KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials 12-Piece Nonstick Hard-Anodized Cookware Set
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Product Description

KitchenAid's Gourmet Essentials line features nonstick cookware constructed from hard-anodized aluminum that provides long-term durability and outstanding performance. The nonstick surface offers convenient cooking, easy release and hassle-free cleanup! Comfortable cool-grip handles feature an 18/10 stainless steel shaft encased in soft silicone rubber. Some of the cookware also come with break-resistant glass lids: these are dome-shaped lids which shut tightly to secure all the moisture, nutrients and flavor. Dishwasher safe. This set includes:1-qt. saucepan with lid2-qt. saucepan with lid8-qt. stockpot with lid8-in. French skillet10-in. French skillet12-in. Saut?? pan with lid

From KitchenAid's Gourmet Essentials line comes this cookware set made of hard-anodized aluminum. Durable, handsomely finished in matte charcoal gray, and known for its exceptional heat distribution and retention properties, hard-anodized cookware is a very popular choice for the home chef. KitchenAid embellishes these pots with stainless-steel handles, riveted for strength and wrapped with cushy, stay-cool silicone grips. The lids, made of break-resistant glass for optimum viewing, also feature silicone-wrapped handles, highly arched to enable easy grasping with a potholder or oven mitt. Both the pans and lids are oven-safe up to 400 degrees F.

An excellent value, this 12-piece set consists of the most frequently used kitchen pots and pans and makes a great gift set. The two skillets, measuring 8 and 10 inches in diameter, handle everyday frying and saut¨¦ing needs, from eggs-over-easy to grilled cheese sandwiches to fish filets, then crepes for dessert. Three saucepans holding 1, 2, and 3 quarts let you boil a single egg, heat soup, and slow-cook a creamy risotto with wild mushrooms. The large 8-quart stockpot with two loop handles works admirably for family-sized batches of pasta, chili, soup, and corn-on-the-cob. Finally, the 12-inch covered saut¨¦ pan with its helper handle tackles generous quantities of fried chicken, braised meats, stir-fries, and poached salmon. The nonstick finish releases food quickly and makes clean up by hand a snap. It's best to keep the nonstick cookware out of the dishwasher. KitchenAid covers the set with a one-year, hassle-free replacement warranty. --Ann Bieri

What's in the Box
12-piece cookware set. The set consists of: 1-quart covered saucepan; 2-quart covered saucepan; 3-quart covered saucepan; 8-quart covered stockpot; 8-inch skillet; 10-inch skillet; 12-inch covered saut¨¦ with helper handle. 12 pieces total.

  • Set includes 1-, 2-, and 3-quart covered saucepans; 8- and 10-inch skillets; 8-quart covered stockpot; 12-inch covered saute with helper handle
  • Heavy-gauge hard-anodized aluminum construction heats quickly and evenly
  • Premium, scratch-resistant nonstick surface provides superior food release
  • Dual-riveted stainless handles with silicone grips; break-resistant glass lids
  • Pots and lids oven-safe to 400 degrees F; wash by hand; 1-year hassle-free replacement warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • Breeze to Clean!
    I've had this set for about a month and so far they've been great! A huge difference from my last cheap set. They're very sturdy and so easy to clean! I have noticed that there is a very tiny gap between the pot/pan and the conection bracket to the handle that food can get stuck in (if you let it boil over). Overall we're very pleased and hopeful they last for the long run. ...more info
  • Excellent Value For The Money...
    You won't be disappointed by these. The best value for the money. My wife is thrilled...they are very high quality and should last us a long time. Just follow the care instructions regarding heat ranges and washing and they should be around for a good while....more info
  • Very Nice Pan Set
    I purchased these pans to put in our motorhome. They were so nice I kept them in the house and put others in the motorhome. I'd recommend highly....more info
  • Wonderful Cookware!
    I bought these over six months ago and they're still looking great and performing wonderfully. They are well made, conduct heat well and evenly, and look beautiful. If you follow the care instructions, (wash by hand, never use heavy oils, don't burn things) you'll have no trouble keeping them looking nice. The reason I gave them four stars is because it would have been great if they had included steam valves on the lids to keep them from clouding up. All in all, I'm very happy with this purchase....more info
  • Love this cookware set!!
    This is a great product. I asked for this as a wedding gift, and could not have found a better product. It took me a few tries to get the heat adjustments right for the burners. It is not like cooking with non-stick. It gets very hot on med or med-hi heat, and the distribution is great!! There is no reason you should ever have to use hi heat. Clean up is a breeze--just wipe it out!
    The sizes of the pans are perfect. I was weary about the size of the skillets--I thought they would be too small, but I have found that I use them more than anything else!!
    All that said, I am buying the 10 inch skillet for my Mom as a present to introduce her to the hard anodized cookware. I know she is going to enjoy making the perfect omelette, gr. cheese, fried eggs, etc. Enjoy!
    Now 3 months later this is perfect for every cook. The best sizes of pans and cookware. I would order it again!!...more info
  • Do not buy!
    I purchased this cookware in Oct 08 and by Jan 09, I had problems. the story is rather long but in a nutshell - lifetime warranty does not necessarily mean what the consumer thinks. Therefore, I am stuck. Use caution in buying....more info
    These pots and pans are great, but be careful with oil on the outside of the pans... I haven't figured out how clean that part out yet. I love how I can use the pans in the oven also. ...more info
  • cookware
    I like the product but don't like not being able to put into the dishwasher. Have to hand wash to prevent losing the nonstick properties..
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  • My first good set of cookware
    Although I am well past middle-age, this is my first "set" of cookware. I have a new glass-top range so I decided to replace my old cookware. I gave 4 stars because the 12" saute pan seems to wobble when cooking in it. I'm not sure it is completely flat on the bottom. I am very happy with the other pieces. They distribute heat well and they are very easy to wash up. ...more info
  • Exceptional quality for the price.
    These are great. Nothing sticks to them and the handles do not get hot--even in the oven. The only thing I miss in this set is a pasta strainer. ...more info
  • Wonderful!
    I love this cookware! I've been using handmedowns all my life. I never knew how different it was to cook with really good cookware. You use much less oil or water and get fantastic results!...more info
    This is the best set I have ever had! I was hesitant without seeing but wow, am I glad my instincts were right! Wouldn't trade for anything....more info
  • High quality cookware.
    This is a high quality pot set, very sturdy, heavy and it cleans easy. I looked for a while before I finally found this one. Great investment!...more info
  • WOW!! They clean up great
    We needed a new set. After reading the reviews, we decided to purchase these. We haven't had them for very long but I can tell you the ones we have used are great. They clean up like a breeze!!...more info
  • KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials
    Befor KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials I hated cooking! I hated my pots and pans, even though they wernt cheap. Everything I would try cooking would end up burning... After buying this set I cook everyday! i love the look of it and i love that nothing sticks to it. Boiling water is even faster now, I'm a very satisfied customer! the only down side is that if oil gets outside its very hard to get it off, but im looking for a cleaner that will help so i'll try to write back if i find it! ...more info
  • Teeny saucepans
    Perhaps it's just because I had had my previous set for 10 years, and was accustomed to the sizes and capacities. But I find the sizes to be rather odd. The saucepans are all smaller than I consider practical. The largest one would barely hold soup for four people-- forget trying to cook a batch of pasta without pulling out the big stockpot. And the smallest one is so small that the weight of its own handle pulls it over. This means that I can't use it to make a roux, because the ingredients aren't heavy enough to counteract the weight of the handle and keep the pan upright.

    Other than that (not insignificant) complaint, I'm pleased with the heat-resistant handles and the even heating of the pans themselves.

    Updated February 2009: If I could change my star rating, I would. The set loses a star because the "break resistant" lids don't resist very effectively. A 10-inch drop to the floor (from a low cabinet shelf) shattered the lid. I was stunned. As I said before, I had my previous, no-brand set for 10 years, put them through way more abuse, and never broke a lid. Plus, each pot has its own unique lid, so I have no alternative. No idea if KitchenAid will replace it. Lids are not available for purchase on their site, so we'll see......more info
  • Kitchen aid cookware collection
    The product is wonderful. My only complaint is that the material used in the handles is a little weak for the weight of the pans but they will hold up fine....more info
  • As great as previous reviews state
    I had my heart set on Calphalon but after finding this set and reading the reviews I ordered them. I love them. Very high quality and cook great. Watch Amazon's pricing. Sometimes it's $129.99 on Mondays, sometimes $159.99, and today it's over $200. I will update my review after we've used them awhile to state if they're holding up well.
    ** Update - We've had them 3 months, still love them. The only minor complaint I have is the outside is very hard to clean if it blackens. Otherwise, they cook great, nothing sticks, their strong. Would buy again in a heartbeat....more info
  • Great cookware
    These pots and pans are fantastic. They are light weight without feeling flimsy. They wash easily and store nicely too. Quite a good buy. We have not had them for a long time so I cannot speak of their longevity. They were a great deal too....more info
  • awesome
    Really easy to clean, nothing sticks to the bottom of the pans not even the rice dishes i made which was surprising....more info
  • Awesome cookware!
    I purchased this set after my cookware from one of the shopping networks (Ultrex brand) started peeling. Although I felt as though the Ultrex served it's purpose, I really didnt realize how bad it was until I received the KitchenAid set. It cleans much easier than my prior set...eggs wipe right out of the pan easily. I am somewhat of a health nut and I cook fish in the pan without adding any cooking spray or oil at all, and they always come out clean. One of the tricks to nonstick is not overheating the pan...I always heat mine to medium and it does the trick. The pans heat very evenly, the handles stay cool, and the glass lids are great for seeing what you are cooking. I highly recommend this product!...more info
  • Great set of cookware!!
    This is a great set of pots and pans. The handles are very comfortable and do not get hot while you are cooking. Cleanup is very easy. Depending on what I am cooking, I can just use a damp papertowel to clean them up. I have not had any trouble with staining on the outside or inside. The set still looks like it did when I took it out of the box. Great set for the price!!...more info
  • Cook Ware
    I like the cook ware pretty well, except that the coating needs a soft scrubber & utensils to use to clean & cook. It can tolerate lots of use though....more info
  • Love these!
    Wow! I love this set. I've done a lot of research and wanted a good set of cookware. I finally decided on the Kithenaid and don't regret it. They are beautiful and are good sizes. I was surprized at the size of the pans - really nice french pans. And the saute pan is huge. Amazon shipped very quickly and they were packaged very well. There was no chance of any damage during shipment. I would recommend these for sure. And the price is really great for these....more info
  • great pots
    great pots truly non-stick and healthier than teflon. Handles do not get hot I did not have a problem with poor fitting covers...more info
  • First and Last
    Heat distribution on this product is non existent. How a cook can burn a meal on a low setting is beyond my thinking. When I bought this item I thought the problem might be the inconsistancy of the electric range. The apartment complex saw that I had an old range and replaced it. Since food still burns I believe it is the product, not the range that is the problem. It is interesting that the T-Fal set I had used on the same range didn't burn food like this set does. As soon as I have a few bucks Kitchen Aid is gone in favor of T-Fal....more info
  • Great Cookware!
    I have had this cookware set for about a month now and I can't say how happy I am that I purchased them. They are wonderful and quite a steal at this price. I would recommend them to anyone! Absolutely nothing sticks to these pans and clean up is a breeze. I have even fried eggs without any butter or cooking spray and they did not stick. My favorite is the large covered saute pan. I use it all the time and am really glad that I got the 12 piece set instead of the 10 piece because of this pan. I think these pans will last me quite awhile!...more info
  • Muy buen producto
    Muy buena calidad en cada pieza, una joya que pinta para durar mucho tiempo, el problema es que ahora mi madre y mi suegra tambien quieren unas......more info
  • Great buy for the price!!
    I love this cookware. I have had cheaper brands before and wasnt very pleased with them, so this time I splurged and spent the extra $100 for a good set. It was worth every penny to me! I cook every day. I am a mother of 3 so cooking is a must for me. The weight of these are sturdy. Non-stick is great & easy to clean. They heat things very fast and evenly. I am amazed! I will never own any other brand. Thanks Amazon for the great pricing and free shipping!...more info
  • Wow!! Excellent set of cookware!!
    I love this set of cookware!! Food just slips and slides around the pan without oil. Nothing sticks. Quick cleanup. And the handles and lids with the silicone are awesome!! Don't even need a potholder!! What I can't figure out is why I waited so long to get them!!...more info