What are Oven Gloves?

Friday, 17 July 2015

Oven gloves are gloves designed to be used to handle hot items, perfect for people working in the food industry and also for other businesses that utilise ovens. Naturally, they’re usually used to get things in and out of ovens either at home or in professional kitchens. 

However, oven gloves aren’t just used to get dinner out of the oven. Many labs use high-temperature oven gloves to help with their experiments, to protect against very high temperatures. Some oven gloves can even resist contact with temperatures of up to 500°C!

What Kinds of Oven Gloves are there?

There are two main shapes oven gloves take: gloves and mitts.

Glove shaped oven gloves have 5 individual spaces for your 5 individual digits, offering increased dexterity. This makes them perfect for handling hot items with complex shapes and for performing intricate tasks with hot objects.

Oven mitts on the other hand have a general protection that does not allow for the movement of individual fingers. These are much more limited in what they can safely and securely hold, however because they are less complex a design they can provide a higher temperature resistance than some gloves.

Some oven mitts do not even have a thumb space, and are instead a simple sheath for your hand. These are usually made from a very flexible material which is designed to be grabbed in a free-form way, and are the quickest to use as you don’t need to line your hand up with anything.

How Do Oven Gloves Work?

Oven gloves are made from materials which do not conduct heat well. This helps prevent the heat transferring through the glove to your hand. This is also why a wet oven glove will not work as well as a dry one. While you’d think that keeping the glove cool by wetting it with cold water would make it work better, in fact water conducts heat very well, and will permeate through the fibres of the glove straight to your hand.

The material the oven glove is made from will differ. Some cheaper oven gloves are only made from cotton, which will prevent some heat from getting top your hand, but not a lot. Other cotton gloves have an extra layer in them to increase the heat protection. 

Some more advanced gloves are made from Teflon, which significantly increases the amount of heat the glove can protect against, and some even use Kevlar to prevent the heat getting to your hand.

Can’t I Just Use A Tea Towel?

Lots of people have made a habit of using a tea towel to pick up hot items off hobs and out of ovens. While a tea towel can protect your hand slightly, there are several problems with them. For one, a tea towel is more likely to be wet than an oven glove, and as we know water won’t stop heat at all. 

Also, because you have to fold a tea towel to provide the needed protection, there is high chance of your hand slipping and you seriously burning yourself because of the very limited dexterity provided. For a professional, an oven glove is always the right charge.

If you’d like to get your hands in an oven glove, visit Safety Gloves and check out our range of Oven Gloves.

Coolskin Steam Oven Gloves

  • Price is per pair
  • Nomex fibre ensures heat resistance up to 350ºC
  • Longer length glove to provide added wrist protection
  • Latex layer is steam and grease resistant for use in domestic and professional environments
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Polyco Hot Glove Heat Resistant Gloves 90

  • Price is per pair
  • Heat resistant gloves tested to 250°C
  • Double layered cotton for extra protection
  • Nitrile grip pattern for safer grip handling
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Supertouch Terry Cotton Mittens - 45cm 31014

  • Price is per pair
  • Ideal for a kitchen environment
  • Mitten style
  • Terry cotton
  • Great barrier protection
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