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★★★★★ A T-fal A821SA Initiatives Nonstick Inside review will not answer these 32 questions. Get the truth from people who own a T-fal A821SA Initiatives Nonstick Inside, including the fact that it won't...

This report about the T-fal A821SA Initiatives Nonstick Inside answers these questions

• Can these be used on a glass-top stove?
• Is the inside cooking surface ceramic? I've seen confusion that only the red outside is ceramic. (I want to know what material touches the food.)
• What are the sizes of these pans?
• Do these lids fit all the pans in the set?
• Is this set safe for glass top stoves?
• How do you clean the grease out of the grooves on the bottom of the cookware
• Does the lid from the 5 Qt. pot fit the largest pan? It seems there are only fry pans and not an actual skillet.
• We have the set of red. Does anyone else have the problem that the red come off on the gas cooktop?
• Can anyone tell me if you can use these on a glass flat top stove? Also are the bottoms flat or rounded that seems to be an issue on tlat top stoves.
• Have these pots ever been known for the inside to peel off?
• Is the large frying pan with a lid really a 10" or is it a 12"? Another site has what appears to be the same set, but describes it as a 12" with a lid
• How do they hold up in the dishwasher? Bought a red set (different brand) & after the dishwasher, they are now faded & streaked. Will these do that?
• Do the lids for the Pots fit the pans?
• Can you spray Pam Spray on T-fal pans
• Ok, This may seem like a dumb question, LOL, but how the heck do you use that little steamer??? does it just sit inside the pan with a little water?
• Do the lids fit the frying pans to?
• Can you use metal utensils
• Do they use DuPont teflon?
• Is the bottom smooth to use on cooktop?
• Can I store them inside each other without them scratching each other?
• I saw one of the answered questions about how non stick spray like PAM would ruin cookware. I have never heard of this. Why would that ruin a pan?
• Is there copper on this cookware?
• Are the lids clear? Does the Dutch oven lid fit either frying pan?
• Do the pots work well on a ceramic electric stove top?
• It is okay to use with flat top stove surface
• To those of you that didn't like the quality. What brand would you recommend? Can you give a link???
• Do they work on glass top range
• Do the glass lids fit on the pans as well as the pots?
• This set does not indicate it has the Thermo-Spot-Heat Indicator as all the other sets do. Does it have that and is it even a necessary thingto have.
• Can you use pans and lids in an electric oven
• Is this item new? or used?
• Are they ok for glass top stove.



QUESTION: CAN THESE BE USED ON A GLASS-TOP STOVE?
I do not have a glass top stove so I can't really say from my own personal experience. I did however google this question for you and I found many answers stating that you could indeed use these on glass top stoves. In fact, this question has been asked on Walmarts site in reference to this set and some on there have stated that they use thiers on a glass top stove with no problems.
Yes you can use these on glass-top stove. I purchased these for my daughter and she has a glass cooktop and doesn't seem to have any problems using this cookware.
Yes. We have a glass top stove and have had good luck with this set. We've been using it since Christmas and have had no negative issues with it as of yet. No regrets.
Yes you can use this on a glass top stove! I have had a glass top stove for a long time & cook everyday with these wonderful pans. This T-fal set is a great set. They cook even & easy to cleanup. I wouldn't cook with anything else.
Sure. The pans are very light. Even is one was dropped - it would be hard to break glass unless the pan is really heavy due to its content. Please note: these are not high-quality pans - but for my use - cheap and great for quick use.
I don't see why not. Then can't be put in the oven of course because of the handles if they can be used with gas why not electric glass tops. I absolutely love mine
I dont have a glass top stove, and I dont remember reading about that specifically in the manual. Sorry :(
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QUESTION: IS THE INSIDE COOKING SURFACE CERAMIC? I'VE SEEN CONFUSION THAT ONLY THE RED OUTSIDE IS CERAMIC. (I WANT TO KNOW WHAT MATERIAL TOUCHES THE FOOD.)
The inside cooking is a Teflon surface (traditional non-stick style) We've had them for over a year and they're still SUPER easy to clean (even with some real stuck food!) They've cooked things nice and even too.
The inside is Teflon. We are very happy with our set
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QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE SIZES OF THESE PANS?
*8" saute pan *9.5" saute pan *11" saute pan *1-qt saucepan with cover *2-qt saucepan with cover *5-qt Dutch oven with cover *Vegetable steamer
frying pans 7 1/2", 10" pots 6", 8", 8 1/2", 10"
The set consists of a 8 inch saute pan, a 9.5 inch saute pan, a 11 inch saute pan, a 1-quart saucepan with lid, a 2-quart saucepan with lid.
The set consists of a 8 inch saute pan, a 9.5 inch saute pan, a 11 inch saute pan, a 1-quart saucepan with lid, a 2-quart saucepan with lid.
*8" saute pan *9.5" saute pan *11" saute pan *1-qt saucepan with cover *2-qt saucepan with cover *5-qt Dutch oven with cover *Vegetable steamer
The sizes of these pans the frying pans are 7 in. and 10 in. The pots are 1 quart sauce pan with lid, 2 quart sauce pan with lid and a 3 quart sauce pan with lid, you also get a vegetable strainer. I bought 2 sets one for me and someone in my family, they are worth the money be sure not to use any utensils that are metal or the pans will scratch.
The sizes of these pans the frying pans are 7 in. and 10 in. The pots are 1 quart sauce pan with lid, 2 quart sauce pan with lid and a 3 quart sauce pan with lid, you also get a vegetable strainer. I bought 2 sets one for me and someone in my family, they are worth the money be sure not to use any utensils that are metal or the pans will scratch.
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QUESTION: DO THESE LIDS FIT ALL THE PANS IN THE SET?
No, the sauce pan lids do not fit the frying pans and the Dutch Oven lid doesn't fit the biggest pan. I haven't been able to find any kind that do.
No unfortunately they dont
Yes
Did you read all comments? DO NOT buy these pans! I have to tighten the screws on the handles weekly... and the small pan has a residue I can't scrub off completely... BAAAAD CHOICE
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QUESTION: IS THIS SET SAFE FOR GLASS TOP STOVES?
This particular brad of T-fal I do not believe is safe for glass top stoves because the bottoms are not smooth. The bottoms have circular ridges that I think would scratch the surface of the glass top.
Hi -- I have a GE Radiant range, which I always have thought of as a glass top stove. [I pulled the manual on it, and it talks about not using the stove top "if the glass is broken", so I feel certain it's the type of surface you're asking about.] I LOVE this set of pans, practically no clean up, even heating and I love the lids. I really think you'll be pleased with them. Let me know if you have other questions. Best regards.
I got this set for my daughter and she uses it on her glass top stove. No issues. She loves this cookware.
I don't have a glass top, but it should be okay. The bottom of the pans are flat and conduct heat quite well on my gas stove. They should actually be perfect for glass.
actually i bought it for my daughter for christmas. she has a glass top stove and loves them..
Yes, I use mine on a glass top stove.
as far as i know...i have a glass top and i use it!...so far no problems. i am not sure about cast iron. would like to know about that. but tfal seems ok. jeg
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QUESTION: HOW DO YOU CLEAN THE GREASE OUT OF THE GROOVES ON THE BOTTOM OF THE COOKWARE
Are you putting these in the dishwasher? I don't have this problem as I wash all my dishes by hand(no dishwasher).
Magic erasers are awesome for it !
la's totally awesome cleaner is a great grease cutter, non-abrasive and chemical free. You can buy it here at amazon or if you have a Dollar General around it's cheaper.
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QUESTION: DOES THE LID FROM THE 5 QT. POT FIT THE LARGEST PAN? IT SEEMS THERE ARE ONLY FRY PANS AND NOT AN ACTUAL SKILLET.
No! There doesn't seem to be a lid to fit the largest skillet/fry pan. Kind of disappointing, but I didn't read carefully! Shame on me, the consumer.
The lids are interchangeable. I would NOT buy these again! The handles loosen easily, and I have to tighten the screws at least once a week!
None fit being that all the pots are deformed.
I bought mine from Walmart and found the 18 piece lids are interchangeable. I wouldn't buy it online due to many people getting the wrong brand as a result. These pots and pans are very nice and I haven't had any problems with the handles or warping with my set. I can't imagine why they would warp unless they are being cooked with heat over medium setting which is said on the instructions low to medium is the highest you can cook with.
No, it don't fit, I haven't found a set of any kind of pans and skillet combination that the lids fit both the pans and the fry pans. Sucks too.
Yes sir the lid does fit & I have to say this is the best set of cookware I have ever owned
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QUESTION: WE HAVE THE SET OF RED. DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE THE PROBLEM THAT THE RED COME OFF ON THE GAS COOKTOP?
I have black/electric stove/no problem w/color transferring. Look just as nice as the day they arrived.
NO. I use these daily and have had no issues with the coating coming off. The only issue that I have with these starter pans is that the handles have to be tightened regularly .
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QUESTION: CAN ANYONE TELL ME IF YOU CAN USE THESE ON A GLASS FLAT TOP STOVE? ALSO ARE THE BOTTOMS FLAT OR ROUNDED THAT SEEMS TO BE AN ISSUE ON TLAT TOP STOVES.
From my understanding, this product is produced in Norway and the company has lineage to Vikings. According to wikipedia, Viking's hate glass which is why they wore the horns, so they can smash through it. Also, everything is oval in Norway, instead of round-abouts they use sphere-abouts. I hope this helps.
I have a set of these and a glass top stove. I don't have a problem with them at all.
This cookware has flat bottoms and are made of aluminum which is one of the materials ideal for glass flat top stoves. Hope this helps.
Yes to both. I use them on my glass surface range and their bottoms are flat.
I bought these because after buying my first flat top stove, I realized my old pots/pans were warped. These pans have a metal base but do not seem to be scratching the stove. The bottoms ARE flat, grilled cheese sandwiches cook evenly. I can even boil water!! (If you've never tried to boil water in a warped pot on a flat cooktop stove, you may not get that humor!!)
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QUESTION: HAVE THESE POTS EVER BEEN KNOWN FOR THE INSIDE TO PEEL OFF?
Yes I have had that happen with one set before but the wrong utensils were used to many times.but I still would buy them.
I've used T-fal for years and they never peeled. This set is very nice. I hand wash all mine and they last years.
I have never had a problem with mine. They cook well and wash easily.
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QUESTION: IS THE LARGE FRYING PAN WITH A LID REALLY A 10" OR IS IT A 12"? ANOTHER SITE HAS WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE SAME SET, BUT DESCRIBES IT AS A 12" WITH A LID
It's actually 10 1/2" which is considered a 10"
Hello: To answer your question I measured the inside diameter of the largest frying skillet that comes with this set an it measures 10.75 inches or 10 @ 3/4 inches. Hopes this helps have a great day.
10'
The set I bought was actually the 10 piece set: T-fal A821SA94 Initiatives Nonstick Inside and Out Dishwasher Safe 10-Piece Cookware Set, Charcoal. I believed I was leaving feed back for that set and not the T-fal A777SI64 Initiatives... 18 piece set. I don't know that they are much different except for the amount of pots, pans & utensils but to answer your question... the large frying pan I received was 10 3/4 inches on the outside diameter and did not come with a lid.
When my set arrived there are only three lids one for the large pot,medium sauce pan and one that fits the small skillet an small sauce pan. The set I have did not come with a lid that fits the large frying pan.
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QUESTION: HOW DO THEY HOLD UP IN THE DISHWASHER? BOUGHT A RED SET (DIFFERENT BRAND) & AFTER THE DISHWASHER, THEY ARE NOW FADED & STREAKED. WILL THESE DO THAT?
I've only used a few of the pots/skillet several times, but I have had no fading or material decomposition up to this point. So far this set has held up really well.
Not at all, They still look new after 3 months.
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QUESTION: DO THE LIDS FOR THE POTS FIT THE PANS?
No they do not. That's the only down fall. Other wise I love them. They are lightweight and well made.
if you are referring to the frying pans NO
I'm sorry, I just tried all the lids and that one person was right about one pan and lid. The big soup lid fits the medium fry pan. There's a small, medium and large fry pan.
The same lid fit the medium sauce pan also fit the small skillet. The large pot and medium skillet lid fit just fine. I think the trick is to rotate the lid until it fit snugly on the pot while cooking.The large skillet in my set does not have a lid that fit. The set is great for the price after all nothing is perfect.
no, lids for the pots are smaller than pans. It is a bit of a disappointment.
yes, the fry pan and the big pot use the same lid (sorry the sizes are not in front of me) I am extremely happy with this set !
Lids were fine, but the overall its average product. All the handles are loose with in no time. Not worth the money for a regular cooking.
Handles were a perfect fit.
yes
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QUESTION: CAN YOU SPRAY PAM SPRAY ON T-FAL PANS
I frequently use cooking spray in my T-fal pans and have never had any problems.
I've never needed to do so, but my wife has done so without any difficulty. I hope this helps.
I gave it to a friend not sure sorry
I've never had a problem with them and using Pam
Yes, any pan likes Pam especially T-Fal :o)
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QUESTION: OK, THIS MAY SEEM LIKE A DUMB QUESTION, LOL, BUT HOW THE HECK DO YOU USE THAT LITTLE STEAMER??? DOES IT JUST SIT INSIDE THE PAN WITH A LITTLE WATER?
Not a dumb question at all. Yes, you do use it with a little water and when you are ready to grab the metal circle to take the steamer out of the pot please becareful and use a fork or something that will hold in place, it will slowly expand all the way out. I use it for my vegetable and pasta dishes.
I don't use it but yes, you are right - you fill the pan with a half an inch of water, then put the steamer inside, it has 3 metal legs about 3/4 of an inch long so it doesn't touch the bottom of the pan. Put the veggies in the steamer and boil the water.
http://youtu.be/gLeAvmEJCqE Here is a YouTube video that mite help with how to use a fold out steamer. Happy Cooking
Yes...that's what you do, except are you really going to use that antique steamer with metal feet in your new pots---that you should never use anything metal in/on? Hmmm.
yes, fits good inside the pan and have good capacity with vegetables
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QUESTION: DO THE LIDS FIT THE FRYING PANS TO?
Yes I just checked for you and yes they do i never thought to do this thanks for asking the pans are great I really like them
yes.
No, but the very large skillet with 2 handles has a lid but not the smaller ones. The sauce pan lids do not fit the frying pans.
yes they fit, but the set is not the best quality.
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QUESTION: CAN YOU USE METAL UTENSILS
No! You will need to use teflon coated utensils because these pans will scratch very easily. The teflon coating on these pans are very thin, not like older models where the coating was thick.
No, not unless you're very, very careful. My wife and kids have ruined a few of these by using metal utensils.
I have never used metal utensils, so I really can't answer that question.
I wouldn't. I use the nylon utensils that came with the set and a pair of silicone tongs that I already had... I've been using my set about six months now, taking proper care, no pam, hand wash, towel dry to prevent water spots, seasoning.. and the insides still look brand spanking new, there are some nicks in the outside paint coat, which isn't so great.... but each piece is still doing a great job with food prep and minimizing cleanup and the use of cooking fats. I especially love the over sized pan with the lid and the double handles! It's my go to pan for doing my stews!
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QUESTION: DO THEY USE DUPONT TEFLON?
No its not teflon. i forgot what they use but it works so good and does not peel off. It cooks everything wonderful and evenly.
No. It's a "Silverstone" material. Don't know if that's the official term.
I do not recall but whatever it is , it is very good stuff.You do not have to use a very high temp either
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QUESTION: IS THE BOTTOM SMOOTH TO USE ON COOKTOP?
I use it on a electric cooktop stove and have no problems. Works great.
Hi - it would appear so....this is the description I have. Nonstick interior and exterior for easy cooking and easy clean up New Ergonomically designed stay-cool handles Aluminum construction, venting tempered glass lids Even heat base; delivers even heat distribution for reliable cooking results Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging Nonstick interior and exterior for easy cooking and easy clean up New Ergonomically designed stay-cool handles Aluminum construction, venting tempered glass lids Even heat base; delivers even heat distribution for reliable cooking results Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging Hope that helps you! LouJay
It has slight ridges ,almost like the grooves on record. Seems ok to use on electric stove as well
no, tends to grab due to design
sorry I bought this set for a gift.....did not open
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QUESTION: CAN I STORE THEM INSIDE EACH OTHER WITHOUT THEM SCRATCHING EACH OTHER?
I do
They don't really fit in each other
it's best to store them seperately, as even the best nonstick cookware can scratch. a hanging pot rack is good to store them, or you can buy inexpensive large size paper plates and use them between the pans if you stack them.
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QUESTION: I SAW ONE OF THE ANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW NON STICK SPRAY LIKE PAM WOULD RUIN COOKWARE. I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THIS. WHY WOULD THAT RUIN A PAN?
Nonstick sprays contain a mixture of what basically amounts to oil and water, which do not mix. In order to suspend these items within the container, products like PAM use an emulsifying agent like lecithin. The lecithin is what reacts with the nonstick surface and it does ruin it after a time. I get around this by putting olive oil in a spray bottle. Hope this helps!
Hi, Allen - I see you got your answer, but I wanted to add that there is a convenient commercial alternative available. I started using high-temp cooking spray early this year (due to the problems with PAM), rated for use on BBQ grills. It's been fantastic, and no residue. I now use it in place of PAM for regular cooking, too. Best of luck!
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QUESTION: IS THERE COPPER ON THIS COOKWARE?
No copper.
No. Assuming you are asking about the outside bottom, it is silver in color w/ some grooves (not a smooth bottom). Hope that helps
There's a center piece on the bottom of the cookware. However, it doesn't appear to be copper but I couldn't be 100% sure that it's not.
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QUESTION: ARE THE LIDS CLEAR? DOES THE DUTCH OVEN LID FIT EITHER FRYING PAN?
Sorry, I sent this set to our daughter and didn't see them at all.
Me again. I just looked at the question & answer section for this product. See Aug 2014, answer about the lids. No they don't fit.
The lids are clear and do not fit the frying pan.
The lids are clear & I do believe the lid fits the fryer. I purchased them for my daughter.
Lids are clear. The large frying pan does not come with a lid. I have a lid that fits from a previous set.
no or at least I have not tried it so im thinking due to the size difference no. I have only used the lid once due to what I was using it for. but I love this set of cookware it is awesome to cook in and clean up afterwards is a breeze. no matter what you fix in it. tks
The kids are clear. Yes it fits the small pan
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QUESTION: DO THE POTS WORK WELL ON A CERAMIC ELECTRIC STOVE TOP?
Personally, I feel that they work best on a ceramic electric stove top because both the stove and pots have a smooth texture and the pots won't scrape the ceramic either.
I have been using mine for about two weeks on my electric stove and they have been working great.
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QUESTION: IT IS OKAY TO USE WITH FLAT TOP STOVE SURFACE
My son and his fiance use it regularly on a flat top surface without any trouble or concerns.
I don't think so.... it looks like it is scratching the top of our surface off.... we have to be very careful putting it on and making sure we don't slide the pan around when stirring it or moving it to a cool burner.... they heat up fast which is good, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it on a flat surface stove.
Yes, just don't keep dragging it across the stove top surface. Lift the cookware straight up. I think this applies to any cookware used on a flat top stove.
Yes,will not do anything to it.
We purchase this set last year, and love it. My wife use it everyday very satified with it. Great value and Price!
I have a gas stove, so I don't have any knowledge of anything else.
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QUESTION: TO THOSE OF YOU THAT DIDN'T LIKE THE QUALITY. WHAT BRAND WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? CAN YOU GIVE A LINK???
This is a beginner's set. T DSL is an excellent brand, but pay more and their are heavier. If you are giving a gift, go to Costco and get Circulon
i would still recommend this brand, very satisfied with this brand.
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QUESTION: DO THEY WORK ON GLASS TOP RANGE
Yes, they work well. I have a glass top range and they heat up evenly and clean up is easy! Its a nice product...
I would say yes, but afraid they may scratch it. The bottoms aren't smooth
That I don't know because I only cook on gas.
I can't answer that I have a gas stove. But the way the bottom of the pans are made they may scratch the glass.
Product documentation states: t-fal cookware is compatible with gas, spiral or solid electric, ceramic( radiant) and halogen rangetops. Products are suitable for use on all types of rangetops including induction. I hope this helps.
I don't know. I have a gas cooktop.
Yes they are wonderful!!!
That is what I am using them on. So yes. They are flat and work great. I had a lid missing and one of the handles on a pan is loose.
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QUESTION: DO THE GLASS LIDS FIT ON THE PANS AS WELL AS THE POTS?
Yes they do, the only problem is that the handles come loose on the pans and I have to keep tightening then
yes-thanks I am very pleased with the item
Yes they do.
The large frying pan does not have a lid that fits. But I had one already that fit it.
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QUESTION: THIS SET DOES NOT INDICATE IT HAS THE THERMO-SPOT-HEAT INDICATOR AS ALL THE OTHER SETS DO. DOES IT HAVE THAT AND IS IT EVEN A NECESSARY THINGTO HAVE.
I don't see one or see the need for one. I am very happy with my new pans.
This set does a great job of cooking without the heat indicator. I don't think it's necessary with this cookware, because they are lighter in weight, and takes shorter time to heat up.
Hi. It doesn't have one. But even without it. It's great.
I don't really think you need that thermol spot. I use my T-fal set without the thermal spot and it cooks just fine. I never overheat my pans, ever.
It does not have the thermo spot heat indicator. I have a pan with it & I don't feel that it is any better than the other T-fal pans. But I love thus set.
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QUESTION: CAN YOU USE PANS AND LIDS IN AN ELECTRIC OVEN
Yes you can
Yes
I don't know why people are saying no! Yes you can, yes I do. They are safe up to 350°f in an electric oven. I bake casserole in the big pot for ~30 minutes at 325°f, with the lid on.
No, you can't use the pans in an electric ovens.
No
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QUESTION: IS THIS ITEM NEW? OR USED?
The item we got was brand new. We love it!
New, and wrapped/packed "in box", most assuredly. This is NOT the top shelf of T-Fal you may be used to however. Expect to get what you pay for on this and nothing more.
New!
is it me or is this kind of a stupid question? If you buy it listed as new, then it is new, and if you buy it as used, then it was either damaged in some way, either just the box or some kind of wear, or it has been used/opened/returned. Why would you buy something listed as new and expect used?? and the same goes the other way, why you you buy it as used and expect that it is going to be brand new with no defects in anything? Seems kinda obvious to me, after all, it is not like this is an auction.
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QUESTION: ARE THEY OK FOR GLASS TOP STOVE.
Yes they are. I haven't had any problems with my pots so far. They look like knew and I cook every day 3 times a day. Definitely worth every penny. ;)
We have a glass top and they work just fine.
Yes. I am using them on my ceramic top stove. And they are very easy to clean.
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QUESTION: WHAT IS THE AMAZON ASIN NUMBER FOR THIS PRODUCT?
The ASIN is B000063YA3

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