Post # 32
I agree with NYC.BOS.CHI in going to the store and feeling the pans. I’m an avid cook and wanted stainless and a few non-stick. All-Clad is considered better than calphalon, and you can feel it in the weight, but I really hate the All-Clad handles. I find them very uncomfortable. We got the Calphalon 13-piece set and two non-stick pans, plus a non-stick paelle pan that was free with the set that we surprisingly use alllll the time. It’s important to have non-stick for eggs and when you dno’t feel like spending the time to clean the little bits stuck on th epan, but you get better results in cooking from the stainless. I love my calphalon set so far. I use Bar Keepers Friend occassionally to keep them really nice and shiney. I also second the Le Cruset dutch oven. Indepensible.
ETA: Clearly I was about a minute too late! Everyone already got to my advice 🙂 Such smart Bees!
Post # 33
thanks – so the calphalon you have is the tri-ply?
Post # 34
We registered for the Calphalon Stainless Steel Tri-ply. Haven’t received them yet but they get awesome reviews.
here are a few things i know:
You really have to go in and handle these things. Something that looks great online may be REALLY uncomfortable or heavy etc in person.
I grew up with all clad, so a) I know how to cook with stainless and b) I don’t like them. I think they are super heavy and awkward and i hate the shape of the handle. However obviously not everyone agrees. What I think is awkward is that their handles attach at one point to the pot, the thing i like about the calphalon is that the attach with a Y so there are two attachments to the pot which seems to make them less wobbly when you are holding it by the handle.
I was told by the guy at BB&B that the tri ply cooks like the all clad, they both have a middle layer which helps conduct heat, unlike regular stainless. They are a great more affordable option than the all clad.
Lastly it depends on what kind of cook you are. I have a friend who LOVES her calphalon simply non stick, she would hate cooking on stainless, my sister in law also hates stainless but her cooking skills are less than subpar – my brother doesn’t seem to have an issue with them. It all depends on your style, and if you DON’T cook a lot or on stainless currently, are you willing to learn how!
Good luck!! I can’t wait to get my set and not have to screw the handles back on our current pots after they come out of the dishwasher HAHA
Post # 35
Ah! so I’m not the only one that hates those handles! I think you wrote this while I was typing my response so i didn’t see it. Glad to see you love your pans!
Post # 36
We got the Calphalon Unison Non-Stick 10-Piece Cookware Set and I am obsessed with it! It is quite expensive, but there is a huge difference between these and the cheap non-stick pans I was using before. They are also dishwasher safe: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/regProduct.asp?WRN=-1421544759&sku=16619191&
We’ve had them since July and they are amazing–everything cooks perfectly and they clean up so easily. I felt very guilty about registering for something so expensive, but ultimately I’m really glad we did…they are great quality and will last us a long time!
Post # 37
BBB just started carrying Scan-Pan, otherwise we wouldn’t have registered for anything:
My friend has them and swears by them, the unique coating isn’t affected by acids and has kept good shape for him for 5 years.
Post # 38
I agree, it depends on your guests. I just knew I didn’t need a full set, and regardless, for the pots and pans I wanted, the cheapest you could get a (smaller) set was around $700. I doubt I would have gotten that one.
Agreed, I didn’t want an army of 13 pans in my cabinets. I have 6 all-clad pieces (non-stick skillet, 4Q soup pot, 4Q saute/simmer pan, 3Q saucepan, 2Q saucepan, 8Q stockpot) and 1 Le Creuset 3 1/2 Q dutch oven.
We have the d5 line too, they are amazing.
Post # 39
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
re: handles on All-Clad.
All the people with complaints about the All-Clas handles, at least for the d5 line, the handles were redisgned a while ago and do not have these problems. They are very stable. I’m not sure about the budget lines.
Post # 40
We registered for the stainless steel Calphalon tri-ply 13-piece set, and someone already purchased it off of our registry!!! We went with stainless steel because I didn’t want to worry about scratching non-stick.
Post # 41
I’m neither a chemist or an engineer, but that’s what I’ve always been told. However, I probably shouldn’t have said “miniscule scratch.” The toxin is the chemical used to bond the non-stick element to the layer underneath; when it is exposed it will leech into the food. I don’t know how deep the scratch must be for that to happen. That said, I’d also rather not take chances.
Post # 42
We got these from BB&B:
I heard great reviews, and I’m in love with the way they look lol. Also, I’m not a top chef so I wanted something that was easy to cook with.
Plus we got a $50 gift card and a free calphalon contemporary sautee pan with purchase. I also bought a few seperates that didn’t come in the set so that I can have a few different sized pots and a couple of stainless steel ones.
Post # 43
We registered for All Clad d5 Stainless Steel at Williams Sonoma and registered for a Le Creuset dutch oven. We originally had a set because it had been hinted that a set of our hostesses were going to get it for us but no 🙁 so as soon as I found that out I immediately spit the set so we would be more likely to get it. We’ve already had the cheaper sets of cookware and I want something that is going to last even if we have to buy it piece by piece ourselves. We kind of looked at it like we weren’t registering for china and crystal (we’re being gifted my mothers) so our All-Clad is our China/Crystal