In a discussion about cookware, to be more specific, nonstick cookware, T-fal cookware deserves a special mention. Therefore, it will be fair enough to say a few words about T-fal before a review begins on this T-fal Hard Anodized 12-piece Cookware Set. T-fal is the pioneer in introducing nonstick cookware having invented nonstick frying pan for the first time. Their invention didn’t stop with that. Gradually, they created a whole line of cookware with this nonstick feature. This revolutionary invention made a sensation among the cooks and chefs worldwide as it made their job easy. However, the distinguishing features, performance, and affordable price of their cookware convinced us to write this review on this particular cookware set. Let’s start by having a look at what this cooking set includes.
What This Nonstick Pots and Pans Set Includes:
- 1 8-inch Saute Pan
- 1 25-inch Saute Pan
- 1 1-quart Saucepan with lid
- 1 2-quart Saucepan with lid
- 1 3-quart Saucepan with lid
- 1 5-quart Dutch pan with lid
- 1 Solid Spoon
- 1 slotted Spatula
Salient Features of T-fal Ultimate Hard Anodized Cookware Set:
T-fal Thermo-Spot Technology: This special feature provides a heat indicator in each sauté pan included in this set. The heat indicator turns red when the pan is ideally preheated. Preheating of a cookware at an appropriate level is required for cooking poultry, meat, and fish etc. Proper preheating helps lock in the moisture and juice these foods naturally contain.
Prometal Nonstick Interior: With Prometal nonstick interior, comprised of a special coating, this cookware set ensures extreme durability and utmost scratch-resistance. This unique T-fal nonstick cookware feature gives you real nonstick cooking experience without hot spot and sticking of any food residue to your pots and pans. They are compatible with metal utensils. Generally, this feature is available with much costlier cookware sets.
Hard Anodized Exterior: Hard anodized exterior coating makes the pots and pans set dishwasher safe. Thus you save your time and energy without having to hand wash your cookware in your daily busy schedule. The hard anodized material is so tough and durable that even regular use of the dishwasher for cleaning your T-fal cookware doesn’t tarnish their satin grey color.
Technoresist Anti-warp Base: Each frying pan and saucepan of this T-fal cookware set has an anti-warp base. So they are absolutely warp-resistant and ensure equal heat distribution across the surface, which results in best cooking experience.
PFOA and PTFE free Cooking: Unlike other cheap pots and pans, this T-fal cookware set is completely PFOA and PTFE free. Therefore, with this cooking set, you enjoy the food-preparation and safety of the best cookware set.
Silicon-Covered Handles: All handles belonging to the pots and pans and their lids are made out of stainless steel, but silicon covered and securely riveted. They are oven-safe up to 350 degrees F.
Most Cooktops Compatible: This hard Anodized Cookware Set is compatible with gas, electric, and ceramic cooking surfaces. But it won’t work with induction stove as it is made out of hard anodized aluminum. If you are interested in induction cooking, please refer to Stoneline Nonstick Stone Cookware Set.
Care and Maintenance:
We recommend you use nylon or other non-metal utensils for your T-fal cookware for a longer lasting life of it though T-fal allows metal utensils. If you have to use the dishwasher frequently, you will be required to re-season your cookware more often than you would do otherwise.
It is advisable that you season each fry pan and saucepan you use them first time around. Otherwise, you may not get the optimal nonstick cooking results.
Try to avoid stacking of your T-fal pans as improper stacking may result in partial loss of the nonstick property of your cooking pans.
Our Cooking Test with this Set:
To see how well this set performs, we decided to put it to real cooking tests. We chose the 8-inch sauté pan to conduct an egg fry test. Initially, we seasoned it with a little butter. We were excited to see the T-fal Thermo-Spot heat indicator. We didn’t need to wait much. As we were using low to moderate heat, the desired thermo-Spot turned red in a few minutes. Then we cracked open an egg into the surface of the frying pan. The egg started to get cooked with a sizzling sound. It was looking perfect with a mouth watering aroma. We could easily turn the egg as the nonstick feature was performing quite well. Transferring the fried egg to a plate was effortless. We could clean the surface of the pan with a paper towel.
We wanted to cook an omelet this time. No additional oil or butter was needed as the surface was quite slippery. We poured our omelet mix into the fry pan. It started getting brown in no time as the pan was already heated. Our omelet got cooked in a few minutes. Again shifting it to our plate was a breeze. No residue was present there to clean, surprisingly. We used the same paper towel to wipe the surface. It looked like it was never used previously.
This time we put the larger 10.25-inch sauté pan to the test. The item was a big piece of steak. Before we put the steak in the pan we didn’t forget to season the pan as we did with the smaller one. We put the steak in soon after the thermo-spot heat indicator turned red. That way we knew the frying pan was properly pre-heated and ready for the steak to be cooked. Soon it started turning brown. Sliding it around was not a hassle at all as the coating T-fal cookware used in the nonstick worked wonderfully. In a few minutes a succulent and well-cooked steak came out. We were happy with the even cooking of the meat. We had to believe that t-fal pans deliver equal heat distribution feature as it promises.
The day after we tried the 2 and 3- quart saucepans to make some pasta sauce and pasta. We were completely satisfied with the results. They came out perfect and cleaning the cooking pots was not a difficult task at all.
Couple of days later we tested our Dutch oven by cooking some lamb stew for the family. It took us almost five hours. Our patience rewarded us with a delicious and flavorful stew. We also cooked some steamed rice to go with the stew. Our 2-quart saucepan did the job quite nicely. As we emptied out our stew from the Dutch oven, a small amount of it was sticking to the surface. Initially we were a bit concerned, but soaking the pot in the sink water almost did the cleanup. And a sponge and some soapy water made it shine like brand new.
So our T-fal cookware set passed the performance test with good CGPA, we can claim.
- Oven Safe( to a certain degree )
- Silicon covered heat-proof handles
- Dishwasher Safe
- PFOA and PTFE free
- Price affordability
- Patented Thermo-spot heat Indicator
- Not Induction Compatible
Parameters like affordability, long-lasting nonstick feature, and chemical free cooking are what make this T-fal Ultimate Hard Anodized 12-piece cookware set the right choice for the consumers. 879 Customer Reviews and a 4.6 Rating out of 5 Stars certainly tells us a lot about this cookware set.