Every kitchen has a pair or two of trusty quilted cotton oven mitts and pot holders. But there’s a ‘new kid’ on the block in recent years – silicone oven mitts, so which is best for you? We decided to look at the pros and cons of each.
Quilted cotton oven mitts
Pros: Cloth oven mitts provide great everyday hand and forearm protection for everyday cooking activities, like baking cookies, bread loaves, casseroles and taking hot items in and out of the oven.
Most cloth gloves are easy-on, easy-off, and are flexible enough to provide a good, safe grip – important when you need to grab something securely and quickly.
Cotton oven mitts come in many different colors and materials, so they can be color-coordinated with your kitchen or for a special season or event. Since oven mitts and pot holders are often left out on counters or hung close to the oven, it’s important that they look nice.
Cons: Cotton oven mitts don’t protect as long once the heat gets cranked up, so if you’re using a 450 degree oven or more, you’ll need to take that into consideration.
Also, cotton must be totally dry, or you’ll risk a steam burn.
Cloth oven mitts will need to be laundered to get rid of stains and for good kitchen hygiene (although to me, this is a plus – no big deal to toss the mitts into the wash and then I know for sure that they’re clean).
Silicone Oven Mitts
Pros: Silicone mitts fill in where cotton gloves leave off, providing good heat protection at higher temps. This makes them an excellent choice for the barbecue, for canning or deep-frying projects.
Silicone is easy to keep clean – just rinse off in the the sink.
Cons: If silicone gets greasy, the mitt can become dangerously slippery making it almost impossible to keep a grip on anything. Keep this in mind, because silicone mitts are often marketed for use at the barbecue – once you pick up some of those ribs cooking on the grill, things could get mighty slippery.
Many silicone oven mitt purchasers complain that the rubber gloves are clumsy and inflexible, making it tough to get a good grip on things. Also, if a silicone glove isn’t lined with fabric, many people complain it’s really tough to get the glove off, and dislike the ‘sticky’ feel of the silicone against their skin.
Silicone gloves are bulkier, and harder to store in the standard kitchen drawer, and not ‘pretty’ enough to hang out on display.
They both win! There’s a place in every cook’s kitchen for a pair of both of cotton and silicone oven mitts. That way, you’re covered in every situation, and for every use. And the nice thing? They’re affordable and make great gifts. Simple enough!