Vapo-Seal Waterless Cookware Review
Sometimes when doing research for these various types of cookware it can be a little tricky finding out who exactly owns the company. This one I did find, however.
With Vapo-Seal waterless cookware there are a couple of differences. The lids are different because there is no steam valve to close. Vapo-Seal states the valves on competing waterless cookware models can be hard to clean and therefore trap and hold bacteria. I'm not sure how true this is, since during any cooking process the heat should kill any bacteria. In any case, when enough steam is built up inside you can see it escape a little between the lid and the pot. That tells you it’s time to turn down the heat to low.
It is waterless, and has a heavy 7-ply base. The outermost layers are T304 with Titanium surgical stainless steel and with inner layers of A/L alloy bonding and aluminum for fast, even heat transfer. In order to be a good waterless cookware set there has to be at least 5 layers, this has 7.
I’m impressed with their warranty that clearly states it is a lifetime warranty, and I can’t see any hedging on the handles and knobs either.
Price on the 17 piece set is very good—a little more than the Maxam waterless cookware sets—they tend to run $550 range, give or take a little depending on specials on the internet. The set is often sold at home demonstration parties and retails for $1600, still less than the $3000 price for the Saladmaster sets.
Vapo-Seal touts being the “heaviest” 7-ply stackable pans. They are sturdy, nice pans, a nice buy. It’s easy to find an 800 number for customer service for this company, a consideration if you need any replacement parts.