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Product Review: Calphalon Premier Space Saving Cookware

Calphalon Premier Space Saving Cookware

Calphalon’s Premier Space Saving Cookware first appeared on the market in 2017. This kitchenware has flat glass lids that allow for convenient stacking in any order. These uniquely-shaped, high-quality pans come in 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch diameter stacks that fit comfortably under almost any kitchen counter. This cookware is available in stainless steel or hard anodized nonstick. Most sets come in three, five, six, ten, or 15-piece collections, but you can also purchase individual pots and pans.

 

The Calphalon Premier Space Saving Stainless Steel Collection

The Premier Space Saving Cookware from Calphalon needs 30% less space than comparable non-stackable sets. You’ll save on shelf space without having to sacrifice quality or versatility. We’re reviewing the 10-piece stainless steel set.

 

Calphalon Premier Space Saving Cookware

Calphalon Premier Space Saving Cookware

The 10-piece Calphalon Premier Space Saving Stainless Steel Cookware Set includes the following:

Stack with 8-inch diameter cookware

  • 8-Inch Fry Pan
  • 5-Quart Sauce Pan with Lid
  • 5-Quart Sauce Pan with Lid

Stack with 10-inch diameter cookware

  • 10-Inch Fry Pan
  • 3-Quart Sauté Pan with Lid
  • 6-Quart Stockpot with Lid

 

The Review

We’re reviewing the durability, even heating, ease of use, versatility, cleanup, and value of Calphalon Premier Space Saving Stainless Steel Cookware.

Durability

Calphalon has a reputation for designing high-quality cookware, and the stackable collection is no exception. These pans have a heavy-gauge aluminum core construction wrapped in stainless steel. The stainless steel is made of various alloys that are resistant to corrosion and maintain a long-lasting, lustrous appeal. The three layers extend up to the sides for optimal durability and heat distribution.

Notches in the handles and lids keep the pans locked in place when stacked, so they don’t wobble. This feature makes it possible to remove a pot from the bottom of the stack without scratching the one above it. You’ll find this cookware relatively heavy. The 10-piece set weighs just over 25 pounds, making it resistant to bending and warping.

The Premier Space Saving Cookware is broiler or oven-safe up to 450ºF and also safe for use in the dishwasher. All the products in these sets come with full lifetime warranties, in addition to excellent customer support.

You can also use metal utensils without damaging the surface, even with the nonstick collections. To preserve the surfaces of the nonstick sets, we recommend placing a protective layer between each pan. The hard-anodized bodies won’t damage as quickly, but continuous use could show signs of wear and tear.

Even Heating

The aluminum core delivers fast and even heat distribution on any stovetop, including induction. When cooking meat, you’ll get a perfect brown sear and beautifully deglazed sauces. The pan doesn’t have hot spots. Instead, heat is distributed across the entire base and sides of this kitchenware evenly.

Unfortunately, the stainless steel handles get hot, even though they should stay cool to the touch. We highly recommend using potholders to touch the handles while cooking. Since the lids and their grips are flat, they can heat up very quickly and burn unsuspecting hands.

When cooking with the stainless steel cookware, you can use less heat than you would usually. The hard-anodized pans will take slightly longer to preheat. However, both do an excellent job of cooking food evenly all the way through. You should avoid dry heating the nonstick cookware. Instead, add a small amount of oil before you turn on the stove.

The stainless steel pans require preheating before you put any oil or butter into them. You can check if the pot is ready by adding a drop of water. If the water dances for a moment before evaporating, the pan is prepared to use. However, if it crackles and instantly disappears, your pot is probably too hot.

Ease of Use

You’ll love the stacking feature of the Premier Space Saving sets. Pans and lids with the same diameter can stack in any order and lock into place. This handy feature prevents your cookware from leaning or tipping over when stacked high. For the most space efficiency, start with the shallowest pan at the bottom and deeper ones at the top.

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The lids fit snuggly to seal in flavors and moisture, but there are no air holes to allow steam to escape. It’s also challenging to tilt the tops, creating the potential for pots to boil over. However, the secure handles on both sides allow for easy pouring and draining.

Getting used to the shape of the lid handles takes time, and they tend to heat up more than lids with standard knobs. Despite their tendency to get hot, the handles provide a firm and balanced grip. Convenient loop handles on the pots make them simple to maneuver.

Another aspect to consider is the usefulness of the stackability. The 3-piece sets won’t save as much space in the kitchen as a 6-piece or 10-piece set. You’ll want to get pans with different diameters so that you can divide them into two or three separate stacks. When stacked too high, the cookware near the bottom can be challenging to access.

Versatility

The Premier Space Saving Stainless Steel Cookware is suitable all stovetops, including induction. You can use the hard-anodized collection with gas, electric, electric coil, glass, and halogen ranges. All the Space Saving Cookware is oven-safe up to 450ºF.

Every lid is interchangeable with a pan of the same diameter. This feature is practical since you can choose the type of cover you want to use for a particular dish. When storing, you can stack the lids on top of the cookware, or in between individual pieces.

The 10-piece collection comes with a versatile range of pots and pans in shapes and sizes that meet the demands of nearly any recipe. If you need to cook for a large family, we recommend an additional stack of 12-inch pans, or the Supper Club set. The 8-inch and 10-inch cookware can’t serve dinner party portions.

Cleanup

Calphalon Premier Space Saving Cookware

All Calphalon Premier Space Saving Cookware is safe for the dishwasher, which makes cleaning up quick. However, you should avoid using any detergents with citrus or bleach since these can damage the finish. Handwashing is the best way to preserve the appearance and functionality of your kitchenware.

The stainless steel requires more effort to clean than the nonstick pans, and don’t always get completely clean in the dishwasher. When food sticks to the stainless steel, it’s best to let it soak it in warm water and soap before cleaning with a nonabrasive scrubber. The capped rivets can collect grime, but some Bar Keeper’s Friend can help in difficult cleaning situations.

Before the first use, you should always wash your cookware in soapy water and allow it to dry thoroughly. Avoid cooking with aerosol sprays that can leave a residue that’s difficult to remove. An oil mister is a better alternative and won’t damage the surface of your pans. Forceful impacts and sliding pots over the lids can result in scratches.

Value

This cookware is worth the initial investment if you’re searching for high-quality pans in a versatile range of sizes that also save space in your cabinet. The space saving aspect is most beneficial if you plan to purchase five or more pieces. You probably won’t need as many lids since they fit all the same-sized pans.

A 10-piece set will contain everything the average household needs. However, if you cook for a large family or regularly entertain guests, the 15-piece collection will be more practical. The large, 12-inch pans can accommodate group meals and generous portions.

Calphalon’s Premier Space Saving pans won’t perform entirely as well as All-Clad cookware, but it’s only half the price. If you consider the cost difference, the Calphalon kitchenware is an excellent value. You’ll get the same even heating properties and robust construction with Premier Space Saving Cookware as you would with more expensive options.

 

Other Calphalon Premier Space Saving Cookware Sets

We chose the Calphalon 10-piece Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set for its value and versatility, but you can also find an 8-piece and 15-piece set.

 

6-Piece Calphalon Premier Space Saving Hard-Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set

This collection has a hard-anodized construction with a three-layer nonstick interior. You can use metal utensils on this nonstick surface. These pans are also dishwasher-safe. The 6-piece set includes:

Stack of 8-inch diameter cookware

  • 8-Inch Fry Pan
  • 5-Quart Pour and Strain Sauce Pan with Lid

Stack of 10-inch diameter cookware

  • 10-Inch Fry Pan
  • 3-Quart Sauté Pan with Lid

 

5-Piece Calphalon Premier Space Saving Supper Club Stainless Steel Cookware Set

If you’re looking for cookware with the capacity to produce large family meals, the supper club set is an ideal space-saving solution. The 5-piece set includes:

Stack of 10-inch diameter cookware

  • 4-Quart Chef’s Pan
  • 8-Quart Stockpot with Lid

Stack of 12-inch diameter cookware

  • 5-Quart Sauteuse with Lid

 

Is Calphalon Premier Space Saving Cookware Right for Me?

If you want cookware that’s durable and saves space in your kitchen, we highly recommend Calphalon’s Premier Space Saving collection. The quality is comparable to high-end cookware, but the price is much more affordable.

Those who have been using cast iron cookware will find these pans lighter and easier to handle. At the same time, they feel well-crafted and sturdy in your hands. The stainless steel collection is likely to last you longer and requires less care than the nonstick sets.

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