The T-fal Ceramic Cookware: Initiatives 16-Pce Set Review

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Pros: The T-fal initiatives C921SG is a good basic set for the money. It includes a great assortment of cookware, suitable for preparing family meals or for dinner parties. Particularly, it includes a griddle pan and 6 nylon utensils that are suited to nonstick surfaces, which are a bonus. Reasonably light, easy to clean and store. This T fal cookware set has a ceramic interior, making it PTFE-free and PFOA-free and thus, a healthy nonstick cookware choice.
Cons: The handles are joined to the cooking vessel with rivets, which can be areas where food collects. Care in cleaning around the rivets will avoid damage to the surface. Handles may loosen with use over time but can be tightened.

The design of the non stick T-fal ceramic cookware set – Initiatives range

Say goodbye to hot spots and sticking! The T-fal ceramic cookware set in the Initiatives range is designed for even and quick heat distribution.

No fat or oil is needed, but you can, by all means, add these for flavor.

While the nonstick surface makes for super easy cleaning, the best feature is that this product is PFOA-free and PTFE-free unlike earlier nonstick cooking cookware available on the market.

This cookware is best for…

Fast efficient heating. It has a heavy gauge aluminum base for even heat distribution. The interior surface has a ceramic coating and can be heated to 570 °F on the stove top.

The cookware is oven safe to 350 °F and suitable for all types of cooktops apart from induction cooking. This is a budget set with a good assortment of pots and pans for family meal preparation.

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Thick base: 4.5/5

The Tfal pots and pans have heavy gauge aluminum bases for fast and even heat distribution.

Sturdy handles: 4/5

The cookware contains riveted, phenolic (Bakelite) handles that are ergonomically designed and heat-resistant. Handles have hanging holes.

Exterior finish: 4/5

The exterior is enamel. The exterior surface will discolor if using a gas flame cooking element.

Clear view lids: 4/5

The lids are glass with vents for releasing steam so pressure does not build up. They are well fitting lids.

Oven safe: 4/5

This cookware is oven safe to 350°F.

Other features and specifications

These nonstick pots and pans have a white ceramic interior coating that resists scratching and staining.  This coating does not require seasoning and is PTFE-free, PFOA-free, and cadmium-free.

There is not just one T-fal frying pan in this set, but two (and the larger one has a lid). These combine with 2 T-fal pots, as well as a dutch oven.

The pans nest inside each other, but it is best to use separators that protect the ceramic coating, like this collection that suits pots & pans of all sizes.

The manufacturer covers this product with a limited lifetime warranty for manufacturing defects for life from the date of purchase.

This 16-pc T fal Ceramic Cookware Set has these features:

✓ A nonstick interior surface that is PTFE, PFOA, and cadmium-free
✓ Scratch and stain resistant enamel exterior
✓ Recyclable
✓ Set includes a square griddle
✓ Cookware base is heavy gauge aluminum
✓ Oven-safe to 350 °F (177 °C)
✓ Cooktop safe: To 570 °F (300 °C)
✓ Phenolic (bakelite) handles
✓ Exterior of pans have an enamel finish
✓ Limited Lifetime Warranty

The T fal pots and pans, 16-piece set contains:

  • 1-quart covered sauce pan + lid
  • 2-quart covered sauce pan + lid
  • 5-quart dutch oven + lid
  • 7.5-inch fry pan
  • 11-inch fry pan + lid
  • 10-inch square griddle
  • 6 nylon kitchen tools

Specs:

  • Comes in black and red
  • Item weight: 11.5 lbs
  • Carton weight: 17.25 lbs
  • Dimensions:  22×14×10 in
  • A set also comes as a 14-piece

There is also a 14-pc set available in this range. Click here for reviews of the 14-pc set.

And, if you are looking for a starter set, check out the 10-pc set in this range here, which includes a stainless steel steamer.

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Care and cleaning

Gentle hand washing is recommended for this T fal cookware — no harsh scourers. This will lengthen the life of the ceramic coating. While the set is dishwasher safe, meaning the ceramic coating will not be affected, the pots and pans may incur damage from being hit by the water jets inside or other incidents with the dishwasher. Ceramic pots and pans are easy to clean, so having to handwash them will not be a chore for you.

Always store your ceramic cookware with care to avoid chipping and other damage. Bottoms are grooved. Try not to stack them unless you are going to invest in pan separators.

Choose cooking utensils suited for non-stick pans and pots, like the nylon set that comes with the cookware. Other suitable types are wood, bamboo, and silicone.

If handles loosen use a Torx bit to tighten.

Try to avoid aerosol cooking spray products that contain lecithin, which reacts with the nonstick surface and will affect it over time. A better option for a light spray is to put your cooking oil in a spray bottle.

Use low to moderate heat setting when cooking.

Cons

The handles are joined to the cooking vessel with rivets so extra care needed for cleaning near these parts to avoid damaging the surface and any loosening or rivets may be fixed by tightening with a Torx bit.

Summary: 4.1/5

Like all good T fal cookware reviews, we mention the obvious about this brand. The parent company is Tefal, a French cookware manufacturer that is well known for the traditional non-stick cookware with Teflon coating. The T-fal Initiatives 16-Piece Cookware set, however, is a healthy choice with ceramic nonstick coating in place of Teflon. Unlike the traditional nonstick cookware, it is free of PTFE and PFOA.

This T fal cookware set comes at an economical price, suited for most families. It is designed to save time cooking and the nonstick interior surface means less time spent cleaning.

The T fal pots and pans in this set have an enamel exterior finish that is stain and scratch resistant. Also, the 11-inch T fal frying pan comes with a lid which makes it great for poaching or braising. The ceramic nonstick surface lessens the need for fats and oils in preparing foods, which is perfect for low-fat diets.  

Read more about the safety of ceramic cookware in my comprehensive buyer’s guide to ceramic nonstick cookware.

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