Like I mentioned in my previous review of another T-Fal cookware set, the C798SC64, this brand is renowned for its non-stick cookware. This same standard of excellence is carried over into the T-Fal Elegance Cookware Set, another option from the same brand. Stainless steel cookware is perfect for those looking for cookware that can be used and reused on a daily basis. So, if easy care and cleanup are two priorities with the cookware that you choose, the T-Fal Elegance Set might be the right option for you.
One important feature that I want to note immediately is that this particular cookware set is made from 18/10 stainless steel. This means that is made from one of the best materials available, a quality which T-fal has come to be known for. While at first glance this set might seem like it’s fairly basic, many hidden features make is a special addition to your kitchen.
What Can I Expect From This Cookware Set?
The durability of the set is due to the high-quality material used in its construction. However, it’s important to note that the 18/10 stainless steel utilized for this particular set does make it more unique than other sets on the market today. Of course, there are other options available with this same material, but it is still worth mentioning as an attractive feature.
The other features that I appreciated with this particular set are the lids and the handles. Additionally, the glass lids all have stainless steel loop handles which are extremely helpful when it comes to locking in heat, nutrients, and moisture. This makes for an easier cooking experience where you don’t have to worry about your cookware taking away from the quality of the food that you make.
One unique aspect of the T-fal Elegance Cookware Set is that you can purchase it in a 10-piece set, 15-piece set, or an 18-piece set.
If you’re looking for a basic cookware set that can handle your daily needs, the 10-piece set is likely the best option for you. This set includes the following pots and pans:
1-Quart Covered Saucepan
2-Quart Covered Saucepan
8-Inch Saute Pan
10.25-Inch Saute Pan
5-Quart Covered Stock Pot (Dutch Oven)
If you decide that you might need a slightly larger set, you can purchase the 15-piece set which includes all of the pieces above, except for the spoon and slotted turner, in addition to the following pieces:
3-Quart Covered Saucepan
3.5-Quart Deep Covered Saute Pan
11.5-Inch Covered Fry Pan
Of course, there are even more options if you still want additional pieces for your kitchen. In addition to what is included in the 15-piece set, the 18-piece set contains the following pieces:
4.2-Quart Covered Shallow Pan
As you can probably see, there are several significant advantages of investing in any one of the T-fal Elegance Stainless Steel Cookware Sets mentioned above. Just some of the most obvious benefits that I noticed when testing out the cookware are below.
Multi-Clad Base is Useful and Durable
The stainless steel construction of the cookware itself is beneficial. However, the base is constructed from layers of stainless steel with an aluminum core. This means that the base is not only more useful, especially because 71LedNPv23L._SL1500_aluminum is effective at retaining heat, but more durable as well.
Non-Stick Surface is Truly Non-Stick – Some individuals purchase stainless steel cookware expecting nothing to stick. However, this isn’t always the case. With the T-fal Elegance Cookware Set, I found that when used on the proper temperature settings, I had no issues at all with cleanup. This makes for a simple daily routine.
Safe for Induction Cooking, and the Dishwasher – This is one of the few cookware sets that I’ve put in the dishwasher knowing that it will come out alright. Additionally, the set is safe for induction cooktops as well. This versatility is unmatched by other products on the market.
I have to say, the reviews on this set are extremely mixed if you look at major sites like Amazon.com. However, it quickly became apparent that the majority of the negative reviews were a result of improper care or cooking the food on too high a heat setting. Of course, this doesn’t accurately reflect what the product has to offer. However, there are still some disadvantages to note, including:
Discoloration While Washing – There are some users that claim that the pots become discolored after using and washing the cookware just a few times. I didn’t notice this problem myself while I was testing out the pots. However, it is something worth noting.
Handles Don’t Stay Cool as Promised – There were mixed results on this point. Some users reported no problems at all, whereas others claim to have almost burned their hands on the handles. Again, I believe that this is dependent on the user and their sensitivity to heat.
Pans Scratch Easily – Stainless steel is problematic when it comes to scratching, and this is something to realize before making a purchase. Extensive use in the dishwasher or careless storage can cause the cookware to scratch more than you might like, so always take proper care of the pots and pans.
Real T-fal Elegance Cookware Set Reviews From Users Like You
As I mentioned above, there are truly mixed results when it comes to reviewing this cookware. If you look on Amazon, you’re going to see what I like to think of like a grab bag of mixed results. However, take note of those who have issues that could be easily resolved, and remember that not everyone takes the time to care for cookware as they should.
“Bought the cookware for Christmas as our set we have had for 20 years. We cook it on low to medium every time, clean it with soap and water with some Barkeeper’s and it looks new each and every time. Did a lot of research on “Greenware”, ceramic, and other non-stick surfaces. They all complained that after a few months, the surface began to deteriorate and flake. I wanted to stick with stainless, guess I’m a purist. Love it, Looks great, cleans up easy and a great price.”
“This was the first set of stainless that I have purchased for myself I have cooked with stainless in the past just never owned any. I was expecting more from this set but for the price, I guess it is ok. The spoon and spatula are thin and bend easy the saute pans are light and just kind of feel cheap, but everything I have cooked in them has turned out fine, and they clean up pretty easy. I want if you’re looking for a mid quality set of stainless cookware for a reasonable price, this is it.”
“I got these because I got a new induction stove… not impressed at all. They look nice at first, good quality. But they are so hard to wash without marks and everything sticking to it. That could also be because I’m used to the non-stick coating on my old pans. I made some turkey bacon in a frying pan, and it wouldn’t come clean without an SOS pad, even after soaking overnight.”
My Final Verdict
Although the reviews are mixed on the T-fal Elegance Cookware Set, I’m still a fan. If you take the time to go through the complaints on the negative reviews, or in this case you don’t have to since I already did, you will see that the majority of negative comments are coming from individuals improperly using the cookware. While stainless steel is an excellent cookware material, it does come with its challenges and particular care instructions. As a result, it’s essential that you distinguish the actual negative reviews from users frustrated with the cookware as a result of negligent use.
To make a long story short, I think that for the price and availability of different options, the T-fal Elegance Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe cookware set in the 10-piece, 15-piece, and 18-piece options are all great buys. For the majority of users, I believe that the 15-piece set is the best choice since you get an ideal number of pieces, all of which are extremely useful. This is especially true when you consider that 2 of the ten pieces in the 10-piece set are just utensils. Of course, it is up to you to decide what the best option for your lifestyle is. Luckily, with the T-fal Elegance Cookware Set, you have a lot of potential options.