Are Calphalon Pans Oven-Safe? And What Are the Nuances?

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Most Calphalon pans are oven-safe up to 400°F/205°C, but several collections have maximum temperatures of 450°F/230°C.

Calphalon produces high-quality mid-range cookware. It’s perfect for those who want good cookware at an affordable price point. But cookware is only good if it can withstand daily use. For me? That means it must be oven-safe.

You might be wondering, are Calphalon pans oven-safe? This guide will provide you with an in-depth guide to the oven use for different Calphalon pots and pans. You’ll find maximum oven-safe temperatures, whether you can use the lids in the oven, and suggestions for safely using your Calphalon cookware in the oven.

Ready to learn more? Keep reading to get started.

Different Calphalon Collections

If you’re looking for the maximum oven-safe temperature for Calphalon pans, use the chart below as a quick reference. The lines with a nonstick coating feature a hard-anodized aluminum body. The ceramic lines use a Calphalon enamel nonstick coating over aluminum construction. 

Calphalon CollectionMaterialMax Oven TemperatureMax Temperature (Lids)
Calphalon Elite NonstickNonstick500°F/260°C450°F/230°C
Calphalon SignatureNonstick500°F/260°C450°F/230°C
Calphalon SignatureStainless Steel500°F/260°C450°F/230°C
Calphalon PremierNonstick450°F/230°C450°F/230°C
Calphalon PremierStainless Steel450°F/230°C450°F/230°C
Calphalon ClassicNonstick450°F/230°C450°F/230°C
Calphalon ClassicStainless Steel450°F/230°C450°F/230°C
Calphalon ClassicCeramic450°F/230°C450°F/230°C
Select by Calphalon Nonstick400°F/205°C400°F/205°C
Select by Calphalon Stainless Steel400°F/205°C400°F/205°C
Select by Calphalon Ceramic400°F/205°C400°F/205°C
Simply CalphalonNonstick400°F/205°C400°F/205°C

There are also a few discontinued lines with an oven-safe maximum temperature of 500°F/260°C. Those include the Calphalon Unison Nonstick Pans, the Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel, and the Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel cookware.

You can find Calphalon Refined Stainless Steel cookware at club membership stores like Sam’s Club. These are oven-safe and have tempered glass lids.

Read more about the best of Calphalon’s cookware lines.

Are Calphalon Lids Oven-Safe?

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Most Calphalon collections come with a tempered glass lid that allows you to monitor your food as it’s cooking. Calphalon tempered glass lids are generally oven-safe up to 450°F/232°C.

Lids within the Simply Calphalon and Select by Calphalon collections are oven-safe up to 400°F/205°C. The oven-safe temperature is lower in these collections because the lid has silicone handles.

Calphalon lids are not broiler-safe. This includes tempered glass lids.

Are Calphalon Pans Broiler-Safe?

Just because a pan is oven-safe does not mean you should put it under the broiler. When it comes to Calphalon pans, the broiler safety depends on which Calphalon pans you’re using.

Calphalon nonstick cookware is not broiler-safe. The nonstick coating can’t handle the direct flame and high temperatures from the broiler. The coating could even begin to break down and give off harmful fumes.

There are nonstick pans available in all the Calphalon collections, so it isn’t just a specific cookware line. But putting Calphalon nonstick pans under the broiler will void the warranty. It’s a bad idea.

But not to worry! If you need broiler-safe pans, you have some options. Most Calphalon stainless steel cookware is broiler-safe. Read more about Calphalon stainless steel cookware sets.

There are two exceptions, however. The Simply Calphalon Stainless Steel and Select by Calphalon sets are not broiler-safe. Both collections have silicone handles that won’t stand up to the direct flame.

The broiler is great for finishing off a dish and browning, but it’s best not to put any pans under the broiler for too long. A good rule of thumb is to limit broiling to a few minutes. Even pans that can withstand high heat can warp or stain if left under a direct flame for too long.

Also, you should never put a covered Calphalon pan under the broiler. The lids (including the tempered glass) are not broiler-safe.

Tips for Safely Cooking with Calphalon Pans

Avoid Overheating

Overheating can cause permanent damage to pans. Calphalon cookware collections all have a maximum oven temperature listed. Follow those guidelines and don’t exceed the maximum temperature. Keep in mind that a non-stick coating can break down and release harmful gasses if heated above 500°F/260°C.

Be Careful with the Handles

Calphalon pans have either stainless steel or silicone handles. The stainless steel handles can withstand high temperatures, but they can get hot. They’re designed to stay cool on the stove, but not in the oven. The silicone handles are comfortable, but they have lower oven-safe temperatures.

Whichever Calphalon pans you have, you should always use caution with the handles. Use oven mitts or pot holders to remove the pans from the oven, and never exceed the maximum oven-safe temperature.

Use Two Hands

In addition to using oven mitts when handling your cookware, you should also use two hands to lift Calphalon pans out of the oven. Cookware can get quite heavy, especially when full of food. Using oven mitts and two hands when handling hot pans is the best way to prevent burns or spills.

Keep Broiling Short

Even when cookware is oven-safe, it might not be broiler-safe. If you plan to use the broiler, make sure your cookware can handle it. Even then, keep the broiling to a minimum amount of time, less than 10 minutes. This will prevent pans from warping or other flare-ups.

Avoid Metal Utensils

Whether you are preparing your dish or serving cooked food from your Calphalon pan, do not use metal utensils. Instead, use wooden utensils for scraping or scooping food.

Even though your Calphalon pans may be scratch-resistant, metal utensils may still ruin the quality. This is especially true with non-stick cookware.

Let Cookware Cool Before Cleaning

You’ve successfully used your Calphalon pans in the oven. Hooray! So what’s next? Now you have to let them cool. Running cold water over hot pans can cause thermal shock and permanently warp the pan. If you want to use your oven-safe Calphalon cookware more than once, don’t attempt to clean them until they’ve completely cooled.

Hand Wash If Possible

Many Calphalon pans are dishwasher-safe, which is convenient. However, your Calphalon cookware will last longer and be less susceptible to damage if you wash it by hand. This is especially true of Calphalon non-stick pans. The high heat and harsh detergents can ruin the non-stick coating.

How to Check if Cookware is Oven-Safe

The easiest way to check if your pan is oven-safe is to read the instructions. When buying new cookware, there is usually a product description or manual that tells if your pans are safe to use in the oven.

Watch as Executive Chef Peter Ryan explains how to determine if your pans are oven-safe:

You can also consider the pan material used as a guide if your pan is safe for baking. For instance, bare and pre-seasoned cast iron is always oven-safe. Enameled cast iron will be oven-safe, although it will have a lower max temperature than bare cast iron.

Stainless steel pans are generally oven-safe, although the maximum temperature will vary. Pans with a non-stick surface may or may not be oven-safe, and the max oven-safe temperature varies widely.

Are Calphalon Pans Oven-Safe? Last Word

Most Calphalon cookware is oven-safe up to 400°F/205°C, but some lines can handle higher temperatures. If you’re having trouble deciding between Calphalon pans, visit my in-depth comparison of the Signature vs. Premier cookware lines.