I think it wouldn’t be far fetched for me to say that if Captain America’s shield would’ve been made in real life, it would’ve been made of titanium. That’s because titanium is considered the most useful strong metal in the world, with the highest strength-to-weight ratio. By being almost 50% lighter than steel and stronger than aluminum, this makes it ideal for a wide range of applications, such as aircraft, sockets (joint replacements), and more. Including our fictional superhero’s shield too, then, wouldn’t be unimaginable, because it would’ve allowed him to move with ease, use it as a weapon, and even stop bullets—-which, by the way, has been proven. (Watch it here .)
We know we all love Captain America, but let’s move on to cookware; after all, that’s what you’re here for. Of course the titanium properties will not change regardless of where or what they are being applied too. Therefore, when they are applied to a cookware, this will make it very attractive. Not only will a cookware made of titanium be very strong and light, but it will also be corrosion resistant. Moreover, it will also be non-toxic and non-porous, which will not affect the taste of food. As you might have guessed, it only makes sense then that the titanium cookware has been created and adopted by the masses, of which it has.
That said, pure titanium itself is not really suitable for cookware use, as it can’t distribute heat evenly which will create hotspots that can burn food. That’s why, in order to solve this, most manufacturers will create titanium cookware with an aluminum base. Also, in order to make it non-stick, it will usually be coated with titanium or titanium-infused, ceramic surface, which is considered safer than Teflon coating.
All said and done, titanium cookware is very durable, lightweight, safe to use, and nonstick. In addition, it also heats up very quickly, which may reduce cooking time. You can almost be certain, then, when you select a titanium cookware, you are getting a cookware made to cook up a storm, and it will still be great after that.
Here are my titanium cookware reviews of 2017 to quickly help you decide the best one to get.
T-fal Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware
- 8-inch Fry Pan
- 10.25-inch Fry Pan
- 11.5 inch Fry Pan with lid
- 10.25 inch Square Griddle
- 1-quart Sauce Pan with Lid
- 3.5-quart Deep Saute pan with lid
- 5-quart Dutch Oven with lid
- 3-quart Steamer Insert with two side handles
- 2-quart Sauce Pan with Lid
- 3-quart Sauce Pans with lid
The T-fal Ultimate line is made of anodized aluminum with titanium-reinforced coating. Hard-anodized aluminum, in case you didn’t know, is aluminum that has gone through an electrolytic process to make it harder and corrosion resistant. In this regard, this makes the cookware even harder than stainless steel, which makes it resistant to chips or cracks. The handles of the pots and pans are made of silicone which are comfortable to hold during cooking, and they are oven-safe up to 400 °F . In addition, they are also riveted for added strength. A nifty feature included which is unique to the hard-anodized pans is the Thermo-Spot technology. What this does is indicate to you when the pan is ready for use (meaning heated up to the right temperature). You place the pan on the stove, fire it up, and the indicator will show you once it gets to the right temperature.
But of course, the titanium bit is what you’re interested in, and the Ultimate line uses titanium-reinforced, nonstick coating, which is thought to be stronger and longer lasting than other nonstick coatings. Also, the coating is lead, cadmium, and PFOA-free. That said, it’s still PTFE-based, so for the safety and health of your family, it’s required that you use the cookware safely. This means do not cook over high heat, exceeding 500 °F. Also, do not place the cookware on what’s called the power burners (anything above 12,000 BTUs on a gas stove).
In terms of the lids, the set offers vented glass lids with small vents, allowing excess steam to escape. Also, everything, including the pots and pans, is dishwasher safe and easy to clean with warm water and a sponge. Only thing about it, as it’s aluminum based, is that it’s not induction compatible. Also, it has been reported that the Thermo-spot technology does not work as well as it should.
You can get the T-fal Ultimate Cookware here
Cuisinart 66-11 Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 11-Piece Cookware Set
- One 1.5-Quart Saucepan with Cover
- One 2.5-Quart Saucepan with Cover
- One 3-Quart Saute Pan with Cover
- One 8-Quart Stockpot with Cover
- One 10″ Skillet
- One 8″ Skillet
- One 18cm Steamer Insert
Like the Ultimate line, the Cuisinart 66-11 is also made of hard-anodized aluminum with titanium nonstick surface for healthy cooking and easy cleanup. The anodized aluminum construction makes it very dense, durable, and non-porous. In addition, it provides fast and even heat distribution. The lids are tempered glass and tightfitting, which helps seal in nutrients and flavors, and the handles are riveted to the cookware and are stainless steel, which stays cool on the stovetop. Because they are stainless steel, this makes them oven safe up to 500°F, as opposed to 400 °F with the Ultimate line. A thoughtful design of the pots, which I particularly like, is its tapered rim, which allows for drip-free pouring.
With regards to the titanium coating, the Cuisinart 66-11 line uses something called the QuanTanium, which according to the manufacturer is a blend of titanium coating more durable than conventional coating. No doubt, any coating with titanium in it is definitely going to be stronger; however, since it’s not ceramic- or silicone-based, it will contain some form of plastic compound. In other words, it is PTFE-based, so proper use of the cookware is required, like the Ultimate line. Also, to preserve the nonstick coating, the use of metal utensils is not advised, although the pots are indeed metal-utensil safe. You will also not want to use cooking sprays, as they tend to reduce the life expectancy of the finish.
The Cuisinart 66-11, unlike the Ultimate line, is not dishwasher safe but cleaning it by hand should be easy enough due to the titanium-infused surface. Also, due to its construction, it’s not induction compatible.