I am a very analytical person and always take the time to research whatever products I am interested in buying. Since I am on a budget, I have become more evaluative about products before making purchases. I wanted a new pot set to replace the teflon coated ones that I had because I had health concerns of chemicals from heated teflon getting into the food. I was able to get my Kenmore 10 piece SST copper band pot set on sale and was very pleased about the price. These are comparable to the more costly 'name-brands' without the high cost. I have been using them for several months now, and have no complaints. They are of excellent quality. I like the glass lids too and was initially concerned about them rattling with the steam while food was being cooked, but was relieved when that did not happen. The pots are heavy from the stainless steel and copper materials and versatile enough to be placed on the stove top and in the oven too. When I first started to use them, food got stuck onto the cookware which once cooled, cleaned easily after soaking in hot water for about 10 minutes. With consecutive cooking, I discovered that this cookware does not need high heat for cooking. For certain foods, I can use just a tablespoon of canola or olive oil, and for pancakes, I use a little cooking spray to make sure that they do not stick to the pan. When guests see this cookware, they comment how professional they look and ask what brand of cookware they are. I am enjoying my cookware set and continue to recommend them to family and friends.
I received this set as a gift last Thanksgiving. The other day we were using the skillet to cook some veggies. We stepped into the other room for a moment and suddenly we heard a loud shattering noise! When we re-entered the kitchen we found glass shards all over the countertop, the range, and in the skillet. We were absolutely disgusted! We'll be getting our money back for these and buying a high-quality set with metal lids.
Beware of glass lids! Consumer reports just ran an article about glass cookware and bakeware shattering (Jan 2011 issue). The actual pots and pans are good quality but the lids are prone to breakage. Had we been standing over the range when this happened we'd likely be in the hospital. So, Sears, just be glad that you'll have only a return to deal with instead of a personal injury lawsuit.
Well made will last for many, many yrs, great price and the set has held its beauty over the yrs. My only issue with the set is that in the beginning it took forever to heat-up, I am guessing due to their thickness, but that improved in about 6 months of use.
The top side edges of these pans are sharp and may cut you while washing. They are also poor quality during cooking as food easily sticks to the bottoms.Would not recommend.
The description of this item does not make it clear, but in this case there is just a narrow copper band around the side base of each pan -- it's just a decorative band. the bottom of the band is actually steel with aluminum sandwiched in between the two steel layers. So in that sense, it's just like other steel cookware, like the Cuisinart Chef's Classic for example. Other than that, this is a great set for a gift or for oneself. The pans and glass lids come beautifully packaged in a box and there is a good range of pans and pots in terms of sizes and shapes. It makes the perfect starter set for someone working on cooking skills before investing in heavier bottomed/more expensive pots and pans.