Nobody wants to suffer from accidental burns when dealing with hot items in the kitchen. This is where the all-important oven mitt comes to the rescue, as they are an essential piece of equipment to reduce the risk of burns and accidents in the kitchen.

After extensive research, the HOMWE Silicone Oven Mitts are our top choice. Not only do they keep you protected from temperatures up to 450°F, but their silicone construction is incredibly flexible while also offering fantastic grip. Looking for more recommendations, though? Read our in-depth reviews and buying guide to find the perfect oven mitt for you.

  • Silicone outer material
  • Heat protection up to 450°F
  • Quilted cotton lining
  • Wrist protection
  • Non-slip grip
  • Quick and easy to put on

  • Glove-style design
  • Silicone outer material
  • Heat protection up to 932 °F
  • Cut-resistant
  • Long enough to protect wrists
  • Non-slip textured palm

  • Polyester outer
  • Heat protection up to 450°F
  • Soft cotton lining
  • Hanging hook
  • Anti-slip grip
  • Compact and lightweight


These silicone oven mitts by HOMWE are our top pick. Their heavy-duty silicone construction makes them ideal for protecting your hands from temperatures up to 450 °F while remaining comfortable and highly flexible. This is essential to allow you to easily remove hot items with ease.

The mitt form is easy to put on, even when you’re rushing to save a forgotten meal. For added comfort and protection, these silicone mitts feature a quilted cotton lining that pad out the form to make it easier to hold hot trays and handles. Available in an extra-long format, these mitts will provide you with added wrist protection to ensure that you can reach right inside your oven without worrying about accidentally burning your wrists on your oven shelves.

While we highly-rate these flexible, durable silicone oven gloves, they can be rather large if you have small hands. The padding could be more substantial, although this would detract somewhat from their excellent flexibility. As these mitts are not ergonomically shaped, their flexibility is essential to be able to correctly grip your hot cookware without burning yourself or dropping it. Therefore, thanks to their non-slip grip, easy-to-put-on mitt design, and solid heat-resistant performance, these oven mitts are our favorite choice.

Pros

  • Great level of heat resistance
  • Non-slip grip reduces risk of drops and spills
  • Heavy-duty silicone construction is highly-durable
  • Flexible material doesn’t restrict movement
  • Comfortable quilted cotton lining
  • Extra-long design protects wrists

Cons

  • Not ergonomically shaped
  • Padding could be thicker
  • Large fit

If you are looking for a glove-style oven mitt then we recommend checking out this high-performance version by Semboh. Heat-resistant up to 932° Fahrenheit, these gloves are also cut resistant, making them great for wearing during various food preparation tasks, as well as when removing hot trays, pans and pots or even when BBQing. Featuring a three-layer construction, this superior model has been designed for excellent all-round heat protection.

The first layer consists of non-toxic, anti-slip silicone, to ensure that you won’t drop your hot cookware. The second uses a special, ultra-high strength Deyan aramid fiber that is specifically woven to provide superior heat, cut, and alkali resistance. Thirdly, the polyester cotton layer provides comfort for your hand and a double protective layer – so whether you’re dealing with sharp, angular metal trays or pan handles, your hands won’t suffer.

These gloves come in three sizes but tend to fit rather small. So if you have particularly large hands, you may struggle to find a good fit. They’re also a little bulky, which somewhat reduces their maneuverability. Furthermore, while this model offers excellent all-round protection, as it’s a glove style, it does take a little while to put on. This makes them less suitable for quickly grabbing to get stuff out of the oven in a hurry.

Regardless, these oven gloves benefit from an extended wrist guards for extra protection when reaching into your hot oven, BBQing or when dealing with hot liquids and fats that can splatter. So, if you often find yourself burning your wrists when cooking, these silicon gloves could make the ideal choice.

Pros

  • Resistant to temperatures up to 932°F
  • Three-layer construction combines comfort and protection
  • Anti-slip texture improves grip
  • Extended length defends wrists from burns
  • Tough material is resistant to cuts

Cons

  • Sizes are smaller than expected
  • Take a while to put on
  • Fairly bulky


If you dislike the feel of silicone gloves, or prefer to keep things traditional, these stylish mini oven mitts by Cuisinart are our best fabric choice. Ideal for if you have your hands full and need a mitt that’s easy to grab and put on quickly, these compact and convenient mini oven mitts are heat resistant up to 450 °F. Their compact size means they will fit in any small storage spaces such as drawers, so you can always have them to hand. Thanks to their loops and good looks, you can also hang them up in your kitchen where they’ll be within easy reach as well as providing a decorative touch.

With their soft cotton lining and padding, these protective mitts are also comfortable to use, helping your hands to hold hot, angular handles and trays with ease. The non-slip grips on the palm side ensure that you will be able to carry, lift and slide hot cookware without worrying about dropping it.

On the downside, these mini mitts are rather small, so you may have difficulty getting them on if you have larger hands. In addition,  they do not provide any wrist protection. This means that if you are reaching deep into a hot oven, you may risk exposing your wrists to burns. If, though, you’re looking for a pair of cute oven mitts that are quick and easy to put on for light use, then these would make an excellent choice when possible combined with a more heavy duty pair for more heat-intensive tasks.

Pros

  • Great level of heat resistance
  • Comfortable soft cotton lining
  • Non-slip grip prevents accidents
  • Quick and easy to put on
  • Compact size is convenient for storage

Cons

  • No wrist protection
  • May not fit larger hands

Comparison Chart

HOMWE Silicone Oven MittsSemboh Oven GlovesCuisinart Mini Oven Mitts
Dimensions (in)16.5 x 10.6 x 314.1 x 6.9 x 1.911 x 5.2 x 3
Heat Protection Level<450°F<932°F<450°F
StyleMittGloveMitt
Wrist ProtectionX
Outer MaterialSiliconeSiliconePolyester
Anti-Slip
Hanging LoopXX

Buyer’s Guide:

Oven Mitts

Size & Style

Your mitts will need to be a decent size to protect your entire hand, and preferably also your wrists, from burns. Some oven mitts are extra-long; however, in any case, we advise quickly checking the provided dimensions to give you an idea of how much of your hand they will actually cover. In addition, bear in mind that some mitts (such as the Cuisinart Oven Mitts) may be more of a pocket style, offering more protection than an oven pad, but less than a glove. Some styles will also have a non-slip grip for extra safety, so this is another thing to consider before you buy.

Level of Heat Protection

Most oven mitts will list their level of heat-resistance by temperature, making it easy to compare performance. Most ovens won’t get any hotter than 500° Fahrenheit, but BBQs may reach temperatures up to 700° Fahrenheit. Therefore, if you’re looking for a highly versatile oven mitt that you can also use when BBQing, then models with higher heat resistance, such as the Semboh gloves, will be a much better choice.

Material

Your level of heat protection will depend upon the construction material. If possible, opt for a model that uses layers of different materials to ensure that you will receive full protection as well as comfort.

If you’re looking for very high levels of heat protection, silicone oven mitts are the best choice. Some models can resist temperatures of more than 900° Fahrenheit, but some people may find the feel of silicone mitts unpleasant. Some more cutting edge models (like our top pick), though, have a silicone outer combined with a quilted cotton lining for added comfort. Fabric mitts, meanwhile are suitable for use with standard oven temperatures of around 400-450° Fahrenheit and may be preferred by those who like to keep things traditional.

Easy to Clean

With frequent use, oven gloves quickly become stained and unattractive. The outer construction of silicone models can simply be wiped clean for minor splashes and spills, but some, like the HOMWE Silicone Oven Mitts and Semboh Oven Gloves can also be washed in the dishwasher or washing machine. Fabric models will not wipe clean as easily as silicone models; therefore, they will need to be machine or hand washed more frequently.

  • How long should my oven mitt last?
  • The lifespan of your new oven mitt is subject to several factors: their construction material, how often you use them, and the level of heat to which you expose them. If you regularly use your oven or use your mitt when BBQing, then around a one-year lifespan would be a reasonable estimate. This depends, however, upon the quality of the product. Silicone oven mitts (like our top pick) are much more durable than fabric options and can last for many years. 

  • Are oven mitts fire-resistant?
  • Our recommended oven mitts are fire-resistant, but this doesn’t mean that they will provide the same high performance as expensive, professional firefighters’ gloves. It should be noted that ‘fire-resistant’ does not mean ‘fire-proof’.

    Even if your oven mitts are advertised as being flame-retardant, you should always try to avoid putting them directly in contact with flames for more than a few seconds. Your oven mitts may have passed a burning test and the manufacturer may list how long they last; however, oven mitts are only designed to be used to move hot items for very short periods of time.

Final Thoughts 

We chose these three different oven mitts based upon their exceptional performance. We were also careful to select three different style models that we feel cover the different needs that you may have. On the whole, the HOMWE Silicone Oven Mitts are our clear favorite. Their superior grip, full wrist protection and flexibility make them by far the easiest to use, offering the most complete level of protection thanks to their extra long design.

That said, if you are looking for the best glove style oven mitts, then the Semboh oven gloves could be your perfect match. Bear in mind that they do take more time to put on though. Lastly, as a no-frills, basic choice, the mini Cuisinart mitts would be great as a spare pair of oven mitts in any kitchen. They’re stylish and provide a decent level of protection while being quick and easy to put on.

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