Does Cooking Pleasures Ceramic Cookware Really Work?

Does Cooking Pleasures Ceramic Cookware work?Cooking Pleasures Ceramic Cookware is a membership program like the CD offers back in the day. They’ll send you the first one for a relatively low price, and then send you another item each month at a higher price if you don’t cancel your membership. Most people are interested in getting a ceramic non-stick skillet for $10 but not too interested in everything else you’re signing up for.

Overview
The cookware you have in your kitchen is the cornerstone of what you can create. If you have the right tool for the job you can take on any recipe with ease. That’s why it’s important to pick the kind of cookware that can help you perform at your best, without the frustration that can come from lesser-quality pots and pans. These days ceramic cookware is surging as the preferred way to go, since it helps you cook your favorite foods without burning them, and without needing to use oil or butter to keep them from sticking.

The Claim
Cooking Pleasures says that their cookware makes healthier food for you and your family because you won’t need to use any oil to cook your foods, since the pan is completely non-stick. They also say that it will cook your food more evenly, giving you better results than conventional fry pans. Clean up is easier because you won’t have stuck-on foods to try to pry off or have to soak to loosen them up. And they say it lasts longer, providing more value and being better for the environment.

The Hype
Ceramic cookware is the hot new item in the kitchen because it’s supposed to provide all of the benefits of non-stick cookware without the harmful effects that come with products coated with Teflon. There are plenty of infomercials showing various ceramic skillets where a fried egg doesn’t stick even without oil or butter, and you can slap a piece of cheese on the pan, let it melt and it slides right off. The performance is impressive, and it’s been said that this is a healthier and greener way to cook.

The Cost
The ordering process for Cooking Pleasures ceramic cookware is not straightforward, and the full disclosure of what you’re signing up for is tucked away in a terms and conditions text box that you have to tick off to show that you read it. This is not shown to you until you provide your email address, so they’ve already got a way to contact you and pitch you on signing up for their membership program. What it entails is paying $10 to have the skillet shipped to you, and then

The Commitment
They say that you’re under no commitment to continue on with the program, but you are required to call and cancel your order if you want to stop with the skillet. As far as using the product goes this should free up some of your time since it cleans off so easily, and it can also prevent you from ruining some dishes due to uneven cooking.

Evaluation
The Cooking Pleasures ceramic cookware comes with a 30 day money back guarantee, so it’s possible to try out the skillet, which they must consider their flagship product that will win you over, and if you’re not impressed you can return it and cancel any further shipments. So you’re only out the $10 for trying it, since that is considered a shipping charge and you’re getting the skillet for free. So there’s not really a point in sending the skillet back, just call and cancel future cookware shipments if you don’t like the results you get and call it a break even.

In an ideal world you’d be able to pay the $10, get the skillet, be impressed with it, and wish to receive further cookware from them and pay full price for it. But in the world we live in the way it will probably go is you’ll forget that this is a membership program of sorts and be surprised when you see a charge ranging from $70 to $95 on your statement, and then surprised again when another package arrives at your door. At these price points you could buy some really nice cookware, real top of the line premium items, and we’re skeptical that these will live up to the cost.

Final Cooking Pleasures Ceramic Cookware Review

The Cooking Pleasures ceramic cookware is getting our Thumbs Down rating because of the way they’ve set up their ordering process, and because you can get highly rated ceramic cookware from other manufacturers without the hassle of signing on to a membership program. If they were truly confident with their cookware they would sell it directly and at fair market price instead of using the gimmick of what’s known as a negative option where you have to take action to prevent future shipments from automatically being charged to your account and shipped out.

Our Recommendation
If a skillet is what you’re after, go for the Green Earth frying pan. It’s got great reviews, is about $30 and provides all of the benefits that are touted by the Cooking Pleasures skillet without all of the silliness of being automatically enrolled in a membership program. If you’re looking for a full set of non-stick cookware we’ve got an entire page dedicated to non-stick cookware reviews so you can quickly browse trough what’s working and what isn’t.

What do you think? Does Cooking Pleasures Ceramic Cookware work or not?


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Betty Dilger January 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm

My skillet worked fine, until I put a cheese sandwich on to grill, went downstairs, and when I came back, it was black and smoking, Now, everything sticks in it. I am very disappointed in it.

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mmrfixit June 13, 2016 at 11:29 pm

I talked to them and found that Soft Scrub WITHOUT bleach would clean and restore the non-stick properties.|
To my pleasant surprise it works great!! I use it on all my non-stick pans to restore the surface!!

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Joe DiMonda February 2, 2013 at 9:42 pm

I purchased the skillet for the $10 S&H just before Christmas. My wife absolutely loves it, best pan she ever used. We even almost went as far as to continue the membership, except we couldn’t see ourselves paying the exploded pricing for each of the other items. If the price was just a little more reasonable we would have stuck to it (no pun intended).
The pan is amazing. Nothing sticks to it, and cleaning is fantastic. My wife likes to burn certain meals (puposely), which I myself like certain meals that way as well. Even burnt on meats or potatoes don’t stand a chance. Slides right off the pan and literally sprays off when cleaning.
Everything they advertize is true. It’s a real heavy duty solid piece of cookware, as good as some of the big players in cookware I think. If we weren’t strugglnig financially right now, I would have definately continued the membership and received the rest of the set.We’ve been keeping our eyes open at plaes like TJMax and Marshalls, hoping to come across any that might be there on sale or something.
I would definately recommend anyone in need of a higher end (higher priced) cookware set to consider purchasing the Cooking Pleasures Ceramic Cookware Set. It really is durable and the non-stick surface is the best I’ve ever used. I you have the money, buy it, you won’t be dissapponted,

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Joe DiMonda February 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Oh, I forgot to mention a few other important facts I experienced. For one, the claim to fying an egg with no butter or oils. I did this (twice), and it did work perfectly actually. Egg slide right off and I didn’t break the yolk trying to flip or remove the egg.
Another fact is that you don’t have to worry as much about scratching the surface. We use all sorts of utencils with it and nothing seems to bother the surface really. I mean, we haven’t dug at it with a knife or anything like that, but nothing has really hindered the surface at all.
The construction of the product really seems to be heavy duty. It’s definately thicker than most pans I’ve used. They describe how the the product is made and the different layers of materials used, which I believe just because of its durability. And it seems the entire pan, not just the cooking surface is made this way, because you don’t get the discoloring on the bottom of the pan like most frying pans.
I don’y know, maybe I’m over selling this product, but I do believe Cooking Pleasures Ceramic Cookware is the best of its kind, compared to others.
Yours truely, Joe D

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Sandra8 February 21, 2013 at 12:14 am

Hey thanks for the review. Cooking pleasure sounds pretty much perfect for the exception of its ordering process. Generally speaking only companies that use such ordering tactics are the ones that sell poor quality products, but your experience says otherwise so it’s somewhat puzzling. I might just give the skillet a try and see if it actually works as promised.

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Wes Green February 19, 2013 at 1:18 am

So far the skillet meets the hype, works perfect. It’s almost to non-stick. Can’t get a spatula under the food it slides so easy. I didn’t like the sneaky program. I cancelled the same day I received the skillet. I would like a larger size, maybe a 12 inch.

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Worried September 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Just wondering if they honored your cancellation. I also just recd a pan and I think I will be happy with it but don’t want anymore as I have just recd a new set of cookware as a gift. So I called and cancelled but saw lots of complaints on rip off stating that the company did not honor cancel and continued to charge them and send products. So did they do that to you or did they honor the cancel?

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margaret george February 25, 2016 at 7:21 pm

I order some of the pans & at the time couldn’t find out that much about them. Finally canceled they did honor cancellation. The only problem I’ had is I still can’t find any literature about being able to put frying pan in oven as some directions do call for that. I know the handles look as if they would melt. The pans themselves are good they do scratch at times & then things do stick.I have a ceramic top stove now & they get very hot even on low temps large learning curve to using them.

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mmrfixit June 13, 2016 at 11:33 pm

I believe the pans are NOT oven safe. Seems I saw a temp limit that would not work for most people,

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Bagapalooza May 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I have been very pleased with Cooking Pleasures ceramic cookware. Yes, it is a bit pricey, but so was my Calphon cookware. Twenty-five years ago I paid $600.00+ for that set. You get the quality you pay for. Nothing sticks to the surfaces and it is a charm to wash. I never have to add any type of oil unless I want a seasoning effect. I currently have the initial skillet w/ lid, stockpot, 1 qt. cooking pot w/ lid & the ribbed skillet. Love making burgers in the ribbed skillet! What I do not care for is the surprise deduction from your account. & not knowing which piece you will be receiving next. I am curious of what the whole set contains. Does anyone know that? How many pans can they send you?

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Temple Riddle January 24, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Cooking Pleasures ceramic cook way is a scam!!!!!! Their first step is to get your credit card number
then they do not wait 30 days but send a 2 qt. pot. You have to go to hell and back to get 89.90 off your card. That takes 12 days. Just when you think the problems is solved and they have promised on 12/16 to cancel you membership one knife foe 89.90 appears. They will blame your credit card for not crediting you as they backed off. WRONG a back off is simply holding off on charge and not a credit. While talking to them on 12/31 about the extra 89.90 being taken off what should arrive but the knife. Now after 3-4 calls to them they say they have done their part by backing off. Discover says back off stays for 8 days and unless they credit you WILL be charged. Today is 1/24 and just got off the phone with Cooking Pleasures- excuse now is 24 to 72 days for headquarters to credit and they can’t do. Another scam.
If you don’t want to have their ceramic items sent to your grave and charged to your credit card and have administrator of estate have to deal with, we suggest you NEVER get involved with Cooking pleasure a scam and ripoff. Oh and their frying pan is less then 3 months old and outside paint on bottom is coming off so not the wonder product they claim.

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Pat Bandy January 16, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Is it possible to get more cookware?? I have been waiting to get another 10″ skillet and a smaller one also, but I never hear from you

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Margaret Thomas February 1, 2015 at 1:10 am

Found that the skillet did just as it claimed when I first received it. Tried frying Bologna in it which wasn’t a good idea. Now everything sticks in it. Sorry I wasted my money

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mmrfixit June 13, 2016 at 11:36 pm

Try cleaning with Soft Scrub WITHOUT bleach. It restores the non-stick on all non-stick pans as long as bare metal is not exposed.

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Danny Congdon February 5, 2015 at 12:07 am

We have purchased alot of your pans through the Handyman Club of America. We have one that has started losing the ceramic coating. I would like to know who to contact and how to see about getting this pan replaced.

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I would llike to get more cookware February 6, 2015 at 5:10 am

I received this cookware a cooking club of America member. Did not have an account with cooking pleasures.
Laura

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patricia king February 25, 2015 at 8:02 pm

I really love my complete cookware my fiancé has bougt for us but I do need a replacement on my 2 qt pot the glass top the black hand has falling off and need a new top!

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patricia king February 25, 2015 at 8:05 pm

It is member #30387063 hope that is all you need for shipping the product?

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ck777 March 15, 2015 at 6:11 am

Is the Cooking Pleasures cookware dishwasher safe?

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margaret george February 25, 2016 at 7:34 pm

I put my pans in the dishwasher without any problems. Just don’t know about the oven. anyone know how to contact customer service. I also have noticed some of the coating coming off especially around the rims. As far as sticking I just use Pam & am careful with cleaning & has not gotten ant worse the pan still usable. As far as I’m concerned if I had to do it over again I would not recomend buying because it is a scam. You can do better at Kohls, Walmart & stores like that.

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rebecca June 14, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Beware, this ceramic pan DOES stick. I have had the 12″ skillet for about a year and now everything I cook sticks to the pan, and I did not even burn any food in it. In fact, this pan is so worthless, I am throwing it away

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mmrfixit June 13, 2016 at 11:38 pm

Try cleaning with Soft Scrub WITHOUT bleach !!
It will restore the non-stick and work like new.

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Mary October 28, 2015 at 7:14 am

I use a stainless steel electric skillet that I bought many years ago at (of all places) the fair. lol It’s a Kitchen Craft by West Bend that came free with the purchase of a set of pots. I also use a bigger one that came free with our freezer purchase. Are you seeing a trend here? lol Funny part is, I use those skillets more than anything else in my kitchen.

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JEAN December 2, 2015 at 11:56 pm

HAVE THE WHOLE SET USE THE 8″ SKILLET MOST. HAVE PROBLEMS WITH STICKING AND CAN NOT CLEAN IT OUT.. AM VERY CAREFUL WITH ALL THE COOKWARE BECAUSE OF PRICE.. ANY SUGGESTIONS ON CORRECTING THE STICKING PROBLEM OR HOW TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE COOKING PLEASURES PEOPLE?

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mmrfixit June 13, 2016 at 11:39 pm

Clean with Soft Scrub without bleach. It will restore the non-stick.

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mmrfixit June 13, 2016 at 11:43 pm

Clean with Soft Scrub without bleach. It will restore the non-stick to the pan.

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john wymore January 31, 2016 at 2:42 pm

have had both 10inch pan and knife for quite awhile. pan has everything stick to it now worse thsn any cheap one ive had through years. knife rusts is hard to get an edge on yes it dulls. i have to say old school rules. want quality pans go cast iron. want quality knifes go hardened steel like grandpa had. and grandkids still have. screw the hype stay with what has snd always will perform.

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mmrfixit June 13, 2016 at 11:41 pm

I talked to them and found that Soft Scrub WITHOUT bleach would clean and restore the non-stick properties.|
To my pleasant surprise it works great!! I use it on all my non-stick pans to restore the surface!!

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Diamond April 1, 2016 at 5:31 pm

I bought this pan a while back and after cooking a steak (about 1 month after purchase) in it that was the end of the non sticking. Everything and I mean everything I cooked in the pan after the steak, stuck. Even if I use non stick spray, oil or butter!

This pan does not perform as advertised over the long term..

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mmrfixit June 13, 2016 at 11:44 pm

I was told to clean it with SOFT SCRUB without bleach.

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Britaannia April 26, 2016 at 3:38 pm

I must be doing something wrong because my egg stuck to the pan first time I used it. I also would like to know if the frypan is safe for oven use.

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mmrfixit June 13, 2016 at 11:45 pm

Use Soft Scrub without bleach to clean it.

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Joy August 8, 2016 at 11:47 pm

I have the set including all the knives. I cook daily for 12+ and love all of it. It all performs as advertised for me. You need to heat a pan first before it will be non-stick. I would love to find some replacement parts as I did drop a knife on the tile floor and being ceramic, it broke. My fault. Also hubby just tried to tighten the handle on a lid and did it too hard and broke it. Again, Our fault. I do not need Soft Scrub to clean it as I have not had anything stick in over 2 yrs of daily use of all the pans in the set.

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