Is Farberware A Good Brand? (Find Out Now!)
When you want to make a gourmet meal, you need some solid kitchen tools that you can trust. You don’t necessarily need the most expensive equipment out there, but you also don’t want to waste time (and food) by using unreliable kitchen tools.
There are a host of competing brand names that sell pots and pans and everything in between. With some luxury brands like Le Mauviel M’Heritage, Le Creuset, and All-Clad, you can count on quality. However, you will also pay a pretty penny to add them to your kitchen. Then you have brands like Farberware where the price is usually right. However, is Farberware a good brand?
Farberware is a brand that has been around for over a century. With this brand, you can find quality kitchen items at an affordable price. Farberware puts effort into the design details with product features such as insulated handles, even heat distribution, and heavy-gauge construction. You can find cookware, bakeware, knife sets, pressure cookers, air fryers, coffee makers, and more with the Farberware label.
We’ll discuss what you can expect from the Farberware brand and also point out some of the differences between high ticket kitchen items and more affordable options. With this information, you can decide which set of pots and pans is right for your kitchen.
What Does Farberware Have to Offer?
Farberware opened its doors in New York in 1900 selling copper and tin cookware. The brand has continued to grow and adapt to the needs of its consumer base. Today, Farberware sells everything from cookware and bakeware, to air fryers and coffee makers.
Farberware stays current by offering its clientele a mix of value and fair prices. Here are some of the pluses you can find with the Farberware brand:
- You will notice that the brand often chooses non-toxic, quality materials such as stainless steel and ceramics for surfaces that will come in contact with your foods.
- To keep prices low, Farberware often fills in with cheaper metals such as aluminum. These metals often take the place of the more expensive copper to help conduct heat and keep your cookware lightweight.
- Farberware stands out from other budget brands by putting quality into the details. For example, the brand offers a line of pans with hybrid non-stick coatings that forgo using PFOA. Also, Farberware opts for more resistant products where possible. For example, Farberware chooses to use hard enamel to insulate handles, and whereas other brands may use rubberized plastic.
- Farberware offers a limited lifetime warranty with many of its products. This is a good sign that Farberware believes in the product it produces!
Most customers agree that Farberware puts out some quality products that will satisfy the needs of everyday cooks. However, you will notice some differences when you compare Farberware with luxury kitchenware brands.
Luxury Brands vs. Affordable Brands
If you are shopping for a new set of pots and pans, you’ve probably noticed the price discrepancy between different brands. Are you just paying extra for a name or is there also a difference in quality? It’s a little bit of both.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that brands like Le Creuset were endorsed by Marilyn Monroe. However, luxury brands offer more than just good looks and a name. While you can use some kitchenware from affordable brands such as Farberware for a lifetime, you will pay extra for items that use quality materials, have heavy-duty construction, and come from the U.S.A. or European countries.
What materials are in your pots and pans?
Luxury kitchenware that uses more expensive materials such as copper and premium stainless steel will carry a higher price. Copper can transfer heat evenly and effectively, while stainless steel can hold up to heavy-duty use for generations. On the other hand, aluminum cookware with a non-stick PTFE coating is a much more affordable option. However, these cheaper pans will also have a much shorter lifespan.
Farberware often mixes quality materials with more affordable materials to keep costs low. It also has different lines that target different audiences. Some pans are made using stainless stee l, others use non-stick hybrid coatings, and still, others use aluminum and PTFE coatings. High-end brands such as Le Creuset and All-Clad may use only the most expensive materials such as stainless steel and copper.
How was it made?
The construction of your pots and pans will also play a role in the pricing. Some pots and pans have several layers of bonded metal, while others have only a few. The more layers used, the more durable your pan will be. You may also notice that thicker pans heat more evenly and are less likely to burn your food. Keep in mind, though, that you will pay more for a 7-ply pot than a 3-ply.
Also, if your brand of pot was fully or partially handcrafted, such as Le Creuset, you may see extra costs for the extra labor and skill involved. Mass-produced pots will generally cost much less.
Where was it made?
Many buyers also want to know which country manufactures their pots and pans. If the pans are from the U.S.A. or Europe you will generally notice a higher price tag. This is because the labor often comes at a higher price and the manufacturing regulations are often stricter. However, if China manufactures an item, it will usually sell at a lower price. Farberware was made in the U.S.A., however many customers report that Farberware pots and pans in more recent years are made in China or Thailand.
Before you invest in a new kitchen set, it is worth looking into the materials of the cookware and how it is manufactured. Then you can decide whether you want to go with top-of-the-line luxury kitchen items or find the sweet spot in the middle with a brand such as Farberware.
Does Walmart own Farberware?
Farberware has some kitchen appliances which have been exclusively sold by Wal-Mart. However, the Farberware brand as a whole is not exclusive to Wal-Mart. It is licensed by Russell Hobbs, Inc. which also distributes well-known brands such as Black & Decker, George Foreman, and Toastmaster, among others.
Does Farberware use Teflon?
No, Teflon is the brand name of a non-stick coating and it is not a coating for Farberware pans. Faberware non-stick coatings are PFOA-free and some hybrid ceramic nonstick bakeware is also PTFE-free. The hybrid ceramic coating uses a combination of ceramic coating and silicone polyester. This coating resists chipping and flaking and you can find it in bakeware lines such as Silverstone and Farberware Ceramic bakeware.
How can you tell a real Le Creuset pan from a fake?
If you are spending the cash on a Le Creuset pan, you will want to be sure you are not paying a high price for a cheaply made counterfeit. Check the bottom of the pan to find out if your Le Creuset pan is the real deal. Le Creuset pans should have their brand name, a diamond mark, and the words “France” or “Made in France.” Finally, the bottom should also give a double-digit number with indicates the inside diameter of your pan. You can get out your tape measure to see if this number checks out.
Alex Praytor is a native Texan who got her degree in English Literature and decided to travel the globe. She finds the architecture and design of homes across cultures fascinating. In her spare time, she visits coffee shops with her family and creates projects for their own home. Alex enjoys sharing tips on how to keep repairs up to date while turning a house into a home.
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