Reviewers give the Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Skillet reasonably high marks for cooking performance and design. Most say that it cooks evenly and is also easy to clean. Another plus is that this skillet is oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the durability of its nonstick coating is questionable. While one reviewer says the pan holds up well over a year of regular use, it invariably flunks professional scratch tests. Also, the pan is not dishwasher-safe. One more potential problem: The nonstick coating is made using perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), the two chemicals that some experts have linked to health problems. Still, not everyone is convinced that these chemicals, at least in the context of cookware, pose a danger to human health. If you are concerned about the safety of nonstick coatings, the similarly priced EarthPan Pro 12-Inch Open French Skillet (*Est. $45) is PFOA- and PFTE-free, but it also has durability problems.
The Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized is included in a review of nonstick and traditional cookware at ConsumerReports.org. Editors at Cook's Illustrated magazine specifically focus on the Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Skillet and other nonstick skillets in one review as well as smaller, nonstick omelet pans in a separate review. This skillet receives a fair number of owner-written reviews at Amazon.com.
Editors at ConsumerReports.org, thoroughly test 19 nonstick cookware sets. Although the Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Skillet isn't a size specifically tested, the cookware set includes 8-inch and 10-inch skillets. Testers fry eggs to gauge the nonstick quality and cook pancakes to assess whether the skillets heat evenly. Testers also evaluate the design of the handle and ease of cleaning. Nearly half of the nonstick brands are recommended.
Review: Cookware Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, May 2011
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors put several low-cost (under $50) nonstick skillets through their paces and give top marks to one. The Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Skillet is one of the models included in testing and summarized in the ratings chart.
Review: Inexpensive Nonstick Skillets, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Sept. 1, 2010
3. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors don't specifically test the Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Skillet, but the 8-inch pan is evaluated in this review of six omelet pans. They give top marks to one expensive pan and also recommend two others that are priced under $25.
Review: Omelet Pans, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Jan. 2009
The Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Skillet earns an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 from more than 200 owners, who agree the skillet is well-balanced and heats evenly. Most also say it is durable, but a few owners complain that the nonstick surface scratches and loses its nonstick quality too easily.
Review: Cuisinart 622 Chef's Classic Non-Stick Hard Anodized Open Skillet, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Nov. 2011