Best Oven Mitts for Small Hands

Cute and efficient.

Cute and efficient.

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My cousin has small hands, and we always have a good laugh about them when she cooks at my place because, well, my oven mitts don’t fit her! They just slip off her hands as soon as she puts them on, and when they are on, they eat up her hands and half her arm. It’s a pretty funny sight.

We enjoy cooking together at my place, and I take pride in my kitchen. So, I thought it would be nice to surprise her with a lovely pair of oven mitts that are suitable for those with small hands. I wanted to make sure she received the best pair, so I took my time in deciding the best one for her.

My Quest for the Best Oven Mitts

I really enjoy shopping, and most of the time, I spend at least three to four hours in a shopping center. I like to compare one item to the other and search the Internet for reviews. Once I am satisfied, only then will I make a purchase. Of course, that’s on something I really care about.

However, in search for the best oven mitts for small hands, I made the decision to read numerous reviews online first and then made my way to the mall. It was not an easy task, mind you, but she’s worth it! I read about 10 reviews, and the best oven mitts for small hands are (drum roll please!) the Triumphant Chef mitts.

Oven Mitts from Triumphant Chef

The oven mitts from Triumphant Chef are made of durable silicone. As a polymer, silicone is an amazing fire-resistant material that can be as stretchy as a pair of gloves. Want to know what I like about these oven mitts? My cousin can perform the ‘thumbs up’ sign with minimal effort – that’s how flexible they are (and how much she loves them!). In fact, they’re one of the very few silicone mitts that are super bendy, but still sleek and attractive.

See the Triumphant Chef Super Flex Silicone Oven Mitts at Amazon

The outsides of the mitts are designed with a slip-proof ‘Y’ and ‘O’ pattern that can help maintain a firm grip on pots, pans, and food items as you remove them from the grill or oven. You can find these unique patterns on the palm and finger areas for safe gripping on large and small items.

The exterior shell of the mitt is water and oil-proof, which prevents burns. These awesome mitts protect you from oil splashes from pans, or from any soggy cloth-based material that can cause heated water burns. Deep fryer owners, rejoice!

But what’s really important…

I was attracted to this pair of oven mitts because they come in various colors. Black, canary yellow, dark red, lime green, royal blue, or royal purple. Each color is rather unique, and the brand created enough shades for any cook or chef to accessorize their existing kitchen décor with the oven mitts.

The color combinations are very pretty and add a sense of individuality. You can grab a pair that matches your kitchen, and some that really don’t match anything, you just love the color. I ended up buying two pairs in different colors so that my cousin could take one pair home, and leave the other at my place.

honestly this is just fun...

Honestly, this is just fun…

Comfortable and effective!

Aside from the vibrant colors, the Triumphant Chef’s oven mitts are also made to be comfortable, while they protect you from temperatures as high as 450 degrees for an extended time.

Unofficially, Triumphant Chef did a test on the same oven mitts that I bought. The mitts were put on a pizza stone that was heated at more than 500 degrees. There were absolutely no damages done to the oven mitts, except for some minor discomfort felt by the tester when he lifted the stone for a period of time.

From what I have read online, some users felt some sense of warmth when they removed their very hot items from the stove or oven. Personally, I wouldn’t try to test the theory too thoroughly… It could get a little out of hand.

The nitty-gritty

I like that the interior lining of the oven mitts is made from quilted cotton filled with polyester. A plus point to the oven mitts – although it is not entirely removable, you can take out the liner and wash it. They’re also long enough to cover your wrists (or, you know, the forearms of someone with small hands!).

Here are the measurements, in case you’re interested –

  • From the tip of the mitts to the cuff is about 11.5 inches (this means the cuff extends to half of your wrists
  • The mitts are about 4.5 inches in width (it can accommodate even the largest hands, but do not worry, if you have small hands, they would not slip off!)

If you buy a set of these oven mitts, you’ll also get a silicone pastry brush with them. The brush is amazing for basting food items, and they are able to withstand very hot temperatures, too. If you’re an avid cook, there is another surprise for you – you will receive a downloadable cookbook with ridiculously interesting recipes for you to try!

You might also be interested in this post on the best oven mitts for cast iron.

Looking for a few more options?

Okay, so for whatever reason, you don’t think the Triumphant oven mitts are for you. Worry not! There are still plenty of options for you out there. Here are a few more of my favorite oven mitts that are suited for people with smaller hands.

Topshome Silicone Heat Resistant Cooking Pinch Mitts, Mini Oven Mitts

Pinch mitts are a great option for those with tiny hands. They fit any size hand because they’re intrinsically small! That’s their whole appeal. Don’t let the size fool you though – these little mitts pack quite the punch.

They’re 100% food grade silicone, which is great for two reasons. One is that they’re non-toxic and antibacterial, so they’re safe for handling food or food surfaces. But they’re also super easy to clean – and even dishwasher safe!

Find the Topshome Silicone Heat Resistant Cooking Pinch Mitts, Mini Oven Mitts here at Amazon

They’re also extremely heat resistant, perfect for serving, cooking, baking, or handling hot plates. They’re easy to slip on, too. No fumbling with sleeves here. With an easy storage option (built in holes for hanging) and 3 color choices (blue, green, and black) these are the perfect purchase for any chef.

Ritz Royale Collection 100% Cotton Terry Cloth Ritz Mitz

Another versatile size option for oven mitts are dual function hot pads/oven mitts that don’t cover your whole hand. They’re referred to by Ritz Royale as “Ritz Mitz,” and while I’m a little wary about the safety of your hand/arm with these, they get rave reviews and perform well!

Check out Ritz Royale Collection 100% Cotton Terry Cloth Ritz Mitz at Amazon

They’re made out of pure, 100% cotton with cotton twill and a cotton terry lining, which is both comfortable and protective. They also have a hand pocket for added protection and security for handling hot cookware. At 8.5 inches long by 5.5 inches wide, these mitts would be easy for any size hand to use. They’re also easy to maintain – just throw them in the washing machine to clean.

OXO Good Grips Silicone Oven Mitt with Magnet

If you’re looking for a slightly more traditional option with the same flexibility as the Triumphant oven mitts, check out the mitts from OXO. They give a little added protection too at 13″ long, covering most of the forearm.

Find OXO Good Grips Silicone Oven Mitt with Magnet here at Amazon

These oven mitts are heat resistant up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, and also flame, stain, and steam resistant. The combination of the silicone grip and soft inner fabric liner provides insulation, comfort, safety, and effective handling overall. They’re machine washable (major plus!) and come with an embedded magnet, or hanging loop, for storage.

Any of these options are sure to please any cook with smaller than your average hands, but obviously my favorite are the Triumphant Chef’s.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I clean my oven mitt?

It depends on the mitt of course.

The Topshome silicone heat resistant mitts listed here are dishwasher safe! Just toss them in with the dinner load and call it good. Just be careful pulling them out, if they flip over they may be filled with water.

The Ritz Royale Collection is machine washable for your convenience! They are 100% cotton, so don’t dry them on high heat or they may just shrink a bit.  

The Triumphant Chef mitts are a little harder to wash as they have an unremovable fabric lining and can’t be washed in the dishwasher or the washing machine. Just be mindful when using them and keep the mess to a minimum.

How high of a temperature can this handle?

As stated in the article, the Triumphants triumphed over the 500-degree pizza stone, but with some discomfort.

The Ritz Royale Collection also has a heat threshold of 500 degrees, which should suit most kitchen needs!

Be careful with the Topshome, it doesn’t specify the temperature it can handle and some reviews have stated they’ve been burned. I wouldn’t use these for pulling things out of the oven as they don’t protect the backs of your hands from burning should to accidentally touch the inside of the over, and because of previous user experience. These may be best for taking hot things out of the microwave or lids off pans.

Can I use it as a hot pad?

Of course, the Ritz Royale can be used as a hot pad, that’s its dual purpose! With the others, it’s not so clear whether or not they are up to the task.

The Topshome’s shape makes it unsuitable to be a hot pad, it’s too small and awkward to set anything on. The material doesn’t help, as it has been reported it doesn’t protect users from very hot temperatures, so it likely wouldn’t protect the surface either.

Go ahead and use the triumphant mitts if you have to, they’ll work in a pinch, but it’s not their primary function so the shape may cause the pan to rest unevenly. If you do use these mitts as hot pads, keep the dish away from the edge of the counter and use caution!

Are they easy to store?

If you’re tight on space in your kitchen, this question predetermines any purchase, will it fit?

All of these mitts are meant to save space and store relatively easy. Any of them can simply be hung from the wall, keeping your drawers free for the things that can’t!

If you can’t hang them on the wall and you’re tight on space, maybe don’t get the Ritz Royale collection we listed. Try to find just a set of 2! The Triumphant will take up less space than a traditional cloth oven mitt as it is thinner, but not by much.

The Topshome is the best space saver of those listed. They can easily fit in any draw or even a corner in the pantry!

Are they suitable for children?

Since this article is about oven mitts for small hands, that’s a fair question!

First of all, I commend anyone who trusts a child to handle baking and cooking, it’s a good skill to learn early on! But be sure to be careful and keep a close watch.

These oven mitts are meant for grown-up with small hands and would probably slip off a child’s hands. The best bet would be to stay away from the Triumphant mitt, as its shape is most restrictive.

With the few weary reviews about the Topshome, I wouldn’t risk it with a child’s hands like I would my own. So that’s a no from me.

I would let them use the Ritz Royale for somethings, but I would probably worry about them touching the inside of the stove with the backs of their hands. They are suitable for children as in they will best be able to use them of the ones listed here, but not as in 100% safe.  

Image credit via Flickr Creative Commons: Silvia and veggietothemax.

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