on.
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.
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 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.
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.
— Buck Yedor