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122 of 125 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2006
I really like this little pan--it's perfect for single cooks, but would be fine for duos too. It has a basic non-stick surface (the smooth type, not T-fal). Be sure to season it well with cooking oil before the first use so food will not stick. Do not use commercial pan sprays--they will eventually buckle this type of finish. Instead, spray or wipe with cooking oil only. Also, use silicon cooking tools; never use metal utensils or you'll damage the non-stick finish.

There are five line-marked settings (i.e., no temperature listings) (l-r) that equate to 1-off, 2-low, 3-medium, 4-high, 5-very high (for preheating only). Preheat on position 5 for a minute or so, then add the food to be cooked and turn the controller down to position 4. The metal pan gets very hot--be careful not to touch the edges or you might burn yourself. The heating loop is visible on the underside of the pan (not embedded as it is in larger electric skillets), so place the pan on a Corningware counter protector or similar heatproof area.

When you want a one-pan breakfast, start by grilling a slice of buttered bread in the pan, then heating some Canadian bacon or pre-cooked sliced bacon. Finally, cook a seasoned whisked or whole egg and add a slice of cheese before assembling your open-faced breakfast sandwich.

The pan is small enough to clean and store very easily. Let it cool after use, rinse with water and wipe dry with a paper towel. The handle is removable, but I leave it assembled and ready to go. All told, the convenience of size is worth the minor design deficiencies.
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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2008
This might sound very strange. But I'm a flight attendant and once a month I have a very long trip to Africa and I can't eat there due to previous stomach problems. I was looking to buy something other than a water heater to heat my soups. This little gadget rocks!You can disasemble it and won't take a lot of room in my suitcase.I put it in a bag with my little transformer,since it'snot dual voltage and I can actually heat up foods other than soup. Makes great grilled cheeses and heats real quick. You have to be very careful when the pan is hot because the bottom gets super hot and I got burned already. Also you need to let it cool before you put it away. Anyways,for me it's a perfect, inexpesive item that is making my life so much easier these days. I totally recomend it and will buy another if this one breaks. Wish it was dual voltage but I guess you can't have it all....
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2008
This is a great little frying pan. This is the 2nd one I have purchased.
I use it traveling. When you have been on the road for several weeks, even a can of chili can be better than some restaurant fare. It is also great for eggs, french toast, toasted sandwiches ect. I have found that the money I save making some of my own meals in it pays for the pan in a few days.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2007
This skillet works wonderfully, it is very easy to get the exact temp you want with it- the only problem I have had is that the coating has bubbled up and flaked off. I use it daily at about 130 degrees so the flaking problem is not that I'm using it too hot. I love it otherwise though, besides the coating, it is perfect for what I use it for!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2010
Love the size. Cooked scrambled eggs and a lot of the coating came off when I washed the pan. Even more of the coating came off the second time I used it. I am afraid to use it any longer because of the coating. Waste of money, should have returned it after first use.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2008
I picked this up for my mother, she is 90 yrs old. She has trouble manuvering the bigger frying pans and skillets and this one seem to be just the thing for her. It doesn't require a lot of time to preheat, the knob is simplified to basically low, medium and high and takes very little to heat a full meal for her. Clean up is easy and with the easily removeable handle , it is easily stored. The glass lid allows viewing while the food is cooking, this is another plus. The only reason this product did not receive 5 stars is that the glass lid is not a perfect fit, a minor problem when I consider what a problem solver this was for my mother.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2009
I bought this to make breakfast at the office, and it is fantastic. It sure beats eating restaurant breakfasts - cheaper, and I know what I'm eating! Like others, I leave the handle attached because all you have to do is wipe it out, no need to submerge the pan. There is a small hot spot in the front of the pan, but it doesn't interfere with cooking. You can't go wrong for this price.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2009
This pan is not engineered to be user friendly. The way the handle is put on and taken off is archaic. It is far too difficult to use and very frustrating. Also the glass lid is a terrible fit. It will not sit on the fry pan and does not seem that it ever settles into place.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2011
The handle would not stay on at the first use of the maxi-matic. When we finally got the handle to stay on, it fell off during its use. Since then, half of it doesn't heat up and while it's supposed to be stick free, it sticks! All in all it can rightly be called a piece of junk; a very expensive piece of junk. We've continued to used it. Sometimes food comes free and sometimes it doesn't. Thank you for the opportunity to complain.
Frieda A. Smith.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2006
Works great, but wish it had a thermostat like larger models.

Compact for storage or camping, which is what we bought it for.

Wish it had more info in the manual about temps etc.
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