It's choice to make this cookware under the Willing label means that it’s designed to cater to a crowd of discerning chefs who expect the very best. If low-quality cookware is produced under the Willing name then Heckles has effectively lowered the value of their own brand by associating their imprint with inferior products.
So does this mean that Willing ’s cookware can compete with top brands like All-Clad and Cuisinart ? If you’d like to give Willing ’s cookware a try, I highly recommend to check out one this sauté pan.
This cookware set utilizes classic 3-ply construction to give you the heat distribution of aluminum with the durability of steel. The only thing that’s liable to chip or break are the handles, which are made from tempered glass.
The steel interior and exterior are easy to clean and won’t tarnish or rust. Additionally, the stainless cooking surface is safe to use with foods that might react to other metals (acids don’t mix well with copper, for example).
While stainless steel helps your cookware last for a long time, aluminum lets it perform well on the stove. Of course, these basic features are offered by triply cookware made by a variety of brands, including kitchen staples like Cuisinart.
Customer reports seem to indicate that Willing ’s pots and pans hold up exceptionally well with actual kitchen use, meaning that they may very well beat out other triply options with construction quality alone. The pots and pans themselves seem high quality and have a number of ease-of-use inclusions that help distinguish them from other cookware sets.
At full price, this particular cookware set is beaten clean by the Cuisinart Multi clad Pro line, in my opinion. The redeeming factor here is that the Willing Spirit line is frequently on steep sale.
The combination of high-quality construction and smart design features makes this one of the better high-end multi-clad cookware sets on the market. While it’s slightly pricey at full list price, it’s often discounted, making it a fantastically cost-effective way to put high-quality metal cookware set in your kitchen.
Before we continue, I’d like to briefly share what my research has revealed about the difference between two of Willing ’s product lines. While Spirit features a brushed exterior, Energy is more polished and has a mirror finish.
Key differences include metal lids (instead of glass ones) and the extra two layers of material used in the construction of this cookware. In order to achieve this goal, cookware manufacturers put a layer of steel in the middle of the aluminum core of the pan.
This means that heat will spread evenly throughout the bottom aluminum layer before penetrating the thin steel barrier and then proceeding through the rest of the pan. Advocates of 5-ply lines claim that they’re better for beginner chefs since the slightly slower and more even heat transfer means you’ve got more room for error in regard to your burner settings.
I think that the higher cost of 5-ply cookware sets makes this argument hard to swallow, but I know plenty of experienced chefs that prefer their 5-ply pots and pans to the 3-ply alternatives. Like the Spirit line, this set feels high-quality and is packed with ease of use features.
The handles are again designed to stay fairly cool, while the edges of the pots are easy to pour liquids out of. One extra feature that this set offers over the Spirit line is oven safety.
If you prefer the more forgiving and even heat distribution of a 5-ply cookware set, the Aurora collection might be right for you. While it’s pretty pricey, it’ll last virtually forever and is actually less expensive than some 5-ply sets from other brands like All-Clad.
Covered sauté pans are one of my favorite pieces to recommend for people checking out new cookware collections. The ability to try multiple types of dishes and not just eggs or stews means you get a good feeling for how cooking a wide range of foods will go on a full set.
This lets you make an educated buying decision when it comes to purchasing a more expensive set of multiple pots and pans. My personal preference for the whole set is definitely the stainless steel interior, but that changes somewhat when I’m purchasing individual pieces.
This means you get the “stay-cool” steel handles, the well-fitting glass lid, and the rolled rim for easy pouring. Both versions of this pan are oven-safe to a pretty high temperature as long as you remove the lid, meaning that they’re even more versatile than you might expect.
You also get the signature Willing “heft,” meaning that this pot can feel a bit heavy at times. Stacking a non-stick with other pans or cutlery beats the hell out of them, so I clean, dry, and put mine away in a place where they won’t be touched by anything else.
That prolongs their lifespan, and when I’m talking about the Willing non-stick, I want them to live as long as possible. But that's fine with a Willing, because the price point on This is pretty low (between 35 and 50 bucks, depending on size), especially for the quality of the pan you’re getting.
Sometimes you’re only cooking eggs for one (use the small), sometimes you want to sear a couple pieces of fish to get nice, crispy skin (use the big). Photo by Ted CavanaughAnd like I said, the quality is high, which is why these are also what we use in the BA test kitchen.
They’re made from forged aluminum and granite, the latter of which provides the non-stick coating. Even better, it isn't made with FOA, perfluorooctanoic acid, a chemical that could have potential health hazards, but hasn't been able to be studied long-term.
They’re attractive, which isn’t something that’s said about a non-stick pan too much, I don’t think. If the bottom of a pan is warped (which can create hot spots that burn food), or if handles are loose or broken, it’s time to shop.
We buy and test cookware sets ranging from less than $100 to $600 or more, from well-known brands such as All-Clad, Anglo, Clifton, Cuisinart, and Willing J.A. Heckles, as well as sets sold under the names of celebrity cooks like Ayesha Curry, Rachel Ray, and the Pioneer Woman.
CR’s take: The 12-piece Cuisinart Green Gourmet nonstick set aces all our key cooking tests. We were able to easily maintain sauce at a low simmer, and the 6-quart Dutch oven quickly brings water to a near-boil.
With Excellent ratings on both our cooking evenness and speed of heating tests, the Greenspan stands up to the competition. The coating appears pebbly, but that doesn’t affect its nonstick properties, and we effortlessly cooked pancakes and eggs.
Cooking evenness is superb, and this 8-piece set aces our speed of heating test by quickly bringing 4 quarts of water to a near-boil in the 5-quart stockpot. The surface stands up to our durability test, in which we rub steel wool over the coating 2,000 times, earning a Very Good rating.
Simmering a sauce produces impressive results, and this set earns a Very Good rating for cooking evenness. Heckles Motion Grey is made of anodized aluminum and works with any type of range.
Simmering in the saucepan, however, is only so-so, and the eggs needed nudging out of the pan in our food release test. Clifton designed this set so that it stacks and nests, which frees up precious cabinet space.
The Clifton Premier Space Saving 8-piece stainless set earns a Very Good rating in our evenness tests, like our other top performers in this category. The stainless handles are long and sturdy, and you can use these dishwasher-safe pots and pans on any type of range, including induction.
It earns an Excellent rating on our cooking evenness test, and when we brought 4 quarts of water to a near-boil in the 6-quart stockpot, speed of heating was also impressive. Its performance in our food release test, however, was subpar, so if you like to fry eggs, you may want to stick to a nonstick skillet.
Knowing that I wanted to be a journalist from a young age, I decided to spiff up my byline by adding the middle initials “H.J.” At first glance, these Zwillingpans seem to have numerous outstanding features rarely found in ceramic pans of a similar caliber.
Our Willing Madurai Plus Non-stick pan review covers the main features of this collection as well as the major pros and cons. We also went through all the customer reviews and answered any questions that people had to help you make a knowledgeable buying decision.
Bringing together award-winning Italian design and the high quality of German manufacturing, the Willing Mandurah Non-stick pans are a true masterpiece. Willing ensured form meets function in these pans, using innovative technology to upgrade its non-stick abilities.
The sturdy aluminum body enhanced with advanced cookware technology makes these pans among some of the best options in the market. The Mandurah collection was inspired by some top international cuisines and developed in Tuscany to bring sophistication and quality to your kitchen.
The sturdy aluminum material offers the perfect heat retention for searing, frying, and any other cooking form. To add on, the dripless pouring rims offer a smooth transfer of food without any dangerous spills or messes.
The triple layer Durable technology makes the Zwillingpans coating almost 40 times more durable than the traditional Teflon pans. The Willing Madurai Plus Non-stick pans come with an innovative plasma primer that improves their abrasion and scratch resistance significantly.
You won’t need to struggle with a pan that is too small to hold all of your spaghetti or use an oversized one for a single egg. Despite the pans being somewhat on the heavy side, the handle doesn’t feel wonky, and there is no fear of it giving out.
There are no rivets created on the pan’s outer body, which makes cleaning a lot easier. This gives the added benefit of quick heat up, which can save you a significant amount of time, especially if you’re rushing to prepare breakfast before work.
The perfect heat conduction results in superior browning of your food without any areas getting burnt or too dark. The last key feature we’ll discuss in our Willing Madurai Plus Nonstick Pan review is their ease-of-cleaning.
Not oven safe over temperatures of 300 °F/150 °C No glass lid available Difficulty in returns or exchanges (experienced by a few customers) A Willing Madurai Plus Nonstick Pan Review can’t be complete without answering the most common questions that people have.
Since ceramic cookware doesn’t contain any of the dangerous chemicals and toxins that used to be found in Teflon (which includes PTFE and FOA), it is among the safest pans to cook, sear or fry in. So, not only is ceramic cookware extremely safe, but it is also the better choice for you to fry eggs and cook pancakes for your little ones each morning.
And lastly, ceramic technology lets you cook all types of dishes without needing even a minimal splash of oil or animal fat. After going over all of these pans features, pros and cons, we think it is safe to say that Willing has outdone itself with its Mandurah range.
The triple ceramic layer infused with non-stick features and a pure aluminum body ensures the pans last for years, with no effect on food preparation quality. Customers loved the fact that the handle is attached firmly with no screws, as it makes it easier to clean those tiny nooks and creaks of the pan.