@fuzzmanmatt I, too, love commercial cookware. No fluff, function over form. I have a few Calphalon Commercial anodized aluminum pieces picked up on super sales and they are rock solid. The surface will hold up to orders of magnitude more use and abuse than your average cheap ass nonstick pan. Assuming these are of similar quality this is good for people who want to buy once, cry once.
The unique point of the Cuisinart conical sets is, I believe, stackability. I don’t see it mentioned here but I think I read it before. Similar sized pieces will nest together better than straight sided pots. I know I have to have a couple of stacks of pots and saucepans because the ones too close to each other in size don’t stack together well.
@fuzzmanmatt LOVE GFS! We did food for a friend’s wedding in rural Indiana and I was glad we were able to drive through Indianapolis on the way where we stopped at GFS and picked up a ton of stuff - food and materials. We have a couple places like it here, but nothing with the full range.
And yes, I totally agree with the benefit of commercial cookware. I have bought most if it used from restaurant liquidations as it has many good years left.
Hard anodizing protects aluminum from many things, but it doesn’t make the surface nonstick. It appears that the nonstick is achieved with PPG’s Quantanium coating, which is in fact PTFE-based. As a result, for me, this is a Do Not Want, although my objections are about its essential lack of real durability rather than any allegations of chemistry shortcomings. PPG Quantanium info
@Boot2thehead@werehatrack Oops, my mistake, I assumed the anodized coating was all the mfg did since they didn’t really specify then extra.
OTOH the “Quantanium” (I hate the cutesy nonsensical names) coating is non-PFOA PTFE, the dangerous part is absent.
Still, I don’t want them, non-stick pans don’t brown well and won’t dishwasher. https://www.castey.com/en/what-is-ptfe/
I had this exact set and liked it–at first–but they become stained and impossible to scrub clean. They don’t brown well and can’t be used on an induction plate or stove. Also, not dishwasher safe.
Too many negatives, I went back to cast iron and stainless steel.
The coating is PTFE-based, and although the maker of the coating claims that it is metal-utensil-friendly, my experience of many years has been that any such claim applied to a PTFE coating is spurious at best. And I have a pair of PTFE-coated heavy commercial-grade aluminum fry pans that remain reasonably nonstick and undamaged after more than six years of use - because I’m willing to do what’s needed to make that possible. Overall, though, I find that the newer ceramic nonstick coatings are superior in nearly every respect.
The house I bought has a glass cooktop, and I discovered none of my current cookware was flat bottomed any more, so instead of replacing the stove, like I should have with gas, I bought these. and they’re fine.
The pricing makes no sense here. They chose the most expensive version of this to compare on amazon. Currently there’s almost the exact same set (except you get one more pot than here) for $121 on amazon.