Does the T-Fal Non-Stick Pan Really Work?


Does T-Fal Non-stick Pan work?T-Fal has been around for a long time and was one of the first frying pans to wow people with its nonstick cooking abilities. The secret is in the Teflon coating, which virtually makes nothing stick to it. The problem is that this coating can wear out over time, get scratched off, and even burn off at high temperatures.

Overview
It can be argued that the frying pan is the cornerstone to a well-stocked kitchen. Almost every recipe you encounter will need to use it. It can be used to make entire meals, like the sauce for a spaghetti, or it could make a main entree, like scrambled eggs for breakfast, or it could be used just to prepare ingredients for use in other dishes like sauteing vegetables that will later go into a bigger pot.

The Claim
Tefal doesn’t make a lot of claims about their cookware, and most of the features and benefits are already known by the mainstream. That’s one thing they did manage to do was make their brand a household name. Most everyone associates T-Fal with being non-stick, and they were the first to sell this benefit on a wide scale about a decade or so ago.

The Hype
There was a lot of initial hype with the T-Fal Non-Stick pan, but most of it has worn off, and now most of the hype is in the new line of “green” pans like Orgreenic, that use safer materials but still have the same nonstick capacity.

The Cost
The cost of a T-Fal non-stick pan is pretty competitive these days. When it first came out it sold at somewhat of a premium price, but nowadays you can get it for under $30 with free shipping.

The Commitment
If you go with this frying pan, you simply need to replace your current pan with it. You should immediately notice the difference in how well the non-stick action works, especially if you’re moving from a cast iron skillet, or a stainless steel frying pan. You will want to be careful the first few times you use it, as cooking times will be different due to the way that it transfers heat evenly across the pan. As a cook or a chef you adapt to the pan you’re using and come to learn how long certain foods take at certain temperatures. These same foods might take considerably less time, so be careful you don’t burn anything.

Evaluation
No one can deny that T-Fal makes a high-quality non-stick pan. They consistently get good reviews in regards to how evenly they cook food, and how easy the food comes off. They’re also a breeze to clean. If you go with one of the newer models, you’ll definitely like the red circle in the middle of the pan that lets you know when it is at the right temperature and ready to start cooking. When making something like pancakes or crepes, the temperature of your frying pan makes all the difference.

The only thing you need to consider is whether or not the non-stick coating is something you should be concerned about. T-Fal pans are coated with their patented coating that has been known to scrape off and burn off under high heats. That’s why you have to use plastic or wooden utensils with it, because you don’t want the coating to wear off. If you’re concerned about that you should compare these pans to the newer pans that use ceramic materials that don’t cause harm, even at high heats.

Final T-Fal Non-Stick Pan Review

T-Fal non-stick pan is a great thing to have in your kitchen, and you definitely won’t regret buying it. It’s withstood the test of time and has a very strong following. There are a few people here and there they say it doesn’t work the way they thought it would, but the number is so low that it’s not really significant enough to merit further investigation. They’re getting our Thumbs Up review, but we’d also like to point out that you have several options available in this class.

Our Recommendation
We also recommend going with one of the new ceramic pans that doesn’t use the same sort of coating they use to make T-Fal products. The Orgreenic pan got our Thumbs Up rating and is one that we recommend, as well as the Green Earth Frying Pan, also at a price point that gives T-Fal a run for it’s money.

It’s not as if you have to commit to using just one frying pan, in fact most home have several. You might consider a smaller-sized T-Fal for things like scrambled eggs and omelets, and a larger sized green pan for bigger jobs like sauteing onions and peppers to simmering a marinara sauce.

What do you think? Does T-Fal Non-Stick Pan work or not?


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Sammy Yi October 15, 2012 at 5:36 am

T-fal pans are fantastic and I can say that because I’ve been using them for a long time. They last for very long and you’re not going to see the teflon peel off after couple months of use like some of those of lesser quality pans. I’m looking for something a little more green, but for those who don’t want to spend the extra for green pans, I’d suggest they go with t-fal pans.

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Steven July 11, 2013 at 2:04 am

I might take you up on this. I don’t like having to but cookware often. I prefer to pay a bit more to have something that works well and last a good time.

When I was in college I used to buy these things at the dollar store but they don’t last and they are hard to clean. I had to buy more and more so I started investing a bit more for my cookware.

Are the T-fal pans easy to clean? That’s something very important for me. I don’t like having to wash things a couple times to get all the grease out of it.

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Frank May 1, 2013 at 12:17 am

I got a T Fal skillet for Christmas from daughter Jess, she bought it at Kohl’s Dept. Store where she works. Every month since I got it, the handle gets loose.I have to call my son in law because I don’t have any star bits. Both handles, the long one and the short one get loosened.

Got tired of that so I emailed T Fal. Asked them for a star bit, saying I don’t have one,

First reply was a form letter saying warranty is void if abused, overheated blah blah blah. They said ship the skillet to them at my expense and they’ll look at it, and fix it if it’s warranteed.

I wrote back thanking them for the impersonal boilerplate reply. I told them it’s just my wife and I, and I don’t abuse the skillet. Said again, just send me a star bit and I’ll fix it, easy enough.

They wrote back saying it’s dangerous to fix it yourself, and that they can’t send me a bit, but send the skillet to them and they’ll fix it.

I wrote: Dangerous? What are you, my Mommy? Michael has been fixing it for 4 months now with no ill effects. Just send me a bit and we’ll all be happy.

They wrote saying, again: NO BIT, just send us the skillet. They loosened up a little by saying “we don’t usually do this but we’ll send you a prepaid UPS ticket.”

I wrote back saying saying I’ve been an estimator for more than 25 years. Add all this up: Me buying a box, taking at least an hour of my time packaging it up and dropping it off at UPS, gas money, you paying for postage to and from, paying a tech to tighten the screw, packaging it again, having the shipping dept write up a ticket and sending it back to me. Now, which is better, putting a star bit in a bubble envelope and paying $ 1.25 in postage, OR exceeding the retail cost of the skillet in the way you’re proposing?

Reply was the same, saying it was “dangerous” and they want me to send it to them; just need your address & phone number to send the label.

I said: “FINAL REPLY” Send me the prepaid label, I’ll keep it in case I need to send you my medical bills if I or my son in law ever hurt ourselves tightening a screw on the skillet.

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moses June 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Don’t waste your money on the ceramic based cookware.

they work well for a few months but then start sticking. They are no where near the quality of teflon. I understand that they are green and better for the environment. But what difference does that make if they do not work!

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Vanessa B. July 12, 2013 at 2:16 am

I’ve used T Fal for quite a long time. However, with all the talk about it being dangerous for your health when scratch, I will not be buying it anymore, neither will I be buying any pans coated with Teflon anymore. Most of my pans inevitably end up scratched somehow or other, and once scratched, they are no longer useable.

I think I’d rather have something that’s hard to scrub and isn’t nonstick but is safe for my family’s and my health, although these days we don’t have to compromise.

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Rhonda July 14, 2013 at 4:54 am

I have bought a couple T Fal pans. They work great for about two months. If someone in your home uses anything besides safe utensils, then you will immediately get scratches, then you might as well throw them out as food will stick to them every single time. When you first use your T Fal pan it will never stick. I’ve never had a problem with mine except when my family destroys them. I will continue to use T Fal pans. It’s a healthier option to cooking all type of foods without heavy oil or butter. The price is reasonable for these at department stores.

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