Best oven gloves: From silicone mitts to stylish double gloves
Stylish and practical designs for every home chef
A decent oven glove or mitt is a kitchen essential for everything from baking a basic pie to creating a sous-vide feast. They protect your hands from steaming pots and simmering pans, and the latest designs also add a little colour and character to your kitchen. Many are robust enough for the barbecue too.
We’ve scoured the web to source the most attractive designs, made from quality materials that are built to last. You can choose from ergonomic gloves with heat-protecting silicone and those made from super soft pure cotton that will feel so soft you won’t want to take them off.
We suggest you do, however, as after you’ve done the cooking, there are mains to be eaten, pudding to be scoffed and washing up to be done. Upvote your favourite designs.
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Best oven gloves
1. Red Candy ‘Hot Hot Vegetarian Action’ Mitt
This insulated cotton oven mitt is illustrated with a retro print of a woman lurking above a pot, with the slogan ‘Hot Hot Vegetarian Action’ rising in the steam. The back depicts winding red flowers on green stems with a yellow background and matching green trim. It measures a roomy 32 x 16cm and the loop at the seam makes it easy to hang. If you like the look of this mitt, also check out the similarly styled oven mitts Red Candy sells, which come with quirky illustrated slogans such as ‘Most Likely to Microwave’, ‘F*uck, I Love Cheese’ and ‘Beautiful and Eat a Lot’.
2. Orla Kiely Flower Stem Oven Mitt
Adorned with a bold and unmistakable Orla Kiely print, this Flower Stem oven mitt will add a little mid-century style to your kitchen space. Great for those who love a floral without the frills, it strikes the perfect balance between modern and classic style. The main body of the mitt is made from cotton, its lining is polyester and it’s conveniently machine washable at 40 degrees. This is a single mitt but there's also a double oven glove that comes in the same design, priced £25. An apron, £25, completes the set.
3. The Stripes Company Poker Oven Glove
The Stripes Company strives to "add balance to interiors" with its range of bold and imaginative patterns illustrating every sporting stripe you can think of including skiing, karate and boxing. Within its massive range of striped fabrics and home furnishings, you’ll find an extensive range of oven gloves including this Poker stripe design in blue and red. It’s a pure cotton glove so feels super soft in hand. You probably can’t actually play Poker in them however, but we challenge you to try.
4. Lobster Oven Glove
With its nod to surrealist art and stunning coral tones, the Lobster Oven Gloves bring a breath of fresh sea air to your kitchen décor. These gloves are made by Thornback & Peel – a design company well known for its stylish range of fabrics and soft furnishings that come in both classic and contemporary designs. This bold Lobster pattern bridges the gap between both. The gloves are a roomy 84 x 20cm and made from pure cotton, are heat resistant and can be washed at 40 degrees. What’s more, there's a handy hanging loop so you can display these gloves conveniently on stand by for your next culinary adventure.
5. Hidden London Charing Cross Oven Glove
This pure cutton oven glove set has a stylish take on the iconic London underground tile pattern print of the early 1900s. It makes a great gift for train enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates great vintage design. You can choose a colour to match your kitchen scheme – such as this green Charing Cross version (as shown), or a red Down Street, blue Euston or turquoise Strand print design. You can also buy matching mugs, placemats and coasters in the range.
6. John Lewis Grey Silicone Oven Glove
We can’t sugar coat it - these definitely aren’t the most attractive oven gloves money can buy. But they are some of the most practical. Both water resistant and heat resistant to 250°C, the glove is made from cotton and silicone and has a non-slip grip for safe use in the kitchen. Silicone is an ideal material to use in the kitchen as its non-corrosive and hardwearing. This glove will stand the test of time. You can also buy a single oven mitt made from the same material, £15.
7. MasterClass Seamless Silicone Oven Glove
Made from silicone and cotton, this MasterClass oven glove is water and heat resistant to 250°C, which makes it a great choice for the barbecue. It also has an extra long cotton cuff to protect your arms should the barbecue flames get a little too enthusiastic. Its ergonomic shape makes it comfortable for both right and left hand users too, while its washing-machine friendly material is easy to keep clean.
8. Le Creuset Double Oven Glove in Marine
The unique four-pocket design of the Le Creuset double oven glove provides maximum protection while you transfer pots and pans from oven to the table. It comes in a host of bold colours including Marine (shown), Flint, Ultra Violet and Red. The glove is made from pre-shrunk cotton, to avoid washing machine woes. It’s also heat, steam and stain resistant and comes with a special nylon barrier between the layers of insulation to give you optimum protection against steam and grease. In short, it’s fair to say these gloves are classic in style and contemporary in tech.
9. Stuart Gardiner Design Head Chef Double Oven Glove
They say baking is the new rock ‘n’ roll. These Rock Cake Double Oven Gloves illustrate the sentiment perfectly. Measuring an ample 86 x 19.5cm, they’re slightly larger than the average oven glove and can be washed at 50 degrees. Design wise they’re peppered with dodgy baking puns illustrated in tattoo style to make you smile – look out for Bread Zeppelin, Rolling Scones, Tofu Fighters, Birnana and Jimi Breadstix. Genius. Also available with "Grill Power" and "Head Chef" tattoo'd across those rockin' fingers.
10. Sara Miller Parrot Double Oven Glove
Sarah Miller uses playful prints and vibrant colours in her eye-catching fabrics, as illustrated in this Parrot double oven glove. While the designer’s website is bursting with stunning cooking and dining accessories, this glove stands out for its fresh and bold pattern. Printed on soft 250gsm heavy twill cotton, the luxurious looking design comes presented in a branded box, which makes it a great gift for a budding cook. There’s a matching apron, placemat and coaster in the range too.