Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10-piece Cookware Set Review

By: Kelly Burgess on September 1st, 2015
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Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10-piece Cookware Set Review

The Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10-piece Cookware Set gets good reviews from users for its quick, even heating and good nonstick properties. We saw complaints that the coating scratched or chipped after just a few months, but not many; most say it lasts for years. Most owners rave about the cookware, and a similar pan -- same construction and material, just a different size than the ones in this set -- performed excellently in one expert test.

ProsEven heating, Good nonstick surface, Easy to clean, Sturdy feel, Stay cool handlesConsSome durability issued with coating

Performance

Most owners say this cookware heats evenly and is truly nonstick. Multiple reviewers marvel at the exceptional performance of the Calphalon non-stick cookware set, saying cooking with it gives the results of a stainless steel pan, without the headaches of sticking foods. In one professional test of a Calphalon pan that uses the same materials and construction as this set, testers were amazed at how well it cooked, not only in tasks where nonstick capabilities are preferred, but also in areas where a nice browning or crust is desirable. Owners agree, saying the cookware heats evenly and the results are perfect. They also say the cookware has sufficient weight to retain heat well. Like other anodized aluminum cookware, these pots and pans cannot be used on an induction stovetop.

Ease of use

Cleanup is no longer a chore. One thing owners of this Calphalon set agree on: These pots and pans are so easy to clean. They are not dishwasher safe -- no nonstick cookware should be washed in the dishwasher -- but they clean with just a swipe of a dishcloth. The only cleanup complaints we saw were from a few who note that that food tends to collect under the fasteners where handles are attached. Except for one or two outliers, there are virtually no complaints of food sticking to the cookware, so there are very few recipe failures and food looks as good as it tastes. The silicone-wrapped, stainless-steel handles are one of the most loved features because they stay cool during cooking.

Durability

A few complaints of scratching or peeling. Most owners say Simply Calphalon cookware holds up very well over years of use. However, there are some who say that the brushed outer finish scratches easily, and the silver finish underneath shows up vividly against the dark gray exterior. Others are disappointed that the coating scratched or began to peel after just a few months. However, these complaints are far outweighed by comments from satisfied customers. Calphalon backs this set with a 10-year warranty, but users who tried to take advantage of the warranty say it requires shipping the product back to Calphalon at their own expense -- with no guarantee that the damage would be covered.

Check it out on Amazon

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Calphalon Simply Nonstick 10 pc kitchen cookware, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

ConsumerReports.org lists test results for 18 sets of cookware, including the Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10-piece Cookware Set. Only two nonstick sets are recommended, with one also receiving a Best Buy designation.

2. Chowhound.com

Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 12-Inch Everyday Pan review: Does This Pan Pass the Everyday Test?, Editors of Chowhound.com, Dec. 20, 2013

Editors of Chowhound.com put the Calphalon Everyday Pan through a rigorous testing protocol. This pan is not part of the 10-piece set, but it is the same material, so performance results can be applied to the full set. While there are design flaws with the pan (most notably the handles), its performance was excellent.

3. Amazon.com

Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Set, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2015

In more than 305 customer reviews, the Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Set earns an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Owners say it's a great set of cookware that makes cooking and cleaning up a breeze. There are some complaints of scratching and peeling coating after a few months, but they are in the minority.

4. Macys.com

Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Cookware Set , Contributors to Macys.com , As of September 2015

This Calphalon cookware set gets a lot of love from reviewers at Macys.com, who give it an overall average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 based on more than 290 reviews. Users praise the Calphalon cookware's fast, even heating, stay-cool handles and nonstick surface that makes clean up simple. We saw a few complaints that the finish scratches easily.