Side by Side Comparison of: Calphalon vs Cuisinart
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Five Star Reviews:
Great hi-temp roaster, good bottom sits evenly on burner for gravy-making.
June 28, 2017
A quite lovely roaster although I scratched mine to death the first time I used it by whisking up the gravy I was making in it after roasting with a wire whisk instead of a silicone one, but I suppose a roaster is for roasting, not for being pretty. A bit harder to clean up than a nonstick would be, although the stainless (without the nonstick rack) is safe to use at much higher temps than a full nonstick roaster, so I got this instead. (just don't use the nonstick rack above its rated temp.) I think I got mine at $99 which was a lot cheaper than other stainless ones. I like that the handles don't extend much wider than the roaster, which means it fits into places the ones with huge handles won't. Also it has a nice bottom that isn't too fiddly compared to some others that have a fancy raised area to spread juices away from the middle. This one has a single central raised area that can be placed on an electric burner to make gravy and not give you troubles with wobbling from trying to get it to sit properly cause of those raised bottom parts on some other roasters. All in all, I'm happy with it, although I might use it more often if it were easier to clean. For what it is, though, it's quite nice.
Great quality & design. I like the rack (room to get under the roast) & handles
May 21, 2017
Excellent quality, easy to clean, cooks evenly. I like the rack, too. Juices, etc. scrape out easily.Other reviewers don't like the "loose" rack...I do!! You can more easily slip carrots, potatoes, etc. under your roast and it is more convenient when you use a baster to suck out juice to baste. The only thing I hadn't realized is that the bottom is not completely flat...I originally bought it so I had a pan big enough to cook my crème brulees in...this is not a big problem, it still works fine for that, just a little more awkward. The rack cleans very, very easily (at least so far).But if you were looking for a completely flat bottom, this might bother you. It does, of course, work better for roasting purposes.Other reviewers don't like the handles...I like them fine. It gives me a little extra room in the over if I want to add a small dish next to the roasting pan (very small, but helpful for me).One point, I found it awkward to try to use it to make gravy in the pan, but maybe that is just me. I was happy that the juices & drippings didn't get "lost" by having to have it in a disposable aluminum pan, they were very easy to recover.Disclosure: I have not cooked a full-sized turkey, but have cooked a whole pork loin & a lamb sirloin roast.
May 16, 2017
America's Test Kitchen rated this the best roasting pan available. It is large enough to roast most anything and it is dishwasher safe which is awesome for cleanup. High quality, great handles make it easy to grab even with oven mitts on, and it is deep to trap all the dripping from anything you cook or to fill with veggies. Love it!
Solid, high-quality roasting pan
March 8, 2017
UPDATE: I have roasted a lot of birds and veggies in this pan after a couple months, and I have no complaints about the pan itself. However as others have reported, the non-stick coating on the rack has started to flake off. There are a half dozen spots about the size of a dime where it is now bare rusty metal. Will be contacting Calphalon about this.The pan cleans up well in the dishwasher every time! The quality is obviously high and it just looks great. So nice to have a big sturdy pan to roast meat and veggies in. Some complain about the handles being turned inward, which is occasionally clunky, but it makes it much easier to store and fit into the refrigerator. It did arrive with some machine grease(?) type residue in a corner, but that was easily removed with rubbing alcohol, and it was an Amazon Warehouse deal so maybe that's why it ended up there in the first place.
Beautiful, love the more upright-standing handles because I have ...
December 31, 2015
Beautiful, love the more upright-standing handles because I have a small wall oven. This saved my life when oven-browning 4 racks of ribs for a crowd, all I had to do was cut the rib sets in half and STAND THEM UP IN THE RACK!!!!! Crazy, right? They browned nicely in a slow oven, and were ready for saucing and another stretch in the oven til the meat was so incredibly tender. Gonna make a moussaka in it next. Someday maybe I'll use it for a real roast or a turkey. Clean-up was a dream, even when I had to leave the pan and rack for the rest of the day before getting home to clean it all up. It's so nice, it's an honor to hand wash it.
Trial and error
January 15, 2013
I bought and returned three other roasting pans before I got this one. One issue is that I didn't want a "non-stick" surface, which degrades at 400 degrees, which really isn't that hot. I tried the KitchenAid 16.5" roaster but found it too tinny and light weight for my taste. The Cuisinart was too big for my 18" x 18" oven.I ordered the Calphalon with some trepidation; it's a solid tri-ply, but would it fit in my oven? I couldn't find the dimensions (including handle) on other websites (even on Calpholon.com) and Amazon lists the max dimension at 18.6 inches, which wouldn't fit. Thankfully it turns out that the BOX is 18.6 inches, the actual pan with handles is something less than 17.5 inches - it fits!I note others have complained about the nonstick rack quickly deteriorating - I think my solution will be to use a different rack or no rack on those occasions when, as in searing a standing rib roast, I crank the heat way up.I'd like to have a Mauviel 5 ply copper roaster; I'd also like to have a red Testarossa, but it ain't gonna happen. This Cephalon roaster fits all my criteria and whilst not cheap seems to be a good value for the soid quality - I'm happy.
Great Roaster Pan
November 25, 2016
I just used this for my Thanksgiving dinner. I love it. I left the drippings in the pan and just make the gravy in it with no worries about removing anon-stick coating. The turkey was done cooking in about 1/4 of the usual time, but I have no idea if this could have had anything to do with the heaviness or reflectiveness of the roaster...it could have just been something to do with this particular turkey. Anyway, the pan cleans up easily, and I have the feeling that could be passed down for a couple of generations.
The construction is sturdy and clean up is easy after letting is soak ...
January 11, 2016
A hot, sound investment. The construction is sturdy and clean up is easy after letting is soak for bit. The interior surface is polished to a mirror-finish, Snow White's step-mother would love it. It's a flat bottom pan, for those wondering about the most recent lot, purchased 11/2015. However, there is a little wobble to it when laid on the counter-top, not sure if it would effect gravy making. The handles rise far enough to provide a secure grip with oven mitts. (Be aware the handles retain the heat for a while after the pan is removed from the oven--learned the hard way.) Performance-wise, I've been quite pleased with making my version of America's Test Kitchen's "Modern Beef Burgundy". The pan held all the ingredients plus four pounds of beef. The pan has picked up a few superficial scratches from stirring with forks and spoons but the finish is still beautiful to behold. Just having the pan sit on the counter-top while prepping the recipe inspires me to greater chefiness. Buy it, look no further! (In regards to the rack, haven't used the it, don't intend to. It doesn't look reliable because of the small amount of welding material at the intersections. I slightly twisted it to see how it responds and it seemed as if I could easily break the welds. So don't twist it and it'll probably be fine.)
Best Roasting Pan
December 2, 2015
After reading many reviews both on Amazon and on cooking websites I decided to go with this roasting pan. It is fantastic.I used it this year for a 19+ lb turkey. Perfect fit with room to spare.The bottom of the pan is flat and thick like the sides making it perfect for making the gravy or for cooking on the cook top.I also used this with a butterflied duck. I flipped the metal roasting insert and it fit the duck just right. Note its not really meant for the roaster to be up sided down but it works, just not overly stable.Clean up was easy. Since its stainless you can used steal wool. This product is also dishwasher safe.It is a bit heavy because it is thick metal.
Simple functional design impeccably executed: beautiful!
February 12, 2015
I figured I had made enough holiday turkeys, hams, and roasts in those cheap disposable pans that by now I was old enough to have my own special-purpose roasting pan. Extravagant? Maybe. But whatever you think, it's decadently luxurious debauchery in the kitchen (or whatever else you want to do with it wherever!). This is a very simple but gorgeously crafted hunk of metal that exudes solid quality and becomes an elder in the family the moment you take it out of the box. Do the handles stick out as far as grampa's big ears? No, and that's all I want to hear about that! I've had mine for about three months and I've used it four times. I thought I'd use it two or three times a year max, but I've "needed" it more than that already! Does it help make my food taste better? Absolutely! Oh well, ok, I don't know if it does or not, but if so it might be due to the more even heat distribution and all that blah blah culinary posturing puffiness. In truth to me, however, if it does make my food better it's because I love to cook and I love using this roaster. It elevates my spirit and thereby perhaps, my cooking too. I don't know.In our day where we describe many of the ubiquitous and disposable smartphones as being "beautiful", it's consoling and refreshing to know that you can still find simple, elegant, timeless, and truly utilitarian man-made objects, impeccably executed, and therefore truly beautiful. I believe mine is the last one ever made but, hey, order one anyway. I won't mind at a all if there are two as great as the one I have, and if there are, you might just be lucky enough to get the second one! Good luck!!
Outstanding Roaster for Many Uses
April 12, 2013
I received this roaster just in time for Thanksgiving. It is sturdy, heavy and held an 18 pound turkey with a little room to spare. The night before, my sister and I made the stuffing in it on the stovetop (we make a lot). The bottom is perfectly flat so it sits on two electric burners with no problem. The butter melted beautifully and the onion/celery mix cooked just right. The size and height of the pan also made it easy to mix the bread in without making a mess. The next morning, the turkey roasted perfectly and after I removed it, I was able to place the roaster on top of the stove to make fabulous gravy. I've made 24 chicken enchiladas and I plan to make a huge lasagna or macaroni and cheese when I have to bring something for a family gathering. I'll probably line the bottom with Reynolds Pan Lining Paper though to protect the mirror finish. I like that the roasting rack is stainless steel so it can be scrubbed free of residue and the pan cleaned up nicely with Barkeeper's Friend. This is a piece of cookware that you'll find many uses for and be proud to own. UPDATE: Still a wonderful pan as of 11/13/2013 but there is one caveat. Be sure to wear oven mitts that cover the forearm. While wearing the glove-style mitts (think Ove Glove), I took out my pot roast and while pulling apart the foil, one of the handles burned my arm between the wrist and elbow. Of course that is my fault, but I will need buy longer length mitts that protect more of my arm when using this roaster.
Four Star Reviews:
Better than most roasting pans on the market
December 31, 2016
Pan is nice and sturdy with good handles where I don't have to fear being burned, like my old pan. I have two concerns: 1. I had seen the product reviewed on America's Test Kitchen, but the roasting rack moves around more than I expected vs. what ATK's review indicated. That said, so far I haven't had any problems. 2. The pan didn't come as clean as I thought it would in the dishwasher after the first use. The bright, shiny surface isn't so shiny anymore but I don't want to scrub the residue with steel wool for fear it would permanently scratch the pan.
Good Pan not so good rack
December 4, 2016
Pan is very nice, however the rack coating started to flake off after only one use at Thanksgiving. I would rather have a non coated SS rack and scrub it after every use then to wonder how much Teflon (or whatever that coating is), is remaining on my food or in the drippings that would be used for gravy.
The pan walls are a nice thickness and I could not detect any flexure in ...
January 28, 2016
We searched for a long time to find a roasting pan that would fit in our narrow oven. The design of this pan, with the handles curving inward rather than sticking out, makes it fit just perfectly though I need to be careful not to burn my hands on the walls of the oven. The pan walls are a nice thickness and I could not detect any flexure in the pan while handling it; I found that a similarly priced Martha Stewart pan from Macys was so thin that it would flex and bow! I docked one star because the quality of the rack seemed questionable - a bit flimsy and the coating looked thin in a few spots. Time will tell how it holds up.
It slides around so much and almost seems like it was not made for this particular pan
October 30, 2015
Heavy duty roaster. Only thing that bothers me is the inner rack. It slides around so much and almost seems like it was not made for this particular pan. For a nice Calphalon product like this, it really makes me wonder what they were thinking making it that way.....
Nice Pan, Little Issues
January 11, 2015
Nice pan, but I don't understand the raised center portion. For those of you viewing the pictures you can sort of see it. In the center of the pan there is a raised square about an inch from each side. It still gets hot on my induction burners but it's sort of inconvenient. Other than that I'm pretty happy. Only small issue is that the rack that came with it doesn't sit quite flat, rocks a little bit, but I haven't used it yet. I don't think it would impact any dish beyond being a little annoying. I Made my Christmas bird in this pan this year and it came out great. I had no problems with warping. If I try to make a gravy out of pan drippings I'll follow up with an update that deals with the raised section.
Nice Roaster, V Rack unstable
December 22, 2014
I think this is a really well made roaster and I'm happy with it.I love the size and quality of materials and layout and design of the perpendicular handles system as you can see in photo.I cooked a 20 pound turkey in it and it fit fine. Also cooked two 6 pound birds, side by side. No problem.If I were to redesign it, I would fit the V Rack differently.As it currently designed, the V Rack slides around in the pan and becomes unstable with a large bird, especially if you must tilt it at all getting it into or out of the oven - or if the bird is simply too large to hold steady.You may notice this when you first put the bird into the V Rack and the rack into the pan - you will certainly notice the instability when the pan is oily from drippings and the V Rack slides like a hockey puck and you've got a 20 pound bird on the move.Beware not to bump or snag the bird on anything or it may tip out - it can be dangerous.
Beautiful pan, roast beautifully, bakes nicely and easy clean up l; read the care instructions
February 9, 2015
I've used this roasting pan at least 5 times. I bought it 12/14. If you put it gently in the sink and add dish detergent this pan looks like new with little effort.You have to remember how to care for it and if so it is the best value I could find.I roasted a 25 lb. stuffed turkey, lasagna, roasted chicken, pork roast and it did a brilliant job with even surface temperature and easy clean up. We keep ours in the oven drawer and have it protected by draping if with a padded cloth. I use wooden spoons and utensils anyway so it was no big deal for usNot to use a metal utensil.
I'm happy with it
December 28, 2014
I was surprised to find that the bottom is not completely flat - the middle is slightly raised, which means that a thin coating of oil will run off to the sides where it is no help in browning meat. Still worked very well, though. The pan definitely spreads the heat well and our turkey came out better than ever. I've roasted a ham, a roast, and even cooked thick steaks in it since and all worked very well. Cleans easily and nothing sticks. The rack is OK, especially to cook a turkey breast-down, but not a great asset. Overall very well worth the cost, though.
Induction Compatible Tri-Ply
December 13, 2014
So far so good. I've only used it a couple of times and so far there has been no flaking of the SS inner layer as some others have reported.I bought this roaster because I like to deglaze on the stove top and my old Calphalon tri-ply does not work on my new induction range. This roaster is induction compatible.I thought there was a dent in the bottom when I received it but upon examination I found a code stamped into the exterior of the pan bottom that caused a slight deformation on the inside. It doesn't say much about their ability to properly set up their stamping machine but it doesn't appear to affect the functional quality of the product.
I MUST tell buyers that the weight of this pan is amazing. BUT it may not fit into every oven ...
September 12, 2014
First, I MUST tell buyers that the weight of this pan is amazing. BUT it may not fit into every oven without major surgery. We have a GE Profile drop-in electric range (pretty darn standard for a home appliance) and the handles that stick out made this pan far too wide to slide in sideways, and when we tried it front to back, the oven door would not close. Now, I do not recommend anyone do this, but my partner put it on the nearby carpet and forced all his weight down on it and was finally able to bend the handles in to total 18 inches so it would go into the oven! Now - I must add I bought this to try fast-cooking a 14 lb turkey at 500 degrees for an hour and a half total (and I will never do turkey the slow drying-out way again!) And it also must be noted that this pan stood up to the task with NO sign of duress! And the gravy I made from the drippings across two burners on the stove top had no hot spots. I actually LOVE this pan! But important to give the overall dimension INCLUDING handles to be sure it fits on YOUR oven! And good luck.
16" Cuisinart MCP117-16BR Roaster is a solid buy
December 9, 2013
This is a good heavy quality of S/S roasting pan. So far I have only used it for 2013 Thanksgiving, but I am looking forward to using it for roasting vegetables tonight, and not experience food falling over the sides. Do measure your oven width as the handles to require an additional 4" past the 16" of the pan. So, you need at least a 20" wide oven to accommodate this pan. The rack worked out great to transfer the turkey to the cutting board. I only wish I had let it cook a bit longer, and brined it for another day at least, but over all, the pan is great.I give only 4-stars because of the 2 nicks in the bottom of the pan, that I noticed when I removed it from the orginal box the day before TG. They are definite nicks, but I didn't want to go through the hassle of returning it, and I didn't have time to get another pan the day before TG.UPDATE 04/22/2014: I use this roasting pan often for roasting vegetables. It holds a good amount and they are easy to stir and flip without shooting them off the pan onto the floor. I have not yet used the rack and confess that I probably will not. I don't bake cakes, but this would make an awesome sheet cake if I did!
Solid. For a tool that's not in everyday or even necessarily weekly use, this is very good quality for a good price.
November 29, 2013
Used three times now, and very happy with it.Performance: 5 stars. Both pan and rack are heavyweight and very solid. I like the handle placement and U shape of the rack; it makes it easy to slide a large turkey from rack to serving platter straight out of the oven. The pan doesn't warp in the oven, and has a thick bottom that can be used on the stovetop.Cleanup: 5 stars. The mirror finish cleans up like magic. A little heat discoloration showed up after deglazing and reducing a sauce with high heat on the stovetop - I consider this normal.Durability: 4 stars so far. The only thing that prevents a five-star rating are a couple of small nicks and some spot discoloration in the inside finish. (My Cuisinart stockpot has the same thing). Some reviews seem to indicate a bad batch of these pans which pitted badly; this isn't one of them, but it's probably not going to be a lifetime pan either; we'll see.
Three Star Reviews:
Good But Expensive
July 7, 2017
Beautifully made, but very expensive for a roasting pan. Many other very good pans on the market for less money.
Great Pan; Rack, Not So Much!
December 25, 2016
Pan itself is as advertised and of good quality, rugged and well engineered. The rack, advertised as non-stick is of inferior quality. For a near $100 expenditure you'd expect the non-stick coating to last for more than one use. We purchased for traditional Christmas dinner of prime rib roast; used it once and the non-stick coating is peeling off in five different locations and has most likely been ingested; this is not what you'd expect from something with the name Calphalon. Purchased as a "must have item" recommended by America's Test Kitchen, we were terribly disappointed and would advise Calphalon to consider switching to a heavy gauge stainless steel rack, which, while not non-stick, would a least not peel off with your meal and become part of it; if not, then others should consider their options carefully!
December 3, 2016
Both pieces look good in quality. I got this for Thanksgiving turkey to start with, and it preformed well. I definitely have to agree with other reviews about the rack not fitting the pan correctly. One direction is fairly snug, but the other direction it will slide a lot if you don't lift it up relatively level. And with a large piece of meat on top, that does concern me for safety or just worrying about dinner ending up on the floor. That's why I give 3 stars. It was close to Thanksgiving, and my first 3 choices had long handles making them to big for my oven so.............
Not as good as I'd hoped
July 24, 2016
Bought this because of the recommendation on Cook's Country. When I ordered it, it was $30 cheaper than previously advertised. When it arrived, the box was labeled "Special Value." Probably because the handles tilt in more than the recommended version and the rack is a flimsy piece of junk that doesn't fit the pan. 3-4 inches of sliding when I'm pulling a 20-pound turkey out of the oven is an accident waiting to happen. I'm taking the $30 that I "saved" and buying a decent rack.
Has a raised center section in the bottom of the ...
January 31, 2016
Has a raised center section in the bottom of the pan which makes it harder 2 make gravy or sauces.
Warped a little
December 4, 2013
Used it for the first time last week (11/28/13) and only had temperature to 350 and it warped a bit. Not sure if that is normal. Seemed to go back a bit after cooling. But first stainless roaster I've owned.
It's NOT flat.
February 16, 2016
The base is not flat. There is a groove running all the way around the edges of the pan. This makes deglazing much more difficult. I don't know why they say that it's flat when it isn't, but they lied.Otherwise, the pan is good. It's sturdy, easy to lift, everything it should be. If it were flat, it would be perfect.
Came with marks
March 27, 2015
Mine arrived today.Please see attached picture of markings that were present when I unpackaged the roaster.
sturdy pan. It is also quite heavy
November 28, 2014
I ordered this pan for everyday roasting and also for the turkey this Thanksgiving.It is a well made, sturdy pan. It is also quite heavy, which is why I only give it 3 stars. Definitely required two people to lift safely (with the turkey). We roasted an 18 lb turkey in it and the turkey fit just right; any bigger and it would not have fit on the roasting rack.We roasted our vegetables in the pan after and they turned out beautifully crisp.I would recommend this pan but be cautious of it's weight.
Not such a great value
November 24, 2013
Poor attention to detail, I am definitely disappointed, it is not the great value I was hoping for. The inside polished finish was horrible, they really rushed through it in production and did not take the time to do it well. The large flat areas are shiny but all the corners are very scratchy looking. The only way I can describe it is that it looks as if someone cleaned it will coarse steel wool or a green scotch bright pad. I would send it back but we're only a couple days from Thanksgiving. On the positive side, it does seem sturdy and hopefully will hold up over time
Some quality issues
November 28, 2012
It took 2 tries to get a pan that wasn't heavily scratched or gouged in the interior floor and used-looking. This last pan is not great, a scratch on the front and the corners have visible bends where the multi-layers were joined at the factory. Since the last one arrived 2 days before Thanksgiving I was stuck. It seems to roast evenly - it's ultimate purpose - and the handles are well placed for handling. I haven't used it on top of the stove yet so can't rate that. Not one of my better purchases, could almost hear my grandmother tell me "you get what you pay for".
Basically did what I needed
November 27, 2012
I am not a professional product rater which so often appears to be what shows up on Amazon, just a regular customer. The roaster is well constructed and held up well in my cooking which was to cut up a turkey, lay it on a bed of aromatic vegetables and roast it. It cleans up nicely which is always a plus. It is not a small roaster but you need this size to truly hold a turkey and due to the size is a bit hard to wash but again so far cleans up nicely. My current concern is a small "chip" in the bottom of the pan which I did not notice before cooking but could have been there and how that will affect the use of the roaster over time. For someone looking for a good, heavy duty, probably should last a long time roaster, this should be good.
Two Star Reviews:
Handles are turned inward - great for a small oven, also awesome to burn your hands!
November 26, 2016
Anyone else confused as to why the handles are turned inward??? I burned my hands twice with a 24 lb turkey - the handles make this product useless! Such a shame!
My wife didn't like that the non stick coating on that pan was ...
November 5, 2016
Well made but very expensive roasting pan.We had another one, much less expensive, that had a rack that locked into place in the pan that I much preferred.My wife didn't like that the non stick coating on that pan was flaking so she purchased this one that allows the rack to slide around the pan when you pull it out of the oven.
Might be good for a small oven where clearances are a concern
January 4, 2016
Returned this item.The handles curve in significantly more than pictured making it very awkward.Might be good for a small oven where clearances are a concern.
poor product description
November 7, 2015
described as coming with a tempered glass lid. NO LID CAME.WILL PROBABLY RETURN.
I really wish that I had purchased a different roaster.
December 9, 2014
I really wish that I had purchased a different roaster. The handles curve inwards towards the roast, which makes the use of pot holders unnecessarily difficult. The rack is far too small for the pan, and does not come close to fitting, so it slides all over the place. Design before function.It is extremely well-made, and should last a lifetime. But I have a feeling that I will get tired of those flaws and will give this away and buy another.
Poor product support by Calphalon
April 18, 2012
The non-stick coating on the rack flakes off very easily and quickly with only a few uses. I followed the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and never used either scrubbers or abrasive cleaners on the rack, but the coating still disappeared. When I contacted Calphalon about purchasing a new reck, I was told that they do not make them available as open stock. I am now stuck with a very good roasting pan without a rack that I can expect to not contaminate my food with the non-stick coating. My upset with Calphalon (since they have been aware of this problem for some time) is strong enough that I will never again purchase a Calphalon product.
Poor quality surface, pitted after first use in oven.
May 11, 2017
Pitting after one use in oven. Not what I expected. Got a return shipping label so sending it back for amazon credit. Recently have had bad experiences with Cuisinart. Will not purchase their brand any more.
Bought this because the bottom was supposed to be flat ...
August 19, 2016
Bought this because the bottom was supposed to be flat for use with induction/flat top stove. Its nowhere near flat. The center of the bottom was concave by 1/16", or roughly the thickness of a SD card.
Too many pit marks
January 31, 2016
Very disappointed in the quality. I love Cuisinart products however; when this arrived it had several pit marks in the bottom of the pan. I should have listened to the other reviewers. I sent it back right away.
March 10, 2015
After the 2nd use, the finish appears to have worn off in several spots. So disappointing. Fortunately I was able to return it to Amazon for a full reimbursement.
What do YOU expect from your cookware?
January 9, 2015
Let me preface this by telling you I rarely write reviews. If I wrote a thorough review about every item I purchased from Amazon, I'd be writing for a very long time. If I write a review, it's because I have a strong opinion about a product.I really wanted this roasting pan to be "the one." My forever roasting pan, the one that would last with proper care and would not need to be replaced for as long as I am upright and cooking. My goal was to replace a Kirkland roasting pan that had been in service for 14 years. There was nothing wrong with that roaster, except the rack had begun to flake and rust, rendering it (the rack) useless. The pan itself had a non-stick surface, which was in good condition. However, I felt the need to replace it as I am using non-stick surfaces less and less and prefer multi-clad cookware.After researching what was available, I narrowed my options down to this pan and an All-Clad flared roaster. Ultimately, I decided to purchase the Cuisinart roaster as the majority of reviews were positive and it appeared to meet all of my needs while being a more reasonably priced item. When the pan arrived, I was excited to try it out. (Yes, I'm one of those people that get excited about cookware.) After a close inspection, it seemed to be of good quality, though there were already a few scratches on the interior and the rack was a bit thinner than I would have liked. Not ideal, but if it performed well, not a deal-breaker either.I used it the first time to roast a ham, which turned out perfectly hammy. (I mean, come on, it's a ham, and how good can it really be? Lol) Anyway, while washing the pan, I noticed that there were more scratches than before, probably from the roasting rack moving around. Still, not a big deal. After washing, there were some mineral deposits which were easy to remove. However, I also noticed a few spots that appeared to be pitting. After trying to clean the pan again, hoping these spots were not the dreaded pitting that I had read about in the negative reviews. They were. Though I knew better, I decided to try the pan again, hoping that no more pitting would occur. This time, I roasted a turkey. The pan did its job and the turkey was delicious. Though I had hoped to be able to make gravy in the roasting pan, I decided against it as I didn't want to cause any additional scratches. I was already "babying" it, which defeated the purpose of buying this type of pan. After washing, there were more scratches. Again, they seemed to come from the rack moving around in the pan. Scratches happen, but I've never seen this extent of scratching from any of my other multi-clad cookware after minimal use. And, of course, even more pitting had occurred. If you are familiar with pitting, you know it is NOT the same as mineral deposits. Mineral deposits can discolor your cookware giving it a white spotted appearance, but can be removed with a minimal amount of effort if you use the right product. Pitting, however, is what occurs when pieces of the finish erode, causing a pock-like appearance. If you run your fingers over the areas in question, you will be able to feel pits in the surface. This obviously cannot be scrubbed away and can ultimately cause rust in the eroded areas. I'm guessing that rust may not have a place on your menu.After 10 years of use (and sometimes abuse), none of my other multi-clad cookware has shown any sign of scratching to the extent that this piece has after only 2 uses. And the pitting. Good grief. I find the pitting absolutely unacceptable. In my opinion, this product is an embarrassment to the Cuisinart name.Your experience with this product may be different than mine. I don't know what you expect from your cookware. You may be okay with a lot of scratches and pitting. Or maybe you just don't notice things like that. Maybe you don't plan on using this roaster very often, so it doesn't bother you. I planned on using this roaster at least once a week, so I was very disappointed when it didn't perform as I anticipated. As for me, I'm sending the Cuisinart back to Amazon and will be visiting my favorite kitchen store. I know I'll pay more there, but I think I'll have a much better chance of finding "the one."
Poor quality control, inconsistent manufacturing, flaking
August 26, 2014
First the good things: heavy, thick-walled, nice handles, cooks stuff really well, cleans up easily, great price.I've returned three of these and kept one. Here's the history:November 2012, $85: The top of one side was dented badly enough that the top edge had a ripple. This did not occur in shipping--both the product box and shipping box were undamaged--so it probably left the factory that way. I sent it back for an exchange without making a close examination for additional flaws. I did notice, however, that the rack had a really nice smooth matte finish.December 2012: The replacement was a keeper (sort of). The bottom of the roaster is mostly flat, but liquid tends to pool a bit about the sides (unlike Cuisnart's Multiclad pots and pans which are completely flat on the bottom). The pooling is not consistent, so it's not clear if the pan is designed to have a channel or not. Either way, the manufacturing is sloppy. If you turn it over you can see that the bottom joins to the sides differently as you go around the pan. Some places there is a 90 curve between the bottom and the side. Other places it's more than 90 degrees so that a channel forms. Anyway, it works fine for cooking gravy on a gas stove top, but will not make contact everywhere on an electric glass top. There have been no issues with flaking or pitting. The rack is smooth matte, and welds are reasonably well finished. The rack handles are a bit crooked.June 2014, $55: The date of manufacture was stamped on the bottom, causing a small bump up in the interior of the pan. The previous pans did not have date stamps, and Cuisinart Multiclad pots and pans are engraved rather than stamped. AS THEY SHOULD BE. What kind of moron damages a product by crudely stamping the date into it? The pooling was more pronounced. The rack had a cheap shiny look and rough surfaces throughout, and the welds were poorly finished. One of the rack handles was at an obvious angle. I called Cuisinart and asked if this was normal quality for this product (okay, dumb question). The rep asked where I bought the pan and then transferred me to Amazon customer service without another word. Shipped back to Amazon for an exchange.June 2014: The replacement had a stamped manufacture date again, but the bottom was flatter, and the rack was acceptable quality (straight handles, smooth surfaces, okay welds). Now, however, there was something new: several small streaks of powdery black gunk stuck to the interior of the pan. Looked like something left over from the manufacturing process. Cleaned it up and decided the pan was good enough to keep. Using the patented Mark Bittman 45-minute-turkey method, I cooked a bird, and it turned out perfectly--well-browned all over, tender, moist, delicious--but when I cleaned up I noticed that a 1/4" diameter piece of the stainless surface had flaked off. Never figured out where THAT went, but the pan went back to Amazon.At this point I have given up on Cuisinart and am roasting stuff in cast iron pots and pans, although that won't work for turkey.Amazon was great on the returns--no arguments and no shipping charges.
One Star Reviews:
November 28, 2016
We bought this last year and just had the opportunity to use it to roast our turkey. Two major issues with this one. The rack moves a lot back and forth across the pan. I was looking for a pan with a snug rack. The other issue is we scrubbed the pan multiple times and it still seems greasy. I'm very disappointed.
Just purchased this roaster. It is very lightweight. ...
November 15, 2016
Just purchased this roaster. It is very lightweight. Although the product description claims triply construction, the box describes it as"triply performance". Beware!!
August 23, 2015
not happy with this
Very disappointed as should be all stainless
December 31, 2014
Item shipped is not product as shown. Item comes as a non-stick on the inside of pan. Very disappointed as should be all stainless. Returned item.
September 1, 2013
I thought this would be an ideal roaster for my new oven. It may be for someone else but for me; it was almost too heavy to lift. (and it was not filled with food). I may be an "older" woman but I lift weights at the gym! This pan is for a strong male chef.
horridly manufactured product
May 18, 2017
cuisinart can't seem to make a roasting pan that's actually flat on the bottom. the first was so warped it was unusable and the replacement had a large gouge out of the inside of the pan and was also warped. obvious manufacturer defect. no option to replace the second time, not that i wanted to after the first two. refund only.
November 28, 2016
Bought item for thanksgiving turkey. Used it once and bottom pitted.
Surprisingly low quality pan from Cuisinart. They refused warranty service!!! Done with Cuisinart
April 24, 2015
I have used this pan over about three months now. In that time I've used it about four times. I haven't treated it like fine china, but I've been careful with it. It has gone in and out of the oven and been soaked and scrubbed clean with a typical green scrubby sponge. I have not piled pointy/scratchy metal things into it in the sink and I haven't banged it around.Result: After four (maybe five) uses, there are significant scratches over the bottom of the pan. The scratches aren't deep, but they went right through the metal coating and rust is showing through them. On the top interior surface the stainless coating has begun to chip, showing the (aluminum?) core inside. Just not acceptable. I am going to try to get a refund from Cuisinart because I don't want to have to wait for a replacement from them only to have it fail in another few uses. I have had good luck with other pans from Cuisinart, so this is a disappointment. Particularly considering the poor quality of this pan is a known issue.Edit: I tried contacting Cuisinart directly to get a refund or replacement. They said they don't handle that, can't offer a refund or a replacement. Seriously, heed the other bad reviews of this product and buy a different product.
I had read some reviews reflecting this but hoped for the best. Will
September 23, 2014
small pitting showed up after just one wash. I had read some reviews reflecting this but hoped for the best. Will return
Peeling after two uses!
July 7, 2014
I don't usually write these reviews. When I receiver the roaster, all looked great, seemed very heavy duty. After using two times, the clad is peeling off. Now it is too late to return the piece. Why would a company like Cuisinart make something so awful? It's Cuisinart for goodness sake, that is all I use. I seen similar reviews, but figured somebody did something wrong to make the pealing happen, guess not!
pits inside pan after one use
March 31, 2014
finish inside pan flakes off. one use, a turkey at 325 degrees,3 hours. three large pits inside pan. poor quality.UPDATE 6.23.2014, returned the original pan to Cuisinart. They sent a replacement. Clearly a used pan that had pitting also. So, returned it. And they sent another badly pitted pan as a replacement. Their customer service people say that their is no one else I can talk to to get a non-pitted pan. And while they say they do have a corporate office, they do not have a phone number for them. Truly unbelieveable. Now returning the third pan. They also say that Cuisinart does not do refunds.
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Roaster with V-Rack
A heavy-gauge aluminum core is sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel by means of high-heat, high-pressure impact bonding for extreme durability.
Aluminum core provides superior conductivity and even heating for excellent browning and control of the cooking process. Non-porous stainless steel cooking surface is safe for use with all utensils.
Clear tempered-glass lids let you see food while it's cooking and are oven safe, so you can finish covered dishes in the oven or keep them warm until ready to serve
Holds up to a 25-pound turkey. Triple-riveted handles make lifting and turning easy. Goes from oven to stove, ideal for making gravy. Nonstick V-Rack lets heat circulate, for crisp browning.
The brushed stainless steel handles are make it easy to lift even when full. All cookware is dishwasher-safe and carries Calphalon's full lifetime warranty.
20.8 inches including the 16-inch length of the roasting surface and the handles
Stainless Triple Ply Construction
Heat Surround Technology
Solid Stainless Steel Rack
Induction Ready, Dishwasher Safe
Problem with sizesAccording to your review, the Cuisinart is 366 inches by 720 inches. That's not even going to fit in my driveway, much less my kitchen.Problem with sizesUSA