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When we moved house, we decided to get rid of our old ones, which were a cheap non-stick set we'd had for some 5 years. Due to a lack of love and care, the non stick coating was all but destroyed, so when we spotted this little set of 3 pans in Ikea for just £6, we decided to pick it up, along with a larger pan from the 365 range. The set consists of a small 0.8 litre sauce pan, a larger 1.4l saucepan with lid, and a double handled 2.4 litre pot with a lid. The pans do require a little assembly, as the pan handles for the two saucepans are not attached, nor are the lid handles attached to the lids. This is very easy to do though, and although instructions are provided with the pans, I found it unnecessary to look at them. The pans themselves are very stylish in a mirror shine steel, with smart black handles. The picture above doesn't make it very clear, but the lids are actually glass, with black handles and steel trim around the edges, and both lids have small holes for the steam to escape from. The pans are suitable for all kinds of hobs, and are dishwasher safe (although I don't have a dishwasher so this isn't too relevant to me). I found that the pans are sufficient for most of my needs. The smallest can just about fit in 6 small to medium eggs for boiling, and is also the perfect size for reheating a tin of soup or baked beans. The medium pan is a good size for boiling veggies, and the larger one is just about the right size for boiling up pasta for two adults and one child. I do find that on occasion I do need a larger pan, as I do like to make things in bulk, or cook for friends, hence the purchase of the larger 365 pot seperately, but I think for a couple just starting out in a home, or a student in a bedsit, this little set of pans would suit most needs. Obviously, being stainless steel they are not non stick. According to the little book I got with them, they have a ' Three-layer base: two layers of stainless steel with an intermediate layer of aluminium; reduces the risk of food getting burnt and stuck to the pan.' Now, I don't know if it's the three layer base, or the fact that, knowing that these pans aren't non stick, I'm more watchful of them, but I've never really had any issues with anything sticking to the pans, and on the one occasion where I did let some pasta boil ever so slightly dry, a soak in a hot sink and a gentle clean with a soft sponge did the trick and had the pan looking as good as new. So far, I'm quite happy with these pans. I will probably upgrade them at some point, not because they don't perform adequately, but because I've always wanted a nice set of Le Creuset pans, which I'm getting one by one. However, I may still keep these as a back up set - they do the job well, the sizes are useful, and the clear lids allow me to check if the water is boiling without taking the lid off and letting the heat out. On top of that, they actually look very smart - my pans are on display in this house, on a wall mounted shelf, and I find that after washing, a quick buff has these looking gleaming and new, and something I'm happy to have out where people can see them. The one small downside with these is that, like many of the smaller Ikea homeware items, this set sadly y isn't available to buy online, but only in the stores themselves, for which I will deduct one point.
When I was moving house, I really needed to buy a pan set that was of decent quality but I really didn't have a lot of money to buy a fancy set which is why I headed straight to Ikea. I know that with Ikea, you get good quality goods and don't have to pay too much. Walking around, I couldn't really see much but when I got downstairs to where all the separate cookwares are sold, I came across this Annons pan set which looked really nice and had the right pans I needed and was a fantastic price. APPEARANCE These come packed in a set of three stainless steel pans with a black plastic handle and the biggest dish comes with a lid. Included in this set is a saucepan and a saucepan with lid and a larger pot with lid. They look really modern and they are not heavy at all too hold. You do need to assemble them yourself at first but it is really easy you just need a screwdriver and then you screw on the handles and that should be it. I have had mine for years and the handles have remained on, only one has gone a little bit loose. ANNONS PAN SET The pan set is really good for all kinds of cooking, they weigh 1.5kg and are dishwasher safe but I always tend to handwash mine to make sure they are thoroughly clean. They are suitable for use on a gas hob, induction hob, glass ceramic hob and cast iron hob. These being made from stainless steel are meant to be easy to clean and impact resistant. They have a three layer base, two layers of stainless steel and one layer of aluminium making it harder for food to stick to the pan. There is also a steam vent to reduce pressure so that food doesn't easily over boil. I have used these pans for everything, cooking from scratch, making pasta, heating soup etc you name it and I have made some hard to move items and still with a scrub and a clean these pans have never stained and burnt food has always come off of these, they seem non stick to me as I haven't got any kind of scratches on the base of the pan which is impressive considering some pricey non stick pans I've had haven't been this good. The pans are very easy to clean, I tend to soak them in hot water just to make life a lot easier for myself so that food moves easily. They heat up well if you use them for frying as oil will heat up quick in these and I also find that food doesn't really bubble over with these, so it must work. The handles are great on these, very sturdy and being plastic they never tend to overheat and keep to a cool temperature making cooking a lot safer with no burns. The lids are handy but I don't really tend to use them that much when cooking. The small pan is good for heating soup and cooking for one but the medium pan is good for two cooking pasta etc and the large pan is the best with two handles on each side more like a casserole pan it has great depth and fits a lot in here for a bigger family. This is a great pan set for what I've paid and the fact they are still going strong a few years later, says a lot about the quality of them. COST I purchased my Annons pans in Ikea and for this set of three pans I paid £5.99 which is a bargain, like I said you do need to assemble but it is an easy job. You can see more online at http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/ where you can check if they are in stock at your nearest store.