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Worst pan I've had in a long time
I only gave two stars for the design as it looks amazing. But the non-stick is very sticky. I only use it to cook eggs and they stick every time and I even use oil. Very hard to wash as well, don't know why people would recommend it, probably work for the company. Very disappointed, waste of money!
Purchased in May 2021 at Myer.
Got my set as a gift 5 years ago and they’ve outlasted 2 serious relationships (I’ve thrown them across the room at people) other than being very well built and good quality they’re easy to clean and look like new
It USED TO BE PERFECT until now
My family has the old set of the Essteele Per Vita for so many years and have been extremely happy with the set still. However, we wanted to buy an extra size saucepan as our old set included a 16cm and 20cm. When we bought the new 18cm saucepan we were very excited to receive it! Following instructions to wash it with warm water with the mild detergent, the first time we used it to boil water, rust spots appeared. I did not expect this at all as it never happened in our old set. A return was then requested from the store we bought it on ebay. ...We then decided to purchase from another store hoping that it was just bad luck from the previous purchase. But we were wrong again. Same rust spots appeared! When we called Essteele Per Vita, the customer service lady (Sharon), suggested to scrub the rust off using baking soda. I thought why? The pots are made from STAINLESS STEEL and should not really have rusted at all. This is a health concern and waste of time and energy to buy a saucepan that claims it is stainless steel but shows signs of rust spots before and just after first use. We have lost trust with this brand that used to be the best. If I could give it a no star rating, I would. For $180 rrp saucepan with rust spots, deserves no star rating. Purchased twice from 2x different online store. eBay (minimax.au) then The Galley St Kilda.
Purchased in February 2021 for $109.00.
Excellent product and after sales service
We've had a set of stainless steel Per Vita for 6 years and they've been great. Despite daily use, they still look close to new and do what they should. We recently had an issue with the base of the skillet and it was replaced under the lifetime warranty with no problem. I wouldn't hesitate to buy again, though since these will probably last longer than me, I doubt we'll need to.
Purchased in May 2015.
I have had the Essteele 28cm frying pan for 4 months.The non stick coating of the 28cm frying pan has extensive bubbling around the base. The bubbles inflate when the pan is heated and fill with dishwater when pan is washed creating a very unhygienic surface. Very disappointing product and cost well over $100 with discount.
Purchased in July 2020 for $130.00.
Super happy with the 5-peice set we purchased a few years back.
Expect the copper to discolour early on (that's what copper does). If you know how to use a steel pan, it should give you decades of brilliant cooking (possibly a lifetime based on other reviews).
We purchased on a deep discount at DJ's. For the quality, the price is great.
Purchased at David Jones Retail Stores.
Quality; Service; Inexpensive in the long run
We bought the set 28 years ago. Our children, for whom we used to cook baby food in the saucepans, use the same pans themselves now. We're all keen cooks, and these have been through a lot of use (and occasional misuse).
Understandably, the handles were deteriorating after all this time, after much use and hundreds of cleans in the dishwasher. And years ago, when the copper/stainless steel bottom of the small saucepan split, they replaced it without question. It was already over 15 years old.
So I wrote in this time about the handles on t...he remaining pans, wondering what could be done after so long. Once they looked at the photos I sent in, we were totally looked after. This demonstrated a true lifetime warranty. Quite simply, with that longevity, and the quality, the cookware is not at all expensive over the long term. That's the way to think about it when making your initial purchase. Think about how many cheap rubbish pans you might get and replace over the decades otherwise (and not enjoy cooking with). So if you care about your cooking, I believe you can't go wrong with Essteele.
Spent more than $800 on a “nice” set as a wedding gift from my parents. It was supposed to be something to last us a lifetime and finally being able to throw out the old Kmart set.
We looked for the nicest and best pans we could find. This was supposed to be it. Wow. What a disappointment.
No matter what the temperature is in the pan. Everything sticks. Everything, other than liquids. Potato, bacon, meatballs, you might as well make a mash.
While they seem easy to clean, they stain like crazy. Every pan and pot was stained after first use. W...
Purchased in March 2020 at David Jones for $800.00.
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?
Purchased in October 2018 at Myer Online Store.
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??
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.
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.
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.
Excellent Set of Saucepans
High polish allows easy cleaning
Good heavy base ensures even cooking
Love the solidly riveted handles.
The only improvement I could suggest is that I prefer a glass lid, which isnt an option - so I bought some Scan Pan lids which fit nicely
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...
Questions & Answers
I am tossing up between the Per Vita and Per Sempre saucepans. Does anyone have knowledge of both pots who can help me. From what I can see they both have even heat, they both heat quick, they can both be used on induction stoves.
I have invested in a set of Esteele cookware. The pans are excellent, alas not so the frying pan. Everything i try seems to stick, I have even managed to destroy a fried egg. What am I doing wrong
My 30 cm Essteele saute pan has been my main pan for about 15 years. However the bottom layers are now separating when heated on the stove. Can I get repaired? Will I replace? I don't remember if I filled out the warrantee. Any point in trying? Can't even remember where I bought it!
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