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How to Choose the Right Cotton Gloves

by Joe Geng on August 24, 2015

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We tend to overlook cotton gloves because they’re so basic. They’re the vanilla ice cream of work gloves.

But that’s not a bad thing… Vanilla ice cream is delicious and cotton gloves are perfect in the right setting.

To make sure you get the most bang for your buck, here’s our top tips for choosing the right cotton gloves.

1.  Decide What Type of Glove You Need:


Do you need a seamless knit, or a cut and sewn glove. Seamless knits are better than cut and sewn gloves for general purpose use. They are inexpensive and fit better. If you are using a cut and sewn glove because that’s what you’ve always used. It’s time to trade those in, along with your VHS. There are jobs where cut and sewn cotton gloves are a great choice, such as heavy oil applications for grip.


2. Is a Seamless Knit Cotton Glove Really Your Best Choice?

When we ask a customer why they’ve chosen a knitted cotton work glove, they respond that their workers don’t respect their PPE, so they are forced to choose the cheapest, most disposable glove option, cost of PPE is a whole other ball game, but if you’re interested in learning more we’ve got you covered here. 

Our Sure Grip® 7-gauge PVC-dotted Economy Knit Gloves are a great option, as opposed to a knitted dip glove to the Superior Touch® 13-gauge Low-linting Polyester String Knit with Polyurethane Palm Coat this glove fits much better and lasts longer, but is a bit more expensive,

If you’re having issues on keeping the cost of your PPE down, we would recommend using a vendor managed inventory program. Like a vending machine but for your gloves. This lets you control your PPE spend per employee, and allow you to get your workers into gloves that will last longer, reduce your overall costs, and improve their productivity and morale.

We made a quick video to help explain our vending program better.


If you need advice on a distributor in your area that can help you set up a program like this, contact us.


3. Choosing the Right Gauge:

If you’ve decided cotton gloves are really the best choice for your facility, you need to decide the “gauge” ,meaning number of stitches per inch of the knit. The most common, and least expensive gauge for cotton glove is 7-gauge, which looks like this:



Sure Knit™ Economy Bleach White, Poly/Cotton String Knit GlovesIf you are looking for a finer, better fitting cotton glove, go with a 10 gauge glove with Lycra, like our Sure Knit Sure Knit™ Lightweight Cotton-Lycra-Spandex Blend Gloves


4. Look at the Numbers:

For choosing the best possible general purpose cotton glove, you’ll want to look at abrasion resistance, weight and price. Most of the time, purchasing agents look at what is going to cost us. Fair enough, however, if your gloves are being replaced too often because of premature wear, you are not actually saving anything. A good general purpose 7-gauge cotton glove (with dots for enhanced grip). In the end, the heavier the weight of the glove is, means it will last longer against than any other pair.


5. Do You Want Dots?

Do you want a better grip? Then yes, you want dots. Unless you are worried about the dots contaminating your products, i.e food processing, adding dots is an inexpensive way to improve the grip and wear life of a glove. Our Dexterity® Ambidextrous Cut-Resistant Glove with PVC Dots, Micropore Grip Fingertips are a great option for dots.



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