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Good but not complete
on July 16, 2012
I really wanted to give this set higher marks, but a couple of things kept the score as only okay.
First of all, the positives: They are pretty, which I like, but as Forrest Gump said, "Pretty is, as pretty does!" (or doesn't). I also like the glass covers. The handles have something inside them that are great at dissapating (sp?) the heat. They have a bit of heft and weight to them, and are reasonably well balanced so bottoms stay more-or-less flush to the cooking elements.
Two big gripes though:
The handles are riveted to the pot/pan, and therefore there isn't a smooth finish inside. That really annoys me for some reason.
Also, the lids only fit the pots, and not the frying pans. For the price of this set, I would have figured that T-Fal would make it so that the large pot lid fit the large frying pan as well. Who always uses a frying pan without a lid? Certainly not me, so now I have to do work arounds. It'd be better if T-Fal offered replacement lids for the frying pans, but I haven't been able to find any for this model. Very, very annoyed at this. In hindsight, I would have bought the Revere Ware because I know that those lids are interchangeable.
A relatively minor gripe is that the lid handles are riveted to the glass covers and have silicon washers to keep the handles flush and tight. I wonder how durable those washers are, and how long they will hold up.