While I have a few oven mitts in my kitchen, I often find them too bulky a lot of the time. My preference is for a thick, soft, terry square for most things, with a thinner vintage crocheted circle for when a dish needs delicate handling and isn't very heavy. I also like potholders that lay flat so they can be used as an impromptu trivet. I find silicon a little too stiff but I know some people who swear by them.
What are your potholder preferences?
Related: Sailcloth Potholder from Alder & Co.
(Image: Potholder installation by Helsinki based artist Anu Tuominen)