Calphalon Unison Review


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The beauty of this high end nonstick cookware is not only its good looks but  its versatility. It comes in two surfaces:

The sear surface, not available with other nonstick cookware, has a specially textured surface that allows you to brown and sear evenly. Like Iron Chef Michael Symon says, the pan does all the work (watch the video below).  The slide surface,  is shiny and extra smooth and allows food to release without effort.

The pans are built with thick anodized aluminum, allowing even heat distribution with no hot spots. The handles are riveted and have an ergonomic design. This cookware can be purchased as a set or separately. Obviously, buying a set is a more economically approach and it makes a great starter set and a great gift for a new bride (hint, hint).

As I said before, there are different pans for  different functions.  Here is the summary of which cookware comes in Slide and which comes in Sear:

Calphalon Unison types:

  • Stock pot
  • Grill pan
  • Wok
  • Dutch Oven
  • Roaster
  • Omelette pan
  • Sauce pan
  • Skillet
  • Griddle pan

Calphalon Unison Features

  • Heavy-gauge hard anodized aluminum construction provides superior conductivity and even, consistent heat
  • Two separate proprietary 3-layer nonstick surfaces
  • Revolutionary Slide Nonstick surface releases foods effortlessly
  • Specially textured Sear Nonstick surface seals in flavor
  • Heats quickly and evenly
  • Ergonomic stay-cool handles
  • Effortless food release
  • Nonreactive with foods
  • Domed, tempered glass lids with stainless steel rims
What we liked:
  • Foods slide effortlessly from the Slide surface
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Sear surface is adequate for browning. Better than most nonstick
  • Sear cookware is oven safe so you can finish your dishes in the oven (did you watch chef Michael?)

What we didn’t like:

  • Tries to  create the classic ‘fond’ so loved by us foodies but does not really achieve it

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Product Specifications

  • Material: Heavy-gauge, hard anodized aluminum; Slide nonstick and Sear nonstick interiors
  • Oven safe to 500°F / 260°C
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Made in the USA
  • Lifetime warranty




  1. B. Dunn
    Posted May 31, 2011 at 8:15 PM | Permalink

    We bought the Unison cookware because of reputation. After using, I notice the lid handles get HOT! Should this happen?

    Also, does the Unison cookware work with an induction stove?

    Thank you for your answers in advance.

  2. Alice,
    Posted July 3, 2011 at 11:43 AM | Permalink

    The handles are designed to stay cool because they have the Y shape however they are made from metal and if the flame is high, the heat may transfer to the end of the handle.
    As far as induction cooktops, the Unison set is made from aluminum, and aluminum is not compatible with those types of burners.
    You can test all your cookware by placing a small magnet on the pan. If it sticks, it can be used with induction cooking.

  3. terri
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 12:48 PM | Permalink

    Is the calphalon unison slide pan coated with a coating like Teflon?

    Thank you.

  4. terri
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 12:50 PM | Permalink

    Is the Calphalon Unison Slide pan coated with a coating like Teflon?

    Thank you.

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