The $15 Amazon Find That Every Microwave Owner Should Have in Their Kitchen

published Jul 26, 2022
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Picture it: You’re pulling a bowl of soup, melted butter, or other hot liquid from the microwave and have a decision to make. Do you grab the bowl and try to quickly get it from the microwave to the table before you scald your hands, or do you precariously retrieve it using potholders that are likely going to end up splashed with half your dinner? If this treacherous kitchen scenario sounds all too familiar, I’m with you! So after trying (unsuccessfully) to figure out a solution that would save my skin and my oven mitts, I did what I should have done in the first place: I searched Amazon! Turns out, there’s a simple, smart answer to this dangerous kitchen hazard. Meet the SHILA Bowl Huggers.

The SHILA Bowl Huggers are one of those fantastic “why didn’t I think of that” products that’s a total game changer. They’re designed specifically to, well, hug bowls. Made from non-toxic polyester and sponge, each one is basically a sturdy-yet-flexible, bowl-shaped potholder that you put your dish into before you put it in the microwave. When you’re done nuking your food, just grab the sides or edges of the Bowl Hugger to securely remove your meal from the microwave. And, yep, reviewers can attest to the brilliance of this product.

“These bowl huggers are one of the best purchases I’ve ever made,” says one happy buyer. “I use them all the time! You can hold a scalding hot bowl, straight out of the microwave or oven, and you don’t feel a thing. I’m so glad I bought them.” Bonus: This ingenious product not only helps during the cooking and reheating processes, but it also functions as a trivet when it’s time to serve and eat, protecting your table from damage from a hot dish. Score!

But that’s not all — users also love using these Bowl Huggers for ice cream and other frozen foods that make your bowl get super cold in your hands. “I use the modified pot holders for ice cream and hot soup,” shares another user. “No more frozen fingers in the summer from ice cream pints, or finger burns from hot soup in the winter! My daughter took a few to use in her college dorm room and loves them.” (Ah yes, the micro-fridge… memories.)

These SHILA wonders come in a rainbow of colors that add a dose of cheer and brightness to your kitchen routine. And while lots of users report that the Bowl Huggers stay clean where their prior methods (dishtowels and pot holders) didn’t, you can just throw these babies in the washing machine and air-dry them when they do get dirty. “I have put mine in the washing machine and they come out looking brand new,” confirms a reviewer.

The Bowl Huggers are available in sets of five and eight. Personally, I’m going for five, but you might want to opt for the larger pack if your microwave tends to work overtime. “I’ve been using them for a couple months now and I love everything about them: the colors, quality and quantity you receive, and, let’s be honest, just the fact that they’re unique and functional,” says another happy customer. Sounds like a winner to me.

Buy: SHILA Bowl Huggers, $15.75 (normally $17.75)