The Pitch: "Withstands extreme heat up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit"
April 2009. The Ove Glove is advertised as being an improvement on the traditional oven mitt, able to withstand temperatures up to 480 degrees. Like a firefighter's gloves, the Ove Glove is made of Dupont Kevlar and Nomex, and is supposed to be flame-resistant. Unlike an oven mitt, the glove has individual fingers, allowing for additional dexterity. Based on user and professional reviews, the as-seen-on-TV Ove Glove works as advertised.
The majority of Ove Glove users find it both easy to use and better at protecting their hands than traditional oven mitts. Most users say they feel little to no heat coming through the glove when using it. They also say that the individual fingers, which are tipped with silicone, makes gripping hot pans and dishes easier and helps to prevent accidental slipping. A small percentage of users are displeased with the Ove Glove oven mitt, however, with the most common complaints being that they can't hold onto hot pans any longer than they could with an oven mitt and that the glove may actually catch fire if used near an open flame. Nearly all users warn against using the Ove Glove while handling hot liquids; the glove material isn't waterproof, and hot liquid can seep through.
Several news programs put the Ove Glove to the test to see if it really works as it promises. KIDK in Idaho Falls, Id., brings an Ove Glove to a professional kitchen, where it receives the highest possible rating for allowing a staff member to work quickly without being burned. KLRT in Little Rock, Ark., tests the Ove Glove in a restaurant that works with pans heated up to 400 degrees, and it passes both the heat and flame resistant test. KOMO-TV in Seattle goes to a viewer's home to try out the Ove Glove, and finds it superior to the pot holder it's tested against. Customer reviews on Amazon.com and InfomercialRatings.com are primarily positive, with only a select few having a negative experience.
1. KIDK (Idaho Falls, Id.)
Tommy Noel brings the Ove Glove to a professional kitchen busily preparing for a Thanksgiving feast and has one of their cooks try it out. She likes how it fits and that it covers her whole hand. After using the Ove Glove to remove several pans from the oven, she declares that she prefers it to the oven mitts the kitchen usually uses, although Noel notes that she stills wear a mitt for handling a large pan. The chef sums up her opinion by saying the Ove Glove will help to make work in her busy kitchen go faster, and she gives it a perfect score of five.
Review: Does it Really Work? - The 'Ove' Glove, Tommy Noel, Dec. 1, 2008
2. KLRT (Little Rock, Ark.)
Kevin Kelly brings the Ove Glove to a local restaurant that specializes in making dishes that require their pans to be heated up to 400 degrees. One of their cooks uses the Ove Glove to handle these hot pans, and says that he doesn't feel any heat from inside the glove. In accompanying video of the test, the chef holds his gloved hand over an open flame on the range to see if the Ove Glove is really flame-resistant. He says he doesn't feel any heat and the glove doesn't catch fire. For this Deal or Dud test, the Ove Glove is declared "definitely a deal."
Review: Deal or Dud: The Ove Glove, Kevin Kelly, Feb. 6, 2009
3. KOMO-TV (Seattle)
Connie Thompson has a viewer try the Ove Glove in her home, testing it against a regular pot holder by holding a hot baking dish with each until her hand gets too hot. The Ove Glove wins, hands down; the tester is able to hold the dish for 30 seconds in front of the hot oven without any problem. She decides that she would pay the Ove Glove price and replace her pot holders. Thompson warns that the Ove Glove should not be used when wet, and it is not waterproof, so it should be used carefully when handling hot liquids, as they will soak through the glove if spilled.
Review: The 'Ove Glove' – Does It Work?, Connie Thompson, Jan. 13, 2004
More than 50 customers review the Ove Glove on Amazon.com and most are impressed with its performance. Nearly all of the reviewers like how the glove protects the entire hand from getting burned and find that the silicone grips make moving hot dishes very easy. One reviewer says she uses the Ove Glove to turn burning logs in her fireplace, and doesn't mind that the glove gets so dirty since it is machine-washable. The handful of customers who aren't pleased with the Ove Glove say that they weren't able to handle hot dishes or pans for any length of time and fail to see how it's any better than regular oven mitts. Many reviewers, both positive and negative, warn that the Ove Glove is definitely not waterproof, and to be careful when handling hot liquids as they will penetrate the fabric.
Review: Ove Glove Hot Surface Handler, Contributors to Amazon.com
Around 15 customers review the Ove Glove on InfomercialRatings.com and most are happy with how it handles removing hot dishes and pans from an oven. Some reviewers also say it's great to use when getting close to the grill or handling hot skewers while barbecuing. A few reviewers say that the Ove Glove isn't as flame-resistant as it's claimed to be, and they have burned a hole in the glove when getting it too close to a fire. A handful of reviewers also say that the Ove Glove did not allow them to handle hot dishes any longer than a regular oven mitt would, and say they would only use it to quickly remove things from an oven.
Review: Ove Glove Reviews and Ratings, Contributors to InfomercialRatings.com