Exam Glove Characteristic Exam Charts

The following chart compares the characteristics of different glove materials. You may use this as a reference, and proceed with caution when determining which glove material is appropriate for your particular tasks.

Reference Latex
Natural Rubber Latex


Polyvinyl Chloride PVC

Nitrile Acrylonitrile
and Butadiene
Barrier Protection Excellent Fair to Poor Excellent Excellent
Strength and Durability Excellent Poor Excellent Excellent
Elasticity Excellent Poor Good Good
Puncture Resistance Good Poor Excellent Excellent
Chemical Resistance Good Poor Excellent Good
Fit and Comfort Excellent Fair Good Excellent
Protein Allergy Depend on gloves and manufactures None None None
Cost Low to Moderate Low to Moderate Moderate to High Moderate to High

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