27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
I first came across these pans at a holiday cottage we stayed at in Corsica last summer. I have used them now on both induction and gas hobs and have found the pans to be excellent on both. They have sufficient weight to cook food evenly, with no sticking even with minimal amounts of oil. The thermospot system whereby the central disc changes colour to indicate that optimum temperature has been reached is actually useful and not a pointless gimmick. The pans are really easy to clean. Initially I didn't put them in the dishwasher fearing that the surface appearance would be damaged but one day I forgot and put a pan in without any ill-effects. Hand-washing is a doddle though as the non-stick surface is very good.
I really like the handle system. Storage is so much easier with the pans stacked one inside another without the handle and it is also an advantage if you are using all the burners on your hob. The handles clip on very securely - I have had saucepans with permanent handles which haven't felt as solid. It is handy to be able to brown meat on the hob before putting in the oven and not have to even think about changing pans. The plastic lids are very useful too - no need to transfer pre-prepared food from pan to storage container and back again.
This is a good comprehensive set - two sizes of frying pan, two saucepans, a good deep sauté pan and a stir fry pan, plus lids which fit the two saucepans and the sauté pan. The pans will also double as cake tins whilst the smaller of the two frying pans is perfect for making tarte tatin. The plastic lids for fridge storage only fit the two smallest pans. One slight disappointment is that the glass lids are not oven safe. It would have been nice to have oven-proof lids so that the pans could be properly used as casserole dishes. There are some additional accessories available - I am considering the steamer insert which fits into the sauté pan. There are also some splashguard lids and strainer lids and a grill tray which fits onto the frying pan but these aren't really of interest to me.
Overall though, this is a versatile set of pans, particularly useful for those with limited storage space. I cook a lot, and have a wide assortment of pans, but this set has become my default set for ordinary cooking. They aren't cheap but in my experience with cookware you get what you pay for.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
These are simply terrific! I'm already the proud owner of a massive Tefal frying pan (love that thermo spot) which I adore, but these are even better. The detachable handle idea is great, but not new. Back in the seventies, my Mum had a set of pans with such handles, they were orange and brown and, though the idea was good, the handles were pure pants, they were always coming off, once on the journey from hob to table, when the pan was full of soup. After that particular disaster they were despatched to a charity shop, and I pity the poor unwary cove who bought them. The experience put me off the detachable-handle notion for a long time, but Tefal have persuaded me the idea still has legs. This set is a whole other animal from those old orange pans.
The handle feels STRONG, the attachment feels stable; they're not going to give in a hurry. Taking pans from hob to oven and back again, to the table (remember to use a heat pad if you don't want scorched surfaces, they're still hot when they leave the oven), even to the fridge (after cooling, naturally), is so easy, the attachment is simple; it makes cooking, serving and storing a wide variety of dishes so simple. And they cook really well; the heat distribution is great, no burned edges and raw middles.
The build-quality is superb. The non-stick surface makes cooking and cleaning easy. The pans are reassuringly heavy, but not too heavy (not Le Creuset heavy!) just enough to inspire confidence.
I love them. There are other pans in the same range too. I may very well buy them all.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
First thoughts about this 3 piece set is what is the use of a frying pan set that you can transfer from the hob to the fridge?
Also the detachable handle means that it will never be as safe as a permanent handle.
Plus the fact that there is only one handle for two pans and if that breaks or gets lost then you are left with two frying pans without handles!
But it is only after using the pans that you appreciate their true worth.
We received ours to test and we took our time trying them out and seeing the pros and cons.
The pans are easy to store the smaller fits neatly inside the other and this means that when your space is at a premium these are ideal.
The handle fits well and easily.
It feels robust and ridged even when you use the `joggle' test.
The firms boast that it can withstand 10kgs of weight which is enough for anyone in a frying pan!
The real advantage we found is that when you fry something and wish to keep it warm you just place the whole lot in the oven and detach the handle.
The action is really easy to do and it fits quickly and well
On a guarantee note the firm guarantees the handles for ten whole years.
Now some may thing this is a minor use BUT like a lot of families we have a son who is a picky eater and he always has different food from us which means that his is often in the oven cooking so if we use the pans for ours all the food is kept warm to be served at the same time. This saves having to decant the food from the pan to a separate heat proof bowl.
You do need to take care with the pans.
If you put the pans on a flat surface to detach the handles then you must ensure that the surface is heat proof!!!
Also watch out where you place your fingers on the handle.
The pans are really well made and have a really good non stick coating.
I was amazed at how easy the pans were to clean.
Literally under the hot tap and a dry wipe with kitchen roll.
The pans have that red centre dot that fades when the pans reach the optimum heat.
As usual there are suitable for Gas, Electric or convection ovens.
I would not use the dishwasher myself preferring to hand clean because the pans may be easily scratched by loose cutlery.
The non stick coating is thick and robust.
It works well, as you would expect for an expensive set like this.
There are no lids but we use a splatter guard for most jobs - the lids are of no use for the oven so not such a great omission.
However I must admit that the pans are very impressive and that is after 3 weeks of trials.
Three months done the line and I can say that I am really happy with these pans.
The non stick has maintained its sheen and good looks and the pans come up shining with a minimal effort.
So far the detachable handle has maintained it's excellent and firm grip.
Storage is still really easy.
These pans really should last a lifetime.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It feels slightly ridiculous to be excited about what is essentially two frying pans with a detachable handle, but within weeks of them arriving they’ve become my most used kitchen utensils – I absolutely love them. The pans themselves have the quality finish you’d expect from Tefal and at this price – quite heavy, thick base for even cooking, non-stick surface means they wash like a dream. The handle goes on and off with ease and feels 100% safe in use. When cooking curries or anything I wanted to put in the oven to finish, I’ve always transferred them into a casserole dish – now I just use these pans, straight into the oven and unclip the handle. Some lids would have been good, but I cover with foil or use a casserole dish lid. These pans aren’t cheap, but in this case you really are getting what you pay for. Can’t recommend highly enough, and plan to investigate the rest of the range.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
You wouldn't think that there's much that a company can change about a set of pans perhaps, but in this case Tefal have obviously gone back to the drawing board and had a think about what improvements could be made to your regular pans. Storage of pans has always been an issue in our house and so I was really pleased to see how well this set stacked as some bright spark has come up with the idea of removable handles. Sadly, for whatever reason, our set doesn't stack quite as nicely as illustrated in the picture even though we've tried to recreate it. I guess one or more of the pans are just a slightly different size. However, that said, they still stack very well and take up far less room than a conventional set of pans with their attached handles. The knobs/handles on the top of the pan lids even fold out flat so that the lids can stack flat on top of one another. Very clever!
The non-stick coating is really non-stick and seems quite thick and robust. These are, without a doubt, the most non-stick pans that I've ever owned. They also have a little heat indicator sign in them so that you can gauge when your pans are hot enough/too hot. The heat seems to distribute very evenly through these pans and they seem very solid and well made.
Now for the few minor quibbles that I have with them. First of all, the lids are not oven-safe which seems slightly daft for pans that are meant to be used in various guises from hob to oven. Next, the removable handles are a clever idea which allows for easier pan stacking and the clipping on/off mechanism seems to work very well. However, you can still get a slight sideways movement of the pan v the handle if you're shaking the pan, for example, and this does lead to a bit of scratching around where the handle attaches. I could also do with another handle or two because if I'm cooking a big dinner with many pans on the go at once it can be a little bit frustrating to have to keep clipping and unclipping the handles to transfer them from one pan to another. Also, I find that nearly every time I use these pans, food ends up getting stuck in the handle where it attaches inside the pan. Not a particular problem since I just pop them in the dishwasher along with the rest, but a bit annoying - especially if you're using the handles for multiple pans at the time. Another minor fault, in my eyes, is that the main pouring "spout" from the lid is opposite the cut-out for the handle. Therefore you can end up pouring almost vertically and risk the steam burning you. It is possible to pour from other sides of the lid as it doesn't quite touch all the way around, but this doesn't always work so well.
Re-reading the above that seems like quite a list of gripes! On the whole, though, I honestly do really like these pans - they seem like a quality set that should last a long time and do cook well. I'll be buying more handles if I can find them!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2014
These two pans come with a detachable handle that fits to both and the idea is that you can therefore use them on the hob, in the oven and even place them in the fridge too. The design means that their everyday storage also takes up less space. All good in theory. The pans are top quality with a durable non-stick coating, hot-spot in the centre to let you know when pan is ready for cooking, and the handle comes with a 10 year guarantee. I used them to cook up the ingredients for a chicken pie, transferred the pan to the oven to bake the pie and then placed the same pan in the fridge later to keep the leftovers. A perfect example of what the pans are for. It worked fine although there's something to be said for the neatness that is allowed by making up a pie in an actual pie-dish, not to mention that bringing a non-stick pan to the table for serving takes away something of the ceremony. It is ideal for those with small kitchens or limited resources although with the current price tag they make for an expensive set of just two pans with no lids.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great little item, and wonderfully space saving (as you can see from the picture on the product page - it nests together just like that, which is about a third of the space that a normal pan set of this size would take up. The non-stick coating is effective, and the removable handles are a great idea - truly hob to oven.
The only real weaknesses I can see at this point are:
1. The handles clamp down on the inside of the pan - which means it's pretty easy to get food inside the clamping mechanism (I did it on the first usage - it washed out easily enough, but it would be better if it there were a ridge or something for it to grip onto on the outside of the pan, so that this would not be an issue)
2. There are only three pan lids provided, and they do not cover the full range of pan sizes provided. You could possibly argue that a fry pan doesn't need a lid (though I like mine to), but the one that looks like a deep casserole pan really ought to have a lid in the corresponding size)
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This product comprises two useful-sized frying pans (22 and 26cm) and a detachable handle that fits either pan - and other pans in the 'Ingenio' range, which also includes lids and a wok. The pans are sturdy and well-made with a titanium non-stick coating and Tefal's red ‘thermo-spot’ to let you know when the pan has reached the correct temperature. The handle works well and feels very secure in operation and the pans fit inside each other for storage. I've use my pans to brown chops etc on the hob before putting them into the oven to finish cooking, you can then cook eggs, mushrooms etc in the other pan on the hob. The pans are compatible with all hobs and although I don't have a dishwasher they are apparently dishwasher safe. You can also put them in the freezer - although I can't imagine why you'd want to...
Although I feel they are a bit of a gimmick, these pans are certainly very well-made and if you are just starting to equip a kitchen this range could be a good choice, they'd also be good on a wedding present list, although if you are having all pans from the range I’d get a couple of handles. My only criticism of these frying pans is that the sides are a bit vertical compared to other frying pans, meaning that food such as fried eggs has to be lifted out rather than just slid out onto the plate.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2015
I echo the comment about not enough pans in the 13 piece set - just 2 - one of 16cms and one of 20cms. I was told that the 18cm pan could be bought individually direct from Tefal. Oh no it can't!
Their marketing team had decided on the configuration of the sets and would not be swayed. I suggested that if I were to talk to the marketing director they might understand what their customers wanted but the customer relations woman refused to put me through to the director. Their marketing strategy was fixed.
So to get an 18cm pan I would have to buy a set duplicating the 16 and 20 cm pans which of course won't be stackable with the others as they are the same size.
I'm afraid the set will have to go back as this is nonsensical and not customer friendly marketing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This 'three piece' set consists of two frying pans - 22cm and 26cm diameter base; 24cm and 28cm at rim - and one detachable handle that fits both pans and, apparently, other pans too in the Ingenio series.
Lids can be bought for the pans, but none comes with this set.
I know from experience with a Corningware casserole set that a detachable/interchangeable handle can work and be entirely satisfactory, so no problem there. The one supplied with this set is robust and grips very firmly, so again no problem. Tefal warn against asking the handle to lift more than 10kg. OK, they need to set limits on what is covered by their warranty, but that's an awful lot of weight to put in a frying pan and means that, in practical terms, there is no upper limit on the weight of food and other ingredients that can be put in the pans.
Tefal make a selling point of the possibility of moving the pans between stove top, oven and fridge, removing the handle after placing the pan in either of the latter two. Yes; good idea, especially in that frying pan cooked food can be moved into an oven to keep hot without transferring the food to another vessel. Frying pan food doesn't usually go in a fridge after cooking - except perhaps as leftovers, transferred to another container - but the possibility is definitely there with these pans. If you don't want to buy a pair of the matching lids, aluminium foil can be used as a cover (or an upturned plate!).
If you do buy the official lids, they are not suitable for use in an oven - so in that case it will be back to the aluminium foil anyway.
Covering whilst cooking on the hob is a bit more of a problem if you don't buy the official lids. A notch in the lid is required to accommodate the handle, which reaches over the top rim into the pan in a way that normal frying pan handles don't. So a lid from another pan won't fit well and, whilst a splatter screen can be used to good effect, it similarly stands proud on the handle side of the pan.
And, of course, the pan end of the handle is in there with the food and the fat when you are frying, so it needs a wipe with a paper towel every time it comes out, and a good wash between uses. We are told to hand wash - not put it in a dishwasher.
To minimise the handle's exposure to heat, we are also advised to remove it when it is not needed whilst cooking (even on the hob). That potentially gets over the covering whilst cooking problem, but repeatedly attaching and detaching the handle is, frankly, just not going to happen - especially when the less kitchen-proud members of the family decide to have a fry-up.
The pans are rather smart, with a quality non-stick surface inside and a stainless steel base, both of which should stay smart for a year or two - stove-top catastrophes apart. For me, they are quite respectable enough in appearance to sit on the table during all but the very poshest meals, so that food can be served directly from them. They could even sit on a hot tray on the table or sideboard.
The pans are of a good weight for their size. There is nothing cheap or flimsy about them and the transfer and distribution of heat within them is all that you would want of them.
Basically a five star item, but minus one star for the various handle drawbacks.