Can Calphalon Pans Go in The Dishwasher? (And How to Clean Them)

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Calphalon pans are popular cookware. These pans boast nonstick capability that makes cooking a breeze.

Ordinarily, dishwasher cookware makes cleaning a simple task. Cooking with such a pan wouldn’t seem like a chore to you. Plus, you can also cook with less oil, which is economical and safer.

However, cleaning is sometimes the most difficult part because not all cooking pans are dishwasher safe.

So, where does Calphalon stand? Is it dishwasher safe or not?

If you’re one of those asking this question, you’re on the right platform to get the answers you seek. Keep reading to get more information so you can make the right decision.

Is it Safe to Put Calphalon Pans in the Dishwasher?

Not all Calphalon pans are dishwasher safe. However, if you want your darling Calphalon cooking pans to keep their fine finish and nonstick capacity, avoid placing them in the dishwasher. 

Calphalon pans boast nonstick surfaces because of their hard-anodized aluminum coating. 

You should also know that anodized aluminum and Teflon coating are not the same.  

Now, why shouldn’t the Calphalon pan be placed in a dishwasher? It’s simple. 

Having your pan placed in the dishwasher could lead to the grey exterior’s discoloration. The finish could also be affected.

The hard-anodized aluminum responsible for Calphalon’s nonstick surface is a plus to the cookware. It makes this cookware more durable. Heat distribution throughout this pan is also even. And this makes cooking result to be consistent. 

Again, if your Calphalon pan goes into the dishwasher, get ready to have an uneven colored or finished cookware on your hands.

So, whether the manufacturer claims your Calphalon pan is dishwasher safe or not, handwashing is your best bet.  And avoid abrasive cleaners or other harsh cleaning agents. 

There are certain conditions under which you can use the Calphalon pan in a dishwasher safely. It won’t get discolored or affected but only if take extreme precautionary measures.  

Calphalon Pans That are and Not Dishwasher Safe

Yes, some Calphalon pans come designed to be dishwasher safe. You should expect such development from the owner, Newell Rubbermaid, owing to the vast experience and existence in the industry.

The stainless steel Calphalon is dishwasher safe. But you will always be better off handwashing this cookware. And avoid using detergents.

What’s the reason you should stay off the cleaning agent, detergent? It’s because it can severely damage the hard-anodized aluminum, making your cookware unusable. 

Calphalon Pans Safe For Dishwashing:

Without much ado, below is the list of Calphalon cookware (stainless steel) considered dishwasher safe. 

  • Calphalon Premier Non-stick
  • Calphalon Contemporary Stainless 
  • Signature Non-stick Calphalon 
  • Classic Ceramic Nonstick Calphalon
  • Williams Sonoma Elite Nonstick Calphalon
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So, here goes the Calphalon cookware that you can have washed in a dishwasher without any issue.

The next list contains Calphalon cooking pans that you can’t throw into your dishwasher because it could damage the cookware.

Calphalon Pans Not Safe For Dishwashing:

  • Calphalon Classic Ceramic Non-stick
  • Calphalon Classic Non-stick
  • Select by Calphalon Ceramic Nonstick
  • Select by Calphalon Non-stick

You can’t put the above Calphalon cooking pans in the dishwasher. They must be washed with your bare hands. 

How Long Do Calphalon Pans Last?

Calphalon pans are built to last long. But then nothing can last forever. Calphalon pans are good quality cooking pans. The company has been in business for decades now, which proves that consumers are still going after their products. 

If the Calphalon pans weren’t of good quality, people wouldn’t be buying it, and the company would have been closed down by now. 

Back to business, how long do Calphalon pans last? Most consumers have mentioned that their Calphalon pans lasted for only three years. Some claim theirs have lasted up to 5 years. But if you’re lucky, your pan could last up to 10 years

What people don’t know about Calphalon pans is that they use PTFE material. PTFE stands for (Polytetrafluoroethylene). Calphalon pans are wear-resistant and boast other relevant components that ensure heat is transferred evenly and adequately. 

The diverse layers of the nonstick coatings on Calphalon pans are also responsible for its durability and high-quality. High heat cooking won’t even damage these pans’ hard-anodized surface, which is heat resistant. The anodized surface can withstand high temperature, up to 1221 degrees Fahrenheit, which happens to be aluminum’s melting point.

So, you can extend your Calphalon pans’ lifespan by taking proper care of them. 

Here are a couple of things you should and shouldn’t do to your nonstick Calphalon cooking pan if you want it to last longer. 

  • Handwash your Calphalon pans. Even if your cookware is marked as “dishwasher safe,” handwash if you want it to last long for you, and you should wash your cooking pan as regularly as possible. Don’t allow burnt-on food particles to remain on its nonstick surface for too long. 
  • Avoid using metal utensils or any sharp object on the nonstick surface. You could scratch the surface and render the cooking pan useless. Once the nonstick surface is gone, the pan could become useless unless you fix the problem. But as the saying goes, prevention is way better than cure. 

Note – Avoid the temptation to use chop release or electric mixers in your Calphalon cooking pans. These can cause some damages to your pan, leading to a shorter lifespan. 

  • Use soft scrub when cleaning your Calphalon cooking pans. Don’t hurry to clean up your cooking pan and use a scrub considered too abrasive for it. 
  • Avoid using dishwashing liquid made with harsh chemicals to wash your cooking pan, all in the name of hurrying to tidy up your kitchen and all the dirty cookware and utensils. 
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How Do You Clean Calphalon Pans?

Your Calphalon pans need to be cleaned after every use. You don’t have to keep them at the corner. Just throw in the dishwasher (for Calphalon that are dishwasher safe) and let the machine do its job. It’s that simple. 

However, dishwashing isn’t the best solution for your Calphalon. Hand-washing will help keep the nonstick surface intact for a while. That is, it can extend your cooking pan’s shelf-life. 

So, how do you handwash a Calphalon cooking pan and do it the right way? Here are some crucial tips to consider.

1. Wash your Calphalon pan right after use. Please do not keep it dirty for too long.

2. To wash your dirty pan, turn on the faucet, and let the water run through the cooking pan’s interior and exterior parts. The water should help to flush out a large portion of the food particles. 

3. Avoid rinsing with cold water. Hot water is preferable. Cold water can cause the pan’s material to warp. It can affect the finish massively. 

4. Consider the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean the Calphalon pan you are using. It’s crucial information, so you can always access it on the manufacturer’s website or manual. Please read it carefully and abide by it to prolong your cooking pan’s lifespan when you find it.  

5. Never use a metal brush or abrasive steel wool to clean your Calphalon cooking pan. You can damage the finish and render your cooking pan unfit to use. Instead, use a washcloth or soft brush. And scrub it gently with the soft sponge, brush, or washcloth. 

6. Never use harsh chemicals on your Calphalon cooking pan. You can destroy the pan in a twinkle of an eye by doing so. Your best bets are mild detergents. They will remove the burnt-on foods and stains and still leave your cooking pan in top shape. 

7. To get rid of stains from your extra crust Calphalon pans, have them soaked in warm water. The water shouldn’t be too hot or cold. Let the pans be submerged in water for 10 to 20 minutes. 

Note – If you aren’t comfortable with the result after soaking in warm water, you can give the stovetop and vinegar method a try. That is, pour baking soda and vinegar (two tablespoons and half a cup, respectively) in a cup of water, have them mixed, and emptied into the pan. Then heat for 15 minutes and handwash afterward.  

8. Have your cooking pan placed upside down and neatly on the counter after washing to dry up. You can also hang them up vertically to hasten the drying process. Wiping the interior and exterior with a clean cloth is also a good decision to dry up the cooking pan after washing. 

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How Can You Restore a Calphalon Pan Non-stick Surface? 

Here’s a crucial question. 

Remember, mismanagement can cause a Calphalon pan to lose its nonstick ability earlier than expected. And when that is gone, the pan is already worthless. But hang on.

There are things you can do to restore your pan’s nonstick surface. Here are the requirements:

  • Baking soda – 2 tablespoon full
  • Vinegar – Half a cup
  • Water – a cup
  • Heat source – stovetop
  • Vegetable oil

Now mix the vinegar and baking soda in a bowl containing a cup of water, and empty the solution into the cooking pan you’re trying to fix. Heat the pan for 15 minutes (Don’t go above this) and cool down a bit. 

Handwash the pan once it has cooled down a bit, and allow it to dry up naturally. Now rub some vegetable oil on the pan’s surface. 

Bravo! You have just restored your Calphalon pan’s nonstick ability and render it safe to use again. 

What Can You Do With Old Calphalon Pans?

If you have old Calphalon pans that have lost their nonstick ability, you can either re-coat them using the process mentioned above or have them recycled. 

Many metal scrap facilities accept nonstick and uncoated cookware. You can try them out. You can also call the company that manufactured your Calphalon pan and ask if they can take back the pan. 

If you acquired a new Calphalon pan, place your old pan in the box and send it to Calphalon to recycle it. They have a recycling program called Calphalon Renew. You can find out if the program is still available whenever you’re ready to dispose of your old pans.

You can also give your old pans to your kids to play with. 

Another way is to use them for planting succulents.  

Are Calphalon Pans Guaranteed For Life?

Calphalon cooking pans have a lifetime warranty. But some of their cookware boasts 10 years warranty. 

However, the warranty is only applicable where there’s a manufacturer defect. If your pan gets damaged due to negligence or mismanagement on your part, then you are out of luck. 

Conclusion

By now, you might have understood that not all Calphalon cooking pans are dishwasher safe. An easy to extend the lifespan of this cooking pan is to take good care of it. Use the right washing agent, materials, and process.

It would be best if you tried handwashing even though it’s stated that the pan is dishwasher safe. Handwashing will help in extending the lifespan of your cookware, better than dishwashing it. 

We hope you’re now familiar with dishwasher safe Calphalon cooking pan, including how to take good care of your cookware. Thanks for stopping by. 

References: 

https://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-hints-tips/cleaning-organizing/steel-wool-hard-anodized-cookware.htm

https://www.kohls.com/media/digital/ecom/pdfs/pdf/Cookware_Comparison%20Guide_SS-NS_Final_10%2014%2015.pdf

https://www.chicagotribune.com/consumer-reviews/sns-bestreviews-kitchen-the-best-calphalon-cookware-set-20191121-4c2bt6ighfge5bmeajcmwhcsuu-story.html

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