T-FAL 12-Set Stainless Steel Copper Bottom Cookware Review
T-Fal might not be the go-to brand when you're looking for stainless steel cookware because they’re synonymous with affordable non-stick cookware. Ever since they introduced it to the public in the mid-1950s, it's become their signature product.
Therefore, you might be wondering what to expect from a T-Fal stainless steel cookware line. What makes this particular cookware different from the rest?
T-Fal has many stainless steel products to choose from, differing in both price and function. In this review, we’ll be looking at T-FAL 12-Set Stainless Steel Copper Bottom Cookware.
Stainless steel cookware, in general, looks really polished and classy, and it’s no different for this T-Fal set. The technology was based and focuses on both efficiency and ease of use. They have ergonomically designed handles and tapered edges, which makes pouring feel effortless. The pots and pans from this set are in a mid-weight range which correlates to the materials they were made of, and the quality.
This line of T-Fal cookware combines stainless steel and copper, making these products very sturdy and durable. The copper bottom is layered, allowing for a move even cooking experience, which can make all the difference. In fact, the company calls the copper bottom a “heat channel.”
And on top of that, what makes this combination of steel and copper unique is that the pans heat up very quickly, too. And will use only a fraction of heat other types of cookware require. It’s good to point out, however, that the copper which allows for the even cooking is only a thin disc-like layer at the bottom, and it’s not present on the sides of the pans. This is how T-Fal managed to make them affordable without compromising on quality.
Who is this Set for?
T-Fal’s Stainless Steel Copper Bottom Cookware might sound like you need to be a chef to use it, but that isn’t the case at all. In fact, if you’re looking for a nice set of pots and pans to try out all those new recipes you’ve been collecting, this might be what you’re looking for. It’s basic enough, but it also has everything you need.
Still, for a complete culinary novice, it might be a bit overwhelming. Buying a 12-piece set of cookware isn’t a beginner's move. However, if you enjoy stirring sauces and checking in on your food through the glass lids, you might find this set appropriate.
When you think about 12-set cookware it probably seems like a lot. But, what's in it exactly? T-Fal 12-Set Stainless Steel Copper Bottom Cookware includes:
- 8-inch fry pan
- 10.5-inch fry pan
- 1-quart saucepan with a lid
- 2-quart saucepan with a lid
- 3-quart saucepan with a lid
- 5.5-quart Dutch oven with a lid
- Stainless steel spoon
- Slotted turner
As you can see, the four lids count as pieces of the set, and there's one for all the saucepans, as well as the Dutch oven, but not the fry pans. Glass lids are particularly useful for monitoring your cooking without releasing steam. The glass lids also have vented holes which prevent overflow.
These pots and pans are very pleasing to the eye. Not only are they very shiny, but they’re also sturdy and practical, non-stick, and dishwasher safe. Relevant features one looks for when buying cookware. You can use them on all kinds of stoves, including induction cooktops, glass cooktops, electric stoves, and gas stoves.
They heat up really fast, but when it comes to extended cooking, you have to be mindful of handles getting too hot.
How to Get the Most Out of it
The best way to get the most out of this set is to use it daily; that's what it's been designed for. You don't have to be intimidated by it, and don't have to worry that it's going to fall apart. On the contrary, since it's compatible with all kinds of stoves and ovens, you can just start stirring and mixing right away. The copper bottom on the saucepans will work great with Bolognese sauce which requires a bit more time and even heat distribution to prepare.
- Steel and copper work great together
- Quality matches the price
- Great and affordable set
- Can be used on all types of stoves
- Handles can get hot
- Copper can tarnish over time
There aren't that many flaws to be found in T-Fal Stainless Steel Bottom Cookware Set. For the price and presentation, it’s a great way to get a little bit more serious about cooking, without breaking the bank. And if the majority of your recipes require fry pans and saucepans, this set might be exactly what you need.