Professional chefs usually grab a kitchen towel to transfer hot dishes around the kitchen. You can do the same but all too often, handling hot pots and pans in your kitchen can lead to burns. Protective gear such as oven mitts and pot holders are a safer way of cooking and moving those hot pots and pans. Nowadays, these utensils are sleek,modern and comfortable, and most importantly are heat resistant and keep you free from unpleasant burns.
List of best oven mitts and pot holders
- Best Overall Oven Mitts – Homwe Extra-Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitt
- Best overall pot holders – KitchenAid Asteroid Cotton Pot Holders with Silicone Grip
- Best oven gloves – Ove Glove Hot Surface Handler Oven Mitt Glove
- Best silicone set – OXO Good Grips Silicone Oven Mitt & Pot Holder Set
- Best cotton set – IXO 6Pcs Oven Mitts and Pot Holders, 500℉ Heat Resistant
- Best budget – Extra Long Silicone Oven Mitts and Pot Holders Sets,
Things to consider before buying
Pot holders vs oven mitts
It all depends how much protection is needed when cooking and personal preference. The use of a pot holder is like using a kitchen towel, but with better heat resistance. Pot holders might have a pocket to enable easier grip, and these usually fit in the palm of your hand.
In our opinion oven mitts are the safer option but should be the right size for your hands to make it easy to carry pots and pans. They usually also cover your wrists for optimal protection when reaching in the oven. A good option is to have both, meaning you are covered for any situation.
Years ago, pot holders were crocheted and more decorative instead of being functional. Nowadays, they still exist in the traditional cotton with a thick layer of cloth, but are now cotton and silicon lined for extra protection and are a popular choice. Cotton or silicone, both materials are good as long as you keep them dry. Wet or damp pot holders and oven mitts are less heat resistant. Ensure oven mitts should be the right size for your hands so it is easy to move pots and pans.
Most oven mitts and pot holders are machine washable, but it is important to take good care when it comes to drying them. Machine drying might shrink if they have cotton components
Overview of best oven mitts and pot holders
Best Overall Oven Mitts – Homwe Extra-Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitt
These extra-long oven mitts score well on all levels. The modern design incorporates silicone and is available in 9 colours. Although silicone can sometimes feel bulky and difficult to grip, these mitts are quite thin and flexible. The patterned surface increases the grip. They are stain-resistant and easy to clean with warm water and soap or in the washing machine.
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Best overall pot holders – KitchenAid Asteroid Cotton Pot Holders with Silicone Grip
This set of two pot holders is made from heat-resistant cotton with pockets and silicone print grips to secure better handling of hot pots and pans. For those who love KitchenAid equipment and tools, these pot holders are available in all the colours from the KitchenAid range and will fit your kitchen colour palette. They are machine washable for easy care.
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Best oven gloves – Ove Glove Hot Surface Handler Oven Mitt Glove
It fits like a regular glove! This oven mitt might not be the most modern looking of designs, but it is made with full finger mobility and can be used for the left or the right hand. The hot surface glove is made with a silicone non-slip grip. The protective material withstands machine washing.
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Best silicone set – OXO Good Grips Silicone Oven Mitt & Pot Holder Set
This set is the perfect solution if you can’t decide whether to buy oven mitts or pot holders. The silicone pot holder doubles as a trivet. The flexible, non-slip diamond pattern is flame, stain and steam resistant, and the backside pocket fits one hand for a secure grip. The oven mitts have a long arm to protect the forearms. They are machine washable but just rinsing or wiping them with a damp cloth is an option. These are available in seven modern, warm colours.
Best cotton set – IXO 6Pcs Oven Mitts and Pot Holders
Talk about value for money! This set consists of six pieces including two oven mitts, two pot holders, and two kitchen towels. The thick oven mitts are heat resistant with soft quilted cotton lining. They are available for right or left handed users with enough protection for the forearms.
Although there is an anti-slip silicone cover on the surface, they are machine washable and dryer safe.
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This all in one silicone set comes with a pair of oven mitts and a pair of potholders and hot pads. The extra-long oven mitts safeguard hands and forearms from hot cookware. The pot holders can be used as trivets to protect kitchen counters and the mini pinch mitts for instant gripping. All are durable, non-toxic, heat-resistant, stain-resistant, and waterproof. They are machine washable and dryable. Great quality for an affordable price.