Pans that Sizzle-6/1/12

We have the most amazing cookware set. I’ve never seen anything like this.” The Home Shopping Network says the T-fal Ingenio set makes cooking easier. “You see that Thermospot technology? So when the pan is hot, this will change color …” Consumer Reports found the spot did change to solid red at 400 degrees. “But the color of the spot doesn’t change if the pan gets too hot, so you still have to pay attention.” Consumer Reports tested the T-fal along with more than a dozen other kinds of nonstick cookware. Many did a better job in this test that assesses how evenly a pan cooks.


The pancake in the T-fal pan turned out a little blotchy. Celia Lehrman “Another concern is how well the nonstick coating on the pans will last.” To test that, pans are heated to around 400 degrees and then scrubbed with steel wool. Some look pretty good even after 2,000 passes. But the coating on the T-fal wore away pretty quickly. And other pans did even worse. Celia Lehrman “This is after less than 400 strokes. These pans are unusable now.” They’re pans from the EarthPan II and EarthPan Plus cookware sets. But interestingly, another EarthPan did better in the scrub test. It’s the EarthPan Hard Anodized set – a Best Buy at 170 dollars. It also rates very good for cooking food evenly. .”