Circulon Infinite Cookware Review

The Circulon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware set is not cheap but it does have one or two extra features that are seldom seen in other pots and pans. The question is do these features justify the higher price compared to other well-know brands? How durable are these pieces, especially its nonstick pans? Let’s explore these issues in this review.

Circulon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set Review

Circulon infiniteThe Circulon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware set (model no. 80580) comes in 10 pieces:

  • 1.5-quart saucepan with lid
  • 2-quart saucepan with lid
  • 8-quart stockpot with lid
  • 3-quart saute pan with lid
  • 8-inch skillet
  • 10-inch skillet

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This set has a hard anodized aluminum construction with a stainless steel base which makes it suitable for induction stovetops. The encapsulated aluminum core provides fast and even eat conduction.

One of its selling points is the interior which uses the Total Food Release System, Dupont’s PFOA-free Autograph 3-layer nonstick coating, which is scratch and abrasion resistant. The coating is applied on raised circles which reduces contact between the food and the surface, thus minimizes surface abrasion for longer lasting pieces. Dupont Autograph is also claimed to be the most durable nonstick coating for cookware and hence, with its high degree of scratch and abrasion resistance, it is marketed as dishwasher safe and metal utensil safe.

Both the handles and lids are stainless steel. The stay cool handles are riveted to the pieces while the lids are a snug fit. They have a mirror-finish appearance which goes well with the dark charcoal grey body for a stylish look.

The other thing worth noting is that the pieces are oven-safe up to 500°F. Many cookware are limited to 350°F to 400°F but this set allows you to go a little higher. For example, the cheaper Circulon Elite is oven safe up to 400°F, if you are comparing these two models and wondering which to buy. Elite is also not dishwasher safe and has glass lids instead of stainless steel. Neither is it listed as induction compatible compared to the Infinite.

Should You Buy The Circulon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware?

Pros
  1. Can withstand higher temperature – There are not many nonstick cookware that have can go up to 500°F. They may be limited by their handles or coating. Unless you are willing to switch to stainless steel pots and pans like the Calphalon Tri-Ply or Cooks Standard Multi-Ply, your options are pretty limited if you want to have a set with a higher temperature limit.
  2. Big stockpot – This is another advantage of the Circulon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece set. Most cookware sets will give you a 6-quart stockpot. Some will even offer a 5-quart. Apart from Circulon, the other set that gives you an 8-quart stockpot is the KitchenAid Hard Anodized set. Others like Emeril and Rachael Ray will only have a 6-quart in the set.
  3. Cooks well – Most reviewers are happy with the performance of the pots and pans. They are evenly heated and totally nonstick as food releases easily from the cooking surface.
  4. Nice weight – There is a good weight to the pieces and some might even find them heavy. For 10 pieces, they weigh over 23 pounds, definitely heavier than the KitchenAid Hard Anodized which merely has a shipping weight of 19 pounds although both have similar pieces in the package.
Cons
  1. Coating peels off – A few buyers have raised this complaint of the interior coating peeling after a short while. While most have not encountered this problem, the possibility of owning a less than durable cookware is still there and this issue is a common one with all nonstick pots and pans.
  2. High price – This Circulon Infinite set is not the cheapest compared to other similar Circulon bundles. The Elite and Contempo have a lower list price although the size of the pieces are more or less the same.
  3. Handles get hot – Some users have noted that the stainless steel handles can get too hot to hold which is an inconvenience. However, using the right sized burner will probably solve this problem as others have experienced.

In conclusion, the Circulon Infinite is worth the higher price if you are looking for an induction cookware set that is dishwasher safe. Otherwise, the Elite and Contempo are just as good based on customer ratings alone. In fact, the Contempo also uses the same interior coating as the Infinite.

However, you may be able to get the Infinite at a good price at times, which is not far different from the Elite and Contempo. If that is the case, then the extra features of the Infinite may be worth the small additional price that you need to pay. At least, you will get convenience of a dishwasher safe set and it is always good to have that option on a busy day.

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