Frequently Asked Questions

Quality of materials – Stainless Steel
To make our steel products we use AISI 304 (type 18/10) stainless steel, an alloy consisting of 18% chrome, 10% nickel. In addition to improve resistance to corrosion, nickel considerably increases ductility, i.e. the ability to deform permanently without breaking.

The corrosion resistance of stainless steel, however, may be decreased by external causes such as food residue, salt, etc. It is therefore incorrect to think that stainless steel is indestructible and cannot corrode. Its resistance and durability are brought about by the correct choice and processing by the manufacturer as well as by proper use and maintenance by the consumer. However, following suitable use and maintenance instructions, it is possible to avoid issues.
Quality of materials – Non-stick coatings
The inner coatings of Lagostina non-stick pans are made with multiple layers of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), an extraordinary plastic material that causes the “slippery” component of non-stick pans. PTFE consists of tetrafluoroethylene molecules, exclusively containing carbon and fluoride. The non-stick coating is not attacked by acids or alkaline bases and is very stable when heated. The health authorities in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Europe and other countries have approved use of PTFE non-stick coatings in the cookware. It is an inert substance that has no chemical reactions with food, water or detergents. If ingested it is totally harmless; the particles are not toxic and are expelled on their own like normal fibres. The non-stick coating is so safe that it is used also in medicine to coat pace makers and artery replacement prostheses, and has even been injected into patients with severe kidney conditions. For all non-stick coatings Lagostina guarantees the absence of PFOA, cadmium and lead. The absence of those components on the finished product is therefore assured, both its absence in the raw material and for the methods it is treated with. The guarantee on Lagostina coatings covers manufacturing defects, such as bubbles in the coating, flaking and various peeling. It does not cover defects caused by misuse or professional use or by wear.
    To preserve the non-stick properties of the product;
  • avoid heating it excessively when empty;
  • never overheat while cooking fat and oil;
  • slight scratches and abrasions that might appear with use do not change the coating’s non-stick performance;
  • to preserve and avoid scratching the coating, we recommend using tools made of nylon, silicone or wood.
In case of burned food, fill the pot with warm water and clean it after a few hours. To restore the non-stick properties of the product, rub the coating with a cotton pad soaked with oil.
Is it true that non-stick coatings are dangerous to health, as per the rumours?
There is currently much confusion regarding non-stick coatings, especially concerning PFOA. Lagostina non-stick coatings are made in PTFE, the abbreviation of the scientific name polytetrafluoroethylene. This material has been acknowledged as innocuous by the European and US public health authorities. PFOA and PTFE are two completely different elements. In short, Lagostina cookware with non-stick coating is produced in PTFE and contains no PFOA.

Lagostina and Groupe SEB are able to provide the results of every regular check, certifying the absence of PFOA. Furthermore, for more than 20 years Groupe SEB has been committed to not using lead or cadmium in its cookware as a total safety guarantee on its products. More details on the commitment made are available in the Eco information from Groupe SEB.
What cookware is suitable for use on induction plates?
The quickest way to check whether your cookware is suitable to be used on induction hot plates is to perform the magnet test on the pan. It is extremely simple: if a magnet sticks to the bottom of the pan, it is going to work on an induction hot plate!
What pressure can be reached by a coffee maker?
It generally reaches 220 kPa.
What materials is the Lagostina coffee maker made of?
The choice of materials, starting from the aluminium alloys, made in accordance with international standards EN601 and EN602, and the silicone gasket (easier to clean and more durable), guarantees the best hygienic quality of the product in compliance with the strictest European food standards.
How is the Lagostina coffee maker cleaned?
To clean it, wash it with a soft sponge and some detergent. Do not wash it in the dishwasher.
Is there a risk that the coffee maker might explode?
The safety valve fitted on the coffee maker boiler prevents pressure from increasing uncontrollably in the event the discharge channels of the coffee mixture should be clogged.