Choosing the perfect cookware set is never an easy task, but hard anodized cookware is always a good choice. Hard anodized aluminum is one of the most popular materials used in cookware today, loved by home cooks and professional alike.

Circulon is one of the most popular cookware brands that focus on hard anodized aluminum. Today, we’ll review a cookware set that we believe one of the best products made by Circulon – the Circulon Premier Professional 13-Piece Cookware Set.

Circulon Premier Professional Review

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Circulon Cookware

Circulon is one of the cookware brands manufactured by the Meyer Corporation, a company that is also behind some other popular lines of cookware including SilverStone and Anolon.

Circulon cookware is quite affordable, but also quite functional and durable. Circulon uses hard anodized aluminum to make most of the cookware they make, and this includes a wide variety of pots, pans, bakeware, and whole cookware sets.

They do dabble with other materials from time to time, but hard anodized non-stick cookware is still where Circulon really shines.

The Circulon Premier Professional 13-Piece Cookware Set

The Circulon Premier Professional 13-Piece Cookware Set is one of Circulon’s best non-stick cookware sets.

Circulon Premier Professional 13-piece Hard-anodized Cookware Set Chocolate Stainless Steel Base
  • Color: Chocolate Bronze. Circulon Premier Professional features the TOTAL Food Release System of raised circles for extraordinary food release with exceptional durability that reduces surface abrasion. With Autograph, the most advanced 3-layer nonstick from DuPont, this cookware is safe for use with metal utensils
  • The unique grooves coupled with this exceptional nonstick means your pans will provide a lifetime of performance - guaranteed. Heavy gauge hard-anodized cookware heats quickly and evenly
  • Stainless steel base makes this cookware suitable for all stoves, including induction. Comfortable silicone and stainless steel handles are double riveted for extra strength. Oven safe for up to 400 degrees F
  • Shatter-resistant tempered glass lids with stainless steel rims allow you to monitor the cooking process without losing moisture and flavor
  • Dishwasher safe. Limited Lifetime Warranty

This set includes an interesting selection of pots and pans (we’ll go into more details about in a little bit) that that combine functionality, value, and great design.

Here is everything you need to know about the Circulon Premier Professional 13-Piece Cookware Set.

Hard Anodized Aluminum

All of the pots and pans in this set are made of hard anodized aluminum. “Hard anodized” means that the surface of the cookware has been treated in a special way to make it harder and more durable.

Anodization is an electrolytic process that creates an oxide coating on the surface of the aluminum. Hard anodized surfaces are almost completely non-porous which prevents the food from sticking and also non-reactive.

Hard anodized aluminum is almost just as tough as stainless steel, but much lighter. It also conducts heat really well, which is the reason why these pots and pans work so well.

Stainless Steel Base

Hard anodized aluminum is a great material, but there is one problem with it. It doesn’t work with induction cooktops. However, Circulon has found a solution to this.

The pots and pans in the Circulon Premier Professional 13-Piece Cookware Set have a bottom layer made of magnetic stainless steel.

Thanks to this, these pots and pans can be used to cook on induction cooktops too.

TOTAL Food Release System

The TOTAL Food Release System is a unique creation by Circulon. Pots and pans made in this style have raised circles across the cooking surface.

This kind of grooved surface works together with the non-stick coating to provide unmatched food release. Circulon also claims that the TOTAL Food Release System reduces surface abrasion thus making their pots and pans more durable.

Autograph Nonstick Coating

Circulon uses Autograph, a high-grade non-stick coating made by DuPont, the original manufacturer of Teflon. This coating is applied in three layers which makes it more durable and scratch-resistant.

In fact, Autograph 2 has even been rated metal-utensil safe. However, for best results, it is better to use wooden, silicone, or nylon utensils. Luckily, you get two nylon utensils in this set which work perfectly with the non-stick coating that covers these pots and pans.

Soft Grip Handles

When you use a pot or a pan every day, you begin to realize how important handles are. Pots and pans with big, comfortable handles, will always be much easier to use than pots and pans with small uncomfortable ones.

The handles on the cookware in this set are made using stainless steel and silicone. The stainless steel base keeps the handle securely attached, while the silicone covers provide a comfortable grip.

Tempered Glass Lids

The lids in this set are made of tempered glass. We love this lids because let’s face it, it’s always nice when you can see your food while it’s cooking. Moreover, the glass lids work great with the chocolate bronze exterior of these pots and pans.

What’s Included?

Circulon Premier Professional 13-piece Hard-anodized Cookware Set Chocolate Stainless Steel Base
  • Color: Chocolate Bronze. Circulon Premier Professional features the TOTAL Food Release System of raised circles for extraordinary food release with exceptional durability that reduces surface abrasion. With Autograph, the most advanced 3-layer nonstick from DuPont, this cookware is safe for use with metal utensils
  • The unique grooves coupled with this exceptional nonstick means your pans will provide a lifetime of performance - guaranteed. Heavy gauge hard-anodized cookware heats quickly and evenly
  • Stainless steel base makes this cookware suitable for all stoves, including induction. Comfortable silicone and stainless steel handles are double riveted for extra strength. Oven safe for up to 400 degrees F
  • Shatter-resistant tempered glass lids with stainless steel rims allow you to monitor the cooking process without losing moisture and flavor
  • Dishwasher safe. Limited Lifetime Warranty

The Circulon Premier Professional 13-Piece Cookware Set includes three frying pans, three saucepans (all in different sizes), a saute pan, and a large stockpot.

The frying pans are well-balanced and a joy to use. They work especially well for making eggs, but you can cook almost anything in them. Moreover, you don’t have to use a lot (or any) oil since the non-stick coating works quite well.

What we especially like in this set are the saucepans. There are three different sizes, and all of them come with straining lids. All of the saucepans have a nice pouring spout on the side, which really makes life easier when you are dealing with any kind of liquid, whether you are making tea or a sauce.

  • A small saucepan with a capacity of 1 quart, comes with a straining lid
  • A medium saucepan with a capacity of 2 quarts, comes with a straining lid
  • A large saucepan with a capacity of 3 quarts, comes with a straining lid
  • A small French skillet with measuring 8.5 inches in diameter
  • A medium French skillet with measuring 10 inches in diameter
  • A large French skillet with measuring 12 inches in diameter
  • A large stockpot with a capacity of 8 quarts, lid included
  • A saute pan with a capacity of 5 quarts, lid included

Key Features

  • The hard anodized aluminum construction ensures durability and excellent heat responsiveness
  • The stainless steel base makes these pots and pans compatible with all kinds of cooktops, including induction
  • The TOTAL Food Release System prevents the food from sticking
  • The Autograph non-stick coating is durable and safe to use
  • The silicone lids are heat-resistant and comfortable
  • The tempered glass lids let you monitor the cooking process
  • All the pots and pans in this set are safe to use with metal utensils
  • Oven-safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Comes with a limited lifetime warranty