Vinyl gloves are made from latex-free polyvinyl chloride and are also known as PVC gloves. They tend to have a longer shelf life than latex gloves and are more cost effective compared to other materials. Keep in mind that vinyl gloves do not provide as much protection as latex or nitrile gloves, so they are best for non-hazardous and low-infection environments. Vinyl gloves are meant for short-term use, making them great for people who have to change gloves frequently. They provide a looser fit than other materials and are commonly used in food service and for household tasks like cleaning.