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Fissler Cookware is one of the best german cookware brand around. They are most well known for their pressure cooker. From the build quality to the finish, they are unrivaled in that category. However, they also make some pretty popular pots and pans. Perhaps what is most famous about them is the cookstar base. Compare to other disc base cookware, theirs are pressure welded and encapsulated. This design tries to eliminate the heating issue that plague many of these type of cookware. However, does this really work what about compare to fully cladded cookware? This review will take a closer look at the design and see how it works.
Fissler Cookware Set Review Quick Summary
|Categories||Fissler original profi-collection|
|Compatibility||Gas, Electric, Glass, Induction, Ceramic, Halogen|
|Colors||Stainless Steel 18/10|
|Country of Manufacturer||Germany|
|Thoughts||As a Disc Bottom Cookware, they are the best. Their cookstar base is one of the best in the industry. However, I still believe that fully cladded cookware are a better design. Handles could be a little better designed also.|
|Reviewed Cookware||Fissler original profi-collection Stainless Steel Cooking-Pot-Set, Compatible Stovetops: Induction, Gas, Electric, with Metal-Lid, 8-Piece,|
History of Fissler
Fissler was founded in 1845 by Carl Fissler. They initially manufactured field kitchen which are mobile kitchen. It wasnt until the 1920 that they started to expands into pots and pans. They continued to innovate and eventually manufactured first multilevel pressure cooker. They have since won many awards and did some news worthy thing such as making the most expensive pot at £100,000. Which was encrusted with Golds and Diamonds. Thanks to this, they are considered to be one of the premier German cookware brand.
Fissler Cookware Desgin
This section will discuss the design and construction of Fissler original profi-collection. We will go over handle, shape and general construction.
The handle on fissler cookware is acceptable. The best thing about it is that its wide for you to get a good grip. However, it is thin and cause a lot of discomfort. When you carry large quantity of food, it can dig into your hand. They could remedy this just by making it a little beefier.
The good thing about this is that it has no rivets on it. They are spot welded to give it that flush look. This makes it easier to clean. However, I question the general durability of this design. I have a lot of spot welded things that eventually fail.
On their skillet, the handle is pretty simple to say the least. It is very industrial like its design and lack any curvature for ergonomic. The angle of it is pretty good though, slighty raised so that you can maneuver it easily.
Construction wise, they look to be made of stainless steel. They should stay relatively cool on the stove top. However, if you put it in the oven, you should wear a glove when handling it. It can still get hot.
The shape of the skillet isnt that great either. It resembles more of a saute pan than an actual skillet. While there is a place for a saute pan, they should have a more low flaring side pan for their cookware set. Low Flaring pans promotes evaporation and in general are easier to cook it. You can reach in from the side a lot easier.
Their pots are straight sided and generally good. They have markings on the inside to tell you the quart. However, in my experience, those are rarely used but a nice feature to have.
On all of their cookware, they have a rolled lip for easy pouring.
The lid is a interesting design called Condensate-Plus-Functions. They concave the center of the lid so that when steam condense on the lid, it will pool in the center. Eventually, it will collect a large enough amount to drop back down. Staub has a similar design that they call Chisera Droplet. My opinion is that these things are mostly useless and more of a gimmick than anything else.
Cookstar Base For All Hobs
At its core, Fissler cookware is a disc base cookware. These are older design of cookware designed to improve the heat retention of the cookware. Issues with this design is that it provides uneven heat. Not so much at the base, but rather at the side. Since there is a difference in thickness, the sides will tend to heat up quicker than the base. Its not really a good design if you plan on making sauces. However, for searing meats, they are great. Their design is more tight than other manufacturer and better in terms of encapsulating the side. However, the uneven thickness issue is still there.
Another reason why a lot of manufacturer add a disc to the base is because of compatibility. Induction for example needs a ferrous metal for it to work. It needs to have a strong enough magnetic pull for it to work. Since a lot of cookware these day uses mostly aluminum, they are not compatible. To get around this, manufacturer will slap on a magnetic stainless steel base. This will make it compatible for all sort of cookware. They call it future proofing, which basically means that it will work for all type of cookware hobs. Just in case if you move to a different type of stove top.
Now if you compare this to a fully cladded cookware. The thickness of the base is uniform all the way to the rim. It might get stretched out a little in the center, but for the most part its even. These design are much better overall. They are also less likely to delaminate like a lot of Disc Bottom Cookware. The only issue is that they require a premium in price. But then again, Fissler is also ask for a premium.
Fissler Cookware Set Review Thoughts
Overall, they are a ok set of cookware. While they are one of the best disc bottom cookware, I personally will stick with fully cladded cookware. Their pressure cooker on the other hand is still the best. I highly recommend those if you dont have one. They reach the highest temperature of a lot of cookers out there.
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