Circulon Acclaim Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware

Raised circles on the pan interiors are coated with DuPont's autograph nonstick to ease food release and help reduce surface abrasion. The cookware is also metal utensil safe and easy to clean. Solid, heavy duty hard-anodized construction provides fast, steady heating

Peaks that protect the nonstick grooves so you never have to worry about scratching the surface with metal utensils. Also protects against non-stick chipping andor flaking.

Circulon was the first company to provide cookware that combined nonstick properties with aluminum. The aluminum core allows heat to distribute evenly so pots and pans don't have hot spots. The cookware has grooved rings, which the company calls a "food release system," on the surface of the pots and pans, and a highly durable, three-layer, nonstick coating.

12" Circulon Symmetry
hard-anodized aluminum
dishwasher safe
consumer reports check rated
upper half of CR ratings (77)
5 cooking evenness
5 ease of cleaning
4 nonstick food release (cooking eggs without oil)
2 non-stick durability (It degraded after 2,000 strokes with steel wool)
Induction compatible

I was worried about the grooves in the bottom. They were clean when I got it They came clean with just soap and a paper towel after I fried eggs this morning. One site said, "If your nonstick hi-low grooves no longer release food easily, you may have a build-up of food or grease in the grooves. To restore your no-stick performance, mix two parts water to one part white vinegar and boil in your pan on medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Let stand until cool and wash with warm soapy water and a soft nylon brush, rinse and dry."