KitchenAid KCH1S05AKD Hard Anodized Nonstick 5-Piece Cookware Set – Black Diamond

KitchenAid KCH1S05AKD Hard Anodized Nonstick 5-Piece Cookware Set – Black Diamond

KitchenAid KCH1S05AKD Hard Anodized Nonstick 5-Piece Cookware Set - Black Diamond
@ Enjoy the long-lasting durability of Hard Anodized nonstick cookware. This sturdy set includes: 8″ Skillet; 1.5-Quart Saucepan with Lid; 8.0-Quart Stockpot with Lid.

  • Dishwasher Durable with Nonstick Colorfast Finish
  • 3-Layer Nonstick Interior
  • Induction Capable
  • 4.5 mm Hardened Aluminum
  • Riveted Stainless Steel Handle(s)

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  1. HTD says
    147 of 150 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Kitchen Aid vs. Simply Calphalon after a week with both., December 10, 2015
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    First, I did not receive these products for free, I bought them. The Simply Calphalon was rated a best buy by CR and I thought that the specs for the Kitchen Aid made them worth consideration. I have been in the restaurant business for over 30 years so I have a lot of experience with pans, mostly professional sets. So that is my point of reference. The Calphalon and Kitchen Aid are in the same mid-range price point (150 – 200). Truthfully they are very similar but not equal.

    First thing I noticed was that the Simply Calphalon were slightly smaller. Especially the Saute pan. The Kitchen Aid set is dishwasher safe, Calphalon is not. For better or worse (as you’ll read better in this case) the Kitchen Aid are heavier. The Calphalon are double-coated nonstick, the Kitchen Aid are triple-coated. Packaging for KA says oven safe to 350 degrees and Cal. says 400. Amazon says 500 for KA vs 400 for Cal. Both are Hard Anodized aluminum. If you have an induction cooktop only KA is compatable.

    What is Hard Anodized and does it matter? Hard Anodized pans are naturally nonstick, and completely chemical-free. These pans are made with an aluminum base, which essentially gets submerged in a sulfuric acid bath that has low electrical charges running through it. As it cools, it causes the pans exterior to anodize. A hard anodized pan is extremely strong, has a long lifespan, and because it is virtually non-porous, it resists sticking. Add a few layers of non-stick coating and you have a great, relatively cheap (cost wise), pan.

    So what are meaningful differences? The Calphalon set is 3.2mm thick and the Kitchen Aid is 4.5mm thick. Meaning (all else being equal) the Kitchen Aid is more thermally conductive and durable. And my non-scientific tests show this. The KA heats up far quicker, stays at temp longer and cooks more evenly. It’s not even close. Boiling water took about 1:30 less time in the KA and eggs cooked over medium heat in far less time. I had to lower the heat on everything I tested with the KA set. It conducted heat far better that my old Cuisinart or the Simply Calphalon. The difference in thickness also accounts for the difference in weight.

    Calphalon double-coated and KA has a triple-coated non-stick coating. The name is pretty explanatory but does it really matter? Yes and no. Right out of the box there is no noticible difference. However, in 4-5 years there should be a difference. Kitchen Aid’s triple-coating should last longer and look better. We’ll wait and see.

    The Kitchen Aid is dishwasher safe the Simply Calphalon is not. Truthfully, I don’t care what the manufacture says if you want you cookware to last don’t put it in the dishwasher. With the non-stick coating it takes little effort to clean these so it’s not worth it. Also, don’t use metal instruments and never use cooking spray. Buy silicon utensils and a oil mister. The utensils are cheap and a mister lasts forever and is less expensive than 2 cans of Pam.

    Real world cooking experience. After spending a week with each I gave the Calphalon to my son who recently moved out. They are nice pans and should take most of his abuse but they do not compare with the Kitchen Aid pans. Cooking is quicker, food cooks more evenly and they look great. The deep black finish and flat tops are a stark change from the grey, domed cookware you usually see. I did find that the handles of the Calphalon set were more comfortable. The bottom of the Cal. handles were all silicon and only a small portion of the KA were silicon. Neither handle became hot.

    Are they a professional set, no. But my restaurants cook 300+ meals a day with people who don’t care if the pans lasts to the next shift. So why pay double or triple the price? The Kitchen Aid set is slightly more than the Simply Calphalon but the they are worth the difference. So, for a mid-priced set of cookware, I don’t think you’ll find a better value than the Kitchen Aid.

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  2. Francesco says
    30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    (A reviewer for the original finish version of this pan was disappointed that it wasn’t even bigger, March 15, 2016
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    The actual dimensions on the one I received are 15″ diameter across the top, 12″ diameter cooking surface, and 2-1/2″ external side wall height. It turns out that a bona fide 12″ cooking surface really is very large, which is what I wanted. (A reviewer for the original finish version of this pan was disappointed that it wasn’t even bigger, like a full 14″ cooking surface. A pan that big would be enormous on my stove top but it would work in the oven or outside.)

    Even though the the largest burner on my stove top covers a fraction of the bottom of the pan, I get surprisingly even heat by warming up the pan slowly for 10 minutes or so before use. I had no problem cooking up more than 2 pounds of potatoes as home fries this way; they came out a beautiful golden brown and the surface was very nonstick. I also use this pan on a large propane burner outdoors where teflon fears to tread.

    The preseasoning is very convenient. There were a few tiny imperfections in the seasoning around the rim, but I just lightly cleaned and coated the pan with oil before using the first time, and the usual maintenance is taking care of the rest.

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  3. Values Privacy says
    21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    induction ready, good performance, forgiving, but non-ergonomic handles, November 4, 2014
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    It’s hard to choose between 3 and 4 stars…

    This has a lot of good things going for it and and some things that I don’t like.

    The handles:
    I like that there is nowhere for water to hide in the handles when I put them in the dishwasher.
    I don’t like that the handles are parallel to the floor. Most cookware, the handles are angled upward on the frying pan because that is ergonomic. With this set they are flat relative to the stove-top. It’s just odd.

    Heating:
    It works with induction cook-tops, I don’t know why that info is hard to find on the amazon description page.
    The heating is very even (there is a layer of aluminum sandwiched in the base above the magnetic induction steel layer).

    Oven safe to 350.

    Lids:
    The glass is flat (not domed). This doesn’t help the water drops trickle back down. I have to take the lid off and tilt so I can see what’s going on in the bottom.
    The handles on the lids get hot.
    There is KitchenAid stamped on all the glass lids to remind you, if you forgot, what brand you are using. boo.

    Shape:
    I do like the shape of them: They seem to be wider and shallower than other cookware. The saute pan in particular (all the stockpots are like that too).

    To be honest, I don’t know if I would pick these if I handled them in a store solely on the shape of the handles (being flat and parallel to the floor). These are a fine set but there are a lot of similar quality similarly priced sets out there the might be more ergonomic for me. (And on a minor annoyance, I don’t like the branding on the glass lids, how would you like it if TV manufacturer put their brand on the viewable screen part of your TV?).

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