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Disposable Gloves Buying Guide

You have your Hat, your Apron, and . . . Wait, where are your Gloves?


A cook at a local restaurant is preparing a steak and salad dish for a customer. She starts by putting on gloves, picking up raw steak and putting it on the grill. She then begins putting together the salad. She adds lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, croutons, and finishes by sprinkling on some shredded cheese and adding ranch dressing on the side. The steak is cooked to a perfect, delicious medium well and the dish is sent out to the customer while the cook begins preparing the next order. She is still wearing the exact same gloves that she used to picked up the raw steak. See the problem?


Most restaurants require cooking staff wear gloves, and change them often. This is especially important after handling uncooked meat as they carry harmful bacteria that could make customers seriously ill. Another issue that restaurateurs face is choosing the correct disposable gloves for the job. Without the right gloves, forget worrying about contamination, worry about gloves tearing, leaking, or even melting if working over a grill. To prevent plastic cheese from being the next fad, and to help you make the tough choice of what glove works best with what job, we’ve broken down our most popular disposable glove options and given you the scoop on what should go where. High five, anyone?


Things to Consider


Ambidextrous: Many our gloves have this feature which means that each glove can be used on either hand. This helps to reduce time spent finding pairs of gloves, especially in busy medical or food service facilities.

Glove Dispensing: For maximum convenience, each of our styles of gloves is designed to make grabbing a new pair of gloves a snap. Many styles feature perfectly sized boxes that can easily fit into glove dispensers, or have boxes that open on the top to allow for the easy distribution of gloves. 

Medical/Exam Grade: These gloves are approved for use in hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare locations. They are generally used for non-surgical procedures such as medical examinations. Medical/exam grade gloves are powder-free and should be used when there is a risk of coming in contact with bodily fluids or contaminants. Gloves are denoted as “medical” or “exam” grade by the FDA based on test results on chemical and puncture resistance. 

 

Poly Gloves

Latex-free, our selection of poly gloves are ideal for lighter duty low heat tasks. Featuring a looser fit so users can easily apply and remove new pairs with ease, our poly gloves are available in a variety of sizes to suit any user's needs. Ideal for making salads or for use during food prep, these convenient gloves are perfect for use in bakeries, restaurants, or delis.


Poly Gloves: Give hands some breathing room with these convenient gloves. Lightweight, they are not suitable for use over grills or heavier duty tasks. Convenient, they are ideal for use in deli’s, fast food restaurants, bakeries, or during food prep.
Uses: Preparing salads, sandwiches 
Sizes: Small, medium, large, X-large
Material: Polyethylene
Colors: Clear and blue
Styles: Regular, elbow, shoulder length, premium, and satin feel

Poly Foodguard Embossed HDPE Gloves: USDA approved for food applications, these functional gloves feature many of the same characteristics as poly gloves. Poly embossed, they come in boxes small enough to fit into glove dispensers to make reaching for a new pair a snap. They are ambidextrous for easy use.
Uses: Preparing salads, sandwiches
Sizes: Small, medium, large, X-large
Material: High density polyethylene
Thickness: 0.2 mil
Style: Latex and powder-free

Poly Polycast Textured Gloves: Features many of the same characteristics as foodguard embossed HDPE gloves.
Uses: Preparing salads, sandwiches, general food prep
Sizes: Small, medium, large, X-large
Material: Cast polyethylene
Thickness: 0.2 mil
Style: Latex and powder-free

Poly Revolution Blue Cast Textured Gloves: Features many of the same characteristics as foodguard embossed HDPE gloves and polycast textured gloves.
Uses: Preparing salads, sandwiches
Sizes: Small, medium, large, X-large
Material: PVC
Thickness: 0.4 mil
Color: Blue
Style: Latex and powder-free




Vinyl Gloves

From medical examinations to food prep or general maintenance these multifunctional gloves are up to any task. Form fitting, they help prevent gloves from slipping off while in use and are a wonderful latex-free option. The most popular option, they are more durable than poly gloves and are guaranteed to impress.

 

Exam Grade Vinyl Verge-Med and Sensi-Flex Gloves: Medical grade, these gloves are suitable for use during medical examinations and procedures and are ambidextrous for easy use. They come in boxes just the right size for use in glove dispensers to make grabbing a new pair a breeze.
Uses: Performing medical examinations
Sizes: Small, medium, large, X-large
Material: PVC
Thickness: 3.1, 4.5 mil
Style: Latex and powder-free

Vinyl Odyssey, Anchor, Verge, Paradigm, and Sentinel Gloves: Ideal for general cleaning and maintenance tasks, these gloves help protect against mild irritants and are not medical grade. They are ambidextrous for easy use, and come in boxes small enough to fit into glove boxes to make reaching for a new pair a snap.
Uses: Cleaning tabletops, performing general cleaning tasks 
Sizes: Small, medium, large, X-large, XX-large
Material: PVC
Thickness: 2.4, 4.0, 4.5 mil
Color: Blue, clear
Styles: Latex-free and lightly powdered, latex and powder-free

Note: Anchor vinyl gloves are comparable to Royal's General Purpose Vinyl Gloves




Latex Gloves

Designed to make performing medium duty tasks a snap, latex gloves are not suitable for use by those with latex allergies and are guaranteed to prevent unfortunate rips or tears while in use. Ideal for washing dishes, tattooing customers, performing medical examinations, or performing general cleaning tasks, these durable gloves come in a variety of styles and designs to suit any need and are more durable than other flimsier food service gloves.


Exam Grade Ultra Flex Gloves: Medical grade and ambidextrous these durable gloves are ideal for use in hospitals, nursing homes, or tattoo parlours due to their reliable and functional design. Made from latex, they have low levels of latex proteins and similar to other latex gloves, are not suitable for use by those with latex allergies. They have the strength and durability needed to easily handle medical instruments, and come in boxes suitable for use in glove dispensers for maximum convenience in busy hospital settings. Ultra flex gloves are more suitable for use in medical facilities.
Uses: Performing medical examinations, ER procedures, tattooing
Sizes: X-small, small, medium, large, X-large
Material: Latex
Thickness: 5.0 mil
Colors: White
Style: Powder-free

Exam Grade Latex Response ER Gloves: Similar to latex ninja gloves, these durable gloves have a convenient medical grade and ambidextrous design, making them up to any tough task. They are ideal for use in medical facilities and ER rooms. Nearly twice as thick as normal gloves they come in boxes small enough to fit into glove dispensers to make easily grabbing another pair in busy situations a snap. Stylish, these gloves will not disappoint.
Uses: Performing medical examinations, ER procedures
Sizes: Small, medium, large, X-large, XX-large
Material: Latex
Thickness: 13 mil
Color: Blue
Style: Powder-free
Note: 12” beaded cuff

Latex Verge Gloves: Protect hands from mild irritants with ease with latex Verge gloves. Designed for general cleaning and maintenance, these gloves are not approved for medical use. Made from latex, these gloves have low levels of latex proteins and are not suitable for those with latex allergies. They come in boxes small enough to fit into glove dispensers to make reaching for a new pair a snap. Ambidextrous, they have a convenient grip that allows for the easy handling of tools to make any cleaning or maintenance job a breeze.
Uses: Cleaning tabletops, performing general cleaning tasks 
Sizes: Small, medium, large, X-large
Material: Latex
Thickness: 4.3 mil
Styles: Lightly-powdered and powder-free




Nitrile Gloves

Featuring a heavier duty design, these tough gloves are form fitting to prevent gloves from falling off while in use. Latex-free, they are available in a wide variety of styles to carry out everything from food prep, general cleaning, and medical examination tasks. Comfortable to wear over long periods of time, they are the durable and reliable option.


Exam Grade Nitrile Grape Grip Gloves: Medical grade, these quality gloves are ideal for use during medical exams and procedures and have been approved for use during chemotherapy. They have a convenient ambidextrous design to ensure easy use.
Uses: Performing medical examinations
Sizes: X-small, small, medium, large, X-large
Material: Nitrile
Thickness: 4.2 mil
Color: Blue
Style: Latex and powder-free

Exam Grade Nitrile Black Widow Gloves: These medical grade gloves are ideal for use during medical exams and procedures or in tattoo parlours. Their strong, textured, and ambidextrous design allows users to hold medical instruments with ease for convenient use and makes finding a new pair a snap.
Uses: Performing medical examinations, tattooing 
Sizes: X-small, small, medium, large, X-large, XX-large
Material: Nitrile
Thickness: 5 mil
Color: Black
Style: Latex and powder-free

Exam Grade Nitrile Verge-Med and Medical Exam Grade Protector XR Gloves: Ideal for use during medical exams or procedures, these medical grade gloves are ambidextrous and come in boxes small enough to fit into glove dispensers for quick and easy use. Protector XR gloves are thicker than average disposable gloves to provide greater protection to the user.
Uses: Performing medical examinations
Sizes: Small, medium, large, X-large, XX-large
Material: Nitrile
Thickness: 3.9, 8 mil
Color: Blue
Style: Latex and powder-free

Exam Grade Nitrile Nitra Flex Gloves: Chemical resistant, these medical grade gloves are ideal for use during medical exams and procedures. Ambidextrous, they have a strong textured grip for holding medical instruments.
Uses: Performing medical examinations 
Sizes: X-small, small, medium, large, X-large, XX-large
Material: Nitrile
Thickness: 3.9 mil
Color: Blue
Style: Latex and powder-free

Nitrile Atlantic, Verge Indigo, and Pacific Blue Soft Gloves: Not approved for medical use, these gloves are ideal for general maintenance and cleaning and offer resistance to mild irritants. Ambidextrous, they have perfectly shaped boxes to fit into glove dispensers for maximum convenience.
Uses: Cleaning tabletops, performing general cleaning tasks 
Sizes: Small, medium, large, X-large, XX-large
Material: Nitrile
Thickness: 4.3, 4.5 mil
Colors: Indigo, blue
Style: Latex-free and lightly powdered, latex and powder-free

Nitrile Rhino Gloves: FDA approved for use with food applications, these strong and durable gloves offer resistance to oils and corrosive chemicals. They are ambidextrous and offer a seam at the wrist for a quality snug fit to prevent gloves from rolling down users hands while in use. Make using tools, food prep, or working in restaurants and grocery stores a snap with these quality gloves.
Uses: Handling tools or sharp objects, general food prep 
Sizes: Small, medium, large, X-large, XX-large
Material: Nitrile
Thickness: 6.0 mil
Colors: Blue, black
Style: Latex and powder-free




Synthetic Gloves

The copycat gloves. These gloves have a similar look and feel to latex gloves but are latex-free and ideal for medium risk jobs. Featuring a strong and snug fit, they are a cheaper alternative to latex gloves but more expensive than vinyl. Available in a variety of sizes and styles, complete food prep, general cleaning, or non-surgical medical procedures with ease with these stylish gloves.


Diamond Grip Hybrid C-2 GEN Gloves: Not designed for medical use, these durable gloves are ideal for general cleaning and light maintenance and help protect against mild irritants. Ambidextrous, they can be used with glove dispensers for easy dispensing and have a comfortable, snug fit.
Uses: General cleaning and maintenance 
Sizes: Small, medium, large, X-large, XX-large
Material: Synthetic materials
Thickness: 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 mil
Style: Latex and PVC free

Synthetic Gladiator Gloves: Features many of the same characteristics as diamond grip hybrid gloves.
Uses: General cleaning and maintenance 
Sizes: Small, medium, large, X-large
Material: PVC
Thickness: 4.5 mil
Styles: Latex-free and powdered, latex and powder-free

Exam Grade Synthetic Chameleon Gloves: Featuring a medical grade design, these gloves are ideal for use during medical examinations and other non-surgical procedures. They are ambidextrous for easy and convenient use.
Uses: Performing medical examinations
Sizes: Small, medium, large, X-large
Material: PVC
Thickness: 5.1 mil
Style: Latex and powder-free




Yellow Household Gloves

Wash dishes, clean tabletops, place dough in mixers, or complete other medium risk jobs with ease with yellow rubber household gloves. Flocked (cotton) lined to provide maximum comfort and durability, these gloves are designed to keep hands dry and comfortable over longer periods of time.


Yellow Rubber Household Gloves: Featuring embossed fingertips to give the wearer a super strong grip, these gloves are used in restaurants, or by cleaners and janitors. They are chlorinated powder-free and can keep hands dry and comfortable over longer periods of time. Offering resistance to nasty chemicals, these gloves are ideal for use by cooks and dishwashers.
Uses: Dishwasher washes dishes Cleaner scrubs sinks Chef places dough in mixer
Sizes: Medium, large, X-large
Material: Latex
Color: Yellow
Style: Chlorinated powder-free

Household Neptune Yellow Flock Lined Gloves: Flocked lined with beaded cuffs, these durable gloves have a honeycomb texture to make gripping objects a snap. Able to protect hands from hot water and irritants such as dish soap and cleaners, each pair comes individually wrapped for maximum convenience.
Uses: Washing dishes, scrubbing sinks, handling dough
Sizes: Small, medium, large, X-large
Material: Latex
Thickness: 12.5 mil
Color: Yellow
Style: Powder-free

Powdered or Powder-Free?

That is the question. Our latex, synthetic, and vinyl gloves come powdered or powder-free while our nitrile and yellow rubber household gloves come powder-free. So what’s the difference? Is it something you need to worry about when figuring out if the glove fits?

Powdered Gloves: Powdered gloves have cornstarch added to assist users when sliding their hands into the gloves, absorb condensation or perspiration, and keep gloves from sticking together when being manufactured. Powdered gloves are generally easier to put on than powder-free gloves but have been known to cause allergies due to the powder. They are cheaper than powder-free gloves.

Powder-Free Gloves: Powder-free gloves undergo a process called chlorination to make the gloves less sticky and easier to put on. In this process gloves are treated with a chlorine solution, rinsed with water, and dried to get rid of the majority of powdered residue. More expensive than powdered gloves, powder-free gloves are preferable in some situations as the powder from powdered gloves can come off when the user takes off the gloves and cause contamination in certain environments.