Post # 1
I have 3 sets of cookware on my registry right now- I’m trying to narrow it down to uhm, just 1.
I have this Caphalon set:http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&BRN=1&SKU=104200
I have this Analon Set: http://www1.macys.com/registry/wedding/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=330215&CategoryID=7552
I have this Tools of the Trade set: http://www1.macys.com/registry/wedding/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=256818&CategoryID=7552
I like the Caphalon because my grandma swears by it and it’s got a lifetime warranty. It’s also the most expensive though 🙁
The Analon set looks fine, it got good reviews, it’s cheaper, and it’s gorgeous. But it’s only got a “limited lifetime warrantey” (what does this mean?)
The Tools of the Trade set is FI’s pick because it reminds him of Alice . In Wonderland, it’s also got the “limited lifetime warranty”, and reviews were good except many people said that the handles get hot because water gets trapped inside of them.
I KNOW Caphalon is a good brand to fall back on, I guess I am just trying to figure out if the other 2 are as good as it! What is the Limited Lifetime Warranty? Has anyone had any experience with the Tools of the Trade or the Analon set?
Post # 3
We got Circulon b/c it’s the only dishwasher-safe kind.
Of the ones you listed, I’d register for the most expensive. People will want to get you gifts. This is your chance to get the best cookware you can get. I don’t know how I got on without mine before!
Post # 4
I would get the Calphalon. We have a few non-stick calphalon pans (for eggs and such) and anytime the nonstick material has gotten scratched (even though we only use wood utensils), we’ve put it back in a box and sent it back, and with no questions asked, we got a brand new replacement within a couple weeks. So, if you plan on getting all non-stick interiors on your pans, I would definatley get the ones that are so easily replaced, sinced even the best cared for non stick coatings will wear eventually.
I don’t know what a limited lifetime warranty would be on pots and pans, but I would go for lifetime, since that is how long you want them to last. They are expensive (obviously) so you don’t want to replace them if something should happen after the limited warranty expires.
Post # 5
Calphalon has a new nonstick, the Unison that can go in the dishwasher.
Post # 6
We registered for (and have started getting!) the Calphalon stainless steel. They can go in the dishwasher, and have the lifetime warranty. I never like the idea of non-stick flaking, I’d rather just add a bit of oil and clean it later, and these pans are fabulous!
Post # 7
Yea! I’m thinking that the lifetime warranty is golden because they will send us a new one for free- but if it scratches lot, I really don’t want to deal with mailing things in all the time- Does the caphalon scratch alot?
Post # 8
I got my daughter that Analon set and they love it. My other daughter wants the same one.
I personally have some Calphalon pieces and have been very disappointed in how they have held up. My favorite is LeCrueset. I think they are the absolute best. I’ve had mine for over 30 years now and just love them.
Post # 9
Most of ours are relatively new, but we have one pan that has survived FI’s bachelor days and three years here. It’s in great shape. Works really well, and has held up well enough that we’re going w/ those for the registry! Again, isn’t non-stick, so we don’t have the coating problem, but I like them a lot.
Post # 10
I really like Calphalon. The nice thing about nonstick is that you don’t have to put them in the dishwasher. You can wipe it out with a dishcloth and voila! Ready for the next dish.
Post # 11
I think any non-stick will scratch or flake eventually, so if you are worried about that, could you register for a stainless Calphalon set and get a one open stock non-stick pan for those times when you need a nonstick surface. That way your main pans aren’t getting shipped off and replaced, and you have a non-stick when you need one?
Post # 12
Yes the Calphalon will scratch a lot. My parents had a really expensive calphalon griddle. It got left on a hot burner and the metal warped. The pan no longer heats evenly on a glass top stove.
Even with wooden utensils on the non-stick surface it will scratch over time. We decided to go with the Stainless Steel because of that.
Post # 13
I wouldn’t go with a set if I were you. Pick and choose the pans you’ll actually use. I cook a lot and only use 3 or 4 size/type of pots and pans. That way I can pick some stainless steel and some non-stick based on how I would typically use that pan.
Post # 14
I’d vote for Calphalon! I also echo the plug for Le Creuset – I only registered for a few pieces because its SO expensive, but am really excited to hopefully get a frying pan and dutch oven!
Post # 15
Le Creuset is the bomb. I’ve registered for it and have gotten a few pieces already (engagement party, Xmas gifts) and it’s the best cookware I’ve ever used. Yeah, it’s expensive, but it’s expensive for a reason. I had a bunch of Calphalon before the engagement and half of it is scratched to hell and destroyed already. Go for the good stuff. Another plus – fun colors 🙂
Post # 16
I cook alot and have cooked with a variety of different pots and pans, but I have to say that I swear by Caphalon. They seems to cook the best, most evenly, and non stick. Other pans just don’t seem to cook the same. While they may be more expensive many guests would be happy to buy them or go in together with other guests and get a set.