KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set

 
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Product Description

A complete set of dependable cookware from a name you know and trust. This 10-piece set is designed with an innovative combination of heat-responsive copper and durable stainless steel for optimum cooking and cleaning results. Tempered glass lids allow you to monitor foods and lock in flavors and nutrients for tender, tastier creations. Set includes: 1.25, 2.5 and 3.5 quart covered saucepans, 8 quart covered stock pot, and 8" and 10" skillets. Lifetime limited warranty.

Features:
  • Includes; 1.25 Qt, 2.5 Qt. and 3.5 Qt. covered saucepans, 8 Qt. covered stockpot, 8" and 10" Open Skillets
  • A double full cap base consists of a layer of aluminum, copper, aluminum and finally a layer of 18/0 stainless steel, all of which is bonded to the base of the pan for exceptional cooking performance with reduced hot spots. Suitable for induction stoves
  • A unique tapered side wall facilitates stirring and whisking while the larger space at the top speeds reduction for rich, flavorful sauces.
  • Polished stainless steel riveted handles provide a confident grip. Oven safe to 500F
  • Tempered glass lids allow you to monitor foods while locking in flavors and nutrients for tender and moist cooking. Included on select items.

Customer Reviews:

  • Terrific value
    These are wonderful pots and pans. They have a nice heft without being too heavy, excellent even heat conduction (and they stay hot a long time--if you have electric stove you can turn off burner before cooking is complete, and don't forget to use medium heat). Also very sturdy. (I accidentally dropped an expensive Calphalon lid in the store when shopping, and it easily dented--I was NOT impressed). Handles stay cool, but you should know that the lid handles will get hot with prolonged cooking.

    FYI: the lid to the 4 qt saucepan fits the 8" skillet-otherwise, lids are not interchangeable and the 10" skillet doesn't come with one--too bad, I could use one. Also, I find the 10" skillet a bit small (and the 12" that you can buy separately a bit big and heavy, such that it has a helper handle)

    I've had mine long enough to use them every day in every cooking situation, and find them very easy to clean. I rarely have to use anything stronger than a "tuffie" or scotchbrite pad with a quick soak. As for the other complaints that they stain, my experience with stainless steel is that they all stain some. The vinegar and baking soda trick works, as does boiling a little auto dish detergent and water in the pan.
    But I don't care if my pans are perfect. The outsides stay nice and shiny and the style of these are beautiful and a pleasure to use.

    I also purchased the large saute pan(wonderful capacity) and the 10" nonstick skillet(for eggs) to round out my set, both of which I love and use all the time.

    For anyone who loves to cook, a real winner! This set should last a lifetime....more info
  • Really GREAT set! Not non-stick? No problem
    Really beautiful on the stove. The shining, sloping sides add a very elegant and sophisticated air. Extremely quick and even heating. Handles stay cool. Just all around a great cookset! We almost didnt get it for 2 concerns: we were concerned the handles would get too hot (they stay cool!) and difficult cleaning ..we were looking for non-stick (these still clean quick and easy with a swipe of a brillo pad). We've since realized that non-stick would wear out in 5-7 years but without it...these should last almost forever! Great purchase. ...more info
  • Great set to grow with
    My husband and I received this cookware set as a wedding present. We had seen it was Consumer Report's "Best Buy," and put it on our registry. We must have been the only newlyweds to register for stainless steel cookware--the registry lady thought we were crazy for not wanting nonstick! I do NOT regret choosing this set. As I start cooking more challenging things, I really appreciate the delicious fond stainless cookware produces. And if you deglaze the pan as a part of your dish, the sauce does the cleaning up for you!

    I especially like the stock pot--it fits a whole chicken for poaching and stock with no problems. Every pan cooks evenly with no hot spots and responds normally to heat (i.e. it doesn't heat up too fast or too slow)

    I wish the set came with a 12" skillet--the 10" really has only 9" of space at the bottom and you can't really fit more than two full size pork chops in it. The teeny pot is cute, but somewhat useless if you don't have teeny burners on an electric stove--the kitchen gets pretty hot making a hard-boiled egg with that much "extra" exposed burner!

    As for cleaning, I like the exposed copper to shine a little, so I use Barkeeper's Friend on the bottom every once in a while to spritz it up. My husband doesn't like the way the lids catch water in the undersides of the edge, where the glass meets the metal edge that fits the pot. You can stick a bit of paper towel in there and absorb it pretty easily, but it smears a little when it's starchy rice water.

    Great set of quality cookware for someone who cooks frequently....more info
  • They Cook As Well As They Look!
    We've had our set since March 2008 and we don't miss the nonstick they replaced one bit. These pots and pans are for the most part substantial without being unwieldy. We wish the 6qt pot were a 4 or 4.5qt instead, because when it's full of boiling water, it can be a handful.

    We've done all sorts of meals with these and just like with most cooking messes, if you're a tidy cook and wipe things out as soon as you're done with them, final cleanup is a breeze.
    ...more info
  • Leave your nonstick behind!
    This cookware is wonderful! I purchased it after going through my second set of anodized nonstick that didn't stay nonstick. I wish they had more pieces available that match. I've already bought the saute pan and the roaster separately. Unfortunately, I had to get a nonmatching KitchenAid saucier.

    I'll admit I wasn't thrilled about the sloping sides at first. But they've grown on me -- they work. The lids don't get as hot as other pans I have.

    It heats evenly and holds the heat forever. They're easy to clean - a few minutes soak for the worst mess works - and you can use brillo pads. You can use metal utensils (wisks, spatulas, *SPOONS*) in it. Folks, there is a reason that you never see the real chefs on Food Network using nonstick!

    But for me personally, the best was when my mother-in-law came to stay for a few weeks and realized she had made a mistake paying big bucks for her All-Clad set. All-Clad is nice and great for the status conscious, but if you're actually planning to cook with your pans, why don't you get a set that leaves you some money to buy the great ingredients to match. (Don't get me wrong. My MIL is a great cook -- but I think a salesman convinced her to buy the A-C for her new induction cooktop.)

    If you're looking for a great set -- this is it....more info
  • Great set of cookware
    I have been using these pots and pans for about a month now and love every minute with them. These are the first pots and pans my wife and I have owned that are not non-stick. That said, my wife was reasonably tentative with the new technique, as was I truth be told. However, these pans heat so evenly and with lower temp settings on our gas stove, that I have quickly fallen in love with their cooking ability.

    The small skillet works great for omelets and I loved the bowed edges of the pots - perfect for stirring and whisking, as the product descriptions state.

    The lids are easy to clean. This was a must for me in a new cookware set, as I hate trying to pry grease and gunk out of narrow recesses of poorly made lids.

    The handles can get hot at times, and I have learned to carefully center the pieces over the flame to prevent heat from creeping up to the handle. Just the same, I advise caution when cooking with this set if it's new to you too.

    Finally, the whole set looks stunning on our cook top, not that this is the best reason to decide on a cookware set, it is a great fringe benefit, however! The layer of copper on the bottom of the pot does tend to shift color with use, but I enjoy that "used" look, and don't expect it to stay the "new and unused" color of polished copper....more info
  • Great set to grow with
    My husband and I received this cookware set as a wedding present. We had seen it was Consumer Report's "Best Buy," and put it on our registry. We must have been the only newlyweds to register for stainless steel cookware--the registry lady thought we were crazy for not wanting nonstick! I do NOT regret choosing this set. As I start cooking more challenging things, I really appreciate the delicious fond stainless cookware produces. And if you deglaze the pan as a part of your dish, the sauce does the cleaning up for you!

    I especially like the stock pot--it fits a whole chicken for poaching and stock with no problems. Every pan cooks evenly with no hot spots and responds normally to heat (i.e. it doesn't heat up too fast or too slow)

    I wish the set came with a 12" skillet--the 10" really has only 9" of space at the bottom and you can't really fit more than two full size pork chops in it. The teeny pot is cute, but somewhat useless if you don't have teeny burners on an electric stove--the kitchen gets pretty hot making a hard-boiled egg with that much "extra" exposed burner!

    As for cleaning, I like the exposed copper to shine a little, so I use Barkeeper's Friend on the bottom every once in a while to spritz it up. My husband doesn't like the way the lids catch water in the undersides of the edge, where the glass meets the metal edge that fits the pot. You can stick a bit of paper towel in there and absorb it pretty easily, but it smears a little when it's starchy rice water.

    Great set of quality cookware for someone who cooks frequently....more info
  • Great buy, everything you should look for in cookware
    I got this set half price on through Amazon warehouse deals, and they arrived in beautiful shape. Everyone should get rid of their Teflon based non-stick cookware, as it releases poisons and toxins. When the nonstick wears off, you'll have to use sprays, which make the release of toxins even worse.

    This set is dishwasher safe, and it has an a copper and aluminum base, which is encapsulated in stainless steel. So you don't have to worry about those metals getting into your food, but they are great and distributing the heat.

    Every once in awhile, I put a dash of baking soda and vingar in the bottom to polish up the inside bottom to a nice shine. Very durable construction. Definitly not cheap feeling in the least. Great buy, even at $200. ...more info
  • The Best Kitchen Purchase
    I've gone through 3 different sets of cookware...expensive non-stick, heavy aluminum, and even those nasty glass Vision's cookware from way back...and this set of Kitchen Aid Gourmet Distinctions is the winner hands down! They are beautiful hanging in my pot rack, but they really shine on the stove top. I have been impressed at how well they cook, and I have not had any trouble with food sticking. A good stir and scrape occasionally makes sure food is released before sticking becomes an issue. Of course, using a little cooking spray helps, too. They clean up exceptionally well, especially if you wipe them out and rinse them soon after cooking. As with any cookware, you don't want to rinse them while they are still hot using cold water...can cause warping, etc., but if you let them cool for a minute and use HOT water and a plastic scrubbing brush, clean up is a breeze. It is wonderful to be able to stick them in the dishwasher, too. The small exposed copper ring near the base does become discolored with use, but that is to be expected and can easily be shined up using vinegar & baking soda, or any copper polish. I personally don't mind the "well used" look! Though I have a gas range, these pans can be used on electric as well as induction cooktops. Highly recommended as the best purchase I've made for my kitchen since my Kitchen Aid stand mixer 20+ years ago!!...more info
  • Leaking rivets? No problem at all!
    I almost did not buy this cookware set because of the reviews that mentioned leaking rivets. But here's the real deal.

    The rivets that attach the handles to the pans are located high on the sides of the pans. If you fill a pot clear up to the rivets, you'll have lots of splashes and spatters as you cook and stir. The easy solution? Use a bigger pot! No spatters, and no leaks.

    Out of curiosity, when I was washing mine prior to use I did fill them up over the rivets, and no leaks on my set.

    So, a little more on the set in general. I purchased this as a replacement for my 35 year old Revereware, which was wobbly on my new glass induction stove. Also wanted to get rid of the nonstick stuff for health reasons. This is perfect, very stable, great heat conduction, glass lids fit well and make it easy to monitor cooking. A joy to use, and on top of that they look gorgeous.

    My suggestion is to notice the cooking hints in these reviews, and to google "cooking with stainless steel cookware" for more hints. With a few minor tweaks to my cooking techniques (which admittedly had gotten sloppy over the years), clean up is a breeze. The basics: heat it dry on 5 for 5 minutes, add butter or oil to hot pan, turn the heat down to 3 and cook more slowly than you may have been doing. Perfect eggs, veggies, grilled cheese sandwiches etc. Then when you're putting the meal on the table, let the pans cool a bit, give a quick swish with a nylon scrubbie, and add warm soapy water before you sit down to eat. After the meal, they clean as easily as nonstick cookware. So easy!

    I also ordered the 1.75 qt pot and 4.75 qt pan with helper handle, and these will probably get more use than some of the items in the 10 piece set.

    Absolutely love my new cookware!...more info
  • Think Again on This One
    A beautiful set to look at until you put them on heat. When I brought them home,not only did they tarnish and discolor when being used on an Induction Cooktop,but all the pots leaked at their handle rivit points. I returned to Kohls for another set. This set did not leak, but still tarnished just the same. I really don't feel like polishing my cookware after every use to keep them looking beautiful. I WOULD NOT PURCHASE THEM AGAIN! When I called KitchenAid customer service on the first leaking set, they said for me to send them back to them at my expense. That would have been very expensive. I don't call this good customer service. I returned to Kohls with no hassel what so ever.Think again before you purchase this cookware. Gourmet they definitely are not....more info
  • Worst pans we have ever used!!
    We received our new pans in a timly fashion, HOWEVER the very first pan leaked water out of the handle rivets. Amazon did a great job replacing this set. Since we could not boil an egg with the water leaking onto the stove, we decided to fry a few scambled eggs. We cleaned the pans with mild soap and rinsed with water, toweled dry and sprayed the bottom with pam. WE also put a little margerine in for the onion to start before the eggs. Breakfast eggs we like done very lite, so low was used on the burner. The eggs just stuck everywhere, especially on the side where the pam was not sprayed!
    Okay we thought maybe not enough oil or pam was used so the next day oatmeal was prepared in the sauce pan and I was not able to serve all the contents due to my resistance to scrape food off or out of the pan , or should I say the resistance of the pan to give up the oatmeal!
    These pans do not deserve a rating. I have been cooking for over 40 years and have never used such poor quality of cookware. If you do not like to soak pans and waste your time cleaning, then PLEASE look elsewhere!!...more info
  • Leaky pots beware
    The pots are fine as long as you don't fill them to the rivets. Some of the pots leak at the rivets. So far two have started leaking. I have had the pots for 2 months. I will investigating the warranty process after the holidays. Pretty disappointing!...more info
  • Kitchenaid cookware
    I've only used this twice and I got this request to write a review. It worked great both times. After I use it awhile, I will update this....more info
  • Leaky pots beware
    The pots are fine as long as you don't fill them to the rivets. Some of the pots leak at the rivets. So far two have started leaking. I have had the pots for 2 months. I will investigating the warranty process after the holidays. Pretty disappointing!...more info

 

 
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