T-fal E93808 Professional Total Nonstick Oven Safe Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan / Saute Pan Dishwasher Safe Cookware, 12-Inch, Black

T-fal E93808 Professional Total Nonstick Oven Safe Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan / Saute Pan Dishwasher Safe Cookware, 12-Inch, Black
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    T-fal E93808 Professional Total Nonstick Oven Safe Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan / Saute Pan Dishwasher Safe Cookware, 12-Inch, Black
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #68 in Kitchen & Housewares
  • Size: 12-Inch
  • Color: Black
  • Brand: T-fal
  • Model: 2100080897
  • Released on: 2006-11-01
  • Platform: Windows
  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 2.50" h x 12.50" w x 18.00" l, 2.30 pounds

Features

    T-fal E93808 Professional Total Nonstick Oven Safe Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan / Saute Pan Dishwasher Safe Cookware, 12-Inch, Black
  • The unique T-fal Thermo-Spot heat indicator shows when the pan is perfectly preheated for cooking
  • Prometal Pro nonstick interior is exceptionally durable and scratch resistant, safe for use with metal utensil
  • Stainless steel disc for even heat distribution and anti-warp protection
  • Dishwasher Safe; Oven safe to 350 degrees F
  • Safe for all cooking methods including induction
  • Comfortable stay-cool riveted silicone handle
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty


Editorial Reviews

From the Manufacturer
Manufacturer’s Recommendations to maintain the optimal performance of your aluminum pan:

Use with medium heat
Do not allow liquids to boil dry
Make sure that your cooktop is level

NOTE: A slight convexity in the pan’s surface will not adversely affect the even heat distribution of the pan’s base or the pan’s overall performance.

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews
48 of 52 people found the following review helpful.
4Good, but not Great
By Graydon Blair
I bought this 12-inch pan after having seen a review on 'America's test kitchen' where they basically tested different sets of saute/omelette pans ranging from cheap to very expensive brands and they picked this one based on its performance. So far, it's performing as well as expected and It's so easy to clean. The red circle in the center of the pan tells you it's heated and ready for cooking. Overall satisfied.

However, what I did not expect was how easily the pan would lose its shape. I always wait until my pans have cooled to room temperature before washing them to avoid warping them. I was surprised that after just 3 months of use, this pan is no longer flat and circular. I expected the pan to be more durable than it has proven to be. The pan is still usable, but I have purchased Sugiyama Metal Wide Frypan for almost the same price. This wide pan has enough space to cook and lighter than T-fal one. T-fal is one of Japanese reliable brand, but some of their pan might be defective(?) as other reviewers mentioned.
420 of 490 people found the following review helpful.
5Non-Stick Bliss
By Steve Z
Boy, this is a hard pan to find! Since Amazon.com did not have this item in stock, I contacted T-Fal to see if it was still available and where I might buy it. Here's the reply that I got from T-Fal:

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We received your e-mail via T-falUSA.com, and we thank you for your interest in our products.

T-Fal products are available at many national retail stores. The T-Fal Professional Total Non stick cookware that has been reviewed in Cooks Illustrated and Consumer Report is currently available at Kohl's, Meijer and Shopko as well as their on-line retail web sites. You may also find this item through on line retailers such as amazon.com

Note: Our inventory levels have been low as a result of these reviews. However we do have shipments coming in regularly. With this in mind, retailers may be temporarily out of stock. If possible, you may want to consider per-ordering.

The T-Fal part numbers for this cookware will begin with either E938, E939 or E987.

The cookware has stainless steel base and can be used on all cook tops including an induction cook top

The cookware is available as either a 10 piece set or as individual fry pans in 8", 10.25" or 12.5" sizes.

Please be advised that some retailers may not use the T-Fal part numbers to identify this product but they will use its name. Additionally, we suggest contacting your local retailer for on hand inventory since each store determines their own inventory levels.

If you have additional questions, please call 1-800-395-8325 and provide the consumer service agent with reference number 110228-000256. Representatives are available from 8:30am to 5:30pm EST, Monday thru Friday.

Sincerely,
T-fal Consumer Service
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I ended up buying it from shopko.com since Amazon did not have it in stock. The item that I ordered (and received) is the exact part number that was reviewed by Cook's Illustrated.

All I can say is that Cook's was right. This pan has amazing non-stick properties. I've been using the pan for several months now on a daily basis (I'm on a carb-restricted diet, so I eat fried eggs for breakfast every morning) and the non-stick properties of this pan are simply amazing. No sticking. Clean-up is a breeze. I'm VERY satisfied with this pan and will not hesitate to purchase another when this one wears out (hey, nothing lasts forever).

UPDATE: I use this pan so much that I bought another one in June 2013.
321 of 381 people found the following review helpful.
4Ego blemishes an otherwise perfect product (uodated)
By A. W. Rouse
Update: bumped up to 4 Starr's from 3: the easy fix stayed for 15 months before I sold my pan to a buddy and bought a new one. The new 12" had the hump (about 1/16 inch tall). I put a star back because in practice very few items have a problem with cooking on the hump and though every indication is t-fal is backpeddling on trying to say it's on purpose that is obviously not true if it's not always. "We purposely make SOME of them domed". My 10" is perfectly flat.

As promised and only 4mo. after getting my new 12" I developed a new way to flatten the pan: one step and worked like a charm.

How'd I do it? Drove over it with my SUV. NOT KIDDING check out the photos.

I was trying to figure out a fool proof method somebody could copy using on-hand items.

Items:
➀ sawdust or kitty litter etc
➁ sheet of plywood about 18" square
➂ several "drive over boards" (3/4 plywood about the width of your car tire good)
➃ some bricks or 2x limber cut to size
➄ small pieces of plywood cut to size as needed

As the last photos show, clips from my movie, I put sawdust down in a circle under the pan, slightly concave in the middle

I put the 18" square of 1/2 plywood over the sawdust

I put the pan on that sheet

I assembled a ramp from bricks and plywood to get car tire over the lip of pan.

I put a square of 2x4 on top of a 4" square of 1/2" thick plywood to do the pressing.

I drove over using front wheel for more weight.

I stopped for a second or two centered on pan and drove off.

My dome dropped 58/1000 on one pass and the flat c-channel I used for flat reference shows nearly perfectly flat after and a test with some soapy water shows absolutely zero "moat" effect. 100% solved!

For whatever reason my 10" model was perfectly flat out he gate so no fix needed.

For naysayers that drank the t-fal koolaid: in addition to the problems of food like crepes and eggs being hard to cook: flat top stoves lose about 80% of their conductive heat transfer when only touching on the outer edges so it makes for uneven cooking which is my primary motivation for fixing my ONE AND ONLY EVER domed pan.

Original review:

As many have noted: the pan may actually be the holy grail of non stick but the ego stamped on the bottom makes for a mini mountain in the centre of the pan.

Wheat happens is that you will get a "moat" of oil around the center island of dry in the center of the pan. Nice if you want to make donut shaped crépes I suppose. Not super nice for anything else.

QC so "out of whack" for a top tier vendor like t-fal is inexcusable. Somebody should be fired literally.

Is it too much to ask that the flat bottom of a pan is flat without having to fix it yourself? Yeesh!

The good news: easy to fix. I've used the trick of standing in a pan on carpet to un-mound a dozen pans in then past, and a similar trick worked on this pan.

Then trick: the thick aluminum bottom was more robust than the pans I've fixed in the past so i used a slightly different method:

I formed a donut shape with a rolled up towel and set the pan on it, then I stepped inside and while standing on the ball of my foot I lunged up and down "hopping but keping foot On the ground".

I checked for flatness with a ruler both outside and inside until I was satisfied. In the end, two teaspoons of water with a tiny bit of dish soap to "wet" the surface spread edge to edge, no island. Also 1 1/2 tbsp. of oil once heated filled the bottom of the pan perfectly. (When cold it puddled in the center and stayed).

So, "A" for non stick, "D" for putting a hill in the center of every pan by stamping a logo in without the proper compensation in the blank or the very least a follow up stamp to make the pan flat and some friggin' quality control!

Ok, so after 1-2 minutes of hopping up and down, the hump in the middle went from nearly 1mm tall (about 1/4 the thickness of the metal to put that into perspective) down to about a 0.2mm dent in the bottom and darn near perfectly flat inside. (There are a couple areas maybe 0.1mm shallow inside, enough to take maybe 0.1 tsp of liquid but inconsequential. The fact the bottom still has a shallow when the top is flat means the stamping process (for the logo) is making the metal thinner in the center in addition to making the little hill.

Love the pan and can't wait to get some cooking done and a follow-up if the fix is relatively permanent.

I'll post pics when I get a chance.

-awr

update: so i got to try it out, and freakeshly non-stick; was so easy to cook crepes in this pan! especially with the thermo-dot. It turns color just a little too hot for perfect crepes but they were amazing and tasty; and just slid out of the pan!

I ended up having to re-level my stove before i could really test the flattened out fixed copy, but with only 2 tsp of oil to lightly oil the pan (probably not even remotely needed for these crepes), there were just random spots of oil; it doesn't want to adhere to the pan enough to make a coating.

I have a neat picture of 2 tsp of oil just sitting in a puddle in the dead-center of the pan while heating. I also was able to make an 'oil moat' just about 3/8" wide around the entire pan at one point, so there is still a little bit of a 'low spot' or perhaps just the fact there is a bend in the pan gives the oil something to grab onto.

Now if i can only get my wife to stop using metal instruments and get the pan to last a while.

considering it was 1/3 to 1/4 the price of a decent tri-ply pan the same size, this pan in spite of its hiccups is a home-run.

-awr

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