Oven Mitts are the unsung heroes of Kitchen equipment. They are largely ignored, until you need them to pull a hot baking dish from the oven, and then they get tossed back into a drawer, until they are called into service again. I rarely even wash mine, despite the fact they get oily or messy with almost every use.
This year, I decided to replace my almost 10-year-old ones and I was delighted to know that there have been some design-led options out there. Here’s what we found:
PROS: I like the elegant simplicity of this mitt. Its linen-look fabric looks easy to clean, and at this price, you can wash them often and replace them yearly.
CONS: The white fabric is chic but prone to staining.
PROS: Who even knew there was such a thing as a luxury oven mitt? This full-grain leather beauty is heat resistant to 464° F and will get softer and more beautiful with use.
CONS: Pricey and also sold as a single mitt.
These mini-mitts are great while working at the stove and don't need glove-length protection. They give you a secure grip and are safer than a potholder or a tea towel!
PROS: Perfect to use while using a wok or cast-iron pan.
CONS: You still need a full-length pair to protect your arms from a hot oven rack.
Silicon mitts provide more heat resistance but can be stiff and hard to use. The best new mitts combine the flexibility of fabric with robust silicone.
PROS: They offer the best of both worlds.
CONS: Some styles can be as clunky as a full silicone glove.
This is the Goldilocks of Oven Mitts: not too stiff, not too soft, and with handy loops to hang them where you need them.
PROS: Great price, great colors, great mitts.
CONS: We can’t think of one!
Ok, not exactly an oven mitt, but we all loved these suede potholders.