Heat-resistant cooking gloves protect your hands and prevent accidental burns while lifting hot pots and pans, or when taking hot dishes out of the oven or microwave. They also make working over the grill and smoker much safer.
Waterproof, heat resistant gloves protect your hands during frying, or when stirring hot liquids. They can also be used for washing dishware with hot water.
Oven gloves are designed to provide protection against excessive heat and to make your cooking activities easier and more comfortable.
The Key Features of Quality Oven/BBQ Gloves
Good heat insulation: Your cooking gloves should be effective in keeping your hands and forearms safe when handling hot food and cookware.
Fire/heat resistance: They should be made of a quality material that can withstand high heat without melting. Fire-proof gloves will not catch fire when used near a flame.
Sufficient length: Your oven gloves should be long enough to protect your forearms from painful steam burns when opening lids, working around the grill, or when you have your hands in the smoker.
Good grip: A non-slip surface helps to avoid drops, which is important when you are lifting heavy pans and hot dishes. Textured fingers provide a firm grip. The texture also makes the gloves less slippery and easier to take off.
Comfortable: Some oven gloves have a cotton lining to make them more comfortable, and to add more heat protection. The inner lining also ensures that the heat insulating material does not irritate your hands, prevents sweating, and makes it easy to put the gloves on and take them off.
Flexible: Your gloves should be soft and flexible enough to allow the use of your fingers for picking up small items, or doing work that requires dexterity. Cotton and leather gloves have the best flexibility, but they do not provide sufficient heat protection.
Easy to keep clean: Well-designed oven gloves are easy to keep clean. Silicone coated and neoprene gloves are very easy to wash, while it is nearly impossible to thoroughly clean leather gloves.
Come in pairs: A single oven glove can’t provide sufficient heat protection. Usually. you need both hands to pick up a heavy pan or a hot baking sheet. So, read the product description carefully to ensure that it contains two gloves.
Usability: Ideally, your oven gloves should be suitable for many different purposes, such as baking, cooking, BBQs, opening cans/jars, and much more.
Types of Cooking Gloves
1. Silicone Oven Gloves
These gloves are made of FDA-approved silicone and come either with or without the internal cotton liner. Silicone gloves have become very popular recently for both indoor and outdoor cooking.
- Silicone oven gloves are heat-resistant to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes them much safer than ordinary fabric gloves.
- Silicone gloves are completely waterproof, providing excellent protection from steam and hot liquids.
- They provide a good grip which helps prevent slipping and dropping. A rugged texture provides a better grip and makes opening cans, jars, and bottles easier.
- Silicone cooking gloves are machine washable, but you can also easily wash them with warm soapy water.
- Silicone oven gloves are not flexible enough to pick up smaller items, and you will not have much dexterity in your fingers.
- Silicone oven gloves without an inner cloth layer don’t provide good heat protection and can be hard to remove.
Brands: HOMWE Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Gloves (Product from Amazon).
Silicone Gloves With Cotton Liner
When purchasing silicone gloves, make sure that they have a cloth liner for added comfort and protection. While the silicone outer layer gives heat protection, the inner cotton/polyester layer makes the gloves comfortable to wear and prevents them from sticking to wet hands.
Although very comfortable, the inner layer reduces the flexibility of the silicone and you may find it a little difficult to grasp things.
2. Neoprene Cooking Gloves
These cooking gloves are rather comfortable and offer good protection for your hands while you are handling meat on the grill or in the smoker.
- Neoprene is heat resistant up to 500° F. Due to the high level of heat/fire protection, neoprene gloves are a good choice for dealing with very hot items, or for working near an open flame.
- The neoprene coating is resistant to water, grease, acids, solvents, and caustic substances.
- You can use neoprene oven gloves to handle the meat on the smoker with less risk of dropping the food than you would have when working with tongs and forks.
- These gloves work well for handling large pieces of meat and for taking the meat out of the smoker.
- Neoprene gloves are very easy to clean after use. Just put them on and wash under hot water, rubbing them together with the soap.
- These gloves provide good protection from incidental heat, but they may become uncomfortably hot if exposed to high heat for a prolonged period of time.
- Neoprene gloves are more flexible than silicone ones but not as flexible as ordinary oven gloves. They offer more dexterity than silicone gloves, but not as much as leather gloves.
- The neoprene material has an unpleasant smell that takes time to go away.
3. Leather Cooking Gloves
Leather gloves are popular among men who love outdoor cooking as they do not easily catch fire like cotton oven gloves. They are suitable for handling fairly hot items for a short amount of time.
- Leather gloves are very comfortable to wear.
- These gloves are very flexible, giving you great control when manipulating tools and utensils. You can easily pick up items or use forks or spatulas over the grill.
- Leather gloves are not meant to handle very hot items for any prolonged period of time. Holding a hot pan longer than a few seconds can be very uncomfortable.
- Leather gloves have a rather strong smell.
- These gloves are not easy to keep clean, as they are not machine washable. Wipe clean with a damp cloth soaked in a vinegar and water solution (1:1), and hang to dry. This solution also helps to sanitize the inside of the gloves.
4. Cotton Oven Gloves
Regular cotton gloves can be very decorative and elegant. They often come in vibrant colors that can brighten your table setting.
- Cotton gloves offer more flexibility and allow more finger movement than other types of cooking gloves. You have much more control over your fingers than when you wear silicone gloves.
- The soft cotton material is very comfortable to wear.
- Cotton oven gloves are also machine washable.
- Cotton gloves are not supposed to be used in very high heat. They don’t offer enough protection when you need to manipulate hot cast iron cookware.
- These gloves will not protect your skin from hot liquids.
- They are easily stained or burned.
Cotton Gloves with Silicone Stripping
These cooking gloves can be a good choice, as they provide better grip and additional heat protection while remaining flexible. Unfortunately, these gloves are not liquid-proof.
5. Cooking Gloves Made of Aramid Fibers
Aramid fibers are extremely strong and have excellent resistance to heat. They can withstand temperatures up to 932°F. However, you shouldn’t expose aramid fiber gloves to extreme heat for extended periods. You should move very hot items quickly, don’t hold them for longer than a few seconds.
The outside of each glove has a non-slip silicone lining for a better grip, while the inner cloth liner provides more comfort for the user’s hands.
They are suitable for stoves, ovens, BBQs, or campfire cooking.
- These gloves are relatively flexible and allow you to bend your fingers to pick something up.
- They can be washed either in a washing machine, using a delicate cycle, or hand washed using a mild detergent.
- Gloves made of aramid fibers are cut-proof.
- Most aramid fiber gloves don’t provide protection against steam and hot liquids.
- The external silicone grip cannot withstand as heat as high aramid fibers and can therefore melt.
The Bottom Line
It seems that neoprene and aramid fiber gloves can provide the best protection from extreme heat, while 100% of silicone gloves ensure the best protection from hot liquids and steam. Silicone oven gloves also offer the best grip.
Leather cooking gloves would be the best choice for tasks that require dexterity.
Traditional cloth gloves are still the most comfortable and flexible.
Oven gloves with individual fingers are helpful when you are grabbing utensils, handling meat, or picking up small items, while traditional cotton mitts offer just basic temporary protection from the heat of the oven, and from moderately hot cookware.
It is not only materials that determine the quality of oven gloves. Elements of their performance depend on their design, quality control, and other components. Heat-resistant cooking gloves made of a combination of materials can provide multiple benefits to users, and often outperform those made of a single material.