As much as I love to cook, I hate using pots and pans that foods stick to and that are hard to clean up. For years I used Teflon coated pans, but having read about the health risks associated with Teflon in the past few years, I decided that it was time to look for non-stick pans that are also healthier to use. According to the manufacture, the super hard, scratch resistant, ceramic coating inside Stonedine Pans is one of the hardest ever made and is completely non-stick. After watching a few commercials I decided to take the plunge and order a set.
What Comes with the Stonedine Pans 8 Piece Set
Once the box arrived I couldn’t wait to open it and see what I got. Sure I know what is listed, but there is nothing like opening the box for yourself and unpacking everything. Each piece was very carefully wrapped and packaged to ensure that nothing could possibly be scratched, chipped or damaged. After unpacking everything, this is what I found in the box:
- 1 Roasting Pot (measures 9 1/2 inch diameter, 4 inches tall, holds 4 3/4 quarts)
- 1 Cooking Pot (measures 8 inch diameter, 5 inches tall, holds 2 1/2 quarts)
- 1 Cooking Pot (measures 6 1/4 inch diameter, 3 inches tall, holds 1 3/4 quarts)
- 1 Frying Pan (measures 9 1/2 inch diameter, 1 3/4 inches deep)
- 1 Glass Lid (diameter 6 1/4 inches)
- 1 Glass Lid (diameter 8 inches)
- 1 Glass Lid (diameter 9 1/2 inches)
- 1 Frying Pan Lid
Along with the 8 piece set of Stonedine Pans you also get a 12 year warranty in which Stonedine guarantees their cookware to be free of any defects in workmanship or materials as long as they are used under normal circumstances. The pans can be used on gas, electric, induction, and ceramic cooktops.
Stonedine Pans are made in Germany from whence many wonderful products have come. The outside of these pans is made from heavy duty aluminum with a thick base made of stainless steel to help spread heat more evenly. On the inside is a layer of crushed rock mixed with a natural non-stick element. All lids are made from glass with Bakelite handles. Not only are these pans relatively heavy, they appear to be very high quality and look like they will last a very long time.
Now for the best part, I have tried cooking a wide range of dishes in my set of Stonedine Pans, including everything from fried eggs to my favorite spaghetti sauces. No matter what I have tried to cook, nothing seems to stick to them, even when I have purposely overcooked some of them. The thick metal exterior and rock inside help the heat to spread more evenly than any other set of pans I have ever owned. After several months of heavy use I am happy to say that foods still do not stick to them. Just remember not to use any type of metal or ceramic utensils to ensure you don’t scratch the surface.
You may find that you need to re-season your pans after a period of heavy washing and harsh detergents. This is however, very easy to do as all you need is a cold pan, some hot oil, and a paper towel. Simply wipe the oil on the inside surface and the job is done, if you don’t do this from time to time, your pans may begin to stick.
|Non-Stick Surface||Need to Be Seasoned to Keep Non-Stick|
|Scratch Resistant||Relatively Expensive|
|Healthier as They Do Not Leach Chemicals||Strange Odor During Initial Burn-In Phase|
|Easy to Clean||Less than Stellar Customer Service|
Final Thoughts – Do Stonedine Pans Really Work?
One of the biggest questions I had was whether or not I could truly justify spending so much on a set of Stonedine Pans. At prices ranging from $150 to $200 they are definitely expensive. However, you have to realize that there are a large number of sets in this price range and higher, so the cost is not something by which to judge them. If you are looking for a set of healthy non-stick pans for your kitchen, Stonedine makes an excellent choice. With the proper care, these pans will provide you with non-stick cooking for many years and are well worth the cost, I highly recommend them to anyone who wants a top quality set of healthy non-stick pans. You can find a good price at this listing here.