I am sure most homeowners and all avid chefs and cooks are familiar with the Tefal brand. French by origin, Tefal has been producing reliable and high-quality cookware for over 60 years. A quick scan through your kitchen cabinets will probably draw up one or two or even more items from the company.
One of the reasons why Tefal has been a leading name in the cookware scene, is because it proactively listens to what the home cooks (and users like us) need, before introducing practical solutions that we want. And I believe the Ingenio range is something that everyone will really, really want, because it is such a simple yet brilliantly executed concept offering solutions to everyday issues, such as storage and convenience.
The Ingenio’s biggest ‘claim to fame’ is its removable cooking handle. Use it to cook normally with the handle on, but once the handle comes off the pans instantly transform into beautiful servingware. Better yet, storing the pots away becomes a cinch since they all stack effortlessly within each other (without cumbersome handles getting in the way). You actually save up to 50% more space in your cabinets.
In order to ensure that the Ingenio really lives up to its name (Ingenious), I have been cooking with it for the past three months and I really have to say that it’s everything I expected of it, and more.
5 reasons why I absolutely love and recommend the Tefal Ingenio Induction range.
It’s winning looks: Straight off the bat, the Ingenio cookware really catches your eye with its stunning looks! The exterior comes in a series of richly-coloured hues (from velvet red to rose pink, blue and black) and finished with a slight shimmer, setting off a subtle sparkle as you move the pots and pans about. Sizes available include frypans, wokpans and saucepans. There’s a good reason for making the Ingenio range so pretty though, because it’s meant to go from cooking, to serving to storing in the fridge. Looks aside, I also appreciate how solid the alumnium pans feel in my hands. There is a discernible thickness to the pan itself, as well as the non-stick coating. It’s a real pleasure when you have the Ingenio in your hands, because it really projects a sense of confidence and assurance when I use it.
Supports induction cooking: Now this might sound like a small deal but the fact is many homeowners have made the mistake of buying pots and pans only to find that they are not compatible with induction cooktops after they’ve brought them home. The Ingenio comes in an induction-compatible range, which means it is also good for gas, ceramic and oven cooking.
Non-stick inside and outside: Bearing in mind that the Ingenio was developed for cooking, serving and storing, so it needs to look its best when going from the cooktop to the dining table. Thanks to the non-stick exterior coating, all it takes is a quick wipe to get any spills off the sides of the pots. The pots are also dishwasher-safe, so you can just chug them into the dishwasher for a quick clean.
From cooking to serving to storage: Imagine the amount of additional plates you don’t have to wash when you can use the same receptacle for cooking, serving and storing! The Ingenio cuts down on your cleaning up as well as your food wastage, because it has plastic lids that allow you to keep your leftovers into the fridge so you can heat them up again later.That’s an especially useful solution for small families or for people who live alone.
Really solid handle: If you are concerned about the safety of using a pot with removable handles, you can rest easy when using the Ingenio because its handle is increadibly well designed and made. The stainless steel inserts add to the sturdiness of the handle, along with a cleverly-designed one-click mechanism giving you a taut and firm grip onto the pot. It takes a bit more force to press to release the handle, so there’s no way you can accidentally unlock the handle. According to Tefal, the handle can take up to 10kg in weight and comes with a 10-year warranty.
I know there are other brands touting pots with removable handles, but I have to say Tefal does it really really well. Prices for the Ingenio range from $99 (for a 4-piece set) to $199 (for a 10-piece set), inclusive of discounts on Tefal’s official Lazada page. The Ingenio is also available at department stores like Courts, Metro, OG, Robinsons, Takashimaya and Tangs.