KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Cookware Set

Nonstick Anodized Aluminum 10 Piece

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KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials CookwareKitchenAid's Gourmet Essentials ten piece Cookware Set is constructed from hard anodized cast aluminum that's both light and strong. Three saucepans in one, two, and three quart sizes, plus two saute pans and a stock pot, are enough to start out a small kitchen.

Aluminum cookware like this looks tougher than it is, so be aware of weak points like skillet handles where you'll have a lot of stress on handle rivets if there's a lot in the pan. Short handles on saucepans and the big stockpot aren't so much at risk. Another vulnerable point is the nonstick coating on the interior -- use wooden or plastic utensils to stir food, not metal. The lids that accompany this set are tempered glass, break resistant and heavy. The see-through quality is a handy bonus, especially for the saute pans.

All the handles are fitted with silicone exteriors that provide a comfortable and safe grip. The silicone is oven safe to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, so in a pinch you can use these pans for baking or roasting.

The nonstick interior is not dishwasher safe, so be prepared for hand washing. The pots and pans generally clean up well, though, and the extra effort you spend in cleaning them extends the lifetime of the cookware. KitchenAid provides a one-year hassle free replacement warranty on every item in the set.

Compare this with the Circulon Classic cookware set.

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