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Is Anolon Cookware Any Good? An In-Depth Review

Are you in the market for new cookware and considering Anolon?

The company claims its cookware “cooks like cast iron, but cleans like non-stick.”

Are these claims true? Is Anolon cookware any good?

In this in-depth review of Anolon cookware, you’ll learn:

  • What the brand offers
  • How the cookware looks
  • How it is crafted
  • How it performs
  • What it costs
  • Pros and cons
  • And much more

Ready to find out if Anolon cookware is right for you? Keep reading.


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Design

Anolon boasts nearly a dozen unique cookware collections.

In this section, I’ll detail the design of the brand’s best-selling collection: Anolon Advanced Home.

Anolon Advanced Home Frying Pan
Anolon Advanced Home Frying Pan

I’ll also call your attention to a few other eye-catching collections to give you a good foundation of the design features of Anolon overall.

For now, let’s dive into Anolon Advanced Home.

Exterior

Anolon Advanced Home comes in multiple colors, all featuring a metallic matte-finish look. There’s a hint of sheen to these pans, but it is very subtle — like brushed metal.

Anolon Advanced Home Frying Pan Bottom

Across the collection, some cookware pieces have multiple color options: bronze, graphite, indigo, umber, or onyx. Others come in two or more of those colors.

The exterior finish is a durable non-stick material, ideal for keeping the pans looking good as grease and food debris are repelled from the cookware when washed.

The PFOA-free non-stick coating is abrasion-resistant. Anolon uses a high-quality PTFE (Teflon) coating similar to the material used by high-end brands like Calphalon and All-Clad.

All cookware in this collection features a hard-anodized aluminum body with a dark, heavy-duty aluminum base. The base is completely flat, so the pan maintains even contact with the stove and doesn’t shift or wobble.

Anolon cookware flat bottom
Anolon cookware flat bottom

Interior

Anolon Advanced Home cookware interiors feature Autograph 2, a triple-layer non-stick cooking surface made by DuPont.

Anolon Advanced Frying Pan Interior

Surfaces are either flat, have grill indentations, or a split profile — half grill/half pan or two half pans. These divided skillets allow you to cook on two sides without food mingling.

Anolon Advanced Home Hard-Anodized Nonstick Open Stock Cookware (12.5

The pots and pans are offered in circular and square shapes, with some feature pour spouts.

The pans have tapered sides, ideal for cooking low and slow and sealing in juices. The frying pans are mildly shallow, perfect for reducing and stirring sauces, but have enough height to contain the ingredients and prevent splattering.

The rims are flared, geared for spatula work, and easily pouring sauces or flipping omelets.

Anolon Cookware Flared Rims
Anolon Cookware Flared Rims

The rivets protrude a bit into the interior on the handle side of the pan.

Some Anolon collections, such as Accolade, feature rivets that are flush to the pan surface.

Anolon Accolade Hard Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan Skillet Set, 10 Inch and 12 Inch, Gray

Anolon calls this Unity Surface, and it’s designed to make cleaning the cookware easier (no places for food to get caught).

Handles

Anolon Advanced Home pan handles are stainless steel wrapped in latex-free silicone. They’re designed to stay cool to the touch. Even so, I always suggest using an oven mitt or glove when using them in an oven.

Anolon Cookware Handle

The ergonomic-friendly handles are angled upward slightly for better gripping. Larger pots and skillets feature helper handles.

The lid handles are large, offering plenty of space between the lid surface and the top of the handle — perfect if you are wearing a bulky mitt.

All handles feature a hanging loop if you wish to store your pot on a hook or pot rack.

Anolon logo embossed in the cookware handle

One complaint I have about the handles is that the silicone wrapper has a visible seam on top where the material’s two ends meet, making the cookware look cheap.

Seam in Anolon silicone handles

I wish they hid the seam on the bottom or smoothed it out to make it less visible.

Lids

The lids are mainly tempered glass, but there are a few other lid designs worth mentioning.

For example, the Dutch ovens boast lids that double as cookware. They feature a grill pan or frying pan that fits snugly on top of the Dutch oven or can be turned over and used as additional cookware.

Another exception is the Anolon Advanced 14-Inch Wok, which features a hybrid glass/stainless steel lid.

Other Noteworthy Anolon Designs

The design of Anolon cookware shows how much the company values function.

For example, the Anolon Nouvelle Copper collection features a copper layer in the middle to deliver precise heat control.

Anolon Nouvelle Stainless Steel Cookware Pots and Pans Set, 10 Piece

And, while most copper cookware is not induction-compatible, this collection has a steel base, making it compatible with all cooktops.

Additionally, it has an attractive copper accent at the bottom of each pan, contrasting with the polished stainless steel.

Another noteworthy collection is Anolon Tri-Ply Clad. This is an excellent option for those who love the sleek look of polished stainless steel and the sturdy construction of fully-clad cookware. It looks and feels a lot like All-Clad or Calphalon stainless steel cookware but costs significantly less.

Anolon 30822 Triply Clad Stainless Steel Cookware Pots and Pans Set, 12 Piece

Another convenient option is Anolon Smartstack. This collection is designed to take up less space and is made with a sapphire-reinforced non-stick surface called Infinity Slide. Anolon claims this non-stick coating lasts 16 times longer than traditional non-stick surfaces and 80 times as long as ceramic non-stick.

Anolon Smart Stack Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware, 11 Piece Set, Black

Finally, AnolonX is one of the company’s most innovative collections. It features a thick stainless steel base and a SearTech cooking surface. This innovation allows oil and fats to remain unified under the meat or vegetable for excellent sear and caramelization.

AnolonX’s stainless steel non-stick hybrid design is similar to HexClad, one of the fastest-growing cookware startups (check out my HexClad review to learn more).

HexClad cookware interior
HexClad

As you can see, Anolon has a range of unique offerings, and all display the company’s focus on function and performance. Speaking of performance, let’s see how Anolon stacks up against the competition.

Performance

I’ve been testing out Anolon pans for several months and, so far, have very few complaints.

The non-stick surface performs just as well as more expensive brands, including All-Clad, Made In, and Calphalon. Food slides around easily, and cleaning the pan is a simple process that takes only a few seconds.

Although I prefer the look of a pure stainless steel handle, the silicone wrapping is comfortable, provides an excellent grip, and keeps the handle cool.

Compared to Calphalon pans, Anolon pans have slightly thinner walls. That means they heat up faster, which is ideal for quick meals like eggs, grilled cheese, and boiling pasta.

However, pans with thin walls don’t retain heat well, and heat retention is essential for searing. You want a pan that holds its temperature when you place cold meat in it, and thinner pans tend to drop in temperature quickly.

That said, I’ve tested Anolon on steak, burgers, and salmon and was pleased with the crispy sear it was able to achieve.

Overall, Anolon performs as advertised. It’s durable, cooks well, and cleans up easily. 

But how does it perform versus the competition?

To find out, I conducted a simple test.

First, I put two cups of cold water into the Anolon frying pan. Then, I placed the pan on the stove and turned the heat to high. My goal was to see how evenly the pan heated and how fast it boiled the water.

As it started heating up, the bubbles began forming completely evenly across the cooking surface. That pattern continued as the water started to boil, indicating even heat distribution.

Anolon cookware heat conduction

The first bubbles started after 1 minute and 55 seconds, and it took the Anolon pan two minutes and 27 seconds to bring the water to a complete boil.

To see how Anolon compared against the competition, I repeated the test with four other pans, including Made In, All-Clad, Calphalon, and Misen. Here are the results:

Pan Time to First Bubbles Time to Boil
Anolon 12-inch fry pan1 minute and 55 seconds2 minute and 27 seconds
Made In 12-inch fry pan1 minute and 40 seconds2 minutes and 21 seconds
All-Clad 12-inch skillet1 minute and 55 seconds2 minute and 55 seconds
Calphalon 12-inch fry pan1 minute and 45 seconds2 minute and 40 seconds
Misen 10-inch fry pan1 minute and 50 seconds2 minute and 25 seconds

As you can see, Anolon was within 6 seconds of the top performer (Made In) and heated significantly faster than Calphalon and All-Clad.

I’m not totally surprised by these results since the walls of the Anolon pan are slightly thinner than most of the pans I tested, which allows the pan to heat up quicker.

Heat conduction is one aspect, but another important one is heat retention. To find out how Anolon compares to the competition, I conducted another test.

After the water came to a boil, I took the pan off the heat and set it on the counter. After 5 minutes, I checked the water temperature.

Anolon cookware heat retention after five minutes
Anolon cookware heat retention after five minutes

I waited another 5 minutes and rechecked the water temperature.

Anolon cookware heat retention after ten minutes
Anolon cookware heat retention after ten minutes

I repeated this process with the other pans to see how Anolon compared.

Here are the results:

Pan Water Temperature After Five Minutes Water Temperature After Ten Minutes
Anolon 12-inch fry pan112.7°F90.9°F
Made In 12-inch fry pan121.1°F106.6°F
All-Clad 12-inch skillet111.6°F100.9°F
Calphalon 12-inch fry pan112.8°F101.1°F
Misen 10-inch fry pan118.6°F103.4°F

Anolon performed the worst in this test with a water temperature of 90.9°F after ten minutes. Again, I’m not surprised by these results because the other pans tested have thicker walls, which help them absorb and retain heat better.

The key takeaway is that Anolon pans heat up fast and evenly but won’t retain the heat as well as other, thicker pans.

Downsides

Anolon is a high-quality cookware brand with plenty of positives, but it’s not perfect. Here are the main downsides to consider before buying.

Non-Stick Durability

One of the most common complaints about Anolon (and most non-stick cookware) is that the non-stick cooking surface scratches, wears down, and food starts sticking. While Anolon uses high-quality materials, it’s not indestructible. You can expect the coating to last three to five years

Some collections are labeled metal-utensil-safe, but even those will scratch (and many home cooks complain they do). It’s best always to use plastic or wooden utensils when cooking with non-stick.

Low Oven-Safe Temperature

Anolon’s more affordable cookware collections, including their best-seller, Advanced, are only oven-safe up to 400°F. Most brands allow up to 500°F, but the silicone handles on Anolon pans limit their heat tolerance.

Construction

The Anolon Nouvelle collection has an impact-bonded base rather than fully-clad construction. That means it won’t distribute as evenly as other brands (like All-Clad or Made In).

Anolon’s impact-bonded base only ensures an even heat distribution to the bottom of the pan, not the sides. That said, the Tri-Ply Clad and Advanced Try-Ply collections are fully-clad.

Cooking Surface Size

Many reviewers complain about the pan surface area. It’s important to know that a 10-inch Anolon pan does not yield a 10-inch cooking surface; it refers to the diameter around the top of the pan. On average, the diameter of a pan’s flat cooking surface is 2 inches smaller than the advertised size.

No Vent Holes in Lids

The glass lids don’t have vents, so in recipes where you need steam to escape, you are forced to tilt the lid to allow release.

Heat Retention

As I proved in my tests, Anolon pans heat up fast but don’t retain heat as well as many other brands. Keep this in mind if you plan to sear or slow cook frequently — both techniques require cookware with good heat retention.

Price

Anolon cookware is affordable. To be clear, it’s not cheap, but it’s a low-cost alternative to high-end competitors like Calphalon and All-Clad.

Prices vary by collection.

The most expensive offerings are the stainless steel clad cookware like Tri-Ply Clad and the hybrid stainless steel non-stick collection AnolonX.

The most affordable collections are Advanced and Advanced Home.

For current prices of Anolon’s most popular cookware, refer to the following chart:

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FAQs About Anolon Cookware

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding Anolon cookware.

How many cookware collections does Anolon offer?

Currently, Anolon offers 11 collections: Anolon X, Advanced Home, Advanced, SmartStack, Nouvelle Luxe, Accolade, Nouvelle Stainless Steel, Allure, Nouvelle Copper, Tri-Ply Clad, and Advanced Tri-Ply. Check out all of these on Anolon.com.

What materials is Anolon cookware made of?

Most Anolon collections are made of hard-anodized aluminum. Some are made from stainless steel, either fully-clad or featuring an impact-bonded metal base.

Hard-anodized aluminum is a type of aluminum that went through a chemical-electric process to make it harder and corrosion-resistant. It’s a common material used to make high-quality non-stick cookware.

Fully-clad means there are alternating layers of heat conductive metal throughout the cookware to deliver heat evenly.

Cookware with an impact-bonded base is different from fully-clad in that it has a layered disc on the bottom and delivers even heat only to the bottom of the pan. The sides of a pan capture residual heat from the bottom, making the heat distribution less predictable.

Anolon cookware uses DuPont’s Autograph®2 Gourmet non-stick. It’s a triple-layered premium coating that is PFOA-free, lead-free, and cadmium-free.

Where is Anolon cookware made?

Anolon cookware is made in multiple locations, including the United States, Thailand, Italy, and China. 

Is Anolon cookware oven-safe?

Yes, but the max temperatures vary by collection. Anolon X, Nouvelle Luxe, Accolade, Nouvelle Stainless Steel, Allure, Nouvelle Copper, and Tri-Ply Clad have max oven temperatures of 500°F. Advanced Tri-Ply, Advanced Home, Advanced, and SmartStack can handle up to 400°F in an oven.

Is Anolon cookware dishwasher-safe?

There are only two Anolon cookware collections that aren’t dishwasher-safe: Advanced Home and Advanced.

Is Anolon cookware induction-compatible?

Most Anolon cookware collections are induction compatible. Only Anolon Advanced, Advanced Home, and Allure are not.

Does Anolon cookware come with a warranty?

Yes, all Anolon cookware comes with a lifetime warranty. Keep in mind that it is voided in the case of product misuse.

What is Anolon’s return policy?

You can return Anolon products within 30 days of receipt. Items must be unused, accompanied by the original receipt, and in the original packaging. Shipping charges are non-refundable.

Where can you buy Anolon?

You can buy Anolon cookware at Anolon.com, Amazon, and other major retailers like Williams-Sonoma, Kohl’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Macy’s.

When did Anolon first launch?

Anolon was founded in 1986 and was the first brand to add non-stick to hard-anodized cookware. 

Bottom Line: Should You Buy Anolon Cookware?

Anolon offers reliable cookware at an affordable price. Despite launching decades ago, the brand keeps innovating to meet the needs of modern kitchens.

Anolon’s offerings reflect a brand that is paying attention to what home cooks want: a variety of choices, affordable prices, and tech-forward cookware.

Yet, even with all of the positives, only one question matters: is Anolon cookware right for you?

Here’s my recommendation:

You should buy Anolon cookware if:

  • You want affordable cookware with lots of options.
  • You want a choice of non-stick, fully-clad, or impact-bonded cookware.
  • You want dishwasher-safe cookware.
  • You value well-established brands.
  • You want cookware that heats up fast.
  • You want induction-compatible options.
  • You prefer cookware with tapered sides on pans and flared rims on skillets.
  • You like the thought of designs that use lids that double as cookware.
  • You always wanted to try copper cookware, but the prices were too high.

You should NOT buy Anolon cookware if:

  • You prefer straight handles; Anolon handles are angled upward.
  • You prefer handles without a silicone wrapper.
  • You want pans with superior heat retention.
  • You are looking for budget-buy cookware.
  • You want a non-stick option that doesn’t need to be replaced for many years.
  • You prefer cookware that can handle a broiler and oven temperatures over 500°F.
  • You only want cookware that is fully-clad.
  • You want tempered glass lids with vent holes.

Here’s the bottom line: Anolon is a well-established brand with quality products at affordable prices.

If you are looking for quality non-stick pans without overspending, Anolon is an excellent choice. It features durable construction and is coated with premium, triple-layer non-stick material.

Its performance and durability are similar to Calphalon and better than Circulon, T-fal, and Cuisinart.

Anolon also offers some innovative options, like its hybrid AnolonX collection and copper-bonded Nouvelle collection.

Overall, it is a versatile cookware brand that’s worth consideration.

Learn more about Anolon by reading more reviews and checking the current prices on Anolon.com and Amazon.

Andrew Palermo Founder of Prudent Reviews

Andrew Palermo - About the Author

Andrew is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Prudent Reviews. He’s been studying consumer buying behavior for over a decade and has managed marketing campaigns for over a dozen Fortune 500 brands. When he’s not testing the latest home products, he’s spending time with his family, cooking, and doing house projects. Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn or via email.

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