Kmart saucepan beats the most expensive brands in Consumer NZ testing

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If you want another excuse to visit Kmartyou’re in luck, because the $24 saucepan has beaten brands costing over $200 in Consumer NZ tests.

The consumer watchdog recently tested 13 saucepans and the results were “amazing”. The top two grossing pans had a huge price difference of $246.

A budget purchase of Kmart priced at $24 came out on top, narrowly beating an expensive pan from Essteele, at $270.

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The budget purchase came out on top. (Nine)

Consumer NZ’s independent testing focused on how well and evenly a pan cooks, whether food sticks and how long it takes to boil a liter of water.

The balance and weight of each pan and how comfortable the handle was, including resistance to heat, were also taken into account.

James le Page, leader of the NZ consumer testing team, said the Essteele 3.8 liter pot was marketed as a premium kitchenware and performed as expected.

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“We gave it top marks for even cooking and overall performance.”

from Kmart Anko’s 2.9 liter pan matched the overall performance and even cooking of the premium product.

“However, the budget buy performed better in our tests for cooking speed and ease of use,” he said.

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Step 3: Cook the rice
The pans were measured by how evenly they cook, how long it takes to boil water, and more.

The $24 Kmart saucepan earned an aggregate score of 90, while Essteele’s saucepan came in a close second, at 86.

“We recommend both pans,” Le Page said.

“But with a staggering price difference between products that both perform perfectly, the Kmart pan could prove to be a popular buy this summer.”

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Consumer regularly tests products and services and recommends the one he thinks is the best. The watchdog also tested pans from Wiltshire, Hampton & Mason, Scanpan, The Warehouse’s Living and Co, Anolon and Baccarat.

The breakdown of the score is available at Product review page for consumers.

Le Page said the watchdog was also conscious of sustainability and only recommended cheaper products if they were confident they would last for a reasonable amount of time.

In this case, the $24 Kmart Saucepan is made of stainless steel and has a durable handle — indicating that it will not only perform well, but should last a long time.

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Step 4: Cook the rice
“The Kmart pan (not pictured) could prove to be a popular buy this summer”

“It’s not unusual for us testing to bring some high-performing low-cost products to market,LePage said.

Kmart’s $17.24 stainless steel frying pan outperformed similarly sized pans from ambitious brands like Scanpan and Le Creuset two years ago.

When it came to evenness of the cooking surface and non-stickiness, the pan was beaten only by a $100 Tefal one.

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