Whether you are a beginner or a grilling expert, investing in the high quality Grill Gloves will help you stay safe while grilling. These not only protect your skin and hands from the high temperatures of the grill, but also give you a better grip for handling tongs, knives, and hot dishes.
After several years of grilling with gloves under my belt, I figured now was a good time to help you walk through your options and pick the best grilling gloves for your situation.
When looking at gloves, you should consider several different features such as length of sleeves, degrees of protection, the grip, the fit, and the materials used. We go through all of that in great detail below.
Qualities to Consider
Grilling gloves come in a range of different materials, prices, and heat resistance. This article will help you focus on those attributes that are most important, and bypass those that are just marketing ploys. These are some of the most important factors to consider when deciding on a pair of grilling gloves to buy:
High temperature resistance. Basically the higher the temperature that the gloves can withstand, the safer you’ll be and the more you’ll be able to protect yourself from burns and injuries. Temperature rating is arguably the single most important feature of a bbq glove, because as you know — grills get really, really hot. If you have grilled at extremely high temperatures to achieve the perfect sear, you know how hot the grill can get, and how every extra second the meat stays over the coals could make the difference between perfection and a ruined dish!
Extended sleeves. Many of the best grilling gloves extend beyond the wrist to offer protection to forearms. Some even extend up to the elbows. This is a must for protecting yourself against burns on your arms, so make sure that your gloves have extended sleeves. I have seared plenty of arm hairs removing dishes from a hot grill. It’s not fun and can escalate into a serious situation super quickly!
Silicon grip. Gloves with a better quality grip ensure dexterity and give added safety while handling tongs, knives, hot grills, and hot pans. You want to look for gloves that have gripping textures added to the palm of the hand and fingers so that you don’t drop anything burning hot onto yourself or your loved ones.
Heat resistant materials. Make sure your bbq grill gloves contain proper heat resistant materials because silicon and cotton can’t take the heat. Look for neoprene and aramid fibers in your grill mitts of choice since both of these materials will insulate your hands and offer high-quality heat protection when you need to grab something off the grill fast.
A good fit. The gloves should fit your hands well for optimal protection. If they are too big or bulky then they won’t be as safe while tending to hot temperatures.
These heat-resistant gloves offer supreme protection from high temperatures up to 1472 degrees Fahrenheit. These grill gloves are suitable for grilling, baking, cooking, frying, and handling hot items in any environment. They are made from certified aramid fabric that guarantees heat resistance and safety against high temperatures plus a polyester cotton lining to ensure comfort and wearability.
- 1472 degrees protection
- Certified to EN407 and EN388
- Food grade silicone grips
- Machine washable
- Left and right hands are interchangeable
These waterproof, fireproof, oil-resistant neoprene-coated bbq gloves are perfectly designed to offer all the protection you’ll need during grilling. They are heat resistant up to 932 degrees. The food-grade neoprene coating is insulated with rubber and the gloves are lined with a double layer of kevlar will keep your hands cool.
- Made from Kevlar
- Protection up to 932 degrees
- Insulated and textured palm for great gripping
- Washable with soap and water
- 14 or 17 inch long sleeve (two different options)
- Commercial grade
The textured palm grip is perfect for handling greasy meats as well as slippery tongs and knives. The long sleeve protected my arms when reaching over extremely hot coals. They are washed with a little soap and warm water and will drip dry. These are used in professional kitchens and are an excellent, inexpensive accessory for hardcore grillers.
These grill gloves are coated with food-grade neoprene and are efficiently designed to protect forearms and hands from smoke, fire, and high temperatures. These work to protect skin and hands from temperatures up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit. Available in 14” or 18” for added protection. They are waterproof, fireproof, stain-resistant, non-slip, easy to clean, and are versatile to work with during any high-heat activities including smoking, grilling, BBQ, cooking, and tending to campfires.
- 14 or 18 inch sleeves to choose from
- Made with food grade neoprene with 932 degree rating
- Double layer of soft cotton lining inside
- Non-slip pattern in the palm and fingers
These are solid, versatile gloves for both smoking and high-temperature grilling.
I really liked the soft interior with the cotton lining and was very happy to see that it is offered in two different sleeve lengths.
These BBQ gloves are EN407 certified, meaning they can withstand ultra-high temperatures up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit. They are designed to maintain grip and dexterity and offer comfort with their 100% cotton lining. The extended length of the cuff offers additional protection for forearms and wrists, and the double layer of knitted internal layers adds extra protection from heat. The fire-proof components are made from high-grade para-aramid and meta-aramid fibers which are the same materials used in clothes designed for firefighters for protecting against high heat and flames.
- Can manage up to 932 degrees for short time
- Made of same material as found in firefighter protective equipment
- Comes in two sizes
- Protects against cold too
Lower Temperature Gloves
If you primarily smoke meals, you know the temperatures typically stay below 300° or so. That really opens up the type of gloves you can use, as they don’t have to withstand some of the higher grill temps. The next gloves really work well for the lower temperature meals.
These waterproof and oil-resistant gloves are good for barbecuing, grilling, frying, and smoking. They come in one size that fits the majority of hand sizes. The non-slip pattern on the palm of the gloves makes it easy to manage hot meats and hot utensils while keeping hands and skin safe. The heat-resistant layer is made from food-grade neoprene, making it resistant to water, grease, hot oil splashes, melting, flames, and fire. These can easily handle medium temperatures from your grill or smoker.
- Good for smoking – up to 400-500 degrees
- Wavy pattern in the neoprene on the palm and fingers offers grip and support
- Comes with a resealable storage bag
These silicone BBQ gloves can resist temperatures up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. They’ve earned a reputation as some of the safest and most reliable grilling gloves on the market and have even been featured on The Cooking Channel, Buzzfeed, Sobe Food & Wine, and more. They are designed to fully protect hands and wrists and offer no-slip grip for BBQ, grilling, and kitchen use. They are BPA-free, FDA-approved, 100% waterproof, stain-proof, dishwasher safe, and are not susceptible to accumulating odors.
- Protection up to 425 degrees
- 100% Silicone / No liner
- Washable in the Dishwasher!
- Three different sizes
- Fairly long sleeves for forearm protection
The company who makes these gloves is so confident you’ll love them that they even offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and refund if you are not happy with your purchase. They are available in two colors and multiple sizes. The low-temperature rating makes these great smoker gloves but not necessarily great for bbq gloves or grilling at high temps.
The Best BBQ Gloves to Buy
You can’t really go wrong with any of these grilling gloves. Each of these top bbq gloves offers superior protection and practicality, and is highly rated and reviewed for various reasons. Take some time to read through the details of each one to figure out what works best for you.
Make sure when choosing the best glove for grilling at your house you consider fit, temperature rating, heat resistance, comfort, non-slip surface, and whether you want waterproof gloves and/or machine washable gloves. All of these factors will affect your decision based on your specific needs and grilling habits.
❓ Questions to Ask
- Who all will be wearing the gloves?
- Will you need multipurpose gloves? (waterproof, cold protection, hot pads?)
- Will you need extreme heat protection? (>1400º)
- Will you be using them mostly for grilling, BBQing, or smoking?
- Are you concerned about an added grip layer?
- Do you want longer sleeved gloves?
- Do you want a money-back guarantee?
- Will you need to handle hot coals?
- Do you need fireproof bbq gloves?
- Does the coolness factor matter? Some gloves come in a variety of colors or are made from the same material firefighters wear. Both of these add to the cool factor!
Come back and let me know which one you decided on and why! I love to hear what others choose and learn from their thoughts. Happy grilling!