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28 cm rondeau -- Falk or Mauviel?

AFiller | Jan 28, 202106:25 AM     27

I’m looking to buy a 28 cm copper rondeau, and would like some advice.
First, I already have what you might consider a ‘rondeau’ — the Fissler 28 cm 7.2L ‘casserole’ — which I bought for batch cooking and for those times when I’d need the extra cooking surface. Before buying it, I figured that, since it can do virtually everything that a shallower pan of its diameter can do and more, why not get the extra volume? Well, I did, and it takes up a lot of space — and it is so unwieldy and requires so much water to wash that I rarely use it. So I’m looking for a 28 cm rondeau (two-handled sauté), in copper.

I’ve narrowed it down to Falk (£345 with lid; 25% cheaper in a sale) vs Mauviel (£550 including tax) (with the black, electroplated handle). I already have a Falk 24 cm rondeau, so I can attest to its build quality (give or take the odd nick in the stainless steel), but with a heavier pan, that holds more food, I can’t help but be a little wary about those tiny Falk rivets and how they will hold up over time. This pushes me to get the Mauviel — as well as the fact that the Mauviel rivets look as if they can be tightened or replaced a lot more easily than the Falk rivets (should they need maintenance)— and I am buying pans for life, so longevity is a priority. In addition, the Mauviel has 4.7L (vs Falk’s 4.0L), which is an excellent size for batch-cooking. The final relevant factor for me is the pan’s durability. I’m rather clumsy when washing and drying, and sometimes bash the handles of my pans against the counter (hence a wariness on my part to go with cast-iron handles). Mauviel’s handles look as if they are more securely attached than the Falk’s (Mauviel’s are part of a solid plate which is attached to the pan; however, each of Falk’s handles are attached over a tiny square area). Are Mauviel’s (looped) handles, therefore, more resistant to a bit of bashing?

Anyway, I am moving towards to Mauviel for the the above reasons (feel free to dispute or refute them or their assumptions if they’re wrong), but is it worth up to twice as much? Can anyone with the Mauviel M’250c 28 cm rondeau share their thoughts about it? Are the handles durable and comfortable? Can anyone who’s had a (big, loop-handled) Falk pan for many years (or even decades) attest to the longevity of their rivets?

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