Calphalon Unison Nonstick Cookware {review}

I love to cook for my family and often find myself in the kitchen at least 2 times per day preparing meals. One thing I am very adamant about is my cookware! I like cookware that is non-stick, easy to clean, and large enough that I can prepare meals without having to use 2 or 3 pans. The area I store my pots, pans, grills and cookware is filled with different pieces, all of which I purchased based on advertisements, that just did not live up to what I need in cookware. Several pieces I have either scratched like crazy after a few uses or everything sticks horribly and they are hard to clean. Those cookware items have found themselves a new home, right in the pantry..and they do not get used!

I do a lot of cooking at home, and need cookware that fits my lifestyle and family size. There is nothing more frustrating that cooking a  nice meal and food not cook properly due to cheaply made cookware.

A few weeks ago while searching for some new cookware I found the Calphalon Unison Nonstick Cookware. From their website I was impressed, the descriptions of the cookware was exactly what I needed, but to be honest I just did not want to fork over more money for pots and pans that won’t get used. When Calphalon offered to send me a few pieces for my review, I was very excited! What cook would not like to review cookware…especially cookware that is advertised to be amazing?

Now, I am not a professional cook, rather an at home mom/wife who likes to prepare gourmet meals for my family often. For review I received the Calphalon Unison Nonstock Round Grill Pan and Griddle Pan.

Calphalon Cookware Product Info

Calphalon Cookware reviewCalphalon Unison Nonstick Round Grill Pan

The Calphalon Unison Nonstick Round Grill Pan is 12-in. and is professional-grade cookware with the convenience of nonstick at a price the average cook can afford. The pan size is great for c0oking larger portions of food! The inside of this grill pan has deep ridges and specially textured SEAR NONSTICK surface designed to add grill flavor to meats and brown food evenly.

The pan handle is a heavy-gauge, hard anodized aluminum that stays comfortably cool on the stovetop. No more burning your hand on the pan handle when stovetop cooking! The pan also has a small hole at the top of the handle which making hanging it easy!

Calphalon Unison Nonstick Round Grill Pan Features

  • 100% Dishwasher safe.
  • Cook with little or no oils, butter or fats.
  • For the perfect pair, look for Calphalon Unison cookware with Slide Nonstick. Its revolutionary, ultra-smooth Slide Nonstick surface releases foods effortlessly, essential for creating tender omelettes and delicate sauces.
  • Free your culinary spirit, try a new recipe or improvise your own creation – Sear Nonstick makes it easy to express your culinary creativity. The specially textured Sear Nonstick surface has the searing capability that true chefs demand from professional-cookware.
  • Handles stay comfortably cool on the stovetop.
  • Lifetime Warranty

Use and Care

  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Broiler Safe: No
  • Oven Safe 500° F
  • Utensils: Nylon, Coated or Wooden

Calphalon will replace any item found defective in material or workmanship when put to normal household use and cared for according to the instructions for a lifetime!

My Thoughts….

I have used the Grill Pan several times and cooked a variety of foods (bacon, hamburger, fish). I really have enjoyed cooking on the Grill Pan! I am normally one who will only cook steaks on the grill, but decided to give this pan a shot at making steaks in the house. My issue with cooking steaks on a pan indoors is they are normally dry and just taste like rubber. So, it was fun to see how well the Grill Pan could cook meats!

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4 Seasoned Steaks Cooking

I seasoned my steaks like normal (butter & garlic salt) and tossed them on the Calphalon Grill Pan. I like my steaks medium-well, so I used the level 4 temperature. I did not use any oil in the pan or non-stick spray, as I wanted to see how well the nonstick actually worked. After about 12 minutes I turned the steaks over. The bottom of the steaks that had been laying on the grill pan had line marks, just like an outdoor grill would add and they were cooked about half-way through. Another 10 minutes on the same level temperature and they were done.

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Ridges in the Pan Used to Add Grill Marks

So, it took about the same amount of time as it would have on an outdoor grill, yet I did not have to stand outside or smell like a smoke-stack! My steaks cooked evenly and browned beautifully!To my surprise, the steaks were very tender! I have attempted to cook steaks on a pan before and they were horrible, but these were actually really good! There was no sticking to the pan at all and they lifted right off the grill when I was ready to remove them. This griddle is exactly what it is said to be…non-stick!

After dinner, I added a bit of soap to a kitchen sponge and the pan wiped right off! I did not have to scrub hard at all, with some warm water and a bit of Dawn dish soap, the pan cleaned up well! I am very impressed with the ease of cleaning! There is nothing more annoying than spending an hour cooking then another hour scrubbing dishes!

I also had the opportunity to review the Calphalon Unison Nonstick Round Griddle Pan

Calphalon Unison Nonstick Round Griddle Pan
The large 12 in. , flat surface of the nonstick griddle pan provides maximum cooking area to accommodate several servings. The hard anodized aluminum exterior offers even heating with superior heat retention. Slender lip contains liquids but allows easy access with a spatula. The revolutionary Calphalo  Unison SLIDE NONSTICK surface releases food effortlessly, making even the most demanding culinary creations simple to prepare. Cook with little or no oils, butter or fats without the worry of sticking.

Griddle Pan Features

  • 100% Dishwasher safe.
  • Cook with confidence no matter what you have on the menu. Experiment with a new dish or cook your tried-and-true favorites with ease. The revolutionary Calphalon Unison Slide Nonstick surface releases foods effortlessly.
  • Handles stay comfortably cool on the stovetop.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Dishwasher Safe

My Thoughts….
I have used this pan multiple time to prepare pancakes, grilled cheese, eggs, hamburgers, fried rice, potatoes and more. Nothing has stuck to the pan during cooking, and I have not used any non-stick or butter! I love how large this pan is, as I can alleviate the use of two pans by using just this one! Everything I have prepared has cooked evenly and my pancakes turned out so pretty I did not want to eat them.

I also love the ease of switching from the stove-top to the oven, it really is seamless! We prepared a casserole one evening and once everything was in, I popped it in the oven to allow everything to cook. The handle does make it easier to remove from the oven (especially if you can never find an oven mit, like myself!)

The only thing I can really say I do not like is the large handle. If you use the pan with the handle turned in it takes up the entire half of the oven.  If your not needing to use the other burner or if you do not mind turning the handle to the outside, then your fine. It is really is nothing major, just something I noticed while using it.

The Calphalon Unison Nonstick Cookware is worth every penny! This cookware really delivers professional results at home! I would love to add the Calphalon 10 Non-Stick Set to my cookware collection!

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  1. Hi Tara! I have been looking for a few new pans and have had the same situation with products that claim to be nonstick but are not. I really like that these are dishwasher safe because many nonstick cookware items are not. The grill pan looks fantastic. Thanks for the review.

  2. Amanda Vinage says:

    I would love that grill pan. We cook out a lot but this winter have not been able to cook out as much as we like because it is just to cold. The Calphalon pans look very nice and like professional cookware.

  3. Tara you said the pans were really large and dishwasher safe, I am wondering if they actually fit into the dishwasher though? I have a few pans now that will not fit into my dishwasher.

  4. Oh man, hubs would love this. We use to have a long rectangle one and it was just too big, this is the perfect size! thanks for the review

  5. Wow – I don’t think I can ever say that I haven’t used nonstick spray on a pan when cooking – that would save money on oil and cooking spray!! Definitely will put these on my list – I’m in need of some new cookware soon anyway.

  6. Killian Dougherty says:

    This is what im looking for, good thing I found your blog.Thanks for your review.

  7. I can’t be sure that this is the same exact set of Calaphon non-stick cookware that I got my daughter when she got married–but she has had problems with that set and would now prefer to have a set of non-coated.

  8. Tammy Lacer says:

    OMG!! I would sooo love that grill pan!! I love to grill and that pan would be perfert!! Thanks for the review!

    • Tara V., TheFabShoppingMom says:

      Your welcome Tammy! Add it to your holiday wish-list! It is a great investment!

  9. Michelle Chin says:

    I got the Calphalon unison nonstick round grill pan as a gift on my wedding registry and now I can’t live without it (ok, maybe that’s a stretch, but this is one awesome pan) =) I actually used it tonight to make grilled asparagus

  10. Paula Caudill says:

    Love that grill pan, I do alot of cooking and that would come in handy! Really nice cookware.

  11. I adore Calphalon pans and would have my entire kitchen outfitted in their products if I could. Quality products last a lifetime! I would love one of these grill pans!

  12. ntiveheart aka jayedee says:

    i love love love calphalon! i actually stalk the stores like tjmaxx looking for calphalon pieces every week or so. i love the fact that it will last so long, i can probably pass it on to my daughters! heirloom quality cookware rocks!

  13. Shannon Thompson says:

    i need one of these more poor skillet has seen better days. this one looks and and easy to use.

  14. Erin Cook says:

    I like the nonstick pans so easy to clean after cooking in them

  15. nicolerenae says:

    That grill pan looks great! I usually leave all the grilling to my husband, but if I had one of those I wouldn’t have to wait until he gets home from work or leave the grilled meals for weekends!

  16. You’re right, spending as much time cleaning up as cooking does take the joy out. I’ve never heard of a grilling pan that actually didn’t stick, but I know Calphalon is a great product, so I’m very willing to give this pan a try. Thank you for the great review.

  17. ntiveheart aka jayedee says:

    i LOVE my calphalon cookware. i swear sometimes i think my daughters are waiting for me to die just so they can inherit my calphalon and all-clad! lol i think i’ll stick around for a while….just to spite them!

  18. Marysa N. says:

    I like Calphalon, but I’ve never tried one of their grill pans. My husband is a big steak lover, he’d love this! Perhaps for Fathers Day… 🙂