Stop resorting to using your oven mitts and commit to the real thing.

By Morgan Goldberg
June 17, 2019
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The one item that you never think of but always need is a trivet. They to protect your tables and countertops from heat damage from those great cast irons and bakeware that you need a for when you whip it out of the oven. Hot plates, pots and pans always need a space to go especially when the stovetop is occupied, and a good trivet stand is the best idea. When the kitchen is overwhelmed during holidays like Thanksgiving or Easter, you'll need a to put the goods.

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On top of that essential protection, trivets themselves can also be design pieces for your table spread. Whether it’s marble or stoneware, wood or cast iron, there are plenty of gorgeous materials that will sufficiently safeguard your surfaces from burns and stains. Play them up with colors, sizes and styles for your own kitchen aesthetic. We've gathered a few of our favorite options, so read on for our picks for trivets for hot dishes.

French Kitchen Marble and Copper Trivet, $20 at crateandbarrel.com

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As beautiful as it is functional, this white marble slab with natural grey veining is trimmed with a trendy copper-plated base. As a naturally occurring stone, marble doesn’t conduct heat, which means it’ll protect your table. You can also find a spoon rest to match, making cleanup a breeze.

Le Creuset Deluxe Round Trivet, $75 at lecreuset.com