KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Brushed Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set

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LOOKING FOR BEAUTY AND PERFORMANCE IN YOUR COOKWARE?

Then KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions Stainless Steel is the set for you.

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While KitchenAid dominates the kitchen mixer and appliance market, it has also made a mark in the cookware department, offering the same level of quality that you would expect from this brand.

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

This KitchenAid Gourmet cookware set is a 10 piece, including the following pieces:

  • 1-1/4 qt saucepan with lid
  • 2-1/2qt saucepan with lid
  • 3-1/2-qt saucepan with lid
  • 8-quart covered stock
  • 8 inch skillet
  • 10 inch skillet.

Note: The lid of 3 1/2qt saucepan fits the 8-inch skillet. So the only thing without a lid is the 10″ skillet.

 

WHAT IS IT MADE OF

KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions cookware is made of stainless-steel with an aluminum AND copper base core.

The base has a layer of aluminum, then copper, followed by more aluminum and finally a layer of durable stainless steel, all of which is bonded to the base of the pan. Since copper and aluminum are both excellent conductors of heat, this means the pans heat up quickly and evenly with no hot spots.

Users report a ‘heavy and solid’ feel to the pans.

 

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE

This KitchenAid cookware has a unique style with tapered sides and a flared rim to the pans.

As the name suggests, this set is definitely made with the gourmet in mind since the tapered sides facilitate stirring and whisking,  while the larger space at the top speeds reduction for rich, flavorful sauces.

Another advantage to the slanted shape of the pots is that it allows them to nest inside one another nicely for storage.

Overall, KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions has a very attractive design with a rich and sophisticated look.

 

WHAT ABOUT THE HANDLES

The handles are polished 18/10 stainless-steel and are riveted to the pans for a confident grip.  The handles are designed to stay cool during cooking

 

WHAT ARE THE LIDS MADE OF?

The lids of this KitchenAid cookware are made of tempered glass lids.

 

IS IT EASY TO MAINTAIN?

Users report that it is easy and quick to clean these pans.  A bit of soaking and a cleaning pad is all that is needed.

 

CAN YOU USE THESE IN THE OVEN AND BROILER?

This KitchenAid cookware is oven and broiler safe to 500 degrees F

 

IS IT DISHWASHER SAFE?

Yes, this set is dishwasher safe

 

CAN IT BE USED WITH INDUCTION COOKTOPS?

Yes.  The KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions set is induction compatible and is recommended by users as a well priced option

 

DOES IT INCLUDE A WARRANTY

Yes,  this KitchenAid cookware offers a limited lifetime warranty

 

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

The KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions set gets an rating with lots of satisfied users.

ARE THERE ANY COMPLAINTS?

While this stainless steel cookware set has a very high rating and excellent features, there are some minor issues that users have brought up:

  • One user complained that the Copper at the base discolors easily and is not as bright as before, showing water spots.  The solution to this is to use Barkeepers Friend to keep the copper part as shiny as new.
  • The handles of glass lids can get hot during cooking.  Make sure to use pot holders.
  • One user mentioned that the handles on the skillets and smaller pots are somewhat skinny so you have to use both hands while pouring things out of them.
  • A few people felt the need for a 12” skillet in the set, specially since the 10″ skillet measures only 9″ at the bottom.
  • There are no vents in the lids though. However, there is enough space for the steam to escape from the sides/underneath the lid.
  • While the lid of 3.5 quart saucepan fits the 8-inch skillet, there is no lid for the 10” skillet.
  • A small percentage of users complained about leaking rivets which was resolved by getting a replacement from the company.

 

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What I like about the KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials cookware is the ‘feeling’ you get when you lift a pan:   a heft that can only be attributed to high quality!  Just the right amount of heavy, without being too heavy to lift.

Add the brushed stainless exterior and it really feels …rich!

This KitchenAid cookware fares very positively with users.  Let’s see what the fuss is all about.

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

The KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials is a 10 piece set including the following:

  • 1qt saucepan with lid
  • 2qt saucepan with lid
  • 3qt saucepan with lid
  • 8” skillet
  • 10”skillet
  • 8-quart stockpot with lid

 

WHAT IS IT MADE OF?

This Kitchenaid cookware set is made of stainless steel with an aluminum disk encapsulated in the base.  Since aluminum is an excellent conductor of heat, the base allows the pans to heat quickly and evenly with no hot spots.

 

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

The pans feature a brightly polished interior and a brushed stainless exterior with a shiny band along the rim.

The handles have black stay-cool silicone covers.

 

HANDLES

The handles of the KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials pans are made of 18/10 stainless-steel encased in stay-cool silicone for a ‘comfy but firm’ grip.

 

LIDS

The lids in this KitchenAid cookware are made of 18/10 stainless-steel.

One thing to note is that the large lid fits the large pot and 10” skillet, however the 8” frying pan has no fitted lid.

 

 ANY PRECAUTIONS DURING COOKING?

Here are some precautions for using the KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials cookware:

  1. Donot use in broiler.  These pans are oven safe up to 400F but not broiler safe due to the silicone handles.
  2. Since the lids are well fitted, they can form a vacuum seal to the pans if food is allowed to cool in the pan, so keep lid offset if cooling food in pan.
  3. Use a lower heat.  The pans heat up well and hold the heat so you don’t need to use the high settings on the stove.

 

IS IT EASY TO MAINTAIN?

Users report that the pans have such a smooth finish that you don’t even need a dishwasher to clean, it just swishes out.  Some things might need to soak but after a few minutes it just wipes off clean.

Any discoloration or food stains are easily removed with vinegar or barkeepers friend.

 

CAN YOU USE THESE IN THE OVEN?

KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials pans are oven-safe to 400 degrees F

 

WHAT ABOUT THE BROILER?

KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials pans cannot be used in the broiler because of the silicone handles.

 

IS IT DISHWASHER SAFE?

Yes, this KitchenAid cookware is dishwasher-safe.

 

CAN IT BE USED WITH INDUCTION COOKTOPS?

Yes, the KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Stainless Steel set is induction compatible.

 

DOES IT INCLUDE A WARRANTY

This KitchenAid cookware set comes with a limited lifetime warranty

 

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

Users have given this set have given it a thumbsup !

ARE THERE ANY COMPLAINTS?

With the majority of users very satisfied with this cookware set, there is very little negative about it.  Here are some of the minor complaints by some users:

  • Some users complain of a discoloration to the pans after use, a bluish tinge or in some cases, food stains.  It is important to note that is a common discoloration in stainless steel in general and can easily be removed with vinegar or Bar Keepers friend.
  • The smaller 8” fry pan does not have a lid. One user felt that it would be useful if one of the saucepan lids had fit this.
  • Some users felt that the set lacked a 12” skillet, however this can be purchased separately.

 

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