Oven gloves are divisive, it turns out. Ask your nearest and dearest how they feel about the humble oven glove and you’ll probably be surprised by the answers. There are those who feel that they are wholly unnecessary – they prefer to risk life and limb by using tea towels to handle hot dishes – while others think a kitchen isn’t fit for use unless there’s a pair of decent oven gloves hanging jauntily near the cooker.

And even among oven gloves devotees, opinion is divided on what constitutes the perfect specimen. One glove or two? Silicon or cotton? If you’re in the market for some new oven gloves, there are a few things to consider.

First up, oven gloves should protect your hands from heat. Obviously. This really boils down (sorry) to the fabric composition of the oven glove. Silicon probably offers the best heat resistance but some old-school bakers just can’t get to grips (again, sorry) with it. If you prefer a traditional cotton oven glove, make sure it’s thick enough to offer decent heat protection, but not so thick that you feel as if you’re wearing boxing gloves.

Next, think about the length of the oven glove. The longer the better, if you’re the kind of person whose wrists are constantly covered in burn marks on account of juggling oven trays when cooking the Sunday roast. If you’re a fair-weather cook or a once a year birthday cake baker, a mitt that covers your hand will probably do the job.

Finally, consider the shape of the oven glove. A glove with a separate section for your thumb will give you a bit more manoeuvrability than a classic oven mitt that you slide all five fingers into.

Remember, too, that most oven gloves don’t last forever. That’s less of an issue if you go for a cheap and cheerful oven glove but if you’re spending more than a few quid, factor in how durable it is and whether it’s likely to withstand the thrills and spills of your kitchen habits.

Mary Berry with Lakeland star and stripe print gauntlet oven glove: £18.99, Lakeland

Trust Mary Berry to have a hand in nailing the perfect oven glove. This extra-long cooking companion protects your wrists and forearms as well as your hand, and the separate thumb section is suitable for both left and right handed people. We found this particularly comfy to use – the soft inner towelling layer offers extra insulation and grip. There’s also a steam stop layer inside which prevents steam and hot grease from penetrating the fabric.

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Kirkton House silicone oven glove: £6.99, Aldi

If you find silicone oven gloves off-putting, these will change your mind. They’re made from durable silicone with a non-stick quilted band and cotton lining. Aside from being unbelievable value for money, they look great and make juggling hot roasting tins a total doddle. We love them.

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Putali double oven gloves: £22, Aura Que

Available in teal or coral, this cotton double oven glove with silk binding and quilted padding is ethically hand-crafted in Vietnam – the fabric producer aims to provide secure employment to disadvantaged women and marginalised groups. We love this for the glorious burst of colour it brings to our kitchen – prepping even the dullest weeknight dish is a joy with oven gloves like this.

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The Orchard Collection Highgrove double oven gloves: £17.95, Highgrove Gardens

Perfect for a classic country kitchen, the print on these traditional double oven mitts is a specially commissioned design inspired by the orchard at Highgrove and created by Cotswold artist Sam Wilson. We quite like the idea that we might be using the same oven gloves as Prince Charles.

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ProCook single oven glove: £6, ProCook

This stylish canvas oven glove is unbeatable value for money. It’s a handmade British design – we particularly like the brown leather trim and hanging loop – and a matching apron is available. There’s a denim version that we rather like, too.

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Stuart Gardiner grill power double oven glove: £24, Wolf & Badger

Food themed tattoos and silly name adaptations of iconic female artists (Peayonce, for example) adorn these gorgeous double oven gloves. They look fabulous but they’re also impressively functional. However, we like them a little too much to want to get them grubby, so we’ll just have to cook less. Shame.

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Flamingo oven gloves: £14.95, Sarah Boddy

We’re not sure if oven gloves ever make the perfect present but if you know someone who’d be thrilled to receive oven gloves in the post, this mitt comes beautifully wrapped. They feature Sarah Boddy’s original watercolour and pencil artwork of British wildlife – we went for flamingos – and are made of 100 per cent cotton. This glove is really pretty yet still practical.

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Aga oven gloves: £25, Aga Cookshop

If you’re blessed with an Aga, you’ll appreciate these official Aga oven gloves. They have an internal steam and grease barrier and Italian terry cotton towelling for maximum insulation, plus they’re that bit longer than standard oven gloves, allowing for awkward wrangling with multiple hot oven doors.

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Blue check oven gloves: £22, Inchyra Home

Fully lined with heat resistant cotton towelling, these classic oven gloves caught our eye because they match other designs in the range including natty tea cosies and range lid covers. Just the ticket if you’re kitting out a new kitchen and fancy stylish matching linens.

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Kitchen Craft Fred novelty oven gloves: £13.99, Wayfair

Made from insulated cotton and designed to resemble a pair of bear paws, these novelty oven gloves with heat-resistant silicone pads are the perfect blend of practicality and fun. They’re a talking point in the kitchen but they do actually also get the job done.

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The verdict: oven gloves

The oven glove we instinctively reach for is the Mary Berry with Lakeland star and stripe print gauntlet single oven glove – the queen of the kitchen clearly knows her stuff as this ticks all our boxes. We’re also huge fans of Kirkton House’s silicone oven glove – it’s great value, adds a gorgeous splash of colour to our kitchen and makes us feel like we could handle hot coals with confidence.

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