So far, it is everything the manufacturer promises. Kind of a cross between a small Dutch oven and a frying pan, it's not oven-safe but other than that, it'll do most anything you need it to.
I was checking out the website a few months ago, and they were running a sale that took the price from "Should I risk it?" down to "Gonna have to try this." The lead time was nearly three months but they were getting rave reviews. And it's nice-looking.
The non-stick lining was promised as some kind of next-level ceramic, dishwasher-safe and slicker than, well, any other pan you've got. I've had ceramic non-stick pans, but they were fussy to care for and not as good as the modern Teflon replacements.
This one is not fussy and almost preposterously slick.
|It is much deeper than it looks in this photo, too.|
I made Hoppin' John last night -- fried ham chunks, with a lot of fresh onion and a little celery and carrots (plus fresh mushrooms, because I am just that kind of heathen), and once that's all translucent and sizzling, you drain the grease, and add canned chilies, crushed tomatoes and blackeyed peas. It's not the most pan-friendly of entrees, and to make matters worse, a small amount of leftovers sat in the pan while Tam and I watched two episodes of the second season of Homecoming.†
The pan wiped clean as a whistle. Even a little sauce spattered down the side and on the outside of the lid (the inside of it is nonstick, too) came away clean. A little soapy water and a rinse and it's ready to go.
I'm liking this pan. Looks like just the thing for grilled cheese sandwiches or fancy pork chops and vegetables or just about anything else I might cook for dinner..
* They make some other housewares, too -- plates, bowls and glasses with a functional, pleasantly-shaped and no-frills design esthetic that I find appealing and that could fit in just about anywhere.
† Also highly recommended. You have to watch the (marvelous) first season to know what's going on. The narrative structure, cinematography and editing remain unusual and engaging, and the music is a wonder. It's based on a podcast drama -- and the podcast is well worth listening to.