Mauviel, a major player in the cookware industry, is a French company that has been making copper cookware for over two hundred years. In fact, they’re one of the oldest French cookware manufacturers around. Their top-selling copper cookware sets are designed with functionality in mind.
The M’heritage proves exactly why this company has been able to grow and thrive for the past two centuries by offering an elegant look that combines durability and performance. Their latest copper cookware set, the M’heritage M250B, comes equipped with all of the essential pieces you’ll need to cook a large gourmet meal for your family. Its stainless steel lining combined with the copper exterior allow the cookware to heat up quickly and efficiently.
Our Verdict: This copper cookware set easily outshines the competition. It performs exactly the way you would expect high-quality copper cookware to. While it’s not induction oven safe or dishwasher friendly, it does deliver in terms of heating efficiency and cooks food evenly and to perfection. The set will definitely require more care and maintenance compared to lower quality cookware, but this is a set that’s designed to last a lifetime.
Keep reading to learn more about the M250B and find out if it’s as versatile as the manufacturer claims it is.
Overview and Features
Even if copper cookware wasn’t considered the best type to use in pro kitchens, you’d have plenty of reasons to buy this set from Mauviel. These pots and pans have a beautiful, elegant look that will have you running out to buy a pot and pan rack ASAP. The set offers a warm and inviting look that will complement any kitchen’s décor.
But aside from aesthetics, the cookware will be a true workhorse in your kitchen. To keep the pots and pans looking good you’ll need to use a little elbow grease once or twice a month to keep the finish looking spotless, but the extra work is a nice tradeoff for the cookware’s efficiency.
This Mauviel nine-piece set includes the following:
- 1.9-quart saucepan and lid
- 2.7-quart saucepan and lid
- 3.2-quart saucepan and lid
- 3.2-quart sauté pan and lid
- 6.4-quart stock pot and lid
- Ten-inch skillet
Each pot and pan feature a thickness of two and a half millimeters. The design consists of ninety percent copper and ten percent stainless steel. The thick copper design allows the pots and pans to heat up quickly and evenly.
This cookware is lined with stainless steel instead of tin. Most major companies that produce high-quality copper cookware are making the switch from tin to stainless steel because stainless steel is much more durable. Because the cookware is lined with stainless steel it also won’t need to be relined in the event the interior is damaged or scratched like it would if the cookware had a tin lining. Basically, tin lined copper cookware is very high maintenance. Stainless steel cookware is not. It’s durable and can take a beating. You can also use any type of cooking utensils with this type of liner, unlike with tin, which can only be used with silicone or wooden utensils in order to avoid damaging the interior. Pure tin is nontoxic and less sticky compared to stainless steel. It’s also the traditional way that copper cookware is designed, but because it’s so delicate, these days most consumers prefer stainless steel because of its low maintenance needs and improved durability. The manufacturer paid attention to what consumers want and now offers this option. However, Mauviel also has tin lined sets available.
The pots and pans are equipped with thick bronze handles that are attached with rivets. The handles are well balanced and will prevent the empty cookware from tipping over. But because the handles are so wide, they can be uncomfortable to use.
There were some reports that the bronze handles become very hot during use. If you’re looking for a safer alternative, especially if you have small children in the home, we recommend the Lagostina Q554SA64 Martellata tri-ply hammered copper cookware set, which comes equipped with stay cool handles. You can learn more in our epic buyer’s guide, just click here.
Avoid Induction Stove Use
This cookware set does not work well with induction ovens. When used with an induction oven the cookware loses its efficiency and can cause the oven to overheat. This is a common issue with any type of copper cookware.
Did you know that copper is highly toxic to microbes? As an example, more than ninety-nine percent of MRSA and E. coli bacteria will die within one hour of contact with copper. Copper can even kill fungi and viruses.
This cookware set rates well in the durability department. A Teflon pan can easily warp when heated and cooled rapidly. This thicker copper cookware set can handle high heat and rapid cooling much better. At two and a half millimeters of total thickness and the stainless-steel interior, this cookware will never warp when put to the test.
However, copper is a much softer metal compared to stainless steel, so over time, you can expect signs of normal wear and tear. The cookware will also change color when exposed to high temperatures and can turn a dull brown without routine polishing and proper care. Oxidized patina and light scratches won’t affect cooking performance, however, if you want to display your cookware you can prevent discoloration by polishing the set at least once a month.
The bronze handles can also become discolored from normal wear and tear and would benefit from regular polishing.
The cookware should be washed by hand in warm soapy warm and dried immediately after in order to avoid water spots or discoloration.
Home cooks and the pros turn to copper cookware because of its reputation for evenly cooking each and every dish. Often, cookware made out of stainless steel or aluminum tend to struggle with heating food evenly and often have spots that are hotter or colder than others, requiring the cook to constantly stir in order to ensure the food doesn’t burn or that it doesn’t end up under cooked.
The cookware scored high in this area as well. The combination of stainless steel and copper allows the pans to heat up quickly and evenly. The pans will also retain heat for a longer period of time compared to basic nonstick cookware. You won’t need to preheat the pots and pans. Even placing a frozen piece of chicken straight from the freezer into the pan will not cause the pan’s temperature to crash, which is pretty impressive. Since you won’t have to waste time first steaming the meat until the pan reaches an ideal temperature, you can focus on browning the meat instead.
Cooking on a Gas Stove
The fact that copper heats up so quickly is pretty remarkable. On a gas stove, it should take less than a minute to get the pan up to a high enough temperature to fry a burger. This type of heating efficiency will save you both time and money on your gas bill. On average, it can take a nonstick pan closer to three minutes to heat up. Not only will the pots and pans heat up quickly, but they’ll cook each dish evenly, which equals an overall faster than average cooking time.
Cooking on an Electric Stove
The pots and pans in this set have flat bottoms, so they’ll make good contact with smooth top radiant electric stoves and electric coil stoves. However, since an electric stove typically takes much longer to heat up, this can have a negative impact on the cookware’s ability to heat up quickly.
The set features the classic copper cookware basic design. Unfortunately, the cookware doesn’t have the flared rims that allow for spill-free pouring, however, if you’re normally careful when pouring this shouldn’t be a deal breaker.
The cookware is both broiler and oven safe. However, as we mentioned it’s not induction oven compatible. It’s also not dishwasher safe. It can handle large meals and is basically a set you can use to cook a wide variety of foods from appetizers to desserts. Considering how versatile it is, the set is a great buy for both commercial and home kitchens.
- Large nine-piece set comes with everything you need.
- Retains heat well
- Heats up quickly
- Cooks food evenly
- Low maintenance
- The pots and pans are not induction oven compatible
- Not dishwasher safe
- Handles are uncomfortable