Brand & Type: Calphalon Commercial Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Everyday Pan with Lid
Price range: Medium, around $100
Description: Calphalon 12-inch everyday pan made of anodized heavy aluminum and cast stainless steel handles. Comes with a tight fitting lid.
Pros: Backed up by a lifetime warranty. The surface is not non-stick (the whole pan is made of metal), but the hard anodized surface functions almost like non-stick. Stick-resistant, heavy and sturdy. We like the handles on the sides and the dome-shaped lid.
Cons: Over time, the anodized surface might wear down. This would in fact affect the flavor of the food and bring unpleasant taste.
Conclusion: This is a nice and versatile size that can be used for a variety of tasks: browning meat or chicken, braising vegetables, making hash browns, stews etc... The pot is sturdy, we are however, a little skeptical towards the anodized aluminum concept. The fact that the surface will wear down after a period of heavy use, makes this pot less attractive as opposed to a heavy duty stainless steel pan or a cast-iron pan.