Saladmaster has been helping America cook their dinner since 1946, and has built themselves quite the reputation doing so.
Saladmaster has grown famous for its near-indestructible cookware, who's style has defined American kitchenware for the past 75 years.
With such an impressive reputation comes an equally impressive price tag.
A key and unignorable part of the Saladmaster brand is the luxury price tag that comes along with their world-class cookware.
With such a high price tag, Saladmaster is a very polarising brand. With reviewers swearing blind that the pots are a waste of money or the greatest pots of all time just on principle. It's hard to know what to think.
That's the reason we've put together this article as we want to give you a clear, unbiased idea about the Saladmaster cookware range.
In this article, we're going to be looking at the Saladmaster range, what it has to offer, and for how much. We're going to try and help you answer the difficult question - is Saladmaster Cookware worth the hefty price tag?
We've got a lot to cover today, so let's start with who Saladmaster is and why they're able to charge that much money for pots and pans.
Who is Saladmaster?
The first time we heard the word Saladmaster, we imagined a wise, old salad sensei sat on a hill making perfect salads.
Sadly, we were very wrong. Saladmaster is an American cookware brand that is famous for its expensive, high-quality kitchenware.
Saladmaster was founded in 1946 by entrepreneur Harry Lemmons, with a vision of giving people the tools they need to cook healthy and delicious food at home.
Saladmaster Cookware Reviews
Now, let's move onto the review.
We're about to discuss the products themselves, the options they offer, and what Saladmaster's customers think of their purchases.
If you're looking to get Saladmaster cookware at a better price, your best option is to purchase one of their sets.
You can get quite a large discount when buying these sets.
The Saladmaster cookware comes in 5 different sets
2 Qt. (1.8L) Saucepan with Cover, 4 Qt. (3.8L) Roaster with Cover, 5 Qt. (4.7L) Roaster with Cover, 11 in. (27.9cm) Skillet with Cover, Stainless Steel Powdered Cleaner, two long handles, and four side handles.
1 Qt. (.9L) Saucepan with Cover, 3 Qt. (2.8L) Saucepan with Cover, 3 Qt. (1.8L) Perforated Basket, 9 in. (22.9cm) Skillet with Cover, Stainless Steel Powdered Cleaner, two long handles, two side handles.
1 Qt. (.9L) Saucepan with Cover, 3 Qt. (2.8L) Saucepan with Cover, 3 Qt. (1.8L) Perforated Basket, 7 Qt. (6.6L) Roaster with Cover, 9 in. (22.9cm) Skillet with Cover, 11 in. (27.9cm) Skillet with Cover, Stainless Steel Powdered Cleaner, three long handles, four side handles.
1 Qt. (.9L) Saucepan with Cover, 3 Qt. (2.8L) Saucepan with Cover, 3 Qt. (1.8L) Perforated Basket, 7 Qt. (6.6L) Roaster with Cover, 10 Qt. (9.5L) Roaster with Cover, 9 in. (22.9cm) Skillet with Cover, 11 in. (27.9cm) Skillet with Cover, 12 in. (30.5cm) Electric Oil Core Skillet, Stainless Steel Powdered Cleaner, three long handles, six side handles.
The Executive Chef
Includes 35+ different items including their full range of pans and kitchen utensils.
The Spare Parts
One of the really appealing features of Saladmaster cookware is that they sell replacement parts for any of the parts that may wear down.
Parts like the panhandles and lids are more likely to get damaged than the bodies of the pans themselves which are made from surgical steel blended with titanium.
There are very few brands that offer these spare parts. With Saladmaster, instead of having to toss the item when the handle breaks, you can simply replace the handle and keep on using the pan.
The replacement parts are easy to get hold of, many of them can be found here.
What are the pans made of?
When you look at the price of a Saladmaster cookware set, you would be forgiven for thinking: 'what are these things made from?! Solid gold?!'
Unsurprisingly, that is not the case. Saladmaster cookware is made from something a lot more appropriate and practical. Surgical steel mixed with Titanium to be exact.
What's so special about this combination? Well, firstly it's designed to last for decades. We've seen multiple reviews from people who have had their Saladmaster sets for 40+ years.
Secondly, Saladmaster cookware is treated with their patented 316 Technology. The 316 is a type of coating that prevents the metal of the cookware from reacting with anything cooked inside it.
Often acidic food reacts with the pan it's cooked in and develops a coppery aftertaste. The 316 coating prevents this from happening.
All Saladmaster cookware comes with locking lids.
The cookware is designed for professionals and home chefs alike, the locking lids make storage and traveling with the pans more practical.
Along with the 316 Technology, Saladmaster cookware is coated with an industry-leading non-stick coating. If treated correctly this coating can last for decades.
This nonstick coating is so good that it makes no-oil cooking possible. Cooking just got a whole lot healthier.
While this feature is not unique to Saladmaster, there are very few other brands that offer a coating this efficient.
It is worth noting that the brand Maxam (one of Saladmaster's biggest rivals) offers a similar quality non-stick coating. Although, that is the only area in which they even come close to being equal.
Are the products good quality?
Well, we'd like to answer this question by quote a review in Saladmaster's customer feedback section on their website:
'I purchased a set of Saladmaster cookware 40 years ago. All of the cookware is still just like new.'
This wasn't the only review like this we've seen. Be it 5,10, or 50 years into their relationship with Saladmaster, their customers still seem smitten.
The Lifetime Warranty on the products probably helps with this (check the details out here), as well as the availability of spare and replacement parts.
Saladmaster makes it very clear that, yes you are paying a hefty price, but this will be the last time you have to buy a set of cookware.
Saladmaster cookware has also been used in professional kitchens for decades. Being trusted by chefs is a stamp of approval that most cookware companies can only dream of.
Saladmaster products come with a limited lifetime warranty.
Pros & Cons
Here's a pros and cons list summing up everything we've discussed so far:
- Lifetime warranty
- Spare / replacement parts available
- Incredible reviews
- Surgical steel and titanium mix (extremely long-lasting)
- 316 Technology
- Industry-leading non-stick coating
- Locking lids
- Loved by professional chefs
- Expensive (we mean mind-bogglingly expensive)
Okay, let's get down to answering the all-important question: are Saladmaster cookware pieces worth the price?
It is hard to get past how expensive Saladmaster products are. However, in our opinion, this cookware is worth that terrifying price point. These pieces are an investment, but like all good investments, you will be reaping the rewards for years to come.
The first sign that this cookware is worth the money, is that professional chefs are prepared to pay that price for it. There is no better recommendation for cookware than knowing it is trusted by the professionals.
Secondly, the combination of lifetime warranties and replaceable parts means that you will never have to buy another set of cookware again.
If you compare replacing all your cookware every five years for fifty-plus years to only purchasing one set… A Saladmaster set begins to look like a bargain.
Our third reason is that the Saladmaster range offers two unrivaled types of coating. Their non-stick coating is one of the best on the market and lasts for years.
We find the main reason we have to replace our cookware is that the non-stick coating wears away.
A non-stick coating that lasts for decades may just be one of the most exciting things we've ever heard.
If you're interested in picking up some Saladmaster cookware then we recommend picking up one of their sets. The sets are a great way to pick up some of the best pieces of Saladmaster's range at a lower, average price point.
If you are interested in getting particularly unique or valuable pieces from Saladmaster then check out their 75th Anniversary range.
The range has been created to celebrate that 2021 birthday. The range will be limited edition and undoubtedly very collectible in years to come.