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OMG - Art Krull - Ultrex

Started 1271092920.053 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1296000310.13 by NovaStar

OMG - I CAN'T BELIEVE, I just found Art Krull ... you know, of Ultrex, Innova fame?  He's peddling yet another cookware brand "Classicor," and on ShopNBC, > click here > after "heading out of Dodge FAST" following the Ultrex-Innova fiasco!!  NOTHING for Ultrex, Innova on the web - totally extinguished, it seems.  So maybe NOW that he's been located, he'll "make good" on that "lifetime guarantee" he sold with Ultrex??

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chickenbutt1271095707.58327077 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

Ewwwww!  Gross man and no integrity whatsoever.  I wouldn't buy anything from him.  Shocked that SNBC would pick him up.   Is every shopping channel trying to turn into tackytown?  It's just going to be one big ol' hsn out there before too long.   Sure glad there are lots of other, much better, choices!

ETA - I just took a look...looks like cheap garbage to me.  Except for not being nonstick, it is actually quite reminiscent of the ultrex junque.

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Bippity boppity BOOYAH!

Impish1271095752.861576 PostsRegistered 3/27/2009The Dark Side of the Moon

He's been on ShopNBC for a long while.  You're just finding out now?

MIMA1271095884.4615267 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS

I still have some of my Ultrex.  It has lasted really well for me.  I even put mine in the dishwasher.


bobhurley1271100758.423784 PostsRegistered 7/24/2005

I bought one piece of Ultrex years ago, and its held up pretty well.  I have, however, heard of Ultrex literally exploding on the stovetop.

I had to laugh when I bought it, how Artie was crowing about the lifetime warranty.  My first and only thought was "the company will be bankrupt before I have to send this back."  Sure enough...

Oh well...Mr. Krull has bills to pay too, just like the rest of us.  He won't get my help though.

stilltamn8r1271101597.29713953 PostsRegistered 6/14/2006So Cal

I actually have a lot of Ultrex  and it has held up really well-


He's just a spokesman, after all, I don't get mad at Ronald McDonald when I get a bad hamburger!

cab19551271103157.2831201 PostsRegistered 11/17/2004southwest michigan

My Ultrex crockpot has held up VERY well.  It has served my family well.  :){#emotions_dlg.thumbup1}

RedConvert­ibleGirl127110332114996 PostsRegistered 9/3/2005Pacific NW

My Ultrex pieces are still good, I never have had any problems.{#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

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Mary Bailey1271103460.4637938 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I still have 2 frypans with no problems. We don't use them everyday, mostly we use our Farberware stainless steel.

"Like Daddy says: Money doesn't spend itself" stupid rich commercial

chickenbutt1271105049.19727077 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

Yeah, I think the exploding problem was the crux of their demise.  I have a feeling this stuff is made by the same people.  I'm glad for those who have had good luck with their Ultrex, but that's outside the norm.   Most people had horrible experiences, well not to mention those for whom the pans actually exploded.   Just please be careful! :)

Bippity boppity BOOYAH!

Cactusflow­er1271105714.62244 PostsRegistered 5/11/2006

My mom has some Ultrex and has had no problems with it.  It was their thermal/double walled cookware that had the exploding problem. I almost bought some of it and now I'm so happy I didn't.

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
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chickenbutt1271106475.44327077 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

Previous to that they actually had some problems, and insuant recalls, with the 18/10 tri-ply aluminum base stainless steel pans.  It seems that some of them were not only explosively releasing the nonstick surface from the inside, but the tri-ply base was faulty and, when it got moisture btwn the pan & the base, they were breaking away in a similarly explosive manner.

Bippity boppity BOOYAH!

Shelbelle1271107496.91736483 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Art Krull worked for Meyer Cookware, they made Ultrex and also Cooks Essentials and many of the brands sold in stores.

MakeUp Ma­iden1271107513.88228 PostsRegistered 2/3/2010

I still have some of my Ultrex also. Even some of their Hard Anodized Ultrex, what was it's name, Venya?  Something like that .. Limited Edition.  Guess it didnt succeed too much. 

Some of my Ultrex also has flaked off non-stick coating also.  Some of my Cook Essentials cookware has flaked off also.  BUT..  if you watch any of the Todd English GREEN PAN demonstrations on the Southern Channel, you will see WHY most all of these Teflon-ish, plastic non-stick coatings will flake and peel, namely that we customarily cook at NORMAL temps that are TOO HOT for the customary plastic non-stick to withstand before breaking down!  Heck, those discreet fumes emitted from normal cooking with customary (plastic) non-stick will even kill house birds even!  What's it doing to us?

Anyway, I have an Ultrex "Pressure Cooker Cookbook" that is missing most of it's "guts."  Stuck with that purchase, as Innova was supposed to have replaced it (while they were going out of business.)  They knew they had that problem of missing guts in the middle of many of their Ultrex "Pressure Cooker" cookbooks. {#emotions_dlg.angry}

Re:  Art Krull as Spokesperson or Owner?

BTW, I thought Art Krull was an owner not only a spokesperson.  Does anyone know his relationship to Innova/Ultrex?

I gave away an Ultrex Pressure Cooker which at that time, was EVERYTHING I wanted .. I bought it from "First Auction."  Anyone remember "First Auction?"

Re: Ultrex Recalls, before company demise ....

Yeah, that Ultrex "thermal/double walled" cookware .. I never understood the idea behind that kind of cookware.  Guess it's lucky for me that it didnt make sense.

Heck even Paula Deen has had recalls of some of her Cast Iron pieces .. so we do have to be mindful of our decisions .. in all of life even.


Cactusflow­er1271108126.89244 PostsRegistered 5/11/2006

I think their pressure cooker was also recalled because of a problem with the lid.

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
~Leo Aikman

MakeUp Ma­iden1271109126.26228 PostsRegistered 2/3/2010

Hi Cactusflow­er  .. Oh Oh!  I'd better let me friend aware of that.  Thanks!

Luvtoshopa­thome1271136255.4032914 PostsRegistered 6/24/2005

There were so many problems with his cookware.  Always remember him giving I believe a 50 yr. guarantee.....how funny is that when the company folded within a few years.

I purchased a crockpot from him.....it exploded and glass from the lid was flying everywhere.  Slivers of glass in my kitchen rug which I had to replace.  Also bought a convection oven and it died within 2 months....tried to contact the company....never had any luck. 

Wouldn't buy anything from him if it were practically free.  Sorry but he's a creepy snake of a salesman...wouldn't believe a word he says.

Nickname11271171418.153528 PostsRegistered 1/13/2010

There is another site called reviewguys.com.

Type in Ultrex and you will see how many other people have had problems with Ultrex.

I myself haven't, but I only have a couple pieces.

I remember it being a 75yr. warranty.

MakeUp Ma­iden1271211243.923228 PostsRegistered 2/3/2010

Hi MScotty   .. Thanks for Reviewguys.  Those are some kinda comments there, aren't they?  Whew! 

Well, somehow I had a feeling that Art Krull would pop up somewhere, and he did.  I still wonder if he was the owner or only salesman?  I thought owner.  Anybody know??  Also, was there a Class Action Suit, does anyone happen to know? TIA

Daysdee1271264585.40720297 PostsRegistered 1/23/2007

Isn't everyone going to Shop NBC?  Suzanne Somers, Judy Crowell, Paul Deasy?, Daniel Kiviat (Maggie Sweet line from HSN), can't think of her name right now, but the other former QVC host that had a clothing line on HSN.  I remember reading about Art K. here -- his "morality" problems too.  He sure sold a lot of that cookware and made it look like it was the best ever.  Buyer beware.

SAC1271344569.8111 PostsRegistered 3/24/2010

Guess I'm one of the lucky ones....No problem with Ultrex.  Have had it for years.  After being married for 28 yrs at the time of my purchase, I was finally able to make the perfect pancake....

Nickname11271376409.813528 PostsRegistered 1/13/2010

Not to keep beat this subject, but my big question is when and for how long did HSN know that Innova was going under?

Art had stopped doing on air presentations(they had some other guy on doing them with Art's blessing, so they say) not too long before HSN stopped selling Ultrex.

And once they did stop they didn't want to know anything about warranty problems.

Then they started to get celebrity chef's on to sell their wares.

cherrywood1271379835.163241 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

After the way they handled the Ultrex fiasco, I never trusted HSN with anything they pushed in cookware, no matter how good it sounded.

QVC definitely honored their warranty when I had a problem with one of the Cooks Essential pans I purchased (three replacements and then a credit -- was a problem with that particular pan which I think they ended up improving on).  As a result, I never hesitated to purchase again.

kayak71279738069.4931 PostsRegistered 7/21/2010


Does anyone have or know where I might find a

Ultrex Pressure Cooker Model #11453 or model #42018K, #42001, #42008, or Model #42010.


stilltamn8r1279738537.60713953 PostsRegistered 6/14/2006So Cal
On 7/21/2010 kayak7 said:


Does anyone have or know where I might find a

Ultrex Pressure Cooker Model #11453 or model #42018K, #42001, #42008, or Model #42010.


I know I have an Ultrex PC, I will check to see which model it is-

Topaz Gem1279739096.5817831 PostsRegistered 10/31/2007Scenic New England

I bought an Ultrex set and it has held up great. It was one of the original designs and I've been very happy with it. In fact, I came to this very BB for recommendations for either Ultrex or CE, and Ultrex won, hands down. Posters overwhelmingly recommended Ultrex over CE at the time. This was before the fiasco that others have referred to. They should have stuck to their original cookware and not tried to get too high tech. I believe that was their downfall.

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