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Calphalon Elite Nonstick Essential Pan

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Developed through a unique collaboration between Calphalon and Williams Sonoma, the Elite cookware collection sets a new standard for nonstick performance. Metal utensils won’t damage the release performance of the durable, triple-layer nonstick interior, and the specially textured surface excels for searing foods—two key features that set this collection apart from other nonstick cookware. Made in the USA and exclusively ours, Elite cookware is also PFOA-free and dishwasher safe. This deep-sided pan ideal for everything from stir-frying and sautéing to simmering and braising.

  • Premium hard-anodized aluminum ensures excellent heat conduction and uniform cooking.
  • Triple-layer nonstick surface is durable enough to withstand metal whisks, spoons and spatulas.
  • Textured Sear nonstick interior seals in flavor when browning or searing foods.
  • PFOA-free.
  • Polished stainless-steel handles are riveted.
  • Ergonomically shaped handles offer a secure grip and comfortable lifting.
  • Low-profile tempered-glass lid lets you view contents during cooking.
  • Dishwasher safe.
Dimensions & More Info
  • 4-Qt. Pan: 11" diam., 5" high without lid; 5 lb.
  • 6-Qt. Pan: 13" diam., 3 1/4" high without lid; 6 lb. 6 oz.
  • Made in USA.
Use & Care


  • Ideal for gas and electric cooktops (not induction compatible).
  • Safe for use with metal spatulas, spoons and whisks as well as nylon, silicone, coated or wooden utensils.
  • Do not use other types of metal utensils, such as forks or knives.
  • Oven safe to 500°F.
  • Do not use aerosol cooking sprays; buildup over time will cause foods to stick.


  • Allow pan to cool before washing.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • Avoid using steel wool, steel scouring pads or harsh detergents.
  • Stubborn food residue and stains can be removed with a nylon scrubbing pad and a fine-powdered cleanser.

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  • Rated 2 out of 5 by from I love the size, I hate the quality I have owned 4-5 of these pans through the last 17 years or so and each pan, no matter how much you baby it and hand wash it, starts to stick and then the non stick coating starts to bubble and flake off. When I bought my first one, it was the most I'd ever spent on one pan but I loved using it on my gas range. I have parlayed the initial purchase into several replacements using Calphalon's guarantee and return policy. However, I am ready to say goodbye to the whole Calphalon line since they have not embraced the most recent technology and the safest version of non stick cookware. At one time they were the standard bearer for non stick, but this pan, and it's cousins in my cupboard, will be replaced by Henkels and will go to the metal recycling center.
    Date published: 2018-03-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So great I'm considering buying a second I was in the market to replace a deep skillet I had previously owned for 7 years and it had lost its non-stick qualities. It had a good, long life but I was disappointed that it hadn't been able to stand up to the medium level heat I usually used and I stumbled upon the Calphalon Elite line. I'm extremely pleased with my purchase. While the 6 qt pan is quite large (and I do mean LARGE) in terms of storage, it's fabulous for one-pot meals in giving you enough space to stir and not have anything pop out the top. I love the flat and not domed lids. I also love how easy cleanup has been with these. I'm one who always hand washes my items, and I've yet to have to work on any of the washing. I also purchased the 10" and 3 qt sautee and have had similarly fantastic experiences. Now I'm honestly considering buying the 4qt everyday just because I tend to do one-pot meals so much. In talking to a rep at the local WS store, she indicated she's yet to have any of the Elite line returned for lack of performance and so while many of the reviews are quite negative, I gave this a go. I encourage you to as well.
    Date published: 2018-02-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY NEW FAVORITE just bought it yesterday after much debate and searching. Used it for last night’s dinner and loved it! It’s big size makes it great for cooking several things at once and I can already tell I’m going to love it. It IS big, so bulky to clean & store, but so “worth it!”
    Date published: 2018-02-13
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible quality The product description is laughable when it says that it "sets a new standard for nonstick performance." Yes, it did indeed lower the bar for anything in the nonstick category. The surface lasted about 6 months. We babied this pan too by always handwashing it and not using anything abrasive or metal with it. We also made sure that the surface didn't get scratched while in storage. This would definitely not hold up to the test of time and I would NOT recommend this or this Elite cookware collection to anyone.
    Date published: 2017-10-13
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the money! I had this pan for a year. I loved this pan and I took very good care of it. Now it is showing scratches! Not what I expected for the price. I may send back but it will cost 1/4 of what I paid for it with no guarantee it will be replaced. Not sure if I will do this. Have to find a box big enough first! Very disappointed.
    Date published: 2017-02-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Like This Pan! The 4 Qt Essential Pan is just the right size for cooking and storing. It heats quickly and the long handle stays cool. I hope WS & Calphalon add a spout on one side to pour off liquids if they continue to offer this pan.
    Date published: 2017-01-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Large and in charge Although Calphalon says you can put this pan in the dishwasher,I wash it by hand. It is really non-stick, so cleaning is easy. Go to pan for suppers.
    Date published: 2016-06-06
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Really big pan The first time I used this pan I just stirred it lightly with a spoon and I had made scratches on the pan , it was advertised that it would not scratch the pan, very disappointed.
    Date published: 2016-03-16
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