So, let’s find out in this Kirkland Cookware review whether this widely accepted brand is as good as advertised. Originating from Thailand, the Kirkland Signature brand has since moved to be Costco’s private label.
Its popularity, however, was achieved and is maintained by being a brand synonymous with a string of consistently high-quality products. As large as the Costco network is (second largest retailer in the world), Kirkland items land them about a third of their total yearly revenue.
In this review, we will showcase their top-rated cookware sets and outline their differences so that you can make an informed decision about which would be the best one for you. To make for improved and more efficient heating, though, the core of this product is aluminum.
This material ensures that you get fast heating and without hot spots. These are heavy duty for durability and seal tightly to lock moisture in for faster cooking.
Firstly, the mirror finished interior and exterior is stain resistant. All stove top compatible, and providing you with everything you need to meet all your kitchen needs, this set is a complete package.
It even provides you with ever-cool handles to give you the most comfortable experience whenever you use any item in the Kirkland Signature Stainless Steel Triply Clad Cookware Set. Also, oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, it offers you more flexibility with its use.
And the surfaces are totally food safe, as it contains no harmful chemical components. The middle layer is aluminum that gives you a fast and even heat distribution.
It also incorporates safety into its design, as it provides you with ever cool handles and drip-free pouring. The tapered rims also allow the lid to lock safely in place.
Thus, moisture is retained for faster cooking, and flavors are locked in for better tasting food. Also, with a self-basting feature, you can be sure that your foods will remain hot and delicious for a long time when left in any item in this set.
Backed by a lifetime limited warranty against defects, you can be sure that this product is top of the line. Manufactured with a full hard-anodized aluminum core, you get the most efficient heating with this Kirkland 15-piece set.
For food safety, however, this core is layered with Teflon Platinum Pro, which is a top of the line non-stick coating that is chemical free. This cooking surface is scratch resistant, so can be used with any type of kitchen utensils, even metal.
Another great feature of this Kirkland Signature set is that there is a skillet included. As opposed to the regular pots and pans, this makes a nice variation and offers more flexibility of use.
For extra safety, all the unit rims are tapered, to enable drip-free pouring from your pots and pans. After having gone through the Kirkland products in this review, you must have noticed something they all have in common; they are all dedicated to meeting your every need to great detail.
Mirror finished, you get both great aesthetic value and a natural, chemical-free non-stick surface. Its additional features like its fast and even heating, its drip-free rims, and its ever cool handle are all top of the line, so cannot be overlooked.
NSF certified, you are not only guaranteed the best with this Kirkland set, but you are also assured that it will continue to deliver and stand the test of time. I’ve heard many of my friends tout the virtues of their Kirkland food, household items, and more.
It’s got a polished steel exterior, a durable stainless cooking surface, and an aluminum core that helps distribute heat evenly throughout each piece quickly after you turn on the burner. The large number of actual pots and pans in this set means that it provides better value than many competing options.
One quick note before we dive in: while I often advocate purchasing a sauté pan or another single piece of cookware to try out a brand before you buy, this is pretty hard with Kirkland Signature. Unless you want to use a weird piece like a roasting pan as your starting purchase, it’s probably best to dive right in with a full set.
It’s got a polished steel exterior, a durable stainless cooking surface, and an aluminum core that helps distribute heat evenly throughout each piece quickly after you turn on the burner. The outer layer is magnetic to facilitate seamless use on induction cook tops, meaning that this set will work with every sort of range in any home.
One of the biggest benefits of this style of cookware is the extreme durability that’s granted by the use of stainless steel in the construction. The handles are solidly riveted onto the bodies of each pot and pan, while the steel lids fit snugly and help ensure that any condensation that builds up drips right back down onto your food.
The rims of the pots are tapered in just the right way for drip-free pouring, which is a common feature among high-end cookware brands. Most serious home chefs will tell you that it’s easy enough to cook sticky dishes like eggs and meat without too much fuss as long as you’re careful.
That said, this cookware definitely feels very high quality and will last long enough to easily justify the little of additional cost. That isn’t the biggest or most serious downside, however, and I’m more than willing to overlook this awkward branding for the quality of these pots and pans.
Unlike the triply set above, this cookware line uses pure aluminum with no additional materials to make up each pot and pan. In order to lend aluminum the strength and toughness it needs to hold up to the rigors of everyday kitchen use, the outer layer of each pot and pan is treated with a process known as anodization.
This makes the aluminum quite comparable to stainless steel in a number of important ways, including durability and the ability to resist corrosion. Second, while anodized aluminum can do a great impression of steel in the short term, you probably won’t be hanging onto these pans for decades.
While Kirkland has chosen a modern Teflon coating for these pots and pans, even the best non-stick will chip and flake off over time. Modern non-stick coatings are produced without the use of FOA, which is the chemical that caused a big scare a few years ago.
As long as you don’t throw them in the oven at high temperatures (450 F+) or leave them unattended on your stove top, however, you’re probably fine. This is a bit of an odd combination since metal handles are usually chosen over the rubberized alternative for high-temperature oven safety, which is defeated by the non-stick interior and glass lids.
There’s nothing wrong with either choice, however: glass lids help you keep an eye on your cooking, while the metal handles lend a little of durability to this cookware. One of the biggest differences between this Kirkland set and competing for hard-anodized offerings is the thickness and “heft” of the Kirkland pots and pans.
Thick walls and bases help ensure that your pots and pans sit squarely on the stove top and lend it a bit of extra durability. There are a number of identical listings that all offer the exact same cookware set under very slightly different names.
This means anyone can experience the joy of owning a high-quality cookware set without spending a lot of money. What a relief to know that once you are done cooking and enjoying a full meal, all that is left is to place your cookware into the dishwasher.
Cookware isn’t cheap, so the last thing you want is your expensive pot coming out of the dishwasher scratched, peeled or ineffective. Nonstick cookware and non-enameled cast iron pots have, historically, been dishwasher unfriendly.
But, some manufacturers are making progress and producing safe nonstick dishwasher products. Cook your meals, enjoy your food, and after you are done; just place your cookware into the dishwasher.
Nothing is as appalling as the sight of greasy pots and pans sitting in my sinks. If you are a fan of handwashing, then you are familiar with the hustle of choosing the best cleaning sponge.
Most cookware labeled dishwasher safe with an attached disclaimer is likely to disappoint. The manufacturer may even claim that you invalidated the warranty by dishwashing.
To be clear; this is different from manufacturers recommending handwashing dishwasher safe cookware. To be on the safe side, always follow the user manual instructions that came with the cookware.
Yet I would suggest some simple things to avoid damaging your cookware in the dishwasher : The top rack generally gets a gentler wash than the bottom, making it more suitable.
Handles can get a little hot A little small thus unsuitable for large families Rivets inside the pan may require a little of attention when cleaning Whether making your favorite sauce, cooking a pot of pasta, or preparing a batch of soup, this set has you covered.
Unlike the Cuisinart set, this Total cookware can handle pretty high heat. Make no mistake; this isn’t a downside but something I just ignore and cook normally as with my other pans.
Cooking with stainless steel is harder, but with some oil, and preheating, you can get almost as good performance as non-stick. Some people even claim that stainless steel is better for cooking as it “releases” the food at the right time.
For example this set comes with some felt protectors to put between the pans when stacking. Although the manufacturer recommends handwashing I’m happy to report that they are dishwasher safe.
My biggest issue with this set is that some customers report scratching and chipping. Buy this set if you want something that looks nice and you are confident you will treat it carefully.
At first, you will love this set for the incredible features it boasts despite its low price. But don’t let that deceive you; with time, the pots are prone to losing their nonstick property, and easily chip and warp.
Expensive The ‘Perfect Grip’ handle won’t suit everybody Gasket on lid must be removed for cleaning Awkwardly positioned gasket makes lid a clumsy fit Some reports of it losing its nonstick ability over time Possibly the best non-stick dishwashersafepots and pans you will find at this price level.