T-fal C921SE Initiatives Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set, 14-Piece

T-fal C921SE Initiatives Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set, 14-Piece

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When good cooks need the comfort of nonstick cooking and cleanup in the kitchen, they look for a strong, ceramic-coated cooking set. The T-fal C921SE Initiatives ceramic, 14-piece, nonstick cookware set is a great addition to the kitchen for cooks who need that convenience without sacrificing the expectations they have of their other cookware — oven-safe performance, lightweight construction and a wide array of size options, for example.

Features of the T-fal C921SE Initiatives Set

The dishwasher-safe, 14-piece cookware set is made of heavy gauge aluminum and has a nonstick, ceramic coating on the interior. This combination makes the cookware both lightweight and durable while maintaining distribution of heat evenly throughout the cooking surface. Plus, the nonstick ceramic coating helps cut down on the need for oils in the pan, which protects both health-conscious cooks and the flavor integrity of the meals they create.

The set includes glass lids for easy monitoring of foods without compromising the cooking process. Here are the pieces included:

  • 8-inch frying pan
  • 11-inch frying pan with a glass lid
  • 1-quart sauce pan with a glass lid
  • 2-quart sauce pan with a glass lid
  • 5-quart stew pot with a glass lid
  • “Egg Wonder” small frying pan
  • 4 nylon cooking tools

 

Other features of the set include the following:

  • Cadmium-, PTFE- and PFOA-free construction
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Built for all cooking methods other than induction
  • Oven safe to 350 degrees F
  • Cooking surfaces that can withstand 750 degree F heat

Plus, the finish on this cookware is black, which, next to the white ceramic interior, adds a classic feel to the kitchen and complements nearly any decor.

Strengths

The T-fal Initiatives set is sturdy and great for cooking everyday meals, regardless of a cook’s experience in the kitchen. Because it is light weight and stands up to oven temperatures, it is a wonderful choice for cooks who are learning new techniques as well as seasoned cooks who need quick cleanup after a meal is finished. The nonstick ceramic surface makes this cookware set an ideal compromise for cooks who want to avoid the chemicals associated with other nonstick coatings while avoiding the heavy maintenance work involved with, say, cast iron. In addition, the wide range of sizes in this set makes stocking a kitchen with the right tools easy.

Weaknesses

While the T-fal Initiatives set is easy to use and clean, it does have a few drawbacks. Cooks who are accustomed to starting meals on the stovetop and moving them to the oven, for example, may find the T-fal set doesn’t stand up to the high temperatures they use in the oven. Likewise, cooks who use old-school metal whisks, forks and other metal utensils may find themselves scratching the ceramic surfaces rather quickly — ceramic is more durable than other nonstick surfaces, but using metal utensils still can jeopardize the nonstick finish.

Summary 

The T-fal C921SE Initiatives ceramic, nonstick cookware set is a helpful addition to most kitchens. For new cooks, it can be a starter set that handles almost all the cooking jobs in the kitchen, and for accomplished cooks it can add staple pieces for everyday use. However, anyone who uses high heat in the oven regularly or who is less than gentle on cookware may want to consider a different set. Otherwise, the T-fal Initiatives set is a great buy that suits most budgets and cooking needs.