Half the weight of cast iron pots
Handles don’t get too hot
Suitable for induction cooktops
Must be seasoned before use
Medium price range
Concave base that doesn’t always transfer heat well
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Not happy with my purchase
I did a lot of research prior to purchasing my Solid kenetics large wok as it was $299 but my husband and I both cook a lot so I thought it would be a great investment. Unfortunately after following all the seasoning instructions it still sticks it also has a few rust spots on it, I took pictures and sent them to the company and was they advised me to scour them with steel wool and re season which I have done multiple times now. I am extremely unhappy with my purchase and regret buying it. It is virtually unusable and now just sits in the cupboard with its cover on.
Purchased in May 2020 at Kitchen Warehouse Online Store for $299.00.
I love Cast iron, and I love my Aus-ion
I bought my first Pan, because it was made in Australia, and was a fraction of the weight of a similar cast iron pan.
when seasoned properly these pans are excellent everyday workhorses, non stick no problems, made a 15 egg frittata the other day, placed pan in oven, cooked the frittata and then inverted onto a plate.... No worries,
cook pancakes, no problems.
I bought my second pan, the wok because i loved how my first pan performed.
Yes they are a investment and are not expensive when you realize how versatile and robust they are.
Purchased in May 2017.
beast of a pan
The raw 31cm XHD is an absolute workhorse of a pan. I had been eyeing it off for a while until I finally took the plunge to purchase. A few negative reviews online had me doubting my choice, but this pan has absolutely not disappointed me yet.
I've used it nearly every day, and it is simply a joy to use.
I've had no problems with fried eggs, roast lamb, crispy skinned chicken or upside down cakes baked in the oven.
My only recommendation for others thinking to purchase is that these pans need to be treated with love - take care to season p...
Purchased in November 2020 for $199.00.
Not as promised
We purchased the Wok at $198.00 as recommended for an induction cook top and seasoned it in the oven as directed. For the first use tonight the stir fry was a disaster. In spite of using sufficient oil any meat such as thinly sliced chicken stuck to the wok like glue. Just scraping the chicken from the wok lifted the seasoning of the wok. I had to clean it with a wire pad thus removing all the work done to season it.
The joke is when using gas we had a faultless run with a $25.00 Wok from a local Chinese supermarket. We always believed that it was with paying a premium for quality.
Purchased in November 2020.
Amazing set of pans - They give back the love you give them
I've been using solidteknics pans since 2017. And honestly I am hooked in how well they cook.
To those reading the bad reviews - yes - these pans require love and attention. But once you put in the work at the start the pans will do the rest of the work for you, and after, the more you cook with them the better they work!
These pans are clean, indestructible, light (compared to cast-iron), distribute heat evenly and sears perfectly. They can be tossed in the oven straight from stove and will become your workhorses in the kitchen.
The first ...time I used my AUS-ION pan to cook an egg it stuck to the pan and was an absolute pain to scrape off. It honestly looked like a lot of the photos from bad reviews you find. What I didn't know is that (at first) you need to use a low heat and have the pan properly seasoned and oiled. Don't cook on a dry pan unless you are searing meat. So I seasoned the pan in the oven using a coating of flax seed oil for 90 minutes - then left to cool outside for 20 minutes or until completely cold. I repeated this process 5 times, leaving the pan an even and deep rich-brown colour. The next step is to put the pan on high heat with a light coat of coconut oil (or rice bran oil) and wait till the pan reaches a few minutes past its smoke point. Rub the pan with a paper towel then take off the flame to cool down before repeating. It didn't take long before the pan was near black.
When our non stick pan died, I wanted to switch to something sustainable but was terrified of cooking without non stick. Even though I read all the instructions/advice on Solidteknics prior to buying, I was still expecting an adjustment period where everything would stick to the pan as I got used to a different way of cooking (and as someone whos not a great cook!). Well after carefully following both the seasoning advice, and the cooking advice I'm blown away - this pan worked better than any non stick I ever owned! Still early days but I've m...ade both scrambled eggs and pancakes that just slid right off. Steaks, salmon, meatballs all perfect. Amazing. You really do just have to follow the instructions/advice and you'll be set. Would never go back to non stick coating!
Purchased in February 2021 at Solidteknics for $172.00.
Excellent Pan: Expensive But Worth It
I bought the 28CM frying pan and after PROPERLY seasoning it the surface almost as nonstick as a Teflon pan. My only criticism would be the flare on the end of the handle which looks beautiful and houses a cutout of Australia, does dig into my hand and is slightly uncomfortable. I could see this effect being exacerbated on larger heavier pans. Still a great pan.
Purchased in January 2021 for $176.00.
Take the time to look after it and it will treat you well.
I find most negative reviews related to the Aus-Ion series of pans appear to be from people who don't take the time to prepare and maintain these pans. If you don't want to go to the extra effort to season and maintain these pans, don't buy them! With proper preparation and care, these will pay you back with longevity and consistent results. There is plenty of info on the Internet to make potential buyers aware of whats involved. Don't have false expectations. Don't be ignorant. Do your research, see what is required and get used to the i...dea that these pans will live on for a very long time. Just think about how many pans you wont have to throw away with a just a little time and effort. For years using cast iron for camping, I wanted something for the kitchen without the heft and bulk. I was also sick of non-stick pans guaranteed for 10 years only lasting 3. Such a waste. My latest purchase is the Aus-Ion 30cm pan. I will eventually replace other pans in my kitchen as required. Well worth the effort in my opinion. As far as seasoning, I use a Weber Q BBQ and then a large camping gas ring to give the cooking surface a nice finish. As far as sizing goes, don't get pans that are too big for your stove top element. Using the correct size will help you keep your seasoning consistent. Using a pan that is too big for your element, you may find the outside of the pan bottom needs re-seasoning. For cleaning, the best thing you can do is do a hot water rinse straight after the pan has cooled a little. I like to lightly oil mine after its rinsed and dried. Back in the supplied cloth bag and you are good to go next time. Remember, don't compare Aus-Ion seasoned pans to Teflon and similar coatings, they are a different beast.
Purchased in January 2020 at Kitchen Warehouse Online Store for $151.00.
Have 4 of there pans all good once seasoned they are great, practical & functional. I work away & my wife cooked acid based tomato sauces in it plus let let our Labrador do a pre-rinse on it & totally lifted the seasoning. I buffed it back to metal with wire wheel on angle grinder & re seasoned it, is back to perfect again. I am going to buy a NONI one day but still trying to get head around price, I am sure once purchased it will be worth it.
Purchased at MINIMAX.
The negative reviews are on the money!
I have an induction cooktop and this pan is an unsuitable implement for it.
From the start, we followed the seasoning instructions correctly and have since oven baked for the correct cooking surface multiple times. I also thinly coat the surface with oil after every use.
For over 2 years I have perservered with this pan, but alas it just does not do an adequate job.
Disappointing for an expensive, highly recommended pan.
Purchased at Minimax for $170.00.
31cm Not what you want a cooking surface to be
I have the 26cm pan which I love but the 31cm skillet is terrible, the convex is so huge even when heated properly, you cant do pancakes or crepe's etc. because the batter just goes straight to the outside, the convex is greater than 6mm at cooking temp, totally unusable for 80% of its intended use..... waste of money..
Purchased in August 2020 at solidteknics for $190.00.
I was very nervous before purchasing this cookware as I was not at all familiar with cooking in anything other than non-stick cookware. I was daunted by the seasoning process. I let my first pan sit idle for 6 months. I dearly wish I hadn't. Once I dove in, I never looked back. It takes a little time to build up seasoning, but honestly just cooking is the best way to season. I don't bother re-seasoning anymore. I just cook. You soon get the hang of the pans too. They are more conductive than conventional cookware and create a wonderful sear. Th...e two biggest keys I have found for beginner success is butter and a fish spatula (I just have a cheapie from Woolworths). These two things forgive a lot of sins until your seasoning and heat-control skills develop. I have never had anything stick badly and now that I am comfortable with the pans and they have built up seasoning, I have no trouble with anything. Their stainless steel cookware is also a thing of beauty. Do yourself a favour and invest in this company's products. Your future self and generation(s) will thank you. ETA: If you're still nervous like I was, the company's new youtube seasoning videos are super helpful. They have instructions on their website also. And their Facebook "Lover's" group offers phenominal support too.
Purchased in March 2019.
Very good products
Have been using now for over a year, once sealed the pan is great. Highly recommend.
Just some advice dont leave it soaking in water for very long, wash and dry promptly.
Purchased in December 2019.
Fried eggs stick like mad to this pan
I bought the satin 22' saute pan in May this year but not before reading all the instructions and watching the videos on the website. I was looking at replacing my diamond swiss (non tefal coated) that although has served me well has started to wear out after a few years. I fry eggs frequently and was looking to find a more sustainable and healthy pan option. I followed the seasoning instructions- starting off in the oven then oiling on stove top. I even repeated a couple more times for good measure before the first cook. Basically to cut thro...ugh all the tedious details, I still can't fry an egg without most of it sticking to the pan, so even if I want sunny side up, I end up getting scrambled eggs scrapings from the pan. The first 3 attempts were so difficult to clean off the egg. I have been absolutely diligent and over the top committed with seasoning after every single cook and also in between to try and get it to the state where I can fry an egg. As per their website I have avoided cooking with anything acidic. I've been in contact with their customer service three times and sent through photos and although responsive, are evidently unhelpful and reply with the same scripted response. They have told me bacon sticks because of the sugar, that the egg needs to lift on its own. It is becoming apparent that most foods contain something that will stick, which is a very convenient overall disclaimer! And what if I want a sunny side egg that is a little runny, because I was waited for this lift to take place and it never did. I am a pretty knowledgeable cook and know not to cook things on high heat and with oil. The video on their website shows a fried egg sliding off the pan, which is partly why I decided to purchase this. If after three months of consistent seasoning (about 11 seasonings in addition to about 8 failed non-stick cooks), I still can't fry an egg, then this pan seems extremely high maintenance and way too demanding! Regarding ergonomics, I don't think the handle is very comfortable but I could put up with it. Overall, I'm disappointed. If it eventually comes good, it won't be without a lot of over the top hard work and I just want to fry an egg you know?!
Purchased in May 2020 at The Que Club for $120.00.
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.
Purchased in March 2020 at Kitchen Warehouse for $199.00.
Questions & Answers
Interested in the lightning range but I cook on an electric cooktop?
How flat is the bottom? Will they be highly effective on an electric top or will I have issues with slight warping or concaving?
Hi Red, all of our pans are engineered with a concave to avoid warping - solidteknics.com/concave Our pans work with any heat source, we do recommend with electric stovetops, to heat slowly as you become familiar with the pan and its high conductivity. Thank you in advance for your support.
I have read some poor reviews about Aus Iron pans performance on induction stoves. Are these valid? Do the pans work as well as a spun steel pan?
Hi David, our pans are formed from one piece of pure Australian iron sheet - induction conducts perfectly well with iron as a general rule yet particularly well with Solidteknics given our pans are seamless, and are magnetic all over, rather than just magnetic layers in the base. The variable is the stovetop itself. Major variables not often considered are the size and layout of the cooking zones ie the location of the coils, and the controls. Pricing varies from a few hundred dollars to $4000, this gives you an idea of how they can vary. I trust this helps.
Hi David, I cook on gas myself, but those I know who use Solidteknics with induction (and there are many that do) love the performance of AusIon on induction. This topic comes up occasionally often with comments about what seems to be a big variable in the quality of induction stove appliances sold in domestic applications. But a poor performing appliance will affect the performance of any brand of cookware no matter how good it is. Solidteknics cookware would likely perform better than most I would suspect due to its construction and materials used.
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
That’s great advice thank you!
Get an answer from our members and Solidteknics representatives
AUS-ION™ is the world’s first and only pan made entirely of one piece of wrought iron (formed low-carbon steel) with no welts or bolts. It is useful for everyday oil and fat-based frying and grilling. It is half the weight of traditional cast iron and seasoned iron is a non-toxic and renewable non-stick.
The pan is conductive and heats up quickly, and the product is non-stick while also being very safe and non-toxic. It is rated very highly for build quality.
To keep in mind:
This pan must undergo a seasoning process before being used and therefore may not be suitable for beginner cooks or those looking for low-maintenance cookware. It is also in the medium-price range and rated 3.8 for value for money.
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