How to Choose the Right Glove Size


Does size matter? Glove size, that is! And the answer is yes!

Hand protection is key whether you are a medical professional performing a routine exam, or if you are a police officer responding to a call at an unknown location. Your gloves are the barrier between germs and your hands.

When choosing gloves, the width and length are two of the most important factors.

Glove Width

Glove width mainly refers to the palm width, but the width of the individual fingers is also important. If your gloves are too wide, they can easily be pulled off, or you may have extra material bunching up around your fingers or at your fingertips. That extra material could make it hard to hold objects or have a good sense of touch.

Loose gloves can also allow liquids to get inside. If the opening of the glove is not tight around your wrist, biohazards like blood, bodily fluids or waste could leak in.

Your gloves should fit like a “second skin” to ensure you have the best tactility. However, if your gloves are too small, the tightness can cause fatigue and decrease your dexterity. If your glove has to stretch significantly in order for your hand to fit inside, it’s likely too small. Too-tight gloves will also press against your fingers and may be easily punctured by your fingernails.

Glove Length

Glove length is measured from the tip of the middle finger to the cuff or wristband. Most gloves are 9” long. However, some gloves are 12” in length to provide more protection in high-risk situations; these are often referred to as “extended cuff.” Longer gloves cover more of your wrist to prevent your skin from coming in contact with whatever you are touching. Longer gloves also protect against splashes.

Measure Your Hands

Here’s a step by step guide to help you choose the right size glove:

Step 1: Measure you hand

• Wrap a fabric tape measure around the knuckles of your dominant hand — above the V of your thumb

• Choose the widest part of your hand

Step 2: Record your measurement in inches, round up to the nearest half inch

Step 3: Compare to the size chart

• If the gloves are listed as size XS, S, M, L or XL compare your hand measurement to the size chart

• If there isn’t a size chart listed, here are the average guidelines:

Before Purchasing

Glove sizes vary by manufacturer and glove type, so always check the sizing and specifications before purchasing. When putting your gloves on, you should always make sure your glove is a tight-enough fit that it stays put and doesn’t allow substances to leak in. On the other hand (how punny!), choose gloves that are loose enough to be
comfortable to work in!

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