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I'm a big Le Creuset fan, as you will see from some of my other reviews. I have a number of their pans now and i wouldn't ever go back to a cheaper alternative.
Le Creuset is a well known cookware brand with a reputation for quality - although this comes at a price. This isn't a cheap omelette pan, at £44 there are cheaper pans around but the quality shines through.
The pan is ideal for things like fried eggs, omelette, pancakes etc as its the perfect size - no need to heat up a larger pan. The pan itself is excellent quality, heavier than some other pans of its size but solid. Its made from Le Creuset's 3 ply stainless steel, it heats up quickly and holds heat very well - no need to use the higher heat settings with this pan.
The non-stick coating makes cooking easy, far superior to any non-stick coating on your normal Tefal pans etc. Le Creuset also claim that its scratch resistant so you can use metal utensils - i havent tried this - i stick to the silicon ones! Its also dishwasher safe, can be used on virtually every type of heating element and even go in the oven.
The handle is also stainless steel and in my experience doesnt get hot provided the handle isnt directly over the heat.
Finally this pan comes with a 10 year guarantee, which i have actually used. If you read my review of the frying pans i bought the set about 3 years ago and the non-stick coating started to peel very slightly at the sides - on the omelette pan the edge of the non stick coating was also very slightly starting to come away.
I took both back into John Lewis recently (3 years after purchase) and they were replaced with brand new ones on the spot, no questions asked. And now my new pans have another 10 year guarantee. I was also informed that the batch of pans i bought 3 years ago have since been known to have a fault so i dont expect the same to happen again, but even if it does i'll get a new pan for free.
I love this little pan. Although I own the very large old style Le Creuset pan, when this was came early this year, I decided I had a to treat myself, and figured that a smaller pan was the way to go. With two under 5's in our house I make pancakes every weekend for them for breakfast, so this pan gets a lot of use. So far, after 6 months of use at least 3-4 times a week, it is holding up beaitufully. The non-stick coating is great, and means I can get away with less oil, and that is definitely healthier all round. Size of the pan means that you don't waste so much heat heating up an enormous frying pan just to cook a couple of smaller pieces like steak or chicken, and it is the perfect size for all the pancakes I make. Only downside is that the handle can get very hot, so you need to use oven gloves to hold it if you've had the pan on the heat for a while, but the good thing about this is that it means the pan can be used directly in the oven if you're trying a frittata.
20cm / Kitchenware & cookery products / 3-ply stainless steel for even heat distribution and non-stick coating / Small size ideal for milk and sauces / 10 year guarantee.