After looking at what Calphalon has to offer in comparison to Cuisinart in our previous article, today we will look at their classic non-stick 10 piece set. This also means that finally, we have something different from the stainless steel cookware sets that we have been reviewing lately. Therefore, if you love cookware made with hard-anodized aluminium, it’s a guarantee that you’ll equally love this Calphalon classic 10 piece set.
Calphalon Classic Non-Stick Cookware
Calphalon takes credit for most quality hard-anodized cookware available on the markets today. In the spirit of having something for everyone, they went a step higher and added the non-stick option to their classic cookware collection which also has two other varieties: stainless steel and ceramic non-stick cookware.
This collection is made up of easy to use cookware defined by their exceptional value, achieved by innovative features that are used in the manufacturing process. It’s these great features which make the cookware essential and suitable for everyday use.
Calphalon Classic Non-stick 10 Piece Set Review
Key Features and Specifications
- What’s in the package?
In your package you’ll find conveniently marked non-stick pans and pot with straining lids. In a nutshell, it’s made up of: 8 and 10-inch frying pans, 1.5 and 2.5-Quart sauce pans each with a cover, a 3-Quart sauté pan with its cover and lastly a 6-Quart stock pot, also with a cover.
The construction comprises of hard-anodized aluminium with a double-layered non-stick interior. This blend makes the cookware durable and with fast and even-heating qualities making the pieces effective. The non-stick layers can withstand repeated usage and even with that, the cookware will still release food with ease, translating to effortless clean-up afterwards.
This set still has with it Calphalon’s traditional design complimented with modern features to make it suitable for both professional and home usage. The construction is complimented with sleek tempered glass lids and stainless steel handles which will blend easily with your counter top. Many cooks often prefer this cookware to other sets because they see it as a time saver. This is because it’s also designed with fill lines, straining holes on the lids and pour spouts; all which make food preparation process easier.
One of the reasons why many users still stick to the traditional cast iron and stainless steel cookware is because of the health concerns often associated with non-stick cookware. In this case, Calphalon has placed in every effort to give you durable and safe non-stick options by making their cookware PFOA-free. With this, you can enjoy hustle-free cooking and clean-up without the fear of harmful layers getting in contact with your food.
In addition to that, the cookware also guarantees safety, having been designed with long stay-cool stainless steel handles. These handles improve on comfort and balance when handling the cookware which can be slightly heavy because of the durable materials used in their construction.
- Usage Versatility
When investing in any cookware set, you need pots and pans which can be used for any cooking process so that you avoid buying multiple sets for every meal preparation. The cookware in this set is designed to handle all your simmering, searing, boiling, frying, sautéing and many other cooking needs.
The cookware is also flexible enough when looking at stovetops that you can use. The exterior design makes it usable on electric, halogen, gas or glass stove tops. When you need to get some baking done, you can also rely on the set, in that the cookware is recommended for oven use provided that your settings are in the range of 450° F.
This Calphalon classic cookware will get your cooking done faster and effectively, all thanks to even distribution on the sides and bottom. Being non-stick, you won’t have to deal with food sticking, however, this can only be so if you follow the instructions stated by the manufacturer.
One, you need to ensure that you only use high heat levels when you intend to get some boiling done, and so for others, stick to low or medium heat. Another mistake most users do is using cooking sprays after preheating which usually cause stubborn build-ups on the non-stick layer. In this case the recommended thing to use is either butter or your regular cooking oil, which you might only need in smaller quantities.
- Cleaning and Storage
Calphalon classic non-stick is definitely a good brand, but you shouldn’t even think about cleaning it using a dishwasher. The only exception is the tempered glass lids that can either be hand washed or cleaned in the dishwasher. Calphalon clearly states that the cookware is strictly hand-wash only; something that won’t be a problem because the cookware itself is easy to clean.
Even so, you should only use mild detergents and cleaning pads on these surfaces in order to keep the non-stick layers in shape. In addition to that, it’s also recommended to give the pans and pots enough time to cool down completely before you start cleaning. This will help keep your hands safe and also prevent warping.
After proper cleaning, you have to store the cookware correctly and only once the pieces are completely dry. The easier way to do this is to hang them on a rack, but you can alternatively keep them flat in your kitchen cabinet. What you should avoid is stacking them inside one another or placing the lids in between the cookware in order to avoid scratching the non-stick layer.
- Unique features
This Calphalon classic cookware is one of those brands with special, convenient and time saving features which make your life easier in the kitchen. The pans and pots are designed with clearly marked lines to help get those exact measurements even if you don’t have measuring cups at home.
In addition to the lines, a plus also lies on the straining holes placed on the cookware lids in the set. They’re equally aligned to match the pour spouts designed on the cookware set such that you won’t have to open the lids every time you need to drain out liquid while still cooking.
- Hard-anodized aluminium layer for even heating
- Dual non-stick layers
- Safe stay-cool handles
- Durable construction
- Features measuring lines
- Convenient straining lids
- Over-safe up to 450° F.
- Not ideal for dishwasher
Getting your hands on quality brands like the Calphalon classic non-stick cookware is one thing, but maximizing on its durability entirely depends on your kitchen habits. One of the reasons why some people prefer regular cookware to non-stick options is because of maintenance.
This revolves around the utensils you use when cooking, how you clean and also how you store the cookware. The good thing is that this set has a lifetime warranty, so you’ll still be covered in the event that the cookware gets faulty, provided that you followed all the instructions correctly.