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Lab Pro Glove Selection Guide

Glove Sizing Chart

Industrial and medical boxed gloves serve one purpose: to protect the operators. Cleanroom bagged gloves are designed to protect both the operators and the products. The primary purpose of wearing gloves in a controlled environment is to minimize submicron particle contamination of the product or process from the operator’s hands. Therefore, choosing the most appropriate glove is one of the most important cleanroom consumable selections.

How to Select the Right Glove Size?

Glove Size

Picture A

To select your glove size, measure (in inches) around your palm indicated by picture A. Lab Pro indicates glove sizes by letter (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL), use the table below to find the equivalent translation.

Choose the letter size from the chart that is the closest to the number you measured. For example: if your hand measures 10", then choose a size "L"

Choose the cuff length that you need

Cuff Size

Picture B

To identify the correct glove length you need, measure from the top of the middle finger to where the cuff edge should be on forearm as shown in Picture B, then select the proper cuff and length.

Lab Pro offers three cuff lengths: 9", 9.5" and 12". The longer the length, the more added protection to your products.

Glove Sizing Chart
Size Inch Centimeter
XS 7" 18 cm
S 7½"-8" 19-20 cm
M 8½"-9" 22-23 cm
L 9½"-10" 24-25 cm
XL 10½"-11" 26.5-28 cm
XXL 11½"-12" 29-30.5 cm

Nitrile and Latex Comparison

Latex Glove
Nitrile Glove

Powder free Nitrile gloves are the most commonly used clean and reliable option for laboratory and cleanroom operators. While Latex is made from organic tree sap and contains allergy-causing proteins recognized by the FDA, Nitrile is manufactured from a 100% inorganic synthetic material. Nitrile gloves provide superior barrier protection, minimize the risk of allergic reactions and possess excellent electrostatic discharge (ESD) properties. Nitrile with its memory-membrane is the most common option for operator comfort. This feature allows a nitrile glove to adapt to each individual’s hand, improving motion and minimizing fatigue.

Nitrile and Latex Characteristics Comparison
Particle Count Extractable Count ESD Properties Dexterity Chemical Compatibility
Nitrile ++ ++ + ++ ++
Latex - - - + +

Five Glove Selection Criteria

Particle Count

Numbers of particulate matter (contaminants) that comes off the gloves, typically measured in a dry test. Nitrile has the lowest amount of particles, followed by PVC, and latex has the highest particle count.

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Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Properties

The capacity of a glove to dissipate, or conduct a static charge to a ground. Both PVC and nitrile exhibit excellent ESD qualities. Latex is insulative.

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Chemical Compatibility

Latex is a good choice for protection against acids. Nitrile has better resistance than latex to a broad range of chemicals and performs well with solvents and acids. PVC has poor acid and solvent based resistance and is best suited for a dry environment. Note: Thin-walled gloves are only intended for splash protection.

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Extractable Count

The amount of elements extracted from the gloves in an immersion test, generally measured in Parts Per Billion (PPB) or Grams per Square Meter (g/m2). 18 mega ohm DI H2O washed nitrile has the lowest ionic counts, followed by PVC and latex.

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Latex gloves fit tight on the hand, but have no “memory” to conform to a specific hand shape. Nitrile’s memory (modulus) properties provide more comfort, but are lower in elasticity than latex. PVC has much lower dexterity and is recommended when tactile requirements are low.

Five Glove Selection Criteria

The Only Guide You’ll Need to Choosing The Right Gloves

The primary purpose of wearing gloves in a controlled environment is to minimize sub-micron particle contamination of the product or process from the user’s hands. Therefore, choosing the most appropriate glove is one of the most significant cleanroom consumable selections. To help you get started, download Lab Pro’s selection guide that covers the following topics:

  • Glove Substrate Selection Chart
  • Glove Sizes
  • Glove Chemical Compatibility
  • Nitrile and Latex Comparison

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Nitrile and Latex Comparison

  • Latex Gloves (Natural Rubber)

    Known for its durability, comfort, and dexterity, Latex gloves are the most common material for gloves. Latex is ideal when high dexterity and tactile sensitivity is required. It provides excellent protection against contamination and chemicals such as alcohols, acids, and ketones. In some people, latex proteins may cause an allergic reaction for which nitrile gloves provide a good alternative.

  • Nitrile Gloves (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Rubber)

    Nitrile is the most common material for gloves used in for laboratory and cleanroom environments. Nitrile Gloves offers good dexterity and superior resistance to many types of chemicals. Compared to latex, nitrile is lower in particles, ionic extractable and non-volatile residues. Nitrile also has “memory” properties that adapt it to the hand for a more custom fit that reduces fatigue. It is three times more puncture resistant than latex, and it also provides protection against cutting and scraping. Static-dissipative properties make nitrile ideal for use in medical device manufacturing, microelectronics, and other similar dry controlled environments.

  • Vinyl Gloves (PVC - Polyvinylchloride)

    PVC Gloves better known as Vinyl is proven for its ESD properties, inherent cleanliness (low in both particles and ionic extractable), and low cost. These attributes make vinyl gloves ideal for use in medical, restaurant and hospitality industry. A PVC glove fit looser on an operator’s hand than latex or nitrile, which can reduce dexterity.

Cleanroom Gloves

Cleanroom Gloves Small

Cleanroom gloves are bagged and designed to protect both the operators and the products. The primary purpose of wearing gloves in a controlled environment is to minimize sub micron particle contamination of the product or process from the operator’s hands. Therefore, choosing the most appropriate glove is one of the most important cleanroom consumable selections. Ask a Lab Pro specialist how we can help you find the best Cleanroom glove for your laboratory needs.

Glove Substrate Selection Chart
Vinyl Latex Nitrile
Static Dissipative ++ ++ ++
Protein Allergies - - -
Chemical Resistance - ++ +++
Strength/Durability + +++ ++
Modulus - ++ +++
Tactile Sensitivity - ++ +++
- Poor + Good ++ Better +++ Best

Glove Chemical Compatibility Chart

Chemical Nitrile Latex Vinyl
Acetic Acid
Acetylene Gas
Aluminium Sulfate
Ammonium Hydroxide, Dilute
Ammonium Nitrate
Ammonium Sulfate
Amyl Alcohol
Anline Oil
Animal Fats
Animal Oils
Barium Sulfite
Beet Sugar Liquors
Benzyl Alcohol
Boric Acid
Brake Fluid
Butyl Alcohol
Butyle Cellusolve
Calcium Bisulfite
Calcium Chloride
Calcium Disulfide
Calcium Hydroxide
Calcium Hypochlorite
Carbolic Acid
Carbon Dioxide
Castor Oil
Caustic Potash
Caustic Soda
Chlorine Solution
Chromic Acid 30%
Citric Acid
Copper Chloride
Chemical Nitrile Latex Vinyl
Copper Sulfate
Cotton Seed Oil
Cupric Nitrate
Di-n-butyl Phthalate
Di-n-octyle Phthalate
Diesel Fuel
Diisobutyl Ketone
Dimethyl Ether
Dimethyl Sulfoxide
Epoxy Resins, Dry
Ethane Gas
Ethyl Acetate
Ethyl Alcohol
Ethyl Ether
Ethylene Glycol
Fatty Acids
Ferric Chloride
Ferrous Sulfate
Formic Acid
Freon 113 Or Tf
Gasoline, 40-50%
Chemical Nitrile Latex Vinyl
Grain Alcohol
Hydrochloric Acid, Dilute
Hydroflouric Acid, Dilute
Hydrogen Gas
Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Sulfide
Inorganic Salts
Iron Chloride
Iron Sulfates
Isobutyl Alcohol
Jet Fuel, <30% Aromatics
2- Propanol
Lactic Acid
Lauric Acid
Lineoleic Acid
Magnesium Chloride
Magnesium Sulfate
Malathion, 30-70%
Maleic Acid
Methyl Ethyl Ketone
Methyl Isobutyl Ketone
Mercuric Chloride
Chemical Nitrile Latex Vinyl
Muriatic Acid
N-Butyl Alcohol
N- Methyl-2-Pyrrolidone
N-Propyl Alcohol
Naptha, 15-20% Aromatics
Nitric Acid <30%
Octyl Alcohol
Oleic Acid
Oxalic Acid
Palmitic Acid
Perchloric Acid, 30-70%
Phosphoric Acid
Pickling Solution
Picric Acid
Pine Oil
Potash Salts
Potassium Bromide
Potassium Carbonate
Chemical Nitrile Latex Vinyl
Potassium Chloride
Potassium Cyanide
Potassium Dichromate
Potassium Ferrocyanide
Potassium Hydroxide
Potassium Hypochlorite
Potassium Iodide
Potassium Nitrite
Potassium Phosphate
Potassium Silicate
Potassium Sulfate
Potassium Sulfide
Potassium Thiosulfate
Propyl Alcohol
Propylene Glycol
Rust Inhibitors
Rock Salt
Salt Spray
Sodium Acetate
Sodium Azide
Sodium Bicarbonate
Sodium Carbonate
Sodium Chloride
Sodium Cyanide
Sodium Hydroxide
Chemical Nitrile Latex Vinyl
Sodium Hypochorite
Sodium Nitrate
Sodium Phosphate
Sodium Silicate
Sodium Sulfate
Sodium Sulphite
Sodium Thiosulfate
Stearic Acid
Sulfur Dioxide
Sulfuric Acid (Dilute)
Sulfurous Acid (75-100%)
Tannic Acid
1,2,4,5- Tetrachlorobenzen
Vegetable Oils
Water (Soapy)
Water (Distilled)
Water (Fresh)
Water (Salt)
Wood Alcohol
Zinc Salts

*Please note: The data listed on our compatibility chart should be used as a reference guide as they are recommendations only. Always refer to the chemical Safety Data Sheet(SDS) and warning labels when handling any of these chemicals. The chemicals mentioned above are meant to be used for research,industrial work, cleaning or disinfecting and should always be stored out of the reach of young children or infants.

Resistance Permeation
Excellent > 300
Good 181 - 300
Fair 61 - 180
Poor 20 - 60
Not Recommended < 20