T-Fal Signature Total 12-Piece Review

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This set includes utensils and a griddle along with a useful assortment of other nonstick pots and pans. It wins kudos for its value, even heating, manageable weight, and easy cleaning.

The T-Fal Signature Total 12-piece set (starting at $63, Amazon) comes with six nonstick pans, including a griddle, a pretty cool extra that other sets don't have. This cookware also has a Thermo-Spot heat indicator, a circle in the middle of the pans that turns red when the surface has sufficiently pre-heated. Gimmicks aside, more than two dozen T-Fal Signature Total reviews on the Walmart website are almost entirely positive, and many reviewers mention easy cleaning as a selling point. One shopper says it couldn't be easier to get the cookware spic and span. She also notes that the nonstick coating lives up to its name.

If this set has a flaw, reviewers say, it's in the sizing. Several reviews on Overstock mention that some of the items are on the small side. One shopper points to the circumference of the skillets and another opines that the pots could be a bit bigger. This set comes with two saucepans in 1-quart and 2-quart sizes, a 5-quart Dutch oven, and 8- and 11-inch fry pans, in addition to the 10.25-inch square griddle. Many consumers say they're happy with the assortment of pots and pans in the set. Other sizes are available in this line, so it's possible to purchase them separately.

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The T-Fal Signature Total 12-piece set also includes a nonstick-safe spatula, ladle, and large spoon, which some reviewers like but others dismiss as poor quality and a waste of money. The pots and Dutch oven have tempered-glass covers with vents, and the handles are made of stay-cool plastic and riveted onto the pots. The cookware is dishwasher-safe and oven-safe to 350 degrees, but the aluminum exterior makes it unsuitable for use with induction cooktops. This set comes in three colors: red, blue, and black.

One other issue some reviewers have with this cookware is how it performs at high heat. On Amazon, one reviewer observes that the heat discolored the pan and caused the nonstick coating to peel. There are also a few complaints about the griddle warping. However, nonstick cookware is not recommended for cooking over high heat, and most reviewers have had no problem using this set, as evidenced by the hundreds of 5-star ratings.

The T-Fal Signature Total 12-piece nonstick set does everything inexpensive cookware should do, according to reviewers -- just don't expect perfection. For a casual cook on a budget, this set should suffice.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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