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The entire pot collection, minus the handle, fits into the unit stacked onto the RV kitchen shelf.
The entire pot collection, minus the handle, fits into the unit stacked onto the RV kitchen shelf.

SmartSpace cookware: Quality square pans that fit anywhere

  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 5 stars
$99 to $348
  • 100%


Summary:

Really? Who came up with the idea that pots and pans had to be round to work? It certainly wasn't anyone who lived or cooked in a recreation vehicle. RV users know that kitchen space is limited, and storage space even more so. Fortunately, a New Zealand developer has created the ideal solution for storing pots and pans, and the product is just making its way into North America.

SmartSpace cookware defies traditional wisdom. The pots and pans are square, not round. Unlike round pans, they can easily fit in any cupboard or drawer -- right up to the corner -- without leaving gaping spaces. Plus, they are stackable, which allows a lot of cookware to be crammed into a relatively small space. The die-cast pots have aluminum walls, but are Teflon coated throughout. They work well on LP gas, electric and conduction stove tops.

The company supplied me with a set of cookware to test. At a suggested retail price of $348 for a 10-piece stackable pot set and three-piece skillet, the cookware is not cheap. But, it works considerably better than the Walmart cookware I previously used -- and the extra space freed up in the kitchen makes the cookware even more valuable.

Bonus -- SpartSpace offers a lifetime warranty on the cookware for workmanship and materials.

One handle works on all pots and the frying pan. To detach, users simply press down on a button at the top of the handle. But, the button can't be pushed when people are holding the handle -- a big safety feature.
One handle works on all pots and the frying pan. To detach, users simply press down on a button at the top of the handle. But, the button can’t be pushed when people are holding the handle — a big safety feature.
The pots and frying pans are specially constructed to work with LP gas, electricity and induction cooktops.
The pots and frying pans are specially constructed to work with LP gas, electricity and induction cooktops.
This is what my old collection looked like. Storing it required two deep drawers and some cabinet space.
This is what my old collection looked like. Storing it required two deep drawers and some cabinet space.
SmartSpace pot collection stacked neatly in an RV kitchen cabinet.
SmartSpace pot collection stacked neatly in an RV kitchen cabinet.

Pros

  • Tremendous space-saving technology
  • Relatively light weight
  • Very even cooking. I could not detect any “hotspots” that would cook faster than other areas.
  • Pans can be easily stored in the refrigerator, removing the need to move food into storage containers.
  • Cleans easily with no scrubbing.
  • Handle removes with the push of a button, and reattaches to a different pan so the same handle works on all pots and the frying pan. However, the button can’t be accidentally pushed while holding a hot pot.
  • Comes with convenient heat pads that protect counters, and serve as a buffer to protect pans when stacked.
  • Pans don’t rattle during travel
  • Frying pan sides are high to prevent food from spilling when being stirred, flipped or browned.
  • After a few tries, it is very easy to regroup the collection so that the pots, heat pads and lids fit in one convenient stack.
  • Handles do not conduct heat, even when left attached to the pans. If not left over an open flame, users can pick it up without a hot pad.
  • Pots and frying pan come with sturdy, stainless steel lids.
  • Little bumps on bottom of pans used for conduction cooking actually work to reduce opportunity for cookware to slide around in cupboard.
  • Largest pot could easily accommodate two packages of spaghetti or noodles — or a big vat of chili.
  • Removable handle allows frying pan to be used horizontally or vertically, which offers flexibility when cooking.

Cons

  • Sometimes the steam vent in lid won’t open or close easily.
  • Having one handle to share among pots may be inconvenient if one pot is boiling over and the handle is attached to another pot or pan. However pan set and frying pan each come with a handle. By ordering both, users get two handles.
  • Unlike using a glass lid, users must remove the stainless steel lid to check condition of item being cooked.
  • Slightly recessed handle on lids may make it easier for bigger hands to touch a hot lid, but I had no problem picking the lid off the pan without requiring a hot pad.

About Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is the editor of Let's RV and the editor of RV Daily Report. A Wisconsin native and father of three grown daughters, he is now based out of Arizona and travels the country in his Winnebago Adventurer motorhome interviewing industry professionals and interesting RVers alike. He can be reached at editor@letsrv.com

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