I first bought these gloves from John Lewis in 2002 and I STILL have them! They are fantastic!! They are the best so far in protecting my hands from heat for taking baking dishes directly from the oven (I do a lot of baking), nothing else I've bought in the past comes close. They are also extremely durable. I've had mine for 14 years which is a testament to the quality that one can expect from a brand like Le Creuset. If they made their products less durable, they would probably make more money from return buyers. : ) One of the best features of this mitt is the magnet inside the glove which lets me just slap it on the fridge when I'm done with it rather than look for the hook and hang it on. But now after over a decade of service, the fabric around the magnet is torn and the magnet will fall out anytime. To be honest, I am sure that are gloves out there that are well made but for many many years I have looked for this glove but none come with the in-built magnet and have not found it (not even in official Le Creuset stores in Asia), until now. Thank you Kitchen Warehouse!