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Oven Gloves/Mitts -- ISO the ultimate

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I have some fabric oven gloves, but they are pretty lousy.

I am open to suggestions for the very best oven gloves/mitts out there.

Must have the following properties:

heat resistant (natch!)

flexible enough to handle any size hot dish

I don't like the look of those silicone ones -- they don't apprear to be flexible enough.

Your input is welcome.


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  1. The ovglove or something like that. Heard a lot of good things about it.

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    1. re: theSauce

      i think this is what thesauce is recommending.

      i have 3 or 4 of these gloves, and can vouch for them. I should, however, note that, due to welding and cooking/baking, i have those "asbestos" hands that cooks talk about. Therefore, my tolerance for heat may factor in to how well any hand protection works. To give you some idea of the different degrees of tolerance, most people begin to perceive uncomfortable heat at around 120 degrees (this is the generally recommended temp for a hot water heater). I keep my hot water heater at 140-150 degrees, and regularly, thoroughly wash my hands under the running hot water without turning the cold on at all.

      on the plus side, the ove gloves are incredibly comfortable & flexible. they insulate well for quick tasks (taking a skillet/tray out of the oven and moving it to a nearby counter, holding tongs to turn frying chicken, etc).

      on the negative side, you have to be very careful cleaning them (follow the directions exactly, putting them in the dryer drastically shortens their lifespan, and i seem to recall that fabric softener is verboten). their performance falls off steeply when wet. also, they don't insulate well for longer periods of time. our kitchen is about 20 feet long, and we have a large wire shelving unit on the wall opposite the ovens. when we do a lot of baking, we transfer things to the rack to cool. using the ove glove, i don't have a problem with it, but my wife often can't make it from oven to rack without having to set the tray down midway for a respite (i know, it doesn't sound like much, but try navigating your kitchen obstacles for 20 feet while holding a 450 degree cookie sheet; it gets hot faster than you would think).

      that said, for their comfort and dexterity, i really like the ove glove for quick tasks.

      my go to for tasks of longer duration are welding gloves (the heavy duty kind you get from welding supply stores, not the lightweight ones that home improvement stores sell). with welding gloves, i can clean the grates on my grill in situ with a short brush, or even remove and hold the grates without feeling the heat. once broken in, they're also very comfortable and provide good dexterity for their bulk.

      Link: http://www.shop.com/op/aprod-p2395724...

      1. re: mark

        I got the ove glove in my Christmas stocking this year! I like it- but, like mark stated, it loses some of its power when wet.
        I use it for taking pizza out of the oven. Had to go out and buy a second one, as one of my cast iron pans need two hands when hot. Work fine for both the pizza and the oven hot cast iron.

    2. i have one of the silicone ones and i really recommend it. it is a bit stiff and does take some getting used to, but it's great when the thing you need to handle is drippy or wet. i find my old cloth ones have so many greasy stains on them that their heat-resistance is a bit compromised. the silicon ones, however, can be washed easily.

      what really clinched it for me was that i could use them to take my jars out of the boiling water bath last time i made jam.

      1. If you want the ultimate heat resisitant glove go the industrial route and get these babies.

        Link: http://www.omarksafety.com/category.c...

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        1. re: Homer J

          These look amazing, but seem to good to be true (for cooking purposes) at that price point so I assume there must be some sort of "catch" - have you used them yourself?

          1. re: MikeG

            I've never used these exact ones but I have used heat resistant gloves meant for industrial uses and they are great. You could probably pick up a pair at a local hardware store or home center.

            1. re: Homer J

              Thanks - I'll definitely have to look into these - I use them, but really hate bulky mitts...

            2. re: MikeG

              I know this thread is half a decade old, but since we recently ordered these gloves through this exact link, I just had to comment.

              I can't speak for the rest of the omark line, but these particular gloves are a sham. They're as thin as can be. They're the kind of gloves you imagine the dancers would wear in some kind of Bob Fosse production of "Chicago." You can literally see your flesh peeking out between the holes in the fabric. As far as "heat resistance" goes, they are worse than a standard potholder. You'll be lucky to last the 3 or 4 seconds it might take to transfer a hot pan from the oven to the stovetop.

              To be fair, I have not had the cajones to put one of these on and point a lit blowtorch at my hand like in the picture. But considering how poorly they protect against the heat of a metal tray that just came out of the toaster oven, I think I'd feel safer putting on an old sock and sticking my foot into a lawnmower.

              It's been a while since I purchased something that was this fraudulently promoted.

              1. re: Mola Ram

                I just lost my shizz reading this. Too hilarious!!!

          2. I like the Kitchen Grips mitts -- they are thin silicone and fabric, so flexible.
            They are opera-length, so you don't burn your arms reaching deep in a hot oven.
            I don't need to dunk my hands in burning oil, so the heavy silicone Orka things were overkill for me...

            I've had them a couple years, and they look like new.

            I linked you to the MOMA design store to see them, but they are available for much less elsewhere

            Link: http://momastore.org/webapp/wcs/store...

            1. THANKS to everyone for your suggestions.

              Very much appreciated.

              I didn't think those silicone ones were the ones, not for my purposes, anyway.

              But those fancy mitts -- the Kitchen Grips -- by David Duncan could be the go as I am wondering how tricky it can be to get your fingers into those ove gloves as opposed to just sliding yr hands into mitts. (I can be v impatient sometimes...)

              1. Years ago I bought a one piece oven mitt thingies from one of those countless mail order catalogues that kept coming to my house.

                It was a fairly long piece 2 1/2 ft maybe and had a pocket on either end that you just slid your hand into.
                I wore that thing out and was never able to find another.

                It was just so slick and quick to use, way faster than putting on a pair of oven mitts.

                I haven't even seen them online.
                Someone told me they had them in Europe.
                Would LOVE to have a few more if I could ever find them again.

                I use the Ove Glove now and it definitely does what it says it does.
                It just feels like I'm getting dressed to go out and shovel snow.

                1. This is an ancient thread but since it's been resurrected, people may be reading it again.

                  Based on Cooks Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen's ratings, I bought Kool-Tek oven mitts, and am satisfied with them. They are flexible enough, though as mittens you don't use your fingers independently, and the Nomex gloves with a strip of Kevlar along the edge are heat resistant to 450°. $22 each for 12" mitts, $25 for 15".

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                  1. re: John Francis

                    DItto on the recommendation for the Kool-Tek mitts (I love mine), but are those current prices?

                  2. When we were growing up, had what we called the "bloody hands" in the kitchen. My Dad had brought home 2 from work... at an oil refinery. They were SUPER heavy-duty. I might think about looking in section of home store where they sell welding stuff?? They weren't pretty by any means, but ya never got burned with them.

                    1. Recently, we received a pair of Heat Resistant Gloves. I must admit that my ability to use them on the Pits or even the grill has been limited, BUT…we have used them in and around the kitchen and I think are able to provide a fairly comprehensive review.