10 Best Hard Anodized Cookware Sets 2020

To anodize or not to anodize, that is the question? Whether we work in a kitchen or just enjoy the simple pleasure of preparing wholesome meals at home. We use cutlery and crockery every day. The quality of our kitchenware is very dependent on the materials and the production process of the kitchenware. So how do we know what the right product is to get the job done perfectly without risk to your health? I am going to help you understand the significance of anodizing and the top ten Hard Anodized Cookware Sets available on market.

So, what is anodizing?

Anodizing is, in the most basic terms: a process by which the natural oxide layer on a metal surface is increased in thickness. This is done via electrolysis and improves the durability and corrosion resistance of the metals in question. It also improves the adhesive properties, allowing paints and other adhesives to stick more easily.

Anodization can also be used cosmetically; either with thick oxide coatings that absorb dyes and change the metal’s color or with thinner coatings that cause interference with reflected light (i.e. they look different at different angles when held under light).

Anodizing is typically done on aluminum alloys to keep them from rusting, but there are also ways to anodize other metals like titanium, zirconium, and zinc.

Most kitchenware is made of or with aluminum. But there have been concerns over the interaction acidic foods have with aluminum and other metals.

Before I get into why this is important, I want to stress this interaction is with aluminum not with anodized metal. If anything, the information below should set your mind at ease about buying anodized cookware.

Best Hard Anodized Cookware

What are the concerns and how do they cause health issues from consuming aluminum?

We consume or absorb aluminum every day. It is widely used and occurs naturally in the environment. But there is no value in it to the human body. It is normally not harmful, but in people with weak immune systems, the elderly, babies, and people who take a long list of medications it can have some nasty effects on the body.

To find out if you are on a medication that may have a negative interaction, you will have to discuss your medication with your doctor and your pharmacist; I also recommend that you also do some extra snooping on Dr. Google (i.e. Google it) to make sure you won’t have any negative interactions.

Some of the symptom’s or diseases seen are:

  • Encephalopathy
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Carcinogenic issues
  • Neurotoxic issues
  • Confusion
  • Muscle weakness
  • Bone pain, deformities, and fractures
  • Seizures
  • Speech problems
  • Slow growth in children

Did I scare the life out of you with all that?

You need to be aware of every product you buy. You need to know the risks to your health and safety. Buy products made of Food-standard materials and/or FDA approved.

I want to reiterate that most of the time we are taking in aluminum and it passes straight through coming out in our urine and feces without causing any harm.

There is a good argument to be made for anodizing.

Now, why would we anodize cookware?

As I said, most kitchenware is made of aluminum because it is strong, durable, and very conductive. We don’t want something to fall apart after only one use.

Standard cookware is exposed to various food-related acids during meal preparation, blood from meats, salt, spices, food preservatives and after the meal it is typically exposed to various detergents to get rid of all the stains and bacteria.

All these things together put our cookware at risk of corrosion but anodizing the cookware puts a barrier between the metal and the chemicals/acids that may cause corrosion.

By anodizing the aluminum, we coat it so that the transmission of aluminum into our food is limited. Remember to use soft/wood spoons, spatulas, etc. so that you don’t scratch the anodizing material as this will expose the aluminum.

Anodized cookware is promoted as non-stick, but it is not 100% non-stick, it is resistant to most sticky foods. The trick is to keep the food in moisture (gravies, sauces, stock, etc.). It is very easy to clean. Never use anything like steel wool, always use a soft sponge to clean your cookware.

Top 10 Best Hard Anodized Cookware Sets

ModelRating
Circulon Classic Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set, 12 Piece, Gray4.6
NutriChef 12-Piece Nonstick Kitchen Cookware Set - Professional Hard Anodized4.6
Kitchara Hard Anodized Cookware Set, 10 Piece4.8
AMERICOOK Hard Anodized Cookware Ceramic Coated Pots and Pans4.7
Paderno 12-Piece Hard Anodized Cookware Set4.7
Cuisinart P67-10 Chef’s 10-Piece Hard-Anodized AluminumCookware Set4.7
Rachael Ray Brights Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware4.9
Calphalon Premier Hard Anodized Non-stick Space Saving Cookware4.8
Cooksmark Contemporary Hard-Anodized Pots and Pans Cookware Set4.8
All-Clad B-1 Nonstick Hard Anodized 13-Piece Cookware Set4.7

1. Circulon Classic Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set, 12 Piece, Gray

Product specifications:

Contains:

  • 1-quart saucepan with lid
  • 2-quart saucepan with lid
  • 3-quart saucepan with lid
  • 6-quart stockpot with lid
  • 3-quart sauté pan with lid
  • 8-inch frying pan
  • 9.5-inch frying pan

Circulon Classic hard-anodized non-stick cookware is made of hard-anodized aluminum. Each piece of cookware is twice as hard as stainless steel and the interior has raised circles that make the non-stick surface steel safe. The coating lasts ten times longer than a typical non-stick surface.

When in use, the surfaces heat up faster than your average cookware and the heat is spread evenly all around; allowing for your food to be properly cooked all the way through.

With double-riveted handles and shatter-resistant glass lids, Circulon’s Classic Cookware is a no-nonsense product that is genuinely built to last. The fact that this set is metal utensil safe is fantastic as most non-stick cookware sets require the use of plastic, wood, or silicone utensils to maintain the integrity of the non-stick coating. But, to make your cookware last longer it is recommended that you use plastic, silicon, or wood utensils.

Circulon Classic can be heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and is incredibly easy to clean after use.

If you’re still not sold yet, here is an added advantage, this product comes with a lifetime warranty.

  • Can be heated up to: 350ᵒF
  • Non-stick: Yes
  • Riveted handles: Yes
  • Shatter-resistant glass lids: Yes
  • Stove to the oven: Yes, up to 350ᵒF
  • Dimensions of the box: 22.5 x 11 x 13.4 inches
  • Weight of the set: 19.8 pounds
  • Warranty: Lifetime

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Using metal kitchen utensils is perfectly safe
  • The non-stick coating lasts longer than typical coatings
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Not dishwasher-safe
  • May not be suitable for ceramic or induction stoves

2. NutriChef 12-Piece Nonstick Kitchen Cookware Set – Professional Hard Anodized

Product specifications:

Contains:

  • 1.5-quart saucepan pot w/ lid
  • 3.4-quart Dutch oven pot w/ lid
  • 2-quart cooking pot w/ lid
  • 11-inch large fry pan
  • 9.5-inch medium frying pan
  • 8-inch small frying pan
  • soup ladle
  • pasta fork
  • spatula

The NutriChef 12-piece non-stick kitchen cookware set is both fashionable and functional. The non-stick surface prevents food from sticking and makes it easy to clean up after cooking. Each piece of the NutriChef set is made of hard-anodized aluminum and is safe for use on ceramic, gas, electric, and induction stovetops.

Tempered glass lids allow you to keep a close eye on food while it cooks without risking getting splattered by hot oil or water. The lids themselves have venting holes so the temperature is kept constant without building too much pressure inside the pot.

Ergonomic, heat-resistant handles make it possible to move all the pots and pans around as needed without burning your hands. Food cooks nice and evenly throughout and the NutriChef cookware is heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

The NutriChef 12-piece cookware set comes with a one-year warranty.

Looking at the beautiful design, I could smell the curry and rice simmering. I love the luxurious design.

  • Can be heated up to: 500ᵒF
  • Non-stick: Yes
  • Dimensions of the box: 23.6 x 7.9 x 15 inches
  • Weight of the set: 18.39 pounds
  • Warranty: One year

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Using metal kitchen utensils is perfectly safe
  • The non-stick coating lasts longer than typical coatings
  • One-year warranty
  • Aesthetically, this is a nice set of cookware that will be a great conversation starter
  • The price is more than reasonable
  • Compatible with all stovetops
  • Utensils are included so there’s no need to buy a new set if you need one
  • Cooking can be done with little to no oil which makes for healthier eating

Cons

  • Heavy

3. Kitchara Hard Anodized Cookware Set, 10 Piece

Product specifications:

Contains:

  • 2-quart saucepan with lid
  • 4-quart saucepan with lid
  • 4-quart sauté pan with lid
  • 8-quart stockpot with lid
  • 8-inch skillet
  • 10-inch skillets

Constructed from hard-anodized aluminum with an internal non-stick coating, the Kitchara hard anodized cookware set comes with stainless steel lids and is oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Kitchara cookware set boasts a strong riveted construction allowing it to maintain its shape and structural integrity. The Kitchara cookware set is dishwasher-safe, although handwashing is recommended for getting the best possible results.

As far as kitchen sets go, the Kitchara cookware set is pricier but sometimes the pricier options are the better ones. You are paying for quality, durability, and good health.

All Kitchara products come with a limited lifetime warranty.

  • Can be heated to: 500ᵒF
  • Non-stick: Yes
  • Riveted handles: Yes
  • Stove to the oven: Yes, up to 500ᵒF
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Dimensions of the box: 27.2 x 15.4 x 10.6 inches
  • Weight of the set: 26.9 pounds
  • Warranty: Lifetime

Pros

  • Sturdy hard-anodized aluminum construction
  • Easy to clean
  • Warp resistant
  • Dishwasher-safe

Cons

  • Stainless steel lids may become too hot to handle without a glove or cloth
  • The high price point may scare off potential buyers

4. AMERICOOK Hard Anodized Cookware Ceramic Coated Pots and Pans

Product specifications:

Contains:

  • 8-inch frying pan
  • 10-inch non-stick frying pan
  • 1.5-quart saucepan with straining lid
  • 2.5-quart saucepan with straining lid
  • 6.0-quart casserole dish with straining lid

The AMERICOOK Hard anodized cookware set is big enough to suit all your cooking needs without all the ridiculous messing around finding which pots go to what lids and vice versa.

The heat-resistant handles are comfortable to hold, meaning no more burned hands in the kitchen. Sturdy aluminum construction allows heat to travel to the food quickly and cooks it evenly. The non-stick coating makes removing food from the pots so much easier and the cleaning up is a breeze.

The AMERICOOK cookware is oven safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and can be used on gas, electric, and ceramic stovetops. It cannot, however, be used on an induction stovetop.

The AMERICOOK cookware set is also reasonably priced so don’t worry about making your wallet cry.

  • Can be heated to: 450ᵒF
  • Non-stick: Yes
  • Suitable for: Gas, electric, ceramic
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Dimensions of the box: 25.4 x 16.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Weight of the set: 12 pounds

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Relatively compact making storage less challenging
  • Tempered glass lids which won’t break easily
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Safe on gas, electric, and ceramic

Cons

  • Not compatible with induction stovetops

5. Paderno 12-Piece Hard Anodized Cookware Set

Product specifications:

Contains:

  • 1.5 L Stock Pot
  • 2 L Stock Pot
  • 3 L Stock Pot
  • 5.7 L Stock Pot
  • 2.5 L Steamer
  • 2.8 L Sauté Pan
  • 6 Lids

The Paderno Hard Anodized Cookware Set is hard-anodized aluminum with a thick base to promote even heat distribution while cooking. A triple-layered non-stick coating keeps food from sticking to the bottom of your pots and pans. Cleaning is nice and simple as the pots and pans have flat riveted construction which prevents build-up.

The Paderno Hard Anodized the Cookware Set is compatible with all stovetops including the induction stovetops.

Paderno offers a 2-year limited warranty on all appliances and a 1-year limited warranty on all cookware but the warranty is only available in Canada.

  • Non-stick: Yes
  • Suitable for: Gas, electric, ceramic
  • Riveted handles: Yes
  • Suitable for: gas, electric, ceramic, induction
  • Dimensions of the box: 23 x 12.5 x 11 inches
  • Weight of the set: 25.8 pounds

Pros

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Built like a tank with a thick, magnetic base to prevent warping and scratching
  • Compatible with all stovetops
  • Oven safe
  • Dishwasher-safe

Cons

  • This is a very large set which could pose a challenge storage-wise

6. Cuisinart P67-10 Chef’s 10-Piece Hard-Anodized AluminumCookware Set

Product specifications:

  • Contains: 10 pieces
  • Non-stick: Yes
  • Dimensions of the box: 23.9 x 13.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Weight of the set: 15.7 pounds

The Cuisinart Chef’s 10-Piece Hard Anodized Aluminum Cookware set is hard-anodized aluminum and has a non-stick coating to prevent food from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

The Cuisinart cookware set is stylish, reasonably priced and is very compact so it will not take up a ridiculous amount of storage space like most cookware sets tend to do. The rims of each pot are smooth to allow for easy pouring of sauces and excess oil.

Pros

  • Strong construction with shatter-resistant glass lids
  • Utensils included
  • Compact size makes storage easier
  • Decent price

Cons

  • There is not enough information available about the set online to know enough about the set to make an informed decision about it

7. Rachael Ray Brights Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware

Product specifications:

Contains:

  • 9.6-Inch medium nylon turner
  • 13-inch nylon slotted Spoon
  • 1-quart saucepan with lid
  • 2-quart saucepan with lid
  • 6-quart stockpot with lid
  • 3-quart sauté pan with lid
  • 8.5-inch frying pan
  • 10-inch frying pan

Rachael Ray Brights Hard Anodized Cookware has a stylish flash of color. The double-riveted handles provide excellent strength grips and the shatter-resistant glass lids make it easier and safer to monitor your meal while it is cooking.

The Rachael Ray Brights hard anodized cookware has a sturdy construction which allows for even heat distribution throughout the cooking process. This cookware is oven safe up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and is also dishwasher safe.

Rachael Ray cookware comes with a limited lifetime warranty, but it seems like consumers have difficulty using it.

  • Can be heated up to: 350ᵒF
  • Non-stick: Yes
  • Riveted handles: Yes
  • Shatter resistant glass lids: Yes
  • Dimensions of the box: 22.4 x 10.1 x 13 inches
  • Weight of the set: 15.4 pounds
  • Warranty: Lifetime Limited

Pros

  • Reasonably priced
  • Sturdy hard anodized construction
  • The pop of red is aesthetically pleasing without being overly flashy
  • Comes with some utensils included

Cons

  • Users have reported issues with the handles coming loose easily and the non-stick surface is easily scratched
  • The warrantee seems to be hard to cite if a replacement set is needed

8. Calphalon Premier Hard Anodized Non-stick Space Saving Cookware

Product specifications:

Contains:

  • Includes 8″ Fry pan
  • 2.5 Quart saucepan
  • 3.5 Quart saucepan
  • 4.5 Quart saucepan
  • 2 8-inch covers
  • 10-inch Frying pan
  • 3 Quart sauté pan
  • 5 Quart Dutch oven
  • 2 10-inch covers

With a solid construction out of hard-anodized aluminum the Calphalon Premier Space Saving Cookware is fantastic for those who do not have a whole lot of storage space to begin with.

An internal non-stick layer keeps your food from getting stuck at the bottom of the pot and the flat tempered glass lids allow for easy stacking of your pots and pans.

If you need to move pots around while cooking the Calphalon Premier Cookware has you covered; with heat-resistant stainless-steel handles making carrying the pots and pans around the kitchen so much easier!

This cookware is oven safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and is compatible with gas, electric, and glass stovetops.

Calphalon’s Space Saving Cookware can handle metal utensils just fine and has a 10-year warranty.

  • Can be heated up to: 450ᵒF
  • Non-stick: Yes
  • Shatter resistant glass lids: Yes
  • Dimensions of the box: 23.5 x 15.5 x 12.8 inches
  • Weight of the set: 36 pounds

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Sturdy construction
  • Stacking the pots and pans saves 30% of your storage space
  • Non-stick
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Glass, electric, and gas

Cons

  • This cookware set is not a particularly budget-friendly option

9. Cooksmark Contemporary Hard-Anodized Pots and Pans Cookware Set

Product specifications:

Contains:

  • 1.5-quart saucepan with lid
  • 2.4-quart saucepan with lid
  • 6-quart stockpot with lid
  • 2.9-quart sauté pan with lid
  • 4.9-quart casserole with lid
  • 8-inch frying pan
  • 9.5-inch frying pan

The Cooksmark Contemporary Cookware Set is built out of hard anodized aluminum and has a triple-layered non-stick coating. Each piece is wear-resistant.

You can rest assured that the hard-anodized cookware is built to allow for even heat distribution so your food will be properly cooked throughout. Ergonomic double-riveted handles make sure that you always have a good grip on the pots while moving them.

Cooksmark Cookware is dishwasher-safe and oven safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and is compatible with all stovetops except for induction stovetops.

  • Can be heated up to: 450ᵒF
  • Non-stick: Yes
  • Riveted handles: Yes
  • Dimensions of the box: 25.6 x 7.9 x 16.5 inches
  • Weight of the set: 15.21 pounds
  • Warranty: Lifetime

Pros

  • It’s a very stylish set
  • The hard-anodized aluminum construction is sturdy and highly corrosion resistant
  • The double-riveted handles provide a good strong grip
  • Even heat
  • Non-stick
  • The lids are made of tempered glass, so they won’t break easily
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Oven safe
  • Warp resistant

Cons

  • Not suitable for induction plates
  • Needs a lot of storage space

10. All-Clad B-1 Nonstick Hard Anodized 13-Piece Cookware Set

Product specifications:

Contains:

  • 1.5-quart saucepan with lid
  • 2.4-quart saucepan with lid
  • 2.9-quart sauté pan with lid
  • 4.9-quart covered casserole
  • 8-inch frying pan
  • 9.5-inch frying pan

The All-Clad Cookware set assures a rapid, even cook-through and the non-stick interior ensures that nothing is left at the bottom of the pot. The base is induction-bonded to prevent warping on the pots and scratches on your stovetop. The handles are durable and heat-resistant so you can move pots and pans with relative ease.

In terms of maintenance, the exteriors don’t need much more than a wipe down with a cloth, but the interior is a slightly different case. To clean the interior of the pots, use warm water and a fine powder cleanser; mix the cleanser and water into a paste and then gently apply the paste with a cloth. Now, here’s the most important part: do not use steel wool while scrubbing and don’t use oven cleaners or cleansers that contain chlorine. You will need to wash this cookware before your first use and dry it off thoroughly after rinsing.

Something else to remember about the All-Clad is that salt can damage the aesthetics of your cookware. It is recommended that you bring liquids to a boil before adding salt to them and then stirring thoroughly or adding salt after the food has started to cook.

This hard-anodized cookware set is compatible with all stovetops.

The best part is that this set comes with a lifetime warranty.

  • Can be heated up to: 450ᵒF
  • Non-stick: Yes
  • Shatter resistant glass lids: Yes
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Dimensions of the box: 26 x 16 x 16 inches
  • Weight of the set: 36 pounds
  • Warranty: Lifetime

Pros

  • Highly corrosion resistant
  • Compatible with all stovetops
  • Handles are double-riveted
  • Warp resistant

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Expensive

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FAQs

What are some of the benefits and/or drawbacks of anodized cookware?

Hard Anodized cookware is very durable, the non-stick layer is non-toxic, and it conducts heat evenly very fast and is easy to clean. Anodized cookware is more expensive than regular cookware and most of the time it’s not induction safe, although there are induction safe options available. Anodized cookware also doesn’t do well with high pre-heating. More often than not, anodized cookware isn’t dishwasher-safe which means a lot of handwashing.

What is the difference between hard anodization and soft anodization?

The primary difference is in the thickness of the oxide coating. Hard anodizing produces a thicker coating and increases the durability and corrosion resistance of the metal. Soft anodizing leaves a thinner coating and leaves a smoother finish. Hard and soft anodization processes are also done at different temperatures with different current strengths.

What are some of the colors produced by anodization and can I match colors?

Depending on which anodizing company you go to you can get pretty much all the colors of the rainbow: red, blue, green, gold – whatever you like. Something to keep in mind, however, is that some metals aren’t compatible with all the dyes used to produce these colors. As for color matching, it’s possible albeit tricky. A company would need a sample color and then work to get as close as possible to the sample.

Why is aluminum anodized?

When aluminum is anodized it becomes highly corrosion resistant meaning that detergents, water and/food acids will have little effect on it.

Can other metals be anodized?

Yes and no. There are anodization processes for titanium, zinc, zirconium and a few others. On the other hand, things like iron cannot be anodized as they form iron oxide when exposed to oxygen. Iron oxide is, of course, the scientific name for rust and rust just flakes and falls off the surface of the metal.

How does anodization work?

A very short explanation of the anodization process is that you place the metal you want to anodize – in this case, aluminum- into an electrolyte acid bath run an electrical current through it. This forms an oxide layer on the surface of the metal.

How long does anodizing take?

Anodizing can take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks depending on the amount of material that needs to be anodized.

Will anodizing wear off?

Yes, eventually the anodizing may wear through as your cookware ages and goes through general wear and tear. Thankfully if/when this happens you can just have it re-anodized. It should be noted, however, that if the anodizing and sealing processes were done properly this shouldn’t happen for at least a few years.

How long will hard anodized cookware last?

Depending on the quality of the anodization, your cookware should last about 20 years.

Conclusion

So, which of these cookware sets would I use? That would be a toss-up between the NutriChef 12-piece and the Calphalon Space Saving cookware sets.

I like how the NutriChef set looks it’s got the right balance between fashion and function with enough color to get attention without being overly loud. Add to that the sheer number of positive reviews that this set has accumulated, and you’ve got a recipe for a purchase! On the other hand, and I know I talked a lot about this throughout the list, storage space is important, which is where the Space Saving set comes in.

I’ve never liked having to hunt for things in my kitchen cupboards; everything has a place where it belongs. The problem is: what do I do if and/or when I run out of storage space? The Calphalon set can be stored much easier than the NutriChef set.

I like them both aesthetically, but the space-saving set is definitely more expensive than its rival. I know it doesn’t sound like much but 30% is a lot of usable cupboard space!

Happy cooking!

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