The Best Disposable Gloves of 2019

By Kyle Hamilton, July 31, 2018, Updated February 05, 2019

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 Curad Powder-Free Textured Latex Exam Gloves (available at Amazon for $8.99)—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.)

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

  1. Curad Powder-Free Textured Latex Exam Gloves
  2. The Safety Zone Powder-Free Nitrile Examination Gloves
  3. Vivid AdvanceTouch Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves
  4. GlovePlus Textured Black Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves
  5. Comfitwear The Latex Pro-Tection Glove
  6. Ammex Professional Series Black Nitrile Gloves
  7. Green Direct Powder-Free Extra Strength Latex Gloves
  8. GlovePlus Vinyl Powder-Free Gloves
  9. Ammex Vinyl Powder-Free Exam Gloves
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Updated February 05, 2019

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Curad Best Overall
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Curad Latex Gloves

Product Image - Curad Powder-Free Textured Latex Exam Gloves
  • Editors' Choice

Where To Buy

$8.99 Amazon Buy

Curad Latex Gloves

Best Overall

Specs: Fully Textured, Powder-Free, Latex Material

Rated for: Medical

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

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.

GlovePlus Best Value
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GlovePlus Vinyl Gloves

Product Image - GlovePlus Vinyl Powder-Free Gloves
  • Editors' Choice

Where To Buy

$6.45 Amazon Buy

GlovePlus Vinyl Gloves

Best Value

Specs: Powder-Free, Vinyl Material

Rated for: Industrial, Food

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

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.

How We Tested

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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.

Our Testing Methods

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

The Safety Zone Nitrile Gloves

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

Where To Buy

$9.22 Amazon Buy

The Safety Zone Nitrile Gloves

Specs: Fully Textured, Powder-Free, Nitrile Material

Rated for: Medical, Food

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

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.

Vivid Nitrile Gloves

Product Image - 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.

GlovePlus Black Nitrile Gloves

Product Image - GlovePlus Textured Black Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves

Where To Buy

$6.65 Amazon Buy

GlovePlus Black Nitrile Gloves

Specs: Textured Fingertips, Powder-Free, Nitrile Material

Rated for: Industrial, Food

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

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.

Comfitwear Powdered Latex Gloves

Product Image - 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.

Ammex Black Nitrile Gloves

Product Image - Ammex Professional Series Black Nitrile Gloves

Where To Buy

$15.15 Amazon Buy

Ammex Black Nitrile Gloves

Specs: Textured Fingertips, Powder-Free, Nitrile Material

Rated for: Medical, Food, Light Industrial

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

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.

Green Direct Latex Gloves

Product Image - 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.

Ammex Vinyl Gloves

Product Image - Ammex Vinyl Powder-Free Exam Gloves

Where To Buy

$10.45 Amazon Buy

Ammex Vinyl Gloves

Specs: Powder-Free, Vinyl Material

Rated for: Medical

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

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.

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