I've had more than my share of kitchen burns over the years, so I'm pretty interested in oven mitts. The right mitt depends partly on how it fits your hand. I think silicone gloves, like those made by Orka, are too cumbersome for most hands. Oxo's Good Grips mitts are a little more flexible, have a nice fabric lining, and are wonderfully heat-resistant, but they just don't fit all that well. (One Amazon reviewer refers to their "poor flex pattern"). I prefer Euro Design Chef's Mitts, from Duncan Kitchen Grips, Inc. Made of a synthetic rubber called FlXaPrene, these gloves, which come in 11 and 15.5-inch lengths, fit more snugly than most mitts, and they grip better as well. They're also stain-resistant, water repellent, and heat resistant to 500 degrees. Tracking this mitt down is a little tricky—Williams-Sonoma calls it the Euro Mitt, and on Amazon, it's the Duncan Euro Design Mitt--but it's well worth the effort. Duncan also offers hot pads and lid grips made from the same material.