Michelangelo Cookware Set, are they any good? Michelangelo started their company in 1931, they use to known as Michelin and was one of the biggest manufacturer in Europe. They specialized in cutlery but has since moved on to different product. Their current product, the Michelangelo Copper Pots and Pan set is one of Amazon best seller. However, is their product any good? There has been many similar product such as the copper chef. They both have a “Copper” non stick finish. This review will take a closer look at its design and function. We will see what they did right and what they did wrong.
Michelangelo Copper Pot and Pan Cookware Set Quick Summary
|Categories||Michelangelo Copper Pot and Pan Cookware Set 12 Piece|
|Compatibility||Gas, Electric, Halogen, Glass Top, Induction|
|Colors||Black and Copper Interior|
|Oven Temperature||400 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Brand Awareness||Europe and America|
|Country of Manufacturer||Unclear Probably China|
|Thoughts||Nonstick cookware with induction capability. The overall design and construction is good. However, the ceramic nonstick coating in general are known to be issue. Like all ceramic cookware, expect to replace it with 1 or 2 years. Unless you baby it. The price makes up for this issue though.|
|Reviewed Cookware||Michelangelo 12 Piece Copper Cookware Set|
Is it really copper?
No, its just a color for them. The reason why manufacturer uses the fake copper color is because copper is one of the best conductor of heat. However, it is also one of the most expensive to manufacturer. You will typically only find them in high end french restraunt. For that reason, manufacturer like copper chef will utilize that name to their benefit. It seems like Michelangelo Cookware has followed suit. Just be aware that its not really copper.
Michelangelo Copper Pot and Pan Cookware Set Design
This section will take a closer look at its design and features. We will see how the handle is designed, their shape and performance.
The handle on Michelangelo Copper Pot Set is an all metal stainless steel construction. On the stove top, it will stay cool to the touch so a glove is not needed. Not only that, a metal construction allows a higher oven safe temperature of 450 degree fahreneight. Usually silcione covered handle only have a max oven safe temperature of around 400 and lower.
The shape also tapers inward allowing for a comfortable and ergonomic grip. However, this handle is not without fault. Due to the round shape of the handle, it has a predisposition to slip. If your hand is greasy and you turn the pan, it will rotate. That is the major issue with their handle. A texture or a slightly more flat shape would actually make this a better design.
The shape of their skillet resembles that of a traditional french skillet. However, what sets them apart from other manufacturer is that their sidewall is a lot lower. Usually with these type of skillet, the sidewalls are overly high. This makes liquid evaporation slower. It also makes it difficult to slide a spatula underneath food. You have to rely on flipping food with your wrist, which not a lot of cooks can do.
The corner is also really well done. There is a smooth gradient from the bottom to the top. Some skillets has a really sharp corner causing food to get stuck. What it does lack is a rolled lip. Odd enough, only some of their pots have a rolled lip and others do not. No rolled lip makes pouring liquid difficult. Their sauce pot which actually would benefit the most from that lip is missing it. Yet their saute pan has it…why. It would have been better if all of them had some kind of pouring spot. Their manufacturing process makes no sense to me.
That aside, their pot does what it needs to do. It boils liquid and its not some odd shape. Just a straight simple cylinder. It is more wide than tall letting you sear food in single batches. Narrow pots make you cook food in multiple batches extending cooking time.
Tri Ply Base
The tri-ply base looks to be a disc bottom construction. By adding a layer on the bottom, they increase the overall thermal mass of the pan. This means that the pan should hold heat than a traditional pan. It also improves the heat distribution of the pan. However, they are very vague about its triply construction. In their graphic, it shows a copper core, yet they do not explicitly state it. This makes me assume that its not actually copper. More than likely, they just used a aluminum core. Overall, this is better than nothing. But an Fullly Cladded construction would have been better.
There is another reason why they used this type of design. They added a stainless steel exterior so that it would be compatible with induction stove top. The stainless steel has a strong magnetic pull which the other metals do not. If the pan does not have a magnetic pull, it will not be compatible with induction stove tops.
Non Stick Finish
The non stick finish is made of ceramic coating that is reinforced with titanium. While I cant say for sure whether its really made with titanium, more than likely its just small particles that is infused in it.
Ceramic nonstick finish has been picking up in popularity throughout the years. Often time manufacturer would market them as healthy but its not really. They are trying to prey on people fear of Teflon. The issue with ceramic coating is its durability. They fare much worse than teflon, whose track record is around 1 or 2 years. You can extend the life by not using metal utensils, but expect to replace it within the year. For that reason, its not wise to spend 1 thousand dollar on a pan. Luckily Michelangelo Cookware Set is quite affordable.
Glass lids lets you look inside and see the food cook. However, once it steams, it fogs and blocks your view, rendering it pointless. An all metal lid would have been better. This will prevent it from possibly shattering. They added a metal ring around it to try to improve its durability. But you cant beat an all metal design. There is a vent hole though, it will stop the lid from popping.
Michelangelo Copper Cookware Set Thoughts
Overall Michelangelo copper pot and pan cookware set is pretty well designed. Handle is comfortable, the shape is good and its induction capable. They fall in line with the other nonstick cookware but with a better fit and finish. The induction capability from other manufacturer would be slightly more expensive.
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