Cuisinart 66-11 Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized Cookware, 11-Piece

Last updated date: July 16, 2020

DWYM Score
9.0

Cuisinart 66-11 Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized Cookware, 11-Piece

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Overall Take

You can easily transfer food from these nonstick pots without spilling, thanks to the drip-free pouring rims. The set has cool-grip handles for comfort and safety. The tempered glass lids let you see the food without releasing any heat. In our analysis of 52 expert reviews, the Cuisinart Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized Cookware, 11-Piece placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 16, 2020:
Checkout The Best Nonstick Cookware for a detailed review of all the top nonstick cookware.

Expert Summarized Score
0.0
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
1,242 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The rims on these pots are specially tapered to allow for drip-free pouring.
- The Cookware Advisor
The cooking experience is good. Solid stainless steel riveted stick handles stay cool on the stovetop and provide a safe and firm grip.
- Merch Dope
Harder than stainless steel, this cookware set is durable, non-porous, dense and wear-resistant. It heats up quickly and distributes all heat evenly, which is a must for efficient cooking.
- Home Kitchenary
Oven safe to 500 degree F
- 111Reviews
What experts didn't like
No, these pans should not be washed in the dishwasher as the chemicals in the wash can be abrasive to the exterior finish.
- The Cookware Advisor
Another thing that was a big problem is that this set is, by no means, scratch-resistant. I always try to use soft cooking tools and utensils (silicone, plastic, sometimes wood), but this didn’t help at all. After only a few stirs with a silicone spatula, I noticed scratches on the bottom.
- Merch Dope
the set is not suitable for induction cooktops since it’s made of aluminum which is not ferrous metal.
- Home Kitchenary

From The Manufacturer

The kitchens of France were the inspiration behind the elegant Cuisinart Chef's Classic Non-Stick Hard Anodized Cookware collection. Cuisinart expertise was the inspiration behind this spectacular 11-piece collection. We know our way around the kitchen, and have included everything you need to perfectly perform all the basic cooking tasks, large or small. From reheating a single portion of soup, to preparing appetizers, entrees and side dishes for the entire family, you'll find every tool you need in this deluxe set. Cuisinart Chef's Classic Non-Stick Hard Anodized Cookware features durable hard anodized construction for fast and even heating. We guarantee it with a lifetime warranty. Set includes the following: 1-1/2 quart saucepan with glass cover, 2-1/2 saucepan with glass cover, 3 quart saute pan with glass cover, 8 qt stockpot with glass cover, 8-inch skillet, 10-inch skillet and 18cm steamer insert. Features: Hard Anodized Exterior|Measurement markings|Unsurpassed Heat Distribution|Quantanium Non-Stick for Professional Results|Cool Grip Handle|Drip-Free Pouring|Tempered Glass Cover|Lifetime warranty

An Overview On Nonstick Cookware

If you want to avoid using excess fat when cooking, but don’t want your food to stick to the bottom of your pots and pans, you need to invest in a nonstick cookware set. A nonstick coating is typically made out of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), of which Teflon is a commonly known brand. This surface is designed to allow food to brown on the pan without getting stuck to it.

Aside from using less fat when cooking, as less oil or cooking fat is needed when using nonstick pans, there are a number of other advantages to using nonstick cookware in your kitchen. One of the biggest perks is that these pots and pans are more affordable than their counterparts, which are often  made from stainless steel or copper. Most nonstick cookware is made out of aluminum, which is a less expensive material.

If you’re a beginner cook or one that often multitasks while cooking, nonstick pans make your job a little easier as you don’t have to worry about the food getting stuck to the pan while you’re distracted.

Nonstick cookware also means less cleanup. There are no burnt bits of food left for you to scrub once you’re done cooking. Plus, it’s an excellent choice to use with delicate food that may break apart when frying, such as fish. The nonstick coating helps to keep everything held together while cooking.

While nonstick cookware has many benefits, there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to purchase a set. For example, you cannot use nonstick cookware at very high temperatures, as that may cause the coating to melt. In addition, most nonstick cookware cannot be used in the oven, as it’s designed for stovetop use only.

Also, you should avoid using metal utensils with nonstick cookware as they can damage the coating. And nonstick cookware should not be placed in the dishwasher as that may cause the coating to come off.

DWYM Fun Fact

How long the nonstick coating lasts on your pots and pans depends on how well you take care of it. Avoid using metal utensils on your nonstick cookware, and instead go with wooden, plastic or silicon spoons and spatulas. This will ensure you don’t get any scratches in your coating.

While you don’t need to use oil when cooking with a nonstick pan, you should use a very small amount each time. Over time, food residue left over in the pan can affect the efficacy of the coating, and using a tiny amount of fat when cooking helps to preserve the nonstick coating of your cookware.

Be sure not to wash your nonstick pans with cold water when they are still hot, as the drastic temperature change can warp your pans.

The Nonstick Cookware Buying Guide

  • One of the most important things to pay attention to when buying nonstick cookware is the type of coating it has. The results you get will depend on the number of layers of coating and the type of formula that has been used on the cookware. This will also affect the price. If you’re going for longevity and durability, opt for three layers of nonstick coating, and make sure that the finish is matte, not shiny.
  • Most nonstick cookware is made out of aluminum because of its heat conductivity properties. Thicker aluminum pans will provide you with better heat distribution; however, they are also heavier and can be difficult to maneuver when full. Pans that are thin may warp more easily than thicker pans.
  • Nonstick cookware sets come with multiple pieces. Consider what kinds of cooking you do most often and ensure that the set includes the sizes of pots and pans you need. Keep in mind that nonstick cookware is not ideal for searing or browning. Most nonstick cookware sets come with multiple frying pans, pots, strainers and lids. Many will also include griddle trays and utensils.
  • Consider the style and décor of your kitchen. While many nonstick pans are black or grey with glass lids, you can also find some sets that bring a bright pop of color to your kitchen. These are great for both vintage and contemporary styles.
  • Do you have trouble figuring out when your pan has heated up? Opt for nonstick cookware that comes with a thermo-spot indicator. This is a red marking in the middle of each pan that turns bright red when the pan has been sufficiently preheated.