A colorful exterior and an easy clean nonstick interior are two features that grab your attention. The following is my daughter's non-cook impression of this cookware.
Kitchenaid Cookware Set Reviews
- KitchenAid Gourmet Porcelain Nonstick 10 Pc Cookware Set
- Set reviewed is slightly different than the image and includes: 1, 2 and 3 Quarts covered saucepans, a 6 qt covered dutch oven and a 3 quart covered saute pan. All features are the same.
- Easy-clean porcelain enamel exterior is stain resistant, easy to clean
- Elegant windsor shape
- Heavy gauge construction
- Reinforced nonstick system; three-coat nonstick surface
- Comfortable silicone and stainless steel handles
- Oven safe to 400 deg.F
- Break-resistant glass lids
- Double-riveted handles
- Suitable for smoothtop, radiant ring electric, gas
- Hassle-free 1-year limited warranty
- Learn more from the manufacturer
How the Cookware Performed
The first thing I noticed was the eye-catching red exterior. The handle fit comfortably in the palm of my hand, and the decent heft of the pot gave me the impression that I was holding a significant piece of metal in my hands. This is not your teenager's cheap saucepan from a yard sale (not that I'm knocking yard sale saucepans, they have their place). I thought to myself, this ... this is a pot I could leave on the counter if I had to, and it would look good. Not like the dented monstrosities that are currently hiding in the drawer under my oven.
Using the 2-quart saucepan, I filled it with water and placed it on the stove to boil. And watched it carefully. It sat much taller and slimmer than my old 2-quart saucepan, like a supermodel, and I swear my old saucepan hung its handles in shame. I think it could see what was thinking. I have a whole box of these fancy new pots; what need have I, of the old, dented and scratched up set that I've used for the last fifteen years?
I poured the box of macaroni and cheese into the boiling water, and promptly lost interest, wandering away.
I remembered what I was doing about twenty minutes later and came back to slightly over-cooked pasta, but there was nothing stuck to the pan! In fact, in my recent cooking experiences, I haven't burnt a single thing (a trusted kitchen guru tells me that means there are no hotspots). I've over-cooked a-plenty, but so far nothing has stuck to the bottom of any of the pans. This is a major success for me.
Overall Impression and Related Resources
My old pots and pans were tossed out with great glee, and my kitchen happily embraced the new, KitchenAid Porcelain Cookware set. I'm still very happy with them, if a bit obsessive about keeping them in good shape. I've even started washing them by hand (because the dishwasher is out to get me), and this is when I discovered my first gripe about the cookware set: the comfortable handles can be a pain in the neck to wash. Hollow steel behind the red handle-grips can harbor things and be difficult to clean out.
Clean-up is a snap, though, even with the grime-catching handle design, and I can wash these pots up in less time than it takes a teenager to load the dishwasher. When it says non-stick, it means non-stick. Food particles rinse off in mere seconds, and washing them by hand is one of the easiest things I've ever done in the kitchen.
Those lovely, tight-fitting, see-through glass lids are a different story, however, and after it didn't take long for me to consign them to the flames ... er, the dishwasher along with the rest of my dishwasher safe cookware. If you over-load your pot, or let things boil over with the lids in place, stuff sticks to the glass, the rim, and the sealant connecting the two.