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Very happy with this set
on January 5, 2013
When I decided I wanted this set it was "temporarily unavailable" on Amazon, and I did not want to wait. So, I found it locally at a store that is taking over the world. They had it in red, and just a few bucks less. This was perfect, because it matches my red and white ceramic baking set.
What isn't shown in the picture is the 2 pans shown uncovered are actually a perfect fit for the 2 smallest lids. So all 5 pans in this set can be covered, just not at the same time.
I do really enjoy cooking in these pans. All of the lids have steam-holes. I like cooking rice in the saucepan because I don't have the problems of boiling over or sticking to the bottom like my old ones. So far, nothing has stuck to these pans. They have been easy to cook with and easy to clean.
I had been researching and shopping around for a new pan set for a while and decided on the wearever pure living set for several reasons. I wanted to stop using teflon. I like my cast iron, but it's not always convenient, nor is it truly non-stick. I considered hard anodized aluminum, but learned that cooking in those pans added aluminum to food, especially when cooking acidic foods such as lemon or tomato sauce. Also many such pans are still coated with teflon.
Once I decided on ceramic coated pans, this pan set was an easy choice. I found significantly lower reviews on other similarly priced pans. I did find some sets that were reviewed just as highly, but they were far more expensive. And not all of them were cadmium-free. Plus this wearever set has silicone handles, so they can safely go in the oven. I really like that.
In summary, I'm quite happy with my choice. I feel like I bought the best pans I could have in my price range.
Just a quick update. I've had these pans for almost a year now. A couple of them have minor scratches, most likely from being stacked inside each other for storage (they have rough bottoms). This hasn't affected their performance, and I still think they're more durable then teflon. Their ceramic surfaces have remained non-stick and easy to cook with. I still really like them. I would buy them again.
Another update. My set is in mostly good condition. The largest skillet has a big spot in the middle that for some reason isn't as non-stick as the rest of the pan. I think this is the case with my smallest pan too, just haven't used it in a while. We have not been gentle with these. On the stove top I try to follow the manufacturer's instruction not to go over medium-high heat, but I definitely have put these in the oven at higher than recommended temps. The only thing I noticed from this is that the handles have darker coloring in some spots. The biggest "mishap" is when someone was making hot dogs in the smallest pan with a few tbsp of water and cooked until the water was evaporated and a black crust was left coating the pan. lol. This did not wash away with soap and water. I thought I'd have to throw the pan away but a little baking soda and vinegar helped a lot. It has never fully returned to white but it gets a little lighter every time we use and wash. So it's still usable, but definitely not like new. At this point these pans are still working for me but I am thinking of replacing them soon. I will definitely stick with ceramic next time I buy a pan set. I could never go back.