If you love non stick cookware but hate the inevitable scratches as the non stick coating wears away, it is time to consider titanium cookware. Titanium cookware is the choice of many professional chefs and uses a combination of hard-anodized aluminum coated with ultra-strong titanium for a lightweight but durable cooking surface that you can use metal utensils on. Awesome, right? But many of the self-proclaimed best titanium cookware sets are quite expensive, and it is hard to pick out a full set when you do not know how much of the marketing is true. We have created this buying guide to take the guesswork out of choosing titanium cookware sets.
One of the bestselling titanium cookware products is the Anolon Titanium Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece Set. We set out to find a perfect, money saving alternative. After lots of test cooking, there’s a winner! It is called the T-fal E765SC Hard Anodized Titanium Nonstick 12-Piece Set. Both sets include a wide variety of titanium pans to replace your old cookware fully, offer pro-level non-stick cooking, plus they are dishwasher safe and can be used with metal utensils. Let’s get started and see how they compare!
If you are looking for an all-over strong design, the Anolon 10-piece titanium cookware set is a great option, with stainless steel handles and lids for long term durability. It also comes with a large eight-quart stockpot and a sauté pan with a helper handle, which are necessities in some kitchens. The Anolon set’s main advantage over the T-fal set is its higher oven safety temperature, which is up to 500 degrees. By comparison, the T-fal set is safe up to 400 degrees, and the lids up to 350. If you like to use high cooking temperatures in the oven, the Anolon set is a great choice. However, the two frying pans in the set lack lids, which some buyers, and our team, found surprising at this price level.
The T-fal 12-piece titanium cookware set makes a great starter set for your kitchen since it includes all titanium cookware you will need plus a high-quality spoon and slotted spatula. If you like having a strong grip on your cookware even through pot holders, the silicone handles on this set make each part easy to lift and hold without slipping. The pans in the set also have Thermo-Spot heat indicators that change when the pan is fully preheated. Our testers found this very helpful in day-to-day use sicne it cuts down on cooking time and guesswork. Every main piece in the set comes with a lid except the frying pans (just like the Anolon set), and it is additionally all certified to be free of PFOA, lead, and cadmium.
The Anolon set comes with ten pieces: a 1.5 quart covered saucepan, a 2 quart covered saucepan, an 8 quart covered stockpot, an 8-inch open French skillet, a 10-inch open French skillet, and a 10 inch 3 quart covered sauté pan with helper handle. Our team sees lots of brand cookware sets that include sauté pans, but many home cooks get by without them. However, if a sauté pan is a must, plus you like having a big stockpot on hand, you may prefer the Anolon set. There are lots of pieces included here, more than you will likely need.
The T-fal set has 12 pieces: an 8 inch fry pan, a 10.25 inch fry pan, a 5.6 quart covered Dutch oven (basically a stockpot), a 1.1-quart covered sauce pan, a 2.3 quart covered sauce pan, and a 3.2 quart covered sauce pan, as well as a nylon solid spoon and slotted spatula. This set has a smaller stockpot, and no dedicated sauté pan, but the spoon and slotted spatula that comes with it are a nice way to help you get cooking right away. Our reviewers thought this gave the set an extra boost as a gift or purchase for newlyweds or for someone moving out on their own. Either way, the set includes all that you need.
The Anolon set uses stainless steel lids (except for the fry pans, which are uncovered), which retain heat well but don’t let you see what you are cooking. Steel lids are traditional but less useful than glass lids, which you can keep on while checking your food.
The T-fal set has vented glass lids with silicone-coated handles that make it easy to check on the progress of a dish without releasing clouds of steam or burning your fingers. The T-fal set wins this comparison because of the superior glass lids.
The Anolon set is made of a hard anodized aluminum interior for fast and even heating and a hard titanium exterior. The way the aluminum is processed helps prevent warping (something that cheap aluminum is prone to), while the nonporous titanium exterior provides durability and provides a tough nonstick surface.
The T-fal set shares the same materials as the Anolon set. The premium aluminum provides better heat conduction than titanium alone, so heat distributes quickly and evenly across the cooking surface. Both metals are extremely lightweight, too, which is a relief when you are dealing with a full pan.
The Anolon set is dishwasher safe, though the manufacturer recommends a few specific detergents in the user manual. However, titanium cookware is easy to clean by hand, and you will not risk accidental damage if your dishwasher gets a little too enthusiastic.
The T-fal set is also dishwasher safe. Keep in mind that both the Anolon set and T-fal set have lifetime warranties, but neither warranty covers damage incurred in dishwashers. This should not be an issue for most people but is worth noting if you have an unreliable or aggressive dishwasher.
The Anolon set is oven safe up to 500 degrees. The set’s all-metal construction allows it to handle high heats, so if you like to do a lot of broiling or other high-temperature oven use, you may prefer the Anolon’s higher oven safe temperature.
The main pieces of the T-fal set are oven safe up to 400 degrees, while the lids are oven safe up to 350 degrees. If you usually only put your cookware in the oven to keep a prepared dish warm, the T-fal set’s lower oven safe temperature will not be an issue.
The Anolon set is non stick due to its titanium and Teflon coating. This durable coating stands up even to metal utensils so that you will not be limited to soft silicone, wood, and plastic. It also means you can use less oil or butter in your cooking, though we recommend to still use a little for easier handling after testing these sets.
The T-fal set is non stick, too, and also certified PFOA free. That is a big plus and offers great peace of mind. The set is strong enough to handle even metal utensils. If you are worried about sticking, you can “season” a non stick titanium pan much like you can a cast iron pan: just dribble in some oil, heat to 300 degrees, let cool, and wipe off the extra oil.
The Anolon set uses hollow 18/10 stainless steel (the highest possible quality of stainless steel available) to form its riveted handles for durability and remaining cool to the touch while cooking. If you like the strength and solidity of stainless steel handles, you may prefer the Anolon set to the T-fal.
The T-fal set uses well-designed, riveted silicone handles for comfort, superior grip, and maintaining a cool temperature. Our testers found them easier to use than steel. Anyone who has struggled to grip a pot or pan’s metal handle through potholders will appreciate the extra grip provided by this set’s silicone handles.
The Anolon set packaging does not have any information about testing the titanium cookware may have undergone regarding toxins, which can be a matter of concern for some people looking into non stick cookware. The jury is out on whether non stick cookware toxins are actually a) there and b) harmful in the first place, so if it is not something you are worried about, the Anolon set will work fine for you. Everybody else should go with the T-fal set.
The T-fal set has been tested to show it is lead-free, cadmium-free, and PFOA-free. If you are concerned about the possible toxins that can be released from certain kinds of non stick cookware during the cooking process, it may give you some peace of mind to know that the T-fal brand makes this testing process part of their appeal. Non stick cookware has come under fire (pun intended) for releasing potential carcinogens at high heat, so this takes care of that.