The 11 Best Oven Mitts for All of Your Culinary Needs
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you've probably earned your fair share of burns. A splash of hot oil on your wrist, brushing your arm against the oven door as you reach in to grab your food, accidentally grabbing a pan when it hasn't quite cooled off— it all happens more often than we'd care to admit. Having the right protective gear can help minimize them, and that's where these oven mitts come in.
Some cooks like using pot holders, while others reach for kitchen towels or even trivets to grab hot dishes. But if you're on Team Oven Mitt, we've gathered 11 options below that feature both mitts and gloves, with a few picks included from our editors.
The Best Oven Mitts
- Best Overall: Food52 Five Two Oven Mitt Set
- Editor's Pick: Oxo Good Grips Silicone Oven Mitt
- Best on Amazon: Gorilla Grip Heat Resistant Silicone Oven Mitts
- Best for Grilling: Williams Sonoma Pit Grilling Mitt
- Best Coverage: All-Clad Textiles Silicone Oven Mitt
- Best for Baking: Williams Sonoma Ultimate Oven Mitt
- Best for Large Hands: Homwe Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitt
- Best with Fingers: The Ove Glove
- Best Space-Saving: Axe Sickle Pinch Mitts
- Best Grip: Geekhom Grilling Gloves
- Best for High Heat: Grill Armor Oven Gloves
How to Pick the Right Oven Mitts
The primary purpose of oven mitts is to protect your hands while handling hot objects in the kitchen, so pay attention to the material(s) they're made of and their heat-resistance level, if noted. Some of the mitts in this roundup are resistant to temperatures around 400 degrees Fahrenheit, while others are even heat-resistant to temperatures up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Additional protective factors to keep in mind include the thickness of the mitt, as well as the length, so your hands (and forearms) are covered to your comfort level. A sturdy grip is also essential, so you don't drop whatever you're carrying.
Your oven mitts will probably endure a lot of messes as you cook, whether it's drops of spilled stew or grease from a pan, so being machine-washable and dryer-friendly is incredibly helpful. And if you're planning on keeping them displayed, you'll want to consider design and color too. Keep reading for our favorite picks.
Best Overall: Food52 Five Two Oven Mitt Set
Food52's Five Two oven mitts and pot holders scored a 4.3-star rating from 179 customer reviews. The interiors are made from cotton terry, while the exterior is made from cotton twill and platinum-grade silicone—the latter is heat-safe up to 650 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can feel confident pulling hot pots, pans, and cookie sheets out of the oven. Another helpful feature? Both the mitts and the potholders come with loops and magnets for easy hanging. The mitts are 15 inches long and seven inches across at their widest point. There are five colors to choose from—blueberry (pictured), paprika, maple, peppercorn, and rhubarb—and you can opt to buy the oven mitts as a set separately ($40) or grab them in a larger set with the potholders ($60).
"These are thick and give great protection; they're very high quality," one reviewer wrote. "The magnet in the potholders is a nice touch and the silicone keeps you from slipping. I'm really happy with this purchase."
To buy: Food52 Five Two Oven Mitt Set, $40 at food52.com
Editor's Pick: Oxo Good Grips Silicone Oven Mitt
Oxo's silicone oven mitts are 13 inches long, "flame-, stain-, and steam-resistant," per the product description, and a favorite of Food & Wine senior editor Kat Kinsman.
"I'm a simple woman with simple needs and one of them is this: not burning the crap out of my hands," she shared. "And yet over the years, it has happened more times than I care to count, despite my wearing what I assumed was a sufficient prophylactic device. You had one job, mitt! But the Oxo Silicone Oven Mitt has never failed me. It's roomy, sturdy, extra-buffered by a sheath of nubbled silicone at high-contact points for extra protection, sports a handy little loop so it may dangle from wherever you need it to do so, and comes in a delightful array of colors to complement your kitchen decor and/or aura. Now that's hot stuff."
Best on Amazon: Gorilla Grip Heat Resistant Silicone Oven Mitts
Topping Amazon's best-sellers list with an impressive 4.8-star average rating and nearly 1,000 perfect customer reviews, these popular oven mitts are made with a slip-resistant and flexible silicone that helps you get the perfect grip on your sheet pans, cast iron skillet handle, Dutch oven lid, and more. In fact, they're also a tried-and-true favorite of F&W editors for their versatility. Their honeycomb pattern enhances its hold and their waterproof exterior keeps you safe from hot liquid seeping through and is resistant to stains. The cotton-lined set measures 12.5 inches long to cover your forearm and offer maximum protection from 484 degrees Fahrenheit.
"I've always been leery (since being burned in the past) of getting my fingers too close to something hot," an Amazon shopper explained. "Now, however, I can be a boss in the kitchen with the oven, or anything hot. These gloves are comfortable, very resistant to heat, and have a fantastic grip to them as well."
To buy: Gorilla Grip Heat Resistant Silicone Oven Mitts, from $10 at amazon.com
Best for Grilling: Williams Sonoma Pit Grilling Mitt
Okay, so it's not technically an oven mitt, per se, but this mitt comes in handy for grilling. It's heat-resistant up to 475 degrees Fahrenheit, made with an aramid fiber exterior (Williams-Sonoma describes the aramid fibers as "superbly heat-resistant") and cotton lining. Each mitt is 13 inches long and 6.25 inches wide—as a bonus, they're reversible, so both right-handed and left-handed cooks can use them. The glove style adds extra dexterity when dealing with smokers and handling large cuts of meat over an open flame. Hand-wash them to clean.
"The gloves are not bulky, they protect you from the heat of [the] grill—and I have even used them indoors for removing hot and awkward pans from a hot oven," one Williams Sonoma customer said. Another added, "Been trying to find a mitt that not only works for protecting your hand, but gives you full dexterity of your fingers, and this mitt meets both."
To buy: Williams Sonoma Pit Grilling Mitt, $40 at williams-sonoma.com
Best Coverage: All-Clad Textiles Silicone Oven Mitt
All-Clad's oven mitts received a 4.7-star rating from Amazon shoppers for their durability, impressive heat resistance, sturdy grip, and extra-long design. They're 14 inches long and 7 inches wide, which one reviewer said "makes it easier to take large dishes out of the oven without getting burned" and another noted they "take care of that extra length when you have to reach way into the oven." This top-rated pick protects you from up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, is made of cotton with a stain-resistant silicone-treated front and back, is machine washable, and comfortable enough for left-handed and right-handed cooks to use.
"Superb protection," an Amazon customer titled their review. "I was able to remove the grates off of a hot grill, as well remove a casserole dish from the oven without feeling the slightest bit of heat. I even had to hold the casserole dish for a couple [of] minutes because I had forgotten to clean a spot for it."
Best for Baking: Williams Sonoma Ultimate Oven Mitt
Perfect for any baking task, Williams-Sonoma's Ultimate Oven Mitts are heat-resistant up to 650 degrees Fahrenheit and are 15 inches long and seven inches wide—which keeps your forearms safe when you're reaching in deep to pick up heavy breads, loaves, and cakes at scorching temperatures. They're made from 100 percent cotton and "dipped in textured silicone from the wrist down," which the brand promises to provide traction and "protective insulation." On the inside, they're lined with poly-fleece, and there's also a grommet so you can hang them up. Cleaning-wise, you can machine-wash them on cold (Williams-Sonoma recommends doing so inside-out with like colors), and tumble-drying them on low inside-out as well, taking them out "promptly" when done.
"The silicone hand allows for extra grip when pulling hot items out of the oven," a reviewer explained. "For someone who loves to bake, my mitts tend to get dirty and this is easy to wipe clean. The extended length in the arm is fabulous, just enough added protection for larger items and the soft insulation adds for extra comfort."
To buy: Williams Sonoma Ultimate Oven Mitt, $20 for one at williams-sonoma.com
Best for Large Hands: Homwe Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitt
Homwe's fan-favorite oven mitts have earned an impressive 4.8-star rating and more than 5,000 perfect reviews from Amazon shoppers. They're available in two sizes, with its 14.7-inch style earning praise from home cooks with large hands. The machine-washable mitts are heat-resistant up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, steam-resistant, and made from an "entirely waterproof" silicone, according to the brand. Helpful features include a quilted cotton lining and a textured palm for a better grip.
"Used them pulling a cast iron pan out of a 450-degree oven and I couldn't even tell anything was hot. Unlike some others I've had, there are no unprotected areas on these mitts. And since the ones I got have the extra-long cuff, they'll be great on the BBQ when reaching to turn over stuff in the back," one reviewer shared, adding, "I would recommend this product if your hands are medium to extra-large [sized] but [they're] maybe not the best for very petite hands."
To buy: Homwe Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitt, $17 (originally 20) at amazon.com
Best with Fingers: The Ove Glove
Fans of dexterity-fostering oven mitts will enjoy the comfortable five-finger design of The Ove Glove. They're made from the "tough heat and flame resistant material used by firefighters," according to the brand, with the outer layer made from 100 percent aramid fiber and the inner layer made of 100 percent cotton elastic. They also have a non-slip silicone grip designed to withstand temperatures up to 540 degrees Fahrenheit. Note that these are among the shortest in length out of the bunch, ringing in at 11 inches long and six inches wide. So if you'd prefer more forearm coverage, consider opting for some of the 13- or 14-inch-plus options on the list.
"This is much safer and easier to use than a potholder when taking hot pans out of an oven," noted one Amazon customer. "Plus, there is more dexterity with these than with a typical oven mitt and I have not yet encountered any 'thin' spots like with oven mitts. I now use only Ove Gloves for handling hot items from the oven."
Best Space-Saving: Axe Sickle Pinch Mitts
These silicone pinch mitts are ideal for kitchens with limited storage space. They're heat-resistant up to 428 degrees Fahrenheit, made of food-grade silicone, and can be washed by hand or in the washing machine. Unlike traditional oven mitts, the Axe Sickle Pinch Mitts only cover your fingers rather than your entire hand and wrist, which makes them better suited for small, low-risk kitchen tasks. For example, senior editor Margaret Eby likes to use them specifically to handle the inner pot in the Instant Pot (e.g., taking it out to drain beans), noting that they have a good grip.
"These are great," an Amazon shopper exclaimed. "[They] protect your hands from the hot pan and they only cover the tips of your fingers, perfect for grabbing those hot pans out of the oven." Another shared, "I haven't had any problems at all using them to take containers out of the microwave—no drops, no burns, no mess. I couldn't be happier with them!"
To buy: Axe Sickle Pinch Mitts, $7 at amazon.com
Best Grip: Geekhom Grilling Gloves
Say hello to Amazon's best-selling protective grilling mitts, which have racked up more than 9,700 five-star ratings from reviewers. Their textured silicone exterior combined with their five-finger design gives them an unparalleled grip that home cooks love. Beyond their firm hold, these dual-layered oven mitts are heat resistant up to 446 degrees Fahrenheit, waterproof, and moisture-wicking thanks to their breathable cotton lining. Their extra-long coverage protects your wrists and arms from burns at the grill, oven, and stove.
"These may be the best oven gloves I've found," a shopper wrote, noting that they're the "best completely-waterproof gloves" they've tried. "These gloves have the best of both worlds, as long as they fit you right. They have a proper glove versus mitten grip, the silicone is flexible enough that you can actually feel through it, and the textured surface grips well; but being silicone instead of woven, any hot liquids you spill on them will just run right off without soaking through them."
To buy: Geekhom Grilling Gloves, $14 at amazon.com
Best for High Heat: Grill Armor Oven Gloves
With extreme heat resistance of up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit, the Grill Armor Oven Gloves are your best bet for brutally hot kitchen and grill tasks. Insulated with flame-resistant materials, the EN407-certified pick delivers impressive thermal protection and durability but is still lightweight and flexible enough to ensure you have full dexterity. Plus, their five-finger flex combined with silicone grips give you a secure and comfortable hold on your cookware and utensils—even ruthless conductors like cast iron. One reviewer warns that the gloves aren't intended for prolonged contact and protection from "wet heat" such as hot water, oil, or grease.
"I couldn't be happier with these gloves," another Amazon shopper wrote. "I have a new 22-pound challenger cast-iron cloche. I can bring either the lid or the entire cloche out of a 500-degree oven easily and safely. There is not the awkwardness of bulky oven mitts. I didn't feel any warmth on my fingers."
To buy: Grill Armor Oven Gloves, $30 at amazon.com