We don’t mind looking a bit silly if it helps us in the kitchen (ahem, onion goggles). But with maneuverability so important in an oven mitt, would a three-finger design help or hurt? Unfortunately, the answer is hurt—literally.
Gadget name: Paderno World Cuisine Three-Finger Oven Mitts
Price: $71.10 for a pair
It looks like: A pair of leather gloves made for a Ninja Turtle.
How we tested it: We tested their maneuverability, heat resistance, and convenience by moving hot sheet trays loaded with baking cookies, holding a full casserole dish that had just been taken out of a hot oven, and running them through the laundry.
How it actually works: Not well. The mitts performed below average when it came to heat resistance, and began scorching when they came in contact with flames.
Drawbacks: Worse even than their poor heat protection was a complete lack of dexterity: The three-finger design was a hindrance.
Overall: The design doesn’t help you grab anything and the material can’t withstand heat—unacceptable for an oven mitt.