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I'm not convinced that non-stick pans are always that non-stick and don't tend to buy Tefal that much because of their cost and limited life span. I came across these, however, a little while ago and bought them when on offer because they were in a twin pack. Of all the non-stick branded pans, these have probably been the best ones.
Tefal is a prestigious brand and very popular when it comes to cookware. I've bought their pans in the past and have found them to be good quality but rather expensive. They've got a large range to choose from to suit various wants and needs, but when it comes to pans, I'm a little dubious of the claims. I came across the Bienvenue frying pans a little while ago and gave them a go because of the price.
These have the Tefal 'thermo-spot heat indicator system' so you know when it's heated to a suitable cooking temperature, a thermo conductive base for more even distribution of heat, an aluminum non-stick coating and 'stay cool handles'. The non-stick element is what I tend to look for, and this has a '5-layered Tefal resist anti-adhesive coating' that should prevent your nom noms from getting stuck and causing the pan to be coated in half your food. The pan is suitable for electric and gas stoves with integrated copper particles in the base and is heat resistant up to 180°C.
I bought these as a twin pack in which you get a 20cm and 24cm frying pan. They're black and look neat and of good quality with a fine silver trim and silver element that connects the handle. The metal is actually fairly light so these aren't too heavy, but they're not super light either which is a good thing because they don't fall off the hob too easily! They're ergonomical to use as the handle is steady and fairly stay-cool when cooking. You can see the 'thermo spot' in the centre which is red and looks quite funky.
I'm not bothered by the thermo-spot, however, as I don't really use this. When using this for frying I find that it is actually fairly good at being non-stick as it claims. In fact, I've not noticed anything getting properly stuck to it, so it makes cooking that bit easier, quicker and cleaner. After use, depending on what you've cooked, I've found it to be quite easy to clean but I'm careful with it and tend to use a softer sponge so as not to scratch it or damage any stick-resistant coating.
The only niggle I have really is the size, because I actually now prefer 24-26cm pans to fit more in or just to get more space to flip/cook my nom noms. They're still a reasonable size, however, it just depends what you intend to use them for. This is partly why I've given it 4 stars, that and they're pricey usually on their own when not bought on offer, especially considering no pan will really last a lifetime.
Overall, I would recommend these as being good quality and effectively non-stick frying pans. They are quite pricey, but they've lasted me a while now. I don't think any frying pan seems to have a particularly great life span if used regularly but these have been better than most. The non-stick also has a lifetime manufacturer's guarantee, which is good to know for peace of mind. As an investment, these are something I would recommend because you do get 2, just consider first if the sizes are suitable.
£21.60 (Amazon) for a set of two: 20 and 24cm twin pack.
[Also reviewed by me, gothic_moon, on Ciao]