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41. McCulloch MC-1275 Heavy Duty Steam
$2,019.00 list($2,200.00)
42. Weber 2005 Model 7890001 Summit
$999.00 list($1,100.00)
43. Weber 2005 Model 5710001 Summit
$99.99 list($252.00)
44. Henckels Twin Signature 7-Piece
$599.00 list($699.00)
45. Weber 2004 Model 6250001 Genesis
$149.95 list($169.99)
46. Keurig B50 Gourmet Single-Cup
47.
$79.69 $79.00 list($89.00)
48. Weber 741001 22 1/2-Inch One-Touch
$29.99 list($66.99)
49. Farberware 14-Piece Classic Forged
$149.99 Too low to display list($199.99)
50. Steam Fast SP-660 Table Top Steam
$134.95 $125.00 list($225.00)
51. Cuisinart DGB-600BC Grind and
$79.95 list($130.00)
52. Waring Pro WMK300 Belgian Waffle
$369.95 list($689.00)
53. Wüsthof Classic 10-Piece Block
$109.00 $102.90 list($179.99)
54. Zojirushi NS-KCC05 Micom Programmable
$169.99 $159.95 list($229.00)
55. Char-Broil 4654870 Patio Caddie
$1,999.00 list($2,200.00)
56. Weber 2005 Model 7790001 Summit
$44.99 $44.54 list($59.99)
57. Braun WK200 Electric Water Kettle
$16.95 list($85.00)
58. Calphalon Commercial Hard-Anodized
$104.99 list($149.00)
59. Riedel Vinum Bordeaux Wine Glasses,
$199.99 list($728.00)
60. Circulon Classic 14-Piece Cookware

41. McCulloch MC-1275 Heavy Duty Steam Cleaner
list price: $150.00
our price: $129.99
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Asin: B0000DF0RB
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: McCulloch
Sales Rank: 377
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Amazon.com Review

Providing 1500 watts of steam power, this heavy-duty cleaner requires no chemicals and is easy to use. Ideal for cleaning and detailing cars, trucks, motorcycles, or boats, the cleaner removes stains and odors from upholstery, carpeting, and floor mats, as well as grease and grime from engines, wheels, and chrome accessories. It also works well for removing stuck-on dirt from the BBQ grill, patio furniture, or garage. The "steam ready" light indicates when the unit is ready to use, and a steam-control switch provides control over the amount of steam coming from the unit. The cleaner features a storage compartment for its 10 attachments, which include a steam jet nozzle, two extension wands, a triangle brush, an upholstery/floor brush, and a utility brush, as well as a squeegee, funnel, measuring cup, and terry cover for the floor brush. Its 12-foot power cord, caster wheels, and included accessories offer convenient mobility and make it easy to clean nooks and crannies in hard-to-reach places. The 13-pound steam cleaner has a 50-ounce water-tank capacity, which allows for one full hour of use. The unit measures 17-1/2 by 11-3/7 by 9-1/4 inches. --Catie Unger ... Read more

Features

  • Measures 17-1/2 by 11-3/7 by 9-1/4 inches
  • Heavy-duty steam cleaner with 1500 watts of steaming power
  • Requires no chemicals; 50-ounce water-tank capacity; steam-control switch
  • Removes stains, grease, and grime from cars, trucks, motorcycles, and boats
  • Storage compartment for 10 included accessories; 12-foot power cord; caster wheels

42. Weber 2005 Model 7890001 Summit Platinum D6 Natural Gas Grill
list price: $2,200.00
our price: $2,019.00
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Asin: B000659JS8
Catlog: Lawn & Patio
Manufacturer: Weber
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Features

  • Assembled unit with lid open measures 62.5 x 68 x 34.5
  • 902 sq. inches of total cooking area
  • 57,600 BTU-per-hour input
  • 6 stainless steel burners
  • Rear-mounted infrared rotisserie burner 9600 BTU-per-hour input

43. Weber 2005 Model 5710001 Summit Gold A4 Propane Gas Grill
list price: $1,100.00
our price: $999.00
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Asin: B000659HQC
Catlog: Lawn & Patio
Manufacturer: Weber
Sales Rank: 753
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Summit Gold A4, Stainless Steel, LP Gas Grill, Updated For 2005, Features A Sleekly Styled Stainless Steel Hood With Center Mounted Thermometer, Robot Welded Steel Frame, Enclosed Cart With Stainless Steel Doors & Door Handle, Also Includes 2 Thermoset Wo ... Read more

Features

  • Measures 62-1/2 by 60 by 34-1/2 inches with lid open; limited lifetime warranty
  • Propane gas grill; powerful, even heat; precise control of cooking temperature
  • 4 stainless steel burners; double-walled stainless steel hood; Flavorizer bars; cast aluminum cookbox
  • 44,000 BTU-per-hour input; StopWatch Engineering for assembly in less than 40 minutes
  • 700 square inches total cooking area; warming rack; warm-up basket; 1 removable and 2 swing-up Thermoset work surfaces

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Design and Performance
This is a serious grill that is well designed and built to last.Its 200 pound weight gives it a solid feel and MOST of the components are heavy gauge stainless steel.A major exception to this are the cooking grates, which are a very lightweight stainless steel "hollow shell" type of design.They are very flimsy and aren't well suited for a grill of this caliber.To get the welded solid rod design, you'll need to step up to the Platinum Summit, which runs $200 more.I would have rated this grill 5 stars out of 5 if it had a better cooking grate.As far as cooking performance, the 4 burner control is awesome for direct and indirect cooking.Assembly of the grill was also surprisingly easy.Taking my time, it took about 90 minutes to unpack it, read the directions, and completely assemble it.Also, despite the Amazon.com review, it does not come with a propane tank so you'll need your own.Lastly, you cannot lite all 4 burners sequentially with the single touch of a button.You can lite one set of burners with each touch of the igniter button (this grill has two sets of burners). ... Read more


44. Henckels Twin Signature 7-Piece Block Set
list price: $252.00
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B0000DBIKI
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: J.A. Henckels
Sales Rank: 216
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

This knife block set carries a useful assortment of standard knives for outfitting a kitchen. The set includes an 8-inch chef’s knife, an 8-inch carving knife, a 5-inch serrated utility knife, and a 4-inch paring knife as well as a sharpening steel and a pair of shears. All components fit within an 11-slot hardwood block, which offers four extra slots for future knife acquisitions.

Part of Henckels’s Twin Signature of knives, the cutlery in this set have high-carbon, stainless-steel blades that have been stamped from one piece of metal. The edge is cut by laser for a more consistent angle on the blade and hand-honed for sharpness. Blades have also undergone Henckels’s Friodur ice-hardening process, which further strengthens them and protects them from discoloration. The ergonomically designed traditional-style polymer handles are securely fastened to the balanced full tangs with three rivets. Handles seamlessly encase the tangs on these knives so no food particles can ever become trapped in a gap. Twin Signature knives are all dishwasher-safe (although Henckels recommends washing by hand) and are covered by a lifetime warranty. --Cristina Vaamonde

What’s in the Box
8-inch chef’s knife, 8-inch carving knife, 5-inch serrated utility knife, 4-inch paring knife, shears, sharpening steel, 11-slot hardwood block. ... Read more

Features

  • 7.8 pounds; lifetime warranty
  • Includes 8-inch chef's; 8-inch carving; 5-inch utility; 4-inch paring
  • Also: sharpening steel, shears, 11-slot hardwood block
  • Stamped high-carbon stainless-steel blades with laser-controlled edge
  • Ice-hardened blades for strength; hand-honed for sharpness

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars A good starter knife set but don't expect too much
Having used some of Henckel's higher-priced professional lines, when the time came to buy a new set of starter knives I figured I'd stay with the brand. I ended up choosing the Twin Signature line 7-piece block set because it was a good compromise between quality and price.

Because the knives are stamped, not forged, you won't get the precise lines you get on the $80-a-knife lines, but the edges are well-finished and stay fairly sharp if you hand-wash them. I've been generally pleased with how they cut, and the chef's knife in particular has an excellent heft and balance for my somewhat larger hands.

The paring knife and the serrated utility knife are also gems. They're extremely well-sized, and have just enough flex to get the job done without feeling flimsy.

The scissors are sharp and extremely sturdy; I'm hard on this particular piece of kitchenware so I'm very pleased by that. Finally, the block is well-made and thought out. It has room for several more knifes as you expand your set.

The tips on the larger knifes aren't as well-finished as I would like, but that's about my only complaint. Just don't expect the sort of sturdiness you'd find on professional knives; these won't last quite as long without sharpening and you can't bang them about quite as much. For a serious home cook on a budget, though, they'll do just fine.

My plan is to use these for starters, and over time pick up two more Twin Signature paring knives, and one more 8-inch chef's knife from the Five-Star series for serious work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality, excellent price...
My mom & aunt bought these Henckels Twin Signature 7-Piece Block Sets and they absolutely love them.
I bought a Pro S set at Macys last year but didn't get a good discount like Amazon does... The knives are 1 of the best investments in my kitchen.

5-0 out of 5 stars More Bang for Your Buck!
I SPENT A GOOD FEW HOURS LOOKING OVER ALL THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HENCKELS KNIVES AND REALIZED THAT THE TWIN COLLECTIONS HAD PRETTY MUCH ALL OF THE SAME FEATURES AS THE 4 AND 5 STARS YET THEY WERE ATLEAST HALF THE PRICE. THEY ARE MADE IN GERMANY, FORGED, ICE HARDENED, FULL TANG, STAMPED HIGH-CARBON STAINLESS STEEL BLADES WITH LASER-CONTROLLED EDGE ETC. I ALSO LIKED THAT THIS BLOCK SET CAME WITH KITCHEN SHEERS AND A SERRATED KNIFE, WHICH SOME OF THE OTHERS DON'T. FOR AN AVERAGE PERSON WHO COOKS AT HOME AND IS LOOKING FOR A DEPENDABLE KNIFE TO DO THE TRICK, THESE ARE WELL OVER QUALIFIED. JUST ONE NOTE: I GIVE THUMBS DOWN TO AMAZON FOR SHIPPING THE KNIVES ONLY IN THEIR MANUFACTURER'S BOX AND NOT IN AN AMAZON BOX AS WELL. THESE WERE TO BE A GIFT BUT CAME UNDISGUISED AND RUINED THE SURPRISE. I WOULD THINK AMAZON WOULD HAVE ENOUGH BRAINS TO KNOW BETTER BUT THEN AGAIN I'M SURE THEY ARE LOOKING AT IT FROM THE POINT OF VIEW THAT THEY ALREADY COME IN THEIR OWN BOX SO WHY SPEND THE EXTRA MONEY TO PUT IT INDSIDE ANOTHER ONE. THAT'S PRETTY BAD! SHAME ON AMAZON! ... Read more


45. Weber 2004 Model 6250001 Genesis Gold C Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
by Weber
list price: $699.00
our price: $599.00
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Asin: B00012D0O0
Catlog: Lawn & Patio
Manufacturer: Weber
Sales Rank: 372
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • With lid open grill measures 60.5 by 64.5 by 25.75 inches (HxWxD); limited lifetime warranty
  • 2004 model has redesigned, solid steel bottom shelf; includes 20-pound LP tank
  • 3 burners including separate side burner; stainless-steel cooking grates; wheeled
  • Easy push-button ignition; Thermoset work surface; patented Flavorizer bars
  • Includes 2 additional swing-up surfaces, warming rack, 4 tool hooks, condiment basket

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great grill, but one design flaw
We love the Weber Genesis Gold C gas grill, but there is one amazing design flaw: the handle of the gas grill gets as hot as the inside of the grill! Not sure why Weber has a handle that conducts heat, but you must wear a very thick oven-mitt to not get burned. We've had the grill for over 2 years, and every once in a while I still forget and get a nice burn. Other than that, it's a great grill.

5-0 out of 5 stars The one and only true grill
I didn't want to buy my Weber before the patio is done. Which will be in late June. But, something happened. Then, the Weber end up in my garage. You know the story.
It's been bit more than two weeks since I bought the Weber Genesis Gold C. We have grilled 8 times on it. Including scallop, baby back ribs, country style ribs, spare ribs, fish, stack and some vegetables. ALL CAME OUT PERFECTLY. If you were doing research like I did. You can stop right here. You don't even need to finish this review. Just go and buy a Weber Genesis grill Gold or Silver, you will be a happy person for at least 20 years. Just like me. ;-)

I spent three months researching gas grills. Checked into brands including Jenn-Air, NexGrill, Char-Broil, COSTCO brands and Weber. I emphasized on two things, how well does the grill cook and how long will the grill last. I don't care how bad or cheap it looks, don't care about any special features (smoker tray, rotisserie kit). What I found out from reading reviews on alt.food.barbecue, amazon.com and several other grilling/barbecue web sites is that countless people swear on their Weber gas grill, all the other brands together have less than a hand full of people. Also buying and reading the two best grilling book before the purchase helped me a lot in what I should really look into in detail.
The two books are:
Weber's Big Book of Grilling
by Jamie Purviance
How to Grill: The Complete Illustrated Book of Barbecue Techniques
by Steven Raichlen, Greg Schneider

I am, or shall I dare say "was" :-), not an expert griller. I was able to fully understand what the books said and able to follow the books. Which results in perfect food. My ribs are better than the ones from Sweet Water Tavern. The baby back ribs from Sweet Water Tavern was my family's favorite. With the same amount of money we paid for a rack, we can have 4 full racks now. Anyways, back to the books. The Weber book explains in detail about the characters of different food and also how to take advantage of their characters not just deal with them. I was able to understand the grill better because I understand the food, which the grill is designed to deal with, better.

I am not going to say too much about grills other than Weber's because I've never used them. All the knowledge I have about them is from other people's experience. The conclusion I draw from my research, alt.food.barbecue, web sites, Consumer Report and a cooking magazine(forgot name), is that if you want the same cooking quality like Weber, you would have to pay more than 3 times for other brands. And Weber throw in the unparalleled durability and quality pre/post sale customer service for free.

I bought the Genesis Gold C because of the durability of Stainless steel parts. Though many people in their review said the cast iron sear stack better. I still went for the stainless steel and paid more. Now, after 3 meal of perfectly seared stack, I realized that I could have saved some if I went for the Genesis Silver. No regret though. I would not recommend stainless steel grates other than the solid thick bar type grates on other brand's grill. The reason Weber's relative thin stainless steel grates can still sear great is because the grill can reach 800F. Yes, you read me correctly, my Weber can reach Eight Hundred Degree F with only 36000 BTUs. This actually caused me some problem when I tried to do some medium temperature cooking. The grill would not drop below 300F. I read about this in reviews and also called Weber. The reason is that the new stainless steal cover reflects heat too well. After several usage, the inside of cover looks dark brown and black and the grill surly can drop to around 250F now.

Not like the Coleman, which grills food pretty well but took my friend 6 hours to assemble. My Weber took me 15 min to assemble. Only 8 big scrolls. Weber even provides tools to do it.

Weber's customer service is perfect. Never had to wait for more than 2 min. You might say if the grill's quality is good, why would you ever call customer support. This might be true for you expert grillers, but not for me. I appreciate very much Weber support people's courtesy and knowledge of their product.

I can't say my Weber is the best looking grill. To be honest, it actually look cheap. When my wife saw my Weber the first time, she said "What, you spent $??? for this?" I said "Wait till you try the baby back ribs". She now constantly beg me to grill. Partly because then she does not have to cook, but I believe it's mostly because the quality of food from "My Weber". :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars well worth it...
i recently purchased the GENESIS GOLD C at a great price on amazon .com..also free shipping,,i saved myself about $150.00 as opposed to buying at a retailer it was well worth the money,,,the stainless stell looks great,,but not as important as the way it cooks,,,everything ive cooked so far,,steaks ribs,chicken,etc,, ive grilled and steamed vegetables, has tasted great,,the 15 min assy claim is a litle wishful thinking ,,it took me about an hour,,

5-0 out of 5 stars Supergrill!!
We're heading into our second summer with our Genesis Gold C. It's been GREAT! It is very well designed and built. The flexibility of the 3 burners with the wide heat output range makes anything possible. It's a nice big grill, something I've needed for a long time. I added the smoker accessory which takes away about 3 inches of grill space, but there's still plenty left. And the smoker works well. I especially like all the "counter" space you get with the Gold C. I haven't used the side burner as much as I expected, but it was handy when I wanted it. It's so unbelievably good to not have to deal with charcoal! Turn it on, turn it off - so simple, so clean! When I was shopping, I was concerned about the welded sheet metal grate. I was skeptical that they wouldn't cook the meat as well as welded rods (like those in the Summit) or the cast iron grate that comes with this grill at Home Depot. No worry - the stainless steel grate works wonderfully! It cleans up real nice and it isn't rusting away or sagging, at all.

I have to warn about the accessories. The reviewer that gave it 1 star was right about the cover. Of course, he is way out of line giving the grill a bad rating because of the optional cover. The cover has mesh vents right above the hood handle. A lot of rain and dirt can get in where you really don't want it. I also have had no luck making the funny basket style rotisserie work. I have a friend that bought the same grill and the same rotisserie, and he says it works fine for him. I guess I just don't get how to work it. As I said, the smoker was a good investment. Oh, yeah, the cast iron griddle is really neat. It eats up half of the grill space (more than half if you leave the smoker in), but grilling onions, peppers, mushrooms, etc. is much simpler on a griddle than a grate. And it fits on our gas stove in the kitchen, too. (psst.. I had to go elsewhere to get the griddle and the smoker - amazon didn't have them, am I allowed to say Abt?)

There are only a couple things that bother me about the grill: the wheels and the way the frame screws tend to work loose. The main wheels are the same as those on my old (real old) Weber Kettle, and those eventually disintegrated. The Genesis wheels show no signs of that happening, but eventually, I'm afraid they will. The little swivel casters on the other end really don't feel like outdoor sort of wheels. They get bogged down in my grass and I tend to lift that end and move it around like a wheel barrow. Maybe that's what causes the frame screws to periodically work loose. That's annoying, but easily fixed with a socket wrench.

But, you know what? The Genesis performs so overwhelmingly well that those complaints pale in comparison. So I will still give it an enthusiastic 5 stars! I love it! ... Read more


46. Keurig B50 Gourmet Single-Cup Brewing System, Black with Silver Accents
list price: $169.99
our price: $149.95
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Asin: B0007IQQUI
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Keurig
Sales Rank: 292
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Keurig Brewed means perfectly brewed coffee - it microprocesses precisely with control water temperature and pressure. It's always ready - water is kept hot so you can brew a cup in less than a minute. It offers consistent great taste with no taste contamination. This at-home brewer has a removable 48-oz. water reservoir, a removable drip tray, a programmable LCD message center and two brew size choices. ... Read more

Features

  • Measures 13 by 10 by 13-1/4 inches; 1-year limited warranty
  • 1500-watt single-cup brewing system with 2 brew-size options
  • 24-hour digital clock; programmable turn on/off times; brew-stage indicator
  • Removable 48-ounce water reservoir; removable drip tray for quick clean up
  • Complimentary 18 K-cup variety pack of gourmet coffee and tea included

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Brews the perfect cup of gourmet coffee or tea!
This is by far the best coffee system I have had the pleasure of owning.The numerous, high qualtity gourmet coffees and teas that are available in the K-Cups are wonderful.The cup of coffee or tea that you brew with this system is superb and the Keurig brewing system also looks great on my kitchen counter.I have owned one of the other pod systems and it does not even compare to the quality, ease of use and care of the Keurig.I am very happy with my investment in this system!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great coffee/tea maker, couldnt be more pleased
When I first saw the Kuerig brewer in a car lot's lounge I thought it was the coolest thing ever.I love to drink coffee and tea, and this machine allows me to easily switch from drinking coffee to tea without having to clean a pot or basket.I thought it over for several months before buying this machine, but ultimately I decided to splurge and go for it.I couldnt be happier with the quality of the machine and the ease of use.

My only complaint is this- in the mornings I like to fill a tall travel mug with coffee or tea to take to work with me and drink in the car on the way.To do this I have to use 2 k-cups which to me really stinks.I think that the machine needs to have a 3rd size setting for larger cups for commuters!

5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good coffee, easy to use, convenient
The Keurig B50 makes a decent cup coffee in seconds, with almost no cleanup required.The coffee selection is the largest of any of the single cup brewers, and all the varieties I've tried have ranged from satisfactory to good.Making coffee is not going to get much easier:fill the resevoir with water, pop in a K-cup, press a button, and voila, you have a hot cup of joe.

But how does it taste?The Keurig is very consistent:I have yet to encounter a single bad cup (and I have consumed about 50 cups so far).Generally the K-cups don't produce coffee as good as from my local coffee shop, but it's better than the coffee at my office and better than the coffee in many restaurants.I can also brew better tasting coffee at home by buying freshly roasted, high quality beans, and using a traditional brewer.

So why do I like the Keurig, if I can brew a better cup?Even though it's possible to brew better coffee at home, I almost never did.You see, I'm a one-cup-a-day coffee drinker and an infrequent shopper, so keeping a pound of coffee -- or even a half pound -- from going stale before I finish it has been a challenge.And no matter how nice the beans were at first, when they go stale, the result is undrinkable.The individually sealed K-cups give me fresh coffee every time.

Flavia is the only other single cup brewer I tried.The machines are similar in many ways, but I recommend Keurig because the selection of coffees is much wider and I enjoy the variety.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best one cup brewer
Trust me...I tried them ALL!

I live alone...and was constantly making a mess...and throwing away leftover coffee...stale grounds...etc.

I saw the advertising for Phillips Senseo and decided I would try that thing out.Yuk.I thought it might be defective so I tried two different models.Both stunk.

Then I tried a Mr. Coffee pod/espresso combo machine...figured it might be better since Mr. Coffee's been making coffee makers for so long.Coffee was okay...but the machine was a MESS and had no auto shutoff...and would just keep getting hotter until the plastic melts and possibly starts a fire.No thanks.

Okay...(you're probably thinking I need to get a hobby at this point)...I went to the FANCY department store and got the Keurig.That's the winner...hands down.Coffee is not as good as a really great coffee shop...but it's usually as good as regular home-brewed coffee...sometimes better.The pods vary WIDELY.If you like strong coffee...go for the Green Mountain Roasters French Roast or Dark Magic.If you don't...go with pretty much anything else out there...because it's all pretty mild.

Good luck!

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money......taste suffers
We ordered one from the Keurig website, very excited about the propect of such convenience with a wide selection of coffee to choose from, and were very disappointed. We returned the item (it was worth the $12 shipping to send it back via UPS) because ultimately the taste was not very good. The machine is convenient and performs as described but the coffee tastes awful. We tried several varieties and the coffee always has a plastic/chemical taste to it. Don't waste your money. ... Read more


47.

Asin: B0006GZKYO
Catlog: Kitchen
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (33)

5-0 out of 5 stars Razor Sharp
I had purchased a Sabatier knife sharpener some years ago, recommmended by a Bloomie's salesperson/ knife aficionado. The unit had one slot, and kept a reasonable, but not great, edge on my Henckel knives. When I finally mangled my Henckel serrated bread knife to a completely dull edge with that sharpener (silly me), I had a dilemma. My current knives needed sharpening, and I wasn't getting the results I wanted with the Sabatier. I wasn't about to buy a whole new set of knives, either. I read some of the reviews here, and decided to take the plunge with the Chef's Choice.Good move!

The sharpener took my dull knives and brought them back to life, as I would have hoped. My 8" Chef's knife is sharper than when I first got it.I have to be extremely mindful when using it now, as it can slice carrots and lop off a finger with ease.

My serrated bread and tomato knives, which had less cutting ability than a butter knife, are much better after numerous passes through the serrated blade slot. While not what they once were (I have myself to blame, using my old sharpener on both standard and serrated blades), they at least provide some service now, versus none before. I am happy to report that the three-stage process in this model has the separate slot for serrated knives, which is great.

One could argue a moderate set of knives is less expensive than buying this sharpener. However, if you believe it better to use what the pros use, and have invested in world-class knives, as I have, then this sharpener will keep them honed to an edge you will appreciate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dear "cooking for a living"
You obviously haven't a clue what you are talking about.I own two of these, an industrial version for my restaurant and this model for home.The industrial version makes very quick and sanitary work on the 40 some odd knives we invariably have to sharpen.They both do almost as good of a job as I can but in a lot less time.I paid $400 for it (the commercial 2000 version) and it has saved me much, much more than that in both time (for those times I sharpened them myself) and money (for those times I sent them out).

This particular model I have at home (in fact I just ordered another for a friend), and it is a godsend when it comes to removing that particular chore from my life.It doesn't get them quite as sharp as I can get them, but they get closer with every update.The only knives I don't use this for are my many japanese knives especially those with a single bevel edge (such as my usuba knife) and my boning knives (the machine just can't get at the tight angle near the bolster, and I like that to be sharp, funny enough automotive sandpaper stuck to a mouse pad is the best sharpener I can find for that job).The vast majority of culinary professionals will send their knives out to be sharpened, as they don't have the time to waste on sharpenening knives.

Wusthof recommends this particular sharpener for use on it's knives, so there goes that theory.

Oh, and I didn't go to culinary school I studied in France, Italy and Japan in various 3 and 4 star restaurants.

So, in summary, stop trying to insult everybody while trying to elevate yourself, you aren't special, and learn what you are talking about BEFORE you rate something.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal...Recommended By Wusthof-Trident
While most home "sharpeners" merely hone your knives, this product actually crafts a new, razor sharp edge on your knives.The term "sharpener" is a misnomer applied to many gadgets which are, in reality, only honers.Having fallen prey to this bit of deception myself (over the years, I have purchased ceramic rods, grinding wheels, carbide shapeners and a product called The Chantry), I am very pleased to have finally found this no-nonsense , genuine sharpener.I have used this product with "factory new" results on all of my Wusthof-Trident Culinar knives. And contrary to statements posted by another reviewer, this sharpener is in fact recommended by Wusthof-Trident for use on their knives--please refer to their "Comprehensive Guide On Honing and Sharpening" available on their website.One word of caution, though; this product is designed to sharpen knives with approximately a 20 degree cutting edge. Knives with cutting edges less than 20 degrees (i.e., Japanese knives) are probably not suited for this sharpener.Altogether, I highly recommend this product.

5-0 out of 5 stars better than the model it replaced
I had some trepedations buying this sharpener. I had purchased the 110, a 3-stage sharpener from Chef's Choice some years ago. Had those lousy metal bars in the grooves that kept getting stuck occasionally. But my wife is very hard on knifes. She rarely hones them with the steel, and for the occasional times I cook, it drives me crazy to use dull knives. I appreciate a good quality knife, and collect pocket knives, so getting cheap knives and replacing them frequently was not an option for me. I bought this unit because I don't have the time to manually sharpen over a dozen different types of knives we use.

Wow, what a great sharpener! While the results I got on the 110 were inconsistent, and I had to resharpen after testing, the 120 sharpened knives consistently sharp every time. The real test came when I had to sharpen the carving knife to cut the Thanksgiving turkey. I like to slice the breast meat thin, and it's a good sign of how sharp the knife is. Got thin slices quickly with minimum effort. I would have rated the 110 2-3 stars, but this unit deserves the 5 I'm giving it. And while it's easy enough for my wife to use, I still sharpen the knives because she just doesn't bother to care for them. Now if I could only find something to take care of that....

5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect sharpener - count on it.
If you have invested in a good set of knives - do yourself a very big favor and invest in a quality knife sharpener. I wish I had purchased this months ago - it is a bit expensive but worth every penny. Don't mess with manual sharperners - to many chances for a mistake that can ruin a quality knife. One thing to mention if you buy this - READ THE MANUAL - that's a must. There are different wheels (for sharpening) based on how you will use your knives - if you read the manual and do exactly what it says, you can't go wrong. ... Read more


48. Weber 741001 22 1/2-Inch One-Touch Silver Kettle Grill, Black
list price: $89.00
our price: $79.69
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Asin: B00004RALU
Catlog: Lawn & Patio
Manufacturer: Weber
Sales Rank: 51
Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
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The Weber One-Touch Silver kettle grill is perfect for anyone who wants a well-designed, no-nonsense grill that cooks up food deliciously. Perfect for backyard barbecues or just whipping up an evening meal, this impressive grill has a cooking surface (22-1/2 inches in diameter) big enough to accommodate six large steaks, twice as many burgers, or up to a dozen kebabs. And the One-Touch Silver's classic kettle shape radiates heat evenly and keeps charcoal flare-ups to a minimum.

The barbecue pioneers at Weber--they've been making grills since 1951--know how to design a grill that lasts. The One-Touch Silver's porcelain-coated steel bowl and lid are exceptionally strong and designed never to rust, fade, or peel. The grill's hardware is of the highest quality. The aluminum vents and ash catcher won't rust, and the grill's tripod base, nylon handles, and all-weather wheels combine to make this Weber both exceptionally sturdy and easy to maneuver. Weber's patented One-Touch cleaning system--a clever setup of lever-activated blades--sifts ash out of the kettle and into the grill's removable catch pan. You never have to get your hands dirty--and emptying the kettle takes only a few seconds.

For those in search (or need) of culinary guidance, Weber includes a 31-page owner's guide filled with cooking tips and time-tested recipes for grilling everything from pork chops to bratwurst to Cornish hens. ... Read more

Features

  • One-Touch cleaning and venting system
  • 22-1/2 inch diameter
  • Black heavy-gauge porcelain-enameled steel lid and bowl
  • Rust-resistant aluminum legs and ash catcher
  • Weather-resistant molded nylon handles

Reviews (29)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect backyard grill
I love this grill. This is one of my four weber kettle grills I own.

Assembly is a snap. The only tool you'll need is a hammer to tap the wheel lugs on. In 15 minutes you can be lighting your coal.

The beauty of this grill is the kettle design which maximizes heat retention and allows the grill to act like an oven with the top on. I've cooked whole chickens, cabbage, bread, and pizza using this method. The top also has a hook on it so you can hang it from the side of the grill while you add sauce or tend to what you're cooking.

For best results at indirect cooking, use the hinged 22 1/2 inch grate. That way you can add coals throughout the cooking process without the danger of having to totally remove the cooking grate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Weber Silver 22 1/2" Grill
We had heard this was the best grill on the market. We have a tiny terrace in a New York City apartment but love to barbecue so went for this which is really to large for the terrace but not for us, friends & family. It cooks great and we just tried the "indirect" cooking method. It looked like a pain to do it but turned out to be as simple as direct grilling, no fat dripping on the coals and with the Weber charcoal starter, easier than I've ever experienced. Altogether an A+++ experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Smokin'!
My wife, kids, family and friends loved when I smoked a 25 pound turkey on my 22 1/2" grill. Mine is an older model with wooden handles. Recently (7/4/2004) cooked shish kabobs, WOW! This grill, as John Cameron Swayze said on old Timex watch commercials, takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Now if Weber only offered a refinishing kit/service for these; mine is 15 years old, has been out in all weather uncovered.

4-0 out of 5 stars For REAL charcoal cooking (not storebought)
Why buy anything else? Well, as one reviewer pointed out, the Sunbeam is cheaper and cleans out more easily--but who cares? It's not as well built and thus will not last nearly as long. A key feature that many Americans (unlike hardwood burning southerners and grapevine burning mediterranean folks) realize is that one can actually cook food over coals obtained from burning real wood (yet we, continually hoodwinked marketing victims, spend billions on bags of charcoal a year). Such common sense purists in the know view charcoal as rediculously as charcoal enthusiasts view gas grills. With a heavy duty, basic-design Weber a nice pre-party hardwood fire can crackle away until beautiful and far more flavorful and longer lasting coals are obtained. Remember those 12 acres of kindling lying on the ground behind your house or along the road where you walk your dog? All for free--and didn't it need to be burned anyway? On most other grills, such roaring fires wood detroy the enamel, melting an entire cooking unit down to a point where an 8 by 6 foot black hole could be left in one's smoldering deck. No fears from the big weber--just keep the kids back as well as heavy alcohol consumption down until cooking is well under control. Don't be throwing in those toxic pressure-treated off-cuts to celebrate your new deck either. Also, to keep the fire rolling without stoking up more flames, one can add storebought charcoal if necessary, which is a small concession to keeping the party rolling.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ditto
There is no use in repeating everybody else's words, so I will simply endorse all positive reviews by reference. A great grill, period. ... Read more


49. Farberware 14-Piece Classic Forged Block Set
list price: $66.99
our price: $29.99
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Asin: B0001GZO7W
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Lifetime Hoan
Sales Rank: 158
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Made in China; hand washing recommended
  • Includes chef's, slicer, bread, utility, and paring knives
  • Also includes 6 steak knives, shears, sharpening steel, 13-slot block
  • Precision taper ground blades made of heavy-gauge high-carbon steel
  • Full-tang construction and stainless-steel rivets for balance; resin handles

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Knives
These knives are great. I decided on getting new knives after ours starting looking trashy (they were wood handle ones that were starting to split). After spending days (literally) researching and reading reviews I decided on this set. I wasn't about to spend over $100.00 and up for a knife set...I don't really care that much. But this is a $100.00 set for a great price. These are worth it. They are heavy, fit great in your hand, and sharp right out of the box. The only problem was one of the knives had a "ding" on the top of the blade, but this doesn't affect the cutting and wasn't that noticable to ship back. My husband really like them too. Anyways, this knife set is well worth the price and I think one of my best purchases on Amazon.

5-0 out of 5 stars I got this set about 6 months ago from amazon friday sale
It is a great set and I haven't had any rust problems as some earlier comments. Maybe its b/c I don't put them into the DishWasher. The scissors alone are worth the 30 bucks in my opinion. Definetely a good buy. I bought two sets for future gifts...

5-0 out of 5 stars These are great knives!
(...) I'm writing from the point of mainly using grocery store knives except for my wonderful Wustof Bread Knife, which I try to use for just about everything. The block is reasonably nice (mine had two hairline cracks - not noticeable enough to exchange). The knives came sharp - I haven't used the sharpening tool yet. When cutting up peeled and boiled potatoes the chef knive cut them like it was going through butter. In comparison to my Wustof bread knife, this bread knife does tear a tad and the handle is a bit mightier. Also the steak knives don't sit in the slots perfectly even but they work nicely with very slight tearing. The scissors are great! This set is steel, not stainless steel. Therefore, you can not put them in the dishwasher (though the scissors have gotten in the dishwasher 2x without any problems). They suggest you hand wash and throughly dry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Knives at Great Price
You will not find a better set of knives anywhere for 3-times the price. The chefs knife alone should sell for over $30. Great balance, weight & feel.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Value on Farberware Knives
I ordered this set a few weeks ago and used the super saver shipping. Received them pretty quick - within four days. The knives are pretty good quality and are actually thicker and heavier than I would have thought for the price. They are also well balanced and feel good in my hand. The finish (urethane)on the block that came with the set was not applied properly and probably should not have passed QC. Other than that I'm very happy with the knives. ... Read more


50. Steam Fast SP-660 Table Top Steam Press
list price: $199.99
our price: $149.99
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Asin: B00006WNRX
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Steam Fast
Sales Rank: 1190
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Features

  • Burst of steam button is conveniently located on both sides of the handle.
  • Comparable quality pressing to that of dry cleaner
  • Large pressing area saves over 75% of the time that conventional ironing would take
  • Saves money
  • Quick heat up

51. Cuisinart DGB-600BC Grind and Brew, Brushed Chrome
list price: $225.00
our price: $134.95
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Asin: B00006F2MI
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Cuisinart
Sales Rank: 93
Average Customer Review: 2.89 out of 5 stars
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When the aroma of freshly brewed coffee--from freshly ground beans--wafts into your bedroom in the morning, you won't need your alarm clock. Preset this coffeemaker for your desired wake-up time, add coffee beans to the grinder, and in the morning the beans are ground to a medium grind and hot coffee awaits in the 10-cup stainless steel, double-wall insulated thermal carafe. You can also program the machine to start brewing at the end of a dinner party to avoid having to get up from the table, or to have hot coffee waiting after a brisk winter walk. When making fewer than five cups of coffee, use the 1-to-4-cups setting to improve extraction and heat; coffeemakers without this setting often lack the time to heat up properly, and coffee comes out cooler. A disposable charcoal filter removes chlorine and odors from tap water, improving coffee flavor, and should be changed every few months. Other features include a gold-tone commercial-style filter (or use No. 4 basket-style paper filters); capacity to use preground coffee instead of beans; 30-second Brew Pause, which allows a cup be poured before brewing is complete; and an audible tone to indicate the pot is ready. The grinder removes for easy cleaning, and all removable parts can be washed safely in the upper rack of a dishwasher. The Cuisinart Grind and Brew measures 15 by 8 by 7-1/2 inches, and comes with a three-year warranty. --Ann Bieri ... Read more

Features

  • Grinds coffee beans and brews coffee at preset time
  • Charcoal filter eliminates chlorine and odors from tap water
  • Brushed stainless steel, double-wall insulated thermal carafe keeps up to 10 5-ounce cups of brewed coffee
  • Grinder removes for easy clean-up; brew-pause for mid-brew pour
  • Measures 15 by 8 by 7-1/2 inches, 3-year warranty

Reviews (223)

5-0 out of 5 stars I purchased the thermal carafe version 10 cup
- previous was the typical old plastic type with glass carafe

Good Points:
- much considerable improvement in coffee taste now
- the thermal carafe with autoseal until poured keeps coffee hot and no stale or burnt taste, it is double lined with stainless steel
- auto shutoff of heating element immediately after brewing prevents burning of coffee and electricity bills
- the 1-4 cup extra heat excellent idea
- the built-in grinding process
- choice of using paper filter or gold filter basket
- beeping tells you when coffee is ready
- does not have that ugly water level marker, it has a built-in marker where you pour water, a 3-D step ladder sort of speak
- does not expell any heat or humidity from unit, well sealed
- nice design and looks

Bad Points:
- cannot tell amount coffee left in carafe
- pours out slowly from carafe
- carafe autoseal feature requires you to pour at a steeper angle to get faster flow output which still isn't fast enough for me
- grinder howls for about 30 seconds when running, it does not adjust grind-time for amount of coffee beans inside, it defaults to a 10 cup grind, solving this would require some clever engineering idea
- I find I have to clean more than my old machine, I clean the grinder and lid, basket and basket lid, ... the grinder does create a lot fine coffee dust which does get packed into every nook and cranny

4-0 out of 5 stars Was skeptical, but I love it.
I bought this Cuisinart instead of the DCC-1200 because I wanted a thermal pot, not a glass carafe. I wasn't too keen on the grind feature, but after using it for a week, I LOVE it.

Brewing from fresh-ground, high-quality beans is definitely the way to go. And it's so simple -- dump the beans in at night, wake up to a great cup. As for cleanup: big deal. When I have time, I wash out the grinder. If I'm in a rush (which is most mornings), I wipe it out with a paper towel. Small price to pay for really tasty coffee.

Cuisinart must've redesigned the carafe, because mine is absolutely drip-free. After reading the negative reviews below, I tried to get mine to drip/spill, and I couldn't.

The only reason I'm not giving this machine five stars is that the DCC-1200 looks so much cooler (though this model does look pretty good in my kitchen).

5-0 out of 5 stars They must have fixed problems of previous reviewers.
Several older reviews indicated a lot of problems, so I was reluctant to purchase one, but family members love theirs, so I took a chance. I love it! After a month of use, I've had no leaks on the counter, and this is the first coffee carafe I've ever had that actually pours correctly!And it actually makes HOT coffee! There are a lot of parts to clean(7, if you count the carafe and lid separately) but you get used to it. It's worth it for the rich, very hot coffee it makes! A word of advise: READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING! and expect to spend a half-hour learning to use it. You'll avoid the "coffee on the counter" problem cited by other users.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Customer Service!
We purchased this coffee maker from Foley's around Christmas. It was the previous model DGB-500. Our grinding basket jammed and it took some work to get it out. When we removed it, we noticed that the seal between the grinding blades and the basket was damaged. Long story short, we called Cuisinart (on a Saturday, no less!) and got a customer service agent immediately. We simply gave the serrial number of the coffee pot and model number and they sent us a new grinding basket! It was that easy. By the way, THE WARRANTY ON THIS COFFEE MAKER IS is 3 YEARS! We previously had a Melitta Mlll and Brew. The heating element failed, and we attempted to get warranty service for it. The customer service agent refused to allow us to send the coffee maker without a receipt. PAY THE DIFFERENCE AND BUY THE CUISINART, YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it!
Don't buy this coffee pot! I can't believe Cuisinart made a piece of junk like this. Here are a few cons:

1. The built in coffee grinder doesn't let you grind enough beans to make 10 cups of strong coffee. Either you have to grind it separately, defeating the whole purpose of this model, or you can only make 6-8 cups.

2. The steam from the coffee soaks the grinder, turning it into a muddy mess you have to clean every time you make coffee.

3. The grinder often leaves whole beans inside, clogging up the spout.

4. When you pour the coffee, the carafe leaks, dripping a puddle of coffee onto your counter top.

5. On several occasions I've set the timer only to wake up to coffee all over my kitchen floor! Yes, you read right. The coffee often doesn't even make it into the carafe. Rather, it leaks over the lid and ends up all over you counter top and kitchen floor. Not what I had in mind when "waking up to the smell of coffee."

Do yourself a favor and pick a different model. This one is a lemon. ... Read more


52. Waring Pro WMK300 Belgian Waffle Maker, Brushed Stainless
list price: $130.00
our price: $79.95
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Asin: B00009K3SY
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Waring
Sales Rank: 82
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Measures 16-1/4 by 9-1/4 by 7-3/4 inches; 1-year limited warranty
  • Professional-quality Belgian waffle maker with extra-deep pockets
  • Rotary feature produces crisp crust and soft interior; browning control knob
  • Audio beep tone and LED indicators for "power" and "ready" provide foolproof performance
  • Brushed stainless-steel housing and brushed die-cast base; UL/CUL approved

Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars A little pricey but the last one you will ever buy
Let me start by saying that we have owned several Belgian waffle makers over the years. Some were less expensive electric models (yuch!) and the latest was a rather expensive non-stick cast iron stove top model. They all had one thing in common...the degree of browning on the waffle was always a guessing game.
We found the Waring Pro waffle maker being used by one of our favorite hotel chains that offers a free breakfast and knew that we had to have one. We watched a long line of people use it and everyone was very satisfied with a waffle that was done to a consistent medium brown, crisp on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. After purchasing the Waring Pro from Amazon.com, I can easily say that we are able to make even better waffles using the Classic Waffles recipe provided with the machine. While not the quickest recipe to make,these have to be the lightest waffles you will ever eat with DEEP pockets to trap any topping you want to put on them.
The Waring Pro has to be commended for its consistency and ease of use. Unlike lesser machines, you are able to set the machine to your desired level of browning(level 4 is a good starting point)and the green light will indicate when pre-heating has been achieved. Add the batter with the enclosed measuring scoop,rotate the waffle iron 180 degrees and the beeper tells you when it's done. Simply the BEST Belgian waffle maker you can buy. Don't waste your money on several cheap Belgian waffle makers as we did. This is the last one you will ever need to buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
This waffle maker is the best. If you love waffles this is worth the extra bucks over a cheap department store waffle maker. Perfect, light and crispy waffles in no time, every time...and we haven't even tried it for breakfast yet. Stylish and efficient, easy cleanup, looks great on your counter. We haven't even bothered trying any of the recipes that come with it, just used a $2.00 Belgian waffle mix that is oh so good and easy to make. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars So far so good
This waffle maker was given to me for father's day, and we had perfect waffles right away.

I was surprised just how fast it made waffles. We had outgrown our original because our family has grown to five. With this model, we couldn't eat them fast enough. I imagine the balance will change when we get teenagers in the house, but I was impressed. The beeper on this unit made it so I could pour the batter, sit down and eat, and only get up when the next one was ready. There was no need to monitor the baker, or even to peak between the top and bottom to check if it was done.

The non-stick surface worked well.

One nice consequence of the rotation feature is that the waffles cling to the upper iron when the baker is opened. This means that gravity helps you remove the waffle, making it easier.

So far I have no complaints.

By the way, we made a family buckwheat recipe and it worked well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Waffler
After losing my old General Electric waffle maker in the divorce (a 50's model still churning out great waffles, sob) I was looking for a replacement waffler. After reading several other reviews on traditional waffle makers I saw the review on this one and thought I'd give it a chance and was floored. It's all they said and more. I actually had to turn it over to see that it was made in China not USA. I don't think this thing can make a bad waffle. Even the first one (batter was too thick and I missed the beep) which stayed in way too long was good!

5-0 out of 5 stars It's not just a waffle maker....it's a dream maker!
My family and I travel quite a bit and fell in love with waffles from a certain COMFORTABLE INN and we asked the staff for info on the waffle maker and the waffle mix. They directed us to www.goldenmalted.com for both, however we found the waffle maker cheaper here at Amazon. The mix is incredibly good too. One secret I would like everyone to keep in mind is that the waffle maker comes with directions that say to spray the maker with nonstick spray, however the folks that make the waffle mix said never to spray it, but to add two tablespoons of melted butter to your mix and it will not stick. Well we have never sprayed our waffle maker and we have never had a waffle stick! It only takes about 2 minutes to make each waffle and we fed my husbands squadron using it and they were blown away by the quality and taste! One night we had waffles for dinner, the kids thought we had gone insane but they loved it! I told you this waffle was a dream maker, well I brought this waffle maker as a Valentine present for my spouse and thanks to the delicious waffles, we had the most wonderful night of waffle making you could believe! We highly recommend this waffle maker as a great morning after treat too. BUY IT!!! ... Read more


53. Wüsthof Classic 10-Piece Block Set
list price: $689.00
our price: $369.95
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Asin: B00006C7H3
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Wusthof
Sales Rank: 620
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Known worldwide for their superior performance, Wüsthof knivesare the cutlery of choice among many professionals and bydiscriminating amateur chefs. The Classic series features a traditionalstyling that makes it the most popular of the Wüsthof lines. The bladesare formed with the perfect balance of high-carbon steel and astain-resistant alloy so they retain their edge longer and are easierto resharpen. The blade is ground and polished by computer, ensuringperfect tapering from bolster to tip, and the edge is then hand honedfor precision slicing. The sturdy feel of this knife is achieved by theweighted bolster, which is considered to be Wüsthof's signaturefeature. The tang runs through the synthetic handle and is secured withthree rivets.

Perfect as a wedding gift, this 10-piece set has all the kitchencutlery basics with room to grow. The knives in the set include an8-inch cook's knife, an 8-inch carving knife, a 6-inch sandwich knife,an 8-inch serrated bread knife, a 5-inch serrated sausage knife, a4-1/2-inch utility knife, and a 3-1/2-inch paring knife. A pair ofkitchen shears and a 9-inch sharpening steel complete the set.Everything fits neatly into the rubber-footed oak block, which hasspace to eventually add six steak knives and two more prep knives.Cristina Vaamonde

What's in the Box
8-inch cook's knife; 8-inch carving knife; 6-inch sandwich knife; 8-inch serrated bread knife; 5-inch serrated sausage knife; 4-1/2-inch utility knife; 3-1/2-inch paring knife;kitchen shears; 9-inch sharpening steel; rubber-footed oak block with eight extra slots. ... Read more

Features

  • Lifetime warranty; hand washing recommended
  • Blades formed with perfect balance of high-carbon steel and stain-resistant alloy
  • Blade is ground and polished by computer, ensuring perfect tapering from bolster to tip
  • Edge is then hand honed for precision slicing; precision forged for a single piece of German steel
  • Sturdy feel achieved by weighted bolster; synthetic handle secured with three rivets

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Why Spend All That Money??
The best answer I can give is that in cooking, the knife you use to dice the onion before you start cooking or carve the roast you did to perfection can make a major difference in the final product. A good knife used appropiately makes a huge difference, and I cannot describe the difference between a Wusthof and an inferior knife. It is something you need to experience for yourself to fully appreciate. Suffice it to say that there is a reason other than snobbery the pros still slice, dice, and mince by hand as opposed to using a deli slicer or food processor.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Knives
I bought these knives and I love them. They are a joy to use. Top quality. Check the model #8243 on the Wusthof web site and you'll see they are the real deal. I got them on Amazon when the price was at $239.99. What a steal!

5-0 out of 5 stars If your house is on fire, run back and save these!!!!!!
I read once that the best is the cheapest and I find that to be certainly true. These are the best knives ever! They will last a lifetime and save you a lifetime's worth of constantly buying one 20 dollar knife after another. The knives I use time and time again are probably the chef's knife (which I used to find intimidating but no longer) and the 5.5 inch sandwich knife. I love the sharpness, the feel and the weight. It makes cooking and prepping so much faster and easier. I chose the GrandPrix over the traditional styled Classic because of the way the rounded handles felt in my hands and the textured grip makes for never having to stop to dry my hands in between kitchen prep duties. After you have been dicing and slicing for more than 15 minutes, the GP handle doesn't give me the cramped hand feeling that the traditional handles give me. Some people say that the handles easily get scratches but I have had mine for 3 years and don't notice any but I always handwash mine (wonder if that makes a difference) and besides, I consider them tools and workhorses not decoration. I think they say you're supposed to sharpen high quality knives each time before you use them. Yeah right! I never sharpen my knives because they can keep the edge sharp for so long plus I'm plain lazy. My husband does that for me once every 3 months and I notice the difference. But even "dulled" after 3 months with no sharpening, I haven't met a slab of meat or veggie my knives couldn't make quick work out of.

5-0 out of 5 stars With a forged Wusthof, you can't go wrong!
I own the 8 piece classic set; which came with the following: an 8"Chefs,Carving,& Bread knife; 4 1/2" utility, 3 1/2 inch paring, sharpening steel, take apart shears, a well made deluxe oak block which also has room for 6 steak knifes. I also purchased 4 Classic Mignon steak knifes, a Santoku knife, a serrated tomato knife & that still left room for 2 extra knifes.
These are the best investment I ever made in a set of kitchen knifes. They are very well balanced and cut like a dream & hold an extremely sharp edge! I put most of my other kitchen knifes into retirement except for an electric knife on holidays when visiting, and a few special ones. A lifetime guarantee comes with each Wusthof plus I consider it a lifetime investment unless you happen to lose one.
Once you use a Wusthof for a short while, you will appreciate what a well made knife is! (Rated #1 by Consumer Reports magazine.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
I finally replaced my inexpensive knives after 7 years. What a world of difference! All I can say is that if you cook, it is worth every penny to invest in a superior set of knives like these. They handle so beautifully and slice through vegetables as if they were butter. All without having to sharpen them before every use. I cook a lot and can go several weeks between sharpenings.

This set is such a bargain. I've seen the knives sold individually in cooking shops for $50-100 a piece. It's a fabulous wood block, also, with extra slots in case you hang on to some of your cheaper knives or you plan to purchase more knives later.

Every time I use one of these, I wonder why I waited so long! ... Read more


54. Zojirushi NS-KCC05 Micom Programmable 3-Cup Rice Cooker & Warmer
list price: $179.99
our price: $109.00
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Asin: B00004S57C
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Zojirushi
Sales Rank: 975
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

"Micom" means this sleek rice cooker is computer-controlled and ultra high-tech, from its spherical, nonstick pan to its "surround heating" system to its LCD clock and timer. (Program the cooker in the morning and have hot rice available immediately after work.) It not only cooks up to 3 cups of dry rice, but offers a choice ofwhite/brown, mixed, sweet, and porridge settings. A quick-cooking option cuts time by 10 minutes. Rice is automatically kept at warm for hours, and a reheat feature brings it back to serving temperature. Instructions and a cooking chart explain everything. At 10-3/4 by 8-1/2 by 8 inches, it's remarkably compact and also lightweight. Transport it by its handle. Cord retracts for storage. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Uses 310 watts of power
  • Programmable with clock and timer to cook rice, keep it warm, and reheat it
  • Offers different settings for white/brown, mixed, sweet, and porridge
  • Quick-cooking feature cuts time by 10 minutes
  • Measuring cup, serving spatula, and 12 recipes included

Reviews (38)

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Dollar
This rice cooker works great and is very easy to use and clean. Out of the box, you plug it in (retractable cord), set the clock, use the menu button to select which type of rice you're making, use the measuring cup for your rice, fill the water corresponding to the number of cups of rice. Hit the "cooking" button and you're off.

The rice comes out beautifully, and after you fluff it, you can keep it in the cooker where it will stay nice and warm until you're ready to serve.

On an aesthetic level, this is a wonderfully designed (and compact) kitchen accessory.

This smaller model is perfect for 2 people. We usually make around 4 bowls of rice. If you need to make a larger amount you'll want to get the larger capacity model.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome little rice cooker!
This is a really great little rice cooker. It [costs a little more]... but it is worth the money.
I bought it several months ago, and it proved its worth within a week. It cooks rice really well. I love making hot cereal in it because I can set the timer so that the cereal will be done (and very fluffy) when I wake up in the morning.
Of course, the rice can't compare to Indian/Asian restaurant rice, but it tastes really good to me. I often eat it with nothing else.
The countdown function (10 minutes til done and so forth) and the alert are also very convenient features.
The reviewer who mentioned that it is a little hard to clean because rice gets gunked up in the back of the lid and in the drain is right, but it is not impossible to clean it all up. Just don't put milk in the cooker. That's bad news.
It's true that the English translation in the manual is sometimes off, but I think if you didn't read the manual, it is pretty self explanatory and easy to use.
This definitely would be too small for a family, but as I live by myself, it makes just the right amount of rice/cereal.
One other thing: the retractable cord stopped retracting within a month, but I don't find that too big a deal, just a little disappointing. As long as it keeps cooking.
All in all, I am happy with this purchase and would recommend it. I use very nearly every day.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Response to Some Other Reviews
This is NOT intended as a full review of this machine; I have only owned it for one day and obviously cannot comment on reliability and many other important issues.

The only reason I decided to post this is that I almost did not buy this rice cooker because of some comments that are present repeatedly in earlier reviews, which are perhaps either overstated or not applicable to many potential buyers.

One common complaint is that the rice maker won't make enough rice and you need a larger one. This depends entirely on your circumstances. I am an athletic 50 year old male and eat a huge amount of food for dinner each evening. The most dried rice product (e.g. when cooked) I could conceivably ever eat is 1.25 to 1.5 cups, the cooked result of which is obviously much larger. Two very hungry adults would have trouble consuming all the rice this thing can make in one sitting. And why would you use the rice for leftovers if making rice in a rice cooker is so easy and the rice itself is dirt cheap? I used a similarly sized (but very basic) 3-cup National (Panasonic) rice cooker for about 10 years and never used close to the capacity of that cooker. So, for 1 or 2 people this thing makes a fully sufficient quantity, however for a family you would probably want a larger model.

As to quality of the rice produced, there is no comparison between what this Zojirushi makes and what I get out of the Panasonic. The Panasonic produces dry rice that is burned at the bottom. This cooker, the Zojirushi, produces moist rice in easily separated grains that are not burned at all, anywhere. I found the timing function to be convenient.

Other reviewers have stated that this model has fuzzy logic; I don't think that is correct. You have to buy a more expensive rice cooker from Zojirushi to get that feature. Personally, I'm only concerned about the results, not how they were made, so I'm happy with this and don't miss fuzzy logic.

Using white rice, clean up took about 1 minute or less.

You will need to read other reviews for the kinds of insights you can get only from longer term ownership.

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for 2 people, limited counter space
This is a nice compact size, esp if you have limited counter space. Perfect for two people, was also fine when we had 2 friends over for dinner. If you cook 2.5 cups of rice, it is perfect for 4-5 people. I always fluff in the bowl or plate I serve on to. If you are not picky about "fluffing", it is really no big deal if you can't fluff in the cooker. Not having any spoon holder is a pain. Love the timer feature. Makes perfect jook or rice porridge, as well as tapioca/taro dessert. We cook rice everyday so this was a nice change from using our 15 year old steamer style pot.

5-0 out of 5 stars great rice cooker
i like this rice cooker a lot. although the cooking time is long but the rice always turned out fluffy and nice. ... Read more


55. Char-Broil 4654870 Patio Caddie Electric Grill
list price: $229.00
our price: $169.99
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Asin: B00004TBJ6
Catlog: Lawn & Patio
Manufacturer: Charbroil
Sales Rank: 100
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Easy maintenance and no need for gas make the Electric Patio caddy from Char-Broil ideal for use in cities or areas where charcoal and gas grills are not allowed. The caddy features Thermsulate liner to reflect, insulate and conduct high heat. ... Read more

Features

  • Powerful 1650-watt electric grill
  • Good-sized: 187 square-inch cooking surface
  • Porcelain coated steel grate and steel housing
  • Includes controller with 5-foot insulated cord
  • Also includes temperature gauge

Reviews (32)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Choise "NO SMOKE"
This was a transition from charcoal to electric grill. Believe me this has been the best decision. I live in an apartment in Charlotte, NC and size is always a factor. Extremely easy to use. I love it. "NO SMOKE"

5-0 out of 5 stars char-broil patio caddie electric grill
This is a great grill for small areas and 2-4 people. Cooking time is very good. Had no problems with assembly since I have an arm prothesis. Amazon price and delivery time was the best yet.
Larry

5-0 out of 5 stars Electric Patio Grill
This grill heats fast, maintains accurate temp, and cooks as good as my top brand gas unit.Its really terrific for a smaller apartment deck.And because its Electric it is ok to do so in many localities.I really like not having to refill a tank.The cook surface is superior.The temp gage is reallyeasy to read .I would definatly buy another one of these in the future.That will be a long time away since this one is well made.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, BBQ Taste
This grill is perfect. We live in a condo and have limited space: cannot use gas/propane/charcoal grills.The caddie is compact enough to fit on our deck, and the grill is large enough to cook alot of food.The food actually has a charcoal grill taste!I highly recommend this grill...

5-0 out of 5 stars BEWARE of fire!

I have to say that this is *probably* my fault. I absolutely love the grill (even though you really have to grill with the lid on) as I cannot have gas/charcoal on my deck in my apartment. The grill definitely gets hot enough to sear a steak and, with some practice, you can cook almost as good as with gas/charcoal (I said almost).

However...beware of fire! My grill went up in flames the other day and now I'm looking for a replacement (anyone from CharBroil listening?) :) I had just changed the briquettes out not more than 3 or 4 months ago. But, apparently, the buildup of grease from meat, etc. was so high that the other night, when I sprayed the grill with Pam prior to dropping steaks down, the grease pit that was my grill caught on fire!! It started in a small side but VERY quickly spread to the entire grill. I put the flames out with a fire extinguisher and am now too afraid to try the grill again.

I will be buying a new one but will most definitely be changing the briquettes on a monthly basis. ... Read more


56. Weber 2005 Model 7790001 Summit Platinum D6 Propane Grill
list price: $2,200.00
our price: $1,999.00
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Asin: B000659JQK
Catlog: Lawn & Patio
Manufacturer: Weber
Sales Rank: 407
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

6 Burners / 902sq. in. Cooking Area / Side Burner / Smoker Burner 902 sq. inches of toal cooking area 57,600 BTU-per-hour input 6 stainless steel burners Welded stainless steel cooking ... ... Read more

Features

  • Measures 62-1/2 by 68 by 34-1/2 inches with lid open; limited lifetime warranty
  • Propane grill; powerful, even heat; precise control of cooking temperature
  • 6 burners; stainless steel cooking grates; double-walled stainless steel hood; Flavorizer bars; cast-aluminum cookbox
  • 57,600 BTUs; 12,000-BTU side burner; 9,600-BTU infrared rotisserie burner; 8,000 BTU smoker; 110-volt rotisserie spit
  • 902 square inches total cooking area; warming rack; warm-up basket; 1 removable, 2 swing-up Thermoset work surfaces; built-in thermometer

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Complete Grill
This grill has it all, six burners, a side burner, a rotisserie with infrared burner and a smoker box with a dedicated burner.The grill grates are 3/8" stainless steel rods that provide great grill marks on your food.The grill heats up to 600 degrees in less than 10 minutes, but it does burn through propane rather quickly, but that wouldn't be any different with any 60,000 BTU grill.I was able to put the grill together by myself in a little over an hour.The fit of the pieces was fantastic and the end result was an attractive incredibly stable grill.It has two pull-up counters with stainless steel inserts, and a cabinet with stainless doors.

So far I have made countless steaks, dogs and chicken breasts that all came out the same due to the even temperature on the grill.My old Charbroil would give me two raw breasts, two good breasts, and two overcooked breasts... not with this grill.I have also slowed cooked some ribs with the smoker box going and the meat fell off the bone.But, the best meal yet was a rotisserie chicken that I prepared with a rub and injected with a marinade.The skin was crispy and the meat was tender and juicy. We'll be making many more of those chickens in the future.

Weber is a known commodity.They are built to last, and given the quality of the components (with care) I expect this grill to last at least 15 years.Many people end up having to get rid of their Weber's after 10, 12, 15 years because the cart has rusted out, but that's not an issue with this grill as the cart is constructed of 304 stainless steel.

All in all, a great grill that will last a long time.My only cons would be the propane consumption and maybe the size.It's probably a little too big for me and my family, but it was the only Weber that had all the features I wanted (mainly the rotisserie and the smoker box with burner).If they had a four burner model with those options I would have gotten that, but alas the Weber Summit Platinum D4 does not exist. ... Read more


57. Braun WK200 Electric Water Kettle
list price: $59.99
our price: $44.99
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Asin: B00004S9H7
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Braun
Sales Rank: 133
Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Featuring an ergonomic handle and smooth lines, Braun's1,500-watt electric water kettle handily sits on a separate heatingelement. When water boils--one cup takes only 70 seconds--it's a reliefto pick up the kettle and pour without worrying about the plug draggingbehind. Once the kettle is removed from the base, it automaticallyturns off for safety. This good-sized kettle heats up to six cups ofwater, making it ideal for small meetings at the office or to quicklyheat up water (and water only, please) at home. It has ananti-calcification filter to help keep the water tasting clear andclean. --Dana Van Nest ... Read more

Features

  • Measures 9-1/5 by 7-5/9 by 11-2/5 inches
  • 1,500-watt electric kettle quickly heats up to 6 cups of water
  • Separate heating element and ergonomic handle provide easy pouring
  • Anti-calcification filter ensures better tasting water
  • Automatic shutoff for added safety

Reviews (90)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Braun Electric Kettle
We were recently in England and saw friends using an electric tea kettle that was different than any we had ever seen in the U.S. I had to have one. When we got home I found this lovely Braun electric kettle and purchased it immediately. It does all we expected. It has a large capacity so you don't have to refill it constantly. It boils very, very quickly and shuts off so I don't have to watch it. I love being able to take it to the sink to fill it without dragging the cord. It's very easy to clean because it detaches from the base. I like the large handle grip and the water window on both sides. We use it for everything instant including soup. How did we get along without it?

5-0 out of 5 stars Clean Design, Very Functional
I got this after destroying a ... Alessi kettly by accidentally letting it boil dry until the plastic parts melted...

I was about to spring for one of the Zojirushi megabuck dispensers, when I spotted this unit. I have always liked Braun (more consistently good than Krups or Cuisinart) for their design and ergonomics. This pot doesn't fail to impress. This baby is FAST; It boils water at 1 minute per 8-oz cup (or faster, if you start with hot tap water). For a single cup of tea, this is about as fast as you can select a teabag and prepare the cup! BTW, this actually holds 7 cups, not 6 as described.

The design is very nice and clean-looking. The base is especially well-designed, since you can put the pot on rotated in whatever way is convenient. This is apparently a big win over the Krups kettle. The "mineral filter seems like overkill, but it does prevent splashing of the boiling water, and causes pouring to be very smooth. Cleanup is brain-dead simple (pour out the excess water after use, and flip the top open to allow evaporation). Pot itself does not get too hot to touch, and the handle stays completely cool. Automatic-off features work under all sensible scenarios: when it reaches full boil, when the top is opened for any reason, when lifted off the base, or when the pot is empty.

As for the Zojirushi dispensers? They may be useful if you want a lot of water (up to 5 liters for the big ones) held at a controlled temperature. But for most home uses, this need is rare, and otherwise deosn't justify the ... price tag.

For me, the Braun is one of those are kitchen appliances that took a while to see the need for, but now I couldn't live without. A real time and hassle saver!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply a better kettle
Not only does this improve upon the standard stove-based kettle, but it improves upon the previous generation of fixed-cord electric kettles.

The separation of kettle and corded base allows the former to be taken to the sink (or refrigerator if you're boiling pitcher-filtered water) without bother. It makes pouring at the table or in another room easy, as well. The cord can be wound inside the base so that only the needed length is exposed - neatening your countertop. The base has a "360-degree rotational connection," which means that you don't have to align the kettle in any particular way when replacing it. No buttons to press, no connector to snap.

The handle and kettle shell stay cool, obviating the need for a hot pad when picking it up, and the single control is as simple as can be: press it to start and it turns itself off when the water boils. If you forget about it, you needn't worry about boiling away all the water and leaving yourself with a burnt pot. (It will also turn off automatically if the pot is empty, the lid is opened, or the pot is removed from the base!)

The anti-calcification filter reduces scaling and thus the need to run a vinegar solution to clean out the buildup (something most people never do with their stove-based kettles). The design allows you to easily see the entire inside of the kettle, so you can keep an eye on things.

For those who regular drink tea or other beverages made with stove-boiled water, an electric kettle is a real convenience. This Braun kettle is about as convenient as they come.

1-0 out of 5 stars short and not so sweet!
I TRUSTED THE OTHER REVIEWS HOWEVER WITHIN 4 MONTHS THIS POT SMELLED OF ELECTRICAL SMOKE. AFTER THAT CLEARED IT SLOWLY BUT SURELY CEASED TO WORK ALTOGETHER. TOTAL SPAN OF USEFULNESS? LESS THAN A YEAR! VERY DISAPOINTED.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just About Perfect
We got this as a summer substitute for the Zojirushi hot pot that keeps boiling water always available, because our airconditioner didn't appreciate the constant heat (although we continue to love the Zojirushi "in season"). The Braun is perfect. A full pot of 7 cups boils in 5 minutes and then shuts off. It's light, not ugly, and has a red light indicator on 2 sides. Best of all, the platter is perfectly designed, so that you don't have to orient the pot one way or another when you sit it down. The whole thing pretty much stays out of your way; even the cord length is adjustable. Perhaps the only thing missing is a bell or ring-tone that tells you when it's done. Small detail. ... Read more


58. Calphalon Commercial Hard-Anodized 9-Inch, 2-Quart Chef's Skillet with Lid
list price: $85.00
our price: $16.95
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Asin: B00004WYJS
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Calphalon
Sales Rank: 16
Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

This moderately sized, deep, round-sided skillet is like a flat-bottomed wok, perfect for stir-frying and designed to facilitate a chef's C-shaped flipping motion. Because it exposes lots of surface compared to the diameter of its bottom (it's 6 inches at the bottom, 9 inches across the top), the 2-quart skillet is also ideal for quickly reducing sauces. Though not nonstick, like some Calphalon cookware, the matte-finish pan is anodized for stick-resistance as well as hardness. Metal utensils won't harm the surface. Contoured, textured handles of cast stainless steel resist heating on the stovetop, go safely into the oven, and are triple-riveted for durability and balance. Notches in the handles facilitate hanging on a hook or a peg. Made of heavy-gauge aluminum, the pan cooks without hot spots or warping and carries a lifetime warranty against defects. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Hand wash with mild detergent; measures 9 inches across; made in China
  • Deep, round-sided pan ideal for stir-frying and reducing sauces
  • Heavy aluminum with thick bottom to heat evenly, quickly
  • Anodized for hardness and stick resistance; made in China
  • Riveted, oven-safe handle is cast stainless steel; resists heat on stovetop

Reviews (69)

5-0 out of 5 stars Small, Versatile Pan--Great Buy
This Calphalon Commercial Hard-Anodized 2-Quart Chef's Pan with Lid is a "collector's item" from the newer line of Calphalon's Hard-Anodized cookware. Thus, it is the same alloy aluminum type pan as in the older "Professional" line, but its handle is "stay-cool" sculpted stainless steel, instead of an older chrome-covered iron handle, which could get very hot to the touch. The 9-Inch bottom of this chef's pan is slightly smaller than that of the 3-Quart Sauté pan, another useful pan that usually comes with a Calphalon starter set.

This pan is a bargain. Since Calphalon rarely offers such deep discounts, it seems worthwhile to add it to one's collection. Because it has the rounded chef's shape, I would use it for stir-frying, reducing sauces, and making demi-glace. I have two flat-bottomed woks (Joyce Chen and Calphalon), but they do not work that well on an electric range. This chef's pot works well for a small-to-medium stir fry on either gas or electric burners. When the stir fry is done, I use a Calphalon nylon scoop to remove the cooked food, then I reduce the sauce.

The hard anodized finish of this chef's pot makes it virtually non-stick. Using a pan spray is not a good idea because it can leave behind a sticky residue. Hand-washing is recommended, with use of Bon Ami or Dormond cleaner for any stubborn stains.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Pan, Great Value
Even though mine came from Toledo, this pan IS lighter weight than my other Calphalon pans, but after using it for several months, I don't notice any less performance compared to its heavier siblings. It's a great size for sauteing vegetables or shrimp for 1-2 people, and with its deep tapered sides, it's ideal for reducing sauces. Even with thick cheese sauces, you don't have to worry about "hot spots" burning or sticking (it makes a killer alfredo sauce). This pan won't wipe clean with a paper towel like a non-stick pan will, but after following Calphalon's guidelines, I haven't had any problem cleaning any of my hard-anodized pans, whether I fried, baked or broiled in them. I have gotten a few oil spots on my pans, as other reviewers have mentioned, but they don't look that bad, and it doesn't affect performance. This is a great little pan and a great big value.

5-0 out of 5 stars Accurate info for prospective buyer research
If you are considering the purchase of this pan or any of the caphalon products in this line. Totally disregard the Toledo vs China comments. They have no validity WHATSOEVER! I've purchased three of these pans (2 Toledo's, 1 China), and there is absolutely no difference in quality, thickness, or weight. I've also purchased the Calphalon Commercial Hard-Anodized 2-1/2-Quart Shallow Saucepans with Lids (1 Toledo, 1 China), and again,there is absolutely no difference in quality, thickness, or weight. There is a difference in thickness & weight, if you compare them to other caphalon product lines. However, that is not to say they inferior. They have a nice thickness and weight, great heat retention and dispersment. Awesome for browning, making sauces, stir frying, etc. If you follow the instructions for use, you will have no problems with cleaning,food release, or sticking. I have read most of the reviews, and the bad ones can be attributed to two things: 1. We alway seem to think stuff is way better made in America ... not true in this particular case. Those who made statements about Toledo pans vs China pans, could not own pans from both plants. 2. Complaints about sticking, or cleaning, ...they didnt follow the SIMPLE instructions. For the price, brand, warranty, and quality, this is one of the better kitchen purchases.

2-0 out of 5 stars READ THIS FIRST -- review your needs before u buy it
I bought this , as it looked cool in the website.
First -- Don't buy unless you are single and are making
a one serving of the dish -- it is too small--
aLL the food gets spilled on the stove.
Second -- It doesn't have the protective coating-- like non stick
It doesn't work if you want to cook on high flame
and less oil.You have to compromise on time or fat.
Third -- I bought couple of more in the hard anodized -- they
are good for making soups, not stir fry's.
Fourth -- I cannot use it for deep fry's as I am scared that it
will spill, as it doesn't have a flat base and is not
stable on the stove.
Fifth -- I highly recommend the contemporary style that amazon
has -- I use it all the time.

5-0 out of 5 stars good buy
Highly recommended, excellent quality item very functional. ... Read more


59. Riedel Vinum Bordeaux Wine Glasses, Set of 6
list price: $149.00
our price: $104.99
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Asin: B00004SZ7G
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Riedel
Sales Rank: 121
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 8-7/8 inches tall; capacity of 21-1/2 ounces
  • Six glasses for young, full-bodied red wines
  • Glass design enhances taste of wines such as Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja
  • Machine-made, 24-percent lead crystal
  • Made in Austria by world's premier wine glass maker

Reviews (26)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing difference in wine flavors
I've done many, many tests on how wine tastes differently in various glass options and in different situations. Riedel is one of the tests that is easy for even beginning drinkers to see the difference in. The flavor is *amazingly* different when you compare the exact same wine in a Riedel glass vs normal wine glasses.

Even if you buy inexpensive wines, you will get much more enjoyment out of them with this glassware compared to other options. If you are buying mid-range wines, the difference will blow you away. Think of the Riedel glass as allowing you to see what the wine in your bottle *really* was meant to taste like.

I use the Bordeaux glass for a number of red wine types, not just Bordeaux, and find it greatly enhances the flavor for them all. If you're a red wine lover, definitely give these a try!

5-0 out of 5 stars In Xanadu did Kublai Khan a Riedel Glass Decree
Riedel's glasses are neither mere kitchen implements nor mundane drinking vessles; they are a sensuous romp, alive with blood and flesh. The Bordeaux glasses in particular are perhaps the pinnacle of their creation. With the soft, smooth fullness of a woman's breast, they draw one's mind away form the cares of the world and back to the generous bounty of the French countryside.

Their capaciousness allows the nose fully to enter the glass upon drinking, to allow all the earthy scents so representative of great Bordeaux wines to enhance the flavor and bring the wine to display all its charms.

While they are not of the legendary Riedel mouth-blown Sommelier lineage, they suffer little from this fact. The hands that wrought those sublime designs also created these goblets. If you believe that in vino veritas, then these pathways to truth are not something of which you should deprive yourself.

2-0 out of 5 stars Such a Beautiful but Defective Glasses!
I just received my set. The glasses are so... beautiful! Yet, 5 out of 6 are defective!! What a big disappointment! I have been looking forward to receiving my first Riedel....Amazon.com provides great deal which I got $80 for 6 glasses, but they were obviously factory seconds! So disappointed! However, the design of the glass are beautiful!! I am still returning them! So sad!...... :(

4-0 out of 5 stars Riedel vs. Spiegelau
About two years ago I became interested enough in wine that I decided to invest in some high-end wine glasses. The choice came down to Riedel vs. Spiegelau. The first glasses I purchased were 6 Riedel Bordeaux ($89.99)along with 6 Riedel Chards($79.99). They are beautifully crafted with large bowls, very thin rims and wonderfull balance. Other reviewers have commented on the poor quality of Amazon's shipping so I will not expound further. The wines really do taste better out of these glasses. Unfortunately, the very thin rim, although elegant, is also fragile. Within one year two glasses were broken.
Last year I decided to try Spiegelau. If you wait until November/December Amazon will put them on sale and you can purchase 12 glasses for $29.99. These glasses also have fine balance but have a sturdier feel then the Riedel. The rims of the Spiegelau glasses are not as thin as the Riedels and so some may not think they are as elegant. The wine tastes every bit as good if not better out of the Spiegelaus. Unless you can break a $15 glass without uttering an expletive I would save my money and buy the Spiegelau which have now become my everyday glasses.

5-0 out of 5 stars These glasses do work
These glasses DO work and in much more distinct way that I could have ever imagined. I have bought many Riedel glasses to my wine-lover friends and they absolutely love it too. You got to try them to believe it. You won't regret it ! ... Read more


60. Circulon Classic 14-Piece Cookware Set
list price: $728.00
our price: $199.99
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Asin: B000064608
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Meyer Corporation
Sales Rank: 500
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

This functional 14-piece set offers a complete array of cookware for the kitchen at a reasonable price. The set includes three covered saucepans in 2-, 3-, and 4-quart sizes; 5-1/2- and 8-quart covered stockpots; 8- and 10-inch shallow French skillets; and a 12-inch, 5-quart covered sauté pan. The exteriors of the pans in this set are durable hard-anodized aluminum while a hard-anodized aluminum core distributes heat evenly through the pans without hot spots. Three coats of DuPont nonstick coating line the pan’s interiors. Circulon’s patented Hi-Low grooves protect the nonstick coating from wear by exposing only a small portion of the nonstick surface to cooking. The result is longer lasting performance and easy cleaning. The 18/10 stainless steel lids are slightly domed to capture moisture when steaming or braising foods. Handles are made of stay-cool heat-resistant plastic and are oven-safe to 350 degrees F. This cookware is covered by a lifetime limited warranty. --Cristina Vaamonde

What's in the Box
2-quart saucepan with lid; 3-quart saucepan with lid; 4-quart saucepan with lid; 5-1/2-quart stockpot with lid; 8-quart stockpot with lid; 12-inch, 5-quart sauté pan with lid; 8-inch French skillet; 10-inch French skillet ... Read more

Features

  • Oven-safe to 350 degrees F; lifetime limited warranty
  • 2-, 3-, 4-quart covered saucepans; 8-, 10-inch skillets; 5-1/2-, 8-quart covered stockpots; 5-quart saute
  • Hard-anodized exteriors with aluminum core for optimum heat distribution
  • Interiors have three coats of Dupont nonstick, Hi-Low grooves for superior food release
  • Stay-cool safety-grip handles; 18/10 stainless steel lids

Reviews (12)

4-0 out of 5 stars Durable non-stick and attractive
My wife and I bought this set about 3 years ago and they are still nearly as good as new. We selected them over Analon and Cephalon because the saucepans and skillets have molded rubber handles. This makes it possible to handle the pots without using pot holders. My wife does the cooking and I clean up so I can tell you that she has never been able to damage or even get food stuck on the cooking surfaces.

One thing that you should understand about any aluminum or cast iron cookware is staining of the outside surface. Any oils or food that spill onto the outside during cooking will actually be absorbed into the metal surface creating a dark stain that cannot be removed. I consider this part of the seasoning of the cookware and not unattractive but people who like their cookware to always look new should consider stainless steel or something.

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes cooking fun!
I love these pans! I grew up using cast iron pans. I loved the way they cooked, but hated the clean up! I never have a problem with food burning or sticking on these Circulon Classic pans. Small bits of egg do stick, but wipe right out. Everyone always comments (postively) on the circles on the pancakes from the grooves. I left this set of pans behind after a break-up and now I'm buying the set piece by piece since I loved them so much. Sometimes I miss the pans more then the ex!

2-0 out of 5 stars They were great - for about 4 years!
I've had my circulon set for about 4 1/2 years now and I loved them, couldn't live without them, until a few months ago. They're becoming increasingly difficult to clean and are forming a sticky residue despite the fact that I've cared for them exactly as the maufacturer said. When looking for the Meyers web site to email them, I came across some complaints of the exact same nature by people who sent their cookware back to Meyers in hopes that they would make good on the lifetime warrenty and Meyers sent a form letter (!!) saying they obviously misused them and that the warrenty is void. Unless you're willing to shell out a few hundred dollars for pots every few years (I'm not!) look elsewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome deal........ Great product
I bought this set (14 piece + the free 9 in skillet) for 170.00, just saw a similar set (only 10 pieces) at Sears for about 250.00. Have been cooking with the set now for a couple of weeks and my wife and I both love them. Easy clean up, no "hot" spots (even heating) and you could probably couldn't get super-glue to stick to them. I have absolutely nothing negative to report........... Great buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very pleased
I am an All Clad user. While browsing for All Clad I came across the 14 pc Circulon set with bonus pan. It was over half what my mother in law paid for her ten piece set several years ago. What a bargain! I ordered it as a filler set of cookware. The box came rather quickly and the cookware is wonderful. As with any non stick cookware, you do not want to cook on high heat. As long as you can remember to keep your heating element on meduium or low you will be okay and will enjoy this item. Using high heat on a non stick surface is not good for your cookware or your health. ... Read more


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