One of the perks of getting older — aside from the direct association between age and general feelings IDGAF-ness with regard to the things that once kept you up at night — is the realization that sometimes, the expensive thing is worth the splurge and you can check your guilt at the door. Especially when the expensive thing is cookware that you're going to be using on a daily or weekly basis from here on out. Especially when that cookware is stackable and saves you a shit ton of space in your not-exactly-sprawling NYC apartment's kitchen. And especially especially when that cookware is nonstick and means you don't have to waste time frustratingly scrubbing bits of foodstuffs off your pots and pans when you'd rather be on your couch watching Jersey Shore Family Vacation.
I'd been using the same frying pan from Ikea to cook literally everything when its nonstick capabilities had started to wane and I realizes it was time for an upgrade (in Ikea's defense, that pan had lasted me a few good years). It was also due time for a high-quality cookware *set* to take up residence in my kitchen, and that's when I heard about Calphalon's new space-saving cookware. Not only is the 10-piece set — which includes two frying pans, two saucepans, a sauté pan, and a stockpot, with covers for the latter four items — easy on the eyes, but it's also stackable(!). Three of the pieces are 8 inches in diameter and three are 10 inches in diameter, and so you can conveniently nest the same-sized ones in any order. No more storing cookware inside the oven necessary!
As for the quality of the cookware itself, the pots and pans are made with hard anodized aluminum, so they heat quickly and evenly, are dishwasher-safe, and are oven-safe up to 450ºF. The nonstick surface is A-OK in the face of metal utensils and is a dream to clean, with absolutely NO food ever stuck to these bad boys after cooking. Like, none. at. all. Just look at those eggs having fun, slidin' around! Look, I know $470 is a LOT of money. But if you cook regularly and are in the market for a cookware set that'll last you a lifetime — seriously, it comes with a *lifetime* warranty — and that is nothing short of a joy to store, use, and clean, I couldn't think of a better one to recommend. —Emmy Favilla
Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy's, or Calphalon for $469.99.
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