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I have never been totally happy with any of the mitts I have acquired over the years. I have used and discarded regular ones, silicone ones (a disaster), OveGloves, etc etc etc. Is there a really useful, long-lasting, safe one out there exceeding my grasp?

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  1. I just went to check the ones I have, but they are OveGloves. I've actually been very happy with them, though, every once and a while a little heat penetrates. What haven't you liked about them? I'm a serial burner, so any tips on such items would be appreciated as well!

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    1. re: MMRuth

      I often have wet hands when I go to grab something and don't like dragging them on over wet mitts. Also if they are the slightest bit wet they are not heat resistant. Have also found the sides of the fingers to be less insulating than the main gripping surfaces.

      1. re: buttertart

        Ah - that might be why I've felt the heat - damp hands. I often just end up using dish towels!

        1. re: MMRuth

          Me too, and that can be a bit iffy around gas burners.

        2. re: buttertart

          I've 'burnt' myself a couple of times. One of these was taking a very full dish out the oven and I spilled stock over my hand. Under these circumstances the glove is worse than a bare hand. I now use my OveGlove for plumbing (soldering) and I can recommend it for that.

          I've reverted to the old-fashioned glove-puppet type....

          http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/pro...

          I like this one because it is slightly longer and stops me catching my arm on the upper burner of the oven.

          I still use my silicon one for retrieving cutlery dropped into boiling liquids, or cleaning using boiling water.

          1. re: Paulustrious

            I think you need these nomex puppies that insulate the leading edge of the hot racks. I know I did!

            http://www.flickr.com/photos/75667634...

            1. re: rainey

              I have those! I got them as a gift because a friend felt sorry for the perpetual burn I seemed to have on my wrist from touching a hot oven rack. Since installing those, no more burns!

      2. I'm a serial burner too. I can't tell you how many I've lit on fire and had to throw away. But I'm also not particularly a fan of the big mitten-shaped style either. My SIL bought me a set of Oxo Soft Works for the holidays and so far I haven't lit them on fire or burned myself or otherwise ruined them.

        They are the square pot holder shape but they have a place to insert your hands so you can use them like mitts. The interior is a fabric; the exterior is a grooved silicone surface. The groves really work too - they give you non slip status. :) They are machine washable and according to the tag, they are resistant to 600 degrees F, though I've not tested that part. :)

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        1. re: LNG212

          The good news is that there is a material that provides excellent protection from heat. My grandma had oven gloves and pads made from the stuff.

          The bad news? The "miracle" material was asbestos. Good luck finding. ;-)

          BTW, hate the cloth pads with the hole cut in them for your hand. I have long fingers which always seem to stray just a little too far and OUCH!

          1. re: MikeB3542

            Get this: since asbestos is/was a big Canadian product I was given pieces of it to "experiment" with in public school (US: grade school) science class. Ah the carefree days of the past.

        2. I have a pair of Oxo Good Grips Silicone Mitts which I quite like. The bonus is that they have a little magnet in the wrist, so you can leave one stuck to your oven door to grab when you suddenly need to pick something up. Only had them for 6 months or so, so I can't really speak to durability, but so far they've done well.

          1. These are not mitts but they meet all my demands. After 40 or so years of cooking they are the best thing I've ever found for handling hot from the oven or at the cooktop.

            http://www.flickr.com/photos/75667634...
            http://www.flickr.com/photos/75667634...

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            1. re: rainey

              I haven't seen that type since leaving the UK.

              1. re: Paulustrious

                I have these.. my absolute favorites.. Sur La Table carries them.
                They are called finger mitts.

            2. I vote for welder's gloves. Relatively inexpensive. Mine typically get messed up from handling greasy BBQ out at the grill/smoker. Finally have a pair that I'm going to have to toss. But for just indoor use, they're great and will last forever.

              Here's an inexpensive example. Some are more flexible than others:

              http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/item...

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              1. re: ted

                Thanks, good idea for gentlemen, however I am a lady with very small hands.

                1. re: buttertart

                  Here's a smaller-sized glove on the same website - listed just below the above-referenced pair. However, it costs a bit more -- $13.98 vs. $1039.

                  http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/item...

                  1. re: Stephanie Wong

                    These are men's size medium. They won't fit women with very small hands. This is always a challenge buying any kind of glove or mitt. I usually buy the smallest cotton kitchen mitts I can find and then wash and dry them on high heat to shrink them. Other types present a danger with the extra material. Currently I have a pair I bought at IKEA that are working and fitting me well. Or I just wrap a dishtowel around my hands. My hands are tiny.

                2. re: ted

                  Yes, welder's gloves are great. There are also rubber *firefighters* gloves out there, that you can also immerse in hot liquids and just wash the BBQ sauce off of. My wife gave me a pair of these, but I find the welder's gloves better non-slip for around the stove (and fireplace).

                3. I have some I like from Bed Bath & Beyond. It's a house brand. They're the normal padded fabric and they come in a bunch of solid colors, but the palm/thumb area is heat-proof black neoprene (I think it's neoprene) that's textured to help with gripping. It really seems to insulate well. I also have some pot holders that are the same deal, fabric on one side, neoprene on the other. They seem sturdy enough through laundering.

                  The photo here doesn't show it well, but you can see the black palm on the mitt: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/produ...

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                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                    Thanks, I'll look for them next time we're in the Hundred Dollar Store (our nickname for BB&B since no matter what we go in for we almost always end up spending that much, to our dismay).

                  2. Update: I bought the "Built" brand (at A Cook's Companion in Brooklyn) - nice and long (they reach past my elbow), attractive polka-dot pattern, heatproof rubber on the grasping surfaces, and not left/right specific. The best ever! Not a single burn since.

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                    1. re: buttertart

                      That heat-proof rubber really helps. The mitts and potholders with that stuff arey favorites.

                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                        Notice it gives off a bit of a smell when handling really hot stuff (but doesn't melt). Bit disconcerting!

                        1. re: buttertart

                          I haven't noticed that with my BB&B ones, but they may be of a different material.

                          As an aside, did you see where Candy posted the pie crust recipe for you? I posted a link to it in the CI thread where you mentioned it.

                          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                            No!!! I'm checking right now.

                    2. I have some square 'pot holders' from WS that work well. They are two layers sewn on 3 sides so you can slip your hand in. For really hot items I don't put my hand inside but use them as a double thickness pot holder.

                      Another (better?) source for welder's gloves might be www.mcmaster.com.

                      1. This is my all time favorite, I hang them over the handle of the stove, and would be lost without it.

                        http://www.fantes.com/images/11505pot...

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                        1. re: Mother of four

                          i had an earlier version of that a long time ago and liked it very much too. Maybe I'll branch out and get another one!

                          1. re: Mother of four

                            One of my best friends made me a pair (?--it is a single unit!) of these, with a matching reversible apron in a very cool retro print. I love them!

                          2. Restaurant pot holders. Square w/ an elastic strap that you slip your wrist through. This design allows you to grab hot objects, use your bare hands, then grab hot objects again w/o having to take the holders/mitts off.

                            http://www.zesco.com/products.cfm?pGr...

                             
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                            1. re: JayL

                              These also look very useful.

                              1. re: JayL

                                Thanks for this--Zesco is close by, so maybe I'll stop in and give these a look!

                              2. Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen recommends Kool-Tek Protective Apparel Oven Mitt, and I'm happy with it. Said to have better heat protection than Ove Gloves; certainly I haven't felt more than a little warmth through it. Pricey at $32.95 each glove. Second choice is Parvin Flameguard Oven Mitt ($2.66/pair), well padded against heat but not flameproof.

                                1. I just use regular little pot holders that my Wife's grandmother knitted so I'm not an expert, but I grill a lot in the summer and I have a grill glove that works very well. If you google "grill glove" or barbeque glove there are a bunch.

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                                  1. re: Shann

                                    Watch those holes!

                                  2. I think that longer is better:

                                    http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?img...

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                                    1. re: Robin Joy

                                      I keep a pair of welding gauntlets for when I need 'finger access'. Not these, but similar...

                                      http://www.amazon.com/COMFOflex-Premi...

                                      1. re: Paulustrious

                                        I imagine those would be good for the grill

                                        1. re: Paulustrious

                                          Look v handy (sorry) but don't seem to come in small ladies' size for some reason....

                                          1. re: buttertart

                                            Also doubles up as an oyster shucking glove.

                                      2. I have a set of Ove' Gloves that I use for getting things out of my bottom-drawer second oven, when the backs of my hands are in danger of hitting the metal.

                                        But for everyday use, I've never found anything remotely as useful as these very plain sueded leather holders I got at Dean & Deluca many years ago. They don't burn you even if wet, and are flexible enough that I feel in control at all times. The problem with thickly padded mitts or pot holders is that I don't feel as connected to the pan as I'd like to be, and the Ove' Gloves are a little on the unwieldy side.

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                                        1. re: dmd_kc

                                          My Ove glove acquired a rancid oil smell somehow. No matter how often it was washed it didnt go away.

                                          1. re: Paulustrious

                                            I really don't like them either, they do get kind of gnarly after a while, even when washed.

                                        2. I have had great success with a pair of Weber grill gloves I picked up at Home Depot for $5,99 each. They are well padded and insulated,long,washable and for less than 6 bucks, economical to replace.

                                          1. I realize this is an old thread but do any of you like the Orka Silicone gloves? I have two of the 11 inch ones. They are a little unwieldy, but they are great for oven, grill, even reaching into boiling water to grab lobster, crawfish, corn, etc.

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                                            1. re: Dax

                                              I keep a square silicone pot holder around to act as a stubborn jar top opener and impromptu trivet but leave all the hot and heavy lifting to commercial kitchen tongs. Much better than sticking your hand into boiling liquids.... silicone covered or not.

                                              1. re: Dax

                                                I just bought some new mitts at TJ Maxx. they're silicone outside and quilted fabric insider, and they come up quite high on the hands. They're not perfect: a little big in the hands for me and a bit awkward, but they're certainly protective. I've been making no-knead bread so handling heavy iron pots in a 450 degree oven, so they come in handy. The nice thing about silicone is that they're washable.

                                              2. Tucker "Burnguard" makes some nice commercial oven mitts.They offer smaller sizes for home use too.I have a few pairs instock nice quality.
                                                http://www.burnguard.com/products.htm

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                                                1. re: RudysEquipment_Supplies

                                                  Our site carries the Tucker Burnguard ones, they're the best I've ever used. I bought a pair personally before the website existed.. The mitts are about 15 years old now and still work great. Washable is definitely key too.

                                                2. I don't care for mitts-just hot pads- all cotton, no knitting or crochet because of the holes.

                                                  1. I'm partial to the Williams Sonoma mitts. They can be thrown into the wash when dirty. They're also very easy to slip on with one hand. I don't really like pot holders because when I'm in the oven, I'm will end up burning myself!