We understand the dishes Part 2: Pans
We understand the dishes Part 3: Glassware
We understand the dishes part 4: Knives
Which dishes to choose?
Which dishes to choose?
Almost no woman in the world can go past the mirror, so as not to look at him how she looks, and past the shop window where the dishes are sold. Even if there are a sufficient number of pots and pans in your house, the showcase where these accessories are located will hardly leave a good housewife indifferent. She will definitely consider at least half of what is exposed.
Nevertheless, if you go to the store purposefully to buy, for example, a set of dishes or a pair of pans, it can take a lot of time, sometimes not one hour, until you can decide for yourself what exactly is best for you. A huge selection on the shelves and shop windows does not contribute to the quick selection of dishes, because often completely different pots or pans can have a very similar appearance. Although the price may vary, the difference may be significant..
In such cases, the buyer is most often lost in the choice and does not understand which pan to choose, probably the one that is more expensive, because it is probably better. And if you buy cheaper, thus saving the family budget, but there is a risk that you may be disappointed with the cheap pan, its properties or even worse, it may simply not go up to the hob that is installed in your kitchen. But on the third hand, they can be exactly the same, and you just run the risk of overpaying for a more expensive brand. Is it worth it?
Next, we will consider the most popular and common types of dishes and try to understand the details of the most popular manufacturers.
In stores, pots and pot sets Tefal are represented by the Duetto and Inspiration series. This is a stainless steel cookware that has a thick shockproof bottom using magnetic material. This allows Tefal pots to be used even on induction hobs. In addition to induction surfaces, such pans can be used on gas and electric stoves.
During cooking in Tefal Duetto or Inspiration pans, the use of metal appliances is allowed without any restrictions. Even a sharp knife or fork will not harm the sturdy and stable Tefal pan body.
The Duetto series in the Tefal lineup is considered budget when compared to Inspiration. The wall thickness in such pans will reach 0.6 mm, the handles on the lids and directly the pans themselves are metal without additional overlays. Thus, a heated Duetto pan will transfer heat to the handles, and in order to pick up such a pan you will need to use kitchen gloves or a towel so as not to burn yourself. Tefal Duetto pans are more rounded, comparable to Inspiration.
Tefal Duetto sets and pans are available in six forms:
- A set of five appliances (pan 24cm, ladle 16cm, pan 26cm, lid for pot, lid for bucket);
- A set of six appliances (pan 24 cm, pan 20 cm, bucket 16 cm, two lids on the pan and a lid on the bucket);
- Casserole 24 cm (volume 4.7 l.);
- Saucepan 20 cm (volume 2.7 l.);
- Pan 18 cm (volume 1.9 l.);
- Bucket 16 cm (volume 1.2 l.).
The Tefal Inspiration series belongs to the premium more expensive segment. The wall thickness in such pans will reach 2.5 mm, which is many times more than in Duetto pans. In addition, the lid handles and pans themselves in the Inspiration series are equipped with special pads that make them safe when the pan is heated on the stove. In other words, to take the Tefal Inspiration pan in hand, you will not need to use towels, because you do not risk being burned.
Tefal Inspiration Sets and Pans are available in four ways:
- A set of six appliances (pan 24 cm, pan 20 cm, bucket 16 cm, two covers for pots, a cover for a bucket);
- A set of four appliances (pan 24 cm, pan 20 cm);
- Pan 24 cm (volume 5.1 l.);
- Saucepan 20 cm (volume 2.9 l.).
In addition to Duetto and Inspiration, which are made of stainless steel, Tefal’s assortment includes non-stick aluminum pans. For example, a Tefal Pleasure pan has a non-stick inner Titanium Force coating that has particles of titanium. The outer coating of pots is enameled. Pleasure cookware is suitable for gas stoves and electric, but not for induction hobs.
The Tefal Mineral pan has a non-stick Titanium coating that allows you to use the Mineral pan not only on the hob, but also in the oven. The base of the pan is made of cast aluminum and is suitable for gas, electric and induction surfaces..
The Tefal Expertise pan is made of aluminum and has a non-stick Titanium Excellence coating. Pans of this series are equipped with a bakelite handle that does not heat up, durable and ergonomic. Tefal Expertise pan is suitable for gas, electric and induction hobs.
Krauff pans can be made of stainless steel, cast iron or aluminum. In the assortment of the German manufacturer you can find pans of various designs and volumes.
Krauff Meister pots are made of high-strength Ecosteel stainless steel, which does not react with acids and is resistant to deformation. Pots of this series have a three-layer bottom, which contributes to uniform heating. Meister pan handles are equipped with special pads that are safe when heated high. Krauff Meister pans can be used on any hob: gas, electric and induction.
The range of the Meister series consists of four pots:
- Casserole with a diameter of 24 cm (volume 5.4 l.);
- Casserole with a diameter of 24 cm (volume 3.6 l.);
- Casserole with a diameter of 22 cm (volume 3.7 l.);
- Saucepan with a diameter of 20 cm (volume 3.1 l.).
Krauff Gegenbild pans are made of durable stainless steel and have a chrome finish. Gegenbild pans do not have special pads on their handles, which requires the use of kitchen gloves or towels with high heat. The dishes of the Gegenbild series are made of 18/10 stainless steel, which means a sufficiently high content of chromium and nickel in the alloy. This means that such dishes will be resistant to rust and stains on the surface..
Krauff Gegenbild pans are suitable for use on a gas and electric stove. Gegenbild pots cannot be used on induction surfaces. The Gegenbild Series stands out for its high volume..
The range of the Gegenbild series consists of three pans:
- Saucepan with a volume of 13.5 liters;
- Saucepan with a volume of 11 liters;
- 9 liter pan.
Krauff Feine pans are made of Ecosteel stainless steel, which is highly durable and belongs to the premium class. An additional feature of Feine pans is its unusual and custom design. A decorative pattern is applied to the outside of such pots. The Feine series has a three-layer bottom that heats up quickly and evenly. Krauff Feine does not have additional thermal pads on its handles. Feine pots are suitable for all types of cookers.
The range of the Feine series consists of three pots:
- Casserole with a diameter of 24 cm (volume 6.3 l.);
- Saucepan with a diameter of 20 cm (volume 3.1 l.);
- Casserole with a diameter of 18 cm (volume 2 l.).
Krauff Castella pans are made of cast iron and have a three-layer enamel coating of bright orange color, on which chips and scratches do not form. The lid of the Castella pots on its inside is equipped with special spikes that ensure even moisture circulation. Thanks to this, the dishes that you cook in such a pan are more juicy. Castella series can be used on gas, electric and induction cookers. Also, such pans can be used in the oven.
The range of the Castella series consists of three pans:
- Casserole with a diameter of 29.5 cm (volume 7 l.);
- Casserole with a diameter of 24.5 cm (volume 4 l.);
- Ovate gooseberry (volume 4.5 l.).
In addition to the series of pots listed above, the German manufacturer Krauff offers its consumers simpler types of dishes. So in the assortment of Krauff pans there are devices made of stainless steel 18/10 with a volume of 2 to 4 liters. In addition to stainless steel, Krauff’s range also includes aluminum pans such as Tabacco with ceramic non-stick coating and Tendenz with non-stick coating.
The manufacturer of dishes and cutlery Rondell has in its assortment a huge number of different collections of pots that differ in design, volume and, of course, the quality of the material used in them. In addition to pots, the Rondell brand offers us various pans, stewpan, knives, forks, spoons, baking dishes and much more.
Rondell Favory pans are made of durable 18/10 stainless steel. As noted above, such steel is resistant to damage in the form of scratches and fingerprints on it. Favory pan handles are equipped with special silicone pads that allow you to take the pan in your hands even with high heat without using kitchen gloves. Rondell Favory is suitable for use on gas, electric and induction hobs. The wall thickness of steel in the pots of the Favory collection is 0.6 mm.
The Rondell Favory pan collection is represented by four appliances:
- Casserole with a diameter of 24 cm (volume 5.6 l.);
- Saucepan with a diameter of 20 cm (volume 3.4 l.);
- Casserole with a diameter of 18 cm (volume 2.4 l.);
- Bucket with a diameter of 16 cm (volume 1.4 l.).
Rondell Flamme pans are very similar in technical specifications to the Favory collection. Flamme is also made of 18/10 stainless steel, has a wall thickness of 0.6 mm and has special thermal overlays on its handles. A distinctive feature of the Rondell Flamme pots is the polished mirror and satin finish. The shape of Flamme pots is more rounded and graceful, comparable to the Favory collection. You can use pots from the Flamme collection on all types of cooking surfaces.
The Rondell Flamme pot collection is represented by four appliances:
- Casserole with a diameter of 26 cm (volume 6.5 l.);
- Casserole with a diameter of 24 cm (volume 5.7 l.);
- Casserole with a diameter of 20 cm (volume 3.2 liters);
- Casserole with a diameter of 18 cm (volume 2.3 l.).
Rondell Zeita pans are made of cast aluminum and have a tri-layer TriTitan non-stick coating with added titanium particles. This allows you to use on the surface of such a coating not only wooden or plastic devices, but also metal ones. Pans from the Zeita collection have monolithic handles without any thermal overlays, but the handle of the pan lid is bakelite and safe even at high heating temperatures. Zeita series pans are suitable for a gas stove and electric, but not for induction.
The Rondell Flamme pan collection is represented by two appliances:
- Casserole with a diameter of 24 cm (volume 4.4 l.);
- Casserole with a diameter of 16 cm (volume 1.2 l.).
All of the listed collections from Rondell have a colorful gift wrapping and are equipped with a chef recipe booklet.
Pans from the manufacturer of kitchen accessories Lamart are not so famous for the Ukrainian consumer, as, for example, Tefal, Rondell or even Krauff. Nevertheless, this is a fairly well-known brand in the European market, having in its assortment a considerable number of various pots with various internal coatings. Lamart produces stainless steel, ceramic, aluminum and cast iron pans.
Marble-coated Lamart pans are made from durable but not heavy enough aluminum. Such pans have a stable marble coating, which has non-stick properties. The marble-coated Lamart series of pots is equipped with bakelite handles that are absolutely safe when the pot is heated high. This series is suitable for use on gas, electric and induction surfaces..
The Lamart series of marble-coated pans consists of three pans:
- Casserole with a diameter of 24 cm;
- Saucepan with a diameter of 20 cm;
- Pan 18 cm in diameter.
Lamart ceramic pans are well suited for making rich soups, pilaf or stews. The basis of the pan itself is cast aluminum, and a durable ceramic coating with low thermal conductivity keeps the cooked dish warm for a long time. The ceramic coating of Lamart pans has non-stick properties, such pans are suitable for use on all types of stoves, including induction.
Lamart stainless steel pans have a variety of design and technical solutions. The multilayer bottom of such pans contributes to fast, uniform and efficient heating. Lamart stainless steel pans can be equipped with silicone or bakelite plates, for more comfortable use of such dishes with high heating. Or do not use the pads on the handles at all, if the pan is from a budget low-cost segment. Stainless steel Lamart pans for all types of cookers.