Handling cast iron and other piping hot food and cookware can be a dangerous ordeal. However, with a proper pair of oven mitts—mitts that can withstand even the hottest of temperatures—you’ll be able to cook like a pro and never burn your fingers or your hand.
In the following article we have reviewed several of the most popular and hottest-selling (pardon the pun) oven mitts on the market today, and highlighted the pros and cons associated with each of these items. We have also compiled an Oven Mitts Buying Guide, in which we will outline the various things you should look for when buying your next set of high-quality oven mitts.
Best oven mitts for the money (2018-2019)
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Ekogrips BBQ Oven Gloves
editor’s pick – Best Versatile Heat Resistant Grill Gloves
With 425 degrees of heat resistance, the supreme quality Ekogrips BBQ Oven Gloves are made entirely of rip-resistant silicone. Their no-slip design makes these gloves very comfortable and versatile to work with, as does the five finger grip and the extra long cuff that provides a greater degree of dexterity. The gloves, which have been featured on many acclaimed cooking shows, come in three sizes—small, medium and large—and the extra-long design helps prevent unnecessary burns to the cook’s wrist.
Users of the Ekogrips BBQ Oven Gloves can reach directly into the oven to retrieve even the hottest cast iron pot or pan; and can even reach directly into boiling water without any worries whatsoever. The gloves are completely waterproof, easy to clean and dishwasher safe, as well as being environmentally safe and completely BPA-free.
- Fully waterproof. The Ekogrips BBQ Oven Gloves are 100 percent waterproof, and can even reach into hot water to retrieve items.
- Easy to store. The oven mitts include handy hanging hooks that make them very accessible and easy to store.
- Great grip. The patented “grip bumps” on the Ekogrips BBQ Oven Gloves enable them to securely grip any surface easily.
- Easy to clean. Because the oven mitts are made of silicone they are very easy to wash and clean.
- Only 425 degrees. Unlike some higher-end oven mitts, with higher heat resistance quotients, the Ekogrips BBQ Oven Gloves are only safe to 425 degrees.
- May tear. A few rare customers have complained about premature rips in their Ekogrips BBQ Oven Gloves.
Cuisinart Silicone Heat-Proof Oven Mitt
The Cuisinart Silicone Heat-Proof Oven Mitt is designed to protect hands when handling hot cookware, bakeware, pots and pans. The outside of the glove is made from 100 percent silicone and the glove offers patented “grip bumps” that allow it to handle any hot item with ease, including cast iron, without the risk of slipping.
The glove, which is heat resistant up to 450 degrees, has a comfortable cotton lining—a feature that makes it very easy to slip on and off. The package includes one oven mitt and is very budget friendly.
- Comfortable. The Cuisinart Silicone Heat-Proof Oven Mitt is very comfortable thanks to the cotton lining inside of the glove, which also makes it easy to slip on and take off.
- Many colors available. Customers who purchase this oven mitt can choose from a variety of colors to match their home décor.
- High heat resistant. The Cuisinart Silicone Heat-Proof Oven Mitt is safe to use on objects up to 450 degrees.
- Only one mitt. Unlike some of the products on our list, which include a “pair” of oven mitts, this product only includes a single mitt.
- Not (as) safe in hot water. Due to the cotton lining and ill-fit, this glove is probably not safe to use in hot water.
Grill Armor 932F Extreme Heat Resistant Oven Gloves
editor’s pick – best value for the money
The Grill Armor Extreme Heat Resistant Oven Gloves offer the highest heat resistance on the market today—up to 932 degrees F. This makes them the perfect solution for cooking, grilling, and baking, even when working with extra-hot cast iron cookware. The gloves are machine washable and easy to clean.
They include a handy hook for easy hanging and storage, ensuring the glove is always there when you need it most. The gloves are insulated by M-Aramid and P- Aramid fabrics, which offer the same protection as Kevlar. This means they will never catch fire, even when used over an open flame. They include a complete no-questions-asked money back guarantee, and consumers will receive a free E-book with their purchase that includes a number of great tips for outdoor grilling.
- Remarkable Heat Resistance. The Grill Armor 932F Extreme Heat Resistant Oven Gloves are safe to use on objects up to an incredible 932 degrees.
- Cannot catch fire. Even when exposed to an open fire, these oven gloves cannot catch on fire. Ever!
- Great grip. The five-fingered Grill Armor 932F Extreme Heat Resistant Oven Gloves have a silicone lining for a great heat-resistant grip.
- Premium priced. There are many great features on the Grill Armor 932F Extreme Heat Resistant Oven Gloves that unfortunately lead to a higher price point.
- Cannot handle too much water exposure. Unlike gloves made exclusively of silicone, these oven gloves cannot be submerged in water for very long periods.
Oven Mitts Buying Guide
Whether you are looking for oven mitts to handle hot cookware right out of the oven, or foil wrapped food set right on top of the coals, you are definitely going to need a high-quality set of oven mitts. In the following Buying Guide we will go over some of the factors and characteristics you should consider before buying these oven mitts, and provide some rationale for each of these considerations.
What to Look for in an Oven Mitt
There are many things to look for when buying an oven mitt. Here are just a few things you will want to consider:
Size is always a concern when buying oven mitts. Oven mitts come in a variety of sizes, from really small to super extra large. When shopping for your next pair of oven mitts, make sure you try them on before leaping ahead with your purchase. Oven mitts that are too tight may be uncomfortable and limit your movement, which could lead to accidents in the kitchen. On the flip side, oven mitts that are too large may fall off when you need them most, leading to burns or even worse.
Top-quality oven mitts come in a variety of materials, but not all of these materials are designed to withstand the searing high heat of cast iron and other hot surfaces. Traditional oven mitts may be made of cotton or a polyester blend, but these only offer moderate protection when dealing with very hot surfaces. Some of the newer oven mitts—considered the elite oven mitts when handling items reaching 400 degrees or more—are usually made from one of two materials: silicone and a Kevlar/Nomex/Aramid blend. Both of these are good for temperatures reaching about 400 degrees, but for temperatures even hotter than this the Kevlar/Nomex/Aramid blend is probably more superior. Kevlar, which is the same material used to make bullet-proof vests, is very strong and extremely heat resistant.
Silicone oven mitts have a better grip due to their makeup. They are also waterproof, provided they don’t have any cotton or soft surface inside the glove.
Some of these silicone and Kevlar blend oven mitts also have a cotton blend on the inside of the glove for comfort, but if you plan to reach into hot water to retrieve items these offer much less protection and are not waterproof.
When shopping for oven mitts, be sure to look at the feature known as “heat resistance.” This number, which may range anywhere from 300 to 500 degrees or more, indicates how the mitts will protect you from temperatures in that range. We recommend buying the highest heat resistance that will also fit into your budget.
The higher-end oven mitts of today are made to last a very long time. Hence, try to avoid any oven mitt that is cheaply made, with less than durable materials and no warranty against any rips or tears in the mitt.
Full-Wrist Oven Mitt
If you are going to invest in a high-quality pair of oven mitts (or just a single oven mitt) you may want to consider buying one that goes all the way up your wrist. These gloves not only protect against burns from long pots and pans coming out of the oven, they also allow you to reach into hot water or into a grill with your hand, thus avoiding clumsy tongs, spatulas and other utensils.
Traditional oven mitts are very awkward on the hand and they typically include no special features that help with gripping pots and pans that are very hot. Today, however, many of the oven mitts being sold are very tacky in nature to help with gripping, or they include little nubs around the outside of the mitt—features that make gripping anything much, much easier. For the best grip, consider a high-quality set of silicone oven gloves.
In terms of both quality and protection, the real choice to make when buying oven mitts to handle cast iron is between the silicone oven mitts and the ones made from a Kevlar/Nomex/Aramid blend. Both of these offer great heat resistance, but the Kevlar/Nomex/Aramid blend tends to be able to handle very hot cast iron a little more comfortably in terms of the heat. Of course, there are some advantages to buying a silicone oven mitt as well, including its super-grippy surface. Additionally, silicone is waterproof, whereas most Kevlar/Nomex/Aramid blend mitts are not.