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Fissler pots and pans feedback thread: Non Testers: add your own feedback or top tips for keeping pans lasting - you could win a £100 giftcard NOW CLOSED

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MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 12-Aug-13 14:12:32

This thread is for the 16 MNers who received a Fissler pot or pan from Tesco to test out.
If your not an official tester but have tried a Fissler pan or pot please do also add your feedback to this thread. If you don't have a Fissler pan or pot then we'd love you to add your own tips on keeping your pans long lasting below.

All non testers who add feedback or a tip will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £100 Tesco voucher

Here's what Fissler have to say, "We have a wide range of pots and pans which are all of high quality, and they have recently become available at Tesco Direct. Their reinforced bases ensure optimal heat absorption, distribution and storage, which makes cooking your food evenly easier as well as saving energy. All our products can be used in the oven as well as on the hob, with the exception of induction. They are also easy to clean, and all our pans have a non-stick coating which means that greasing the pan becomes optional."

On test were:
20cm non stick frying pan
24cm stockpot with lid
28cm non stick grillpan
20cm casserole with lid
28cm non stick stir fry pan
16cm non stick saucepan
24cm non stick frying pan
28cm non stick frying pan

We'd love to know what you thought of the Fissler product you received and have some questions to get you going, but feel free to add any other thoughts you might have:

~ Before you used the Fissler pan for the first time you needed to activate the non stick coating: how was this?
~ What recipes did you cook in your Fissler? How did the pan help?
~ Was your Fissler easy to clean or not? How did you clean it? Dishwasher or by hand?
~ How does the pan compare to your previous pans?
~ Would you recommend Fissler products to friends and family if it came up in conversation? If so, why? If not, why not?
~ Do you think you'll buy more from the range - by collecting the stickers from Tesco to get 70% off RRP?

Everyone who adds their feedback here will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Tesco voucher

Please note comments made on this thread may be used by Tesco and/or Fissler elsewhere. Your MN name will not be used.

Thanks,

MNHQ

gazzalw Mon 12-Aug-13 14:14:24

Non-tester here...I would say that my best tip would be to spend as much as you can on saucepans etc...in the first place. I would definitely say you get what you pay for and very good quality pans will see you thro' a lifetime...

Tiggles Mon 12-Aug-13 15:24:23

I'll add more comments when I/DH have used it more, but first impressions...
Love the weight of the frying pan.
Both DH and I find the shape/angle of the handle slightly awkward.
DH (who is a toolmaker by trade) remarked that looking at the top of the frying pan the join of the handle to the pan looks good quality, but on turning it over he was disappointed in the build quality of the seam join in the handle.
Activating the non-stick coating was very easy.
I prepared a chicken/tomato pasta sauce in the pan, it cooked the chicken through quickly and evenly, and without using any oil in the pan nothing burnt on the bottom.
I cleaned it in the dishwasher, but it wasn't particularly dirty at the end so wouldn't have been an issue to do by hand.
The weight of the pan is better than my previous frying pan, but I don't find the handle comfortable to use so a pro and a con. Currently I would consider buying other products from the range, but I'll reserve judgement fully until DH (the usual chef in the family) has used it too. But, I don't tend to use Tesco as they are further away than our general supermarket, so it would partly depend on how much I'd need to spend/how regularly need to spend to get the vouchers.

Non-tester. As pots and pans get a lot of use, Ive always thought that its best to spend as much as you can afford as you always get what you pay for. Often quality pans have a good sturdy weight to them. I also think that its important to ensure they have a good life span, follow the instructions carefully when it comes to using and cleaning them after use.

manfalou Mon 12-Aug-13 16:13:58

Non Tester.

Buy a good quality pan in the first place, nonstick and use a non scratch sponge to clean is. We use our wok at least 5 days a week and go through one every year and a half even following the instructions. If we bought low range ones i think we'd have to buy a couple more in that time span.

VonTrappFan Mon 12-Aug-13 17:23:11

I received the grill pan. Activating the non-stick coating was easy and the weight of the pan is good. I have cooked bacon and chicken in it and both came out well. It washed easily both in the dishwasher and by hand.

I usually use cast iron, which I still prefer, but for non-cast iron it was pretty good apart from the handle. It was already loose when I got it and had to be tightened up. (DH did that so not quite sure what this entailed!) Because of this I would stick with cast iron where the handle is part of the one piece.

I will start collecting the Tesco stickers now and would consider getting other pans from this range.

nowwearefour Mon 12-Aug-13 17:36:24

We spent a small fortune on a set of fissler pans around 6 yrs ago. They are still as brand new and I expect them to last me til the end of my life. Amazing. Plenty of soaking of anything burnt on and they always come up good as new.
Fabulous products. Well worth the money.

nameuschangeus Mon 12-Aug-13 17:45:23

I am not part of the official test group but I have bought two of the pans via the Tesco offer and they're great. They need virtually no oil, the non stick is actually genuinely non stick, they wash up lovely and I'm going to go and get some more when I've got enough coupons. They're miles better than some if the posh pans I've tried in the past (I'm talking to you pampered chef) as nothing sticks to them, including egg. I love them.

majjsu Mon 12-Aug-13 18:25:08

A non tester, I always soak the pan immediately after cooking, makes them last longer for me. Though may have to check out the Fissler ones after the great feedback.

IncaAztec Mon 12-Aug-13 18:33:23

My tip is to handwash your pans to keep them in tip top condition. Dishwashers (and in particular dishwashers in areas with hard water that require a lot of salt/rinse aid) gradually erode at pans over time. So, if you want them to last longer, handwash them!

stephgr Mon 12-Aug-13 18:35:01

As a non-tester, my tip is to keep a cheap old pan for boiling eggs and only boil eggs in that particular pan. The reason being, and it may be an old wives' tale, is that over time boiling eggs can change the shape of a pan. Apparently it's something to do with the minerals in egg shells. It would be a shame to spoil one of the nice Fissler pans (which I don't have and sadly am not trialling!) On the same egg theme, after boiling eggs you should save the water they boiled in, wait for it to go cold and then use that water to water houseplants. Apparently plants love the water because of the minerals from the eggs' shells.

sharond101 Mon 12-Aug-13 21:43:19

I was gutted not to be chosen for this so reading with interest.

Cherrygrape Tue 13-Aug-13 11:25:19

Non tester here. I make sure I use enough oil, soak them as soon as possible and try not to use anything too scratchy to clean it.
I might try not putting them in the dishwasher unless neccissary after reading the tip above smile

SaltySeaBird Tue 13-Aug-13 11:36:16

I was disappointed not to be chosen for this one or any test as we tend to get through a lot of pots and pans. I always cook from scratch so they get a lot of use and I tend to buy products in this price range. Most of my current ones are about two - three years old and need replacing.

I'm not sure I have any great tips for making them last as mine often don't. Don't let my DH use them would be one as he does tend to burn and bake food in them, and then chips away using a knife ...

Washing up by hand using a soft sponge and soaking pans is a better way to make them last.

I think I will try buying cheaper pans though and just replacing more often as I haven't found my last set has stood the test of time, whereas my sister takes a more disposable attitude and probably ends up spending less!

MrsGeologist Tue 13-Aug-13 11:38:04

~ Before you used the Fissler pan for the first time you needed to activate the non stick coating: how was this?

It was easy.

~ What recipes did you cook in your Fissler? How did the pan help?

I had enough stickers to buy the 28cm frying pan and was given the 16cm sauce pan to test, so I've cooked porridge and spaghetti hoops in the saucepan, and various chicken and pork dishes in the frying pan.
The frying pan cooked the meat and veg evenly (though we did almost accidentally burn some onions. That was our fault though).

~ Was your Fissler easy to clean or not? How did you clean it? Dishwasher or by hand?

Both the pans were very easy to clean, even the dried on spaghetti hoops, which is like cement. I cleaned them by hand (don't have a dishwasher).

~ How does the pan compare to your previous pans?

It compares favourably to my old tefal pans, although I noticed the base of the frying pan already has faint marks on the bottom from moving it from one hob to the other, which hasn't happened with my old ones, and I've been using them for 5 years.

~ Would you recommend Fissler products to friends and family if it came up in conversation? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, because they are cheap with the stickers and seem to be good quality.

~ Do you think you'll buy more from the range - by collecting the stickers from Tesco to get 70% off RRP?

Yes, I already have. smile

ComradeJing Tue 13-Aug-13 11:48:05

Non tester.

Don't put them in the dishwasher even if they say they are safe as it always ruins the non stick.

1/ Some things in life you can buy cheap and the product is fab. Pans are NOT one of those products.

2/ I find cleaning them, at least rinsing, straight after use means I spend less time scrubbing, the mess comes away really easily and therefore keeps the inside of the pan like new (ish).

MmeLindor Tue 13-Aug-13 12:04:59

Non-tester. We got Fissler Profiline pots and pans as a wedding present from DH's German uncle. We are fast approaching our 16th wedding anniversary and the pots are like new.

I don't think that the non-stick frying pans last as long as the stainless steel pots, but even then the Fissler ones we had last a lot longer than cheaper ones, which tended to go wobbly.

When DD was a baby, I decided to save money and boil the dummies/bottles/teats in a pan rather than buy a steam steriliser. One day I forgot to turn the heat off, went for a walk and came home to a house full of acrid smoke. I thought the pan was a goner, but after a long soak, the molten plastic peeled off and the pan was as good as new.

Non-tester here. My tips for getting pans to last is to not let my DH use or clean good pans. He makes a habit of burning food onto any pan he uses then either makes a rely poor effort at cleaning it, so there's still food all over it when he puts it back in the cupboard, or he really goes to town with a scourer that's unsuitable. (this is the man who used a pan scourer to clean the bonnet of his own car, completely destroying the paintwork). It's just not worth it.

IsItWishfulThinking Tue 13-Aug-13 12:29:53

Non tester here too.
Top tip is to always ALWAYS soak the pot/pan after cooking, whatever you've cooked. Warm water with suds. Web leave overnight then you never have to scrub and it keeps pots longer.

If something has burn onto the pan, warm water and salt can get it off I soaked long enough.

LentilAsAnything Tue 13-Aug-13 13:18:35

Non-tester. I do have a large Fissler stockpot from when we lived in Germany, and it is serving me well.
I find it about as easy to clean as any other pot or pan, usually I soak the pan while we are eating, then wash up by hand as soon as we've finished our meal.
I probably won't buy more from the range as I have enough cookware to last me a good few years (hopefully forever).

I have some concerns about aluminium, Teflon, non-stick etc, and prefer plain steel, glass or cast iron.

lolancurly Tue 13-Aug-13 13:34:36

I am a non-tester. My advice is to by reasonable quality pans if you can afford to - we have purchased numerous cheaper frying pans over the years and this is really a false economy. One high quality frying pan would have outlived 10 of the cheap kind. Some pans, like a big preserving pan was expensive at around £45 but it is the kind of thing I will be using for the rest of my life, and as I am intending to live for a very long time, that is money well spent!

asuwere Tue 13-Aug-13 13:47:02

Non-tester. As others have said, spend as much as you can and get a decent set of pans and they will last. I am quite cheap but have realised that pots are one of the things that you have to invest in. Also, soak to make cleaning easier.

SnowyMouse Tue 13-Aug-13 14:05:31

I'm a non-tester. Be careful what utensils you use with pans, metal can scratch.

dahville Tue 13-Aug-13 14:11:32

Non-tester - the best thing to preserve pans is not putting them in the dishwasher, rinse them right away after using and hand wash them.

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