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FALSE 5 star reviews. Be careful when you buy this. The pan works well, but only for a while. Soon after it becomes useless.
on February 28, 2012
My wife bought this thing at Sears for me as a present. She spent around $80 on it. For that amount of money I expected a great pan, but that is not what I got. For a while this pan did what it was supposed to and I was really impressed. After just weeks of heavy use the pan is worthless! To make matters worse, a lot of the 5 star reviews for it on Amazon (even the ones tagged helpful) are fake! These people mysteriously only reviewed this pan or other Ozeri products. More on that later.
Let me explain my experiences with this a bit. I do a lot of weight lifting and thus eat 4 poached eggs a day on the days that I work out. I alternate lower and upper body, and take Saturday and Sunday off. This means that I use this pan at least ten times per week. My wife would also use it a few times/week for quick meals. So no, it is not what an average person would use it for but the end result will still be the same.
The pan lasted a little over two weeks for me. I am very careful not to raise the temperature above medium heat and only use a silicone spatula while cooking. Moreover, my last ceramic pan lasted almost a year, and it was much cheaper! I did not change up my cooking methods at all. The fault lies with the coating, which started to warp and eventually chip. I guess silicone is too rough for it. Or maybe it was the poaching process (that was a joke, you just add water). I ended up returning it to Sears after only 20 days and got a full refund. The sales lady said that she tried this pan and had a similar experience after 4 months of use.
This pan is pretty good looking. It is very pleasing to the eye and looks well built, but that is not what a pan is designed for. A pan is meant for cooking. If you want something that looks good in your kitchen, by all means go for it. If you want a non-stick pan that will last you a while, get something else. I am going back to Vinaroz, since their products are cheaper and actually last. Cuisinart is another good alternative because of their lifetime warranty. I simply prefer Vinaroz because they are cheap and I can toss them out after a year, instead of dealing with Cuisinart for a replacement. As another option you could simply get a stainless steel pan and have that last you a lifetime, but those are not non-stick.
Now let's move on to another problem. The top "helpful" reviews are posted by people that mostly review Ozeri products, or only have one review under their belt (the one for this pan). It's also odd that they are all 5 star reviews. Simply take a look at the top reviews for this pan and check out the reviewer. I am surprised Amazon doesn't do anything about these people.
In my opinion, this pan is worthless. If I could rate it a 0, I would. I am glad that someone makes non-stick PTFE and PFOA free cookware, but there are cheaper and better alternatives out there. Don't be fooled by the hype and all the 5 star reviews. Most of those are not real.
I really hope you, the potential buyer take the time to read all reviews for this product before you purchase it, and stumble upon mine. This kind of shady marketing is despicable and should not be rewarded with your hard earned cash.
Thank you for your time, and good luck.