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Big Red House oven mitts Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Best Oven Mitts of 2022

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Big Red House oven mitts Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

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Editor's Choice Product image of Food52 Five Two Silicone Oven Mitts
Best Overall

Food52 Five Two Silicone Oven Mitts

Food52 silicone oven mitts are great tools for people who handle hot foods a lot. Read More

Pros

  • Excellent Dexerity
  • Attractive Look
  • Extra-soft interior

Cons

  • Pricey
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Editor's Choice Product image of Big Red House Oven Mitts
Best Cloth Mitts

Big Red House Oven Mitts

These simple looking mitts held up significantly better than others in heat tests. Silicone striping gives them added grip, too. Read More

Pros

  • Simple and attractive look
  • Great protection from heat
  • Silicone striping gives extra grip

Cons

  • Dexterity somewhat impeded
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Product image of OXO Good Grips Silicone Oven Mitt & Pot Holder Set

OXO Good Grips Silicone Oven Mitt & Pot Holder Set

This oven mitt’s perfect for folks with small hands, and it performed well in our lab tests. We just wish it came as a matching pair. Read More

Pros

  • Well-made

Cons

  • Doesn't come in a pair
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Editor's Choice Product image of Homwe Silicone Oven Mitts

Homwe Silicone Oven Mitts

These Homwe mitts are a little too large for our liking, but they’re great for managing heat and holding utensils. Read More

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Shield forearms as well as hands
  • Protect from heat well

Cons

  • Very large in size
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Product image of Grill Armor Gloves - Extra Long Cuff

Grill Armor Gloves - Extra Long Cuff

We found these Grill Armor mitts to be pretty ugly and uncomfortable, ultimately, but they offer great dexterity and suitable heat resistance. Read More

Pros

  • Excellent dexterity

Cons

  • Unattractive
  • Uncomfortable to wear

Whether you’re an occasional baker or experienced chef, your oven mitts are the sole protective layer between your fingertips and a brutally hot pan. Oven mitts fall under the category of unsexy kitchen products but are absolutely essential. Sure, they don’t have the wow factor of a sleek stand mixer, but oven mitts perform an arguably more important function: protecting your hands from painful burns when handling hot Dutch ovens or roasting pans.

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We love the aesthetics of the Food52 silicone oven mitts.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

We love the aesthetics of the Food52 silicone oven mitts.

Best Overall
Food52 Five Two Silicone Oven Mitts

Food52 is an online food community that publishes pro-chef-approved recipes and serves as a marketplace for its own line of gorgeous kitchen appliances, among other cooking and baking ware. These mitts wisely combine the heat-resistance of silicone and wearability of soft fabric, making them extremely comfortable to wear. The interior is soft to the touch and feels like a fleece blanket covering your hands. These mitts are long, which means hands and part of your forearms stay safe during use. In terms of care, they’re washer and dryer-safe.

While we’re confident the high quality will ensure longevity for these mitts, we think they’re a bit too pricey for most consumers.

Pros

  • Excellent Dexerity

  • Attractive Look

  • Extra-soft interior

Cons

  • Pricey

The Big Red House outperformed other oven mitts in both round of testings.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Big Red House outperformed other oven mitts in both round of testings.

Best Cloth Mitts
Big Red House Oven Mitts

Sometimes a product just gets everything right—and the Big Red House mitts get everything right. We would hardly expect a layered cotton mitt to hold its own against silicone and Teflon varieties, but these mitts give enough protection for more than four minutes while holding a baking sheet straight from a 450°F oven. In comparison, some other mitts are only comfortable for just over one minute.

The heat protection is surely the most important thing, but there’s more to like about the Big Red House mitts. They’re nice-looking (simple and classic) and lined with soft, comfortable terry cloth. Silicone striping helps with grip. They don’t dwarf small hands, but they aren’t so small that other people with bigger hands couldn't comfortably wear them. We find it easy to shift a hot oven rack while wearing them, though picking up spoons in gloved hands proves slightly more difficult. Finally, at $13 a pair, they’re an excellent bargain.

Pros

  • Simple and attractive look

  • Great protection from heat

  • Silicone striping gives extra grip

Cons

  • Dexterity somewhat impeded

Product image of OXO Good Grips Silicone Oven Mitt & Pot Holder Set
OXO Good Grips Silicone Oven Mitt & Pot Holder Set

We find this mitt from OXO to be the perfect size, especially for people with small hands. It does well in high heat, and you'll be able to hold a hot tray for up to four minutes without feeling any heat. The soft silicone material give fingers enough room to perform precision tasks, such as grabbing a teaspoon or whisk, without removing the mitt.

The only downside is that the set comes with one mitt and one potholder. For people who often roast or bake in heavy cooking vessels that require both hands to transfer, this set isn’t practical as the pot holder isn’t nearly as effective as the mitt.

Pros

  • Well-made

Cons

  • Doesn't come in a pair

Product image of Homwe Silicone Oven Mitts
Homwe Silicone Oven Mitts

If you’d rather grab a pair of silicone mitts than stick with plain old cotton, Homwe’s offering is probably your best bet. With this mitt you'll able to hold a hot tray for almost a minute before the heat begins to feel painful, and hands are comfortable inside the mitts, which are lined with soft fabric. A downside is that these mitts are very big, but unlike some bulkier mitts, these are thin enough that you'll still able to maintain the necessary control to grab utensils, stir a pot, and take a cookie sheet out of the oven. That said, if you have small or medium-sized hands, you might find the size annoying.

The gloves are especially long, which means they protect your forearms in addition to your hands and wrists, which we think is a nice design choice.

Pros

  • Comfortable

  • Shield forearms as well as hands

  • Protect from heat well

Cons

  • Very large in size

Product image of Grill Armor Gloves - Extra Long Cuff
Grill Armor Gloves - Extra Long Cuff

It seems unfair to lead with something subjective, but it has to be said—these gloves are so very ugly that it’s hard to imagine wanting them in your kitchen. But if you can get past appearances, there are some definite pros to opting for this style of mitt.

The biggest pro is probably dexterity—obviously having your fingers separated allows for control that most mitts lack. We find this is actually detrimental when moving a rack in the oven with one hand, since fingers can easily slip through the gaps between the metal bars. However, so long as both hands are used this won't be much of an issue. And when it comes to using spoons and picking up items, these gloves have clear advantage over most of the mitts out there.

The gloves are also fairly heat-resistant, allowing you to hold a hot tray for more than 30 seconds before having to worry about burns (and let’s be real—why would you need to hold a hot tray for more than 30 seconds?). However, we find them scratchy and uncomfortable to wear, which is a major problem. They fit bigger hands better than more petite hands, but may be a bit of a hassle to take on and off. If you specifically want gloves, these are the ones.

Pros

  • Excellent dexterity

Cons

  • Unattractive

  • Uncomfortable to wear

Product image of Cuisinart Oven Mitts with Non-Slip Silicone Grip
Cuisinart Oven Mitts with Non-Slip Silicone Grip

These mitts protect hands against heat for longer than every other glove we found, apart from the winning Big Red House mitts. Our objections to them are purely design-related. Most of the oven mitts look like oversized mittens, while a few look like gloves. The Cuisinart fits neither category and instead is shaped more like a hand puppet, with your fingers populating the top part of the puppet’s “mouth” and your thumb occupying the bottom. We find this ideal during those times when putting on a puppet show, but less ideal for every other time anyone uses mitts. It’s not that there's a struggle with dexterity, just that the design forces your fingers into a position that doesn’t feel particularly natural or comfortable.

Furthermore, the hanging loops on these mitts are made out of metal, which looks like a nice feature but in reality thumps uncomfortably against your arms when the gloves are in use. Finally, unlike any other mitt in the group, Cuisinart recommends you wash these mitts by hand rather than tossing them in the washing machine. Not a deal-breaker, but definitely an annoyance.

Pros

  • Protect against heat well

Cons

  • Uncomfortable "hand puppet" design

  • Metal hanging loop

  • Hand wash only

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Kori Perten

Kori Perten

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Kori began her journalism career as a teenage fashion blogger and has enjoyed covering a wide variety of topics ever since. In her spare time, she’s an amateur poet, avid reader, and gluten-free cake baker extraordinaire.

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Valerie Li Stack is a senior staff writer for Kitchen & Cooking. She is an experienced home cook with a passion for experimenting with the cuisines of countries she's visited. Driven by an interest in food science, Valerie approaches the culinary scene with a firm grasp of cooking processes and extensive knowledge of ingredients. She believes food speaks to all people regardless of language and cultural background.

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