“ Brand: Cole and Mason / Type: Salt & Pepper Set „
When we got married last year, we got quite a few gift vouchers for places like Debenhams and Marks and Spencer's as gifts. One of the things we decided to buy with our Debenhams vouchers was the Precision Salt and Pepper gift set by Cole and Mason. We only had a basic salt and pepper set before this and I wanted one that would be easier to use when I'm cooking and that looked nice so this set seemed to fit the bill.
The mills are quite stylish looking, made of acrylic and stainless steel parts. I think they look quite modern and are as nice as a salt and pepper mill can be in terms of appearance. Hey are about 19cm tall and 6cm wide, so are quite big. The plus side of this is that you can fit quite a lot of salt granules and pepper grains in them so you do not have to refill them every two minutes.
The shape of them is quite good as well. They are really easy to hold and use both at the table as a condiment and when you are actually cooking. The only problem I find when using them for cooking is that sometimes the steam from the cooking dampens the bottom of the mills and makes it a little more difficult to get the pepper especially out.
The mills feature the Cole and Mason precision mechanism. I'm not entirely sure what this is but it does mean that the little silver bit on the bottom has the Cole and Mason logo on it and I guess it is this that bumps the price up on the set! It is also covered by a lifetime guarantee. The grinders work pretty well and I find that you never get huge chunks of salt and pepper in your food like you can sometimes with cheaper mills.
For the most part, I do think that this salt and pepper mill set is quite good - it certainly serves its purpose and quite well with the precision mechanism. Having said that, I do have an issue with the quality of the finish on the mills. I have only had them for just over a year and I have found that the stainless steel bit at the top which screws in to hold the whole thing together keeps coming undone. It's easy enough to screw it back in, but for such pricey utensils, you wouldn't expect to have to.
That brings me to the price. Cole and Mason is quite a well-known brand and as such, carries a hefty price tag. We got our set for £20 in Debenhams, in the sale. I think the recommended retail price was nearer to £35. I don't think they are worth anywhere near the RRP. The quality of them just doesn't match that price. To be honest, if we hadn't got them wish vouchers, I'd have been disappointed at the reduced price. I just think that although they ground well, for that kind of money, I'd want the finish to be good.
Would I recommend them? Maybe. They are very good for grinding but I am just not happy with the quality. I'd like to try a different set to see if the quality is any better because I do want to like them - they look nice and they are easy to use - they are just a little on the expensive side.