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Quality and style - worth paying extra for,
This review is from: Cole & Mason Derwent Salt & Pepper Mill Giftset, Stainless Steel, 190mm (Kitchen & Home)
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I've used a number of salt and pepper mills over the years and none have been satisfactory over the long haul. It really is worth paying as much as you can afford for a top-quality product. With Cole and Mason you get the reassurance of a long-established and trusted specialist. Nevertheless, this set doesn't come cheap - so is it worth the outlay?
First impressions - a beautifully boxed and presented set, worthy of a place on the discerning couple's wedding list. The design feels solid and comfortable to hold and use. A brisk tug upwards removes the top cover so filling is simple. I like the dumbbell shape - because the top is wider than the middle, filling is simple and not too fiddly. The transparent section is another plus, making it straightforward to see how much salt or pepper is left.
Initially I wasn't sure about the multiple grind settings. Six (on the pepper) does seem a bit over the top. However, the difference in fineness is discernible and I'll probably use it more than I thought I would. The controls are elegant and simple to use, accessible to older cooks like myself who are beginning to suffer from arthritis in the hands.
Ultimately, what counts is whether or not performance is maintained. A lifetime guarantee suggests that it will be. Considering how vital good seasoning is to the enjoyment of food, it's worth paying for this set, and in any case I am sure I've spent more on inferior ones over the years. This is a great way to add a touch of contemporary style and luxury to your kitchen, and a good option for those who don't care for the homespun 1970s appearance of wooden salt and pepper mills. There are a select number of kitchen purchases that give me pleasure every time I use them, and I expect these to be a welcome addition to the list.