by John Niggl
Whether you’re a world-renowned chef or a homeowner who dabbles in the culinary arts, you want to be sure you’re cooking with quality pots and pans. Take it from the quality experts at InTouch when it comes to product testing cookware. Hot out of the frying pan, Quality Wars is serving up eleven ESSENTIAL quality assurance tests and checks for your cooking needs.
Product Test Objective: verify if the coating firmly adhered onto the base material. Coating may easily peel off during the use.
Product Test Objective: verify that the metal parts are resistant to corrosion and oxidation. The metal parts may easily get rusty.
Procedure: Spray the inner and outer surface of the pot or pan liberally with a 1% salt water solution. Let the pot sit 24 hours and then check for rust.
Product Test Objective: verify the non-stick feature of a coated pot or pan.
Product Test Objective: verify if the pot or pan bottom has been properly bonded or if any poor materials were used in manufacturing.
Product Test Objective: verify that any rivets have been installed properly.
Product Test Objective: verify the glass lid is made of tempered glass.
Product Test Objective: verify the glass strength.
Procedure: Drop a 225g steel ball from 1m high on the side of the lid.
Product Test Objective: verify the pan is safe for induction and can be used with an induction cooker as intended.
Procedure: Place a magnet on the pan’s surface and ensure that it holds well and does not fall off. Check 4 points on the bottom exterior.
Product Test Objective: verify if the pot volume conforms to specifications.
Procedure: Fill the pot or pan with water until overflowing. Measure the mass or volume of the water left in the pot (1cm3 = 1ml = 1g).
Product Test Objective: verify the coating thickness meets specifications.
Procedure: Hold a coating thickness gauge straight against the inner coating of the pot or pan so the gauge returns a number in micrometers. Compare this measurement to specifications.
Product Test Objective: verify the pot or pan is dishwasher-safe.
Procedure: Subject the pot or pan to 5 cycles through a dishwasher on the normal wash setting with domestic detergent. Check for any changes.