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Nitrile Coatings

The Difference Between Nitrile Glove Coatings

With the number of different nitrile glove coatings available, how do you know which is right for you? Flat, Sandy, Foam? Why must it be so complicated? It doesn’t have to be, so let’s make it easy for you.

First, let’s talk about nitrile, in general.

Nitrile is an oil-resistant, synthetic rubber that provides resistance against abrasions, snags, and punctures. Nitrile gloves are available as disposable gloves, supported and unsupported gloves, and machine knit gloves. For this blog, we’ll focus on machine knit, nitrile coated gloves.

Machine Knit Nitrile Gloves

Machine knit gloves provide seamless, flexible, form-fitting comfort that allows for excellent dexterity and decreases hand fatigue. The type of machine knit glove, beyond the glove coating, depends on the application – for example, whether cut resistance is a factor or chemical protection is needed. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), “It is essential that employees use gloves specifically designed for the hazards and tasks found in their workplace because gloves designed for one function may not protect against a different function even though they may appear to be an appropriate protective device.”

You can read more about OSHA’s guidelines and recommendations for PPE here.

Nitrile Glove Coating Chart

If, after examining the work place and determining that a nitrile-coated machine knit glove is needed, we’ve provided some help in selecting the coating. The nitrile glove coating chart below provides a guide for selecting the right nitrile coating for the application, whether its flat nitrile, foam nitrile, micro-foam nitrile, or sandy nitrile.


Types of Nitrile Glove Coatings

FLAT NITRILE – Flat nitrile glove coatings are tough and durable with good abrasion and puncture resistance; however they are not recommended for intricate assembly work as they are less dextrous than other nitrile coatings. Applications include:  Food Packaging, Warehousing, Construction, Furniture Manufacturing, Electronics, Petrochemical.

Examples include: Cor-Touch 6890G | Cor-Touch II #6894

6894 Glove
Cor-Touch II #6894

FOAM NITRILE – Foam nitrile is a sponge-like coating that disperses oils, making it ideal for oily or wet applications. Applications include: Material Handling, Wiring, Durable Goods Assembly, Machining Operations.

Examples include: COMMANDER™ Foam #3732F | Tactyle™ #6650 | Cor-Touch Foam II™ #6891


Commander Foam #3732F

MICRO-FOAM NITRILE – This is thinner version of foam nitrile to allow for increased breathability and dexterity to minimize hand fatigue. Applications include: Electronics Manufacturing, Maintenance, Automotive Assembly, Packaging.

Examples include: Conquest™ #6905 | Cor-Touch Foam™ #6983

conquest gray machine knit glove with black nitrile micro-foam palm coating
Conquest #6905

SANDY NITRILE – Sandy nitrile is fairly rough to the touch, making it highly abrasion resistant. It has increased elasticity and is ideal for oily and wet applications in an high-abrasion environment.  Applications include: Machining Operations, Construction, Plumbing, Masonry.

Examples include: OGRE® Flex #7734 | Cor-Touch Sand-Grip™ #6993


OGRE flex hi-vis orange machine knit glove with tpr
OGRE Flex #7734


If you’re still unsure about which nitrile-coated machine-knit glove to choose for your application, contact one of our Industrial Sales managers anytime. Find them here ready to guide you. Also feel free to check out the Related Information below.

Related Information

WEBSITES: OSHA Personal Protection Equipment | SAFEOPEDIA Hand Protection

BLOGS: Cut-Resistant COMMANDER Gloves with Nitrile Coating |  Cut-Resistance Gloves with Nitrile & Touchscreen


CORE SAFETY PROTECTION: For over 25 years, CORDOVA SAFETY PRODUCTS has expertly provided consumer and industrial Core Safety Protection. We are a head-to-toe personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier with over 4500 products and distribution centers in Memphis & California and a member of Bunzl Distribution’s Safety family, a leading supplier in North America.

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