What Happened to Ultrex Cookware?

Ultrex Cookware is/was a brand sold exclusively by The Home Shopping Network from 1996 through 2006. The company that sold the brand to The Home Shopping Network was Innova, Inc. based in Davenport Iowa. Innova, Inc. went out of business in 2006.

Innova, Inc. introduced several different versions of Ultrex through the years, Ultrex, Ultrex II, Ultrex Vantage and Thermal Wall. Each version of Ultrex Cookware was intended to take advantage of the latest technologies available to improve the product. The line was constructed of 18/10 stainless steel, non-stick coating, tempered glass lids, phenolic (plastic) handles and knobs and stainless steel encapsulated aluminum bottoms. The quality was generally good with the exception of Thermal Wall which was recalled in 2003.

Ultrex Thermal Wall, also called Double Wall was a dual layer stainless steel construction that was similar in design to a thermos. The problem with the product was that water from washing would get in between the layers through the seams. When the pan was heated up the water expanded and split the pan causing spills and flying food. Innova recalled some of the Thermal Wall Cookware in January 2003 and the balance in October 2003. Total pans recalled were 252,700 units as reported by the Consumer Products Safety Commission. There is plenty of incorrect information about the Ultrex Thermal Wall recall. Some web information suggests that all versions of Ultrex are dangerous. Ultrex, Ultrex II and Ultrex Vantage were single wall constructed products that were never recalled and are perfectly safe. All were clearly marked on the bottom of the pan.

If you want to replace your old Ultrex with a similar stainless steel non-stick coated pan, we suggest Cook’s Essentials sold exclusively by QVC. The specifications and the pricing are similar to the old Ultrex, Ultrex II and Ultrex Vantage lines.

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