Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10-piece Cookware Set Review

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Bottom Line

The Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10-piece Cookware Set gets good reviews from experts and 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, in one professional test, it was both Recommended and designated as a "Best Buy."

Pros
  • Even heating
  • Good nonstick surface
  • Easy to clean
  • Sturdy feel
  • Stay cool handles
Cons
  • Some durability issued with coating

Breaking it down

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 it earned Excellent ratings for cooking evenness, food release, durability and handle temperature, and Very Good ratings for speed of heating and ease of cleaning. Its' only average ratings came in the areas of handle comfort and sturdiness. 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 the 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 found 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 will be covered.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

The Best Cookware From Consumer Reports' Tests, Mary H.J. Farrell , Nov. 3, 2015

In this free-to-the-public article, Mary H.J. Farrell hits the highlights of ConsumerReports.org's latest cookware tests, noting that the Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10-piece Cookware Set is both Recommended and named a Best Buy. To read details of the test results and ratings you'll need to subscribe, though.

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 2016

More than 685 reviewers weigh in on four different Simply Calphalon cookware sets; but the most reviews, around 535, are specifically for the 10-piece set. It earns very high ratings, with the vast majority of users giving it 4 stars or better.

4. BedBathAndBeyond.com

Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set, Contributors to BedBathandBeyond.com, As of September 2016

This Calphalon cookware set gets an overall rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 based on rougly 180 reviews. Owners 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; and some low ratings due to the shopping experience at this site.