When equipping yourself for success in the kitchen, getting the best in cookware is essential. Knowing which is the best cookware to use, however, is a metaphorical minefield.
There are cookware sets available for everybody, no matter what the skill set. What I am going to do today is take a look at the Anolon advanced hard-anodized nonstick set. What I will then show you why it’s probably one of the best sets you can get, no matter what your skill level.
The Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick
Anolon has been pushing their way past the likes of T-fal for quite a few years now. Founded in 1984, Anolon created cookware that was aimed at the more serious cooks out there, and they have never disappointed.
Anolon cookware sets have always had a strong reputation when it comes to durability and longevity. My mother has been using some Anolon pans now for nigh on twenty years, and they are as good now as they were new.
Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick cookware set is just as reliable as the cookware sets of old and unlike many companies, Anolon have let nothin slide over the years. I have put the Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick to the test and using it in my kitchen, and this is what I discovered.
- Strong and amazingly durable
- Large, sturdy handles
- Safe with metal utensils
- Not dishwasher safe
- Cannot be used with induction hobs
Features & Benefits
One of the great things about all Anolon cookware sets is the design. You can tell they are made of strong stuff and will last; you can tell this from the moment you open the box.
When you do open the box, you are greeted by the following:
- 1.5-quart saucepan with lid
- 3-quart saucepan with lid
- 8-quart stockpot with lid
- 3 quart saute pan with lid
- 12-inch skillet
- 8-inch french skillet.
What is always impressive about Anolon is the attention to detail. The 12-inch deep skillet, for example, comes with a much-needed helper handle. The deep skillet can get quite heavy, so the helper handle removes any risk of spilling.
The appearance of the pans is where the elegance comes through. The pans are finished in a space grey, and the handles of the pans are elegantly crafted. You can see from first glance that the pans are of the highest quality and feel sturdy too.
While most people tend to stretch for stainless steel nowadays, if you are buying Anolon, you are going to get the best in aluminium cookware sets. While many people see aluminium as a much softer material than stainless steel, this is only before the anodizing process.
The anodizing process of aluminium, when done correctly, gives a metal that is a lot harder than that of stainless steel.
Aluminium pans like the Anolon set are are of the best quality when it comes to non-stick availabilities. These pans are not just single coated in nonstick, Anolon pans are triple-coated in a nonstick finish.
Having a highly nonstick surface like this results in fewer kitchen accidents, especially when it comes to burning. Nonstick surfaces to not burn easily and furthermore, they also clean easily.
The cleaning ease of these pans is paramount, especially as they are not dishwasher safe. Although this would generally be a problem for most people, it isn’t with the Anolon pans. They clean with ease and putting them in a dishwasher would only do them a disservice.
Yet another advantage of using aluminium over stainless steel is heat distribution. The first thing we should mention is that aluminium heats and cools far quicker than stainless steel. So when you adjust the temperature of your hob, you see the difference in the pan very quickly.
Having pans like the Anolon will honestly take the cooking process and make it far more straightforward. The heating point difference is so substantial that you could boil a pan of water 4 minutes faster in an aluminium pan compared to stainless steel.
The design of the Anolon pans give an actual base heat distribution; this is also quite difficult to come by nowadays. While a lot of companies out there claim their product has an even heat distribution, this isn’t always the truth.
True heat distribution for me is when the entire base of the pan is the same temperature. There is nothing worse for me than a pan that cooks unevenly.
These nonstick pans not only cook everything evenly, but they also cook the food well too. I have found that everything from chicken to bacon cooks evenly, and I never get a problem with sticking either.
While we have previously mentioned that this cookware is not dishwasher safe, cleaning the pans really could not be easier.
I have tested these pans to the max; whether it be a substantial reduction or even a mishap with a cod loin, the pans posed no issue when it came to cleaning. The slightly overcooked fish posed the biggest challenge. The word challenge, however, is one that i use dramatically.
To clean what would usually be quite stubborn was fairly easy and required a 2-minute soak in hot water while the pan cooled down.
One of the most surprising things I discovered when cleaning these pans was finding that the outside of the pans was also completely non-stick too. One evening my bolognese went slightly overboard, it cleaned away without any issues at all.
What The People Said
As many people know, I often scour the internet before making any purchase, especially one that has a high cost. With the Anolon, this was no different, but I did also have some history with the cookware that was a great selling point.
The consensus online for the Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece is excellent. The reviews generally mention the price, but as with all things, quality does come at a cost.
While the Anolon cookware sets may be expensive, you get value for money. You could go out and spend a quarter of the price on another cookware set. This is fine for a temporary solution but do not expect these sets to stand the test of time.
Anolon cookware is made to last and in my experience in truly does last. I have used cheap cookware sets previously, and they have been used and disposed of. The proof of Anolon is generally in the reviews; if you go searching, you will very rarely come across a bad one.
Alternatives To The Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece
The Circulon set is becoming more popular, and it isn’t difficult to see why. The Circulon sets are, however quite expensive and don’t hold their performance against something like the Anolon cookware sets.
While the pans do hold a certain elegance in design, they feel a little on the cheap side and don’t feel as well manufactured as the Anolon pans do. While they may share some design patterns with the Anolon, they don’t compare.
While Tefal is a recognised name in cookware sets, over the last few years their reputation has started to slide.
The Ingenio range has helped restore some of that reputation of old though. The Ingenio pans are long-lasting and have a titanium additive. The price of the Ingenio set is also relatively good.
For a great price, you get a 13 piece set, and they also have multifunction handles and lids. There are a few flaws with the Ingenio range that may put a few people off. The pans are oven safe up to 260 degrees which is quite low compared to most options available on the market today.
They are, however, dishwasher safe and very durable.
ProCook may have a mixed reputation among the masses nowadays, but they are still very capable of producing some incredible cookware options. One of those options is the ProCook Gourmet.
The ProCook gourmet is a fantastic package but for the price, just misses out on what the Anolon cookware sets have to offer. The pans are lightweight and durable but really suffer when it comes to aesthetics.
The pans, unfortunately, look quite cheap, which is quite shocking when you look at the price tag.
The Anolon pots and pans are a pleasure to cook with. While the price may be a little higher than some would expect to pay for a cookware set. I am comfortable that I will be able to use these little beauties for many years to come.
Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece is my opinion is the ultimate in value for money. The truth is, great pans do add to the quality of food you cook.