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It’s a winner. For real.
As one of Time Magazine’s 50 Best Inventions of 2018, the Made In Universal Lid is a true champion in topping many stock pots, sauce pans, saucier pans, and saute pans.
In first creating this product, the company’s mission was simple, based on what home cooks wanted to improve in their kitchens:
To reduce that pesky kitchen clutter!
Made In wants home cooks everywhere “to be able to focus on cooking, not finding your pot’s matching lid.” So, after a year of development, the company released this product as a new addition to their line of kitchen cookware and utensils.
In this review, we’ll take a closer look at this world-renowned invention, and explain why it may be the right fit for your own home kitchen.
Materials and Design
The Made In Universal Lid is manufactured from a premium, FDA-approved silicone material (sourced from China) with a stainless steel interior (sourced here in the United States).
The material is able to capture heat and keep food warm while you are cooking. It’s also heat resistant and oven safe up to a temperature of 350°F.
The silicone is a brightly hued red color, a standout amongst the typical metallic gray of other kitchen essentials. On the top, there is one oblong handle that is easy to grasp with one hand.
Another added bonus to the soft silicone exterior? No crazy-loud clanking and scraping metal noises when it’s in the drawer or cabinet with the other pots and pans!
Peace, at last.
But the bottom of this item is where you’ll find the award-winning magic.
With three concentric circles (referred to as lips) of the same sizes as Made In’s various cookware pieces, it will securely fit on the top of each pot and pan.
This product weighs roughly 3 pounds, and it is heavier and more durable than most other lids. With a flat design, it’s perfectly stackable, and will fit nicely in a kitchen drawer for storage.
The smallest circle has a 7-inch diameter, the middle lip has an 8.5-inch diameter, and the largest inner ridge has a 10-inch diameter, with three options to make a cozy fit with the rims of your cookware, including 8-quart stockpots, 3-quart sauciers, 3.5-quart saute pans, and all saucepans from Made In.
The handle on top is 3 inches in length, and it has a height of 1 inch for easy grasping.
What It Covers: Made In Cookware and More
The Universal Lid is designed for use with Made In’s stock pots, sauce pans, saucier pans, and saute pans, as described above.
There is just one exception: note that it does not fit Made In’s frying pans.
However, they have found a solution for that as well, and you can now purchase a Universal Silicone Frying Pan Lid.
In bright blue, it fits all stainless steel and nonstick frying pans from Made In, as well as their 10- and 12-inch blue carbon steel frying pans, and their blue carbon steel wok.
But back to the Universal Lid for pots. While its design is intended to fit with Made In’s own pots and pans, it can certainly be used for any pot or pan in your collection with similar dimensions.
And since you have three size options, most of the pots and pans you already own will be a good match with the Made In Universal Lid.
For my own embarrassingly eclectic mix of pots and pans, it fit just fine on top. Even if the dimensions were slightly off, the weight of the lid and its silicone material helped it stay put.
Learn How to Use It
A simple design has equally simple instructions.
Position the lid’s handle to line up with the pot’s handle. Line up the appropriately sized circular lip on the bottom that matches the diameter of the pot or pan, and just place it right on top.
The lip will provide a secure, snug fit around the opening of the pot or pan, and it should not be loose or able to easily move around.
Now, it might take you just a couple awkward moves at first to get the right fit, since you won’t be able to see exactly where the lip lines up. But it was only for the first couple of tries that I felt a tiny bit like a toddler smacking a square peg into a round hole.
The learning curve is not steep here at all, folks. It’s super easy to get the hang of it, and you’ll catch on quickly, especially when you use the lid regularly – and trust us, you will!
It’s so easy! This product is dishwasher safe, and it can be cleaned with your regular wash cycle.
Just be sure to remove or rinse off any excess food or liquids before placing it in your dishwasher to get the most effective cleaning.
Shipping and Returns
Within 30 days of receiving it, if unused, undamaged, and in the original packaging that you received it in, the company will pay for return shipping if you are not completely satisfied.
A Cool Cover to Cover Your Collection
Desperate to reduce all that clutter from your pots and pans that’s taking up precious kitchen space?
After reading this review, you should definitely consider buying the Made In Universal Lid.
If the three-in-one design, methodically developed with the home cook in mind, isn’t enough to sway you, then its recognition as one of the top 50 inventions of 2018 by Time Magazine should convince you wholeheartedly.
Do you have a need for this invention? Are you ready to transform your kitchen cookware organization? Let me know what you think in the comment section below!
And be sure to read Foodal’s reviews of other Made In products, starting with these:
Photo credit: Credited photos by Nikki Cervone, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Product photos via Made In. Test product provided by the manufacturer. With additional writing and editing by Allison Sidhu. Originally published on February 24, 2019. Last updated on October 20, 2021.
About Nikki Cervone
Nikki Cervone is a hungry foodie living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she is not tearing through her city's best cheesesteaks, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.