Whilst cooking can – and should – be a fun and relaxing pursuit, the kitchen is filled with hazardous appliances and making safety a priority is a must. One such appliance is the oven, with its fiery temperatures being a major cause of kitchen burns. The best way to stop any chance of this happening is by investing in a good, heat-resistant pair of oven gloves.
Finding the oven gloves for you will mean deciding what sort of style you want and whether you want fingers or not – and let's not forget about the importance of colour and design. To make sure you get the oven mitts that are going to match your needs, your kitchen and your budget, we've explored the options from top brands on Amazon, John Lewis and more. Moreover, we have partnered with chef Ryan Yen for reviewing and fact-checking the article to deliver you the best information.
Ryan is a trained chef with experience in several restaurants (with various kitchen supplies across the restaurant experience) and hotels.
He also attended le cordon bleu to further his training in cuisine and patisserie and focus on creating simple and delicious dishes. Ryan is now formally working as a chef tutor.
With separate finger compartments, these sorts of gloves will allow you to feel what you're holding more than other options. You can adjust your fingers to make sure you are holding hot trays and dishes with delicate contents properly so that nothing gets dropped.
One of the issues you face with oven gloves of this shape is that they have to be much, much thicker than your standard gloves for cold weather, which might mean that your fingers have to be uncomfortably spread out. They are also much harder to just slip on, and ease is a definite advantage when it comes to oven gloves.
Oven mitts offer a great balance between feeling in control of what you're holding but also being easy to wear. With the space for your thumb, you can use the opposing motion to grab onto anything, although you won't quite get the same level of dexterity that you get with gloves.
The main advantage of mitts is how easy they are to slip on and off. Cooking often means doing numerous things at the same time, and you don't really want to be stirring a pot or grating some cheese with gloves on, so the option of taking them off quickly is a huge bonus.
Pot holders are pads that you slip your hands into. What makes them different from the other options it the lack of a separate space for any of your fingers or thumbs.
Like mittens, pot holders are great when you want to be quick. They are easy to grab and, as the name suggests, they can often double up as coasters or mats to sit hot dishes on. Holding heavy oven dishes securely can be more challenging, though, without the grabbing ability of fingers or thumbs.
Double oven gloves normally refer to the traditional form of two pads that have been attached by a strip of material. This extra material makes them easy to hang up on the oven rail so you'll never wonder where they are. It also keeps them together, so you won't have the frustration of being able to track one down without the other.
They do make it more difficult to put your hands and arms in different configurations depending on what you're handling and they, like pot holders, don't tend to have any separation between fingers and thumbs.
When used in oven gloves, cotton is layered up until it's thick enough that the heat won't come through. Cotton is soft and flexible, making the gloves made from it very comfortable to wear. If you want a pattern on your oven gloves, cotton is the material to go for as designs can be incorporated into the fabric.
Over time, however, cotton gloves will become damaged, discoloured and potentially less proficient at guarding against heat. They also have less grip than those which incorporate plastic.
Another option available is plastic. Silicone is the most frequently-used plastic as it is very flexible, but you might also see polyester and neoprene being used. Plastic materials are more durable than cotton and can withstand more heat.
However, plastic's durability does give it an industrial quality that makes silicone gloves less attractive or comfortable. This is why it's normally combined with cotton to make it feel nicer on your skin.
Handling dish after over-flowing dish of food, it doesn't take too long for oven gloves to start looking well past their best. They will not only pick up bits of food but also germs from around the kitchen, which is why they need regular washes, preferably in a washing machine.
Most gloves don't have many restrictions on how they should be washed – even silicone gloves can be thrown in the machine – but a few products do say that you should hand wash them.
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
Royal Worcester Wrendale Designs
Killer's Instinct Outdoors
Mini Oven Mitts
Silicone Oven Gloves
Cotton Double Oven Glove
Cotton and Silicone Everyday Oven Mitts
Kitchen Oven Mitt
Foraging Fox Double Oven Glove
Double Oven Glove
Long Sleeve Heat Resistant Gloves
Extra Long Silicone Oven Mitt
Traditional Mitts With Protective Silicone Pads
A Great Size for Those With Small Hands
Waterproof Gloves for Handling Hot Liquids
Double Gloves With Extra Thick Protection
Pot Holders With Improved Silicone Grip
4 Layers of Cotton Quilting to Defend Against Heat
Reinforced Double Gloves With a Fun Pattern
Attractive Oven Gloves With Charming Woodland Animals
A Good Option for Keen Barbecue Cooks
Grippy Gloves to Prevent Accidental Slips
|Style||Mitt||Mitt||Glove||Attached pads||Pot holder||Mitt||Attached pads||Attached pads||Glove||Mitt|
|Material(s)||Cotton, silicone||Cotton, neoprene||Silicone, cotton||Cotton||Cotton||Cotton, nylon||Cotton, polyester||Cotton||Cotton||Silicone, cotton|
|Care||Machine wash at 30°C||Machine wash||Machine wash||Machine wash||Machine wash||Machine wash||Machine wash||Machine wash||Hand wash only||Machine wash|
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Care||Machine wash at 30°C|
|Care||Hand wash only|
Written and researched by Emma Cramp
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Our ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
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