Saladmaster Waterless Cookware Review
You can only get a new Saladmaster brand cookware set through an authorized dealer—you’re apt to catch up to them in conventions, county fairs, or home demonstration parties. You’re not likely to find any new sets for sale either on the internet or in a brick and mortar store. A quick check on e-bay showed 62 items for sale, but all appeared to be used, including the one full set listed.
Saladmaster is one of the most expensive waterless cookware sets you can buy. They offer sets of different sizes but the big sets can cost more than $3000.
Saladmaster boasts they are the only company with the 316Ti surgical stainless steel used in their cookware. 316 surgical stainless steel differs from the 304 in that it has Molybdenum added, and may have a higher content of nickel. Ti stands for the small amounts of Titanium that’s also been added. It makes stainless steel more resistant to very high temperatures—like over 600 degrees centigrade. These are not temperatures you cook food with.
Molybdenum gives the stainless steel a better overall corrosion resistance in chloride environments. It may make a difference in harsh conditions (like marine environments), but hey we are cooking a chicken here, not sailing to Bermuda! To be fair, though, I would not suggest storing highly acidic foods in your pot in any case.
The difference between the 304 and the 316 stainless steel types is not visible in comparing the pans side-by-side. You can’t taste a difference or cook faster. But 316 stainless steel costs more to product, and the titanium adds even a little more cost.
Another feature of Saladmaster is called the Versa Loc handles. This makes them removable, interchangeable between short and long handles, and maybe easier to clean. They also have a “Vapo Valve” that begins to click when it’s time to turn the heat down to medium.
Saladmaster gives a lifetime guarantee, but on their warranty they do say the handles, knobs and cords (on the electric appliances) are guaranteed for only a year.
Saladmaster waterless cookware comes with a high price tag. The mark-up on these sets is a lot, mainly because of their method of marketing with home demos, etc. Is it worth the extra cost? I can’t decide that for you. But the difference between Saladmaster and lower cost sets may not enough to justify the cost differential in my opinion.