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Best Disposable Gloves of 2018 Credit: Reviewed / Kyle Hamilton

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Best Disposable Gloves of 2018 Credit: Reviewed / Kyle Hamilton

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Editor's Choice Product image of Venom Steel Rip Resistant Industrial Gloves
Best Overall

Venom Steel Rip Resistant Industrial Gloves

Venom Steel's gloves can withstand ten pounds of pressure and even knife slashes. They are textured and have a few size options for comfortable fits. Read More

Pros

  • Impressively durable
  • Comfortable fit
  • Textured

Cons

  • May be too big for smaller hands
Editor's Choice Product image of Curad Powder-Free Textured Latex Exam Gloves
Best Latex

Curad Powder-Free Textured Latex Exam Gloves

Curad's gloves are easy to put on and comfortable, despite being latex-free. The texture and range of motion in the fingers assist with grip. Read More

Pros

  • Easy to put on
  • Comfortable fit
  • Textured

Cons

  • None that we could find
Editor's Choice Product image of GlovePlus Vinyl Powder-Free Gloves
Best Value

GlovePlus Vinyl Powder-Free Gloves

These gloves are ideal for cosmetic or short-term uses. Since they're made of vinyl, they have a loose fit, and they're more affordable than latex. Read More

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Loose fit

Cons

  • Not very elastic
Product image of The Safety Zone Medical Grade Single-Use Powder-Free Nitrile Examination Gloves

The Safety Zone Medical Grade Single-Use Powder-Free Nitrile Examination Gloves

These are the ideal gloves for folks with latex allergies. They're textured, have a natural fit, and provide great flexibility. Read More

Pros

  • Comfortable fit
  • Textured
  • Good flexibility

Cons

  • None that we could find
Product image of Vivid AdvanceTouch Nitrile Powder Free Gloves

Vivid AdvanceTouch Nitrile Powder Free Gloves

These gloves fit comfortably and tightly. However, air bubbles can form in the palms sometimes. Read More

Pros

  • Textured
  • Good flexibility
  • Tight fit

Cons

  • Air bubbles can form

Editor's Note: September 28, 2020

If you've landed on this page during the coronavirus pandemic, the best disposable gloves are the ones that are still available to buy! Some of the gloves we've recommended are selling out, so we're also keeping track of where disposable gloves are still available over on USA Today.

Disposable gloves are used widely by many professions—nurses, doctors, dentists, people that service or process food, cleaners, mechanics, you name it. However, us nonprofessionals have just as many uses for disposable gloves as the pros do.

Whether it's working outdoors to garden, using harsh chemicals to clean the house, or applying hair dye, disposable gloves can protect you and keep your hands clean. Our top pick—the Venom Steel Rip Resistant Industrial Nitrile Gloves (available at Walmart)—can help you with a wide variety of general tasks around the house and are durable, flexible, and comfortable.

For those that are allergic to latex, don't worry, we have you covered. Our roundup also includes gloves that are made of vinyl and nitrile, giving the option to choose which is the perfect fit for you.

(However, one note: If you're looking for gloves with specific medical grading or for professional food handling, this roundup isn't for you. The gloves we tested were aimed at general-use cases only.)

These are the best disposable gloves we tested ranked, in order:

  1. Venom Steel Rip Resistant Industrial Nitrile Gloves
  2. Curad Powder-Free Textured Latex Exam Gloves
  3. The Safety Zone Powder-Free Nitrile Examination Gloves
  4. Vivid AdvanceTouch Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves
  5. GlovePlus Textured Black Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves
  6. Comfitwear The Latex Pro-Tection Glove
  7. Ammex Professional Series Black Nitrile Gloves
  8. Green Direct Powder-Free Extra Strength Latex Gloves
  9. GlovePlus Vinyl Powder-Free Gloves
  10. Ammex Vinyl Powder-Free Exam Gloves
The Venom Steel Gloves took the top spot in our roundup because they are durable, flexible, and comfortable.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Venom Steel Gloves took the top spot in our roundup because they are durable, flexible, and comfortable.

Best Overall
Venom Steel Nitrile Gloves

Specs: Fully-textured, Powder-free, Nitrile Material

Rated for: Industrial, Cleaning

Thickness (palm/fingertips): 6 mil / 6 mil

The Venom Steel gloves aced our durability tests. The six millimeter, dual-layering of the gloves allowed it to withstand more than ten pounds of pressure before tearing apart. It even stood up to slashes from a knife without ripping, a first in our testing. The dual-layer is also effective against chemicals and water; it kept my hands safe and dry during testing.

We tested the “one size fits most” Venom Steel gloves, and that naming scheme is pretty accurate. While they fit comfortably on my larger hands, and didn't hinder my flexibility, some of my coworkers with smaller hands felt that the gloves were a bit too big. Fortunately, you can choose from more specific sizes as needed. Overall, if you’re looking for good, durable, multi-purpose gloves, then the Venom Steel gloves will definitely exceed your expectations.

Pros

  • Impressively durable

  • Comfortable fit

  • Textured

Cons

  • May be too big for smaller hands

Best Overall
Credit: Reviewed / Kyle Hamilton
Best Latex
Curad Latex Gloves

Specs: Fully Textured, Powder-Free, Latex Material

Rated for: Medical

Thickness (palm/fingertip): 5.9 mil / 6.7 mil

These gloves flawlessly slid onto my hands, which was very impressive considering that the gloves don't incorporate any powder in them. Combine that with a super comfortable fit, which also allowed me to use the full flexibility of my fingers, and you get a perfect pair of gloves for any job. The gloves' texture is a nice bonus, as it helped to slightly increase my grip.

Pros

  • Easy to put on

  • Comfortable fit

  • Textured

Cons

  • None that we could find

Best Value
Credit: Reviewed / Kyle Hamilton
Best Value
GlovePlus Vinyl Gloves

Specs: Powder-Free, Vinyl Material

Rated for: Industrial, Food

Thickness (palm/fingertip): 3 mil / 4 mil

Vinyl is the cheapest material among the three types we tested in this roundup, which is great if you don't want to spend tons of cash on gloves. The vinyl material is less elastic compared to latex or nitrile, which is why it's a perfect option for short-term activities. The loose fit also makes this a good choice for cosmetic purposes, giving you the option to lotion up your hands while keeping it contained.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Loose fit

Cons

  • Not very elastic

How We Tested Disposable Gloves

The Tester

Hey there, my name is Kyle Hamilton, product test technician for Reviewed. Here at our labs, we constantly experiment and test products to make sure we give the best reviews possible. Sometimes, these tasks require handling hazardous chemicals. Making sure we have the best protection is extremely important to us, which is why we always use great quality disposable gloves.

The Tests

While disposable gloves are often used in a medical or industrial setting, they also have many uses around the home and workplace that don't involve touching a patient in an exam room or a specimen in a lab. Our tests were meant to help us discern the best disposable gloves for those more casual use cases, rather than anything that goes down in a doctor's office. If you require gloves with a specific medical grading or for professional food handling, be sure to familiarize yourself with local and federal requirements. The gloves in this roundup were tested for general use only.

In order to see which gloves performed the best, we put them through a series of experiments.

Durability —We took a box cutter to each glove, and determined its durability by rating how easy it was to slice through the glove material.

Resistance to tearing —One the glove had a slice in it, we added weights that hung from the torn glove to see how much weight it would take for the glove to be torn apart when it was already damaged.

Temperature resistance —After setting the water temperature to "uncomfortably hot", we stuck our glove-covered hands under the water to see how long it took for us to actually feel the burn.

Chemical resistance —With most disposable gloves, if you get some sort of chemical (like a heavy-duty cleaning agent) on them, after a while, the glove can become brittle and crack, which naturally provides no protection for your hands. We applied some Goo Gone and common vinegar to the gloves and left them to dry out overnight to see which gloves could hold up when it comes to chemicals. Note: We did not do this test with the latex gloves, as they are not rated to deal with chemicals.

Usability — In addition to the tests listed above, we also just used the gloves in a more casual setting as well. This helped us to determine how comfortable and flexible each set of gloves was, as well as how easy a glove was to put on or take off.

What You Should Know About Disposable Gloves

Disposable gloves are usually rated for some combination of industrial, medical, or food usage. Be sure to select the right gloves based on your use case, and read the specifications carefully. For food preparation, make sure that the gloves meet the requirements laid down by the FDA.

In our roundup, we included three types of disposable gloves: latex, nitrile, and vinyl. Latex gloves are made out of rubber. The primary reason you might choose an alternative to latex is that some people suffer from latex allergies. Nitrile gloves are made out of a synthetic rubber, making it an ideal alternative when latex allergies are of concern. The synthetic rubber makes the gloves more durable, making it a top pick for medical use. Vinyl gloves are a popular choice for the food industry and situations where high levels of durability and protection are less of a priority. While they may be less durable, they are also a less expensive option.

In addition, some gloves come advertised as "powdered." These gloves have cornstarch powdered in the interior of the glove, making it easier to put on and take off. It will also help with moisture build-up and to help keep up flexibility for prolonged use. However, most gloves are powder-free since powdered gloves can increase the chances of contracting a bacterial infection if it comes in contact of an open wound.

Disposable gloves also come in a variety of thicknesses; the trade-off is that thicker gloves usually mean better temperature or chemical protection, but there can be a corresponding loss in dexterity and flexibility that might be needed for undertaking small-scale or delicate tasks.

Before gloves can be marketed to hospitals and medical institutions, they must undergo a series of tests conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure their durability.


Other Disposable Gloves We Tested

Product image of The Safety Zone Medical Grade Single-Use Powder-Free Nitrile Examination Gloves
The Safety Zone Nitrile Gloves

Specs: Fully Textured, Powder-Free, Nitrile Material

Rated for: Medical, Food

Thickness (palm/fingertip): 3.0 mil / 3.6 mil

If you have latex allergies, then these gloves are your best choice. In our testing, they came in second behind our Best Overall pick, the Curad Latex Gloves. The Safety Zones fit just like a second skin, making them very natural to work with. This also provides excellent flexibility, as they don't feel too tight or too loose.

Pros

  • Comfortable fit

  • Textured

  • Good flexibility

Cons

  • None that we could find

Product image of Vivid AdvanceTouch Nitrile Powder Free Gloves
Vivid Nitrile Gloves

Specs: Textured Fingertips, Powder-Free, Nitrile Material

Rated for: Medical, Food

Thickness (palm/fingertip): unknown

These gloves have a slightly tighter fit around the fingers. You still get full flexibility, and they're tight enough to ensure they won't fall off, however, I noticed an air bubble formed around the palm. The textured fingertips is a nice addition, but there isn't a noticeable difference.

Pros

  • Textured

  • Good flexibility

  • Tight fit

Cons

  • Air bubbles can form

Product image of GlovePlus Textured Black Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves
GlovePlus Black Nitrile Gloves

Specs: Textured Fingertips, Powder-Free, Nitrile Material

Rated for: Industrial, Food

Thickness (palm/fingertip): 5 mil / 6 mil

This was an interesting glove to wear because it felt like a mix of latex and vinyl. You get a strong elastic grip around the palm of the hand, that's common from latex, but these gloves have a slightly looser feel—like vinyl usually provides—around the fingers.

Pros

  • Textured

  • Strong grip

Cons

  • Loose in the fingers

Product image of Comfitwear The Latex Pro-Tection Glove
Comfitwear Powdered Latex Gloves

Specs: Powdered, Latex Material

Rated for: Food

Thickness (palm/fingertip): unknown

Powdered gloves such as these use cornstarch to make it easier to put on and take off, which these do very well. The powder also gives a comfortable fit with excellent flexibility. The downside to using powder, however, is the leftover residue that remains on your hands when you take the gloves off. It can cause an increased risk of bacterial infections if it comes in contact with an open wound, which is why most popular brands also offer powder-free gloves.

Pros

  • Powdered

  • Comfortable fit

  • Good flexibility

Cons

  • Powder leaves residue

Product image of Ammex Professional Series Black Nitrile Gloves
Ammex Black Nitrile Gloves

Specs: Textured Fingertips, Powder-Free, Nitrile Material

Rated for: Medical, Food, Light Industrial

Thickness (palm/fingertip): 4 mil / 4 mil

Similar to our other choice of black nitrile gloves, these are tighter around the wrist, making it a bit more difficult to put on. The gloves are nice and tight around the fingers, giving good flexibility, yet loose around the palm and knuckles. The textured fingertips, however, don't seem to make a difference when gripping objects.

Pros

  • Textured

  • Good flexibility

Cons

  • Tight fit

Product image of Green Direct Powder-Free Extra Strength Latex Gloves
Green Direct Latex Gloves

Specs: Fully Textured, Powder-Free, Latex Material

Rated for: Food

Thickness (palm/fingertip): unknown

The most notable feature of these gloves is the added texture. Out of all the gloves we tested, the Green Direct had the most pronounced texture, which was very helpful for gripping objects. The gloves are also pretty snug too, making it ideal for prolonged use, but you lose out on some flexibility compared to the other gloves we tested.

Pros

  • Textured

  • Tight fit for longer use

Cons

  • Slight loss in flexibility

Product image of Ammex Vinyl Powder-Free Exam Gloves
Ammex Vinyl Gloves

Specs: Powder-Free, Vinyl Material

Rated for: Medical

Thickness (palm/fingertip): 3 mil / 3 mil

Vinyl doesn't adhere to the skin as well compared to latex or nitrile, so I was surprised by how natural these gloves felt. However, I did notice a small loss in flexibility, but only slightly. The wrist is pretty loose, which makes it easier to put the gloves on.

Pros

  • Loose wrist

  • Comfortable fit

Cons

  • Slight loss in flexibility

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Meet the tester

Kyle Hamilton

Kyle Hamilton

Product Tester

Kyle Hamilton is a product tester at Reviewed, specializing in home appliances and technology.

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