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Counter Protectors

Do you really need an extra piece of equipment to protect your countertop, or will a heavy cloth suffice?

What We Learned

Do you really need an extra piece of equipment to protect your countertop, or will a heavy cloth suffice? Using a hot Dutch oven, large rimmed baking sheet, and 12-inch skillet, we tested eight counter protectors (some were raised trivets, others had a flat design) in materials that ranged from old-fashioned braided cloth to wood, cast iron, and silicone. Our finding: Models made wi...