Mauviel Cookware reviews and comparisons

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In 1830, a Frenchman named Ernest Mauviel established a traditional workshop where he and his artisans produced high-quality copper cookware. Seven generations later, and almost two centuries down the line, the Mauviel 1830 brand makes some of the highest-performing, longest-lasting premium cookware in the market.

The company is set in the Villedieu-Les-Poeles town of France, loosely translating to ‘God’s City of Pans.’ The town has a long-standing history of making copper and tinware of that enviable French quality. Mauviel has been able to stand the test of time due to its dedication to quality and the company’s adaptability.

Today, Valerie Gilbert runs the family-owned company. She revived the company’s energy upon appointment as head back in 2006. As a commercialization specialist, she has been responsible for capturing foreign markets, making Mauviel a world market leader, especially in copper cookware.

Mauviel has an edge with its ability to merge traditional craftsmanship and modernity. In fact, they pride themselves as one of the few companies globally with the skill to make cookware with the most diverse material. They have copper, steel, cast iron, aluminum, and stainless steel collections.

History aside, the Mauviel brand caught my eye with its glowing reviews from renowned chefs and collectors. I set out to investigate this so-called ‘king of copper cookware’ in an attempt to see whether the extremely high price tag is worth the investment. What I’ll say for sure is that this is a luxury investment–not for everyone. But at the same time, you get premium quality, which is precisely what you pay for.

An Overview of Mauviel's Collections

M'Heritage

The M'Heritage has been referred to as a showpiece collection and is probably the most intricately designed copper cookware in the market. With a 90% copper plus 10% stainless steel construction, the cookware embodies the exceptional heat control of copper and the durability of stainless steel. The 18/10 steel is non-reactive and releases food quite well if you know what you are doing, making this an excellent performer in the kitchen. Don't get food stuck in the rivets, as getting it off can be quite the task. On the other hand, the copper facilitates fast and even heating, cooking your meals to perfection.

Maintaining the aesthetics is no walk in the park. For one, copper is highly malleable and requires delicate handling–the light, unvented lids are the biggest victims and could be heavier to enhance durability. The polished exteriors smudge easily, and the copper luster tends to fade over time. The collection is not dishwasher safe, and that means handwashing with dedicated cleaners for copper if you want to keep the pieces in mint condition. The handles don't stay as cool as advertised; therefore, keep your mitts handy. Again, the absence of flared rims for pouring can lead to splattering food on the cookware's gorgeous exterior, which is unsightly.

But, when all is said and done, the price of the M'Heritage is really the main determining factor for the acquisition of this cookware. The price goes above and beyond what most people are willing to realistically spend on cookware, especially if you're getting it as a necessity. If you're looking for a family heirloom or looking to gift your kids at their wedding, then the M'Heritage collection fits that particular bill. Otherwise, despite the incredible cooking performance and great aesthetics, the M'Heritage remains a reserve for people looking to purchase luxury cookware.

M'Cook

The M'Cook collection brings you a classic clad stainless steel construction that is both reliable and durable. The pieces feature an interior and exterior layer of stainless steel, sandwiching a 3-layered aluminum core. The inherent properties of these metals give the cookware fast and even heating ability, heat retention, an easy-release cooking surface, and an induction-compatible base. The lids are made of stainless steel, while the handles are made of cast stainless steel. The pans are sturdy and, if well maintained, can guarantee a lifetime of service.

There are a few areas of improvement we can point out in this collection. The bulging rivets make cleaning just a little harder as they tend to trap residue. On the other hand, the handles are thin and flat, which might be easier for people with small hands to handle, but not for the average person. And despite good heat retention and induction, the thick stainless steel layer delays fast conductivity.

Mauviel has ensured that the M'Cook line gives you variety. You can tailor your own set to your liking, including choice with handle make, lid material, interior finish, and cookware capacity. You might have to hunt down some of the pieces, as Mauviel retains exclusive sale rights on their website for some of the pieces you'd want–so ensure to do your research. All in all, this is a premium offering that really justifies the price tag–we all love cookware that demands minimal compromises.

M'Urban

The M'Urban collection is Mauviel's newest collection. It is a tri-ply clad adaptation of their stainless steel cookware. The cookware features a 1.3mm aluminum core sandwiched between a brushed stainless steel exterior and an 18/10 stainless steel layer. The interior is hard-wearing, durable, and easy to clean. It also provides good food release, making it perfect for most cooking methods. The brushed exterior is not only easy to clean and durable but also magnetized, making it compatible across all stovetops, including induction tops.

The thin aluminum core is the collection's biggest letdown. While it still facilitates fast conduction, it also cools down just as fast due to lack of mass, leading to hotspots. This can lead to uneven cooking, which is performance reserved for budget brands. The protruding rivets that hold the cast stainless steel handles also trap food residue, making it a little challenging to clean the interior. The thin and flat handles are not also easy on the hands when maneuvering the cookware.

The price of this collection is a huge determinant in recommending for or against buying. You'll have to run a thorough price comparison as different sites place it in different price categories. At a mid-range price tag, acquiring the pieces in this collection makes perfect sense. While the construction is not as sturdy as the M'Cook, it is still durably built, making it worth the mid-range value. However, the sites that tag it as a premium offering may be a bit off the mark since the performance is not as excellent as the other collections by Mauviel.

M'Steel

The M'Steel collection is Mauviel's adaptation of carbon steel in its cookware manufacture. And while we are accustomed to quality pieces from the brand, this collection delivers budget performance for a higher-than-budget price. Yes, the cookware does deliver on nonstick cooking without the dangers associated with Teflon, and yes, it properly sears a dense piece of meat, but the minute you crank up the temperature, you will have a warped pan to deal with. Therefore, you might have to contend with low to medium flames to keep the pan in working shape.

But, while in good condition, the pieces perform excellently at browning, grilling, braising, and stir-frying. They are not as aesthetically pleasing, but then again, you are not paying the prices you would for the M'Heritage's glow or the M'Elites allure. Cleaning this pan is not a hassle since you simply run hot water to deglaze the pan, and you are good to go. Scouring with abrasive chemicals can undo your seasoning, hence not advisable. Also, Mauviel does an excellent job of thoroughly outlining how to care for the pan, which, when followed, could give some valuable years of service.

M'Stone

The M'Stone collection is a black anodized collection with a nonstick interior. The pieces are aesthetically pleasing and will fit with any kitchen decor. The aluminum on this collection is thicker than most other anodized aluminum collections, making it good at conduction, distribution, and heat retention. The integrated stainless steel cap makes it induction compatible, while the nonstick limits the oven compatibility to 500°F. The cast stainless steel handles stay cool but are not as comfortable to hold.

The Eclipse nonstick is the most significant selling point for the collection. It is stronger and more durable than most nonstick variations in the market, ensuring that this cookware can serve you a couple of years before letting up–nonstick always does. Yes, you get to cook with significantly less oil for a long time, and for that, we can allow for the premium price tag. Most users don't seem to report the usual scuffing and peeling associated with nonstick cookware, which in the end, is a little bit better for the environment (just a little bit).

M'6

The M'6 is another luxury copper offering by Mauviel. This particular set is made of 6 layers of metal. The exterior is a polished copper with a base-to-edge ferritic magnetic layer that gives the cookware induction ability. This is followed by a stainless steel layer that bonds to 3 successive layers of aluminum. Finally, the interior comes in either an 18/10 stainless steel finish or the strong and durable PFOA-free Eclipse nonstick. Either way, the cooking performance is really where this collection excels.

The properties of the metal composition come together beautifully to create cookware with superior heat control, fast and even conductivity that ultimately saves energy when cooking. The cast stainless steel handles don't get very hot when cooking, but you can never be too careful. It also comes with those curved rims that make pouring easier. Generally, the cookware performs well across all stovetops and delivers on all cooking methods. Again, be ready for the delicate care needed to keep these pieces pristine.

Now, the big but. The prices for the M'6 collection are through the roof if you can find them in the first place. They are exclusively sold in Mauviel's boutique shops, and the pieces available also vary by region. The cost of the large casserole in this collection pays for the 8-piece set from the M'Urban collection. Therefore, this set is really for people looking to treat themselves or looking to gift someone on a special occasion. They are the kind of pieces that are passed down generations.

Mauviel M'Heritage

Mauviel M'heritage M200CI 9-piece 2mm Copper Cookware Set with Cast Iron Handles
  • Set includes: 10.2-inch Skillet, 1.9-quart Saucepan with Lid, 2.6-quart Saucepan with Lid, 3.4-quart Saute Pan with Lid, 6.3-quart Stock Pot with Lid & Bonus 5-ounce Copperbrill Copper Cleaner
  • 2mm thick copper allows unsurpassed heat conductivity and control; copper heats more evenly, much faster than other metals and offers superior cooking control
  • Mauviel copper and stainless cookware construction is 90% copper on the exterior and 10% 18/10 stainless steel on the interior

This M’Heritage collection is otherwise referred to as ‘The Art of Perfection’–it embodies the company’s long-standing heritage of quality copper cookware. This line of Mauviel cookware features many variations to fit both cooking style and budget.

Construction

The M’heritage is one of the most exquisite copper cookware in the market and could easily pass for display pieces. The pieces feature a polished copper exterior and a high-quality stainless steel interior. The material composition on each piece is 90% copper and 10% steel, with varying materials for the handles.

MAUVIEL M'HERITAGE pan

If you’ve gone online and searched for the M’Heritage cookware, it gets a bit confusing as the cookware may feature tags like 200C (or CI), 150S, or 250B. Well, Mauviel has the M’Heritage line in three copper thicknesses and three handle materials. The number represents the copper thickness amounting to 90% of the composition, while the latter stands for the handle material.

The 200 series features a copper skin of 2.0 mm, the 150 comes with a 1.5mm skin, while the 250 features a 2.5 mm copper skin. C (CI) will represent iron electroplated cast stainless steel, B for bronze, and S for pure stainless steel. Therefore, if a rondeau with its lid is marked under the M’Heritage 200B, it would mean that the rondeau and its lid are made of 2.0mm copper skin, a stainless steel interior, and feature bronze handles.

MAUVIEL M'HERITAGE thickness

The M’Heritage’s 90% copper is the largest of any of their copper collections, with the 200 series marketed for professionals under a subcollection known as M’Line Legacy 200. The classic 150 is perfect for home chefs, while the 250 is the most expensive, as it features the highest copper composition.

The pots come with tight-fitting lids made of copper exteriors and stainless steel interiors. The handles match the material make of the designated pots. However, they are not vented and can build up quite an amount of pressure. They are also lightweight and reportedly quite fragile.

The walls in all the pieces are straight without the flared rim for pouring food–this can cause some spillage. And finally, the traditional-style handles tend to get very hot, especially the bronze variety. They are also attached via bulging stainless steel rivets, which are notorious for trapping food residue and complicating the cleaning process.

Coatings

There are many reasons why the M’Heritage line chooses a copper and stainless steel blend for its construction. A copper exterior gives the pieces excellent heat control. This is evidenced by the cookware’s ability to heat and cool very quickly and even heat distribution. These two qualities also save on energy since you’d mainly cook on low to medium. Again, copper allows you to better handle the required heat needed to achieve perfect meals.

MAUVIEL M'HERITAGE heat distribution

But, while the copper’s warm glow makes for a gorgeous shell, the metal is highly reactive to acidic foods. It may affect the taste or release harmful particles into your food. For this reason, Mauviel opts for the high-quality and durable 18/10 steel for the interior. A stainless steel interior means that with the right cooking methods, food won’t stick as much to the sides; it’s non-reactive and exceptionally durable.

MAUVIEL M'HERITAGE handle

The cookware does need a significant amount of care. For one, the polished exterior easily smudges and collects fingerprints. Not to mention that copper fades naturally over time. You can buy Mauviel’s own copper polish or any other brand that you’d prefer–just have a container handy since the aesthetics account for a big part of the cost. The collection is not dishwasher safe, but a quick soak in lukewarm water will make hand washing relatively seamless.

Compatibility with Different Stovetops and Oven Ranges

The M’Heritage set is excellent at heat conduction and compatible with all gas, halogen, and electric stovetops. Copper cookware is not usually induction compatible, but Mauviel offers a workaround. You can purchase (separately) a relay disk, a special disk made of magnetized stainless steel that serves as an interface for heat transfer on an induction top. The entire set is oven safe up to 680°F, including the lids and handles.

Price Range

Copper is naturally expensive, and this luxury brand makes no exception. In fact, this is more the rule. The M’Heritage offerings are not just premium–they are luxury. The thicker the copper skin, the more expensive, meaning you can actually save some money by opting for the 150 series. But, this will still be way more expensive than your ordinary big-box retailer brands.

Available Set Options

Mauviel offers the M’Heritage Collection in different combination sets or as open stock. The collection is vast due to the variations in copper skin thickness and handles. Most of the cookware is sold in sets of 5, 7, 9, and 10. The sets include lids, and some even come with Copperbrill-Mauviel’s copper polish. The individual items in the different collections also vary, but the most standard includes:

  • 10.2″ Skillet
  • Saucepan with lid (1.2 qt, 2.6 qt, 3.2 qt, 3.3 qt)
  • Saute Pan with Lid (0.8, 3.2 qt, 3.4 qt)
  • 6.3 qt Stock Pot with Lid
  • 8″ and 10″ Frypan; 10
  • 5 qt Copper rondeau with lid
  • 6.1 qt Stewpan with lid
  • 1qt and 1.2 qt splayed saute pan
  • 15.7″ x 11.8″ Roaster with rack
  • 11.8″ Wok pan
  • 13.7″ and 15.7″ Paella pan
  • 11.8″ Oval pan
  • Oval stewpan (1.9 qt and 4 qt)
  • Crepe frying pan

Mauviel M'Cook

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Mauviel Made In France M'Cook 5 Ply Stainless Steel 11.8 Inch Round Frying Pan, Cast Stainless Steel Handle
  • MADE IN FRANCE SINCE 1830. Mauviel is the leading cookware manufacturer for professional and household chefs throughout the world.
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE 2.6 mm thickness; 5 Ply Construction. M’Cook offers superior heat conductivity and controlled even heat distribution.
  • HANDLES STAY COOL. Cast stainless steel handles stay cool during use. Pouring rims on every shape. Dishwasher Safe.

The M’Cook is Mauviel’s premium clad stainless steel offering for professional and home cooks.

Construction

The M’Cook collection features a 5-ply construction, measuring 2.6 mm in thickness. The clad consists of an exterior ferritic stainless steel, three layers of aluminum, and an interior 18/10 stainless steel. The inherent properties of these metals give the M’Cook its impressive cooking performance. The exterior in most pieces is highly polished and has a glossy, mirror-like effect that is beautiful in any modern kitchen.

mauviel m'cook construction

The pieces in this collection are flat-bottomed with straight walls for the pots and flared ones for the pans. In addition, the rims are grooved in a non-drip fashion, an excellent adaptation by Mauviel. It ensures that the pieces remain clean and sparkly even when serving, unlike the pieces in the MHeritage series.

The cookware is generally light and easy to handle. Speaking of which, the handles on this collection are made of textured cast stainless steel, which is excellent for grip. They are also visibly longer than most standard cookware. Their flat nature may not be so forgiving when handling, especially for people with average to large hands.

The handles are riveted, but the stainless steel rivets protrude from the pan’s surface, giving it the potential to trap residue and grime–not excellent for cleanup. Mauviel offers alternative handle materials on their website–you can get this collection with cast iron or bronze handles. But regardless of the make, each piece in this collection features an elegant ‘Mauviel 1830’ stamp that does wonders for kitchen aesthetics.

The collection also comes with fitted, dome-shaped, unvented stainless steel lids. However, if you aren’t comfortable with these lids, Mauviel gives alternatives with a flat stainless steel variety or glass option. The glass lids feature stainless steel rims and a stainless steel knob with ‘Mauviel 1830’ stamped on the top.

Coatings

The M’Cook series has a ferritic, polished exterior for aesthetics and induction ability. The 3 layers of aluminum alloys give the pan fast and even heating properties. The aluminum layer is about 1.6 mm thick. The interior features a high-quality 18/10 stainless steel layer that is durable, non-reactive, and has good food release. The stainless steel layers ensure that the cookware retains heat for longer but sadly delays conductivity.

mauviel m'cook handle rivets

As with any stainless steel cookware, you need to be familiar with the cooking practices to avoid an overly sticky situation. Luckily, it is easy to deglaze 18/10 stainless steel, which means cleaning is not too tasking. The cookware is dishwasher safe, but you might want to stick to hand washing to ensure longevity. Go in with a fine-thistle toothbrush on the rivets and logo engravings to get out any residue that may find its way.

Mauviel offers even more versatility with the M’Cook line. Each set comes with a single nonstick skillet, making cooking delicate foods like eggs or fish easier. The skillet replaces the interior stainless steel layer with a hard-wearing, quality nonstick. We advise that you stick to nonstick cookware practices to preserve the skillet–use plastic, wooden, or silicone utensils, cook on low to medium heat and always hand wash this skillet.

Compatibility with Different Stovetops and Ovens

The M’Cook set is excellent at heat conduction and compatible with all gas, halogen, electric, and induction stovetops. The set is oven safe up to 680°F, including the stainless steel lids and handles or their cast iron and bronze alternatives. The nonstick skillet should be safe up to 500°F, while the tempered glass lids should not go past 350°F.

Price Range

The M’Cook series is a premium clad stainless steel offering, and as such, you can expect a steep price tag. You get a quality guarantee, which justifies the price tag. And compared to Mauviel’s M’Heritage, this collection makes the luxury brand available at a price that won’t completely break the bank.

Available Set Options

Mauviel offers the M’Cook Collection in different combination sets or as open stock. However, as is Mauviel’s culture, they reserve some exclusive pieces and handle variations for sale on their website. Here are some of the options available:

  • 8-Piece set: 1.9 qt saucepan with lid, 2.7 qt saucepan with lid, 3.4 qt sauté pan with lid, 10.2″ fry pan, and 8″ Non-Stick Frying Pan
  • 12-Piece set: 3 saucepans with domed lids (16,18 and 20 cm), a 24 cm sauté pan, a domed 24 cm flared wok, a 20 cm nonstick frying pan, a 26 cm frying pan, and a 24 cm casserole dish with domed lid 
  • 5-Piece: Saucepan 16cm with domed lid, Sauté pan 24cm with domed lid, and Frying pan 26cm.
  • Covered stew pans in different sizes: 1.9 qt, 3.6 qt, 6.4 qt, 9.1 qt
  • Covered rondeau in different sizes: 5.8 qt, 3.4 qt
  • 15.7″ x 11.8″ rectangular roasting pan with rack
  • Saucepans with lids in different sizes: 1.9 qt, 3.4 qt
  • 2.0″ Curved splayed saute
  • Nonstick pans in different sizes: 9.5″, 28″
  • Round frying pans in different sizes: 8″, 9.5″, 10.2″. 11″, 11.8″
  • Tarte Tatin with ears 24″
  • Oval pans in different sizes: 30 x 20 cm, 35 x 23 cm
  • Saucepans in different sizes: 0.9 qt, 1.3 qt. 2.7 qt, 3.7 qt
  • Wok with helper handle: 13.25″
  • Saute Pan in different sizes: 12″. 16″, 18″
  • 11 x 4.3″ Kettle fish
  • Splayed Saute pans with lids and without in different sizes
  • 3.4 qt Curved splayed with lid
  • Round frying 24″, 28″
  • Saute pan with lids 5.8 qt, 0.9 qt, 1.9 qt
  • 24″ Nonstick saute

Mauviel M'Urban

Mauviel Tri-Ply M'Urban 8 Piece Set Cast SS Handle Stainless pots, Brushed Stainless Steel
  • MADE IN FRANCE since 1830. Mauviel is the leading cookware manufacturer for professional and household chefs throughout the world. The 8-Piece Set includes 1.9 qt. Saucepan with lid, 2.7 qt. Saucepan with lid, 8" Frying pan, 10.2" Frying pan, and 3.4 qt. Saute pan with lid.
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE: 2.0mm Tri Ply Material. 20% Brushed 18/10 Stainless Steel Exterior/ 64% Aluminum Core/16% Interior 18/10 stainless steel. Aluminum offers superior heat conductivity; 18/10 stainless steel interior is hard wearing, non-reactive, ideal for all types of cooking activities. Heats fast, Cools fast and offers superior cooking control.
  • HANDLES STAY COOL. Cast Stainless Steel handles stay cool during use. Pouring rims on every piece.

The newest entrant in the Mauviel family is an affordable option for people who want a taste of the Mauviel brand but cannot afford the more expensive collections. A collection that’s a testament to the company’s adaptability.

Construction

The M’Urban collection features a tri-ply construction of 64% aluminum and 36% stainless steel. The brushed stainless steel exterior accounts for 20% of the total composition, while the 18/10 stainless steel makes up 16%. The aluminum layer on the M’Urban series is only 1.3mm, compared to the M’Cook’s 1,6mm. This makes for an obvious reduction in cooking performance excellence, especially in heat distribution.

mauviel m'urban thickness

Most premium brands offer a thick aluminum core as justification for their high prices. A thin aluminum layer is a hazard for hot spots–without the mass, the thin layer loses heat as fast as it conducts it. Therefore, the M’Urban might not perform as well as other premium clad stainless steel with aluminum cores. However, this tradeoff means that the cookware weighs substantially less, making it easy to handle.

The lightweight is a welcome consequence since the collection also features those thin, flat cast stainless steel handles that are not as easy on the hands as rounded or silicone-wrapped handles. They are, however, joined to the cookware via stainless steel rivets. The rivets bulge over the surface and may trap residue making it hard to clean. The handles also promise to stay cool, but we always advise keeping mitts or a kitchen towel handy.

mauviel m'urban handle

The rims are flared for easy pouring. They also provide an excellent resting surface for the flat stainless steel lids. These lids rattle quite a bit without the vents or the classic dome shape giving extra allowance for pressure build-up.

Coatings

The exterior of the M’Urban Series is brushed stainless steel. The material is easy to clean, durable, and induction compatible. The interior is hard-wearing, long-lasting, non-reactive 18/10 stainless steel. Like that of the M’Cook and M’Heritage, the surface releases food quite well, giving you perfect meals and ensuring that cleanup is easy. And while the cookware is dishwasher safe, we advise that you stick to handwashing to ensure longevity.

mauviel m'urban nonstick coating

The M’Urban also gives a nonstick frying pan option for the seamless preparation of delicate food. Cook on low heat, use nonstick-friendly cooking utensils, and hand wash these pans to preserve the nonstick.

Compatibility with Different Stovetops and Ovens

The M’Urban, like the M’Cook, is excellent at heat conduction and compatible with all gas, halogen, electric, and induction stovetops. The set is oven safe up to 680°F, including the stainless steel lids and handles. The nonstick skillet is only safe up to 500°F.

Price Range

The M’Urban is affordably priced for cookware from such a premium brand. It falls in the mid-range category making it affordable for anyone that wants to own premium brand cookware at a somewhat reasonable price. However, the prices for the M’Urban vary greatly, with those on the site being nearly double those on the brand’s page on Amazon, so do your homework.

Available Set Options

Mauviel offers the M’Urban Collection in different combination sets or as open stock. Here are the options available:

  • 8-Piece Set: 1.9 qt. Saucepan with lid, 2.7 qt. Saucepan with lid, 8″ Frying pan, 10.2″ Frying pan, and 3.4 qt. Saute pan with lid.
  • 10-Piece Set: 1.9 qt. Saucepan with lid, 2.7 qt. Saucepan with lid, 8″ Frying pan nonstick interior, 10.2″ Frying pan, 3.4 qt. Saute pan with lid and 9.5″ Stewpan with lid.
  • 5-piece set: 1.9 qt. Saucepan with lid, 10.2″ frying pan, and 3.4 qt. Sauté pan with lid.
  • Saute pan with lid in different sizes: 9.5″, 11″ and 8″
  • Round frying pan in different sizes: 8″, 10.2″ and 11.8″
  • Round nonstick pans in different sizes: 7.8″, 11.8″ and 10.2″
  • Saucepan with lid in different sizes: 6.3″, 7″, 8″ and 5.5″
  • 9.5″ Covered stock
  • Stew pan in different sizes: 11″ and 9.5″
  • Rondeau with lid in different sizes: 9.5″ and 11″
  • Curved splayed saute with lid: 8″, 6.3″, and 9.5″

Mauviel M'Steel

Mauviel M'Steel, Carbon, nonstick Fry pan, 11 Inch, Black Steel
  • MADE IN FRANCE. Made of extra thick black steel /carbon steel. Iron handles. Excellent heat conduction –ideal for searing.
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE. Commercial grade durability withstands high temperature allowing for longer preheating and excellent searing capabilities.
  • NATURAL NON-STICK. Before first use, season the pan per manufacture recommendations. The pan will build up a natural nonstick property and darken overtime.

Mauviel’s M’Steel line is a collection of pans, crepes, and a wok that serve as a lighter alternative to cast iron and are less toxic than Teflon-based cookware.

Construction

The pieces in this collection adopt the classic aesthetic of traditionally handcrafted cookware. The cookware is made of carbon steel, also known as black steel. Each piece in this collection measures about 2-2.5 mm in thickness of the 14 gauge carbon steel. This thickness is a middle ground for balancing the weight and ensuring that the cookware retains heat properly.

mauviel m'steel thickness

Carbon steel cookware comes with many benefits. It has the searing capacity of cast iron cookware without being as heavy. It heats up relatively quickly and also retains the heat for longer, allowing quick preparation of meals and saving on energy in the process. However, many users have reported that the M’Steel pans warp after an insignificant use under medium to high flames, rendering the pan useless on a flat stovetop.

Another reason why people go for carbon steel is its natural nonstick properties. The M’Steel line requires seasoning, for which, the manufacturer includes a guide. Done properly, the cookware develops a patina that almost performs like Teflon. Also, carbon steel is a durable but inexpensive metal, and it reflects in the warranty and price of its cookware.

mauviel m'steel handle

The handles are long, flat, and uncomfortable. In fact, for oven use, you might have a problem fitting the larger-sized pans in a standard-sized oven. The cast stainless steel handles are also riveted–the three bulging rivets are not as easy to clean, especially when grime finds its way. The Wok has a helper handle, while the paella pans come with dual short handles. Also, none of the pieces comes with lids as the cooking styles for the pieces don’t require them.

Coatings

Usually, the cookware comes covered in beeswax to prevent rust between the manufacturing stage and use–ensure to get this off before your first use. The detailed user guide explains how to get it off. Run through a couple of rinses with hot water, then wipe it dry. Continue to season the pan by using flavorless oil and heating the pan for 5 minutes. Repeat the seasoning process if necessary.

mauviel m'steel rivets

The best thing about carbon steel pans is that the nonstick gets better with subsequent cooking. Cleaning these pieces is also not complicated–hot water is usually enough to deglaze the pan. You may want to avoid scrubbing the pan or using dishwashing soap to preserve the seasoning. The steel sheet is also responsible for enhancing taste and flavor in your dishes. The M’Steel collection delivers best results when simmering, grilling, braising, browning, or stir-frying.

mauviel m'steel construction

When you expect it, getting the beeswax off and seasoning is not as tasking as for users who go in blind. Some users have complained that even with seasoning, the food was sticky. There’s a lot of controversy about whether they seasoned their pieces properly, as chefs worldwide swear by the easy release properties of black carbon. If your food is sticky, you can follow your own seasoning techniques or search for the best ones online.

Compatibility With Different Stovetops and Ovens

The M’Steel is ideally compatible across all stovetops, including induction tops. The irony is that with reported warping, it will not sit steadily on a flat stovetop and even on some stove burner grates. You might want to stick to lower heat when cooking. However, the entire pan is oven safe up to 680°F.

Price Range

The M’Steel range is highly-priced in line with the Mauviel brand despite carbon steel cookware being generally inexpensive. Compared, the prices are almost double that of equally and better-performing carbon steel cookware by other brands.

Available Set Options

M’Steel is not sold in sets–the entire collection is sold as open stock. Here are the options available:

  • Carbon nonstick fry pan in 9.5″, 8″, 11″, 12.5″ and 14″
  • Crepe pan in 8″, 9.5″, and 8.75″
  • Steel Wok 11.8″
  • Paella pan in 14.2’’ and 15.75’’
  • Splayed curved saute pan in 11″, 8″, and 9.5″

Mauviel M'Stone

Mauviel M'Stone3 Non-Stick Fry Pan 9.5" SS Handle, Black
  • Made in France since 1830. Mauviel is the leading cookware manufacturer for professional and household chefs throughout the world
  • High performance. 3 layers of Eclipse coating on 3.5 mm of Black anodized aluminum with integrated induction base offers rapid, uniform heat conductivity and controlled even heat distribution
  • Excellent non stick properties. PFOA and PTFE free. Eclipse nonstick coating gives Extra durability and strength

The M’Stone collection is Mauveil’s adaptation of nonstick cookware. The collection is edgy and designed for modern gourmet cooking.

Construction

The M’Stone series is made of black anodized aluminum with a nonstick interior. The collection looks edgy, with black all over save for the cast stainless steel handle and magnetized stainless steel base. And, not only does the black anodized aluminum look good, but it is also highly resistant to corrosion. The handles also feature the brand’s classic ‘Mauviel 1830’ stamp, further elevating aesthetics.

mauviel m'stone thickness

The thick anodized base is responsible for the cookware’s fast conductivity and uniform distribution of heat. The aluminum is about 3.5 mm, thicker than standard aluminum cookware, and this allows the cookware to retain heat longer. The cookware feels sturdy and is not as heavy despite the large aluminum composition–the weight is well balanced for maneuvering, despite Mauviel’s awkward thin, flat handles.

The handle rivets protrude over the nonstick, which usually introduces a chipping hazard, not to mention the extra work when it comes to cleaning. The walls of the pieces are straight, and this collection doesn’t feature grooved rims for easy pouring. Again, most pieces don’t come with lids, save for the rondeau and casserole. These exceptions come with domed glass lids with stainless steel rims and a steel knob with an ‘M 1830’ stamp atop.

mauviel m'stone frying pan

Coatings

The pieces in the M’Stone collection come with a 3-4 mm thickness. Of that thickness is the 3.5 (or thereabout) aluminum, which facilitates fast and even conductivity. The exterior is easy to clean if food splatter finds its way. It also gives the cookware the strength to live through daily use and abuse.

The interior features a triple-layer nonstick that makes for the extra thickness. This particular PTFE variation is known as Eclipse nonstick–one of the strongest and most durable variations of nonstick. The food release is excellent, which also makes for easy cleanup. However, we still recommend that you observe nonstick practices to guarantee longevity–cook on low to medium heat, use non-metal utensils, and hand wash despite the cookware being dishwasher safe.

Compatibility With Different Stovetops and Ovens

The M’Stone series is compatible across all stovetops, including induction tops, thanks to its integrated magnetic stainless steel base. The pieces are also oven safe up to 500°F, with the glass lids only being safe to 350°F.

Price Range

This collection is in the premium range for nonstick cookware. The price is justifiable because the nonstick on this is more durable and stronger than that of other nonstick cookware.

Available Set Options

Mauviel doesn’t sell the M’Stone in sets but rather as open stock. The pieces available vary greatly by region and seller and are some of the most elusive pieces to find–you really have to hunt them down. Here are the options available:

  • Frypans in the following sizes: 8″, 9.5″, 10.8″, 11″ and 11.8″
  • Crepe pan in 11.8″
  • Oval fry pan in 9.1″
  • Casserole with glass lid: 9.5″ and 11″
  • Roundel with glass lid: 9.5″ and 11″
  • Stir fry dish: 9.5″ and 11″
  • Saucepans in different sizes: 5.5″, 6.3″, 7.0″, 7.9″
  • Curved flare: 7.9″
  • Pancake pan: 12″
  • Oven dish: 13.8″ x25″

Mauviel M'6

Mauviel Made In France M'Passion 2193.36 11-Quart Copper Jam Pan with Bronze Handles
  • Attractive 11-quart pan for heating fruits and sugar when making jam
  • Attractive copper construction conducts heat efficiently
  • Unlined interior doesn't react with fruits while cooking

The M’6 collection is presented to us with quite the intrigue. What is this impossible thing that Mauviel claims to have done?

Construction

The M’6 is part of Mauviel’s copper cookware–in short, where they excel. This collection also speaks to the brand’s desire to remain innovative and adapt to the growing needs of cookware consumers. The result? A copper collection that is induction compatible, without needing a relay disk or that magnetic disk that most non-magnetic cookware bonds to the cookware’s base.

The M’6, like the name suggests, is a 6 layered cookware creation. The interior features a layer of 18/10 steel, followed by a 3-layer aluminum core; next comes a stainless steel layer, all encapsulated by the pure copper layer. Mauviel cuts out a section of the copper across the base and very slightly up the edge and replaces this with a ferritic stainless steel layer.

This construction gives the cookware pieces a uniform-clad appearance. In fact, the copper skin looks continuous due to its polished appearance and the polished stainless steel on the base. Both metals blend discreetly to make one of the most beautiful and functional collections in the market. But besides aesthetics, this brilliant design enhances rapid conduction and even heat distribution.

The stainless steel layers give the cookware sturdiness and a non-reactive cooking surface that is also relatively easy to clean. On the other hand, the thick aluminum layer enhances heat conductivity and distribution, while copper increases the precision with temperature control–the metal with the most diligent heat response. Also, it gives the cookware a very luxurious feel.

The handles stay cool and are made of cast stainless steel, but keep your mitts handy. They are riveted to the cookware via stainless steel rivets that protrude on its interior, which we already know is problematic when cleaning. But unlike the M’Heritage collection, the pieces in this collection feature curved rims for pouring, which eliminates the possibility of splattering food on the exterior.

The copper exterior, stainless steel interior, and cast stainless steel handled lids are as beautiful as the cookware. They are dome-shaped to allow extra room for pressure build-up and tight-fitting to minimize rattling when cooking.

Coatings

The copper coating on the exterior is pure, thus soft and prone to scratches. The cookware calls for a lot of care when handling. The pieces are also finished by hand, as is the Mauviel heritage. The polished copper blends seamlessly with the shiny stainless steel alloy that goes across the base to the edge of the walls for an unseamed appearance.

The interior features Mauviel’s go-to 18/10 stainless steel, making for a stable cooking surface, easy to clean, and durable. However, there is an alternative skillet finish–some of the pieces are adorned with PFOA-free Eclipse nonstick, known as one of the strongest and most durable nonstick varieties. Whatever finishing you opt for on this copper set, Mauviel offers you the best-in-class material, meaning that the cooking performance remains top-notch, and with proper care, the cookware serves you for a long time.

Needless to say, the collection is not dishwasher safe–copper requires delicate handling. Get acquainted with caring for copper, including the specialized cleaners to keep the pieces looking pristine. Also, observe nonstick cookware practices to preserve the skillets in that finish.

Compatibility With Different Stovetops and Ovens

Thanks to the brilliant design, the cookware is compatible across all stovetops, including induction tops. The pieces are also oven safe up to 680°F. However, the nonstick variety is only safe to 500°F.

Price Range

As expected, the price for this collection is downright expensive; squarely in the luxury category. The prices are comparable to the M’Heritage 200 and 250 series, with some costing higher and others lower than the legacy collection.

Available Set Options

Mauviel doesn’t sell the M’6 in sets but rather as open stock. In fact, this is an exclusive offering and is near-impossible to find outside of Mauviel’s online boutique shop. Here are the options available under the M’6 collection:

  • Round fry pan: 7.9″, 10.2″ and 11.8″
  • Saucepan with lid: 5.5″. 6.3″, 7, 8″ and 9.4″
  • Nonstick fry pan: 7.9″, 10.2″ and 11.8
  • Cocotte with lid: 9.4″
  • Casserole with lid: 7.9″ and 9.5″
  • Domed flare: 7.9″ and 9.5″
  • Stir fry dish: 7.9″ and 9.5″

Mauviel M'Elite

Mauviel M'Elite Curved splayed Saute pan with lid, 7.9, Stainless
  • Made in France since 1830. Mauviel is the leading cookware manufacturer for professional and household chefs throughout the world
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE 2.6 mm thickness; 5 Ply 18/10 SS Construction. M 'Elite is polished and hammered on the outside. Superior heat conductivity and controlled even heat distribution
  • Handles stay cool. Cast Stainless steel handles stay cool during use. Pouring rims on every shape. Dishwasher safe

If you enjoyed the M’Cook or are looking to make a performance and aesthetics upgrade to your M’Urban line, then the M’Elite is the option for you. The M’Elite is an aesthetic upgrade to the M’Cook line with pretty much the same features. You will get your 2.6mm thick cookware in a 5-layer clad made of an inner 18/10 stainless steel layer, 3-layer aluminum core, and an outer ferritic stainless steel layer for induction ability.

The collection is optimized for heat performance, conducting heat fast and distributing it evenly thanks to the thick aluminum core. The hard-wearing interior releases food excellently if your methods are adapted for cooking with stainless steel, and it also cleans easily. The M’Elite collection is also dishwasher safe, but we advise you to stick to hand washing to ensure longevity. You also get to enjoy an oven heat tolerance of up to 680°F.

The major difference between the M’Elite and Mauviel’s other steel offerings is that this collection’s polished exterior has hammered markings that make for beautiful aesthetics. The pieces’ looks are further elevated by the contrasting, plain, and polished deep dome lids. Most of the pieces in this collection also feature short roomy handles made of cast stainless steel for that stay cool effect. The long handles are no different from those of Mauviel’s other brands–thin, long, and not too comfortable when handling.

The M’Elite is available in a small set, but most pieces sell as open stock. The pieces here are more readily available than some of Mauviel’s other special collections. The prices are premium as dictated by the performance and aesthetics. A piece or two from this collection would fit the bill for anyone looking for a kitchen upgrade.

Here are the options available with the M’Elite collection:

  • Paella Pans in 13.8’’ and 15.7’’
  • Curved Splayed Saute pans with Lid in 7.9″ and 9.4″
  • Rondeau with dome lid in 9.4’’, 11.0’’. 6.3″ and 7.9″
  • Frying pans in 7.9, 9.4, and 11″
  • 5-piece set: 6.3″ saucepan, a 9.4″ saute pan, and a 10.2″ round frying pan

Mauviel M'Mini

Mauviel Made In France 0 Cast Stainless Steel Handle Saute Pan, 1.9-Quart
  • MADE IN FRANCE SINCE 1830. Mauviel is the leading cookware manufacturer for professional and household chefs throughout the world.
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE 2.6 mm thickness; 5 Ply Construction. M’Cook offers superior heat conductivity and controlled even heat distribution.
  • HANDLES STAY COOL. Cast stainless steel handles stay cool during use. Pouring rims on every shape. Dishwasher Safe.

The M’Mini is a unique, chic collection that doesn’t just look good in the kitchen but is encouraged on the dining table as well. As the name suggests, these are small cookware pieces, best for single portion meals, heating leftovers, or serving sauces in a dinner setting. Besides their small stature, they also come in brilliant aesthetics.

The pieces each come with a polished exterior–some have copper skins, while the rest have a polished stainless steel exterior. The copper minis feature a 1.5mm thick pure copper layer exterior bonded to 18/10 stainless steel. The stainless steel accounts for 80% of the composition, while copper makes up the remaining 20%. On the other hand, the stainless steel minis have a 1mm thick magnetic steel makeup.

The handles are made of cast stainless steel, but the copper minis come with a bronze alternative. The lids match the cookware for an exquisite finish. Due to their small nature, be careful as the weight of the long handles sometimes tends to tip the cookware’s body, which could be a burn hazard in the making.

The pieces are made with fine dining in mind, so it makes sense that they sell as open stock. You get to handpick the piece that goes best with your decor. The pieces aren’t widely stocked outside Mauviel’s boutique shop; therefore you might want to start there when shopping around. Again, different regions stock different pieces, so getting a particular item can involve a lot of research work. Also, considering the size of the pieces, you will be paying a lot of money for a mostly ornamental piece of cookware.

Here are the pieces available in the M’Mini collection:

  • Stainless Steel Roasters: 5.5″ x 3.9″ and 7.1″ x 5.5″
  • Copper Roasters: 5.5″ x 3.9″ and 7.1″ x 5.5″
  • Stainless steel saucepan: 3.5″ and 2.8″
  • Copper round fry pan: 4.7″
  • Copper cocotte with lid: 3.5’’
  • Stainless steel cocotte with lid: 3.5″
  • Stainless steel saute pan: 2.8″, 3.5″
  • Stainless steel round frying pan: 4.7″
  • Stainless steel splayed saute: 3.5″

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