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Green Life Cookware set is another line of green ceramic cookware. While it seems like every manufacturer claims to be green, the question is what makes it green? Well, the only green thing is how they manufacturer the nonstick coating. Namely, the PFOA chemical that they use. In the past, they would use that chemical to improve the durability of the coating. But since it got out that its a environmental pollutant, there was a move away from it. Since ceramic based cookware uses no PFOA, it is considered to be green and healthy. Regardless, whether green is actually good for the cookware is another thing. This review will take a closer look at the design and features of this cookware set.
Green Life Cookware Set (Soft Grip) Quick Summary
|Categories||Pioneer Woman Cookware Set|
|Compatibility||Gas, Electric, Halogen, Glass Top|
|Colors||Range of Colors|
|Country of Manufacturer||Cant find information probably China.|
|Thoughts||A great value ceramic based cookware. The biggest issue, as with all other ceramic is the durability. They will last maybe a year before replacement. The good thing is that its really affordable, so it wont really break your bank. This is the way to go if you want a ceramic based cookware.|
|Reviewed Cookware||GreenLife Soft Grip 16pc Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware Set, Black – CC001021-001|
History of Green Life
Honestly, I could not find anything about this company. There was a short blurb on their website, but that told me much of nothing. In fact, one might assume that green pan and green life is the same company. The difference is that green pan actually has a listed founder. Where as green life is a company that has no founder. This makes me wonder if its just some guy importing a product under the name green life. The price of the cookware is certainly cheaper.
Green Life Cookware Set (Soft Grip) Design
This section will discuss the design and construction of Green Life cookware set. We will go over handle, shape and overall performacne.
There are various differnt handle design on the green life pan. The soft grip version has a metal handle with a silicone wrapping. This silicone wrapping makes it soft and grippy to the touch. It also does not get hot on the stove top. In your hand, it feels comfortable. However, the issue with these handle is that it has a lower oven safe temperature. On this set the oven safe temperature is only 350 degree Fahrenheit. Metal handles on the other hand get very hot. But they also tend to have a much higher oven safe temperature.
Looking at the handle, it does not seem very well made. There is simply a small wrapping and looks like it will break with heavy use. The taper is also really weird. Generally for a ergonomic grip, you want a handle that tapers inward. This tapers outward, making for an awkward grip.
The shape of the cookware is very generic but also functional. The skillets are more rounded in the interior than other pans. But this also makes it easier to stir things. However, the base is also quite narrow, this makes it difficult to sear food properly. The overly tall sidewall also means that steam will condense.
For the pots, they are more wide than tall. This means that you can space food out when searing. This reduces overall cooking time and prevent it from steaming. What is interesting is that they included a windsor pan. Very few if any manufacturer offer those type of pan these day. The windsor pan is the one that has sharp sloping side. It helps reduce liquid faster due to its surface area. Quite nice actually.
The lids is a glass lid. These are great for looking at your food initially. But once they start steaming, you cant really look in. Not only that, they can be susceptible to thermal shock. If you put a hot lid in cold water, it can shatter. This issue is not there with metal lids. But it seems like consumers preferred the glass lids. Interesting enough, there is no vent holes on the lids.
The soft grip cookware set comes with a whopping 16 piece. But you have to consider that the lids and the utensils count as individual pieces. While that does detract from the overall value, all manufacturer are guilty of this.
In terms of quality, the utensils are junk. That is not to say it wont work, but they look and feel like dollar store junk. I personally would preferred a better quality pan. With that being said, you still get a lot of cookware for the price. Even with the junk utensils.
Ceramic Nonstick Coating and Durability
While Ceramic cookware are all the craze these days. They are not really good in terms of durability. The main issue that is has is that it is not dutcile. When the metal expand and contracts, overtime, this will lead to cracks and tears in the ceramic coating. This will reduce the overall efficiency of the coating and eventually it will stick like a normal pan. It is quite common for ceramic cookware to only last a few use before it starts to wear out.
There are some ways you can extend the life of it. First is to never use a metal utensils. Those will just exacerbate the tears. The second is to use low to medium heat.
The reviews on amazon has some user complaining about the coating and it is valid. So the best strategy that you can use is to go as cheap as possible. Once the coating goes, toss the pan. You can fight for a warranty, but you also have to pay for shipping on a chance of it being honored. It is best to just buy cheap and replace it when it goes.
Green Life Cookware Set Thoughts
The set is mediocore. If you want a nonstick cookware, a standard teflon coating would be better. However, if you want a green alternative, then green life is good for you. The soft grip is so affordable, you do not have to worry about it breaking. Replacing it would not cost that much at all. And at the end of the day, those make for the best ceramic cookware. How affordable it is.
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