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From keeping food sanitary and preventing cross contamination to protecting your hands from harmful germs and infections, disposable gloves are an essential item for every commercial kitchen. And because of COVID-19, having gloves on hand (pun intended) and in large quantities has become more important than ever.

Gloves are meant to properly protect both our hands and the materials you are working with, especially when preparing food. When purchasing disposable gloves, you might think that as long as you have any type, you're set. But if you've ever had gloves tear or melt while wearing them, you know that not all gloves are made equal.

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Having the right type of disposable gloves on hand is essential. Here are some of Hubert's top sellers:

  1. Nitrile gloves
  2. Vinyl gloves
  3. Latex gloves
  4. Polyethylene gloves
  5. Powder and powder-free gloves

Stock Your Commercial Kitchen with the Right Disposable Gloves

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While the cost of the gloves is important, you should also give the proper amount of consideration to what tasks will be performed wearing gloves, the way they will fit, and what materials the gloves are made from. If you are cleaning or washing dishes, you'll be coming in contact with soap, chemicals, or substances that you need to protect your hands from. Cooking and food preparation require wearing gloves for long period of times, which means considering factors like whether or not the gloves are powdered, which can irritate the skin. Non-powdered vinyl and latex gloves are excellent for use in food preparation and cooking, while poly and nitrile gloves are more appropriate for pristine handling of plating and serving.

What Types of Disposable Gloves Are Used in Foodservice?

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Disposable gloves are essential for your commercial kitchen but may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to day-to-day operations. The right type of gloves ensures your food preparation, cooking, serving, and cleaning are all handled in food-safe manners and compliant with any food regulations and codes you must follow.

The main types of disposable gloves used in foodservice include:

  1. Vinyl gloves: Not only are these a cost-effective solution, they're also latex-free (minimizing risk of an allergic reaction to latex) and great for general foodservice uses. Vinyl gloves are somewhere in the middle range for fit, offering more sensitivity to touch and dexterity than other options.
  2. Latex gloves: These disposable gloves tend to fit more snugly than other options and are incredibly durable, which makes them strong enough to be used for heavy-duty tasks. It is important to consider that not everyone can work with latex, as many people are sensitive to latex or have latex allergies.
  3. Polyethylene gloves: These are excellent for lighter tasks when gloves need to be changed frequently, due to their looser fit and breathability. Although they are not as durable as other disposable gloves, they can be used for many jobs, such as mixing salads and putting sandwiches together. Poly gloves are also a great choice if you need to set gloves out for buffet or fast food serving lines.

As you can see, it is important that you both understand the different types of disposable gloves and consider what tasks you or your staff will be doing when purchasing these items.

Here Are Some of the Top Selling Disposable Gloves We Carry at Hubert

1. Hubert® Blue Nitrile Powder-Free Disposable Gloves (Medium)

Customers love these gloves due to their flexibility, tear-resistance, and strength. Nitrile gloves can provide protection against contaminants and germs during the food prep and cooking process. These disposable gloves provide maximum hand and wrist coverage and are latex-free, which means you don't have to worry about allergy concerns for your staff.

Hubert Blue Nitrile Powder-Free Disposable Gloves (Medium)
  • Provides coverage of the hand and wrist
  • Safe for food contact and powder-free
  • Tear-resistant, flexible, 4 mil thick nitrile
  • Also available in other sizes

2. Hubert® Clear Vinyl Powder-Free Disposable Gloves (Medium)

If you're looking to increase and maintain hygiene in your kitchen or foodservice facility, these vinyl disposable gloves are an excellent choice. They are powder-free, which reduces the risk of contamination and irritation to the wearer.

Hubert Clear Vinyl Powder-Free Disposable Gloves (Medium)
  • 3.5 mil thickness
  • 100 per box
  • Meets FDA requirements for food contact
  • Also available in other sizes

3. Clear Polyethylene Powder-Free Disposable Gloves (Medium)

These gloves are made of a material that helps to keep moisture out and has a comfortable fit, which are looser than nitrile or latex. They are also easy to take off and replace quickly. They come on a cardboard header, so they can be kept sterile and put on without having to struggle with a handful of gloves.

Clear Polyethylene Powder-Free Disposable Gloves (Medium)
  • FDA compliant
  • 50 gloves per header
  • Latex and powder free
  • Also available in other sizes

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