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Anolon Cookware Reviews - Does the Quality Match the Looks?


Anolon is one of the pioneers of hard-anodized cookware and has been consistently producing stylish pots and pans for decades. Their mid-priced cookware sets are popular among home cooks and also make a well-received gift.

The signature feature of Anolon lines is the nonstick exterior and interior too. This makes the cookware amazingly easy to clean and keeps it looking beautiful and new.

If you are specifically looking for frying or sautee pans, you can read our dedicated Anolon pan review article here.

Let's dive into the details of how these pots and pans perform in the kitchen.

About Analon

Anolon is an American based company that has been manufacturing quality cookware since 1989. They pride themselves as the top developers of quality kitchenware for home-based cooks as well as commercial chefs in restaurants and hotels.

Their utensils come fitted with convenient features that are common in modern cookware such as a smooth non-stick interior, a smooth reinforced exterior, and molded stay cool handles.

Top-Rated Anolon Cookware Sets Reviewed

We have selected 5 popular sets from Anolon and looked at them in detail.

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Healthiest choice

Anolon Nouvelle 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set

- Base material: stainless steel w. copper
- Interior: mirror polished stainless steel
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

8.8

Best every day set

Anolon Advanced 11-Piece Hard-Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set

- Base material: hard-anodized aluminum
- Interior: triple layered nonstick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top

Our Rating

9.3

Best performance

Anolon Nouvelle 11-Piece Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick Set

- Base: hard-anodized aluminum w. copper
- Interior: sapphire reinforced nonstick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top

Our Rating

9.5

#4

4. Anolon Advanced 12-Piece Hard-Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set

- Base material: hard-anodized aluminum
- Interior: non-stick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top

Our Rating

9.2

#5

5. Anolon Accolade 12-Piece Precision Forged Nonstick Cookware Set

- Base material: hard-anodized aluminum
- Interior: sapphire reinforced nonstick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top

Our Rating

9.0

Healthiest choice

Anolon Nouvelle 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set

- Base material: stainless steel w. copper
- Interior: mirror polished stainless steel
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

8.8

Best every day set

Anolon Advanced 11-Piece Hard-Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set

- Base material: hard-anodized aluminum
- Interior: triple layered nonstick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top

Our Rating

9.3

Best performance

Anolon Nouvelle 11-Piece Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick Set

- Base: hard-anodized aluminum w. copper
- Interior: sapphire reinforced nonstick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top

Our Rating

9.5

#4

4. Anolon Advanced 12-Piece Hard-Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set

- Base material: hard-anodized aluminum
- Interior: non-stick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top

Our Rating

9.2

#5

5. Anolon Accolade 12-Piece Precision Forged Nonstick Cookware Set

- Base material: hard-anodized aluminum
- Interior: sapphire reinforced nonstick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top

Our Rating

9.0

Anolon Nouvelle Stainless 10-Piece Cookware Set

Design:

Anolon Nouvelle 10-Piece Set is a collection of beautifully mirror polished utensils that include frying pans, saucepans, and a sauté pan that are sold with accompanying lids.

The handles on the covering lids are tulip shaped and are spacious. The set weighs 22.1 pounds when packed and comes in a box with dimensions of 23.38 x 10.88 x 13.63 inches.

Materials:

The utensils have a stainless steel body that is crafted creatively with copper for optimum heat control. Each piece has its base layered with five layers that comprise a magnetized steel cap to enable delivery of a smooth cooking experience on all cooking stoves including induction heaters.

Stainless steel lids are able to with stand high temperatures of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, thus making them suitable for oven use. The manufacturer made the stay cool handles from cast steel and riveted them on the body of the utensils using a unique flat-rivet technology.

Usability:

We like the diversity of this set; it includes varying sizes of beautifully made utensils that stand out in any kitchen. The mirror polished interior and exterior surfaces deliver safe cooking and healthy food since they have no artificial coating. One of the five layers on the base of the utensils is made of copper to allow it to deliver efficient and evenly distributed heat.

User reviews about this set include impressed views regarding the handles that remain cool to touch even after a cooking session.We sampled some warnings about oven use where the enclosed interior of the oven could result in the handles getting a little hot.

As such, we recommend using potholders when transferring the saucepans from the oven.

Users also pointed out that the copper ring at the bottom of the utensils discolors after using it for a few times. This is common for copper. With vigorous scrubbing, however, the copper ring can go back to its appealing look in just a short time.

Cleaning:

We recommend cleaning the stainless steel surface using nylon or plastic scrubbing pads and avoiding the abrasive scouring pads that could scratch the surface. When heating the utensils, let the heat increase gradually on moderate instead of cranking up the heat.

This is because the copper base retains heat for a long time after heating up. Additionally, avoid leaving salt and acidic foods on the stainless steel surface for a long time since the surface corrodes easily.


The set contains:

  • 1.25-quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 2.5-quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 6.5-quart Stockpot with Lid
  • 8-inch Frying Pan
  • 10.5-inch Frying Pan
  • 3-quart Sauté Pan with Lid

Pros

  • Sold with accompanying covering lids
  • Support oven use up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Support use on all cooking stoves including induction heaters
  • Handles remain cool to the touch

Cons

  • Metal utensils cannot be used since they scratch the stainless steel surface
  • They take a lot of time to heat up
  • You cannot see through the stainless steel covering lids

Anolon Advanced 11-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set

Design:

Anolon Advanced 11-Piece Set has spectacularly looking utensils that include frying pans, a grill pan, saucepans, and their accompanying covering lids.

The utensils have a dark interior that is non-stick and handles that have a brown silicone grip. The set piece comes packed in a box with measurements of 23.75 x 15.00 x 12.25 inches.

Materials:

The hard-anodized body on the utensils enables fast and even heating. Covering lids are made from tempered glass, thus making them shatter-resistant and scratch free. The cooking surface is non-stick and is triple layered to facilitate quick food release.

This makes cleaning after cooking on the pan easy. The handles are thick and have a sure grip silicone surface that makes them comfortable to hold over a cooking stove. The pieces can be used over gas, ceramic, and electrical cooking stoves.

Usability:

The wide assortment of utensils included in the set ensures that you have all the utensils you require in a modern kitchen. We found the triple layered non-stick surface ideal because it delivers healthy food on an easy to clean surface that is free of PTFE and PFOA toxins.

The addition of tempered glass lids means that your utensils lock in moisture and allow you to monitor food as it continues cooking without having to remove the lid.

We sampled user comments and found overwhelming positive reviews about the use of the utensils on this collection. Many users were in love with the utensils' clear tempered glass lids that are safe for oven use up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. They also commended the easy to clean non-stick surface.

We only came across a few negative comments from users who felt left out by the pieces not being able to cook on their induction heaters. Handles also get a bit hot, especially with oven use. As such, we recommend using pot holders when handling the utensils in the Advanced set.

Cleaning:

We recommend hand washing the interior as well as the exterior of the saucepans and frying pans included in this set. Avoid metal utensils and minimize cleaning the utensils in the dishwasher since minor scratches could occur on the non-stick surface. Nylon, wood, and silicon utensils are safe to use on the cooking surface.


The set contains:

  • 1.5-quart and Covered Saucepan
  • 3-quart Covered Saucepan
  • 8-quart Covered Stockpot
  • 8-inch French Skillet
  • 10-inch French Skillet
  • 12-inch Grill Pan
  • 3-quart Covered Sauté

Pros

  • Sold with accompanying tight fitting covering lids
  • Support oven use up to 400 degrees
  • Comes with clear lids where one can monitor the food as it cooks
  • Easy to clean
  • Includes a variety of utensils, including a grill pan
  • Utensils are covered with a limited warranty

Cons

  • Handles become hot when used in the oven
  • Its non-stick surface limits use with metal utensils

Anolon Nouvelle Copper 11-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set

Design:

This set features diverse utensils that have a dark cooking surface that comes coated with non-stick material. The exterior is smooth and available in either sable or onyx color.

The set weighs 26.7 pounds and comes in a box measuring 23.13 x 12 x 16.5 inches.

Materials:

Aluminum is the core material for the utensils on this set and is fortified by a copper and an induction ready mid-layer plate. An easy release of food is enabled by the non-stick surface that is made with infinity Slide Technology and fortified with sapphire.

Stay cool handles are dual riveted on the body of the pans and saucepans to make them firm and durable. The pieces support oven use and can be used over all cooking stoves including induction heaters.

Usability:

Cooking with the copper utensils is fun. The non-stick surface is easy to cook on and offers quick release of food, which is then followed by easy clean up.

The cast stainless steel handles are comfortable to grip on and remain cool to the touch. Oven use with the stainless steel covering lids is supported up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, thus making the set's utensils compliant with the standards of modern models that support cooking as well as plating food on the dining table.

When sampling user feedback from previous customers who had experience cooking with this pan, we found quite a good reception, especially from users who cook on induction cooking stoves.

The aluminum body that is fortified with copper delivers quick and even spreading of heat. Moreover, the utensils don't warp under high temperatures.

The stainless steel covering lids are good for locking in the moisture and flavors of the food cooking in the interior. However, their opaque nature does not allow users to view the food as it cooks without lifting the cover off.

Cleaning:

The manufacturer labels these pieces safe for dishwasher cleaning. The non-stick surface is also easy to clean. Just hand wash it using a sponge, soap, and water. We recommend that you keep dishwasher cleaning to a minimum if you want the utensils to last long.

Additionally, avoid metal utensils and cook only with wood, nylon, and silicone utensils that will keep the non-stick coating on the cooking surface unharmed.


The set contains:

  • 1.5-quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 3-quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 8-quart Stockpot with Lid
  • 3-quart Sauté with Lid and Helper Handle
  • 8.5-inch Skillet
  • 12-inch Skillet

Pros

  • Sold with accompanying covering lids that fit tight
  • Large collection of different utensils enables cooking both small and large meals
  • Easy to clean
  • Fast and even heat distribution
  • Support all cooking stoves including induction heaters

Cons

  • The lids are not clear
  • The handles get hot when used in the oven

Anolon Advanced 12-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set

Design:

Anolon Advanced 12-Piece Set has elegant utensils that come in a modest bronze exterior color and a dark chocolate color on the interior.

The saucepans and sauté pans are sold with accompanying covering lids that have spacious handles with a thick bronze grip area that complement the color of the exterior. The weight of this set is 21.8 pounds while the packaging box measures 22.8 x 12.4 x 13.7 inches.

Materials:

The hard-anodized construction delivers a smooth cooking experience that features quick and even heating without creating hotspots. Covering lids are clear and made of tempered glass to allow the user to monitor food directly as it continues to cook.

Handles are thick and the silicone gripping cover on both the handles on the pans' body and the covering lids protect users from burns by ensuring they cannot touch the bare metal on the handles. The utensils can be used over gas, ceramic, and electric cooking stoves but not induction heaters.

Usability:

We commend the creators of this set for the inclusion of versatile utensils and the inclusion of a small saucepan that features a pouring snout on the top edge. Combining the set pieces, you can deliver amazing meals for the whole family or even cook a simple meal for yourself using the small frying pans.

The non-stick cooking surface that enables quick food release comes coated with materials that are compliant with safety regulations in many countries.

Users advise against cleaning the utensils in the dishwasher because doing so could scratch them.

Users also posted dissatisfied comments regarding the bottom of the pan bowing out and causing the pan to twirl around when placed on a flat cooking stove. This could happen when extreme heat is used on the pans. As such, we advise users to adjust the heat to medium levels to give the pans a long life in proper working condition.

Cleaning:

Cleaning the pans is easy because you only need soap, water, and your hands. A soft cleaning sponge that is non-abrasive also works great to remove leftover food items from the cooking surface of the pan without damaging it.

Although the manufacture has labeled the set as safe for dishwasher cleaning, we recommend you keep tossing the bronze utensils in the dishwasher to a minimum.


The set contains:

  • 1-quart Saucepan with Pour Spouts
  • 2-quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 3-quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 3-quart Sauté Pan with Lid
  • 8-quart Stockpot with Lid
  • 8-inch Frying Pan
  • 12-inch Deep Frying Pan with Lid and Helper Handle

Pros

  • Sold with accompanying covering lids that fit tightly
  • Quick and even heating
  • No hotspots on the cooking surface
  • Easy to clean
  • Support oven use up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit
  • The non-stick surface is free of PFOA and PTFE toxins

Cons

  • Dishwashing damages the shape of the utensils, thus causing the lids not to fit
  • The non-stick surface wears off after you have used the set for some time

Anolon Accolade 12-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set

Design:

Anolon Accolade Set has utensils that have a moonstone color on the exterior and a dark gray interior. The bottom of the utensils has a shiny magnetized base that is circular.

All the saucepans and sauté pans come with covering lids all of which have holding handles at the top. The set pieces weigh 27 pounds and come packed in a box that is 26 by 12.88 by 15.5 inches.

Materials:

A superior construction that features hard-anodized aluminum and built using precision force technology on the body of the utensils enables heat to spread quickly and evenly throughout the non-stick cooking surface that is reinforced with sapphire for durability.

The covering lids are made from tempered glass while their transparent nature allows easy viewing of food as it continues to cook. The utensils are oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and support all cooking stoves including induction heaters.

Usability:

Accolade 12-Piece Set from Anolon is convenient to cook with thanks to its durable non-stick surface that releases food quickly and easily. The smooth and slim exterior body also cleans up easily with just a few wipes.

The magnetized induction ready base plate allows the use of the utensils over all cooking stoves. Moreover, it is flat to minimize the occurrence of scratches that might occur when moving the utensils from one cooking stove to another or to the oven.

Users like the affordable nature of the set agreeing that it is within most household's budgets. The care for the non-stick surface is necessary to prevent it from chipping off and exposing the aluminum interior that might react with acidic foods. Extreme heating also affects the utensils' shape and affects the tight fit of the covering lids.

Cleaning:

Cleaning of the Accolade utensils should only be done by hand if you want them to last for a long time. The non-stick surface is easy to clean since no food sticks to it. Though dishwasher cleaning is supported, it should be limited to a minimal level to prevent the utensils from colliding and damaging the non-stick surface.


The set contains:

  • 1.75-quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 2.5-quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 3.5-quart Saucepot with Lid
  • 3-quart Sauté Pan with Lid and Helper Handle
  • 7.5-quart Stockpot with Lid
  • 8-inch Frying Pan
  • 10-inch Frying Pan

Pros

  • Sold with accompanying covering lids
  • Support dishwasher cleaning
  • Can be used over induction heaters
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • The non-stick surface is not durable
  • Extreme heat causes the utensils to warp
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