What is the difference between Vinyl and Nitrile Gloves

What’s the difference between Vinyl and Nitrile Gloves?

vinyl and nitrile gloves


If you’re looking to protect yourself or your employees from hazardous substances, wearing gloves can reduce your risk of infection. In this article, we will help you understand the differences between Vinyl and Nitrile gloves so that you can make an informed decision on what gloves suit your needs best.

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile gloves are classified as medical-grade or examination-grade gloves because they provide a high level of protection against chemicals and biohazards (e.g. blood and viruses). They are often used in industries such as medical, dental,  automotive, as well as by tattoo and piercing artists.

Nitrile gloves are made from synthetic rubber consisting of acrylonitrile, butadiene and carboxylic acid monomers. They are latex-free and the best option if you suffer from latex allergies or sensitive skin.

Nitrile gloves are durable, puncture-resistant, flexible and have a longer shelf life. They provide a comfortable fit because they take the shape of your hand. This is important for situations where you need to use the gloves for long periods of time.

Vinyl Gloves

Vinyl Gloves are also synthetic and latex-free but they are made from PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). They provide a low level of protection from chemicals and should only be used in non-hazardous situations or environments where risk of infection is minimal. They are most popular in industries such as food preparation, cleaning, painting, manufacturing, light grooming and home-care assistance.


Vinyl gloves are loose-fitting and move around in the hand more than nitrile gloves. This lack of elasticity can compromise the integrity and durability of the glove. Because of this factor, vinyl gloves are only recommended to be used for short periods of time.

Which option is best for me?

Ultimately if you’re in need of disposable gloves, your choice is going to come down to 

your intended use and the level of protection that you need. 

Nitrile gloves are best used for protection against chemicals and viruses, extended-use, and offer comfort and durability. 

Vinyl gloves are inexpensive, easily accessible but they offer a low level of protection against hazardous substances and are best for short-term use.

PharmacyGO Medical Supplies always provides the highest quality of options for each category of gloves. If you need assistance choosing between vinyl and nitrile gloves or require more information, feel free to contact us.