Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best saucepans, pots and pans, and baking dishes before, here we found the best trivets on Amazon to set them on. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
“This really is a trivet to set a massively heavy and insanely hot Dutch oven pot down on. Really strong cast iron with rubber feet. Definitely NOT your wimpy wire trivet!”
“These are great. They work well, look nice, hold up well, and wash easily. They’re a little expensive, but I bought two and then came back for two to give as gifts to someone who really liked mine.”
“This thing is my favorite. It takes up so little room, it stays perfectly flat, and it adjusts to fit a small cast-iron pan or a sheet pan. I know it will protect my surfaces. The only downside? When I first got it, I kept forgetting I had it because it practically disappeared inside the drawer! Thinking of getting some for hostess gifts — it is something almost anyone will grow to love — especially if they have space limitations.”
“This little 9-by-12-inch mat is the perfect size, looks wonderful, and works great. I purchased mine to go beneath my Mr. Coffee Coffee Pot as a barrier between the pot and my new counter top. The pot is on several hours in the morning and gets quite hot. I wanted something nice-looking while protecting my counter and it perfectly fits the bill. The silicone is easily wiped after spots or spills; the double-sided grooves allow air space so the mat grips well and is not heat conducive.”
“I love these. They work great as pot holders. No issues with burn marks and they protect your delicate surfaces. They are super easy to clean and they never stain like the cloth ones. A little soap and water and done. I have officially replaced all the cloth potholders and oven mitts in my kitchen with silicone.”
“Beautiful: These are made out of sustainable bamboo, which is very good for the environment. A little food-grade wood oil and they are set to go. I would buy more and give these as gifts. They are a beautiful addition and will look very nice on my table, too!!”
“I found these to be the perfect trivet in my tiny kitchen with one hot plate. I can put a pot on it, a saucepan, a frying pan, a baking pan, a muffin pan, a mug, a bowl, a griddle, a sheet pan, really any of the above. They’re big enough that something much wider than the trivet can balance easily. Super lightweight and easy to store. They don’t get hot at all, unlike heavy metal or ceramic trivets, so they can be tossed in a drawer right when you’re done.”
“These are so pretty that I don’t know if I want to use them for what they are for! These would be just as beautiful as wall decorations as they are for hot plates in the kitchen. These are very well constructed and I honestly think that as long as the wood is treated properly (as directed), these will last a long time! Definitely something I am going to have to go back to for gifts for newlyweds!”
“Like you, I was skeptical since they’re extraordinarily small. How in the world can they successfully support any hot pot, pan, casserole dish, etc.? Believe it or not, they do! To test them, I placed three on the kitchen counter and set my full-to-the-brim Brita water pitcher on them. After spacing the trivets further apart, the pitcher stood there like a rock. As for their ability to withstand searing temperatures without melting? Another A+. Absolutely no melting, softening or reduction in stability. Solid, space-saving, ingenious little suckers.”
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