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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful space saving pans, 15 May 2014
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This review is from: Tefal Ingenio Non-stick Enamel Cookware Set, 13 Pieces - Black (Kitchen & Home)
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I love to cook, but I don't have a very large kitchen, and my pan cupboard is always a mess. It seems like every time I open the cupboard door either the leaning tower of pans tumbles out, or the stack of lids that has been precariously balanced on top of them does. I've been using these Tefal Ingenio Enamel pans for about a month now and I am really pleased with them. Inner peace has now been restored to the pan cupboard, and I'm no longer scared to open the door. You've got the features that you might expect from a decent set of Tefal pans including a durable (metal utensil safe) non-stick coating and the Thermo-Spot that changes to solid red when your pan has reached cooking temperature, but there's so much other clever stuff besides.

You get 6 pans in this set: a 16cm and 20cm saucepan, a 22cm and 28cm frying pan, a 24cm sauté pan and a 26cm wok. Unusually there are no fixed handles on these pans; instead you get 2 detachable handles which attach quickly and securely to any of the pans. Don't be worried about this; the handles really do lock on well and although it feels like there is a little bit of give, they have apparently been tested up to 10KG - which is heavier than a big sack of spuds, let alone a saucepan full. Firstly (and most importantly for my undersized cupboards) the removable handles mean that the pans stack beautifully inside the largest frying pan, taking up very little space. Secondly if you're cooking a casserole, you can start off browning the meat on the hob, then add your vegetables, take the handle off and pop the whole thing in the oven. Thirdly because there's no handle you can use the same pan as a serving dish, and fourthly when it cools the leftovers can go straight in the fridge in the same pan. You even get two hermetic fridge lids, one for each of the two saucepans. Even the glass lids have been given a great deal of thought: the handles use a clever butterfly spring mechanism which means that they lie flat and can be stacked as neatly as the pans. One other thing that I like about the removable handles (and I'm adding this some months after posting this review) is that handle-less dirty pans sit in my small sink really easily for a soak.

All in all this is a great set of pans which is completely sold to me simply on the basis of their space saving potential. If you have the luxury of such a thing, everything is dishwasher proof too, so they're even easy to look after. My only fairly minor issue is that all the pans are wide and relatively shallow, and more saucepans rather than variations on a frying pan would have been useful.
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