When reviewing nonstick cookware brands, we found the most recommendations for the pricey Swiss Diamond cookware (*Est. $450 for a 10-piece set) . However, Anolon Advanced gets the strongest combination of reviews from professionals and users. The most common problem with nonstick cookware in general is that the nonstick coating begins to wear off after a few months or years of use. However, with Anolon Advanced, we saw very few reports of this problem. This cookware is also praised for its even heating, great nonstick properties and easy cleanup. It is also oven-safe to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Its drawbacks are its relatively high price (for nonstick cookware) and the fact that, like most nonstick brands, it can't go in a dishwasher. If you want nonstick but have less to spend, consider the budget-priced Rachael Ray Hard-Anodized Cookware (*Est. $170) .
Anolon Advanced is included in the latest tests of cookware sets at ConsumerReports.org. It is also one of four nonstick cookware lines recommended by Good Housekeeping. More than 200 user reviews at Macys.com and Amazon.com confirm its durability. The user reviews provide as much, if not more, insight into the major flaws and highlights of this cookware set.
Editors at ConsumerReports.org test 35 whole sets of traditional and nonstick cookware, including Anolon Advanced. Each set is evaluated on evenness of cooking, ease of cleaning and handle design, and nonstick sets are also rated on surface durability.
Review: Kitchen Cookware, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Good Housekeeping
After testing 35 lines of traditional and nonstick cookware, the editors of Good Housekeeping recommend four brands of each type. A brief summary of each brand's pros and cons are also listed in a slideshow format; however, cookware lines are not directly compared to one another. They do, however, receive a letter grade. The Anolon Advanced Collection earns an A, thanks to its even heating and smart design.
Review: Anolon Advanced Bronze Collection Nonstick Cookware, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Nov. 2010
In roughly 75 reviews, the Anolon Advanced 10-piece set earns an average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5. Users say it has a great, durable nonstick surface that cooks food evenly and is easy to clean. The main complaint is that the pans aren't dishwasher-safe.
Review: Anolon Advanced 10-Piece Cookware Set, Contributors to Macys.com
About 60 owners at Amazon.com give the Anolon Advanced 10-piece set an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. They describe it as durable and attractive, with even heating and a "truly no stick" surface. There aren't any negative comments, and reviews are fairly consistent across users but some users say they wish the pans could go in a dishwasher.
Review: Anolon Advanced Nonstick Hard-Anodized Aluminum 10-Piece Cookware Set, Contributors to Amazon.com