The Best Oven Mitts and Pot Holders

The Best Oven Mitts and Pot Holders

Our pick

Homwe Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitt

Homwe Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitt

The best oven mitt

In addition to being heat-proof, the silicone exterior of this oven mitt is grippy, easy to maneuver, and water resistant, while the polyester-cotton lining adds extra protection and comfort.

Buying Options

$17* from Amazon
(set of two)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $13.

At 15 inches in length, the Homwe Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitt is long enough to protect your forearms from a hot oven or sheet pan. It’s easier to maneuver than others we tested, and we were able to comfortably lift a hot, heavy cast-iron skillet or remove an unwieldy roasting pan from the oven without getting burned. The Homwe mitt is easy to clean, and we appreciated the comfortable fabric lining.

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Five Two Silicone Oven Mitts

Five Two Silicone Oven Mitts

A thick, attractive mitt

Although these terry-lined silicone mitts are a little pricey, they’re the best-looking option we’ve found for mitts that offer good coverage.

Buying Options

$40* from Food52

*At the time of publishing, the price was $0.

If you’re looking for more attractive mitts to hang in your kitchen, the Five Two Silicone Oven Mitts offer the best combination of good looks and good coverage that we’ve found. While similar in design to the Homwe mitts, they have a simpler look and come in four stylish, muted colors. Aside from their form, they also function better in certain ways: They allowed us to hold hot items for longer, and they offer better forearm protection than the Homwe mitts, with a slit in the cuff that sits on the underside of your arm rather than on the top. And magnets in the cuffs allow you to stick them on the fridge or keep them together more easily. The Five Two mitts do lack some of the dexterity of the Homwe mitts due to their shorter thumb. However, these mitts still work better than most for day-to-day tasks if style is your priority.

Our pick

OXO Good Grips Silicone Pot Holder

OXO Good Grips Silicone Pot Holder

The best pot holder

This pot holder has a silicone exterior that provides better heat protection than plain terry-cloth pot holders.

Buying Options

$10 from Amazon
(single)
$10 from The Container Store

For extra heat protection from a pot holder, we like the OXO Good Grips Silicone Pot Holder. It is more expensive than some terry-cloth models, but it was able to protect our hands the longest of any pot holder we tested—roughly on a par with the Homwe mitt. It has a pocket for your hand to keep it secure, and its silicone side is grippy and waterproof. It’s also larger than others we tested, which gives you more coverage, although it can also be a little harder to manipulate around a pot lid.

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Grill Armor Extreme Heat Resistant Oven Gloves

Grill Armor Extreme Heat Resistant Oven Gloves

A glove-style mitt

These gloves offer more dexterity than a mitt or a pot holder, but they’re less heat-proof.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon
(set of two)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $28.

We like that the Grill Armor Extreme Heat-Resistant Oven Gloves give you more control than our other picks when moving hot pans or grilling. Though they’re reasonably protective, they aren’t as heat resistant as our other picks, so you’ll need to make sure you’re not left holding a hot pan with nowhere to put it when you use these. They’re also quite large, so those with smaller hands may find them clunky.

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Our pick

Homwe Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitt

Homwe Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitt

The best oven mitt

In addition to being heat-proof, the silicone exterior of this oven mitt is grippy, easy to maneuver, and water resistant, while the polyester-cotton lining adds extra protection and comfort.

Buying Options

$17* from Amazon
(set of two)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $13.

Upgrade pick

Five Two Silicone Oven Mitts

Five Two Silicone Oven Mitts

A thick, attractive mitt

Although these terry-lined silicone mitts are a little pricey, they’re the best-looking option we’ve found for mitts that offer good coverage.

Buying Options

$40* from Food52

*At the time of publishing, the price was $0.

Our pick

OXO Good Grips Silicone Pot Holder

OXO Good Grips Silicone Pot Holder

The best pot holder

This pot holder has a silicone exterior that provides better heat protection than plain terry-cloth pot holders.

Buying Options

$10 from Amazon
(single)
$10 from The Container Store

Also great

Grill Armor Extreme Heat Resistant Oven Gloves

Grill Armor Extreme Heat Resistant Oven Gloves

A glove-style mitt

These gloves offer more dexterity than a mitt or a pot holder, but they’re less heat-proof.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon
(set of two)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $28.

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