Reef Aquarium Gloves Product Review:
This may be a first time for me to ever say this–and it might even be the first time this has ever been stated in the English language, but I’m excited about a new pair of gloves I just bought.
They are bright yellow gloves, made by a company called Atlas. The pair I bought was only $8, so I thought, “I’ll give it a shot.” (UPDATE–I’ve noticed the price is fluctuating a bit online right now in the $10 range).
Let’s talk about the reef aquarium gloves
For eight bucks, I was expecting a piece of junk…and even after the package arrived…I was still thinking they might be junk.
The packaging isn’t much. The gloves come in a clear plastic bag. There is a no frills Atlas label on the front. Perfectly adequate and unremkable at the same time.
The gloves are 26 inches long. When I compared this to the Coralife brand gloves, they are 2 inches shorter. I wasn’t sure if I would miss the 2 inches or not. I was actually a bit concerned about that.
I’m not a large guy, by any stretch, I’m 5’10, and I found out today that my armspan is almost exactly 26 inches. The gloves fit all the way up my arm to the armpit. So I didn’t need the extra 2 inches.
The gloves are made from Nitrile. The Coralife brand gloves are PVC. I’m not sure if that makes a meaningful difference or not.
Inside, the gloves are lined with a soft, comfortable fabric material all the way up the sleeve. Inside, they feel nicer than I would expect an ugly yellow glove to feel.
There is a texture on the finger-area of the gloves to aid with getting a grip on slippery wet things. I couldn’t tell one way or the other if this made a difference when I dunked my hands in the tank and started moving stuff around.
Over the years, I have owned a few pairs of the Coralife brand gloves. Sticking my hands in the saltwater in my tank really tears them up. But after a while, those gloves become pretty nasty. Between sweat and water getting in over the top, the gloves quickly become smelly and gross, and I end up going back to dunking my bare hands in the tank for a while. At $30 a pop, I find myself more willing to plunk down that dough on a coral or fish instead of aquarium gloves. Right before I foudn these gloves, I was ‘in between gloves’ and cut my hand (impaled actually) on a tube worm sticking out from a piece of live rock I was trying to move around.
I will update this post in a few weeks and let you know if the Atlas gloves still get as stinky as the Coralife gloves, but at $8 a pair, instead of $30 a pair, it doesn’t hurt as much to throw them out and replace them.
If you don’t use gloves currently, or if your pair of Coralife gloves are as stinky as mine were, you might want to check out this high quality, inexpensive nitrile gloves made by Atlas. I bought mine on Amazon. If you want, you can check them out through my affiliate link below to Amazon. If you purchase the gloves through that link, I’ll earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. No pressure though if you want to find them the good old fashioned way too.
I know aquarium gloves are the most interesting piece of equipment, but protecting your hands is important and saving about $20 on gloves gets you 2 more frags. Before you reorder the reef aquarium gloves from Coralife, you may want to give these yellow gloves from Atlas a try. So far, I’m pretty happy with them.
Reef Aquarium Gloves Update
Six months after the original post, and I am here to report that the Atlas shoulder-length nitrile aquarium gloves are still great. I got them wet a couple of times (just a little bit) on the inside, but they dried out fine and work the same as they always have. No strange odors. These reef aquarium gloves from Atlas seem to be quite durable and a good value for the money. I have noticed that the price seems to fluctuate quite a bit online, so you may want to shop around a bit to ensure you get the best value.
I’ve been using these gloves for all of my aquarium maintenance and they still work great, no odors, no problems. If you’re looking to pick up a pair and are interested in using my affiliate link: