When you’re helping a loved one with incontinence, cleaning up well is an important part of the job. You are working hard to keep your loved one comfortable and dry. You also want to help maintain their dignity and independence. 

The right gloves can help you provide the best possible incontinence care while protecting your skin and preventing the spread of bacteria. Gloves create a barrier between your hands and incontinence products, which can contain bowel voids or urine. They make cleanup more pleasant while keeping you and your loved one safe.

In this post, we’ve assembled an overview of the best gloves for caregivers managing incontinence. You’ll learn about key features of high-quality gloves, see pricing details and compare the options available. Shop now using the Carewell catalog for a complete roundup of all available gloves for managing incontinence.

What are Gloves for Managing Incontinence?

In most cases, manufacturers don’t make gloves specifically for incontinence. Instead, gloves are made to handle various medical needs, including incontinence. Most gloves cover your entire hand for maximum protection when cleaning up pee and poop. They also have a flexible design to fit hands of all sizes. They’re easy to dispose of, so you avoid contaminating your loved one, yourself, or surrounding surfaces.

How We Chose the Products on This List

The products in this roundup come from an analysis of Carewell customer reviews, product details, and product ratings.

Under each entry, we’ve highlighted real customer or user feedback with the header:  Hear it from a Caregiver/User.

The Best Gloves for Caregivers Managing Incontinence 

1) McKesson Vinyl Exam Gloves, Clear

McKesson Vinyl Exam Gloves, Clear
McKesson Vinyl Exam Gloves, Clear

Price: $10.25 - $103.47

These gloves took the title of most- and best-rated among Carewell customers, earning 4.8 stars on average out of 233 reviews. They’re comfortable with a snug fit and don’t rip, ensuring you can clean up quickly after a void or an accident without the hassle of replacing gloves.

Key Benefits & Features:

  • Single-use vinyl glove with smooth surfaces, Latex-free, and powder-free

  • Great for one-time and general use

  • Interior polymer coating

Hear it from a caregiver: “Good thickness, easy to put on and off, value for money.”

2) McKesson Confiderm 3.8 Powder-Free Nitrile Gloves

McKesson Confiderm 3.8 Powder-Free Nitrile Gloves
McKesson Confiderm 3.8 Powder-Free Nitrile Gloves

Price: $15.25 - $152.67

A little extra thickness makes these gloves a cut above others, customers say. Its special design makes it versatile and easy to get work done. You can use these gloves for other functions around the house besides incontinence, such as cleaning, without the risk of puncturing or breaking them.

Key Benefits & Features

  • Single-use nitrile glove with smooth surfaces, Latex-free, and powder-free

  • Includes textured fingerprints for dexterity and high-tactile sensitivity

  • The Interior does not contain a coating

Hear it from a caregiver: “These are exactly as represented. Great fit and worked great for all the tasks needed in taking care of my mom.”

3) McKesson Pink Powder-Free Nitrile Gloves

McKesson Pink Powder-Free Nitrile Gloves
McKesson Pink Powder-Free Nitrile Gloves

Price: $31.70 - $317.00

Customers rave about the pink color of these gloves plus report they’re durable and high-quality. If you want to look stylish and effectively help your loved one with incontinence, look no further.

Key Benefits & Features

  • Provide a great fit and offer caregivers a comfortable way to manage incontinence  

  • Textured fingertips for maximum usability, ambidextrous for grab-and-go needs

  • No interior coating

Hear it from a caregiver: “Wonderful fit, excellent value, neat color.”

4) Trilon Powder Free Synthetic Vinyl Exam Glove, Clear

The ambidextrous build of these gloves means you can quickly grab a pair and go, whether you’re left- or right-handed. Customers like the price point and note these gloves are easy to wear. Some report they’re on the small side, so those with smaller hands might find them an especially good fit.

Key Benefits & Features: 

  • Resist abrasions, punctures, and tears

  • Can be used for as long as needed while maintaining efficacy 

  • Powder-free with high tensile strength for added sturdiness 

  • Satin Stretch technology

Hear it from a caregiver: “Good product for a fair price.”

5) McKesson Confiderm 3.5C Nitrile Gloves

McKesson Confiderm 3.5C Nitrile Gloves
McKesson Confiderm 3.5C Nitrile Gloves

Price: $31.73 - $317.41

Breathability is a big plus with these gloves. Others with long fingers say they fit the bill, too, at a reasonable price. Comfort for a wide range of caregivers is the hallmark of this product.

Key Benefits & Features: 

  • Conform to your hands to make incontinence cleanup easier. 

  • Textured fingertips with standard cuff length

  • Built to reduce fatigue in caregivers’ hands

Hear it from a caregiver: “Very comfortable, durable and breathable. Price is reasonable.”

6) McKesson Perry Synthetic Surgical Gloves, Powder-Free, Size 7.5

These gloves feature a smooth anti-slip finish that keeps you focused on managing incontinence. You don’t have to worry about the distraction and frustration that comes with gloves that shift position on your hands. 

Key Benefits & Features: 

  • One-hundred percent synthetic polyisoprene

  • Acts like Latex for maximum performance without the risks Latex can cause

  • Built with anti-slip features and a smooth finish

  • SureFit Technology helps avoid glove roll-down and keeps hands clean

7) Microflex MidKnight Touch Exam Gloves, Textured Fingertips, Chemo Approved, Black

Safeguard your loved one’s dignity and privacy with these black-colored gloves, which mask pee and poop stains that occur during cleanup. An innovative ergonomic design helps you cut down on muscle strain while cleaning.

Key Benefits & Features: 

  • Provides maximum dexterity for incontinence cleanup 

  • Discreet design that can set your loved one at ease and prevent embarrassment

  • Textured fingertips make picking up objects easy.

  • Limit muscle strain with this glove’s ERGOFORM Design Technology

How to Choose the Best Gloves for Incontinence Management

When choosing gloves for incontinence management, consider the type of incontinence your loved one has. 

Those with light to moderate incontinence might need fewer gloves because you’ll clean up less often. This is especially true for urinary incontinence, which can be contained with adult briefs or pull-ups. Gloves can help you clean up dribbles and leaks without major wear and tear. They can be disposed of easily.

Consider purchasing more gloves for those whose loved ones experience heavy or bowel incontinence. You might need to change gloves more frequently as you clean up poop or diarrhea. It’s also a good idea to explore gloves that are known to be strong and resist breaks and tears. This will keep your hands clean and limit the number of glove changes you make. 

Finally, think about how you’d like to look when providing care to your loved one. It’s not selfish or vain. Some caregivers like discreet gloves that are clear, black, or blue. Others prefer to make a statement and boost their confidence with fun colors like green or pink. All else being equal, a little color can add fun to the day for you and your loved one.

Commonly Asked Questions

1) If you are a female who wears gloves that are size 8-8.5 size gloves which size do you order?

Here’s a quick summary of how to size gloves at purchase: 

  • Extra Small: 7½ inches and smaller

  • Small: 7½ – 8½ inches

  • Medium: 8½ – 9½ inches

  • Large: 9½ – 10½ inches

  • Extra Large: 10½ – 11½ inches

  • XXL: 11½ inches and larger

2) What size for an average adult female's hands? 

Either a medium or large would work well for an average adult female's hand size.

3) What are gloves for incontinence management made of? 

It depends on the product. Common options include nitrile or vinyl. A few offer another type of synthetic material. 

4) Which glove goes on which hand? 

Most gloves are ambidextrous, meaning they’ll fit on your left or right hand. This makes it easy to pick up gloves and get to work with cleaning or other support your loved one with incontinence might need.

Takeaways

Gloves are a necessary part of caring for a loved one with incontinence. With many innovative options, caregivers should evaluate factors, including the type of incontinence (bowel or urine), frequency of changes, glove design, and even style when making a purchase.

Need Some Help?

If you need extra help selecting the best gloves for you, Carewell’s Caregiving Specialists are standing by to help! Simply call (800) 696-CARE for assistance.

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Nate Birt
Nate Birt

Nate Birt is a healthcare writer with a journalism degree from University of Missouri. He lives with his wife and their four children on a small farm in Missouri.