Cuisinart DSA-11 Dishwasher Safe Hard-Anodized 11-Piece Cookware Set Review
It’s non-stick, hard-anodized, has glass lids, stay-cool handles, oven safe, and dishwasher safe!That’s a hard combination to find, especially the dishwasher safe part with the non-stick interior and hard-anodized exterior.This set was purchased as a gift for someone with a ceramic/glass cooktop, and she says it works well on that surface.No problems with throwing them in the dishwasher, no problems with the non-stick surface.And they’re lovely to look at and use, too.The only thing to note is that the handles on the cookware do stay cool, but the handles on the lids do not, so you’ll need potholders when you lift the lids off.
- Dish washer safe
- Ergonomic stay cool handles
- Metal utensil safe
- Limited lifetime warranty
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
Cuisinart 10 Piece Stainless Cookware Set Review
I am satisfied with this purchased. I love using this for my cooking..It is worth every penny. I highly recommend it.
- With soft-touch handles feature nylon heads that are heat-resistant up to 350° for reliable use.
- Stainless-steel construction Provides durability.
- 10″ skillet, 2-quart sauce pan with cover, 2-quart sauté pan with cover, 5-quart stockpot with cover, steamer insert, slotted turner, spoon
- Dishwasher-safe design Enables simple cleaning.
Cuisinart MCU-12 MultiClad Unlimited Dishwasher Safe 12-Piece Cookware Set Review
First off let me say that this is a beautiful cookware set.For the pans that are included this is a steal.Cooking performance is superb and is equal to All Clads LTD. set.The one place that this cookware loses a star is in the finish.Where the anodized exterior meets the stainless interior is somewhat sloppy.It’s not horrible but I expect more from Cuisinart.There are also a few barely perceptible dents here and there.I believe that I found two on the exteriors that no one else can see.I have also found at least two in the interiors.This does not at all take away from the cooking performance and I highly recommend this set.
Update 2009:After using this cookware for two years I have to upgrade my review to five stars!It has performed flawlessly under heavy use.It is as good as it was the day I got it and I love it even more now.This set is the best value out there!
- Cookware is dishwasher safe, stovetop safe, boiler safe, and oven safe
- Solid stainless steel riveted handles stay cool on the stovetop, and provide a safe and solid grip
- Tapered rims eliminate drips and spills while pouring
- Tight fitting stainless covers seal in moisture and nutrients for healthier, more flavorful results
- 1 1/2 and 3 quart saucepans, 3 quart saute with helper handle, 8 quart stockpot, and 20 cm steamer insert?all with covers; 8 and 10 Inch open skillets
Cuisinart 77-11G Chef’s Classic Stainless 11-Piece Cookware Set Review
Let me preface this review with the fact that I am Italian and raised 5 children on daily home-cooked meals. The kitchen is the center of my home. So when my daughter got her own apartment out west and asked for a set of pots for Christmas, I wanted to make sure I got her a quality set that would last her for years and years. I knew what I wanted for her, but didn’t know which brand to purchase.and I wanted the pot handles to be riveted into the pot. Off I went to the mall with my “specifications” in hand to look at the different brands and sets available. Boy was I amazed at how many there were! I took my time and examined each set. Not only did I look at the sets, but I also handled the sets. This is VERY important.
Then I came upon the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless 10-piece cookware set. I was very impressed by the quality. They were heavy grade yet easy to handle. They also met my other specifications listed above AND they looked really nice as well. The price of $149 was quite unbelievable. I drove home and ran straight to my computer and ordered the set through Amazon. I got free shipping and had the set delivered directly to my daughter.
I was so impressed with the set and the deal Amazon was offering, a few days later I purchased a second set through Amazon for myself. I LOVE them. They cook beautifully on my gas range and clean up well in the dishwasher. The handles DO NOT get hot while cooking, which totally surprised me. Do be careful with the lid handles though. They will get hot if cooking on higher heat. I haven’t had a problem with delicate foods burning due to the high thermoconductivity of the pans; however, my stove is a professional grade 6-burner unit. I don’t know if that makes any difference or not. All I can say is this set looks great, cooks great, handles great, and sells at a great price. What more can you ask for?Cuisinart 7711G I would only recommend for anyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Hard anodized exterior is dense, non-porous, highly wear resistant
- Unsurpassed heat distribution:hard anodized construction heats quickly and spreads heat evenly. eliminates hot spots
- Quantanium nonstick cooking surface is reinforced with titanium for lasting food release, healthy cooking and easy cleanup
- Solid stainless steel riveted handles stay cool on the stovetop;Drip-Free PouringRims are tapered for drip-free pouring
- Tempered glass covers:break-resistant glass covers allow you to monitor food while it is cooking without losing heat or food flavors
Cuisinart MCP-12N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set Review
Navigating the cookware maze? Boil it down to 3 key decisions:
1) Non-Stick vs. Anything Else
Non-Stick = Not dishwasher safe, average life of 2-8 years, some believe there are health concerns, a million color/style options. If you do decide to go nonstick, Anolon is arguably the best right now and at least a solid starting place to look.
Anything Else = Ultimately you go stainless. There’s a bevy of reasons stainless is mandated in commercial world, sanitation and longevity being two. You can buy a stainless set that lasts, in theory, for life. Dishwasher safe. A lot of the latest offerings stick very little… and perform on par w/non-stick when using a light coating.
Face it, you buy non-stick out of laziness. Well, I’d rather my dishwasher clean off the “stick” than my hand have to clean off the “non-stick”.
2) Ok, so I’m going stainless! What now?
Once again you have two choices… All Clad brand or Cuisinart brand. Anything else is at best “close”, or worse “nowhere near as good”. These are the two top brands, and are what you’ll typically find in people’s homes who cook for a living.
All Clad is an excellent choice, but ultimately you pay a little more and get fewer “nice touches” like lids and design elements. Some claim All Clad is harder to clean up as well. While I don’t advocate letting a small price difference sway you on something that will last decades, in this case you really get a slightly better product with Cuisinart. If you fancy a particular offering from All Clad though, you won’t regret your choice.
3) OK, so you’ve sold me on Cuisinart. What should I choose?
You’ve found this listing so you’re in the right place. There are three tiers:
MultiClad Pro – Widest selection, utility in mind. The pro line you buy to use for a generation. Has about every pot/pan permutation you can think of available.
MultiClad Unlimited – Like MultiClad Pro but with anodized finish that I like better. Unfortunately has fewer options (e.g. only a 2 & 4 quart saucepan). Ultimately this is a tool so I go with the more varied pro line. The Pro has stood the test of time and is clearly the more popular choice for a reason. (**Update – I think I’ve found why Unlimited is less popular – on cuisinart’s site it appears the anodized unlimited dose not work on induction whereas pro does. Pro works on induction, halogen, glass ceramic, gas, and electric which covers everything.**)
Chef’s classic – Tier below Unlimited. Don’t be tempted, the price difference isn’t that great.
Note that back in the day there was copper clad, but that’s basically a gimmick. Copper heats quickly, but there isn’t enough on the pan to make a functional difference so you’d only buy them because they are prettier on the outside. (They aren’t offered anymore so you won’t be tempted.)
*Price: Currently as of 10/2012 it’s around $275. (**Update 11/2012 Looks like Amazon is pricing this cheap for the holidays, currently at $243. That’s the same price as the older MCP-12 and a pretty good deal. Normally I would expect to see this price at around $260.**)
*If you haven’t heard of it, buy some “barkeeper’s friend”. Even the cookware manufacturers recommend it. This stuff will fix virtually anything that you can’t otherwise clean away. (Only need to use it when all else fails.)
Bar Keepers Friend? Cleanser & Polish: 12 OZ
*If you’re still wavering, check out the reviews on the previous version of this set (MCP-12). At time of this writing it was 572 reviews and averaged 4.5 stars. A ton of people own this set and are happy with it. That means you are very likely to be happy too. Here’s a link to the previous model where you can read reviews to your heart’s content:
Cuisinart MCP-12 MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
*Differences between the older MCP-12 and this set MCP-12N:
About $15 bucks as of 10/2012
(Yep that’s about it)
*If this is all the pots/pans you’ll ever need and you want to save a few bucks, I’d suggest watching the MCP-12 set for a deal as it phases out. If you have dreams of adding to this set over the coming years then you’re going to have to get the MCP-12N as you don’t know how much longer the MCP-12 model offerings will be available and you’d wind up with a mismatched set.
*Cooking an egg on stainless is still a pain… you just can’t beat non-stick for that. Go buy a single non-stick skillet if you just have to have that. I did.
***—Update 11/22/12 based on the 18/10 question I keep getting—***
I keep seeing comments and questions re: “Is this stainless really 18/10?” and “Rumor has it they went cheap and this is no longer 18/10 stainless”. Allow me to address in a single reply here…
1) Yes these are 18/10. Amazon even updated their description to say so now. You can also call Cuisinart to be 100% sure (they are usually very customer friendly).
2) That being said, realize that there are 3 components. The pans are “clad” pans. First you have the outer stainless, then the middle aluminum core (for heat distribution), and then the interior stainless. Realize that the outer stainless layer is NOT 18/10. Nor should it be. This is because that would make the pans unsuitable for induction ranges. That outer stainless is more likely to be 18/0 (“magnetizeable” stainless), but I’m not exactly sure what it is and can only guess.
3) This isn’t something manufacturers do to save money. Pure 18/10 pans would suck and not heat evenly. It’s just something that they have to do because of the laws of physics. Aluminum in the core layer for heat distribution and non-18/10 on the outer layer for induction ranges. All-Clad does it the same way and shows such illustration on their site.
4) I think that’s the reason this weird rumor is circulating about various cookware not being 18/10. All the makers that have been making their gear 18/10 are still doing so. It’s just that the outer layer isn’t 18/10… only the inner layer, handles, lids, etc. The 18/0 is good stainless, it just has different physical properties.
5) Last, just in case anyone is bored enough to care about the metallurgy: In 18/10 the 18 = the % chromium, the 10 is the % nickel.18/10 is “Austenitic” or 304 grade stainless. If a magnet sticks to your pan there’s a layer somewhere that is not 18/10 nor aluminum (neither are magnetic).In 18/0 stainless it’s 430 grade, the chromium still provides strength and corrosion resistance but the nickel is swapped out making the alloy magnetic. 18/0 is cheaper, and the absence of nickel makes the steel alloy more susceptible to pitting. That’s the tradeoff. Otherwise the pan would not work on an induction range since it would not be magnetic. (More than even I wanted to know, but wikipedia is so addicting.)
Maybe that helps.
***—End of 11/22/12 Update based on the 18/10 question I keep getting—***
- Set features an updated handle design that provides a modern and professional style while maintaining a comfortable and controlled grip
- Includes 1-1/2- and 3-quart saucepans; 8- and 10-inch skillets; 3-1/2-quart saute pan; 8-quart stockpot; steamer insert
- Tri-ply 18/10 stainless steel construction with aluminum core; brushed exterior, mirror-finish interior
- Solid 18/10 stainless-steel handles stay cool on stovetop; riveted for strength
- Tight-fitting 18/10 stainless-steel lid seals in nutrients; oven-safe to 500 degrees F