Holds heat well
Dual pouring spouts
Straining lid with two size options
Not dishwasher safe
We purchased the Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick 2-Quart Straining Saucepan so our reviewer could put it to the test in her kitchen. Keep reading for our full product review.
Everyone needs a small saucepan in their kitchen, especially if you frequently find yourself warming up soup or cooking oatmeal for breakfast. The Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick 2-Quart Straining Saucepan may seem pricey for such a small pot, but we were intrigued by its numerous features and wanted to test it out. Keep reading to see what we found.
Design: Plenty of useful features
This Anolon Nonstick Saucepan has a 2-quart capacity, so it’s on the smaller side, as pans go. It has an ergonomic handle for easy pouring, and despite its heavy-duty design, the saucepan isn’t that heavy. Plus, it has a spout on each side of the pan, allowing you to easily pour off water.
To go along with the spouts, the pan’s lid has two built-in strainers—one has smaller slots, and the second has larger slots. No matter what we were preparing, we were able to strain without worrying about food slipping through—ideal when you’re cooking something like ditaloni, a type of small pasta. Plus, it saved us from having to break out the colander.
The lid’s handle is raised enough that you can grab it easily, even while wearing an oven mitt, but we found that we didn’t need any heat protection to touch the pan’s silicone handle, even after it was on the stove for an hour.
The pan’s lid has two built-in strainers—one has smaller slots, and the second has larger slots.
The only thing we didn’t like about the Anolon Advanced Straining Saucepan is that it’s narrow and tall. When we stirred the contents with a normal table spoon, it was hard to reach the bottom effectively without getting our hands uncomfortably close to the heat. For this reason, we’d recommend sticking to long-handled cooking utensils while using this pan.
Material: Heavy-duty nonstick
This saucepan is made from hard-anodized aluminum. What does that mean? The whole process is fairly complex—essentially, it involves submerging aluminum in a chemical bath and applying an electrical current, which creates an extremely hard, durable surface that resists corrosion.
The result is a piece of cookware that’s much more durable than normal nonstick pans—so durable that you can even use metal utensils in it, typically a no-no when caring for nonstick cookware. So instead of worrying about which utensils will damage this saucepan, you can grab your wire whisk or metal spoon without a second thought.
We had no problems with food sticking to this nonstick pan while making soup, pasta, peach pie filling, and more. Plus, as an added bonus, the lid is made of break-resistant glass, so it’s a must-have for anyone with clumsy tendencies.
Heating Capacity: Heats up quickly
This pan holds heat very well—so well, in fact, that while making hot cereal the way we normally do in our stainless steel saucepan, the contents boiled over. We suggest using this pan on a lower heat setting than you normally would until you get a feel for it. Otherwise, you might end up with a mess like we did!
Despite its superior heat conduction, we were impressed to find that the handles on the lid and the pan itself stayed comfortable to touch, even after an hour on the stove. Plus, both handles are easy to grip with an oven mitt, which is useful because the pan and lid are both oven-safe up to 400 degrees.
This saucepan is significantly easier to clean than any other cookware we’ve owned. While the Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick Saucepan isn’t dishwasher safe, we don’t think it needs to be. The inside of the pan came clean easily every time we used it (even when it boiled over), and there was no scrubbing required.
Price: Worth it
The Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick 2-Quart Saucepan costs around $40 at full price, and while it’s a little pricey compared to other small saucepans, we think it’s worth it.
The saucepan’s thoughtful design and heavy-duty nonstick surface make it extremely versatile and durable. Sure, buying this saucepan might mean paying more initially, but you won’t have to dish out cash for a replacement in a few years, as it will stand the test of time. Plus, your purchase will be protected by a lifetime warranty. It’s a win-win!
The inside of the pan came clean easily every time we used it, and there was no scrubbing required.
Competition: Not the only great saucepan
Calphalon Classic Stainless Steel Cookware Sauce Pan: If nonstick isn’t your style, the Calphalon Classic Stainless Steel Sauce Pan might be a better choice for you. This 1.5-quart saucepan costs around the same as the Anolon, and while you’ll likely experience more food sticking to the pan, you also have more options for cleaning it, including abrasive cleaners that would ruin nonstick pans.
The stainless steel pan comes with plenty of perks, including measurements printed on the inside, an impact-bonded aluminum base for even heating, and a lid with straining holes, and it’s also dishwasher-safe, which could be a key selling point for those who hate hand-washing dishes.
Farberware Dishwasher Safe Nonstick Aluminum 1-Quart Saucier: If you’re searching for a cheap saucepan, the Faberware Dishwasher Safe Nonstick Saucier costs around $12, but it’s probably not going to last you as long as the Anolon Saucepan. During testing, we found this pan’s nonstick coating chipped easily, and it doesn’t include a lid, either. The Faberware Saucier is dishwasher-friendly, but like most standard nonstick pans, it shouldn’t be used with metal utensils, which can ruin its finish.
Essential if you like nonstick cookware.
As far as nonstick saucepans go, the Anolon Hard-Anodized Nonstick Saucepan is packed with features, including its durable nonstick finish, dual pouring spouts, and straining lid, and overall, we wouldn’t think twice before snatching it up.
- Product Name Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick 2-Quart Straining Saucepan
- Product Brand Anolon
- Price $39.99
- Weight 2.64 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 6.55 x 6.89 x 13.31 in.
- Model Number 83498
- Material Hard-anodized aluminum; silicone and stainless steel handle; glass lid
- Color Options Moonstone, Onyx, Indigo, Bronze
- Warranty Lifetime warranty