Product Type: Tefal Cookware
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Tefal Specific 28 cm Stir Fry Pan
Member Name: Vialdana
Tefal Specific 28 cm Stir Fry Pan
Advantages: Lifetime guarantee, well designed, light weight, bought in a sale.
Disadvantages: For once I can't think of any.
17 years ago when my partner and I moved in together we were like most young couples and either were given or bought all the kitchen basics. A couple of years later, when we got married, we augmented our kitchenalia with extra things we wanted. 15 years on from this, and it seems like our kitchenware is now in need of a really good overhaul and in the past few months we've had to start replacing a fair number of items. Amongst these is our trusty wok which has decided it's no longer trusty and leaks non-stick when you use it as well as needing the handle tightening on a ridiculously regular basis. We have therefore relegated its status to that of solar cooker (well its round, black and has a lid, so why not!), and have had to replace it.
We looked at quite a variety of actual woks, and in the end chose this which is billed as a stir fry pan instead. One of the reasons for this is that the woks we found were all either 2 handed woks and quite large (we've already got one of these which we don't use much), or they weren't non-stick and would need properly seasoning etc., or they were flimsy and we didn't trust them to last.
We bought this from Sainsburys, and it was marked down from £24 to £15.96 which we thought was a pretty good price for a Tefal product of this nature especially as this comes with a lifetime manufacturers guarantee.
This is a 28cm pan that's actually billed as a 'deep frying pan'. It falls somewhere between a frying pan and a wok in looks as it has a flat base, but tall curved sides. It's made from aluminium and is black inside and out, and has what Tefal call an 'anti abrasion copper speckled base' to make it tougher and more hard wearing. It has a non-stick coating inside, a Bakelite handle which is designed to stay cool, and is even freezer and dishwasher safe.
I've mentioned before in another review of a Tefal product that I personally feel that the thermospot is a bit of a gimmick. However, I've found in chatting to a couple of people about it recently that many do find it useful as it tells you clearly when the pan is hot because the spot in the centre changes from patterned to plain red. Personally I still ignore this as I'm quite used to cooking and know from the look of the pan and the feel of the heat when I hold my hand over the top of the pan when it's ready for me to start throwing ingredients in, but for anyone who's not confident in this, then the thermospot does offer a good way of learning.
Ease of Use
The fact that this is made of aluminium means it's really quite light weight for such a sturdy pan, and this makes it really easy to use for cooking stir-fry meals and fahita contents and things. I also love that because it's part way between a frying pan and a wok, I can throw everything together in it, and then make a sauce around it all easily (unlike the Tefal frying pan we own which isn't quite deep enough for this).
Picking it up and tipping the contents on to plates is also easy too as its well balanced, and again the light weight nature of this pan helps a lot, especially when you've added noodles to a stir fry and have a fairly full pan to lift.
This is such an easy pan to clean, you can virtually just wipe it with a damp cloth and your done. I do submerge it in the washing up water before wiping it, but it doesn't seem to require soaking, and due to the non-stick nothing sticks to it so it comes up clean in seconds.
I'm very pleased with this pan so far, and although we've not had it very long, we've already used it a few times. With its lifetime guarantee I know I've made a safe buy and don't have to worry about the non-stick coating starting to peel in the future as if it does, then my guess is they'll replace it for me. I may think the thermospot is a gimmick, but Tefal do seem to know how to make pans that last, and I've got to say I'm very happy now buying their products, so this gets a very definite thumbs up from me.
Summary: An excellent stir fry pan that doesn't stick is easy to clean is a good size & solid but not weighty