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Best Disposable Gloves For Mechanics

Nov 01 2017, 12:55 PM

In this guide, we will aim to cover the best types of gloves for mechanics to wear while carrying out everyday tasks. Here is a quick breakdown of what to expect:

1.    Nitrile gloves - We take a look at the benefits of these gloves and why they’re a good choice for mechanics.
2.    Things To Consider (nitrile gloves) - Take a look at what you need to think about when purchasing your nitrile gloves.
3.    Latex gloves - Why they’re a good fit for mechanics and what to look for when purchasing yours.
4.    Things to consider (latex gloves) - We take a closer look at the pros and cons of the gloves in question and what you need to think about when making your purchase.
5.    Top 3 gloves - Here we round up which three gloves are best for mechanic work and why.



Working as a mechanic can be a messy task, not to mention the wear and tear it takes on your hands coming into contact with dangerous chemicals, oil and high temperatures each day.

Grease is an extremely difficult substance to remove from materials and skin and so disposable gloves are usually favoured by mechanics. However, finding the perfect pair can be difficult and everyone has a personal preference.

Here, we have put together a roundup of the pros and cons of nitrile and latex gloves, as well as a few tips on how to treat your hands if you’ve gone without gloves for too long.

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile gloves are perfect for the mechanics sector for their durability and resistance to oil, fuel and chemicals thanks to being manufactured from a combination of butadiene and acrylonitrile.

Nitrile gloves can also withstand extreme temperatures from -40 to 108 degrees celsius without melting or cracking. Due to nitrile gloves being so hard wearing, it is harder for them to be tear (especially our extra strong nitrile) when they come into contact on sharp edges making them a firm favourite in the mechanic industry.

Nitrile Gloves for mechanics

Things to consider
Most people can wear nitrile gloves without suffering an allergic reaction, making them the safest option when restocking supplies in the workplace. In rare cases some users may suffer from Type IV chemical accelerator allergies, however there are nitrile accelerator free gloves available from Brosch Direct.

The nitrile gloves available from Brosch Direct come with the European Standard EN374 qualification and are grained with a textured surface to give you more grip while you’re working. Perfect for mechanics, the nitrile gloves are also powder free meaning your skin won’t suffer while you’re protecting your hands.

Latex Gloves
Nitrile gloves are considered the most popular choice for mechanics but latex gloves can also provide you with a safe barrier against oil, grease and harmful chemicals. There are powdered and powder free versions available and many people opt for powdered as it absorbs moisture and keeps hands dry, even in warm, sweaty conditions. Having dry hands means you’re less likely to slip while using tools and hurt yourself, plus it gives you a better grip.

Latex Gloves for mechanics

Things to consider

Latex gloves are ideal for use by mechanics however some users can be prone to possible reactions to natural rubber latex. Symptoms can include redness, burning, itching which are all signs that the user has a latex allergy. In more severe cases, a latex allergy could cause an anaphylactic response. To reduce the risk of this happening, nitrile is an ideal alternative but synthetic gloves are also a good option.

The powder in the latex gloves can also be a disadvantage to those with sensitive skin. As a mechanic, chances are you spend your whole day with your hands sweating and drying in the latex gloves meaning you're really drying your skin out.

If you’re prone to dermatitis, eczema or sore chapped skin in general then you need to look for latex gloves that are powder-free and because this is likely to make your skin sweat, we recommend you also find gloves with some texture such as the latex powder free gloves.

Top 3 mechanics gloves to buy

1. Nutouch 1.5 Nitrile Powder Free Gloves

Nitrile gloves

These gloves offer comfort and protection but are also formulated to benefit those with a latex allergy, as they are latex free and do not feature a high amount of residual chemicals, to minimise the risk of a reaction. The fit of these gloves has been designed to ensure comfort during long periods of wear to reduce hand fatigue.

2. Nutouch 4.0 Nitrile Powder Free Gloves

Nitrile industrial gloves 

Ideal for minimal risk jobs, to prevent the build of dirt and grease on hands, these gloves are a popular choice for many mechanics. They are compliant with BS EN420, as well as being latex free.

3. AQL 4.0 Latex Powder Free Gloves

Latex gloves

These gloves have been designed to offer a strong barrier against dirt and are compliant with BS EN420 regulations. They are ideal for everyday use in garages, offering a good amount of dexterity to ensure you can carry out most jobs with ease while staying protected.

Ready to get into the garage? Ensure you’re protected with our glove recommendations.

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