A glove is a garment worn over the hand. Gloves usually have separate openings or sheaths for each finger and the thumb.

TPE gloves are made from a blend of thermoplastic polymers, whereas vinyl gloves are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). TPE is a synthetic material that combines the characteristics of plastics and rubber, while vinyl is a synthetic resin.

TPE gloves are generally more elastic and stretchable than vinyl gloves, offering a better fit and improved dexterity. They conform closely to the hand, providing a snug fit and allowing for more precise movements. Vinyl gloves, on the other hand, are less elastic and can feel looser, which may affect tactile sensitivity and grip. 

Vinyl gloves are considered hypoallergenic and are an excellent option for individuals with latex allergies or sensitivities. TPE gloves are also latex-free, but some people may have sensitivity to specific TPE formulations, so it's essential to check the specific composition if allergies are a concern. 

Vinyl gloves are generally less durable compared to TPE gloves. They are more prone to tearing or puncturing, especially when subjected to sharp objects or rough handling. TPE gloves offer better resistance to tearing and punctures, making them more suitable for tasks that involve potential hazards or frequent glove changes.

3 common disposable gloves include:  

  • Nitrile (Acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber)
  • TPE (Thermoplastic Polyethyene Glove)
  • Vinyl (Polyvinyl Chloride aka PVC)

Usage of these gloves:

  Nitrile TPE
Food prep
Counter tasks
Dish washing
High risk      
Power or powder-free


What is the difference between the 3 types of gloves?

  Nitrile TPE

Level of Barrier Protection

(Resistant to punctures and tears)

Excellent Fair Poor

Allergen Content

(Contains protein and chemical allergen)

Very Good

No latex proteins but some chemical curing agents

Very Good

No latex proteins but some chemical curing agents

Very Good

No natural rubber proteins and no chemical curing agents

Strength and Durability 

(High tensile strength)

Excellent Very Good Poor


(High memory, allowing the film to always return to its original shape)

Very Good Fair Fair to Poor

Fit and Comfort

Very Good Very Good Fair

Chemical Resistance

(Protects from caustics and detergents)

Excellent Fair Very Good


(Price point)

Good Good

Very Good


Sunlight Paper offers:

  • Vinyl or TPE Gloves
  • Powdered or Powder-free
  • Blue or clear
  • Size S (80-90mm), M (90-100mm), L (100-110mm), XL (110-120mm)

Ultimately, the choice between TPE gloves and vinyl gloves depends on the specific requirements of the task, such as comfort, fit, durability, chemical resistance, and budget considerations. It's important to consider these factors and assess the needs of the intended application before selecting the appropriate type of glove.

Here is a 5-step instruction guide on how to use the glove right:
1) Choose a glove size that fits well and is designed for your intended use
2) Check if there are any rips or punctures
3) Always wash and dry your hands before putting on a pair of gloves
4) Never wash or reuse disposable gloves
5) Remove your gloves from the outside and be sure to wash your hands!

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