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Jun 30, 2009 11:28 AM

Oven mitts?

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....

          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!


            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.


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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:


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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.


                  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).