Is Saladmaster A Scam? No But…

Saladmaster

Welcome to my Saladmaster review.

If you’re like many people health and wellness is becoming a priority in your life. And because of that, a lot of people are also looking for ways to earn an income that involves health and wellness. And this is where Saladmaster comes in.

They are providing people an opportunity to have their own home-based businesses marketing their products.

Now when it comes to this type of business opportunity a lot of questions come up. Such as, what does it cost to get started with Saladmaster? Is there a real opportunity to make money? What’s the quality of their products? Is Saladmaster a scam?

All very valid questions and questions that need to be answered before you can make any sort of decision as to whether or not Saladmaster is the right business opportunity for you.

And that’s what I’m getting into today. I’m going to answer those questions and a bunch more. And I feel by the time you’ve finished reading this review you’ll be in a much better position to decide whether or not Saladmaster is the opportunity for you.

Alright, let’s see what Saladmaster is all about.


Disclaimer: I am not a member or an affiliate of Saladmaster. All the information researched for this review is available online within the public domain. This review is my personal opinion and any recommendations/conclusions are my own which you may or may not agree with. What you decide to do after reading my review is up to you. You can see the full disclaimer here for more info.


So, What Is Saladmaster?

Similar to other companies such as Pampered Chef. Saladmaster is a direct selling multilevel marketing company that manufactures and markets cookware. And to date they have sold products in 35 different countries around the globe.

It was established in 1946 by a fellow named Harry Lemmons. It was purchased by Regal Ware Inc back in 1979 who still operates it to this day.

The company is currently headquartered in Arlington Texas and are members of the Direct Selling Association as well as being accredited with the Better Business Bureau since 1993 with an A+ rating.

The Products

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All of Saladmaster’s products are manufactured in the USA. And they pride themselves on the quality and design of their products. So much so that they provide a lifetime warranty from defects in material and craftsmanship.

Now when it comes to their products, they offer different cookware sets. Such as:

  • Classic Set
  • Executive Chef Set
  • Master Set
  • Personal Set
  • Professional Set

Along with their cookware sets the other products they carry are:

  • Saucepans
  • Skillets
  • Roasters
  • Electric Skillets and Roasters
  • Woks
  • Griddles
  • Bowls
  • Kitchen and Cutlery Tools
  • Bakeware
  • Kettles
  • French Presses
  • Racks and Insets
  • Cookware Care
  • Food Processor

Now I would love to tell you how much these products cost but there is zero information on their website when it comes to the price of their products.

Now personally for me not showing what the prices of their products are was the first red flag when it comes to this company and their business opportunity. And that’s not the only red flag that popped up for me. And I’ll get to those in a minute.

Now I did do some research hoping to find some pricing on their products. I did find their products being sold on eBay, however those products being sold were used.

I also went to Amazon to see if I can find some products and I came across their Saladmaster Oil Core Electric Skillet Model 7817 and it was selling for $309.00.

I also came across some consumer information that said on average the cooking sets sell upwards of $2000.

So, How Much Does It Cost To Get Started With Saladmaster?

Okay, remember how I said I came across more red flags? Well there is zero information on their website that tells you how much it’s going to cost you to get started with this business.

Now I thought I would find the information on their FAQ page. But here’s what they say when it comes to starting your Saladmaster business:

The initial investment to join Saladmaster is minimal — especially when compared to the expensive up-front costs of other businesses, like franchising.

Well that tells you absolutely nothing.

Sure starting a franchise is not cheap. But not comparing themselves to other multilevel marketing companies when it comes to the startup cost still leads me to believe it’s not going to be cheap to get started with Saladmaster either.

How Do You Make Money With Saladmaster?

Here’s another one of those red flags. There is zero information in regards to their compensation plan on their website. Now with a little digging, I did find another website that did have information in regards to their compensation plan.

So, here’s how things break down when it comes to making money with Saladmaster.

Now as with all MLM compensation plans they have ranks within their compensation plan. And once you reach these ranks by meeting the qualifications to attain that rank you’ll receive the bonuses available at that rank.

Now Saladmaster has seven ranks within their compensation plan. And they are:

Associate

  • As an associate you simply signed up to Saladmaster as an affiliate.

Consultant

  • To become a consultant, you need to sell 10 Saladmaster cooked sets within 2 months and recruit at least 1 associate who has hosted a dinner.

Senior Consultant

  • To become a senior consultant, you must have sold at least 30 Saladmaster cooked sets and have recruited at least 2 affiliates.

Group Manager

  • To become a group manager, you must’ve sold at least 40 Saladmaster cooked sets and have recruited at least 3 affiliates.

Distributor

  • To become a distributor, you must’ve sold at least 70 Saladmaster cooked sets within 6 consecutive months.

Direct Dealer

  • To become a direct dealer, you must’ve sold at least 150 Saladmaster cookware sets within 9 consecutive months.

Senior Dealer

  • To become a senior dealer, you must have sold 5000 GV (Group Volume) in 12 consecutive months.

Now in order to qualify for your commissions as an associate you must recruit at least 1 affiliate and cook a minimum of 4 dinners.

Since you’re selling cookware the way you’re going to be selling this product is through in-home presentations. Which they call dinners.

Now you can also earn retail commissions as an affiliate. As a consultant you’ll earn a 10% commission. Senior consultants earn 15% commissions and group managers and higher will earn a 20% commission.

They also have a Fast-Track Bonus. And in order to earn that fast track bonus as an affiliate if you host 6 dinners within 10 days you’ll automatically be promoted to consultant as well as earn a 5% bonus on any retail sales and personally recruited affiliates.

Can You Expect To Make Money With Saladmaster?

Now despite all the lack of transparency when it comes to the business opportunity and what you can earn. There is the opportunity for someone to earn money.

But, how much money you could earn, I can’t tell you. All I can say is, like all business opportunities it depends on you and how hard you work at building your business.

What I Like About Saladmaster

#1) Well-Established

The company has been around since 1946. And a company does not survive that long without doing something right. So, if you do decide to become a Saladmaster representative you are associating yourself with a long-standing company.

#2) BBB

Saladmaster has been accredited with the Better Business Bureau since 1993 and holds a A+ rating.

#3) DSA

Saladmaster is a member in good standing with the Direct Selling Association.

What I Didn’t Like About Saladmaster

#1) Lack Of Transparency

There is zero information regarding the cost of what it’s going to cost to get started with this business opportunity. There is zero information about the compensation plan and how you go about making money. And there is no income disclosure statement.

The only way you can find this information is if you contact the company or find an independent distributor.

#2) Expensive Products

From what I discovered their products are very expensive.

#3) Recruitment

Like most MLM companies in order to build your business beyond just retail sales you’re going to have to constantly recruit people into your business. And this is going to be done through those in the home presentations (dinners). 

#4) Limited Marketing

Your primary marketing method is doing in-house cooking demonstrations (dinners). And because of that, this limits your marketing territory. Plus, with other dealers in your area this reduces your marketing territory even more.

Plus, if you’re not a natural showman and sales person you’re going to have a hard time getting in-home demonstrations and doing the dinner itself.

My Final Opinion Of Saladmaster

When you step back and look at this business opportunity you have a company that’s been around since 1946. And with the company this old you would think they would have an abundance of information when it comes to their business opportunity.

But they have zero information on their website. There’s no pricing information when it comes to how much it costs to get started with their company. And there is zero information in regards to the compensation plan and how you make money.

Now I don’t know if it’s just me but that makes me start to think what are they hiding? Why aren’t you telling me anything? Is it that expensive to get started? And is the opportunity that bad that you can’t make money?

Personally, I’m not going to get involved with the company if I’d can’t find out the basic information that I need when it comes to the business opportunity itself.

Now, you may be okay with that. And if you are. Then all you have to do to find out more about this opportunity is head to their website and find an independent distributor in your area and you’re good to go.

But if you do that, please let the distributor know you’re on a fact finding mission and have not made up your mind if this is the right business for you. Now heads up, there is the very strong possibility the distributor you hook up with is going to put some pressure on you to get involved.

And if you don’t feel comfortable getting involved. Be firm and let the person know. Because if you’re not chances are this distributor will continue to contact you until you do make it clear you’re not interested.

And if things just don’t feel right, no worries, you do have other options available to you.

For example, Affiliate Marketing. This is how I make a full time income online.

Now there are a ton of advantages when it comes to affiliate marketing compared to MLM.

Such as, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to get your business up and running. You don’t have to meet any goofy sales criteria in order to earn commissions.

You don’t have to recruit anybody in order to build your business. Nor do you have to sell anything to anybody.

And with affiliate marketing, you can build your business around any interest, hobby, or passion that you have.

So maybe you’re into cooking and everything cooking related. That’s great. But you don’t have to join some MLM to build a thriving home-based business.

You can build a thriving home-based business around your passion for cooking as an affiliate marketer.

Now I’m not sure if you’ve heard of affiliate marketing. And if you haven’t that’s ok.

One of the best places where you can learn about affiliate marketing and get all the training, tools, resources, and personal one-on-one support when it comes to building your own thriving affiliate marketing business is Wealthy Affiliate.

Now, will affiliate marketing be the path you take? Well, I can’t answer that because I don’t know you.

But what I do know is if you’re serious about wanting to build a successful home-based business then it only makes sense before you make a final decision regarding Saladmaster and what they have to offer to see what affiliate marketing is all about.

This way you can see which path is going to be best suited for you.

I hope you found this review helpful and I hope I answered any questions you may have had about Saladmaster and its business opportunity.

Of course, if I missed something. Please leave any questions or comments below and I’ll get back to you right away.

And if you did find this review helpful and enjoyed it please feel free to share it with your audience. And as always anytime you need a hand don’t hesitate Emailing Me anytime.

I believe in you!!
Leo

2 thoughts on “Is Saladmaster A Scam? No But…”

  1. Is Saladmaster A Scam? No But… – NetWiseProfits.com

    Very helpful commentary when exploring an MLM using standard remote research. What I love about Saladmaster as a former Senior consultant, is that no-one ever forced me to go into the business. There is no need to force anyone. You don’t even have to do the business at all. You can just host dinners and invite people who care about their health and the demonstrators come and cook for you at no cost. Yes, after 2 dinners if they do not sell, they may decide that hosting any more with you might be a waste of their time as it is their personal investment. I have hosted dinners with my friends and I told them they do not have to buy anything and they should not feel pressured to do so. It costs around £30 – £40 to deliver a dinner presentation including petrol. That dinner can serve 6 adults. So not bad really. So If I host 6 dinners and get 1 sale, I will get my money back and then some in commission, depending on the size of the investment.

    The product speaks for itself, like AMWAY. If you like it, you buy it. If you don’t then it is your choice to walk away, knowing what you now know . College education is expensive, do we measure the loss or the gains? You can get far with or without a GED, GCSE or A’level, but what are the odds? Which investment or non-investment gives a better prospect for social mobility or advantage in life? It is all a matter of choice.

    Yes, Saladmaster is expensive, but I spent £3000 to get fitted wardrobes and the damp issues in my flat has made them redundant. My clothes are in boxes and bags. I spent £3000 to refit my kitchen, but the fitter did not get all the parts at the time of the the installation and 17 years later it is still unfinished. I have not tiled the walls. What we value and what we are prepared to invest in is a matter of what looks good or is useful to us. It is relative as you alluded to in your commentary.

    I purchased my Saladmaster for my health and 16 years later I have not regretted a penny. I bought one of the larger sets for me and my sister so I spent in excess of £4000. That has worked out to less than £400 per year. I take my Saladmaster camping or if I travel abroad and plan to self cater. My suitcase scans must bring a smile to many a custom officer’s face. I am sure people spend more than my investment, based on the annual amount, on makeup, hair styling, nails, gym fees, life insurance, health insurance or luxuries. Salamaster is for life.

    I maintain good health, buy less oil (I am of Jamaican descent and we like to fry). I use less salt, I use less electricity to cook. I do not have to worry about Cholesterol, saturated fats. I am a lazy cook, I cook to live and not live to cook, so my food needs to cook quickly and not just look good, and still have some life in it with vitamins and minerals. High heat cooking depletes nutrients. Outside of following a “raw food” diet, this is the next best thing. Jamie Oliver’s 5 or 10 minute meals does not cut it for me. I might work for others. I maximise my mineral intake, essential for a robust immune system. I do not need to add salt or water to cook my vegetables. Fresh vegetables once washed will cook in the steam left over from the washing, nothing else needed. I could go on, or I may have even gone on for too long.

    I did not plan to go into the business. I was relatively happy with my job, though not so with my workplace. Once I joined Saladmaster, I branched out with a new dealership from a successful dealership “Midas 272.” A wonderful dealership under Mr Ronnie Black in the UK. 2008 market crash happened and the Dealership I went with did not make it. My business plan took a dive, but my health was good. That was why I invested in the first place, for my health. My genes were loaded and my lifestyle would have pulled the trigger to a host of lifestyle diseases. I went on the offence of procuring a preventative lifestyle, not waiting to implement the defensive measures post diagnosis. I could have the house, the car, the job. I invested money and time into those things, but none of them could directly give me the energy and health needed to live a fulfilling life. So in my estimation investing in Saladmaster was a win win. It was worth it for me and still is.

    My oven broke down years ago and I could still roast a chicken (pre my vegan days) or bake a cake on the cooker top. I have not repaired my oven to date. I do not miss it or need it. Everything that I desire or is healthy to cook I can do with my wok and electric skillet.

    What do I suggest? You review your research. Host or attend a dinner with your family or friends. Save your questions until the end. It should not cost you more than gas fare or petrol money (UK), if the demonstration is at a remote location. If in house It would cost you a small amount of your utility bill. You would have cooked or ordered take out anyway. How many times have you had someone come around and cook for you in your own home and you did not have to pay them a penny? Not including parents or family in that question. If the demonstration is in your house, you get a tasty, oil free 3 course dinner prepared in your own home for up to 6 persons approximately for free. Desert is included. They do vegetarian or vegan demonstrations if requested. Not even Pizza hut or Uber eats could offer you that. Go for an in house dinner or demonstration with an open mind. Park the question “What is so special about these pans?” until later on in the presentation. If you have a health concern or not, listen to the science and if you come away from the pot test with the same mindset as when you went in, then you will conclude that Saladmaster is not worth it for you. If the demonstrator tries to guilt you or force you. Be polite. Help them to pack up if they are in your home, and ask them politely to leave as it is not for you.

    A no obligation free dinner. 2-3 hours max from start to finish including demo, meal preparation, and you eating and them washing up and packing away. How long would you stay in a restaurant?

    How many car dealerships are there in a 10 mile radius? What makes them survive the competition? Their USP. Only AMWAY purports to health benefits in their cookware and Woll with their superior cookware, which looks great and is durable, could try to contest Saladmaster. Woll uses titanium but unfortunately decided to coat it with teflon diminishing the health prospect of their cookware. AMWAY uses high grade stainless steel, but I am not sure if they went into titanium as a cooking surface. Many people are dying needlessly for the lack of knowledge. Non-stick or porous metals in our cookware are killing us slowly. But how you may or may not ask? Hence why Saladmaster does a demonstration to tell you what the cookware industries will never tell you.

    If I were to get a knee or hip replacement, It would be made from titanium. But why? How less so should I demand the best with my cooking utensils.

    Each to their own. The ‘mystery’ or transparency around prices with Saladmaster may be a bit annoying, but once you see it for yourself and if you have the money or the means and you decide it is not for you, we get it. We all have a sense of what we are worth. Ask any life insurer.

    You may have put your research to bed so no need to explore further. I hope my diatribe helps you to understand a little bit more about Saladmaster. If we told you the price on a website, most people would not want to even go near it and would rule out making one of the best decisions in their life with regards to cookware on price alone. We encourage people to make informed choices.

    All the best,

    Blessings.

    Reply
    • Hi Janet, thank you for your comment and sharing your story. It’s points of view such as this that can help people make an even more informed decision if Salad Master is the right opportunity for them.

      However, my persoanl stance on MLM is the same. 99% of the people that try any MLM business will fail and many people will end up in more debt after quiting the company they joined then they were before they started with an MLM.

      MLM is only good for the company not for the people that get sucked into the business model.

      But of course to each there own.

      Take care
      Leo

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