37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2008
We got this cookware a little less than a year ago. It is really great to use, and the padded handles are very comfortable and stay cool. The 8 inch skillet unfortunately is already showing signs of peeling the nonstick coating, and things are sticking badly. Although we do follow the care instructions, we do use this pan at least once and sometimes twice a day, but I would have wanted the coating to last at least a little longer.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2006
I love Anolon! This set was purchased to replace my previous Anolon set...after 13 years of everyday use! The coating on my original pans started flaking this spring...so of course I bought Anolon. This time I added the 12" griddle pan. My little girl loves BIG pancakes and this pan is perfect.
The only negative aspect was that 2 weeks after I received them the price dropped by $100. Plus there was an additional $25 discount if you spent at least $150, which I did. After contacting Amazon I did get an immediate $100 refund, but I forgot to ask about the other $25. Oh well, at least I did get them for the lesser price. Just keep an eye!
By all means I would highly recommend Anolon to anyone looking for excellent, heavy duty, long wearing cookware. If you need new pots & pans buy a set of Anolon Advanced or Anolon Classic. Amazing!
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2006
I received this product after about 4 years of using Target's T-fal product. I immediately noticed a difference in my food, the way it cooked and tasted. The soft grip handles are a dream. It was definitely the best deal out there. I have used my dad's Calphalon before and this is far better. A definite must.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Anolon Advanced cookware is excellent for all cooking needs - it is heavy so it sits on the stove top securely, the surface works very well as a non-stick surface, the glass lids allow you to see the food AND they have a rubberized handle that is easy to grip, and the handles of all the pots and pans do not get too hot and are comfortable to grip or carry. These pots and pans are sure to last longer than most other brands even for the aspiring or even professional chef!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2007
This is an absolutely fantastic cookware set...love it, love it, love it!! I researched a long time before deciding on this set of cookware and boy, did I make the right decision! Food cooks quickly and evenly, and clean-up is a snap. I also love the glass lids so I can see the food as it's cooking. As the manufacturer recommends, I do not put this cookware in the dishwasher, but clean up is so fast and easy, I don't mind washing them by hand at all! Anolon cookware is highly recommended by Consumer Reports, too, which definitely was a factor in my decision. You can't go wrong with this set; it's a great product for the money. I even purchased an array of Anolon cooking utensils as well, and I love them equally as much! After years of inexpensive, mismatched, low quality cookware and utensils, it's wonderful having these great Anolon products in my kitchen!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2006
Wanted to find a good quality cookware set that not only cooked evenly with gas, but also had cool handles. Recently, we converted our stove over to gas and our old, non-stick set with metal handles was just not cut out for the job. The pans seemed very flimsy for the gas and seemed to be burning food. Plus, we kept grabbing the handles while they were hot! Even if the pot holders were right out on the counter in front of us, we still had the tendency to keep reaching for those handles.
Even though the Anolon Advanced cookware is not dishwasher safe, the clean-up really is a snap. Large pots and pans always take up quite a bit of room anyway in the dishwasher, so leaving them out hasn't really been a big deal for us.
We definitely researched and read up on the reviews before purchasing this set.
Really enjoy cooking with the Anolon Advanced.
Like the cookware so much that we ordered additional pieces.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2008
I bought this set after many years [and 3 different sets] of T-Fal. I must say, it was a bit difficult to get used to the difference in weight between these and the T-Fal I was so used to. But, I am sure glad I switched. This cookware is great and I really am happy with it. The only thing that could be improved is the lid system: 1. The lids don't sit well when you want to just open them a crack to let steam out - they keep wanting to slide down back into the closed position, and 2. none of the lids fit the fry pans. Now, this second issue may be nothing to most people. But, my family and I like "basted" eggs - where you put a little water in the fry pan, cover tightly and let the eggs steam. This is very difficult to do with the Anolon fry pans because they don't get a tight fit. T-Fal, on the other had, have lids that fit both pots and fry pans, and they fit securely on the fry pans to steam eggs easily. Oh yes, and be careful when you lift an Anolon lid - make sure you keep it over the pot, or the condensation will drip all over your stove. T-Fal lids have a lip to catch the condensation. That was another thing that took some getting used to.
I've had this Anolon set for over two years and I do a lot of cooking and canning. It has held up very well and looks almost brand new. T-Fal, on the other hand, would need to be replaced by now. Quality-wise, this set is very good.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2009
I bought this 12 piece set in 2006 for my wife for Christmas... I know, I know but we really needed a new set. I read reviews of many different sets out there and the most consistent and most positive and just plain MOST reviews were for the Anolon Advance. Got a great deal at $219 with free shipping! But still worth it at asking price now!
The pots and pans are easy to use, easy to clean and hold up well. Our favorite is the 12" 5qt covered saute pan. The handle recently broke (the rubber) and haven't sent it back to repair yet. Will update on the return and repair. We have added other pieces and have been very happy with the overall performance. Now all we need is to upgrade is the stove!
If you are wondering if these will hold up, just read a few reviews! We make popcorn in the 4 qt sauce pot and it cleans up nicely. We have burned food in several of the pots (steamed broccoli when the water boils out and stinks!!!) and they always clean up easily with little scrubbing, even after 2 1/2 years. The lids are looking great too.
You will be happy you have these pots and pans.
UPDATE!!! 1/2012 We have had this set going on six years. The entire set is holding up quite well and is showing minimal yet normal everyday wear. We are in a new place and have an electric range. We still haven't returned the 5qt covered saute pan...we cannot live without it!!! (I plan on getting a stainless 12" or 13" skillet before I send this one back) Clean up is still easier than any other pots or skillets that I have ever had. The list are great, I like that you can see through them and keep an eye on what's cooking. The only minor problem so far is that several of the handles are "slipping" but have not broken free entirely. As for non-stick, the frying pans need just the littlest bit of oil & butter (depending what your doing)to keep from sticking (is there any truly non stick skillet?). The pans have faded somewhat - particularly the frying pans. We have not seen any peeling of any coating. The pans are heavy and do take a few minutes to heat up, but I think that is normal for better quality pans. For the most part they heat up pretty evenly. We love using the 4 1/2qt Covered Tapered Stockpot, it is great for soups and pasta. I made my first Roux for a wonderful Turkey Poblano Gumbo in this pot and it turned out fantastic. We have a larger family than most (6) so even though we have the 3.5 qt Straining Saucepan which is good for pasta, we usually use the tapered stock pot for spaghetti type pasta.
I love to cook, and having this set has made it even more fun. Overall this has been a great set for us.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2007
We purchased this cookware about 3 months ago and use it on a gas stove.
Pros - Well constructed, non-stick surface, heats evenly and very quickly on gas stove, glass lids for checking of contents, handles stay cool, cleans easily with soap and water, lifetime limited warranty
Cons - According to manufacturer info, not dishwasher safe and oven safe to only 350 degrees
Overall - We would rate it a solid 5 if it had a higher oven heat tolerance and was dishwasher safe
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2006
I have been very pleased with this cookware. It does a great job cooking anything and everything, with or without oils or butters. The big ones are a little heavier, so it's tough to tilt and spoon out of it with one hand, but that would be the same on any large piece of cookware. I recommend it to anybody. I'm sure it will last me years to come!