I have an electric coil stovetop (exposed coils that pans rest on), with 8" and 6" coils. A year ago I bought a Cuisinart MCP set, with a 10" saute pan and 12" fry pan included. Both are now badly warped, with the ends opposite the handle, all the way to the middle of the pan, lifted off the ground. The saucepans/stockpot is fine.
I'm not sure how this happened. I was careful to not use super-high heat, and waited for the pan to cool before cleaning it. My family also used it (and they don't know anything about cooking), so they may have broken these rules, but probably not too badly.
I'm buying new cookware now, and want to make sure my new stuff doesn't warp. Obviously I'm going to be super careful with high heat and make sure the pan is cool before washing it (I think I did that before though...). I have a few questions though:
1) Could the pans have warped because they are 10" and 12" respectively, and are sitting on an 8" coil?
2) I like to cook big meals (for leftovers). A 10" fry pan is frankly too small, and I need a 11" or 12" to make it work. Will using a 11-12" pan on an 8" coil create problems for cooking or the pan? (Note: I'm going to buy a Zwilling Sensation or Demeyere Proline pan, or maybe an All-Clad d7, based on prices. It will be thick SS clad pan).
3) Anything else to avoid warping that I haven't though of?
4) What companies offer replacements for warped pans? Does demeyere, all-clad, or zwilling, in your experience? Or will they say no and just say I must have done something wrong?
5) Thoughts on getting a saute pan instead of a fry pan? A 10" saute pan has the same surface area as a 12" fry pan, which may help with my 8" coil. Is there really a downside in not having a fry pan?
I'm just really afraid of buying an expensive new pan, having it warp again, and then being told "sorry your fault, no warranty replacement" afterwards. I'm willing to spend money and buy something nice that will last, but need some help with this first.