A solid cook set, with clever, functional design concepts.
Declaration: I was one of a number of people selected by ProductReview.com.au to be provided with these items in order that I offer up a review. These items were not required to be returned. The supply of the items was not based on the presumption, request, or inference, of a positive, favourable review, or otherwise. The items were received on 14th August 2018.
Not being in need of a new cooking set, I wasn't quite sure what to expect, given that I figured cooking sets can only be re-invented in so many ways.
The set comes with 2 diff...erent sized non-stick pans (22 & 26cm), & 3 saucepans (16, 18, 20cm) with matching glass cooking lids, and plastic storage lids. Additionally, there are 2 (identical) quick-release handles, that can be used on all of the pans/saucepans. The first point of note was the weight of each of the pans. Being stainless steel, with substantial thickness, they certainly didn't feel cheap in your hands. Mine were used over a gas stove, however, they claim to be designed with induction stoves in mind (though not limited to), so I couldn't test their functionality in that context. The set comes with a nifty detachable locking handle that can be used on all the pans, which probably would distinguish it from most other cooking sets available. The lock/unlock mechanism is easy to use, and has a very 'positive' clamp on the pans, so certainly doesn't feel like it will easily let go. This is an important point, as the combined weight of the pans plus food content ads up. Additionally, the clamp itself is designed in a way as to not risk scratching or damaging the non-stick surface. Obviously, storage of all the pieces is a lot easier when there's no handle involved. Some care does need to be taken so as not to subject the handle to excessive heat to avoid damaging the lock mechanism.
Great pot set. Love them.
Purchased the 13 piece set that contained three different saucepans and two different sized frying pans.
Extra pieces included lids and seals for the various pots/pans. Some of the lids were made of rubber and sealed the pots very nicely. (means left overs can be left in the same pot and put in the fridge).
What separates this cooking set from others in the market is the removable handles.
Handles attach and remove easily ( press of a button) and yet they feel firm and at no time did i think the handle would detach. Even when a pot was ful...
Really useful and great quality for a small family
I live in an apartment designed for 1-2 occupants. I cook regularly as I’m the only one who can cook in our household. In the past, I’ve used brands like Tefal and Baccarat - so I don’t go overly cheap or expensive when purchasing cookware. I also received these products as a part of the Ambassador Program - but I tested this product looking for any benefits AND/OR flaws to ensure this is a fair review.
When the Tefal Ingenio arrived at our door, it was in quite a large box. The packaging was strong and sturdy, with all the contents inside well protected from bumps along the delivery process.
The box outlined the contents which included:
2 X Frypans
3 X Saucepans
3 X Glass lids (for the saucepans) ...
A Practical Starter Kit That's Easy To Store
I'll say from the outset that I was sent this Tefal Ingenio 13 piece set as part of the Ambassador program to do an honest review (good, bad otherwise). When it turned up and I unpacked it, I was immediately surprised at the quality of the units (heavy bases, non-stick pans, stainless steel) and couldn't wait to give them a try. Tefal's known for great quality cookware that lasts.
The main features of the set are small storage area (they all stack on top of each other as a space saving design), they'll handle up to 260 Deg C, the pots or pa...ns can be put into the oven (no lids but extra aluminum lids available), store the pots in the fridge (reducing the need for extra leftover containers), the pots can double as a mixing bowl with level up the side (clever feature) and a 10 year guarantee (if you read their fine print on the instructions - it's 10 years guarantee on the handles and 2 years for all pots/pans/accessories). This set came with three stainless steel pots (16cm 1.6L, 18cm 2.1L and 20cm 2.6L), three glass cooking lids and three plastic lids to match, two made in France non-stick stainless steel frying pans (22cm & 26cm) and two removable handles. The pots feature heavy inductive bases to transfer heat which works very well (maybe a little too well). Using a gas stove, the time it took to heat up to boil was noticeably quicker than my old pots. Searing rump cubes for a stew worked OK. The glass lids have rubber gasket which help to stop juices running down the side of the pot. The handles fold flat, so are easy to store in drawers and very easy to clean. If there's any leftovers you can just put one of the plastic lids over the saucepan (when cooled) and place in the fridge to reheat (saves on extra storage containers). I do have a couple of gripes about the pots themselves: - The largest pot could have been a bit higher (boils over when you're trying to cook pasta) maybe another 15-20mm
A space saving, good quality set that cooks well.
First off, let me say up front I was sent the Tefal Ingenio set in order to try it out and review it, but at no time has anyone tried to influence my review in any way.
The set is labelled as induction cookware but I have gas and it works perfectly on that too.
The thing I really loved about this set the minute I opened it is how neatly it packs up into a really small bundle. It looks so tidy, so organized. All that I aspire to be but have never quite managed when it comes to storing my cookware. It’s because the handles are detached so you...
Pretty good set
This set of pots and pans where supplied to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review, be it good, bad or other wise and I have only used them for 4 weeks before writing this review.
So the longevity of the non-stick coating has not been proven.
The fry pans have been great to cook with and are absolutely non-stick. Hardly any oil is required to use the fry pans and the selection of sizes covers all requirements that I have needed in the kitchen so far. They are also a dream to wash up, the non-stick surface allows any oil or foo...d particles to simply slide right off with no effort. The pots have been a little harder to use and are definitely not as non-stick as the frypans. After a slight overcooking of some mushrooms, it took quite a bit of soaking and scrubbing to remove the food from the bottom of the pot. The various pot sizes have been good for my small to medium size cooking needs. The removable handles make for compact storage which I really like and the spare resealable lids are handy for popping the leftovers straight in the fridge without the need to transfer to another container. Build quality looks and feels very good.
A great product!
Overall, I was very satisfied with the cooking results of this product. Upfront, I need to mention that I have only used the product for 3 weeks, so cannot make a comment as to how these would continue to function after this time. However, I have cooked with them each day to really get a feel for them, before writing this review. They are still very easy to wash and clean. My experience with new pots and pans is that they are often very easy to maintain initially, however after a few months that changes . I hope that these pots and pans co...ntinue to perform as well as they do at present. I hesitated in giving 5 stars only due to not knowing if these would continue to perform long-term. This Induction Ingenio Tefal Stainless Steel pots and pans feel light and were easy to use. The advantages of removing the handles would be the ability to create more room on a small cooktop. To be honest, it did take a bit of getting used to cooking without handles. Since the detachable handles do not remain on the pots and pans whilst cooking. This meant that a handle needed to be attached again to stir certain foods, lift the pot or move the pot to another burner. The handles were very easy to attach and remove though and lids did not need to be removed to attach or remove the handles. Any inconvenience of removing handles was far outweighed by the ability to stack the pots and pans in a drawer quickly and easily. The stove top to oven feature of these pots and pans is fantastic. I was able to make meals such as shepherd's pie in the one pot (boiling potatoes) and one frying pan, saving additional washing up. The clear lids with steam vents were terrific, ensuring that I could see the progress of the food and ensure that it did not over boil. Pots and pans heat up quickly, saving both time and energy. Heat is generated and dispersed evenly ensuring that there are no hotspots. They also seem to cool down fairly quickly too, which was handy for when I was cooking something like onions and wanted to remove them before getting too hot and for not overcooking caramel! The 26cm frying pan included in the set would be good when cooking for two, but a much larger frying pan would be needed for a family. An idea to improve the product would be to ensure that the instructions are consistent as there was a bit of a discrepancy between the instructions on the box, the leaflet enclosed, on the website and even given over the phone when speaking to Tefal for clarification in regards to whether these pots (and handles) could be safely washed in the dishwasher. This was a concern as some dishwasher products are known to be corrosive on pots and I did not want to ruin such great pots and pans. Tefal could not recommend any particular dishwashing product that would be suitable to use. I will continue to use these pot and pans and prefer these to anything I have used before. Thank you, Tefal for a great product. I look forward to many years of great cooking!
Really solid feeling pans, and they conduct a LOT of heat through my regular electric cook top. I'm pretty impressed with the quality feel of them, and the handles seem to have a good positive lock-in clasp when you attach and detach them. Handles seem strong too, you have confidence carrying heavy, full pans once you've clipped the handle on. I am not usually a fan of non-stick pans, because the coating is rarely very long lasting and there are some concerns about that coating flaking off over time and contaminating food, but I have to say I d...o like these in terms of quality and heat conductivity. I like the 3 x stainless steel pans in this set, but wish there were cooking lids for the non-stick pans as well. the shape of the frypans is good, they have a nice broad, flat base and not that "bowl" shape that some pans have which limits the amount of flat space on the bottom. The glass lids provided for the stainless steel pots are nice quality. Overall, I think this set represents very good value for money, and it would make an excellent all-rounder set for a first home owner or kitchen starter pack. The fact the handles come off makes cleaning and storage so much more convenient!
The best i have ever used!
The Tefal ingenio preference stainless steel induction set has to be the most versatile pot and pan set on the market. Why you ask, well not only is it a pot and pan set, its a container set and the frying pans can also be placed into the oven, with the handles off! the pots have measuring points on the side. The lids used for cooking and very ergonomic and have amazing grab handles that never get hot and also have a rubber seal to sit around the rim of the pot to prevent overspills. This pot and pan set is an induction typeset but works on all...cook types including gas, coil, electric and ceramic as well as being able to be put into the oven! Heat transfer is even, there is no heat in the middle and not to the sides, just perfect, even cooking. I was intrigued to see how good the non-stick quality was with the frying pans and they are amazing. I cooked an omelet without using oil and had no sticking, pancakes like it was nothing, steaks, chops and more, all without oil. I mean I was amazed by the quality. Each detachable handle is tested to withstand 10KG and there is also a 10-year guarantee on them. I never felt that I could not trust them to hold a put full of water or a pan full of scrambled eggs, the truth is that they are very solid and well made. I do however dislike the angle that the handles sit at but this is minor and I also believe that they would not work if they were at a normal flat level. Also, and I never thought of this until I went to put them in the Dishwasher, however, the removable handles, make a difference when loading as there are no handles in the way. Negatives, you may ask. Well, the kit comes with 2 pans and 3 pots but only 2 handles, however, you only have 2 hands so I guess it's nothing to be annoyed about and the handles are easy to detach and attach so this really isn't an issue. Also, they are quite a small size set however it states the size on the side of the box. I'm not too sure if they make a larger kit, it's probably something I would invest in for my family as a 30cm frying pan is normally the smallest we would use in our household and the largest in this kit is only 26cm. These are more formalities then negatives. I mean this is, and always will be, my first choice when I am cooking!
Excellent system. Solid build
This system I have is comprised of ;
- two Teflon frying pans 22 & 26cm
- two detachable handles
- three saucepans 16, 18 & 20cm (stainless steel)
- three matching size white silicon storage lids
- three matching size glass/silicon lids
The pans are very well made, frying pans have thick bases and everything is of very good quality. Good sizes.
Attaching and detaching the handle is very easy and overall feel solid, a little horizontal (sideways) wobble/movement can be felt, but it’s never been an issue. ...The system is ideal for those with limited space as the pots and pans can stack so well together. I mean really well! Stove to Oven cooking is perfect with these frying pans. I made everything from Chicken Breast & Bacon oven bake to Chicken Soup in the saucepans - using a silicon lid for storage when cooled. Boiled Rice, Sataras, Scrambled eggs, Steaks , Curries etc everything works well in the pans. No issues with cooking or cleaning. PROS - Saucepans and Frypans are heavy and well built. They feel robust and spread heat evenly. - System stacks very well, making a small footprint for the amount of pans available (detachable handle also helps in this regard) - Stove to Oven is very easy with the detachable handles, reversing the process is just as easy. Handles have a solid feel & sound when attaching. (handles are not oven safe, they must be removed.) - ThermoSpot (red centre part of the frypans) are great for ensuring the pan is not overheated. - Stainless steel pots have measurement markers inside - Teflon coating is even and works beautifully. It looks like an excellent coating. CONS - Glass lids can’t be used with the Teflon frypans - Instruction book is tiny, limited information, hard to read (small print). An included booklet with larger images and uses, even a few recipes would have been welcomed. - I assume you can’t nest the stainless steel pots inside the Telflon frypans (the box shows you can) . But will they scratch? Again a better instruction book would be useful. I use a white silicon lid as a barrier. - I keep the handles close to the stovetop, but I can see issues with mislaying them.
Good set of cookware with a bonus!
The Ingenio Preference 13 piece set is a solid set of pots and 2 fry pans. The whole concept of removeable handles, lids for cooking and more lids for storage is a great idea and works pretty well.
The 2 fry pans are really fantastic non-stick cooking surfaces. The surface browns food nicely and I can’t fault the non-stick surface so far. The removable handles are really solid when connected which is reassuring. We found the removeable handle great for the frypan when we made some taco's with the finished mince brought to the table and h...andle off for serving. The frypan base is quite solid and heats up fast and evenly. I used the small fry pan to cook crepes and it was perfect - I used some butter but it was more for flavour than a cooking lubricant as without oil or fat and it still doesn’t stick. The pots are practical sizes and cook well. Again, solid evenly heating bases. The inside surfaces are clean lines and easy to clean. Initially the lid handle was a bit odd, being folding but after a while getting used to it, it works just fine. The only minor issue with the lids is that because of the removeable handles clamping mechanism, the pot lids had a notch out of them, which aligns with a handle. So you cant just put a lid on, without lining the notch up - minor after a while too. The storage lids fit quite nicely and is a nice idea, but we don’t really use them much as we generally tend not to store food in pots. More so we store in rectangular containers which take up less space and stack better, than a round pot. But the removeable handle does work well when putting the pot in the fridge, as the handle isn’t there to get in the way. Initially, I thought the two supplied handles would not be enough and I wanted 3, but somehow 2, works fine as we rarely use more than 2 pots at the same time. If we do, the release and clamp mechanism works very well - they snap on and off quite nicely. A number times I just took the handle off cooking anyway.
Cooking with gas
This cookware set is especially for induction hobs, but I am happy to report that it works well on gas cooktops too.
Initially, I thought that the stainless steel bases would not distribute heat all that well, especially on a gas cooktop rather than induction, but I was mistaken. I tested these pans with a small quantity of water covering the entire base of the pan and this started boiling evenly at the same time. This compares favourably (and slightly better in some cases) to my expensive copper base cookwear - copper being one of the best...heat-conducting metals, and FAR better than my cast iron pans. This set has some pros and cons: Pros Measurement markings on inside of pots are handy for quickly eyeballing quantities No drip lip for pouring - a nice design feature, not described in any of the listed features on the box Plastic lids for storage - very handy
Questions & Answers
What is the best cookware for Induction as I'm building a house and where I'm building its a green suburb so cant have gas so builder is putting in a induction cook top and and Ive never had one before and the sausepan set I have is not for induction
All non stick pans will get damaged with heat, metal utensils scourers dish washing etc. The Baccarat Triton (or similar with patterned cooking surface) range whilst not fully non stick are easier to clean and maintain, have had similar I bought in Hong Kong over 3 years ago and is awesome. If after non stick (expensive tho) try the lecreust range
As the pots are non-stick are they hard to clean? Understand that sometimes you may need to soak before cleaning. Have used the Tefal Ingenio Performance non-stick induction pots in the past, unfortunately we accidentally scrapped the pots (even though we used the proper tools) and so everything then stuck to the pots when used. Pans were great. Now looking at the Tefal Ingenio Stainless Steel. Appreciate any feedback. Thank you.
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