dollarshort said: Llilith said: The description says these are a Williams Sonoma exclusive. I wonder if they are the same as these - $57.71 at Amazon. They look very similar.
update - nope, the pan sizes are 8" and 10", not 10" and 12" Comparing product descriptions, I'd say they were the same. Makes me want to pull the trigger. Didn't realize they were on Amazon, either way the 10" + 12" are a great deal. When you feel how heavy and high quality they are, you won't be able to go back to cooking in junk pans.
I totally agree - quality pans are worth the money. When I think back to the flimsy teflon peeling pans I used when I was younger, I cringe. I use Simply Calphalon now - it's a good balance between heavy/quality and decent price. Calphalon has a GREAT warranty too, I had a peely spot on the edge of one my stock pots and they replaced it with no question - years after I bought it.
Llilith said: I totally agree - quality pans are worth the money. When I think back to the flimsy teflon peeling pans I used when I was younger, I cringe. I use Simply Calphalon now - it's a good balance between heavy/quality and decent price. Calphalon has a GREAT warranty too, I had a peely spot on the edge of one my stock pots and they replaced it with no question - years after I bought it. Yes they really are great and well worth the money. I'm actually still using some that survived my parents total loss house fire; cleaned them up and hauled them out of there and they still work great. Debating whether or not I should order these for my Mom for X-Mas or not.
The coating came off in places with our first Calphalon set. We shipped both our large and small skillet to Calphalon and they replaced them free of charge (we did have to pay to ship them there though).
FishHeads said: The coating came off in places with our first Calphalon set. We shipped both our large and small skillet to Calphalon and they replaced them free of charge (we did have to pay to ship them there though).
We learned NOT to use cooking spray like PAM because it takes the coating right off. Now we use either a little butter or the Misto Spray and they look brand new still after over a year of use. http://www.amazon.com/Misto-Brushed-Aluminum-Olive-Sprayer/dp/B0... Use real oils in it, you can find spray canola oil which hasn't caused any issues in mine. I've gone to coconut oil for most cooking now, doesn't have the best non-stick properties but these pans surface is so good it doesnt usually matter.
But yes, avoid PAM and metal utensils in them and they will last a life time. Also, I put a few paper towels between them when I stack them in drawers seems to help keep nice surfaces.
Oysterville said: Different surface, triple rivet instead of double rivet makes the WS set different and better than BB&B set.
Yeah, I can't count the number of times I've picked up a pan and ripped out two rivets. I usually get my pans with 7 rivets minimum in case I'm carrying around a pan-fried whole hog but 3 will do in a pinch.
FWIW, I use metal utensils in my higher end non-stick pans. The durable coating is what I'm paying for. I'm not saying it'll stay spotless, but using all plastic/wood/silicone isn't necessarily what you need to do.
sjwaste said: FWIW, I use metal utensils in my higher end non-stick pans. The durable coating is what I'm paying for. I'm not saying it'll stay spotless, but using all plastic/wood/silicone isn't necessarily what you need to do. I see your point, I just never have the balls to use a metal utensil in these when the plastic ones will do fine for what I need. To each their own I suppose; I prefer to avoid the risk on my nice pans.
retiredbev said: I don't see anything on the website about these putting our the bad stuff non stick surfaces are known for. Nothing about how safe it is. Does anyone know anything about this, or is it just Teflon? It's Teflon, but since the Teflon name is trademarked, Calphalon can't use the name.
From the Calphalon FAQ pageoes your cookware contain Teflon®?Teflon® is a registered trademark of DuPont and a brand name for polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) anonstick finish. While Calphalon cookware features polytetrafluoroethylene-based nonstick finishes, we are not associated with, nor do we use, Teflon® branded products.
Can Calphalon nonstick coatings chip or peel?Yes. Calphalon's nonstick coating could chip or peel. However, Calphalon carefully controls itsnonstick coating process to maximize the durability and resilience of the cooking surface. Thenonstick coating is designed for long-term use when used properly and at the recommended cooking temperatures. If your nonstick coating is chipping or peeling, and your pan has been cared for according to the Use and Care guide, your pan should qualify for replacement under the manufacturer's warranty.
Great deal on a great set. My parents got me these a year or two back, very heavy, great coating and cook amazing. Don't let this pass you by!
This is the regular promotional price for the 10" + 12" Unison set, so don't get too excited.
I bought it back at the end of 2011 for $59.96 with the code COOKWARE25 to get 25% off.
You can find the original post @ SD with "Calphalon unison williams-sonoma 2011 -site:williams-sonoma.com" as your Google search terms.
Interestingly, this time around, the item codes are slightly different: 48-635409 for the version linked to above, and 83-635409 from when I ordered it in December 2011. Both show the same ship from back order date of September 25, 2013.
Unison is the new, hot stuff from Calphalon. The Unison coating is supposedly diswasher safe (unlike the coating on the Comtemporary line). Both have similarly heavy construction and will behave similarly in use.
I got one of the Contemporary 10/12 sets at a Calphalon Outlet store during their July 4th sale for $24.99 (50% off of the $49.99 normal outlet price). I'm happy with them, but the BBB price of $50 is nothing special for these.
As I recall, the Unison 8/10 set was $35 (50% off of $70). In retrospect, I wish I had gotten both sets, even though it would mean overloading the cupboard with pans -- the prices were just too good to pass up.
I bought these 4-5 yrs ago for $69.95. Best, most outstanding non-stick I have ever used. I have blackened fish, seared steaks, and used them in the oven. Dishwasher safe, but, I clean them by hand. Easiest cleaning I ever had - 2-3 swipes and everything clean, nothing sticks. IMHO - You will not be disappointed.
oxygenmm said: What about these pans from Bed Bath & Beyond for $49.99? How do they compare with the WS ones?
http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/Calphalon-Contempo... BB&B is the contemporary series while W&S is the Unison series (hence the price difference) I got my Unison set from their outlet store in Cypress, TX You are also able to purchase from the store by phone and they'll ship anywhere in the US They usually have a huge clearance (extra 30% of marked down clearance items) after christmas (b4 New Year)
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