All-Clad Textiles Heavyweight 100-Percent Cotton Twill and Silicone Oven Mitt, made by
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Reviewer: Mark Lamendola
I bake regularly. For this reason, I own premium bakeware. No
Teflon-coated aluminum for me (in addition to being toxic, it's harder to
work with than high-quality bakeware). I also use the best available
ingredients; no GMO poison or factory-farmed eggs.
What I haven't upgraded in all these years is my collection of oven
mitts. I've been (barely) satisfied with the ones I have. Until I tried the
All-Clad product, I had no idea what I was missing.
The first thing I noticed is its appearance. While my other mitts aren't
exactly ugly, they don't make a fashion statement either. Being a guy, I'm
not really concerned about that. But this mitt just seems to say, "The oven
may be hot, but the chef is cool." Kind of like wearing dark sunglasses and
a leather jacket.
It's also roomy inside. I have large hands. All of my other mitts give me
a tight squeeze. As someone who tolerates this in climbing shoes, I've
not paid much attention to the tight fit of my other mitts. This one
accommodates my hand, but is so well-cushioned that it comfortably snugs
down on a few points for a safe, secure fit.
It has an extended sleeve, about three inches longer than on my other
mitts. This covers the one place I've burned myself while extracting things
from the oven. I always wondered why "they" didn't make oven mitts a little
longer to cover this vulnerable spot. Now I see that someone does. And it
changes the experience so that I no longer have a multi-step process in
removing things. I can just reach in and grab them.
This mitt is 100% cotton. All of my mitts are. I don't know if there are
synthetic mitts, but I do know that microfiber (polyester) and heat don't
mix. When microfiber melts, it will melt into your skin not just onto it.
That's one reason I don't wear polyester. It's a really heavyweight cotton,
and the mitt provides extra protection with silicone strips. Silicone
insulates, which is one reason we use silicone caulk around doors and
windows (if you've ever installed a door, you probably used a couple tubes
of the stuff). A further advantage of those strips is enhanced grip. They
run horizontally in rows on the glove, instead of vertically, further
enhancing the grip factor by providing a sort of tread.
The mitt is also reversible; it fits the left or right hand. This is
good, because I'm buying a second mitt so that I have a complete set. I
won't have to worry about getting the wrong one and I won't have any "oops,
wrong hand" hassle each time I put them on. Like my other mitts, this one
has a hang loop. I currently don't use the loop on my other mitts because
it's tiny. The loop on this mitt is actually designed to be used. So I can
free up some drawer space by adding a couple of hooks to an appropriate spot
on a cabinet or other place (haven't decided, yet).
Very rarely do I wash my mitts, although when I do wash I use a minimum
of laundry detergent (which, as you may have guessed, is a premium type that
is also fragrance-free, and devoid of petrochemicals). This being cotton,
it's machine-washable. The instructions say to tumble dry low, but I will
add that you should do that only for 10 minutes or so. Remove the mitts and
let them air dry. Completely drying any fabric in a gas or electric dryer
damages the fibers of the fabric.
I've got pants, bedding, shirts, towels, and other frequently used
textiles that are over 20 years old and still look good. A front-loading
washer does much less damage to clothes than a top-loader. Proper type and
amount of soap ends a very common reason for short lifespan, and minimum
dryer time eliminates another cause. These mitts will probably last me the
rest of my life, so a very, very low cost per year for using them. They do
cost a bit more than lesser mitts, but with the proper care just mentioned
that cost becomes trivial.
The instructions also say not to use bleach or fabric softener. Actually,
you should not ever use these products. Bleach is a chlorine product, and it
has no place in the home unless your goal is to get cancer. Fabric softener
is just a blend of rancid fat and petrochemicals. It doesn't actually soften
fabrics, it coats them with a bacteria-harboring slime so you don't feel the
dryer damage. A better solution is to dry fabrics properly and skip the