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Mauviel M'héritage 1.2 Quart Copper Saucepan with Lid
Product number: 6560.15
Manufacturer: Mauviel
List price: $240
Warranty: Limited lifetime
Dimensions: 6-1/4" diameter; 12-1/4" with handle; 3-1/4" high (4-1/2" with lid)
Weight: 2 lb 3 oz
Composition: copper, stainless steel
Other versions: various sizes, handle materials, etc.
Made In: France
Type: Saucepan
Color: Copper; silver
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 stovetop/oven
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 on display
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! pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments: Can you put a price on beauty? Of course – we often must. But there are also times when almost everyone splurges (and not always on practical things). This pan, and its sibling cookware, requires a serious splurge but it is inherently practical if you really cook.

In a world of great pans, there is no better conductor than copper, and – even with beauty being in the eye of the beholder – there is arguably no cookware that looks better than copper.

There are lots of pans on the market that include a disk of copper sandwiched among other metals in the bottom – often showing through to give the impression that "you're really cooking with copper here," whether or not you receive any practical cooking benefit from the modest copper disk (the jury is still out at Ochef). But Mauviel's M'heritage line is 90% copper lined with 10% stainless steel, so in addition to the beauty, you're getting the great responsiveness to heat for which copper is famous.

Except for sugar pots, copper is never unlined. It used to be lined with tin, which required occasional relining. Switching to a stainless steel lining did away with a certain level of maintenance. But don't kid yourself – there is still maintenance involved. With exposure to heat, water, even air, copper will dull and develop a patina. If you want to keep the surfaces bright and shiny, not only must you wash the pans by hand (always wash them by hand), but you have to polish them regularly with Copperbrill cleaner or another copper polish, which also is not inexpensive and requires some effort.

In our tests, the pan performed brilliantly. The cast stainless steel handle is a little short and angles up fairly high, so it is close enough to the heat source that you need to take care every time you reach for the handle. The lid is nice and gorgeous, but with a pan this small, how often do you need a lid? A lid may be more practical for the larger pans. You must use an interface disk if you want to use this or any non-magnetic pan on an induction cooktop.

We are a little conflicted. We're sure people buy this cookware just to show off and seldom or never cook with it, which is great for the manufacturer and retailers, but, from our perspective, such a waste, because these pans are at the apex of cookware. There are probably also people who buy it but are frustrated with the work of keeping it shiny. Are there people who make the initial investment, use the pan as God intended, and are either happy to put in the effort to keep it shiny-new or are happy to let it "weather" to a still-beautiful, but not-so-shiny patina? Those are the people we think should be steered towards these exceptional pans. (We're in the weather-but-still-beautiful category, in case you were thinking of giving us a gift).


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