LOVE LOVE LOVE these!
Bought the 5 piece set including 3 saucepans, nonstick frypan and steamer about 6 months ago. Can’t say enough good things about these! Bought them for their heavy base and looks, sexiest cookware out there :) Cook evenly, clean easily - what more could you want?
Too old to have any name except Esteele!
I have a small Esteele saucepan which was given to my mother about 1964. It has been in regular use ever since. It has even been boiled dry a number of times. 'Esteele' on the copper bottom is still legible, and it has no flaws or pitting. It is still my favourite pan. Why does your purchase date only go back to 1998??
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Essteele Per Vita Open French Skillet 24cm
Bought this pan from Myer a month ago when it was on sale. it has a very beautiful design, very easy to use and clean. No food remains stuck to the pan. The bottom of the pan is in copper to assure a very good cooking distribution and also keeps the temperature. Great choice although a bit expensive. I did not give the 5 stars for the price.
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I always jump on this site to warn others of disappointing products, so thought it was time to write a positive review. I had a quick think of any products that bring a smile to my face when using them and quickly thought of my Essteele Per Vita fry pans. I was worried about moving from non stick to stainless steel and now regret not making the move a lot earlier. Although stainless is harder to cook on (only initially), it actually forces you to learn how to cook properly and the results far exceed that of non stick (you'll see). The thick bas...e holds and transmits heat well and the steel handles mean they can also be used in the oven to finish off steaks etc. (just like restaurants do). I have no issues at all cleaning them and every now and then when there is a stain left on the cooking surface, it is easily removed with the Essteele cookware cleaner or Bar Keepers Friend. Only downside is the heavy weight of the large fry pan (obviously) and the fact the handle holds a little bit of water that usually ends up on me or the floor when moving them to the drying rack. I plan on drilling a hole right through the handle to prevent this as I'm not worried about ever having to use the warranty on these pans. I use these pans on a glass cooktop. Hint: keep a non stick pan for frying eggs.
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Happy with 5 piece cookset but need special cleaner
I have been using my 5 piece cookset for about a month. After the first use or two, I found brown spots like other reviewers have reported. I also found that the copper band changed from orange to yellow. I got in touch with Essteele and they sent a bottle of the cleaner and this worked a treat. So I am really happy with them. I don't need to use the cleaner every time though. My main reason for choosing stainless steel was health reasons (and cast iron is just too heavy for me) and longevity. They do feel like quality products (I bought...them for $359 instead of $799 RRP!). The handles don't get hot. I especially like the steamer that fits nicely over the large saucepan. I also found that they are quicker to heat up than my previous cookware (Scanpan non stick pans) probably due to the thicker base.
Irremovable stains after one use
I have bought a set which includes three pots, a small to medium size frying pan and a steaming basket. They are very heavy with a thick copper base.
* Solid construction
* Nice shiny finish, when they are brand new.
* Probably better heat conduction and distribution due to the heavy bottom.
* After only one use, the bottom of the largest pot had lots of rust and other ugly stains. I exchanged it once, twice, and after the second exchange I got sick of it and asked for a refund. I was given a part refund as the rest of the s...
Worth every dollar...
ESSTEELE PER VITA 5 PIECE COOKWARE SET
Really heavy duty cook wear, so pleased with the performance so far.
We had Tefal set before this, no comparison. Really researched a quality cook wear set and settled on the Essteele Per Vita.
So happy I made this decision.
Even used ZipPay.
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Good quality pots and pans
Bought the 5 piece set plus a a free covered saute pan. Good value for money. Happy that I chose this brand and range rather than Scanpan or Baccarat. Essteele pots and pans are of high quality. Copper base looked perfect before wash, never looked the same after its been cleaned. Has one or two little dark spots inside, not sure how that happened. Outside is still very shiny with a mirror like finish.
Milk pan has no lid, I only realized after reading inclusions in box twice. Each item is heavier than any other SS 18/10 cookware but not as heavy as our Le Creuset. Surprisingly cooks great tasting food.
Hope it lasts us for years. Overall satisfied.
Best saucepan. Wouldn't use anything else.
I've had the stainless steel saucepan for over a year now, use it almost daily and it still looks brand new. There's nothing I can fault about it and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for quality stainless steel cookware.
Annoyed with rust spots at first use
After first use I noticed 5 or more so random rust spots (inside the saucepan) and 1 spot even with a tiny black hole in one saucepan. I decided to try another saucepan and ended up with 3 rust spots which was not noticeable before hand. I washed them as recommended before first use and I am very disappointed in the pans. They were on special when I bought them and I wonder if its a batch of rejects Estelle is trying to get rid of. I will now be staying away from Estelle and looking else where.
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2 of the pots rusted after first use
I bought a set of these pots 2 weeks ago plus one additional pot. The first two that I used had rust spots on the inside after washing them (dried right away). Called Myer's where I bought them and they didn't want to know about it and referred us to the manufacturer. For the price I would expect way better quality and service. Avoid these if you want something that lasts.
Life long pan! (..I'm expecting)
Love Essteele Per Vita! Initially came across it when I was looking at All Clad, but I'm so glad I got this. It looks gorgeous, stays brand new (even the non stick!!!), works in the oven, has a lifetime warranty! The only possible down side is the weight, it really is quite heavy. The price is great too, if I weren't a poor uni student I'd have every item! Would absolutely recommend and buy again (have already bought two (stainless steel and non stick)!
October 30th 2018 Update: Non-stick is definitely not life long, and they do not uphold t...heir warranty!!! I bought this product and expected it to last a lifetime like they claimed, but this was certainly not the case. Beyond this, they completely failed to live up to their lifetime warranty. I bought this pan because I was assured that the nonstick had a lifetime warranty and I'd had issues in the past of pans not lasting long. I've only had this a bit over a year and have been away for almost 6 months during that time. I went to claim my warranty since it's no longer non stick, but they said I'd miss used my pan! This absolutely out raged me as they cannot make that claim without proof, if not they could say it for every claim. I have followed the instructions for use and upkeep and have even taken extra precautions. I only used a silicone spafula (not even plastic) and a microfibre cloth on my pan. I cleaned it and hand dried it after every use and they are still putting it down to miss use. Absolutely outraged.
I love the saucepans (frypan alright I generally prefer nonstick) saucepans are awesome even heat I accidentally left the saucepan on simmer and had food burnt on the bottom and the copper had gone a funny colour just used bicarbonate soda to clean the inside and let the saucepan sit in vinegar and the copper colour came back. The non drip edges ism5 star I poured out a creamy pasta dish with no spillage best sauce on set I have used and handle (long ones) didn't get hot.
Early days but I am disappointed
I have only just bought a set of 3 saucepans and a steamer. I steamed some vegetables in the steamer with the 20 cm saucepan for dinner, with plenty of water in the saucepan. Later, after emptying the water from the saucepan I noticed some small brown/grey round stains (about 8 of them scattered around at random) on the stainless steel at the bottom of the inside of the pan. I couldn't get these off by using a non-stick scourer and warm water with mild dishwashing liquid in it. Has anyone else had this problem? I'd appreciate some help.
May ...9th, 2017 Update: Very happy now I previously wrote a review entitled "Early days but I am disappointed". There were about 8 or 9 brown spots on the inside of one of my new "Esteele per vita" saucepans at the bottom that appeared after I'd just steamed some vegies in it (the first time I'd used it). However, when I subsequently used the pan to stew some plums the spots miraculously disappeared. I'm now very happy with my purchase.
Lovely to cook with
This range is fantastic, I have numerous sizes across the range and it is always a satisfying experience to cook with these pots. I season on every use to ensure they are always non stick. Solid base means I haven't burnt a thing! Hubby also loves to cook with them, so as an added bonus hubby likes to help out in the kitchen a little more!
Excellent performance, but not for everyone
I originally rated this 4 stars, but after another few years of using this cookware and having tried some other cookware in the interim, I am upgrading this to 5 stars.
I have been using the Per Vita set for almost 3 years. I am reviewing the following: Four saucepans with lids (14cm, 16cm, 18cm, and 20cm); an "Open French Skillet" frypan (24cm); a "Universal Steamer" (fits 18cm or 20cm saucepan); and two 24cm stock pots (9L and 7.1L).
Cooking performance is excellent on both gas and induction. I've owned many sets over the ...
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I followed the instructions to sit the pots and pan in a bicarb soda bath to remove the anti- tarnish coating before use.
After first use of the small saucepan, there are black spots on the copper that I can't get rid of. I'm soo disappointed and scared to use the other pots.
I have now applied a bicarbonate soda paste just to make sure the coating is off on the other pots and can only hope they don't stain too.
Soo disappointed as they look lovely out of the box
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Thanks to Meyer Cookware Australia for your prompt action.
I haven't actually used these saucepans yet but I just want to say thank you to Meyer Cookware Australia. I managed to damage the handles on our 25 year old set of Essteele saucepans. When I asked about replacement handles they said they couldn't replace so would send replacement saucepans instead. I have just received them today and I am delighted with them. Just goes to show the importance of keeping paperwork - which I had done in relation to the 'Lifetime' guarantee. My hubby laughed and said who keeps paperwork for 25 years - me!!
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Questions & Answers
Which Essteele pots have the Essteele plate with brand name at the base of the handle?
I bought an essteele per sempre covered sauteise which has a copper surround . I’ve used it twice and it has brown spots on the copper. Why has this happened and how do I get rid of it please?
I just bought my Essteele Per Vita 5 pcs today at Myers, I asked the sales lady if it is 18/10 ( I will only buy if it is 18/10 I said to myself ). The lady said yes,she got a booklet from other design of essteele and showed to me and said it must be inside your box too. Upon reaching home I try to look for the description manual but I can't find anything. Just the warranty booklet. I even look at the website doesn't say anything about the grade. Is the Essteele Per Vita 5 pcs 18/ 10 grade of Stainless steel?
Interesting question, and you are right .. there is no documentation from the manufacturer on their website or the accompanying paperwork or on the cookware itself that explicitly states whether it is 1810, yet all the retailers are advertising it as 18/10. I personally suspect they are 18/10 (based on performance compared to other 18/10 cookware I have owned in the past) but we won't know unless we write to Essteele directly. Thanks for raising it and sorry I didn't have an answer.
Hi Joanna, I looked at the site https://www.essteele.com.au/cookware/per-vita.html. The 5 piece set description does not state 18/10 however the Essteele Per Vita info does which I have copied below does. Hope this helps. Also I have two pots which are about 3+ years old and I can not fault the product.
Essteele Per Vita combines Italian elegance with quality Italian engineering to create flawless, beautiful looking cookware that continually performs. Essteele Per Vita is a pleasure to cook with thanks to the solid copper that is spread across the induction suitable base, allowing heat to disperse evenly and quickly. This results in optimum heat control and perfect cooking conditions favoured by the most discerning cooks. The elegant and refined design is crafted from premium quality polished stainless steel for superior durability and shine. Handles and lids crafted from stainless steel ensure Essteele Per Vita will last a lifetime.
Per Vita. For Life
HIGH QUALITY 18/10 STAINLESS STEEL CONSTRUCTION Made of the highest quality stainless steel, each pan features superior durability and a brilliant mirror finish.
COPPER BASE A sheet of solid copper spreads heat rapidly across the base and around the corners of each pan, and heavyweight aluminium discs permanently sealed in stainless steel disperse and retain heat to eliminate hot spots. The result: optimum heat control and induction suitability.
STAINLESS STEEL DEEP DRAW LIDS Made from the same high quality stainless steel as the body of the pan, these lids are tight fitting to retain heat, flavour and nutrients.
DRIPLESS POURING RIM European designed rim which has a wide, gentle arch for easy pouring and effortless cleaning.
STYLISH HANDLES Stylish handles cast in stainless steel and riveted for maximum durability.
PREMIUM NON-STICK** Premium non-stick coating provides effortless cleaning and years of lasting beauty. For convenience it is also dishwasher safe.
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