Disposable and limited-use gloves are used in medical, forensic, scientific, food service, and industrial applications. Disposable gloves are made from flexible materials such as latex, nitrile rubber, chloroprene, and vinyl. While most disposable gloves are designed to fit either hand, some come in hand-specific models. They have a variety of attributes, such as powdered or powder-free, chlorinated or non-chlorinated, standard- or extended-length cuffs, and sterile or non-sterile.

Disposable gloves range in size from 6 to 9 or XS to XXXL. Glove thickness is expressed in mils and is measured at the center of the palm, at the fingertips, and at the cuff.

When selecting a glove for specific applications, consider the physical properties of the glove, such as material, thickness, size, chemical or abrasion resistance, and other special features.