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How to Choose the Right Size for Disposable Gloves
You should always look for a glove that fits comfortably, provides adequate coverage, and protects your hands from hazardous conditions. But how do you know what size to choose for disposable gloves?
How to Measure to Ensure Proper Sizing
Nitrile rubber glove sizes vary by brand, but there are some basic guidelines you can apply to help ensure proper fit. If you don’t already have one, grab a fabric tape measure to find out how wide your palm is.
First, use the tape measure (horizontally across the palm) to record the width of your palm (in inches). This involves placing the tape over the widest part of the palm just above the wrist crease. Next, check the glove size chart below to see what size fits best.
Do Sizes Differ Depending on Disposable Glove Materials?
Yes, disposable nitrile gloves come in different sizes depending on their material. The most common type of glove material includes:
• Latex – These gloves are made with natural latex rubber so if you have any allergic reactions to latex, you should avoid this glove. They tend to be thicker than other types of gloves. Thicker gloves will usually require a larger size compared to a thinner glove.
• Nitrile – Made with synthetic nitrile rubber, these gloves provide better protection against chemicals and solvents. They offer a high level of puncture resistance and are one of the most popular and common gloves in the medical industry.
• Silicone – Also known as “silicone-latex” or “silicones,” silicone gloves are made with a blend of silicone and latex. They offer a smooth surface feel and are more flexible than traditional nitrile gloves. They are a great option, aside from Nitrile, for people with latex allergies.
The following shows the differences between each type of protective glove. Note: All size gloves will vary depending on different brands.
Material Type Size Range to Find the Correct Disposable Glove Size
Latex Glove 7/8″ to 9/10″
Nitrile Glove 10/11″ to 12/13″
Silicone Glove 13/14″ to 15/16″
What If You Are Still Unsure About Glove Sizes?
If you are still unsure about how to choose from several glove sizes, it is always better to err on the side of a larger size. A glove that is too large may feel less comfortable and may not grip objects as well, but it will still provide the same level of barrier protection as a glove that fits snugly. On the other hand, a glove that is too small can be dangerous. A glove that is too tight can restrict blood flow and make it difficult to move your fingers. This can lead to hand fatigue and increase the risk of injury.
Let Us Help You With Your Glove Sizing
When deciding on protective equipment, whether it's for medical gloves, working in the food industry, direct contact with patients, dealing with chemical hazards, or another industry, it's vital to ensure proper fit with various glove sizes available. Check out our disposable glove collection and let us know how we can help. If you're still unsure about what size disposable gloves you should opt for, we would love to help you so you can have the highest level of protection.