I’m not really sure why we have so many Pyrex things in our house but it’s probably just because I was brought up using Pyrex dishes and so when I got my own house I bought them. One thing that I can say about them is that they are durable as I have had most of them for nearly 15 years and bar 1 or 2 the rest are still with me today through several house moves.
The classic bowl is one of those things that is in my cupboard that I am not exactly sure what it is for but I use for all sorts of different things. I have a set of the bowls but the one I use the most is probably the largest one and I use it for mixing and even just serving salads in round the table. It is a pretty handy thing to have around the house as I am always pulling it out. Today for instance it was brought out to soak potatoes in before I cooked them to stop them turning brown.
It is a very hard wearing glass bowl that isn’t very fancy but is very practical and sturdy and I can’t imagine any kitchen or family not finding a use for it somewhere. The glass is thick and it is obviously heavier than say plastic might be but it isn’t too heavy considering.
I do like the fact that the glass is so hygienic as I am always paranoid about germs getting into cracks and grooves in other material such as wood or plastic. As least with the glass I know once it is washed it is germ free.
The bowl can be used in the fridge and the freezer without fearing that it will crack and it is also heat resistant so you can even put it in the microwave or the oven. Putting it in the dishwasher will cause it no harm but the large bowl is a bit big for my dishwasher so I always just wash it in the sink.
There are a few scratches on all my bowls but considering that they must be nearly 15 years old I don’t think that is bad. They have no chips on them and have never cracked even when moving house so that shows you how strong and sturdy they must be. You can buy a set of the bowls for about £15 and I have to say that I think they are worth that and more.
I t's called a classic for a reason and that is because the same design of bowl has been sold for decades. My Nanna has Pyrex that is over 30 years old including one of these bowls, it's halfway between the sizes of my two bowls but the only other difference is how brown, scratched and dirty looking it is!! My Nanna keeps a clean kitchen and the bowl is as spotless as everything else in there but the bowl is so old and has been used so much that it has stained, I think she's trying to see how long she can keep it for because she is such a clean person that she can't enjoy using such a dirty old bowl but she has joked that it might outlive her so I do think she has a sense of pride in her Pyrex bowl.
As a contrast mine doesn't have a mark on it, it's ten years old but mum didn't use it very much and it was only when I got into cooking seriously two years ago that I started to use it regularly even though I had used it sometimes before that. I'll average the 1 litre bowls age as four years based on the amount it has been used and my 2 litre one was bought brand new two years ago.
The bowls are made of thick glass and are suitable to go in the oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer. I've done all those things and used both bowls for all sorts of food including for mixing ingredients, baking, serving salad and lots of other things but my mind has gone blank now I'm trying to remember them!! Because of them being glass they would break if you dropped one of the bowls on the floor but you don't have to be too careful with them while you're using them, I know I've banged mine around when I'm cooking and when washing up but there aren't any chips.
I do recommend these bowls very highly because they're so useful and versatile. I think it's obvious how much I love them when I tell you I had similar bowls bought for me made by La Crueset that were very much prettier but harder to work with and so heavy that I gave them to my mum to replace this Pyrex she gave me.
I own various Pyrex items and use them all on a regular basis.
The Pyrex 'Classic' Bowl is sized at 1Litre and you can buy this individually from many stockists, including Amazon for around £5, although this price may not include postage costs.
The Pyrex Classic Bowl has been used countless times in my household over the years. It has been used for all sorts of things like heating up sauces and soups in the microwave, to baking and mixing cakes and everything in-between! I have found that it is a very versatile and functional item within my kitchen.
Furthermore, I find that even though the Pyrex Bowls that I own have been used for over ten years, they are showing very little signs of wear and tear. I think that this result is testament to the product's quality and durability; I own other glass cookware items that look relatively scratched when compared to the Pyrex items in my collection.
I find it surprising how little wear and tear there is on my Pyrex Bowls, especially considering that I am something of a regular baker, and all three of my Pyrex Bowls have been used quite heavily with whisks and beaters. The largest two bowls that I own have been used regularly with my electric mixer, and yet there is very little 'scratching' evident on the inside of the bowls' surface.
Additionally, my own bowls have been dropped on various occasions as a result of my clumsiness and these incidents have never inflicted any chips or cracks on the bowls' glass surface.
Also, I must mention that the glass is completely stain resistant, which is quite a valid point for me personally, as I cook a lot of tomato-based foods such as sauces and soups, and these can easily leave an unfortunate orange 'tinge' on other kitchenware items. I also cook a lot of rice dishes, some of which contain Turmeric and other spices, and the yellow colouring can leave some dishware appearing rather unsightly afterwards. Said staining is often permanent, such is the intensity of the spices' colouring.
Thankfully, my trusty Pyrex bowls never take on any of the foods' natural colouring, with the sturdy glass remaining completely clear and free from colour.
I don't recall ever using my Pyrex bowls in my freezer, but the glass is so durable that it is suitable for this practice. They are also suitable for use in the oven and as I have already mentioned, the microwave too.
The Pyrex Bowls are suitable for use in the dishwasher, but I have always washed my own Pyrex items by hand, finding that this keeps them in great condition.
Taking everything into account, I really do recommend the Pyrex Classic Bowl and only have good points to mention within this review.
As such, the product comes with my full recommendation, together with top marks in the product rating score.
Category: Baking Utensils / Every kitchen needs one of these versatile bowls / Whether you're mixing cakes marinating meat or making a salad this classic bowl will give you years of service / Microwave safe freezer safe dishwasher safe heat resistant to 300°C stain resistant and doesn't retain flavours / This cookware does it all / Comes with a 10 year manufacturer's guarantee.