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As now, this sauce pan is discontinued. I returned the first one, it got deep nick and some scratches and the lid was so loose, there was little gap, when pushed to side. The second had only minor scratches. I got it from Prime-Time fulfilled by Amazon. It may be leftover, that didn't pass quality control. The machining is poor; there are visible unfinished spots. I am picky guy. So why I give it 4 stars and keep it, instead of return? I just like it. The silicon rim around the lid close softly, there is no steam under. The steam goes through the spouts only. They can't be sealed. The strainer hold long grain rice and drain lot faster, then round holes Anolon is using. On one side of the lid is fine strainer, on the other holes are longer. I don't cook anything smaller. Handle is ok. The scale inside is difficult to read, the coating is dark gray. They claim the anodized surface to be twice as hard as stainless steel, but I have it only few weeks and it's already scratched at bottom. On the dark coating any small scratch show much more then on aluminum, or stainless. It's almost impossible to clean the dark grey outside surface to be without stains. The lid handle have only little strip of silicone, it's too hot, to hold it comfortably. This is the biggest problem. Anolon lids are much better.
If this cost $30, a handle that got hot and a lit that didn't fit tightly would be acceptable. At the price actually charged, it's completely unacceptable. I have $30 pans with handles that don't get hot, so this came as a nasty surprise. The lid fits tightly except where the pour spouts are. It's not a big deal except there are things you can't use it for, like making rice. It means I need to own two pans this size instead of just one, which is ridiculous. It is easy to clean and seems, so far, to be a higher quality finish than previous Calphalon purchases. I intended to buy a bigger size in a few months, but I'm not about to spend even more money on a handle that burns me, and even if a description said the handle didn't get hot, at this point I'd not trust it.
I've been a Calphalon fan for fifteen years now and this is the most utilitarian piece I've ever bought. - The vents/strainers in the lid are genius, especially since I've converted to the skillet method for cooking pasta ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM3BRa3ajlo ). - It is impossible to get anything stuck. Seriously. Impossible. - This pan is huge and the deep sides are perfect for braising, sauteing, making large batches of sauce, and tossing pasta with sauce. - You can make pizza on the stovetop using only this pan -- no other dirty mixing bowls or anything. Yes, I've tried it, and even my kids ate it. Bam. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgpjCOFVK4s )
My only complaint is that the silicone edge on the lid does absorb some smells -- but it's not nearly as bad as the seal on my crock pot lid, so I'm not really bothered by it.
I ordered this pot because I needed a 1 1/2 quart saucepan. The spout and colander aspect was interesting. I ignored the reviews that said the cover wasn't tight enough. I should have paid attention. The pot itself is good. I like the quantity indicators. The shape and height is also good. The cover is too small and doesn't fit tight which defeats the purpose of the spouts. I'm going to keep the pot but I don't recommend buying one until the cover manufacture is adjusted to fit properly.
The pour spout and strainer on the lid is great. Whoever designed the lid handle, and the pot handle chose style over utility. I don't like hot handles. I prefer Calphalon SELECT for this very reason. Handle designe on SELECT is superior. While these pan claim to be dishwasher safe, my first one out of three lost its non-stick coating within the first six months. I have purchased two more 1.5 Qt. pans, but am over causious to only use silicone spoons . . . . and to hand wash after each use. Better safe than sorry, at the price.
This pan was a little expensive but it's a wonderful pan. I use it all the time. It's the size I needed, easy cleanup, and can drain things in the pan without dragging a colander out. I love it so much I'm now looking at the next size up.
The pot seems fine, and it is built using standard Calphalon materials, but there is a problem with the lid. Unlike other pots, this one uses a rubber material to seal the lid to the pot. Unfortunately, the seal is TOO good. As a result, steam from within the pot condenses on the glass part of the lid, and you can’t see inside the pot! What good is a glass lid if you can’t see what’s going on inside? It’s quite annoying and frustrating. You have to remove the lid to see if water is boiling, etc.
The pot generally meets my needs, but the lid doesn’t make a tight seal because of the tapered silicone lip on the lid, coupled with the pour spout on the pot. The poor lid fit significantly diminishes the value.
Having a built-in colander is a wonderful idea. I no longer need to pour whatever I was cooking through a colander (or strainer) to remove the water. I have a gas stove, and the heat conduction and dispersion are quite good. The handle and lid could be slightly better insulated for those times that the pot must be left on the stove for a long period of time.