We have had many, many pairs over the years both cheap and expensive; we have yet to find a pair that will stand up to normal everyday use for more than three months - would your readers have a view on this?
With young kids around you need to be sure that you are not going to burn yourself by surprise when you take something out of the oven or lift a lid on a boiling pot - flying or falling ovenware is not exactly the safest thing.
For the record, when it comes to lifting hot pans in and out of the oven, as well as moving pots with hot handles, we usually just grab a kitchen towel. We keep a series of plain white towels around the kitchen and we tuck these into our apron as we cook. We use them to brush off surfaces quickly, lift hot pans, and wipe our hands. This is generally all that is used in professional kitchens and in cooking school.
We find potholders too stiff and unwieldy, much of the time, and oven gloves a hassle to pull on and off.
That being said, though, we realize that kitchen towels can be a fire hazard, especially with small children about, and we do appreciate an oven glove from time to time when dealing with especially heavy and hot pots that shift or might burn through a towel.
Here are two that we find appealing.
• The Ove Glove - Pictured at top of post. As seen on TV!! Ha - but with good reason. We actually have one of these and it has lasted a long time. It's great and always holds up to really high heats. Be careful, though; if it gets wet you'll get burned. Single glove is $19.25 at Amazon and now has added silicone grips.Nomex Gloves - Cheaper and better rated than the much-vaunted Ove Glove, however, are these Kevlar gloves (which come as a pair) for $31.99 at Amazon. These have extra-long cuffs that cover your forearms - nice for grilling or doing especially dangerous frying. Dutch Oven Leather Gloves - These are leather gloves designed for camp stoves and Dutch ovens. $11.95 at Kamper's Kettle.
Look for a rather funny related product we saw at the Housewares Show - coming up soon...
Also see these posts related oven mitt-age...Apron + Built in Oven Mitts • For the Kids - Hothead Oven Mitts