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Almost everyone who likes to work in the kitchen has had the experience of getting burnt. In order to remedy this painful occurrence, it is advantageous to use oven mitts. Unlike oven mitts, these protect the entire hand, including the back of the hand, and the wrist. Potholders are available in a wide variety of colours and materials.

On the market you can find oven gloves made of silicone, but also oven gloves made of cotton or other materials. In addition, there are many instructions on how to sew or crochet oven mitts yourself. In our product comparison, we compared oven mitts made of different materials and price ranges and defined important purchase criteria.




Summary

  • Oven mitts are important companions in every kitchen. They protect you from burns caused by hot trays or pans, as well as from hot steam or oven racks.
  • Important purchase criteria for oven mitts are material, heat resistance, area of application, cleaning, slip resistance and size.
  • Oven mitts come in different price ranges and sizes, with a universal size usually being sold.

The Best Oven Mitts: Our Picks

Oven Mitts: Buying and rating criteria

In order to find the perfect oven gloves for you, we have worked out some buying criteria that you should consider when buying. These criteria should make it easier to compare individual gloves so that you can make an objective and informed choice. The criteria you can use to compare oven mitts include:

The following is a closer look at all the buying criteria for oven mitts.

Material

When choosing the material, you should consider what you like to wear on your skin. There are different types of oven mitts, so it's best to consider what other materials you wear. You should also consider how long you will wear the gloves on average, as some products are more breathable than others.

Heat resistance

What will you mainly use the oven gloves for? Consider how hot your pots and pans are on average to make sure there is enough protection. If in doubt, choose the version with a higher heat resistance.

Area of application

Here, too, it is important to clarify in advance what the oven gloves will be used for. Will you mainly use them for baking or grilling? You will often find a precise list in the product descriptions for which activities the gloves are suitable.

Cleaning

If it is important to you that you can put the oven mitts in the washing machine, you should pay close attention to whether this is possible when buying them. Many items recommend cleaning with water, but if the gloves are machine washable, this is usually stated in the product description.

Slip resistance

This point should be of high importance, otherwise serious injuries can happen. Especially with cotton oven gloves, you should read carefully whether the product is slip-resistant. Depending on the area of application, slip resistance may be less important.

Size

Especially if you have large hands, you should pay attention to the size of the oven gloves, otherwise the heat protection will be limited. Most product descriptions indicate the size of the gloves. If in doubt, measure your hands to make sure that the oven gloves really fit.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about oven mitts answered in detail:

In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions on the subject of oven gloves.

Who are oven mitts suitable for?

Oven gloves are suitable for anyone who likes to stand in the kitchen or at the barbecue. Even when cooking with children, the use of oven gloves is highly recommended.

With oven gloves you can attack hot objects in the kitchen and stay protected. (Image source: 123rf / anmbph)

They protect you from severe burns and also provide a strong grip so that no vessel slips out of your hands.

What types of oven mitts are there?

The outside of oven gloves is usually made of cotton or silicone. Often there are also gloves that are mostly made of cotton, but have a silicone embossing to be non-slip. For special preferences, there are oven mitts with funny patterns and different colours.

How much do oven mitts cost?

The price depends mainly on the heat resistance and the materials used. The following table should give you an overview:

Price range Available products
Low-priced (5 - 15 €) mostly cotton, not so high heat resistance
Medium-priced (15 -20 €) made of silicone or cotton, more elaborate design
High-priced (20 € and more) made of silicone, high heat resistance

Depending on what you want to attack with the oven gloves, you should enquire carefully here and not directly choose the cheapest offer at the expense of your safety.

What materials are oven mitts made of?

Most oven gloves are made of cotton or silicone. Often there is a mixture of the two materials. The inner lining is usually made of cotton and/or polyester.

Conclusion

Oven gloves are an important accessory in the kitchen to prevent injuries from burns. Important points when buying oven gloves are the material, the heat resistance, the application area, the cleaning, the slip resistance and the size. In terms of price, there is something to be found in every segment.

Depending on the buyer's wishes and specified purchase criteria, oven mitts can be bought for as little as €10. Prices rise with increasing heat resistance and higher quality materials. In any case, consider the activities for which you want to use the oven gloves.

Photo source: Olga Yastremska / 123rf

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