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The best hard anodized cookware sets you can buy

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The Insider Pick:

If you’re fed up with cooking a scrambled egg, only for it to stick to your saucepan, then it’s time to invest in some hard-anodized nonstick cookware. Considered the go-to option for home cooks, and even professional chefs, hard anodized cookware is easy to use and clean.

So, what does “hard-anodized” actually mean? It’s essentially a way of hardening a soft aluminum surface electrochemically so it becomes twice as hard as stainless steel and has an oxidized layer that is nonstick, scratch resistant, and non-reactive to food. Hard-anodized aluminum cookware is easy to clean, non-toxic, and requires little or no oil.

Thanks to highly durable surfaces, it can withstand high temperatures, so it can go in the oven. Plus, its nonstick layer lasts up to three times as long as a regular nonstick pan. It does a great job of preventing scratches and can’t chip or peel away.

You’ll need a variety of pots and pans for your kitchen depending on how keen a cook you are. Buying individual pieces can be very expensive, so sets are a more economical alternative. To keep things simple, we have focused on 10 to 12-piece sets, which are suitable for a couple or small family. In boxed sets, lids are considered as pieces and some manufacturers even count extras such utensils, so that’s something to bear in mind.

There are plenty of sets to choose from on the market and options to suit all budgets, but it can be hard to know which sets are best for you. We’ve spent hours researching and putting a variety of hard-anodized cookware sets to the test, making scrambled eggs and sticky sauces, and flipping pancakes, to come up with our top five.

To be included, sets had to be PFOA-free. Some manufacturers state it is okay to use metal utensils with hard-anodized cookware, but in our experience, it is still better to use silicone ones to keep surfaces in good condition

Read on in the slides below to learn why the Circulon Symmetry Chocolate Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set is our top pick and why you might prefer the Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set, the All-Clad E785SC64 HA1 Hard-Anodized 10-Piece Cookware Set, the Rachael Ray Hard-Anodized II 10-Piece Cookware Set, and the T-fal E765SC Ultimate Hard-Anodized 12-Piece Cookware Set.

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