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tefal essential 5 piece set review

By  Enda

Tefal A157S546 Essential 5 Piece Cookware Set UK Review

This Tefal pot and pan set, is by quite a way, the best selling pot and pan set, that we could find on the UK marketplace. This one is a very popular choice, as it has all the important pot sizes, and pan sizes that you actually need in your kitchen.

When you combine that usefulness, with the high quality that a brand such as Tefal has, then you really do have a practical, and useful set of pots and pans for your home.​

What Do You Get in the Tefal Essential Cookware Set?​

saucepan lid with steam hole

Let's have a look and see what you actually get for your money. There are three pots and two frying pans. When you open up the box, inside you will find:

  1. ​1 x 20cm Frying pan
  2. 1 x 24cm Frying pan
  3. 1 x 16cm Saucepan and lid
  4. 1 x 18cm Saucepan and lid
  5. 1 x 20cm Saucepan and lid

Those are exactly what you need to be able to cook most food around the home. The smaller pan is ideal for food such as omelettes, and the bigger one for doing a fry up, or for colouring larger joints of meat. The three pans are then ideal for small jobs like boiling an egg, cooking vegetables and a larger one for potatoes, or making soup, stew and casseroles.

How do Buyers Rate the Tefal A157S546 Essential Cookware Set

It is always important to read reviews before buying anything. These pots and pan sets are something you will use every day. That makes it even more important, so as you can know you are buying the right ones for your needs.

Buyer Review Summary

We have read a lot of reviews about this Tefal set, and then summarised those below. Hopefully you will find that useful​. The first illustration shows the percentage of stars, given to the product, by actual real life buyers. They scored the product out of a maximum of 5 stars.

74 %
15 %
4 %
3 %
4 %

You can see from the above figures that 3 out of 4 people rate this as a 5 star choice. That is of course excellent ratings, and should assure you these are very high quality.

Pros & Cons of the Tefal Essential Cookware Set

Below we have captured what buyers actually said. This includes all buyers as we like to keep our reviews balanced. Even though only 4 out of 100 buyers rated these pots and pans as a 1 star product, we always like to find out why. 


  • Extremely well made and high quality
  • Food does not stick to these
  • Really simple to clean after cooking
  • The pieces all heat up really quickly
  • Lightweight
  • Good range of sizes
  • Great value for money


  • Can not be used on an induction hob
  • A few people said their handles had come loose

Most of the 1 star reviews are pretty old. They complained mainly about handles coming loose. A couple of buyers also said when their package arrived, a pot or pan was missing. These things do happen, and personally I would have returned them instantly. At 4% the complain ratio is low.

thermo spot technology

Tefal Pots and Pans Specifications

non stick coating symbol
  • Very easy to clean as they have a PTFE exterior
  • Can be washed in your dishwasher
  • Non-stick as you would expect
  • NOT SUITABLE for induction hobs
  • Made from aluminium
  • Glass lids for easy viewing of cooking - the lids do have a steam hole
  • Good even heat distribution across the cooking surface
  • Can also be used in the oven
  • There is thermal indicator on the pans - this turns solid red when the pan is at the right temperature
  • Black coloured pans and pots

Our Verdict on the Tefal Tefal A157S546 Essential Cookware Set

With thousands of buyer reviews to go on, the general rating is very high. This is a good set of pots and pans from a very well known and trusted kitchen brand. Tefal have been in this market for a very long time, and have built up an excellent reputation.

Yes we found a few disgruntled buyers, and there will always be problems with any product. The overall opinion from the review team here, is that these are an ideal​ set of pots and pans for general cooking around the home. We would therefore have no hesitation in recommending these to you.


I enjoy cooking and love using a whole variety of small kitchen appliances. On this website, I review many of the best kitchen gadgets that are fun to own, and even more fun to use.

Enda McLarnon

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