Anolon Nouvelle Copper Cookware Set
Anolon Nouvelle Copper Cookware Set Review


Brand: Anolon

Type: Traditional Nonstick

Ply Layers: 5

Dishwasher Safe: No

Induction Compatible:  Yes

Items: 1.5-quart and 3-quart covered saucepans, 3-quart covered sauté pan, 8-quart covered stockpot, 8.5-inch skillet, and 12-inch covered skillet


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  • The sauté pan has a helper handle.
  • The nonstick coat is PFOA-free.
  • It features a hard-anodized construction with a five-layer base!
  • The stainless steel lids fit nicely to the cookware and have oversized handles. 
  • The handles are comfortable in hand and do not heat up much.
  • All the pieces are oven safe up to 500°F.
  • The handles have flush rivets, allowing easy cleanup.

Full Review:

The Anolon Nouvelle Copper is one of the closest rivals of the T-fal Ultimate that we hailed as the best traditional nonstick cookware set of 2021. As a matter of fact, if you are all about the performance and do not care about the number of pieces you’d get in a set, Anolon Nouvelle Copper is a good option. It only comes with a 3-quart covered sauté pan, 8-quart covered stockpot, 8.5-inch skillet, 12-inch covered skillet, and 1.5-quart and 3-quart covered saucepans. Yet, it can deliver unbeatable performance.

five-ply base of Anolon Nouvelle Copper Cookware Set
The Anolon Nouvelle Copper set features five-ply bases, resulting in better and faster heat distribution.

This is possible with the five-ply base of the entire cookware set, which features an entire copper plate sandwiched between two layers of aluminum. On the other hand, the exterior has an induction-capable stainless steel encapsulator that allows the cookware to work on all cooktops, even induction.

induction compatibility of Anolon Nouvelle Copper Cookware Set
The exterior base of the Anolon Nouvelle Copper is stainless steel to help it work with induction cooktops.

With the collective properties of the materials used for each layer of the base, the Anolon Nouvelle Copper is indeed one of the best nonstick cookware sets we tested. It performed just as well as the T-fal Ultimate: no hot spots. It also worked incredibly well with all kinds of cooktops we tried, from gas to electric to induction! Wherever we placed the cookware, it seared steaks and consistently simmered sauces without burning them! Truly flawless.

cooktop compatibility of Anolon Nouvelle Copper Cookware Set
Anolon Nouvelle Copper cookware pieces work perfectly with all kinds of cooktops and can deliver uniform heating across their surfaces at all times.

We also love how thick its PFOA-free DuPont Autograph 2 nonstick coat is. We tested each pot and pan using metal utensils, and after a series of simple cooking processes, the surfaces of the pieces still looked brand-new. During our actual cooking tests, it also didn’t disappoint our reviewers (not even a bit!). Everything we cooked smoothly slid out just by tilting the cookware. Even with sauces, we almost didn’t use any spatula for scraping.

nonstick coat of Anolon Nouvelle Copper Cookware Set
The nonstick coat of the Anolon Nouvelle Copper set passed our food release test and scratch-resistance test.

Lastly, it scored adequately high in the cleanup process. It is not a dishwasher-safe set, but its nonstick surface helps remove any food residue with just water, a clean cloth, or a paper towel. Plus, the rivets are flat! With this, you don’t need extra effort cleaning them, especially when dried sauces are on them. With just a wipe, you can clean everything.

flat rivets of Anolon Nouvelle Copper Cookware Set
The flat rivets make the cleanup of the cookware pieces easier!

Lastly, it impressed us in terms of stain resistance. After being used on gas cooktops and searing numerous slices of meat, the external and internal surfaces didn’t show any sign of staining!

Anolon Nouvelle Copper Cookware Set FAQs:

Are the Anolon Nouvelle Copper pieces dishwasher safe?

  • It is not recommended to wash the Anolon Nouvelle Copper cookware set in the dishwasher as it can affect the longevity of the nonstick coat.

Is the Anolon Nouvelle Copper compatible with induction cooktops?

  • Yes, it is. The last layer of the base is steel that allows it to work with induction cooktops.

Does the cookware contain PTFE?

  • Yes, it does use PTFE. It is PFOA-free, which means it is food-safe.

Do all the pieces come with lids?

  • The cookware pieces come with a lid, except the 8.5-inch skillet.

Santi Bongco is an editor at SolidSmack which is the leading site for 3D CAD, robots, cool product designs, and other technologies. For the past seven years, he taught robotics and developed innovative 3D printer ideas with his students. He also helped in developing some innovative digital ideas and products for various digital marketing businesses and big companies in Asia. Now, aside from exploring buffet restos in California, he enjoys leading groups of our in-house experts in trying some of your favorite products and electronic brands to write insightful reviews for you. PS: He loves reviewing appliances and taking them home to personally ‘try’ them.