Market Review: Nonstick Cookware

Last update: Dec 2017
Nonstick cookware market is crowded, not just with types shape and design, but with types of materials and nonstick coatings. These make each nonstick pot and pan good at with different works. Also, your cooking styles is significant. Some people might use nonstick cookware for morning omelets and crepes, while some others frequently do searing fish and meat daily.

Solid Performance

Not all the pricier pots and pans have great cooking performance, but many of them do. All-Clad HA1 Hard-Anodized Nonstick ($500 for 13-piece set) is the great example. It does everything impressively on most stovetops, includes induction and ceramic ranges with high temperature resistant, 500°F. It yields beautifully golden browning, evening heat spreading and simmering, like a stainless-steel cookware does in literally nonstick version. Cleaning is a breeze, dishwasher-safe and oven-safe, too. Highly recommended for those who’d like to go advanced cooking gears.

Calphalon Signature ($499 for 10-piece set) sets the flagship of Calphalon with durability and performance accent. With Sear Nonstick Surface that found in the Unison series, it’s undoubtedly designed for capable in high-heat techniques, like sears, browns or even sautés as better keeping juicy texture and flavor. Still, the nonstick performance is pleasing. The coat boasts for tough construction that allows for metal spatulas and dishwasher-safe, 500°F heat resistant.

Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick ($4 for 11-piece set), more affordable choice, offers nonstick surface with tough body, with 450°F heat proof. The cooking ability is evenly and neatly good, both brown and simmer---leaves a little spotty browning and runs hotter than All-Clad or Signature but still in the superb level. While the very slick surface is done well even without oil. Obviously, the whole design promises truly sophisticated look.

Anolon Advanced ($299 for 11-piece set), embraced by many food experts, features solid performance in reachable cost. The thick hard-anodized aluminum body helps excellent for no-denting, retaining, and spreading heat way better than may rivals here in the same price array---it’s good at browning meats, as well as handling nonstick duties flawlessly, such as filet and eggs. Plus, the set includes a useful 12-inch griddle for making comfy home steaks. The Advanced Bronze is our favorite as offers velvety-bronzed color for enhancing the kitchen.

For another affordable option, Cuisinart Contour ($229 for 13-piece set), highly praised by The Sweet Home, comes with sturdy, heavy anodized construction and effective heat performance. Also, like standard Cuisinart’s standard, it has good ergonomic build for all pots and pans: good flared-shaped skillets, sloped edges, pouring lips and well-balanced handles. The nonstick performance is flawless, while heat distribution is nice with some hot spots.

Tough Coating

Telling the truth: nonstick cookware isn’t those heirlooms---just throw away when chipped. But if you invest more in better-formulated coat and construction, you’ll get the tools that have harder coating, longer nonstick lifetime. Also, most ‘tougher’ surfaces bring excellent food-released feature.

Swiss Diamond Reinforced ($599 for 10-piece set), got highest rating from Consumer Reports, is known as a hardest nonstick surface in the market. It passed Consumer Reports’ durability test as withstanding steel wool rubbing over a pan for up to 2,000 strokes. More, this Swiss-made cookware performs as promised as a heavy-duty tool, superb at releasing food with oven-safe up to 500°F.

Woll Diamond Plus ($499 for 10-piece set), feels much like Swiss Diamond for hard surface, boasts for thick cast aluminum, 500°F heat resistant and safe for metal utensils. The performance is surpassing: cook evenly, no hot spot and spreading heat well. Still, some might find it’s too heavy.

Budget (under $200)

T-fal Ultimate Nonstick ($100 for 12-piece set), a best-selling inexpensive cookware, is a nice go-to choice for beginners or budget seekers. It handles daily tasks, like eggs or crepes, effortlessly. With hard-anodized body, it’s not flimsy or thin like cheaper aluminum products. Though quite light and short lifespan, the value goes farer beyond its price at under $100.

Rachael Ray Cuicina ($99 for 12-piece set) is another good-for-entry-levels cookware for students or those who want an affordable, compact nonstick set for a daily basis. It’s truly nonstick, stay-cool handles, lightweight and easy to clean. Plus, the varieties of beautiful color are irresistible.

For home cooks who look for ‘more reliable’ economical cookware, Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Hard Anodized ($199 for 14-piece set) is recommended. The hard anodized-aluminum construction makes tougher than cheap products, while nonstick surfaces can survive 500°F in the oven and stoves for improving more cooking techniques. Also, it has well balanced, classic shape, and a rolled edge for easy pouring. Unlike most big sets, Chef’s Classic is value accent as containing only pots and pans without spatulas or miscellaneous tools.

Calphalon Classic Nonstick ($199 for 10-piece set) is a practical mid-range set. It’s good compromise of material quality, performance, and budget. The cooking performance is acceptably good---more hot spots and inconsistent heat distribution than Calphalon Contemporary but better than many mid-priced products. Still, we like the marker inside the pots, strainer-like lids and pouring spouts for helping mess-free draining liquid from pastas, which are good for regular home culinary.

Induction Compatible

Most nonstick pots and pans aren’t capable with induction stoves. Moreover, there’re few ‘induction-compatible’-labeled products that can excellently work on it. These’re products that can perform well with gas, as well as induction ranges.

Above from All-Clad HA1 that can superbly work with most stovetops, Circulon offers many impressive mid-priced products.

Circulon Infinite ($250 for 10-piece set), the prior series, offers cast stainless-steel handles and lids, oven-safe up to 500°F. While the newer versions, Circulon Symmetry ($299 for 11-piece set) and Circulon Premier Professional ($299 for 13-piece set) features tempered glass lids and comfortable silicone handles, oven-safe up to 400°F.

As their top end products, all of them yields pleasing results and similar performance. The heat capability can’t be compared to All-Clad, but yields very even heat distribution on both gas and induction stoves. At affordable price, we praise them to the thick anodized construction (though somewhat lighter than All-Clad or pricier products) and slick nonstick surface that is patent enough for dishwasher- and metal utensil-safe. Overall, they work as advertised and beautifully fulfills jobs on induction stoves.

KitchenAid KCH2S10KM Professional Hard Anodized ($299 for 10-piece set) features 5.5-mm aluminum construction for boosting heat performance and sturdiness, oven safe up to 500°F. The construction feels nicely solid and heavy. The performance is comparable to Calphalon Contemporary---heavy-duty nonstick with very decent heat distribution in both gas and induction stoves. The stainless-steel handles are good for durability but get too hot to touch without protection.

If those products aren’t affordable, Farberware Millennium Stainless Steel Nonstick ($150 for 10-piece set) is a cheaper induction-ready choice. It has noticeably thinner and lighter construction, but the performance on gas, electric and induction stoves is fulfilled ---uneven and hotter than expensive ones but yields satisfied results and easy to clean. Moreover, with proper care, it shows less issues with peeling or chipping.


For clearly review, we done our full report of ceramic nonstick cookware separately, or you can see our 10 top picks and buying guides here.

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