What is the difference between latex and nitrile gloves?

Nitrile gloves offer better protection against biohazard and chemical exposure than latex gloves, and they're harder to tear or penetrate. They provide a similar level of elasticity, ensuring a snug fit, though some users feel that latex gloves allow slightly more tactile sensitivity.

Latex gloves are also much more likely to trigger allergic reactions due to their natural rubber composition. Non-latex rubber gloves — including nitrile gloves — are hypoallergenic.