- When I first bought non-stick pans, I would buy the cheap kind, like the $20 specials you’d find at Target or in Chinatown. Those might last a year. I quickly wised up. I moved on to Calphalon, the standard-bearer in non-stick pans. Their pans cost twice as much, but those, too, would disappoint me, lasting no more than a couple of years.
- Then, I was given a fancy Le Creuset non-stick pan that must have cost about a hundred bucks. I thought I’d have it forever. It lasted three years—four years at most.
Since then, I’ve returned to using a series of Calphalon pans; and each and every one has eventually disappointed me.
- I got in touch with a Calphalon representative, who repeated this tsk-tsk position. Here’s our dialogue:
How long do you think it’s reasonable to expect a non-stick pan to remain in good shape?
Calphalon cookware is built to last. The life expectancy of a pan really depends on the care of the products, as improper care can shorten the life of any pan. To give consumers that extra peace of mind, all of our cookware is covered by the Calphalon warranty program, whereby we will replace any item found defective in material or workmanship when put to normal household use and cared for according to the instructions.
I had a pair of Calphalon pans that lasted about three years, and then they began to lose their non-stickiness. If that’s too soon, what did I do wrong?
Pans that are used frequently and not properly cleaned can lose non-stickiness on the surface due to build up. With proper soft scrub and adobe pad cleaning, the build up should be removed and the pan should perform well. Please refer to our video for proper care instructions.
There are several other reasons why pans can lose their nonstick capabilities. Use of metal utensils, sharp instruments or appliances such as electric mixers to cut, chop release or whip foods can scratch and damage the nonstick finish on the pans. In addition, most nonstick cookware is not dishwasher safe, although Calphalon does have products like Calphalon Unison that are 100% dishwasher safe.
Calphalon carefully controls its nonstick coating process to maximize the durability and resilience of the cooking surface. The nonstick coating is designed for long-term use when used properly and at the recommended cooking temperatures.
Thank you, Calphalon, but I’ve heard that all before. And you know what? I doeverything you’ve asked me to do! OK, the one thing I don’t do is use Soft Scrub on my pans; I use the even more gentle Seventh Generation dish liquid. And, if I’m being really honest, perhaps I use too high heat every once in a while. But nobody’s perfect.
And what exactly do you mean, when you say, “built to last,” and “long-term,” or, as in the video link, that the pan should last “many years?” (As for that bit about the warranty; am I really going to go out of my way to spend $12 dollars on shipping a $40 pan, just to get a new pan that’ll inevitably disappoint me again?) - http://www.foodrepublic.com/2011/11/07/the-trouble-with-non-stick-pans …