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Had the wok and sautese pan for months now and they cook great. These are not cast iron but wrought iron from solid sheet stock. Lighter than cast iron and heats up way faster, but cooks very similar. Very unique in construction with awesome heat conductivity so it’s easy to overheat the pan compared to ordinary cookware until you get used to them. You won’t hurt the pan, just hurt the food you’re trying to cook if it’s too hot! Puts an awesome sear on a steak! There is a procedure with getting them seasoned for a level of non stick performan...ce initially prior to cooking, which is an easy thing to do and an ongoing process, as the more you cook and use them the better non stick they become over time. This is a skill that is learnt and once you know how it’s easy but doesn’t come naturally to everyone. This is a process not invented by the manufacturer but something humans have been doing since we started using heat and implements to cook. Don’t expect Teflon level of non stick - If you get it right it can be If you get the pan temperature correct and enough fats otherwise you will get sticking issues, (ie USER ERROR) but that’s the same for any non Teflon pan. Acidic foods like tomato based food will strip back your seasoning layers so you need to re apply the seasoning via the correct process. The handles get warm but don’t get too hot to the touch and are top quality Aussie made product made from Australian steel by Australians. Not show pony gear but true workhorse commercial kitchen grade quality that will last multiple lifetimes. I love my wok and 22cm sautese pan and have ordered more. Got my brother onto these and he’s bought 3 pans in the last 6 weeks already and loves them as well. If your happy to put in a little effort to move away from toxic synthetic non stick cookware give Solidteknics a go - but it may not be for everyone.
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This is my first cast iron pan and I’m hooked.
I cook on gas.
I love that the handel is long and doesn’t get hot, very good design.
I bought the 30cm pan (largest) and it’s not to heavy to use and has two hand holds
It was already seasoned so l could start cooking straight away.
I would say the edges do get a little hotter than the middle.
I was really surprised how well it cooked without having Teflon on the surface.
For once l didn’t stew the meat....
Now that I’ve got the hand of it it’s perfect!
I love this product. I had trouble with my early seasoning attempts (too much oil) and didn’t research how to wash the pan correctly so early results weren’t good. But having done my homework including cleaning as well as lower cooking temperatures even my 13 year old has no problems cooking on it. It is now well seasoned, non stick, and I love it. I’ve had no issue with the handles getting hot, and I find it solid without being too heavy. I encourage everyone to persevere and take the advice of the company support team rather than give up!
Purchased at Quirky cooking for A$150.00.
Induction hob? Do NOT buy this skillet.
Concave base, thin metal unsatisfactory for induction. Lower heat absorption. Inconsistent heat transfer. Hot spots at perimeter. Without care prone to severe overheating and damage to hob. Perfect for gas.
Purchased in February 2020 at Dish n That, Capalaba for A$150.00.
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Had mine for about 5 years
I'm going to jump in here, as I'm bit surprised to see some negative reviews.
Firstly, this isn't a review posted 2 weeks after purchase.
I have had the cast iron pan and a skillet for well over three years. It might be five years - so long I can't remember.
Second, to give you an idea of the consensus here, as of the date of writing there is over half a million dollars pledged of 20,000 sought (!) for the latest pan on kickstarter with 3 days to go.
I'm not affiliated with this company in any way, I'm just shopping for a third one. Ive b...ought them for people as Christmas presents as well. What's the downside? Well they're expensive aren't they. But there's no rivets, it's a single, solid chunk of metal. Short of rusting if you don't season them properly, you could run them over with a train, that might break them. Or would it?
Purchased in January 2014.
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Didn't work well for me and customer service wouldn't believe me.
Followed seasoning advise exactly but it never got black or non-slip.
Anything cooked on surface would stick and had to be removed using a scourer.
I must have seasoned it like 7 times and it never went black like in the pictures.
Prone to rust and verdigris if left in dishes overnight so keep oiled. Handle is uncomfortable.
Customer service emailed me back and forth at least 10 times giving me explanations.
I asked if it's possible the steel poured could be inconsistent but this was laughed at.
Customer service never apologised or offered a refund. Am disappointed.
Pending response from this review, I'll be donating it local charity. Perhaps nearby homeless could get better use of it on an open fire that I could with my stove.
Outstanding quality and performing cookware
I've got one AUS ION carbon steel skillet and one of the NONI pans with the griddle/lid. I cannnot say enough good about their performance. After seasoning the steel skillet proved itself wonderful at all the tasks one would use carbon steel for- searing steaks and chops, pan frying fish, eggs. It's just a great performer. Not having rivets to trap food make cleaning so much easier.
The NONI pan and griddle/lid is also amazing. It's a virtually non-stick piece in its own right and has proven to be as fine a saucepan as I can ever imagin...e owning, thanks to its quick heating and even cooking performance. It's my go-to for spaghetti sauces, sauce piquantes and any dishes that could possibly threaten the seasoning on cast iron or carbon steel. The quality of these pans is top notch. Responses to emails with the company, just prior to their move to the USA and since have always been prompt, informative and polite. I'm extremely impressed with the fact that they're producing cast iron and NONI in Chicago now. Good on them! Amazing quality cookware made in the USA. If I were running a professional kitchen the Solidteknics pans and skillets would be my choice.
Purchased in May 2015 for A$160.00.
Terrible company to deal with . If you have an issue it's your fault.
Difficult to season. Poor or no instructions inclueded with the pans. I tried multiple times contacted the company was basically made to feel like an idiot. Their warrenty is non existent.dont waste your money
Purchased in February 2019 for A$900.00.
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Just what I was after
Bought this to replace non-stick pans that tend to last about 1 year in our home. Sure this pan takes a bit of looking after (a couple of minutes to clean and season after each meal) but that's a small price to pay for something that will pay you back by lasting forever.
We did make the mistake of cooking a tomato based meal in it and I had to restart the seasoning over again - won't do that again. Other than that we cook eggs, fish and plenty of sensitives without issue.
I love products that are made to last. I'll be buying one of these for my kids when they leave home and I hope they learn to appreciate it as much as I do.
Good job Solidteknics.
Worth the price and effort...
I bought the 30cms frying pan with extra handle 3 months ago.
It was a significant investment but I'd been researching pans for months (and was finally persuaded by a UK newspaper recommendation).
I was a little nervous because I'd read some poor reviews on this sIte and others - even though the majority were positive.
The pan is fantastic - I went through the whole rigmarole of initial seasoning - to the bemusement of my family.
It now cleans easily and in seconds - I just use a normal green scourer without dishwashing liquid. I then dry ...
Purchased in January 2020 for A$200.00.
Best pans EVER!
Bought my first pan a few years ago and we love it so much that we are always adding more and more sizes to our collection. Lighter than cast iron, cooks beautifully if looked after and hard wearing, we pack them when we go camping as well. Highly recommended!
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Dealing with the founder, prior to delivery.
So, here’s my story:
I’m from the US. I was intrigued by wrought iron technique over traditional cast iron. I backed the US campaign, getting the full set of wrought iron pans (no nonis). Shortly thereafter, and well before the shipping of the pan set (which still hasn’t shipped), they launched a second Kickstarter for the 14” Bigga. I was a little upset by this, since the full set including the Bigga was now like US$80 less than I would end up paying by backing the Kickstarters separately.
I voiced my concern, along with others, in the Solid...
Purchased for A$500.00.
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Avoid like a plague
You will waste countless hours of time, gas and money trying to season and reseason these pans. I would give 0 stars for maintenance if I could! They extremely susceptible to rust. Not happy Jan!
Avoid at all costs and stick to using stainless steel or cast iron. After persisting in using these pans for a few months, they are destined for the scrap heap as the retailer would not accept the return.
Ordinary value to be honest
The pans are made from carbon steel which is like cast iron but stronger and lighter. I have to say that the pans are well constructed. However the handle design makes it very uncomfortable to hold as they dig into your palms. The economics of the handle could have been better designed.
The seasoning is quite thin but after cooking a few times, seasoning does get better.
If you were thinking of cooking anything acidic
like tomatoes based dishes, dont. I cooked some simple pasta sauce and it ate away at the seasoning and made surface rust ...
I love my Solidteknic Aus-ion pans, no more toxic non stick coatings for me.
I have the Bigga skillet, the 35cm wok, 26cm frypan, they are amazing. Just be patient and learn how to season the pans well or just start deep frying and cooking bacon. I love cooking with olive oil and a bit of butter.
Purchased in July 2017 at Kitchen wearhouse for A$129.00.
Just LOVE these pans!
I first heard of SolidTeknics cast iron pans online, had a look and thought "one day I'll get one". By the time I got around to getting a pan, cast iron was not being made anymore. So I got satin wrought iron instead. And LOVE IT. Have had these pans for two years now and they are always my go to pans. Handles stay cool, unless they go into the oven, but hey, obviously. Not many other pans would be happy on a fire, or in the oven. Non stick, light weight, easy clean... what more could you want? The company also has more help and morals than any other company I can think of. Really you can't go wrong!
If you're serious about cooking, then Solidteknics is the only way to go.
I have bought many pieces of Solidteknics cookware - Aus-fonte cast iron, AUS-ION satin, AUS-ION raw, and Noni over the last few years. I couldn't possibly choose my favourite, they are all fantastic. Once you've used them you won't go back. Yes, you have to season them, and yes, you have to be a bit careful about cleaning them ie: drying them straight away, but really, they are almost indestructible. And, they're engineered to last for generations. What I love is that they're made from one piece of metal - no rivets, no joins, - and the ...handles stay cool. They are perfectly weighted so they're easy to handle and they feel great to touch. And, most importantly, everything that you cook in them tastes fabulous! Eggs, bacon, potatoes, fish, steak, pancakes, crepes, whatever you can think of, you can cook in a Solidteknics pan. There is also a great Facebook page with loads of ideas and support from other ST uses so if you get stuck with seasoning, or how to care for the pans, there is help ready to go + recipes. If you're serious about cooking, and enjoy the science behind it, you won't have any trouble caring for your Sokidteknics - it's all part of the experience.
Purchased in January 2016.
Close to cooking perfection - if you're prepared to change your cooking style and learn to season.
I stumbled across Solidteknics (ST) back in 2015 after throwing yet another teflon supposedly non-stickpan out into landfill (gee I was tired of that)! I thought there had to be something better and as I surfed around I started learning just how toxic (and unsustainably disposable) teflon-coated non-stick pans ) and cheap mass produced wobbly handled stainless) are.
I found ST had just launched their satin wrought ion pan range on kickstarter. They are the only cookware company currently manufacturing in Australia, and the satin and raw i...on pans are very similar in performance to cast iron but half the weight. (Every other pan in the country is imported). So very nervously I took the plunge and supported the kickstarter project, bought my first pan and joined the ST FB group (whose support and advice has been invaluable for me). And I slowly, after a few bumps along the way, learned to cook fresh, whole, healthy food properly and to value it as it deserves. I struggled a bit to start with - particularly with seasoning. But like anything worth while it took practice, perseverance and a bit of effort to re-learn years of old cooking habits and techniques - and the ST group on FB was fantastic help as I got the hang of it. There are a couple of things you must do with these pans that our great grand-parents all did naturally with their cast iron pans, before those skills got lost. Firstly, you need to learn to season the ion pans properly (its NOT instant non-stick like toxic teflon). And then you need to remember to pre-heat pans (a simple splash of water sizzling tells you pan is hot enough) and to learn that 'medium' is your new 'high' heat. Master those things and you are well on your way. (the Noni stainless range don't need seasoning). If you are the impatient, instant gratification type who does not want to put the time into learning new skills and you expect perfection from the get-go then stay away from these pans - IMHO they are not for you. But if you really wish to learn clean, healthy cooking with pans with longevity that don't hurt you or the planet then the trick is to be open-minded, re-learn old habits and persevere. Once you master it you will never go back.
Purchased in September 2015 at Kickstarter for A$150.00.
The best frypan you can ever get
26cm Solidteknics Sauteuse Frypan: Yes, it needs to be seasoned first as it is not coated with a toxic non-stick coating. But the website gives really clear instructions, and I have never had anything stick to my pan since I seasoned it. Heat distribution is beautifully even so really easy to cook on. Sure, it's heavier than a lightweight cheap pan, but it's not as heavy as full cast iron, I can still flip things in it easily. No rivets makes it a dream to clean. The handle never gets too hot to handle due to the gaps in the handle near the pan. I really can't believe how good this pan is, and how much I love it! Treat it well, and it will treat you well, then it will treat your kids well and their kids well also!
Purchased in November 2019 for A$149.00.
A little love needed but these are the only pans I'll ever buy again
We have an 18cm, a 30cm and a Bigga and we use them everyday! Eggs just slide around, pancakes the same and when cooking meat, the pans produce an amazing crust. After cooking I brush under hot water then back onto the stove to dry, occasionally I wipe a tiny smear of oil to keep them happy and they're ready for the next breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Purchased in January 2017.
Questions & Answers
Would this type of cookware be suitable for all types of cooking? For instance: tomatoes shouldn’t be cooked in cast iron - would they be ok to cook in these pots and pans??
Hi KBM, good question! Our AUS-ION pans are made from clean Australian iron so season and perform similarly to cast iron. Whilst you can cook anything in them, acidic foods like tomato can erode the seasoning (though always an easy fix through more seasoning!). We recommend our Noni range for all acidic foods, slow cooking, curries etc. Noni is made from ferritic, non nickel stainless steel so no seasoning required and super low maintenance: https://www.solidteknics.com/noni-seamless-ferritic-stainless-steel/ <3
I am needing to replace my damaged Le Creuset pot and am contemplating whether to go with Le Creuset again or Solidteknics. What Solidteknics pot would be an equivalent of the Le Creuset pot, and how do they compare?
Hi Plo, we don't tend to compare products, though I can guide you on Solidteknics, with the end decision being yours. This pot is 6L's https://www.solidteknics.com/noni6lRondeau, that said, I am not certain which Le Creuset pot you had in mind.
Our lids are unique - each skillet-lid alone is a high-performance shallow skillet, crepe pan, baking tray, or griddle for all kinds of frying and grilling. Each Solidteknics pan is engraved with the month and year of manufacture for heirloom collectibility.
100% made in Australia (Sydney)
World-first 1-piece pan
No rivets, welds, screws = indestructible
The lid is multi-functional.
Date stamped for future generations
Vented handle dissipates heat
Exotic small batch ferritic (non-nickel) stainless steel
Solid (non-clad) 3mm thick
Fast and even conduction on all heat sources
Either way, thank you for considering Solidteknics.
I'm intrigued to know what happened to your Le Creuset pot (I assume you are referring to a cast iron enamelled pot/dutch oven/coccotte)? I have purchased a collection of STAUB cast iron enamelled coccottes over many years (worth several thousands of dollars) and have never ever had a single issue with any of them. I love them. That said, I also own several Le Creuset items - but only stainless fry pans, saute pans and sauce pans. This thread interests me because I also own several De Buyer and Mauviel carbon steel pans and i'm wondering how SOLIDTEKNICS products could possibly be, well, better? For instance, my De Buyer pans alone seem to be a fraction of the price of some of the SOLIDTEKNICS products ... and come with lifetime guarantees too. And for the record, I would be blown away if anyone could show me ANY product that performed better (and looked better) than my beloved STAUB 28cm 6.7L Coccotte (https://static.petersofkensington.com.au/images/ProductImages/891859-Large.jpg). The pan touted by SOLIDTEKNICS above - https://www.solidteknics.com/noni6lRondeau - is a whopping 46cm wide! That is gigantic! Seriously, almost twice as wide as my big Staub at nearly a litre less capacity and nearly twice the price! Oh, and ALL my Staub gear has never required seasoning, will handle soap and water and is easy as pie to clean, dry and store on my shelves.
This is not intended to be a derogatory post towards SOLIDTEKNICS. Not at all. And i have read plenty about them for well over a year; they sound impressive and look quite sleek. I also don't need my arm twisted much to buy cookware - my kit is colossal - but i just can't see what ELSE i'm gonna get by leaning towards this (so-called) innovative design? Apart from being a one-piece design, i don't see what else has been invented here that companies like De Buyer and Mauviel, just to name a couple, have been doing for a VERY long time?
Hi Hotspur, we don't compare tend to focus on product comparison, though the innovation of our brand is the one-piece manufacturing process, therefore it eliminates the rivets, joins and screws, and they are Australian made using locally sourced iron. In relation to our 6L noni stainless steel pot, it's not just a pot, the lid is also world first and is a skillet-lid/baking/pizza tray too, again Australian made. Our stainless is specially made for us in Germany given Australia doesn' make stainless anymore though they are still made in Sydney.
If you are happy with your Staub products, that is wonderful, we aren't for everyone though hopefully, this gives you an insight into the manufacturer's we are committed to innovation, clean material, locally made, multi-functional, Australian and can cook you eggs on your stove in the morning and be thrown into your campfire for dinner later that night :)
I am interested in buying but concerned about the negative experiences. I would like to ask as seasoning is completely new to me if I do it wrong can I save the pan?
Sorry, not sure. I'd be interested to find out about resetting a pan as well. I haven't researched that yet.
Please know it is def not non-stick cookware like Teflon or similar, rather a low stick alternativewhich I find usually requires some oil or fat to prevent food sticking.
You really can't go wrong. Just follow the instructions, join the Facebook page where you can ask other users for tips, advice (and recipes), and try it. If it's not quite right, just do it again. Some people don't even bother seasoning, they just cook, cook, and cook some more and it basically seasons itself.
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