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Titanware?

My sister saw a roadshow demonstration of Titanware cookware at Sam's Club today, and she's extremely interested in buying a set, but we've been unable to find any sort of actual reviews for them online. We are in need of a new set of pans, but my sister's unwilling to invest in such an extremely pricey brand such as Calphalon. The Titanware pans do have a 30 year warranty against damage and warping, which is also interesting to her.

Does anyone here have any experience with Titanware?

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missreagan
Jan. 10th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
do you have a calphalon outlet near you?
I bought a 10 piece calphalon hard anadized set a month ago. Retail price 900.00, bought it for 200.00! Also places like ross and tjmaxx a lot of time will have high quality pots and pans for low prices
Maybe something to check out.

Otherwise I have never heard of titanware, i did a quick search for reviews and found none which would concern me if I was looking into purchuseing pots and pans.
blucola
Jan. 10th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
This.

I've gotten my Calphalon from shopping at TJ Maxx and Tuesday Morning. I love the weight of it and it seems to hold the heat better than my regular cookware. I thought about what I needed and found a skillet, stock pot and a griddle. My regular stainless is fine, otherwise.
pancetta
Jan. 10th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
maga_culinae
Jan. 10th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I'll definitely have to show her that. Thanks.
maga_culinae
Jan. 10th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
There aren't any reviews on the main website, and the listing on ConsumerReports was made by someone who hasn't actually used it. :/ I've looked at both of those already.
wolfsilveroak
Jan. 10th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
Actually, the first posting on Consumer Reports HAS used the pans.

...purchased this. It works pretty well (it's very non-stick but not as non-stick as the vendor's demo-pans despite numerous seasonings). But one of frying pans started to chip off. The black 'non-stick' surface is chipping off on an edge and you can wipe small pieces away with your finger. You can see the aluminum surface underneath.

I understand this may be a defect or something but it flaking that easy has me concerned. Of course about the quality of the product but mainly about health risks and if there's truly no PTFE or PFOA. My digging around has made me aware of the numerous misleading non-PTFE scams....


You need to click on the arrow to page back to read it.
maga_culinae
Jan. 11th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
Ah, I didn't see that. Thanks.
sapphorlando
Jan. 11th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
I'd wager that a product line without a reputation is, by default, disreputable.

Anything worth buying will turn up in a wide range of positive reviews. If this hasn't, then I'd steer clear of it.

When it comes to things you put into your body, extra care and cost are worthwhile.
rcasapao
Jan. 20th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC)
TITANWARE is the GREATEST!!!!
Look,
I too saw a demonstration of Titanware cookware at Sam's Club over 3 years ago. I'm sure they did the same demonstration about non-stick and the guy showed you how you easily remove the burning cheese or egg...Well, let me tell you that everything you saw is for REAL!!!!!I love our complete set and have yet to burn any cheese which can't be removed !!!!I've tried and it truly does work. You can put it in the oven and cleans up easily/ quickly . I love the soft grip handles and the lids all have the slide vents. Overall, I am truly please with them.

We have friends that saw the same demonstration and we both purchased the set. I talked to them recently and they still say they love it.

Another person said that the inside was chipping, that can happen if you are using a metal spatula and scrape it,well then just get it replaced.

Look, I hope you read this and jump at the chance to get it before the demo price is gone....check out their website and it is expensive....
maga_culinae
Jan. 20th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
Re: TITANWARE is the GREATEST!!!!
Thanks, but they went like a week ago. My sister bought a vaccuum instead.
rcasapao
Jan. 22nd, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
Re: TITANWARE is the GREATEST!!!!
Oh well...maybe someone else will read this and may get one....
Holley Britt
Mar. 21st, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: TITANWARE is the GREATEST!!!!
im glad i saw your post. i saw the demo last year, and didnt have the money. but i checked with my sams, and they will be there next month. so im trying to do some research, because thats a pretty big purchase, and this is the only possitive thing ive read so far. hope i find more. the pans really looked nice.
thx
rcasapao
Mar. 22nd, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
Re: TITANWARE is the GREATEST!!!!
Well, I'm happy you read the post. I've had the pans now for over 5 years now and still love it!!!!! I still have not burned anything and made it stick!!!!! One thing you need to make sure is not to use any metal spatula or forks because it can ruin the coating. Overall....great product....I'm happy that they are still around.....You get a lifetime warranty also!!!!!
ateige
Dec. 20th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
After extended use
Titanware says that their non-stick coating is titanium. I haven't found any independent tests to verify this. There's an NSF stamp on the bottom. Titanware was imported by a company in Atlanta, GA, westminsterinc.com . Westminster is a "...wholesaler of toys, gifts and novelties...". Westminster doesn't currently list Titanware among their products, but it is under them that it received the NSF/ANSI Standard 2 certification after import from "Facility: B Ningbo, China". Titanware seems to now be affiliated with a company called Twin Towers Trading, Inc., based in Manalapan, NJ. They market through big box stores. The only link for "cookware" on their website opens a page for titanwareusa.com which hasn't been updated since Sept of 2007.

Consumer Reports latest review on high end cookware, (January 2011, page 40), doesn't mention Titanware. They did list high performers with much lower prices, some made without PFOA.

Now for the actual use over time.

After "seasoning", which should be done on a regular basis, the cookware is mostly non-stick. If something is left in the same spot, undisturbed for more than a few minutes, it will stick down enough to require some effort to release it. This has happened in situations like cooking down sauces that require reduction. Even though things will stick, they are easier to remove than they would be in a non-coated pan, but that is true of any 'quality' non-stick cookware.

The pans will scratch. The company states that you can use metal utensils on this surface, but I've seen scratches even with hard plastics. The company doesn't say the cookware can't be scratched. The scratches have not yet changed the cookware's performance or lead to other problems.

As for the claims of even cooking, all of the pieces I've used have a tendency to get much hotter in the center. This hot area exactly reflects the flame ring of the gas stove I'm using. I expect that the same will be true about the contact area of an electric element. The cookware isn't layered or clad with anything and are a thin aluminum stamping so there is nothing in their structure, such as a thick bottom, to disperse heat more evenly.

Being thin aluminum, it is recommended to use only low to medium heat and no more than 500 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven. High temperatures will damage the coating and will probably warp the cookware.

The handle covers have a tendency to gradually work their way off so be extra careful if you flip food with the pan.

Their claims for the covers "...preventing messy spillovers." and that the steam vent can be easily moved with one finger don't hold up. Although the lid may catch some fluid that comes up through the steam hole, any that pushes out around the lid still goes into the burner. None of the steam vents are easily moved. I've even tried working them for a while to loosen them up. They all still require holding the lid steady with one hand while firmly twisting the handle to open or close the steam hole. If you attempt this while in place, beware of sudden movements causing spills and protect your hands from the stream of steam that will come out right on your hand. Yes, the steam vent is part of the handle! Brilliant! They, also, state that the lids are recessed about 1/2 inch. The truth is that the recess is slightly less than 3/8 inch.

All in all, they work pretty well, but we really don't know what we have here. Next set will be a known brand.

Final point. Just because they sell them through Sam's Club doesn't indicate quality or fitness for use. I've found many cheaply built, last years model, stripped down entry level versions and out of warranty items in Sam's Club. It's easy for them to sell these things when you don't have anything better to compare them to. Always do your research before you buy and that holds particularly true on higher cost items.
twyla jones
Aug. 3rd, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
titanware not bad
I was at sam's club about 3 weeks age and saw the demo. I had been looking for some pots & pan's. I was happy with what i saw at the demo and bought the whole set because while in the store i had my wife check out the claims on-line on her droid phone. the price was as he had said about $750 on-line so the price he was asking was not bad. I got the pan's home seasoned them and have been using them very well and so far happy with the quality. Know as far as what the man showed in the demo's has not held up.
He melted cheese that bubbled up in the skillet, I have tried sliced american, imitation, block, vegetarian,and flake cheese. None did what was shown at the show. I tried it on low heat still no go! tried it on high heat no bubbles it just burnt, it did not stick it wiped clean with a slice of bread like as the show but still did not bubble. I cooked scrambled egg's with cheese it did not completely slide out of the pan there was still a dry thin coating of egg like onion skin in the pan and it wiped out easy with a paper towel. Now the stay cool handles are a joke they get hotter the any pan I have ever used. It is nice that you can take them off to use in the oven under 500 degrees but cool no a spoon handle left in the pan is cooler. Cooking on high in the pan's are ok! I have make some rib steaks in the large skillet many times started with the pan on high and very hot there was no warping, chipping,or smoking of the pan.
the only thing that happened on high heat was the outside/underside bottom of the pan was slightly brown which i cleaned off with baking soda. It has a 30 year warranty so if any thing happens I am covered. Over all GREAT PAN'S!!!!!!!!!!!!
Carol Elam Weekley
Jul. 6th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
I bought the entire set and love it. The salesman said you have a 60 day warranty where you can bring them back for a full refund. I came home & started cooking. I love them. They are so much better than the set of pampered chef pans I bought several years ago. They may have a few issues but regardless they are so much easier to clean inside & out than any other pans I have ever had. The rubber covers on the handles are better than nothing but I have had to use pot holders when moving the pans. The skillets are not nearly the problem as the pans with the small handles.

I read where someone had the coating starting to peel off. If that is the case then you have a 30 year warranty. Contact Titanware and get it replaced.
Tina Greenlee
Oct. 7th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
I saw the demo at Sam's and bought the small set after using my phone to research their prices on-line.
Got them home and seasoned them, then started using them. LOVE IT! I immediately tried the cheese in the pan thing
just like the demo and got the same results. My 8yr old loved that! He had to try it himself. Total fun!

After seeing the price for the full set, wish I'd gotten the entire set. The pans cook well and are a lot lighter than
the older set I have which is iron coated teflon which is peeling/flaking off. Definitely recommend these if looking
for a new set of pans.
Jennifer Bain
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:32 pm (UTC)
I would love an update.... When I first bought my pans I loved them... it's been about a year and a half and the pan appears to be burning in the middle and the coating is flaking and I've started to notice the same "odor" so now I'm concerned about the chemicals that may be leaking into my food.
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