T-fal Cookware Reviews

T-fal, known in some countries as Tefal, is a French cookware manufacturer, best known for creating non-stick cookware and equipment. Although they have also been known to produce small appliances, it remains their cookware that they are best known for to this day.

Their story began as far back as the 1950s when Grégoire followed his wife's advice to use Teflon to coat her aluminum pans. And they haven’t looked back since.

Sure there have since been other brands set to rival T-fal in the marketplace, but T-Fal has certainly retained its firm footing.

Here we’re going to look closely at some cookware sets in T-Fal’s range, (because most meals often require more than one pan), and we’ll finish with a brief conclusion. 


T-fal Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick 12 Piece Cookware Set, Dishwasher Safe Pots and Pans Set, Black

This is a top-quality, complete cookware set, composed not only of saucepans but also two frying pans and two cooking utensils.

The set we’re reviewing here is the hard-anodized non-stick set, but it may interest you to know that this same set is also available in stainless steel copper.

We’re particular fans of hard-anodized aluminum cookware, not only because retains perfect heat, but also because it provides a much stronger protective layer than the underlying metal, and is very resistant to scratches and corrosion, and will not react to acidic foods like vinegar.

Inside the pans, you get a superior and long-lasting non-stick coating. And, being reinforced with titanium, it’s designed not to warp at high temperatures.

In this set, you get 3 saucepans with lids, a 1 quart, a 2 quart, and a 3 quart respectively, a large 5-quart Dutch oven, a 10-inch frying pan for large family meals, and a smaller 8-inch frying pan for your fried eggs and/or omelets. The cooking utensils included are a large black plastic spoon and a black spatula.

You can also get slightly larger versions of this set complete with griddles and steamer inserts.

The lids are made of tempered glass, so are completely see-through to keep an eye on your food as you cook. And they are also vented, so you can trap just enough heat and moisture for perfect results every time.

One of our favorite features in this set is the Thermo spot indicator. This is basically a ring in the center of the pan which turns red, to let you know when a pan is sufficiently preheated and ready for you to start adding your ingredients.

We love that it’s entirely dishwasher safe, making clean up a breeze.

It’s worth noting at this point that Amazon occasionally has deals on this particular set, so it’s certainly worth a look.

Or if you can’t afford to pay it in one lump sum, you can set up a monthly payment via the Amazon Rewards Visa Card.

This set has proved particularly popular with customers. On the Amazon page for example, after well over 13,500 individual customer ratings, the average customer rating comes in at an impressive 4 and a half stars out of 5.

It would make a great moving-out gift for your grown-up child in their first home.


T-fal Excite ProGlide Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Dishwasher Oven Safe Cookware Set, 14-Piece, Blue

What we love about this set is just how perfectly non-stick it is. Not only does your food never stick to the pan, but when you want to plate out, the inner surface of the pans let you glide your food from the pan with ease.

This 14 piece is made up of 2 small saucepans with lids (a 1 quart and a 2 quart), a 5-quart Dutch oven with a lid, a large 10.5-inch frying pan, to accommodate large family dishes, and a smaller 8.5-inch frying pan. And that’s not all - you also get a set of 5 measuring spoons and a strainer.

We love that it’s entirely dishwasher safe, making clean up a breeze.

The lids are made of tempered glass, so are completely see-through to keep an eye on your food as you cook. And they are also vented, so you can trap just enough heat and moisture for perfect results every time.

One of our favorite features in this set is the Thermo spot indicator. This is basically a ring in the center of the pan which turns red, to let you know when a pan is sufficiently preheated and ready for you to start adding your ingredients.

This set is available in 3 different color options, dark blue, dark red, or bronze. All of which look very smart, but notably, they are available at different prices, so that’s something to watch out for and consider.

It may not be as widely received as some of their cookware sets, but at the time of writing this article, there have been well over 400 customer ratings on the Amazon page alone.

Moreover, after so many individual ratings, the average rating comes out at an impressive 4 stars out of 5.


T-fal G918SE64 Initiatives Ceramic Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Dishwasher Oven Safe Toxic Free Cookware Set, 14-Piece, Blue

In developing what they have to offer, T-Fal occasionally breaks away from their usual cookware format and tries something new and different. And that brings us to their ceramic cookware set.

This set is made up of 14 individual pieces, including 2 saucepans with lids (a small 1 quart, and a slightly larger 2 quart) a large 5-quart Dutch oven, a large 10.5-inch frying pan, to accommodate large family dishes, a smaller 8.5-inch frying pan, AND some cooking utensils which include 2 spatulas, 1 large spoon, and a large spoon with drainage holes.

This is more than enough pieces for most family dinners.

So, as we referred to earlier, this set does not use T-fal’s usual non-stick coating but instead has a ceramic non-stick interior.

If you’ve eaten from ceramic plates and bowls previously, which you undoubtedly have, then you will know that ceramic is very resistant to both scratching and staining. And these features apply to this T-fal cookware set.

You get very even heating across the pans, which really helps when you’re cooking dinner.

The advantage of using a ceramic interior compared to T-fal’s usual cookware interior is that you can use metal cooking utensils with them, without them becoming too hot to touch.

As for their non-stick properties, feedback from customers has been mixed in places. Many people are very impressed with the non-stick surface, while others feel that it doesn’t quite compare to the original.

We love that this set is entirely dishwasher safe, making clean up a breeze.

One of our favorite features in this set is the Thermo spot indicator. This is basically a ring in the center of the pan which turns red, to let you know when a pan is sufficiently preheated and ready for you to start adding your ingredients.

The lids are made of tempered glass, so are completely see-through to keep an eye on your food as you cook. And they are also vented, so you can trap just enough heat and moisture for perfect results every time.

It’s available in two color options. The metallic blue is very nice, and the gold one is quite nice too. However, the gold option costs about twice as much as the blue option (so I know which one I’d prefer).

Customer feedback has been very positive. It may not be as high selling as their more traditional non-stick sets, but at the time of writing this article, it had attracted well over 1,400 individual customer ratings on Amazon, resulting in an average Amazon rating of a ver reassuring 4 and a half stars out of 5.

Conclusion

Whether you’re buying a whole set, or whether your just buying one or two items, then T-fal genuinely is a good brand to go for. They’re the originals and, arguably, are still the best as far as their special non-stick coating is concerned.

Our main piece of advice when buying your T-fal cookware set is to opt for their non-stick sets wherever possible. Don’t get us wrong, their stainless steel sets are very good and they have certainly seen very favorable customer feedback…

However, their non-stick coating does not apply to their stainless steel goods, and it can cause real problems for customers if they don’t sufficiently season the pans to make them non-stick.

It’s in their non-stick coatings that truly demonstrates exactly what T-fal is best at and known for.

You should also be careful about where you buy it from. This is because if you buy from a reputable retailer, you can be sure to get T-fal’s lifetime limited warranty.

Out of the 3 different T-fal sets we’ve shown you, if we had to pick a favorite, it would have to be the T-fal Excite ProGlide Nonstick Cookware Set. It has all the items you need to cook for a small or medium-sized family, and moreover, it has the best non-stick properties of the bunch.

But that said any one of them would make a great addition to any kitchen.

Dee
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