we have a jamie oliver pan about a year old, hardly used and the red spot in the middle is peeling, we took it back to the local tefal shop and they said no receipt nothing can do.surley a lifetime guarantee means just that not 12 months of very little use. people are happy to take your money but slow to solve problems. a tefal pan is a tefal pan no one else has made it,it may just be the odd poor quality one but its no use to us now and no one wants to know.
I received a set of Tefal saucepans as a moving in present from my best friend and having been using them regularly for a few months now so thought I should write up what I thought of them.
The set we have is the Tefal Elegance Stainless Steel 5 piece set (Argos are currently doing this set for £49.99). In the set you get a 16, 18, 20cm saucepan with glass lid, 24cm frying pan and 14cm milkpan. They are all stainless steel and have an "impact bonded base".
There should be a saucepan here to suit every need you have. They are great and the milkpan even has little indentation on the inside giving you measurement markings, I haven't needed to use this as I normally pour liquids into a jug before putting into a saucepan but I can see this as a helpful feature for someone.
There are a couple of downsides to these firstly the frying pan isn't non-stick so you do need to make sure you have plenty of oil etc. in the bottom to try and avoid food stuffs sticking to the bottom of it. However, don't be too put off by this as I have found with some fairy and elbow grease the burnt stuff does come off though how burnt it would have to be before this happen I'm not sure.
The sauacepands do clean the same as any others but I have noticed that the "stainless steel" has marked slightly and isn't as bright and shiny as it was when we first got these. But I'm not too bothered by this as at least it shows we use them and there not dirty just not bright and shiny anymore.
The only issue I have really is with the glass lids. They fit 4 out of the 5 saucepans as obviously the milkpan doesn't come fitted with one and they have a small steam hole in the top and a metal handle to be able to lift the lid on and off. Its this metal handle I have an issue with, it does get very hot and I have to remember to get a cloth or oven glove first before taking it off the pan. I understand that this is not going to be stone cold the whole time that you are using the pans but I have used other pans before with glass and metal lids where the handles don't get as hot as this.
Having said all this I think these saucepans are good value for money and I'm sure they can be found elsewhere for less than the £49.99 that Argos are selling them for. There are also similar style pan sets by other manufacturers but the thing I like about these are that they are Tefal and seem very good quality and don't feel like they are going to break or fall apart in 5 minutes like you find with some cheaper alternatives.
I would buy a set of these myself all I need to remember is the cloth for lids or just to cook without using the lids on the saucepans. There are more expensive sets out there and Tefal do do set which are non-stick rather than stainless steel for a little bit more money which might be worth the investment but for something which does carry the Tefal brand name they are great.
All I can say to my best friend for getting me these is thank you.
What a brilliant range of pots and pans for the kitchen. Last Christmas i decided to buy my mum a set of these pans, knowing full well that i would also get to use them. They have to most innovative addition to cooking in my opinion that is the tefal hot spot, you put your pan on the hob and it basically tells you when it has warmed sufficiently to start cooking. This is really useful especially if you have a few on the go at the same time and can't keep tabs on everything that is going on. The non-stick covering is great, it removes the need for excessive oil or butter in a ban especially for things like eggs and bacon. The pans are really well made a conduct heat very efficiently meaning cooking time is reduced to the minimum. They might be expensive but they are really good quality pots and pans.
I bought a set of Tefal saucepans in 1993 from Kays home shopping cost £99, 4years later the none stick coating was starting to wear off,not through the washing up but from stiring during cooking even though I only use wood or plastic utensils. I sent one saucepan back to Tefal & 4 days later a complete new set arrived. This year I sent them another saucepan & explained that I wasnt expecting it to be replaced but that I just wanted them to see the product so as to improve on the making of them.. 4 Days later another complete set arrived,Now thats what I call a lifetime guarantee..& what a wonderful company.. Has anyone else had good results from lifetime guarantees..after all everything wears out eventually..Andre de Brett are doing this on clothes,I cannot begin to think of how this would work
I bought a set of Tefal 7 piece Armatal Cookware form the Argos catalogue, I paid £80 for them, which at the time I thought was rather expensive. I usually buy cheaper cookware sets, but I so fed up with the non-stick wearing off and everything sticking and burning the bottoms of them, so I thought that it might be cost effective to invest in a better make, as they will probably work out cheaper in the long run. The set I got has got 3 saucepans, 1 milkpan, a 20cm and 24cm frying pan and a 26cm frying pan with a lid. The bases are made of copper and have an anti-warp disc in the base, so they never warp, my normal frying pan always seems to tilt to one side, so now my Tefal one cooks things evenly, especially bacon, before I had to keep turning the bacon around so that it would cook evenly. The frying pans also have a Thermospot which is a red spot in the middle of the pan, which is made up of fine lines, which disappear when the fat is hot enough to start cooking. They also come with a lifetime guarantee which is a good thing as most others only have a two or three year guarantee. They also have special handles on them, that always stay cool, and never get hot where they burn you hands. The one I had before always got hot, and no matter what heat you had it on, it would burn your hand, I had to use a dampened dish cloth to pick it up. I think that I got a really good bargain, and I just hope that they last as long as they say they do, if they do I'll never need to buy pans again.
As someone who is interested in cooking, albeit recipes that aren't too complicated requiring lots of ingredients, I have had many pots and pans over the years. One of my worst buys was a 5 piece non-stick pan set from a local chain store for the unbelievably cheap price of £9.99. Needless to say, within 14 months or so (just in time for the guarantee to be invalid!) the pans surfaces had started to blister and the handles loosened. (As the handles were welded on, not screwed on, nothing could be done. Very dangerous!) After this little episode I used my loaf - so to speak - and bought a decent set from Tefal. They cost more, but I still use them and I know I'll never be let down by them. The one pan I was really pleased with though was one I bought separately, a Tefal pancake pan which I bought through QVC - The Shopping Channel. I had never thought I needed a special pancake pan before and had always used an ordinary frying pan. My pancakes had been so-so but nothing to write home about. After using the Tefal pancake pan, my pancakes were to die for! (Even though I say it myself!) The actual recipe and ingredients for pancakes is written in big letters on the back of the pan, and I use that. They turn out really scrummy. The pan has very low straight sides to it, making it easy to remove or toss the pancake, unlike an ordinary pan which has sloped sides. Because of the novel way Tefal have included the recipe on the back of the pancake pan, it would look good hung up in the kitchen. Of course the pancakes never stick. It also has a 'Thermospot' in the middle of the pan. This is a novel idea from Tefal; as you heat the pan on the hob the spot changes colour, which tells you the pan is hot enough. I don't know how many times in the past I have thought a pan is hot enough only to find when I've tipped in the food that it just sits there without cooking because it's still too cool. No more mistakes with the The
rmospot technique. I can't praise Tefal enough. They have been around for many years and their reputation is spotless. They get my vote every time.
After using a frying pan that was bought from Asdas’ own range for £3 for the last year or so the step up to this little beauty is unbelievable! The pan was bought for £12.00, which may seem a lot but for the serious piece of kitchen hardware this buys you will not be disappointed! It's as simple as this. You put the pan on the burner(without oil is fine!), it has this little red tefal emblem in the middle, when the emblem goes completely red you put the food in, you shake the pan for a bit, and you take the food out! It's amazing I've done eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausages, ribs, burgers, and allsorts! And the one thing that was evident throughout was that none of it had to be chiselled off the bottom of the pan afterwards! Pay the £12.00 or whatever because you will save this money easily in wasted food, washing up liquid and also not having to replace the cheaper pans in the long run!!
I recently bought a Tefal Optimal frying pan as my local Tesco had it on offer for £7.49 instead of £15.99 for the largest size. I have since bought the 2 smaller ones for £9.99 at Woolworths, and consider this to be a reasonable price for pans of this quality. I am now a convert to the school of Tefal, and in turn I now cook with less fat, and I find that my food with much tastier. The principle is simple but very effective. There is a red spot about the diameter of an old 10p in the middle of the pan with the Tefal logo on it. You put the pan on the hob with no food in it, and when it heats up enough to place the food in, the logo disappears, indicating that the pan had reached it's optimal temperature, therefore that is why the pans are from the Optimal range. I have cooked chicken, mince and done a stir fry in this pan, and none of it has burnt or stuck to the pan, even when using little or no oil. In fact it is more tasty as it does not have oil dripping from it, and the real taste is not overpowered by the fat. The pan is easy to clean and it is dishwasher safe. I paid a bargain price but to be honest now that I have tried it I would have paid the full price for it.
Buy Tefal and you are ensured of a Lifetime Guarantee on the non-stick coating. Now, what else could you want for pots and pans which have non-stick interiors? It’s penny–wise and pound-foolish if you are going to buy streams of cheapo pots, which start to peel after 1 month!? You hardly ever used it and it’s time to throw it out already! Isn’t that silly ?So right from the beginning, get a TEFAL set…and be satisfied for the rest of your life! It’s much healthier not having to eat all that non-stick coatings ( xylan etc.) which may prove to spell disaster later on in your life!(cancer?) So if there is something that you want to invest in, let it be a TEFAL set !