I finally have the ideal pair of oven mitts (bought from NTUC Finest at Thomson Plaza). The traditional cloth mitts get scorched when they touch the sides of the oven (especially if it is pizza or artisanal bread which require very high oven settings). The pure vinyl mitts are even worse. They don't insulate properly and so my fingers get burnt.
This pair is cloth on the inside and vinyl on the outside. This allows me to pick up stuff straight from inside boiling water or the hot steamer. It is ever so pretty too with flowers and leaves etched in relief. I love them. Best kitchen buy this year after the cast iron grill pan bought earlier to give our meats that taste of the barbecue without having to light a charcoal fire. Along with the gloves, I got a pair of vinyl tongs to use on the cast iron grill pan.