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MARCUS Unity 11-Piece Cookware Set
Manufacturer: Regal Ware
List price: $399.99
Warranty: Limited Lifetime
Composition: stainless steel, aluminum
Other versions: open-stock and other collections
Made In: United States
Type: Pan set
Color: metallic, black
Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not especially neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet oven/range
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket
Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive
Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Beats the old way: worse no change better definitely entirely new
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop rack
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments: We have never seen the point of having pans that were all made of the same material. A stock pot does not need to function as a sauté pan, and a griddle should perform differently than a sauce pan. What is the point of throwing obscene amounts of money into a 37-ply stainless steel/aluminum/copper/tin/zinc/ad.inf. stock pot?

That's one reason we like this set from Regal Ware, bearing the name of celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson – it is a huge set with pans that are intended for different purposes.

This set includes:

  • 2 quart and 3 quart saucepans, made of professional grade stainless steel sandwiched around a pure aluminum core. They are intended to provide precise, even heat to maximize flavor and prevent scorching of sauces, soups, vegetables, fruits, grains, chocolates, etc.
  • 5 quart stockpot, made of cast aluminum to absorb heat and retain it for long periods of time. It features a non-PFOA nonstick coating
  • 9-inch ribbed square griddle, also made of cast aluminum construction with the same nonstick coating
  • 8-inch non-stick fry pan, made of stainless steel with a stainless steel-encapsulated layer of aluminum bonded to the bottom of the pan to deliver intense heat at the base, where it is most needed
  • 10-inch sauté pan, made of stainless steel and featuring the same impact-bonded capped bottom
  • A stainless steel steamer insert that fits both saucepans
  • Four aluminum lids, one for each saucepan, for the stockpot, and for the sauté pan.

Happily, these pans are not so heavy that you can't lift them, but they feel solid. Additionally, the extra-long, stay-cool handles work, and feel great in the hand. The nonstick-coated pans are oven-safe to 400°F (205°C), while the other pans can go in the oven up to 500°F (260°C).

Are these the best pans on the market? We would not say so, but for the money this is certainly the best high-quality, large set of pans that we have seen.


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