“ Brand: Tefal / Type: Pan Set „
To go with my recently acquired cooker it was pretty obvious that I was going to need to buy some cookware to go with it and I decided from the offset that I was going to buy a decent pan set rather than settling for something cheap as I've used inferior pans before and found them to be extremely poor quality which ended up being next to useless, often dangerous and in need of replacement. I figured that if I bought something that cost a little more from the start then I could just forget about them and not have to think about buying something better a few months down the line so I dismissed all of the budget brands straight away and had a clear idea in my mind of what I wanted and that was buying something from Tefal.
In my mind when I think about pans I think of Tefal, the brand name is synonymous with cookware and whilst it may be a conditioning of my upbringing I always remember both my parents and grandparents having Tefan pans when I was growing up and I remember standing at our kitchen sink washing out the pots and pans after a Sunday dinner. Looking around for a pan set for myself left me spoilt for choice really as Tefal's products are widely available and can either be bought as separate items or together in a set and in the end I bought this 3 piece starter set comprising of 3 differently sized pans. The set cost me £40.00 in store at Asda and was put to use the same day I bought it and as soon as I took the pans out of the box they were packaged in I knew I'd made the right decision in paying that little bit more as the quality and feel of them more than lived up to my expectations.
Thermo-spot 3 pan set
Comprising 3 pans with lids this set includes a 14cm milk pan plus 16cm and 18cm saucepans, they're black in colour, have silver detailing on the rims and feature egonomically designed handles which are comfortable to hold. The lids are made from stainless steel which have a nice weight to them and fit snugly in place on the two larger pans, you are not supplied with a lid for the milk pan which is usually the case and the pans themselves are made from non-stick aluminium which looks and feels of good quality. These are "Thermo-spot" pans which, according to Tefal, mean that they have an inbuilt heat indicator contained in the non-stick coating that allows you to pre-heat your pans to the optimum cooking temperature, there is a pattern on the base of the pans that turns red in colour once the pan is hot and much like pre-heating an oven before cooking Tefal explains that this can seal food better and is the secret behind perfect cooking. To be perfectly honest the 'Thermo-spot' technology wasn't the reason I bought these pans and I pretty much pay no attention this feature, I'm not someone who tends to experiment in the kitchen and I'd never describe myself as a 'foodie' I just wanted a decent pan set that would last me a lifetime and I'd say that in this set I got exactly what I wanted.
You can feel that the pans are of excellent quality, the finish on them is perfect and the non-stick coating actually works. I'm sure a lot of people reading this review will have had pans which claim to be non-stick but end up being nothing but and there's nothing worse when it comes to washing up when you have stand for ages trying to pry cooked food of the bottom and the sides of cheap pans. With this set I can cook the things I want to cook and then quickly clean out the pans, nothing sticks to the bottom of them and the clean up time is next to nothing. I'm not an adventurous cook admittedly but simple things like tinned beans and spaghetti are effortlessly heated through without sticking and the same can be said for things like gravy or boiled vegetables.
The lids sit in place without problem and are not too heavy that they're cumbersome and the design of the handles prevents them from getting too hot when they're on the hob, I do think that the classic black and silver colour combination of these gives them a timeless look that should fit into any kitchen decor or colour scheme and for £40.00 I consider it to be money well spent. I have the reassurance that the non-stick coating has a lifetime guarantee and I'm confident that these pans are going to last me for many years of service backed by a recognisable and respected name in the cookware industry.
It's obviously a starter set, you only get 3 pans after all but they're well designed and offer me everything that I want and need in a set of pans and I have no complaints with them whatsoever. For anyone looking for a change of pans or are setting up a new home I'd definitely recommend these as you are buying quality and I can't see how they'd disappoint. Five stars as a rating from me, thanks for reading my review.
nb. It's worth mentioning as well that these are dishwasher safe!