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"CIA Masters cookware -"
"We do not recommend this cookware
We purchased the 10 piece set plus the 12 inch frypan after considering both the All Clad Copper Core and the Viking set. We chose the CIA Masters set because of the components, copper core and price.
The set arrived from Metro in 3 days - beautifully packaged.
The handles are a combination of viking and all clad -- the curvature is similar to the viking cookware and the actual feel of the handle is more like the all clad.
In terms of weight-- the cookware weight is closer to the All Clad stainless set -- perhaps just a bit lighter.
Now -- what we don't like. We have used 4 pieces to cook 4 meals.
Cooking on low to medium heat we find the cookware does not stick, however it really does take forever for these pans to heat and cook using the recommended heat settings. Additionally, even on low to medium heat, these pans will mark with the bluish heat mark you would get if you used an all clad piece on high heat numerous times. The bluish heat mark showed up on the CIA Masters set the very first time.
Do not use any type of metal utensil in these pans if you don't want them to scratch -- and I am not taking about a scratch or two -- these easily scratch inside.
As far as the outside- just from sitting on the burner of the stove -- without shaking etc.. the bottom of the pans scratched.
Good quality 18/10 steel will not scratch -- we have an older set of stainless we have had for years that do not have the scratch marks the CIA Masters set got from just one cooking session.
Cookware should be functional and typically the cook shouldn't be overly concerned with signs of light wear and tear on your cookware -- but when your cookware in this price range shows this level of wear and tear after just one cooking session -- that is not acceptable. "
"After working in a commercial kitchen, I love coming home to CIA cookware. For the price, Viking cannot compare. All-Clad, no matter what series, is never worth it (uneven cooking, light weight, copper-core series never holds temperatures correctly. Viking, CIA, and Mauviel (M'cook) are the best stainless cookware options in the US. CIA is of the same quality as all the others, it just takes it on design and price. If you cannot tell the difference between Emeril-ware and CIA you have no business in a kitchen. CIA's cooking surface steel is rated 18-10. This rating is universal and any variability in the "softness" of this material from one brand to another is going to be impossible to detect through a "brilla-pad inspection." These pans heat and retain heat beautifully. They are heavy enough sustain abuse far above regular use(I've left the steamer on high heat and the water ran out, the pot tarnished but it was easily taken off with a sponge and polish, what is most important is that there is not a hint of warping). Any and all stainless "blues" especially when new; products such as copper-brite take it away without effort. (I keep some next to the soap and just put it in the mix when washing all my stainless); every piece is shinny and bright- except the all-clad pieces which age, I am now in the process of phasing out all the all-clad in exchange for CIA). The shape of CIA cookware is perfect. Their balance more comfortable than my Vikings. I really appreciate the shape of the sauciers; its a true saucier not just a deep skillet. Viking does not offer such a shape, and Mauviel is just plain pricey, and has uncomfortable handles. The exteriors are attractive and hold their shine wonderfully. The matte or brushed exterior finishes of my Vikings and All-clad MC2's initially hide stains, but ultimately become more difficult to clean. The weight of the pans is perfectly balanced as well as appropriately engineered. Viking is the same ply but has added weight. I have found no benefit in the weight differences. They both take the same amount of time to heat and hold heat the same; its just my wrist that can tell the difference at the end of the night, not the food. I would not recommend these pans for people who rely on sets, these are for people who can tell the difference between cast aluminum and stainless steel. And more than that people who appreciate smart design and appropriate applications. I have nearly every piece of the CIA collection, and have many pieces from other various sets. CIA is my favorite for more reasons than listed here. Buy some of the smaller pieces first to see if you can tell the difference. If not than a lesser cookware is for you, if you can then I am glad you are enjoying a nearly perfect piece of cookware."
"This set, first of all, has beautiful lines and design. It is wonderful, as far as heat distribution and clean up on our newly purchased induction cooktop. Have no regrets with this line."
"Have 10pc set, but need more"
"Purchased the set, love it, however, after using the cookware for various meals, we realized that the combination of pots/pans is not sufficient. You must add a medium or larger sauce pan to your set. The saucier's are great, but not adequate - definitely this set should have substituted one straight sided 2 1/2 sauce pot for a saucier. Now I have to buy it separately and they are pricey."