Many of us are planning our holiday meals, and in the meantime, the cold weather makes us want to hibernate in the kitchen, baking up all things cozy. That said, even those of us who love whipping up cookies and casseroles can all agree on one thing: burning your forearm on an oven rack while removing a tray of brownies is the worst. No more, thanks to these nifty LeeYean Oven Rack Shields! They slip over the edge of the rack to act as a guard, so just in case your arm grazes it, it'll be met by heatproof silicone, rather than a piping-hot piece of metal. Where have these been all our lives?
Available in packs of four, these 14-inch BPA-free, food-grade silicone tubes are actual game-changers in the kitchen. They can be trimmed down to fit your oven's racks, or even the ones in your toaster oven or air fryer. To install, just slide them over the front edge of the rack via their open sides, which have little ridges that grip the metal. So easy! And if they get dirty, simply peel them off to clean.
They can withstand heat up to 446 degrees Fahrenheit, and if you opt for the bright red ones, you'll be reminded to pay extra attention every time you open your oven. Considering how chaotic getting Thanksgiving dinner on the table can be, these are holiday must-haves for preventing painful situations.
Over 3,500 Amazon customers have given the LeeYean Oven Rack Shields their five-star seal of approval.
"I am buying six sets of these for Christmas presents," gushed a happy holiday host. "These install in SECONDS and will stop you from getting those annoying Thanksgiving Day burns when you're distracted by other things. I have two scars on my right thumb from front oven rack touches, so I highly recommend these. ... You can cut them to fit your rack in an instant and they are super pliable and easy to put on. ... These really are one of the best buys I've made on Amazon."
"A real hand/wrist-saver!" exclaimed another satisfied shopper. "I am delighted with them! Not only to do they protect my hands/wrists from bumping into a hot rack when turning or removing items from the oven, they also serve as a 'bumper' to protect the door from the rack edge. And besides, the red color just looks cool through the oven door!"
"I have multiple sclerosis, and as a result, my localized depth perception is super off sometimes," shared a final fan. "I burnt myself on the exact same spot on my arm twice within one month from hitting the hot oven rack ... BUT, that was before I got these rack protectors! They’re easy to install, easy to fit and definitely worth it to avoid burns! They seem thick and good quality. My only complaint is that if you try to pull the rack out, sometimes you’ll just be grabbing the heat protectors, and they will pop off where you grabbed. Just be aware of that as you grab the rack, and you’ll be fine!"
And for even more arm protection, why not invest in a pair of extra-long oven mitts?
"These are the highest quality oven mitts I have ever used," wrote a content customer. "If they should become soiled, just wash them like your hands with your hands still in them. No heat comes through and they are long to protect [your] arms. They are soft on the inside. I would gladly give these as a gift."
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.