February 11, 2018

The Best BBQ Gloves 2018: Buyers Guide And Review (Updated Feb. 2018)

I can picture it now. You just got your new grill, your new BBQ tool set and a big hunk of brisket form your favorite butcher. Everything is set for one hell of a first session with your new BBQ.

But then, as you are about to set your brisket in the grill, you notice something’s not quite right. You need to rearrange the coals. You reach for the rubber kitchen gloves you have stashed away for cleaning. Deep down you know these are not going to work. So you go for your wife’s cloth oven mitts, but with the look she gives you, you know they are not even an option. Does this situation sound familiar? One way or another, we have all been there.

It's only then, we realize how essential a decent pair of insulated BBQ gloves are. We get so excited about the meat, the toolset and the grill itself we completely forget about the gloves, and let's be honest gloves should be something that we take seriously, after all, they are an important piece of safety equipment.

We need to understand that not all gloves are created equal. When handling hot food, rearranging coals and grill plates you need a heavy duty pair of insulated bbq gloves. Your wife is right, her cute kitchen gloves covered in cats has no place at the grill.
When looking for a pair of BBQ gloves it can get overwhelming. There is a million different styles, lengths, materials and price points. This guide will help you decide exactly what you need.

​Ekogrips BBQ Oven Gloves 
 The grippiest gloves on the planet

Ekogrips BBQ Oven Gloves

The Ekogrips BBQ oven gloves are one extremely waterproof, grippy pair of silicone oven gloves. The durable silicone construction guarantees rip resistance and a comfortable on hand feel. The grip pads on the outside add additional grip which is perfect for carrying hot trays, pans and grill plates. They are slightly thick but you still get a decent feel when carrying smaller objects or are using thermometers.

They have hooks loops at the top of each glove for hanging and are a really bright color so there is no way you can lose them.

Key Features

Extra Grippy - The silicone is extremely grippy and perfect for carrying everything from hot grill plates to whole turkeys.
100% Waterproof - No matter how much water is around, these guys will not get wet.

Long Coverage - The extra long wrists cover you well from steam, hot coals and smoke. The length is also perfect for cooking on the grill, you can flip burgers all day without feeling the burn.

Rip Resistant - The silicone used in the construction is really durable and rip resistant. They are long lasting and can handle anything that you throw at them.

425°F Heat Resistance - For a set of silicone gloves this is pretty good. This is great for carrying hot trays, pans & grill plates. Also perfect for carrying piping hot smoke chicken/ turkey and reaching into hot pots of water/broth.

What I Liked

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    These gloves are extremely durable 
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    The coverage of these gloves is fantastic
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    The handy hanging hooks 
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    The rip resistance and general durability of these gloves is awesome, even when you are cutting or moving fire logs you feel safe.

What I Didn't Like

  • They are quite a bulky glove, so you don’t get all the dexterity as you would out of a pair of fabric gloves.
  • The wrists are not so tight, this is not a huge issue but access heat can make its way down into the glove and to your wrists which can cause some discomfort.


Overall they are a decent set of silicone gloves. They have all the grip you could ask for in a set of BBQ gloves. Cleaning after use is a breeze, just throw them in the dishwasher with the rest of your gear.

These gloves are a good option for the casual smoker or backyard barbecuer who generally uses their smoker for cooking low and slow and don’t often have super high temperatures. I would have given these gloves 5 stars if they had a higher temperature resistance

Grill Heat Aid Extreme Heat Resistant Grill Gloves
 The most heat resistant gloves on the internet

Grill Heat Aid Extreme Heat Resistant Grill Gloves:

If you are all about grilling at high temperatures you will love these Grill Heat Aid gloves. As the name suggests they are extremely heat resistant and boast the highest heat resistance out of all the gloves that I have tested.

These gloves are a good looking, comfortable glove that is packed full of awesome features, my favorite features are:

Key Features

Heat Resistance - These gloves are heat resistant to an impressive 932°F. They are also EN407 certified. This means you are safe from contact heat, flammability, radiant heat, convective heat and even splashes of molten metal. No matter how much you load your grill up with coals, nothing is going to get through these bad boys, not even flaming logs.

Aramid Fiber Construction -
Gloves made with aramid fiber construction are my favorite. This material is a super heat resistant, heavy duty synthetic material that allows you to work in very hot conditions without.

Flexibility -
Unlike some of the bulkier silicone gloves, these gloves feel like an extension of your hands. You can pick up grill plates, trays, pots and even use a thermometer as normal.

Comfortable Liner -
These gloves were made with comfort in mind. They are lined with 100% cotton. This makes it easy to wear them for a long time when grilling burgers, steak or sausages.

Grippy -
The silicone grip strips on the outside are really good. Fresh out of the packet they need a little bit of wearing in, however after the first cook you will notice they have a lot of grip, you can carry everything from hot pots, grill plates, tongs that have been left on the grill and even whole chicken with ease.

What I Liked

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    These gloves are extremely  comfortable.
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    You can get plenty of finger feel and movement whilst wearing the gloves.
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    These gloves have an amazing heat resistance. 
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    Working with these gloves on is a breeze, you don't even notice they are on.  

What I Didn't Like

  • These gloves do have a low water resistance, any more than a few big drops of water and you start to lose the impressive heat resistance.
    Please note this was also the case when the gloves were exposed to steam. 


Overall these gloves are awesome. You really can't ask for more out of a glove for under $30. They are amazingly comfortable, have a tonne of grip and have an amazing amount of heat resistance.

These gloves are perfect for anyone who is a bit more serious about their grill and loves to grill/smoke/barbecue at higher temperatures.

The only downside is that they are not very waterproof, so do be careful if you are working around moisture or steam.

The Artisan griller insulated gloves are a nice and long pair of neoprene gloves. Being made of neoprene they are decently waterproof and have a great fireproof rating.

They are super comfortable and have a little bit of extra room making them breathable. Great for those hot afternoons when you have the gloves on for long periods of time. They are stain resistant and are a real breeze to clean. Just wash with soap and water as you would wash your hands, then easily slide them off to dry.

Key Features

Heat Resistance - These gloves are covered in a food grade neoprene coating which is resistant to melting and is fire resistant

Jersey Cotton Liner -
 These gloves are seriously comfortable, they are lined with a jersey cotton liner which keeps your hands nice and comfortable.

Flexibility -
Because of neoprene lining these gloves are fantastically flexible. You can do all your ordinary tasks while wearing them. Even pulling pork and cutting garlic is possible.

Comfortable Liner -
These gloves were made with comfort in mind. They are lined with 100% cotton. This makes it easy to wear them for a long time when grilling burgers, steak or sausages.

Textured palm - 
The textured palm is a great feature which offers great grip, even when the gloves are slippery and greasy form pulling pork or picking up a whole turkey.

Glove Length -
The length of these gloves was perfect for me, at almost elbow length they had my forearms well covered.

What I Liked

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    These gloves give off ample coverage.
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    Amazing grip from the textured palm.
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    The material is also oil resistant, just incase you get any hot oil splashes. 
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    Super easy to clean and maintain.

What I Didn't Like

  • If I could find one fault it would be that they are a little bit loose around the arm and the wrist. This was only an issue when spending long periods of time with your hands over the grill, and at an angle where heat could get in.


​All in all, these are a very comfortable set of gloves that have a great length and are very easy to complete regular tasks in. They offer great grip in all conditions and are even super easy to clean with just soap and water while you still have them on.

I would recommend these gloves for any backyard smokers, grillers or barbeques who like comfort and quality at a good price point.

The Simdevanma grill gloves are an extremely heat resistant blend of aramid fibre and silicone. These gloves have the added bonus of being able to fit on both left and right hands. Considering this I thought they were amazingly comfortable. The cotton and poly molds to the shape of your hand with ease.

Aside from the impressive heat resistance and multi hand capabilities they are easily washed in the washing machine and fairly quick to dry. I found that for a cotton glove they are really easy to get on and off and don’t have a loose feel like some other models can, you could say they fit like a glove.

Key Features

Heat Resistance - These gloves have a huge heat resistance of 932°F, this is more than enough to tackle any job you throw at them. Carrying hot grill parts, adjusting your coals, moving hot logs or scrubbing a hot grill is no match for these guys.

Multi Hand -
These gloves are able to be worn on both left and right hands. They also fit either hand very comfortably unlike some other gloves that offer the same versatility.

Interior Lining -
Your hands will appreciate the quality cotton and poly lining, this lining is sweat absorbing and breathable so that means your hands stay comfortable and dry. Even if you have them on for long periods of time.

CE Level 3 Cut Resistant -
Be confident while cutting and chopping with a Level 3 cut resistance rating, this is great peace of mind just in case any accidents. 

Textured Grips -
Both sides are lined with silicone for additional grip. These still kept their grip while greasy and covered in fat.

What I Liked

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    The added peace of mind of cut resistency
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    The all over textured grips.
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    Being able to use these on both left and right hands is a huge plus.
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    These gloves are uber heat resistant and can tackle any job you 

What I Didn't Like

  • Once wet or exposed to steam they lose much of their heat resistance.
    They are only sold as a single glove, so for a set, you need to order two.


The bottom line is these gloves are extremely heat resistant and very easy to use around both the outdoor grill and the kitchen. Lifting grill plates, hot pots, racks and cooked meats is a breeze and you get the same I love the added peace of mind of the cut resistance rating and the extremely grippy silicone on the outside.

They are a great glove for general outdoor cooking. Compared to some other gloves they don’t have full forearm cover so for those who are serious about their grilling these may not be the best choice. All and all they are a solid glove and protect your hands perfectly from any heat source.

These gloves are extra long, extra durable and extra heavy duty. They are perfect for holding hot grill plates, moving heavy hot grill parts, coals and logs.

The suede is really tough and surprisingly does not stain easily. They are a larger glove, however, you can still use tongs, knives and other utensils with ease.

Key Features

Extra Long - These gloves are super long and give you amazing protecting right up to the elbow. This is great for covered grills and smokers.

Worked Suede -
The soft worked suede is surprisingly user friendly and doesn’t cause any issues while grasping small objects.

Durable -
These gloves are made for the long haul, they have super solid stitching and are well constructed.

What I Liked

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    These gloves are very durable.
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    Your forearms are very well covered
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    Even though they are a thick glove you still get plenty of finger movement

What I Didn't Like

  • They don’t have a high heat resistance, so using them for longer periods of time in direct heat is not advised.


These gloves are a good glove for those of you who need a heavy duty, well made glove. They offer decent heat protection in the short term. I find they are a good glove for taking apart a hot used grill or emptying out hot coals or logs.

What Do I Consider To Be Good BBQ Glove Traits?

The needs of an outdoor BBQ chef are different than those who are cooking indoors. There are totally different conditions, needs, and requirements. To narrow down the selection of gloves I need to ask specific questions about the gloves:

Are they easily stained?
Are they water resistant?
Are the gloves long enough to cover the wrist?
Are they easily stained?
Can they be cleaned?
Do you still get decent movement and finger feel out of them?

Providing most of these questions had a positive answer they have passed my first test of being a good selection for good heat resistant BBQ glove.

Who Is This BBQ Glove Guide Aimed At?

This glove guide is for those of you who need a set of gloves for smoking meat and barbecuing. Grills, smokers & BBQ’s are constructed of metal, and around heat, metal tends to get pretty hot.

When handling hot coals, grill plates, chimney starters, cooking trays and other BBQ equipment you need a set of well insulated gloves. We have all been there, we have all tried to pick up something we know we shouldn’t with bare hands or a kitchen towel, don’t be a hero. The last thing you want is to drop your prize piece of meat or a trip to the emergency room.

The gloves below are gloves that have had first hand experience with and find to be perfect for general grill, smoker and BBQ use. These gloves are insulated enough for this specific purpose. However, with that being said I would not recommend these for tasks such as welding or smelting.

Why Cant I Just Use My Tongs?

This is a question that my son asked me when I was unwrapping my new gloves.
Now there is nothing wrong with tongs, don’t get me wrong I love my tongs like a third child. However, there are times when you simply just shouldn’t use them. This is for both safety and practicality reasons.

Picture this; you have a delicious 15 lb brisket in that has just come to temperature, you get excited and grab the tray with your tongs. There is no chance that you are safely going to get that bad boy from the grill to the table in one piece. The only way to do this is with a set of gloves or a combination of glove and tong.

Another instance would be if you have hot grill plates that you need to move or take out for cleaning. You could try to take them out with your tongs. However, this will more than likely end up with you dropping the grill plates, or burning yourself. You need a set of insulated gloves to securely hold the grill plate, this ensures you have a strong two hand hold on the hot plates.

When selecting a set of gloves you need to make sure you take into account how often you will be using them for transporting purposes, some gloves are very thick and don’t give you much feel on what you are gripping. When transporting grill plates and other hot items you want to know you have a secure hold on them. This is for your safety and the safety of those around you.

What Are The different Glove Materials

When selecting gloves there are three main materials you can choose from. Each different material has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Let's break down each material and discuss the strengths and weaknesses.

Woven Aramid Fabric

Aramid fibers are a class of heat resistant and extremely strong synthetic fibers.
Aramid fibres are primarily used in the firefighting world for the construction of firefighters gear. It is also used in various military applications and in the aerospace industry. These fibers are also used in the construction of ballistic rated body armor, Kevlar and can even be used as a substitute for asbestos.

Aramid fibers have an extremely high resistance to heat and abrasions. For these two main reasons, in my eyes, gloves constructed out of woven aramid fibres are the best choice when it comes to heat resistant gloves.

The only downside to aramid fiber is that it is not water resistant and it has a higher production price tag. But at the end of the day, you pay for a more superior, heat resistant product.

The bottom line is that wouldn’t use a suit constructed head to toe of aramid fibers if it wasn’t the best.


Silicone is a material very similar to rubber. Silicone is very diverse and can be used in everything from computers to wetsuits. Its density & thickness plays a huge roll in how heat resistant it can be.

Silicone is relatively cheap, 100% waterproof, very easy to clean and even dishwasher safe. This makes silicone a very popular choice. Silicone is a perfect choice for those who are carrying trays, pots and grill plates.

Gloves made from silicone do have a couple of downsides. The first is that silicone gloves are often quite bulky, making it hard to carry smaller objects or performing tasks that require smaller pieces of equipment.

Secondly, silicone gloves can be quite loose around the wrist/ arms. This means that radiant heat can find its way into the gloves and can cause some discomfort, and in some cases defeats the purpose of wearing them in the first place.

Lastly, if silicone gets greasy it can become quite slippery. This makes it very difficult to keep a grip on things such as trays, racks, and utensils. This can make for some tense moments when carrying a hot rack with a perfectly cooked brisket on board!

Treated leather

You can also get gloves that are made up of treated leather, this is not a material that I personally would not recommend. This is for a couple of main reasons.
While treated leather is heat resistant it is not as resistant as the other materials, and some brands even advise to stay away from hot coals, logs, grills or cast iron. To me, that does not sound like a pair of gloves I want to be spending money on.

Treated leather is a ‘living material’ and requires quite a bit of attention and care. This means you can not clean them in the dishwasher or in with the rest of the bbq dished for clean up.

I have never experienced myself but I have heard rumors of leather gloves shrinking from exposure to heat. Not a huge problem but if true might require a purchase of new gloves.

While they are fine for most barbecue or grilling tasks, you need to be careful not to hold onto a cast iron grill for too long, or when moving around hot coals or logs.

Final Thoughts

Like all markets for accessories, the bbq gloves market is saturated with a tonne of different brands and models. Brands tend to throw around big, fancy words to make their product stand out in the crowd. This can make things far more confusing than they need to be.

When buying gloves there are a couple key things to remember to ensure that you are buying the right gloves for your specific needs and they are fit for your purpose.

Be sure to pay attention to the warnings and directions of different gloves. Some may look like they are built to withstand the elements, but in reality, they are not going to protect you when you need it the most.

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