Review of Calphalon DS9DC Commercial 9-Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware Set
Reviewed on: November 11, 2012
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Pros & Cons
These Calphalon pots and pans are hard anodized cookware.
Most of the users are happy with the quality of the pans and find that food cooks evenly with very little heat. The pans are heavy and durable and the handle does not get hot.
Note: These are not non-stick pans.
The original Calphalon pans were made in Ohio, USA. The new pots and pans are made in China. Most reviewers who own both old and new pans say that the older pans were heavier, more scratch proof and overall quality was much better than that of the new pans.
Most users find it difficult to clean these pans. All kind of food sticks to these pans. It is important to read the instruction manual that recommends ways to keep the pan clean. Some users recommend that if food is cooked on lower heat then it does not stick to the pan. The handle does not get hot while cooking. However, the tops for these pans are metal and they may get very hot.
Overall, customer rate these pans as above average in quality, but still seem to miss the quality of original pans made in Ohio.
Review Group #: 1
Learning involved for users of NonStick pans
Review Group #: 2
Good bargain and good gift
Review Group #: 3
Quality of surface and handle is not good
Review Group #: 4
Set provides good quantity of pots and pans • Overall quality of the product is not good
Review Group #: 5
Value for money • Affordable price
Review Group #: 6
Quality has gone down after production moved to China • Not so good quality
Review Group #: 7
Some say easy to clean • Some say difficult to clean
Review Group #: 8
Food sticks to pans
Review Group #: 9
Food sticks to pans
Review Group #: 10
Cooks evenly • Cooks well • Difficult to clean
Review Group #: 11
Not non-stick pans • Food sticks to cooking surface
Amazon.com Rating: 3.40 stars from 243 reviews.
Cooking Evennessfrom 10 reviews
Almost all users report that the food heats and cooks evenly. Here are few additional comments on cooking evenness:
1. The pans heat up very quickly.
2. Some reviewers burnt first few things they made as the pans cook well with very little heat.
3. The pans are heavy and durable, and the surface is even and smooth.
Handle Temperaturefrom 32 reviews
Most reviewers say that handles on these pans do not get hot. However, since the tops for these pans are metal, they may get very hot and require potholder for removal. Here are few additional things that reviewers like about the handle:
1. The y-shaped handle base prevents the heat being conducted from the pot to the handle.
2. The pans are made of good thick gauge, and the metal saute pan handles don't become hot even after cooking with them for an hour.
3. The skillets and sauce pans have very comfortable handles that slope slightly down that make working on the stove very easy while using multiple pans.
4. For one user, pans go from oven to cook tops of all types and the handles stay cool when cooking on stove top.
There are however very few users who report the following issues with handle temperature:
1. The tops for these pans are metal, they may get very hot and require a potholder for removal. The handles on the pans themselves, however, generally stay cool enough to touch.
2. One user recommends handle covers as everything is metal and handles can get quite warm.
3. One reviewer purchased a set with only metal handles and recommends to use pot holder to touch any handles or lids because they're all metal and get super hot, super fast.
Handle Comfortfrom 32 reviews
Most reviewers found the handles comfortable to handle. Here are few additional things that reviewers liked about the handles:
1. The handles are slightly rough to the touch (similar to the style used in the hard-anodized line). This roughness gives better grip on the pan's handle.
2. The skillets and sauce pans have very comfortable handles that slope slightly down that make working on the stove very easy while using multiple pans.
Few reviewers found the following issues with the handles:
1. Few reviewers found the handle to be a little small for their hands.
2. The old Calphalon line seemed to have smooth handles. The new line has cast iron handles that few reviewers call "cheap knock-off of the originals".
3. According to one reviewers the lids have the Calphalon logo but the handles do not have logo and do not appear to be authentic -- looking like cheap metal and not smooth stainless steel and users older pots.
In summary, most reviewers found the handles to be comfortable. However, reviewers who have used Calphalon in the past say that the handles are not as smooth as their old Calphalon.
Handle Sturdinessfrom 33 reviews
The handles are riveted and not screwed which makes the handles feel sturdy and prevents from getting loose over time. However, in one case the rivet started to corrode. Here are few additional things that reviewers liked about the handle sturdiness:
1. The riveted handles hold up better than handles on other cheaper cookware that are screwed and get loose over time.
Reviewers found the following issues with the handle sturdiness:
1. The handles on new pans that are made in China are shorter, thinner and even twisted as compared to older pans.
2. The rivets are smaller and compressed just enough to hold.
3. In one case the rivet holding the handle on a pot started corroding.
In summary, the handles are riveted and not screwed and most reviewers find the handle to be sturdy. However, reviewers who have previously owned Calphalon report that the new handles are not as sturdy as ones on their old pans.
Ease of Cleaningfrom 15 reviews
Many reviewers complained that food sticks to the pan and it is very difficult to clean. However, there are also many reviewers who claim that food does not stick and cleaning is very easy if proper instructions are followed.
Here are good things that reviewers say about cleaning these pans:
1. Easy to hand clean if all instructions are followed. Instructions include cooking at lower heat than normal. Don't wash immediately after cooking. Let the pans cool down and soak them in water so that any sticky food comes off.
2. According to a reviewer the pans looked blotchy after cleaning. Both customer service and manual recommended using Comet or Ajax and a Scotchbrite pad to clean the pans, if necessary. This made a real difference. The pans looked new inside and out.
There are many reviewers who found the following issues with cleaning these pans:
1. These pans cannot be cleaned in the dishwasher. They will look horrible if thrown in the dishwasher. They will appear blotchy and more gray than black.
2. Reviewers complain that everything from rice, meat, egg, fried potatoes stick to the pan and are difficult to clean.
3. Some reviewers say that they followed the directions for proper heating and yet everything they cooked stuck to the bottom.
4. Difficult to clean the stuck food as you cannot use steelwool or abrasive pads.
5. Some reviewers miss their stainless steel pans for which they could use SOS pads and clean them easily.
6. Even after proper use for few users the exterior begun to discolor and scratched very easily. The quality of new Calphalon that is made in China is not the same as the one that was made in the US couple of years ago. For some users their old Calphalon pots and pans have not scratched off like their new ones.
In summary, if you are a novice user you will need to learn how to use these pans so that the food does not stick. Additionally, you will need to follow instructions if you need to easily clean these pans and keep them looking new.