KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Hard Anodized Cookware Set Review

KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Hard Anodized Cookware

From KitchenAid’s Gourmet Essentials line comes the KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Hard Anodized Nonstick 10 Piece Cookware Set. The material is durable and is finished in dark gray – neutral enough to fit in most kitchen decors. The aluminum construction allows for great heat distribution, which cooks food evenly and retains heat even after being removed from the heat source.

The KitchenAid Gourmet Essential Hard Anodized cookware pieces are equipped with stainless-steel handles, riveted for strength and wrapped with silicone grips. The break resistant glass lids make viewing food easy, also have silicone-wrapped handles, and are highly arched to make them easy to grasp even when wearing a potholder or oven mitt.

Read on to find out what I discovered about the KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Nonstick Cookware Set.



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Cookware Set Contents Features Durability
Maintenance Customer Reviews Pros & Cons

Cookware Set Contents

The 10 Piece KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Hard Anodized Cookware Set includes:

  • 1-quart covered saucepan
  • 2-quart covered saucepan
  • 3-quart covered saucepan
  • 6-quart covered stockpot
  • 8-inch skillet
  • 10-inch skillet

This set also comes in a 12 Piece set which includes the following:

  • 1.5 Qt. Covered Saucepan
  • 2 Qt. Covered Saucepans
  • 3 Qt. Covered Saucepot
  • 8 Qt. Covered Stockpot
  • 3 Qt. Covered Saute
  • 8-1/2-inch Skillet
  • 10-inch Skillet

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Features of the KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Hard Anodized Cookware Set

  • 10-piece cookware set includes 1-, 2-, and 3-quart covered saucepans; 8- and 10-inch skillets; 6-quart covered stockpot
  • Heavy-gauge hard-anodized aluminum construction heats quickly and evenly
  • Premium, scratch-resistant nonstick surface provides superior food release
  • Dual-riveted stainless handles with silicone grips; break-resistant glass lids
  • Pots and lids oven-safe to 400 degrees F; wash by hand; 1-year hassle-free replacement warranty

Materials Used/Construction

The KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Hard Anodized cookware set is made of heavy gauge, hard anodized aluminum. Aluminum is an excellent conductor of heat and is known for heating quickly and evenly. The KitchenAid hard anodized cookware set has a three layer nonstick coating so that even the stickiest of foods will slide off.

The pots and pans are finished off with stainless steel handles and lids made of break-resistant glass.


KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials SkilletThe KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials pots and pans are finished in a matte charcoal gray exterior that is both attractive and modern looking. Because its neutral in color, the set will be right at home in most any kitchen decor. Reviewers felt the set looks sturdy and the pieces have a nice weight. One reviewer stated that the cookware felt substantial and isn’t “light and flimsy”.

Stainless Steel, Silicone Covered Handles

The stainless steel handles are riveted for durability and covered with rubbery, silicone handles. The silicone will stay cool during use and are non-slip. The pots’ lids also have stainless handles wrapped in silicone grips.

KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials HandleOven Safe

The KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Hard Anodized cookware set is oven safe up to 400° F.

One Year Warranty

KitchenAid offers a one year hassle free replacement warranty for the Gourmet Essentials Hard Anodized Cookware Set.


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The hard anodized aluminum used in the construction of the KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Hard Anodized cookware set is known for its durability and longevity. I was able to find a few reviews indicating that the pans had lasted several years. In particular, one consumer updated a review on Amazon to state she was still using (and happy) with the cookware set after 4 years.

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Hand washing is recommended to keep the KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials set in the best condition. If washed in the dishwasher, the harsh detergents and other utensils or items may scratch the nonstick surface over time and decrease the effectiveness, not to mention the look, of the set.

One common denominator found over and over on reviews for the KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials pots and pans was how easy the set is to clean. Many consumers pointed out that nothing sticks to it, and handwashing the set wasn’t a major issue.

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Customer Reviews

With well over 100 reviews on, the (original) KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Hard Anodized Cookware Set has scored excellent ratings among consumers. At the time of this review, over 91% of consumers rated the set 4 stars or better out of 5 stars.*

There are several things to like about the set, and consumers pointed out many benefits. Probably the biggest benefit overall is the cost savings. The KitchenAid set is regarded as a high quality set, but has a mid-range price. One reviewer even mentioned that she would have been willing to pay more since the quality is so good.

Reviewers were happy with the non-stick feature of the the Gourmet Essentials set, too. One person stated that nothing sticks to the cookware and another said that these pans were even better than Calphalon, a much higher priced alternative.

Users felt that the weight of the set is good. One reviewer mentioned that the bottoms are sufficiently weighted, which aids in food cooking evenly. Another said that the metal is thick and heavy. This allows the pots and pans to retain heat well and distribute it evenly.

There were also positive comments about the handles on the set. They have a soft grip that stays cool to the touch, and no pot holders are needed to move the pans around while on the stove.

One reviewer was disappointed to find that there are no volume markers on the interior of the pots and pans. However, volume markers aren’t terribly common in cookware sets like this. If it’s something that’s important to you, consider taking a look at the Pyrex Aluminum Nonstick cookware set.

Overall, the KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Hard Anodized Cookware Set appears to be a really good value for the money. You can read more reviews at

*There is now a newer version of this cookware set and it, too, has received excellent reviews so far, just not as many as the older set.


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Pros & Cons


1.) Basic pieces of “everyday” cookware that you’ll actually use
2.) Nonstick quality is excellent – easy to clean and nothing sticks
3.) Durable, last for a few years
4.) Glass lids allow you to see food while it’s cooking without lifting lid
5.) Great value – midrange price and a quality set


1.) Not dishwasher safe
2.) No lids for the skillets
3.) A few consumers had issues with lids that didn’t fit securely

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