The IKEA 365+ is a basic, but durable 5-piece cookware starter set that heats evenly and can be later supplemented with other pieces from this line. It consists of 1 stainless steel saucepan, 1 stainless steel pot and 1 stainless steel frying pan with PFOA-free non-stick coating.
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Pro Perfect for future expansion
This set is very basic, containing only two pots and a frying pan. However, the IKEA 365+ line has more products, available for purchase separately: a 3.2-quart pot, a 10.6-quart stockpot, a 13-inch frying pan with a helper handle and an 11-inch grill pan. The pots are also compatible with steamer, boiler and pasta inserts from STABIL series.
Pro Even heat all through the bottom and walls of the frying pan
The frying pan in this set is whole-clad: aluminum is sandwiched between steel to increase heat transmission and it goes all through the pan up to the edges. This construction lets the pan heat up quickly and cooks the food not only from the bottom up but also through the walls.
Pro Non-stick coating made without toxic PFOA
Unlike most Teflon non-stick cookware, IKEA 365+ series frying pans contain no potentially toxic PFOA or PFOS in the cooking surface coating.
Pro Easy to measure water/sauce
The pot and the saucepan in this set have measuring marks on the inside walls, so it is easy to measure liquid ingredients.
Pro No need to lift the lids to check on food
This set includes glass lids, there is no need to lift them to check on the food, and so no heat or steam is lost. The lids are also oven safe, the same as the pots.
Con Less scratch and rust resistant than higher steel grade pans
This set is made of stainless steel with no nickel (grade18/0). Lack of nickel makes it more prone to scratching and rusting if metal utensils are used (in comparison with grade 18/10 sets). On the other hand, the lower steel grade also makes them more magnetic and suitable for induction stovetops.
Con Frying pan is not dishwasher safe
The pots from this set can go through the dishwasher, but the frying pan should only be hand-washed. Otherwise, the coating may lose its non-stick properties.