Post # 1
We finally went in the store and registered today and we ended up picking the Calphalon Contemporary stainless steel. I also registered for a Calphalon Contemporary nonstick griddle and 10″ frying pan. There is also a 12″ frying pan. Is it worth registering for both?
At first we had registered for individual pieces instead of the Calphalon cookware set but the registry consultants there advised us to register for the set because the separate pieces are more expensive. I thought we should be registering for the individual pieces because no one person is going to buy as a $400+ set of cookware?
What’s the difference between Calphalon Contemporary and Calphalon Tri-Ply? We registered for Calphalon Contemporary but it’s about $100 more expensive than Calphalon Tri-Ply.
Is there any reason to register for a larger set than an 8 piece set? We don’t really cook at all, although I’d like to get better in the future.
Also, since we’re not big cooks, do you think that we’ll have a lot of trouble using stainless steel? One of the guys we saw at the store seemed to think the nonstick anodized was better for people who weren’t huge cooks.
Post # 3
From what I read when I was registering, there is no difference between the composition of the tri ply and the Contemporary. The only difference is Contemporary is newer, has a different design, and the pieces in the set are a little different. The difference between the 8 and 13 piece set was only $100 right? Based on the price of those individual pieces, I’d just go for the 13 piece set and have everything you might need. I got the 13 piece tri ply, and the pieces in that set that didnt come with the 8 piece actually turned out to be the ones I use the most. (I’m not a big cook either).
Post # 4
I don’t know as far as differences go but I am registering for seperate cookware no the sets. I don’t thikn any of my guests will purchase such an expensive gift if i register for the set. It may be a better deal but only if someone can afford to buy it for you.
Post # 5
i bought all my pieces separately because the sizes in the sets were usually the smaller versions that i would infrequently use. i don ‘t know much about calphalon. i think i have one unison slide pan for eggs. everything else is all-clad stainless steel, le creuset (i have four french ovens), and plain cast iron. if you don’t cook much, then stainless will be a pain. i like big pans so i love my 12″ all-clad stainless. i can cook up a ton of latkes in them. i rarely use my 10″ and the only 8″ i have is nonstick so that the bf can cook up a few eggs.
if you don’t cook much, i say do not register for the set because it’s more expensive. pick other big ticket items that you really want so that if someone decides to buy you something $400, it’s something you really want or need (kitchenaid mixer, dyson vacuum, or something else.).
Post # 6
@profiterole: Since I don’t currently cook a lot, would I be better off registering for mostly nonstick pans/pots vs. stainless steel? I’m pretty much clueless with all this.
What is the difference between Calphalon Contemporary nonstick and Calphalon Unison? Unison is crazy expensive. I’ve heard it can be used in the dishwasher?