Distributes heat evenly
Nonstick surface is truly nonstick
Easy to clean
Aesthetically pleasing design
Slightly pricier than competitors
Anolon has been providing professional-performance kitchenware for decades. They are best known for their hard-anodized nonstick cookware that launched in 1989, though the brand has since expanded its product line to include baking dishes, cutlery, and kitchen gadgets. In 2009, Anolon introduced their Nouvelle Copper collection which features fry pans with a copper-layer base and hard-anodized construction. We tested a twin pack to see how the pans held up the competition. Read on for our review.
Design: Surprisingly sleek for nonstick
Nonstick pans aren’t typically known for their aesthetics—they usually fall under the function over fashion category—but these Anolon pans are certainly the exception. The set comes with two pans: one 8 inch and one 10 inch. Both feature a standard dark grey design with cast stainless steel handles that offer a confident grip. Flip the pans over and you’ll reveal an attractive gloss finish, tasteful Anolon logo, and durable five-layer metal base. The attractive base makes them great for hanging on a pot rack but their small size means they can also be tucked away in a cabinet. Anolon’s pans don’t come with lids, but they do have sloped sides and dual flat-riveted Sure Grip handles so you can get a comfortable grasp as you pour, serve, or just move the skillets from burner to burner.
The attractive base makes them great for hanging on a pot rack but their small size means they can also be tucked away in a cabinet.
If you’re stocking your first kitchen or you regularly cook for one or two, Anolon’s twin pan set is a great option. The pans are pretty lightweight but they’re also sturdy enough that the bottoms won’t warp after regular use. The smaller 8-inch pan is great for whipping up eggs and reheating leftovers while the 10-inch pan can easily handle larger recipes. We used the latter to cook up a meal for four, frying eight chicken cutlets and a stir fry.
Material & Heat Capacity: Lightweight with solid construction
Unlike heavy cast iron, these are made from ultra-durable, hard-anodized aluminum, so they’re super lightweight but sturdy. Their copper induction plate offers optimum heat control and even cooking. The metal base features aluminum and stainless steel layers between a copper core, which also makes them conveniently compatible with all cooktops and oven-safe up to 500 degrees.
Nonstick Performance: You’ll get your money’s worth
If you’ve been let down by “nonstick” pans in the past, then you’ll be happy to know that Anolon’s Unity Surface can restore your faith in nonstick cookware. The PFOA-free, triple-layer nonstick surface can handle even the stickiest, greasiest foods from melty cheese to fatty bacon.
The smaller 8-inch pan is great for whipping up eggs and reheating leftovers while the 10-inch pan can easily handle larger recipes.
After weeks of use, we were happy to find that neither pan’s nonstick surface had been compromised. We tried the egg test without any cooking oil and found that each pan flipped the eggs easily without any assistance from a utensil.
Ease of Cleaning: No elbow grease needed
Cleanup is easy with these two skillets and only requires warm soapy water and a light sponge at most. We strongly suggest skipping any abrasive scrubbing as it could impact the effectiveness of the nonstick surface. The skillets are dishwasher safe as well, but we used them so often that it was quicker to hand wash them.
Price: On the high end, but worth it
With a retail price of $50, this two-piece set is slightly costlier than standard nonstick options. But in terms of quality, longevity, and style—there’s no doubt these skillets will quickly become your go-tos.
Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick Skillet Set vs. T-Fal Specialty Nonstick 3-Piece Fry Pan Set
While the Anolon Nouvelle Copper set is a great choice, it’s not the only option out there. The T-Fal Specialty Nonstick 3-Piece Fry Pan Set, which comes with 8-, 9.5- and 11-inch fry pans, is also an impressive selection if you’re searching for basic cookware. Those shopping on a budget will find the T-Fal set’s $30 price tag quite attractive, but if you have the means, we’d stick with the Anolon set. Aside from their high-quality construction, the pans are much more aesthetically pleasing.
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Without a doubt, yes, buy it.
If you’ve been searching for new go-to pans or just want to replace a few old ones that have been underperforming, you can’t go wrong with the Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick Skillet Set. The two-pack is affordable, attractive, and exceptionally effective.
- Product Name Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick Skillet Set
- Product Brand Anolon
- MPN 82525
- Price $49.99
- Weight 4.8 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 18.5 x 10.5 x 5.2 in.
- Material Stainless steel
- Warranty Lifetime