They’re stronger than carbon steel and much cheaper than an ER visit.
This article originally appeared on Food & Wine.
No matter how careful you are in the kitchen, accidents still happen. And whether you’ve simply scraped your finger or barely avoided a full-blown hospital visit, you’re aware that using razor-sharp—or worse, dull—blades comes with a risk.
Thankfully, Amazon shoppers have found a way to slice and dice without fear: the lightweight, cut-resistant gloves from NoCry that fit like a second skin. Made with a combination of heavy-duty polyethylene, glass fiber, and Spandex, the gloves are tougher than carbon steel but flexible enough to handle everything from paring knives to mandolin slicers. In fact, the NoCry gloves have a Level 5 Cut Protection rating, meaning they can resist up to 7 pounds of pressure from the blade before it would cut through the material.
The food-safe gloves ($12 [originally $13]; amazon.com) weigh just one ounce and come in four hand sizes, ranging from small to extra-large, ensuring they’re snug and not bulky when maneuvering your tools. What’s more, you can even throw them in the washing machine for fuss-free cleanup.
On Amazon, they have an impressive 4.5-star customer rating with more than 13,000 reviews. Thousands of shoppers rave about how strong yet flexible the gloves are, with some saying they never chop without them.
“Ordered these after losing a battle with my mandolin slicer and partially cutting off the end of my ring finger,” wrote a user who also shared a photo of her injury. “I won't use the mandolin again without these gloves!”
Another added, “I keep my Wüsthof and Henckel knives sharp enough to shave with and when these showed up I put them to the test. Grab the knife by the blade? Sure! Run the knife down the palm? Why not? I started with just a little bit of force and a very slow pull but with every increase in my efforts, I only got MORE confident these gloves were going to keep me safe.”
Others describe their comfortable fit, praising how light and breathable the fabric is, as well as how well they work for both right and left hands.
“I dehydrate lots of fruit and vegetables this time of year and after cutting the top of my thumb off using a mandolin I got some cut resistant gloves,” a reviewer said. “They were big and bulky and the tips kept getting caught in the slicing blades, so I decided to give the NoCry gloves a try and am very glad I did. These fit snugly, don't get caught, and both gloves can be worn on either hand...a very nice bonus since I'm right-handed and the left glove on the other pair was useless to me.”
Best of all? The NoCry gloves cost less than $13, which is a lot cheaper than a visit to the hospital. No matter if you have small or large hands, these tough gloves will give you the power to cut with confidence.