One of the Best Non-Stick Cookware Sets
Read why we chose the KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Hard Anodized NonStick 12pc Cookware Set
KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Hard Anodized Non-Stick Cookware Set Review. This set contains a 1 quart saucepan with lid, a 2 quart saucepan with lid, a 3 quart saucepan with lid, an 8 quart saucepan with two loop handles and lid, an 8 inch skillet, a 10 inch skillet and a 12 inch sauté pan with a lid and a helper handle..
For some time now we have been promoting the Anolon Advanced range of cookware as one of our favorite non-stick cookware sets .... and it still is one of the best. There is no doubt about it, Anolon Advance really is good cookware (you can read the review here). But we knew from feedback received from our readers that they were looking for something a little easier on the pocket - after all Anolon Advanced cookware can be expensive.
So we knew it was time to go back to basics and reassess our favorite non-stick cookware sets to find a non-stick set that was not only great value for money but also provided outstanding performance. So after lots of research we came upon the KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials 12-Piece Nonstick Hard-Anodized Cookware Set .
This set isn't new to us but we’ve never really reviewed it in absolute detail like we have with some of the other cookware sets on our site. When we did, we realized just how great this cookware actually is. It was so good that we had to include it in our Top Three Non-stick Cookware sets. Read on to see why...
Let’s Take a Look in More Detail
I love the look of this set – the charcoal gray color is so smart and the matte finish looks classy. But what I really like is that KitchenAid have gone to the trouble of including pieces that you will actually use. A number of cookware sets include a lot of pieces so it looks like you are getting good value for money but some of those pieces you will probably never use. It’s not likely that you will find yourself doing that with this KitchenAid set.
The set includes all the essential pieces including:
-1qt saucepan with lid
How Much Should You Pay for the KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials 12pc Set
The suggested retail price for this set is around the $500 mark…yikes! I have never seen it anywhere near that price. You shouldn’t be paying any more than $200 for this set. Amazon consistently have the best price for this set at well under $200.
What are the Handles Like?
The handles are riveted on so they’re very strong and made from 18/10 stainless steel. But the best thing is that the metal has been covered with silicon which makes them soft and comfortable to hold. You won't need to keep reaching for the oven mitts!
The handles are even safe inside the oven as long as it’s not over 400 degrees. This makes the set fabulous for cooking with because you can start a dish off on the stovetop and then let it finish cooking in the oven. It makes everything quicker and easier and there’s only one pan to clean!
They are so non-stick that you don’t even need to use cooking oil or spray, which helps to make more healthy meals.
What are the Lids Like?
The lids are clear and so practical because you can see what’s happening with the food without having to take the lid off, lose precious heat and fill the kitchen with steam.
The lids are also made from break resistant glass so if you ever drop them, you are going to have less chance of seeing them shatter.
Weights and Measures
Even though the pans are such good, strong quality, they are lighter than they look. They’re easy to lift and pour from, even when they’re full. The huge 8 quart pot has two handles so even that isn’t awkward to handle.
The complete set weighs approximately 26 pounds.
Is it Dishwasher Safe?
This set isn’t dishwasher safe but that really isn’t a problem because cleanup is so easy it’s unbelievable. Even if you decide not to wash the pans immediately and food dries on, it’s easy to just wipe it out. Nothing sticks to these pans!
What is it Made From?
The Kitchenaid Gourmet Essentials range is made from a heavy gauge hard anodized aluminum material. Aluminum ensures that foods cook evenly without those annoying hot spots.
Is it Oven Safe?
This set is oven safe to 400F and that includes the lids. This makes it great for cooking foods on the stovetop and then transferring to the oven to complete the cooking process without having to transfer the contents to a second dish.
Does it Come with a Warranty?
Yes, definitely. Kitchenaid provide a 1 year hassle free replacement warranty.
Things to Consider
This set looks like it might take up a lot of storage space because the lids are domed and the handles are upright. This can be easily overcome by flipping the lid upside down on top of the pot and then stacking the smaller pots on top. This stops the inside of the pans from getting scratched.
You will also need to consider the fact that this is non-stick so even though it is scratch resistant you shouldn’t use metal utensils.
Where Can You Buy the Kitchenaid Gourmet Essentials 12pc Cookware Set?
Our favorite place to buy cookware is Amazon as they invariably have the best prices. Cooking.com are currently selling this set for $249 whilst Amazon almost always have this set priced at well under $200 . So Amazon is definitely our pick!