You’ve probably used oven mitts that were made of padded, quilted cloth that have gotten singed around the edges. They develop thin spots where your fingers get burned whenever you reach into the oven to pull out a hot pan.
These days, oven mitts are being replaced with silicone oven gloves with fingers that can take the heat, clean up well, and store easily.
There are several oven gloves brands to choose from, but we’ve reviewed the 5 best oven gloves on the market for you to choose from. They are the Revolutionary EN407 Standard Gulife Oven Glove, the Makimy Professional Barbeque-Grill-Oven Cooking Gloves, the NON-Slip Grip Silicone Oven Gloves, the Dante Super Oven Gloves, and the OUUO Extreme Heat Resistant Kitchen BBQ Gloves.
Made with P-Aramid and M-Aramid, the fibers used in Kevlar vests and Nomex firefighter equipment, these are oven gloves with fingers designed to hold hot dishes securely while withstanding the heat involved in baking and grilling.
No pot holder can compare to this in ease of use, safety against burns, and sheer ease of clean up and care.
Available in a medium and large size, these professional quality chefs oven gloves use Nomex and Kevlar fibers, just like those used in firefighters’ equipment.
Heavy duty but lightweight, they have excellent heat resistant protection for your hands with good wrist coverage as well.
These are silicone (or rubber) oven gloves with fingers that are so easy to clean- throw them in the dishwasher or simply rinse them off!
Without the Nomex and Kevlar layers they won’t be heat resistant to extremely high temperatures, but they work well for kitchen cooking and basic grilling.
Designed to resemble the original oven glove, these improve on it with two gloves (instead of just one) and the comfort of cotton on the inside. Accompanying the pair is an e-book brimful with 400 recipes for baking, grilling, microwave cooking, and fire pit cooking.
For really high temperature oven gloves, look no farther than the OUUO Extreme Heat Resistant Gloves.
With knitted gloves that are covered with silicone strips for reliable gripping, these are lined on the inside with comfortable, breathable cotton. They are nevertheless priced for the first time user who might need convincing that oven gloves are the way to go.
Here are some questions below that we asked ourselves as we researched oven gloves and which friends have asked us when we told them about our latest kitchen experiment. Whether you’re a first time oven glove buyer or you’ve been using them for some time, you’ve probably had questions like these too.
Why Are These Better Than Other Oven Gloves?
These oven gloves combine safety features like Kevlar and Nomex fibers for strength and heat resistance. The makers didn’t want to sacrifice comfort, so they lined the inside with cotton or cotton and polyester mixes to provide soft layers against the skin.
The designers made each glove reversible so that lefties can bake their dinners just as safely as right handed people.
Finally, they designed the silicone strips on each glove finger to offer secure handling of hot dishes. With high-tech design meeting comfort in a pair of heat resistant oven gloves like these, we were too impressed to really care about other brands.
Most others either had no silicone strips or had no wrist protection at all.
There was even a brand with long wrist cuffs that covered more of the forearm and while we were interested at first, we discovered that these were harder to pull off and put on the way gloves need to be when you’re working in the kitchen.
The 5 we chose simply make handling hot pans much safer and easier than it has ever been.
Do They Really Work Like That?
Many oven glove users are nervous at first about reaching into an oven wearing what appears to be winter driving gloves. It just looks odd to some people.
But once you experience the safety and security of these strong gripping, non-burning oven gloves, you’re convinced. Most oven glove users usually never go back to mitts or pot holders.
What’s This About Kevlar? Isn’t That Used In Police Vests?
The fibers we’re talking about are Nomex and Kevlar. Each are forms of Aramid fibers. The Nomex fiber is called M-Aramid and is hardy yet flexible. It is used in firefighter equipment to resist heat and protect firefighters, so it works well under extreme conditions.
The Kevlar included in these gloves is made of P-Aramid fibers and is five times as strong as steel when measured on an equal basis.
This means durability that will last under the pressure of both oven heat and your Grandmother’s piercing, judgmental gaze.
Are They Clumsy to Use?
Not at all. These oven gloves give you a better grip than old oven mitts or pot holders ever did. You can use each finger to feel your way, which you couldn’t do with mitts. Grip the handles of roasting pans like never before.
Feel the silicone adhere to glass dishes in ways cotton mitts never could. Think of it: combining the glove design with the silicone grips give you great confidence in holding that hot dish of lasagna that you made in your aunt’s 50-year-old casserole dish.
Are Oven Gloves Worth the Investment?
The investment here is in the finest fiber materials used by firefighters and military personnel, designed to fit the average hand and to make baking safer and simpler.
These will last a long time and the pleasure you experience baking without burns (and without dropping slippery dishes) will continue to pay for itself for years to come.
As you will see below, their cost is not that much more than many oven mitts anyway. Pot holders might be useful as trivets, but when compared with the oven glove, they simply can’t compare on far too many levels.
Why Shouldn’t I Just Pick Up a Cheap Pair of Pot Holders?
You can, of course. It’s certainly a cheap price to pay for the opportunity of singeing your fingers and not feeling a secure grip on those hot pans full of boiling food.
Honestly, they’ll do in a pinch. But we get the feeling that oven gloves are replacing them. One day people will wonder how we ever took anything out of the oven with a plain piece of cloth that was designed like a mitten or a washcloth.
And finally, remember how oven mitts get gunky with food on the edges whenever you have to lift a pan and the mitt actually touches the food? Oven gloves will give you a better grip on more ways to hold and lift. They’re just that much cleaner.
For excellent design in heat-resistant oven gloves with fingers, we had to agree that the Revolutionary EN407 Standard Gulife Oven Glove met every need a kitchen or outdoor barbeque enthusiast might have.
The heat resistant and durable blend of Nomex and Kevlar fibers made these gloves the ones you could depend on for a long time. We preferred the inside layer being a mix of 83% cotton and 17% polyester because, in our experience, 100% cotton can become rather damp as it absorbs perspiration.
The non-slip silicone strips seemed better designed to accurately model the whorls of fingertips so that they could provide a better grip on glass dishes and smooth pans.
Their standard size fit can fit more sizes of hands, as well. They cost a little more than the less expensive brands, but we felt they offered the highest quality performance for the lowest price possible, so the Revolutionary EN407 Standard Gulife Oven Glove became our favorite of the best oven gloves on the market today.