Oven mitts protect your hands, wrists, and arms from the scorching heat of the pot on the stove and the broiler in the oven. There are different styles, from the minimalist versions that only partially cover the hands to ones that extend well beyond your forearms. Cloth mitts may not be as heat-resistant as the newer silicone ones, but they tend to be easier to bend and grab containers with. It\'s best to try them on before purchasing. If you don\'t plan on storing the mitts in a drawer, look for those with a loop for hanging. Plan on owning at least a pair.