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This is a pretty pot that cleans up beautifully. These ceramic lined aluminum pots and pans clean great until the very day that they don't, and there doesn't seem to be any way to predict how long they'll last. My record is 4 years of every day use. Short record is three months. Don't use the dishwasher. Don't use the scrubby side of the sponge.
I love the look of these! But the handles are a bit wobbly, and steam shoots out of the handle on the lid! Burnt hands! You also need to use silicone covers for the pot, because they are extremely hot when in use!
This pan looks so cute. Although it is so expensive, I still decided to buy it for its cute look. But the quality is quite disappointing. The handle becomes super hot very quickly. I definitely do NOT recommend buying it. I will not buy again.
yes its pink and its cute and i love it but its really not 5 pieces.. i mean technically i guess if u count the lids which is what they did. but in actuallity its only a 3 piece so only for that reason is why i gave 3 stars
3.0 out of 5 starsVery attractive, but it needs care in use.
Reviewed in the United States on 3 October 2014
This is a gorgeous little casserole with a lot going for it. It's small enough to cook for one or two. Being aluminum, it heats up (and cools down) a lot faster than an enamled iron casserole, and heat distribution is more even than a steel pan. It has a built in steam vent in the lid that allows it to vent without building up pressure. It's much lighter than an iron casserole. (I'm calling it a casserole, even though the maker calls it a stockpot as it's far too small to be of any use in making stocks.) But it has its share of shortcomings, too.
The all-aluminum construction means that the handles heat up as quickly as the rest of the pot. You get a set of color-matched silicone rubber grips included with this pot, but if your kitchen is like mine, you're not going to go searching through a drawer full of kitchen accessories when you need to move it off the fire. The vent in the handle seems like a great idea, but it also means you can get a nasty burn from the steam escaping when making a pot of pasta or oatmeal. You can't use it in the oven, thanks to the synthetic grip on the lid. The instructions warn against using metal implements in it. It's fine for light duty use- heating soup, steaming vegetables, that sort of thing- but you can't brown meat or vegetables in it to make stock and I would be cautious about using very high heat on the range.
And it's not cheap. For the same price, you can get an enameled cast-iron Dutch oven from Lodge that will probably outlast this pot, that you won't have to baby, and which can do double duty on the range or in the oven. Good cast iron ware can outlast the owner; I have Lodge cast iron ware I've owned for almost 40 years. So high points for attractiveness, but I think this is one piece of kitchenware I'll reserve for serving rather than for cooking.
Addendum: Since writing this review I've found that this pot is good for making my morning steel-cut oatmeal. Unlike the steel saucepan I've been using, the oatmeal doesn't stick, and since there are no hot spots, burning isn't a problem. It's good for low temperature braising of vegetables, too. For that reason I've decided to give it another star, but my cautions about the handles, the steam vent, and price still apply.
Six week followup: I've been using this little pot more and more, for everything from my morning oatmeal to soups, vegetables, stews... anything that can be made in a pot. The fast and even heating is a big plus over the stainless steel pan I've been using. I was tempted to give it another star, except for one thing: The coating inside is starting to show signs of flaking off. It's still just a dozen pinhead-sized flakes, but that's not something I expected to see so soon, especially as I only use plastic, wood, and silicone implements in this pot. I have on a few occasions used a porcelain spoon, which is hard, but it doesn't have any sharp edges- it's very smooth over all. I'll be monitoring this over the coming months, and if it gets worse, I'll make note of it here.
Three month followup: It continues to shed flakes of the non-stick coating, even though I'm very careful to use only wooden or plastic spoons and silicone rubber spatulas. I still like to cook in it, but my feeling is that given the asking price, the coating is just too delicate. If I were to spend seventy bucks on a pot I'd expect it to last for decades. For that reason I took off the fourth star I'd added.