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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2001
I have had Calphalon cookware for 6 years. I love it. I cook a lot, and no other cookware I have ever used works as well as Calphalon. It heats evenly and quickly. I also like how I have complete control of the heat. When I turn up the heat it gets hotter almost immediately. When I turn it down it cools quickly. No more picking the pan off the burner to let it cool down.
Before Calphalon, I always had trouble with any recipe that called for bringing something to a quick boil, then reducing the heat to let it simmer. I always felt that the dish continued to boil for much too long. This does not happen with Calphalon.
While my pans certainly no longer look brand new after 6 years of hard use, they still perform beautifully. The small dings and stratches just prove to me that I have used the pans enough to get more than my money's worth.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2003
I have owned my set of Calphalon for 5 years now...its still looks as new as when I bought it. When I cook the pans heat evenly so my food comes out perfect...I've never had any food stick to the pan...and it is very easy to clean. The weight of pots are a little heavy...but thats okay because I know it sits more secure on the stove. The cookware looks nice too. I will never have to buy new pots and pans again. I am very, very happy with my Calphalon.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2002
DH and I have owned Calphalon since 1992 and received the cookware as a gift. Initially, DH was the cook of the family so the cookware was of little concern to me until recently, when we became parents and I stayed home to raise the brood....Over the past two years, I have used these pots at least once a day for boiling noodles, sauces, and steaming vegetables...I am not a serious chef and have no training in the arts of "fine" cooking.
First and foremost, Calphalon is very sturdy. If you drop say, the 5 qt pot from counter height to the floor, chances are strong you're going to damage your floor (or toes) but the pot will stand up fine. Sturdiness may seem insignificant but lids don't sit well atop mis-shappen pots.
The handles are a catch 22 type situation. The handles of the cookware get hot quickly so one must stay mindful of that fact while cooking or purchase the after market handle pads and remember to use them each time you cook.
Our Calphalon set came with the omelette pan that lacked the non-stick coating. Sadly, we have not used that particular omelette pan in ages because it's a pain in the **rear** to clean. We ultimately purchased a pan with the non-stick coating for omelettes and pancakes.
The biggest drawback to this cookware is the fact that it cannot go into the dishwasher. I realize that wanting to put your cookware in the dishwasher may be deemed "lazy" in certain circles, but as a serious user of this cookware I can say without reservation that standing at the sink and scrubbing these pots each day gets OLD......
I rate the Calphalon at four stars because it is not dishwasher safe. This cookware is ideal for singletons and couples without children. Though this cookware is very durable and overall an excellent product, I wouldn't recommend this cookware to families where both partners work as this cookware has a higher degree of upkeep.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2003
I HAVE NOT ONE BAD THING TO SAY ABOUT CALPHALON, ITS VERY STURDY, EASY TO CLEAN, HEATS VERY QUICKLY, I JUST RECEIVED THE 8 PIECE SET- HARD ANODIZED, I LOVE IT, WHEN YOU ARE STIRRING SAUCE, THE PAN DOES NOT SPIN, ITS JUST ALL AROUND GOOD STUFF, I AM THE COOK IN OUR HOUSE HOLD SO, I GREATLY APPRECIATE THE SET I HAVE PURCHASED AND WITH THE DISCOUNTS I SAVED A BUNDLE! IF YOU WANT TO FEEL LIKE A PROFESSIONAL COOK USING THIS SET WILL GET YOU THERE!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2003
I am a professional chef, and I am tired of reading how this Calphalon pan is too bulky, or I can't put it in my dishwasher, or the handles are too hot. If you notice the title (PROFESSIONAL) this set is not for you. Go out and buy the stainless steel junk I have seen in so many of your houses, and replace it every couple of years. Chef's always have a thick kitchen towel draped over one shoulder to grab a hot pan with. The heavy bottom of this pan will help the professional chef cook more than one item at a time, without constantly having to stir the product, to keep it from scorching. The professional Chef knows that the discolored aluminum pot has created countless batches of love time, and time again, and would rather look at the pot with little anodization left than one wich shows no love at all. Finally do not buy this, or any other set of Calphalon so they will lower the prices, and those of us who know we only want the best will be able to afford it.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2002
Hmmm, maybe i'm dumb, and I clearly didn't read carefully enough, but when I buy a set called 'professional hard anodized' i don't expect to get two nonstick items in the batch. Alas, both saute pans have this surface which I personally hate ( well, nonstick certainly has its place, but I would buy a special nonstick pan for this type of cooking ). Problem is, you can't put a nonstick pan in the broiler or a very hot oven, so basically, you can't treat these as a true saute pan. sigh, now I have to buy these items separately, so I've wasted about half my money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2003
It is great cookware and easy to clean. Just make sure that you never use metal utensils with it. The non-stick finish scratched very easily.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2003
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These are high quality kitchenware. I only wish I had had them a long time ago. They clean up easily, heat evenly. Love them.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2003
I got this set two weeks ago during an Amazon Friday's Sale for a great price! I owned one piece of Calphalon (a 10" Commercial crepe pan) and loved it, so thought I'd love more. But now that I have the Professional set, I realize there is one BIG difference between Professionel & Commercial -- the handles on the Professional pans get soooo hot, you must use a hot pad to lift the lid or hold the pan. The Commercial line has a handle that stays cool to the touch. For me, this is very important. So important, in fact, that I'm sending the Professional set back and wait for a great offer on the Commercial set.
Other than the handle/lid issue, I am very happy with this cookware.
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on October 29, 2003
This is by far the best price I have seen for the best product. My son is a Chief and this is all he uses in his kitchen at home.
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