NON STICK COATING PEELING
Loved this pan when I first had it. Found it great for doing large quantity of meals to freeze. On average would use it 2-3 times a month but now the non stick coating is peeling off the bottom and side. The pan is only 18 months old. Have never put it in the dishwasher and only used plastic or wooden utensils.Have recently had the Sunbeam wok, hoping it doesn't have the same problem.
Non-Stick coating fails
We are long standing loyal Sunbeam customers (judging by the line up of old frying pans and kettles). Our 20+yr old pan's controller literally exploded, so it was off to buy a new one. We chose the Classic Banquet for the, size, non-stick surface, glass lid and shop recommendation (only 3 pans to choose from). A bonus was the dishwasher safe. We bought it Nov 2011 and it got light use, given both of us work away from home for just over half our meals and have hardly used it this year. We fry & make large stews, which are then frozen and mi...crowaved & breakfasts of bacon, egg, sausage - so we would average 3 times a week? Shortly after buying it the non-stick coating started to flake off from one vertical side, starting from the top. I didn't notice as it was the side closest to me. Other sides started to come away as a dark dust when I wiped it with my hand. I had thought of returning it, but as I worked out bush, 150km from the nearest town, it wasn't convenient. The coating on the bottom remained, became a little discoloured and lost it's non-stickiness. My husband, who cleans it, finally decided that we should get a new one, even though he was expecting 20 years out of this one. He is tired of soaking and re-soaking. We don't use scourers, even the 'plastic' ones, never used metal utensils and no longer put it in the dishwasher. I will try the baking soda idea. I did try setting it on 7 but the oil started smoking heavily before the thermostat light went off. I also experience problems with it either madly sizzling or not at all. Most of our cooking is at 4-5 and down to 1-2 for slow stewing. It has never leaked. I am now reading Product Review to decide on our replacement pan. This one is going to the workshop for yukky jobs, like melting glues.
Impossible to get the temperature right on this. It has a temperature dial but basically operates on 2 temperatures, absolutely sizzling or completely dead.
If you turn the dial down it just stops cooking and then sometimes it will just start sizzling again by itself.
Also, the non-stick coating has begun to discolour after 2 months.
There are 2 problems with this appliance. The first one is the inconsistent and hopeless temperature control. When the thermostat cycles on an off, the food either cooks flat out or not at all. The heat variation between cycling on and off is significant and very frustrating. The second problem is the non-stick coating, which deteriorates within the first 12 months and food now sticks and is difficult to clean. It needs to be soaked or scraped with a hard plastic or wooden scraper to get it clean. I am concerned with the risk of food contaminat...ion from the deterioration of the non-stick coating. I have never run it hotter than 50% (heat setting 5), I can't imagine how it would possibly cope with continual operation on the full heat setting. This is the second Sunbeam banquet frypan that I have owned and the same problems existed with both. After getting rid of the first frypan, to prolong the life of the non-stick coating, I have followed the instruction manual precisely and the non-stick coating has also deteriorated with the second one. This is not worth the expensive price tag and it has a short life span. Large capacity Inconsistent and frustrating temperature control. Non-stick coating deteriorates within first 12 months and I have concerns with the health risk of food contamination
Have used this heaps and been very disapointed - will now replace with something better quality. Heating is very uneven - presumably because it is so lightweight it cant distribute the heat. Either burns or undercooks depending on location in the pan! Surface is also poor quality and doesn't retain non stick.
Uneven heating, surface poor quality
very poor quality
These things used to last a lifetime-we have had ours a few years and yeah it started out good. Now it only heats around the ring and the teflon is peeling off.
Really dissapointed and will not buy this model again. Mother in law not happy as she said it was the more expensive model and she still has hers from 30 years ago
large, good heat at first, like the lid.
just poor quality overall
So far very underwhelming
I purchased my Sunbeam Banquet Electric Frying Pan a few months ago at a local Good Guys Store. I have only used it 3 times since as each time I have been left terribly disappointed with how it cooks. I am no stranger to electric fry pans and have used them most my adult life for cooking esoecially when there is a few people to cook for. When I first brought this pan I was amazed at just how light it was compared to my previous electric Fry Pan but didn't give it too much thought nor did I see it as a negative.
Now what has happend since has l...
Essential cooking equipment!!
I use this frypan most nights to cook in. This is the second one I have had with the first one lasting a few years. It is well priced at about $60 from Kmart. It is large enough to cook family meals in. It is non-stick and easily cleaned. The glass lid allows you to watch the food without having to remove the lid all the time. I love it!!
Easy, convenient, cheaper to run than the oven. Couldn't be without it!
large and very handy
I like this frypan, and we use it all the time. It's very versatile and we use it numerous times a week. However, it's not too non-stick anymore, and there are scratches on it, even though we have never used metal on it. We love the size of it, the fast heating up, the secure lid, and the easy wash-up. However, we don't like how the airvent on the lid is useless, it is not non-stick anymore, and the element runs around the outside of the pan so that the food in the middle doesn't really cook much, making it very uneven cooking.
large size and good stable lid
uneven cooking and not non-stick anymore
This Electric Frying Pan is great. Heat up very quickly and good for cooking up for big serve. We have this for about 4 years. Wont say we use it every day but often enough. still in pretty good condition just not as non-stick as before. but so far i think it is pretty good.
good size and not too expensive
not as non-stick as before
Short term Appliance
We had a Banquet Frying Pan for a while - and renting a house with a non-working gas stove/oven it got a hell of a lot of use. We decided upon moving to replace our old one but mistakenly purchased the Sunbeam Classic Banquet instead of the Kambrook Banquet like we had. What a mistake, within 2 months the non-stick coating was coming off - even around the sides it appears to "bubble", good luck cooking anything that lays further than an inch from the heating element without burning the stuff that is on it. Very Disappointed with this product so...much so that we threw it out and have gone back to using our 2-year old Kambrook instead. At first i thought maybe we had bought a bad example, but upon reading the other reviews I see it isn't an isolated experience Nice handle disappearing non-stick coating, poor heat transfer, pointless "vent" on lid
Couldn't believe when the teflon started coming off less than 3 mths after buying it. Funny because it states you can even use metal utensils even thou I never did. Really went on the brand name with this and threw the box away thinking I'd never need it before the warranty ran out. Well its going back to the store today in a plastic bag.
Have had this pan for less than 6 months and the non-stick coating is no longer non-stick. Heating control is terrible. Element runs in a ring around the outside of pan and rest of pan does not get hot. Food ends up burning under the ring and being raw in other parts. Would never waste the money on one of these pans again.
Terrible heat control. Crap non-stick surface.
I pretty good pan for the price. I have had mine for 8 years and it's still going strong, although not as non-stick as it used to be. I just use butter or oil in it now and do not have a problem with sticking or cleaning. I would purchase another if I needed to, as it's good for cooking large portions.
This frying pan heats up very fast, which is ideal is you are in a hurry in the kitchen. Easy to clean and store with the cord inside the pan, so as not to get lost. Good capacity for cooking large meals.
The heating element runs in a circle arou...
overall i love this skillet, it is so easy to use, i find it easy to clean, fits alot of food in it, cookes everything easily and perfectly, i also have an electric wok but prefer this one as it is more versatile
i like my sunbeam classic skillet, its great and fits so much in there so you can cook for a large croud, i find it cooks very well and you also get even cooking which is sometimes hard to get on the stove top
this product is quite bulky and heavy so be prepared for it to take up alot of space
This frypan is great for cooking roast dinners and large sized meals. It is simple to use. I found that I can only use it on a very low heat as it just gets too hot otherwise and you risk burning your food. I have noticed that shops usually have this frypan on sale every now and again so you should shop around before buying it.
Large size is great for cooking for a family as many products these days are just not big enough.
Can be hard to clean. I have no idea how it occured but our frypan is always greasy underneath it and no matter how hard I try to clean it it is always greasy.
I have been a Sunbeam purchaser for many years, but sadly will not buy another Sunbeam frypan again unless they do something about the handle. I am happy with the way it cooks, it is easy to come apart and clean and I have not had any problems with the cooking surface - pan is maybe 5 years old, but have only used it say once a month. I would most probably use it more often if only the handle did not get just too hot to touch. I am currently looking to replace this frypan.
easy to clean
handle gets way too hot to hold - need an oven mit, as a tea-towel is just not thick enough
We've had two of these frying pans now and, while they're a great size and the non-stick surface is excellent, after 10-12 months the teflon begins to deteriorate, and not long after it begins to rust. We always take care of our appliances, use soft utensils and hand wash with a cloth and warm water but despite this we've worn out two in two years and won't be buying another one.
Large size pan, good non-stick surface (while it lasts).
Non-stick surface isn't durable and doesn't last more than 12 months at most.
I'm quite happy with this frypan although find the smell annoying and presently I'm mainly choosing to cook lidless where possible. Still hoping the smell disappears with continuing use in the long term. Also concerns re longivity of non stick surface as can already see colour change to surface where element ring is, which I assume equates to damage to the silverstone. I have only used this pan on low settings, but feel the element is either on or off with the settings on the handle only dictating how frequently the element comes on and stays o...n. Therefore even on '1' the element works at full heat for a few seconds and I have realised it is better to have something in the pan to take the heat rather than turning it on to heat up empty and risk damaging your silverstone. Non stick surface is great to cook on and I've not had any food sticking to this pan yet. Washing this pan has been simple and easy with only a soapy cloth needed to wipe over the surface to clean it. I like the look of this pan and also appreciate the glass lid which allows you to keep an eye on cooking food without having to lift the lid all the time to see what's going on. The large rectangle shape is of benefit if you have a family and you are frying or browning food as you can fit more in, than say a deep square frypan such as the one I had previous to this one. Really persistant smell from the lid of the frypan when cooking, my hubbie says it reminds him of burning bakelite. It's quite offputting and moderately offensive when trying to cook something nice! Luckily it doesn't taint the food at all. I have had this frypan for around 3 months and thought the smell would have started to fade buts it hasn't. Pretty sure it is coming from the knob on the glass lid as it heats up, so it could be the material or maybe a glue/sealant used in it's manufacture. Interested to see if anyone else has experienced this odour.
Questions & Answers
I have a Sunbeam Glass top FP5920, it has numbers on the control, my question is what number is Medium as a lot of recipes call for this. Thanking you. Kath.
I am using a recipe for braised short ribs, which needs to be cooked slowly on a low temperature. The food cooks quite rapidly looks like very high, then stops for quite a while, then starts up again. Surely this is not "cooking slowly on a low temperature" when it fluctuates so much? I also have to keep topping it up with water ....
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