Glove selection chart

Consult this chart for an overview of commonly used glove types and their general advantages and disadvantages.

Read Glove Selection and Usage for more information on how to select the right glove for a job.

Glove material Intended use Advantages and disadvantages
Latex (natural rubber) Incidental contact
  • Good for biological and water-based materials
  • Poor for organic solvents
  • Little chemical protection
  • Hard to detect puncture holes
  • Can cause or trigger latex allergies
Nitrile Incidental contact
  • Good for solvents, oils, greases, and some acids and bases
  • Clear indication of tears and breaks
  • Good alternative for those with latex allergies
Butyl rubber Extended contact
  • Good for ketones and esters
  • Poor for gasoline and aliphatic, aromatic, and halogenated hydrocarbons
Neoprene Extended contact
  • Good for acids, bases, alcohols, fuels, peroxides, hydrocarbons, and phenols
  • Poor for halogenated and aromatic hydrocarbons
Norfoil Extended contact
  • Good for most hazardous chemicals
  • Poor fit (Note: Dexterity can be partially regained by using a heavier weight Nitrile glove over the Norfoil glove. Also, 4H brand gloves tend to provide better dexterity than the Silver Shield brand.)
Viton Extended contact
  • Good for chlorinated and aromatic solvents
  • Good resistance to cuts and abrasions
  • Poor for ketones
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Specific use
  • Good for acids, bases, oils, fats, peroxides, and amines
  • Good resistance to abrasions
  • Poor for most organic solvents
Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) Specific use
  • Good for aromatic and chlorinated solvents
  • Poor for water-based solutions

For more glove selection charts, see Additional Resources for Glove Selection.