Calphalon Contemporary 8-12-Qt
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Dishwasher-safe dutch oven with 8 ½ quarts, three layered-interior, and heat-resistant handles

If you love having parties and big gatherings, but don’t like to mess with a lot pots and pans, the 8 ½-quart Calphalon Contemporary dutch oven is the perfect piece of cookware for you. It makes a ton of food using three layers for durability and even heating, and even has heat-resistant handles so you stay safe. When your party is over and it’s time to clean up, the Calphalon just pops right in the dishwasher.

8 ½ quarts of heavy-gauge aluminum

Made from heavy-gauge, anodized aluminum, the Calphalon’s 8 ½ quart is designed for durability. The aluminum construction also helps spread out the heat from the stovetop or oven so all your meals are cooked through consistently.

Three-layered interior

The aluminum interior contains three layers. They are all coated to be nonstick and while two of the layers are for durability, the third layer helps food come out easily, so you aren’t dealing with broken cakes or bits of food sticking all over the place.

Stovetop and oven-safe

If you can make it on the stovetop or in the oven, you make it using this dutch oven. That includes soups, pies, and casseroles. Without a dutch oven, you’d have to use a variety of cookware like skillets, pots, and so on to cook all the things you can make with just one Calphalon.

Strengths

Dishwasher-safe

Most dutch ovens (especially those made of cast-iron) are not dishwasher-safe. You have to handwash them. The Calphalon Contemporary’s aluminum surface is easy to clean and goes in the dishwasher. It’s also made to resist chips and cracks,

Non-stick surface requires less oil

With the Calphalon’s non-stick surface, you don’t have to use as much oil or fat to prevent food from sticking. This results in healthier cooking and easier clean-up. If you don’t use the dishwasher every time, you can just wipe off the smooth surface.

Heat-resistant handles

Safety is important in the kitchen. The Calphalon 1876961 has two stainless-steel handles that stay cool when you use it on the stovetop. You don’t have to worry about brushing up against a handle and burning yourself, or if a child comes up and grabs it.

Weaknesses

Aluminum can be a problem

The aluminum construction can be a problem when it comes to heating. Aluminum heats faster than cast-iron, and cools faster, which means the Calphalon dutch oven is more prone to hot and cold spots. On the other hand, the aluminum makes the dutch oven easier to clean and lighter.

Overall Review

The Calphalon 1876961 Contemporary Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick dutch oven is a large, convenient dutch oven. It makes a lot of food on either the stovetop or oven, and the three layers of aluminum help counter the material’s tendency to heat too fast for slower-cooking meals. Cleaning the Calphalon is done in a dishwasher, and as a relatively affordable dutch oven, it’s a great idea for a gift or as a first dutch oven.