Dear Val, First, I'm sorry it took so long to answer this question. BazaarVoice had technical problems which did not allow me much access.
We do not carry the Zwilling Energy line, but, I was able to get information from the Web and below is a summary of it.
•Fully clad, 3-ply stainless steel construction with thick aluminum core (different-see notes below)
•Flared rim for convenient non-drip pouring (same)
•Riveted, oversized stay-cool handles (similiar)
•Included see-through, tempered glass lids (Same)
•Compatible with all stove types, including induction (Same)
•Oven and broiler safe up to 500º F (Different-see notes below)
•Dishwasher safe (Different-see notes below)
Here is the explanation of the differences:
1. Sol Thermolon is Tri-Ply but the interior layer (cooking surface) uses their proprietary ceramic coating instead of the stainless that is in Energy.
2.Oven safe to 500 F-both say that they can go up to 500 degrees F, but I would definitely NOT put the Sol Thermolon in that hot an oven. I would strongly recommend Sol only going to about 400 degrees F. After working with the Sol for about a year now, that is my opinion.
3. Dishwasher safe. Both are dishwasher safe but they strongly urge you to not use the dishwasher unless you absolutely have to with the Sol Thermolon because it just shortens the life of the ceramic surface.
4.Propellant/spray oils: NEVER USE ON ANY CERAMIC OR NON-STICK SURFACE. You are able to use it on the stainless cooking surface if you want.
5. Cooking utensils: Sol Thermolon absolutely requires nylon, wood or silicone. Energy's stainless could take a bit more -but you can still scratch stainless with rough treatment.
To sum it up: The pans seen identical except for the cooking surfaces. When you use a ceramic surface, you have to use much greater care than with a stainless steel cooking surface. Stainless is definitely more durable.
My Cooking level: Expert
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Self-proclaimed Gourmet
I tend to cook meals that are: Healthy
Cooking Idol/Inspiration: Ina Garten
answered 4 months ago
CHEFS Catalog, Colorado Springs
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