Is Circulon Infinite cookware worth the money?
Do the handles get too hot?
Can you actually put circulon saucepans in the dishwasher?
Are they good saucepans for induction hobs?
Find the answers by reading on …
Circulon Infinite hard anodised cookware is by far the most popular product in the Circulon. Over one hundred and sixty reviewers on Amazon UK have given the five piece saucepan set 5 out of 5 stars. There are currently two hundred and ten reviews in total with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5. So the question is, do these circulon saucepans live up to the glowing reviews they have been given? Read on to find out.
* This article was updated on 18/6/2013 to add the latest information available on this product and correct any spelling mistakes *
The circulon infinite hard anodised cookware set 5 piece consists of 20cm & 24cm Frying pans & 16cm, 18cm & 20cm saucepans. This set is exclusively available from Amazon. If you look at all the other places that sell these pots and pans in a set they only contain four pieces. Essentially they do not include the 20cm French skillet which you can purchase separately for between £20 – £30 excluding delivery.
Circulon are very proud of their TOTAL hi-low interior groove system which means you get high resistance to abrasion and require oil only for flavour making your cooking healthier. So what is the TOTAL system? Basically it’s circles in the pan. We will look at whether these are a fashion accessory or useful later on in this article.
- Fully encapsulated, stainless steel and aluminium base for fast, even heat distribution
- The hard anodised body means it’s twice as tough as regular stainless steel.
- Heavy gauge with steel rivets for maximum strength.
- Dishwasher Safe.
- These Circulon saucepans are suitable for cooking on solid plate, radiant ring, ceramic, halogen, gas and induction cookers.
- Comes with a lifetime guarantee.
The two most common complaints against Circulon Infinite Cookware
Although this 5 piece circulon infinite set has received rave reviews from customers on numerous British and American websites there are a few negative comments that have been made about the product. There appear to be two main issues which we will now so that you can factor them into your purchasing decision.
The first issue has to do with the weight of the cookware, especially the larger items. Those customers who are more petite or weaker wristed have struggled with picking up the larger saucepans. One customer suggested that rather than draining off food like minced beef straight from the pan, it would be easier to use a smaller pan to start with and decant to a larger one, then dish out the meal with a serving spoon rather than picking up and tipping the saucepan. Actually all hard anodised cookware has a reputation for being heavy because of the way that it is made so if weight is an issue for you, you will need to look for an alternative to hard anodised cookware.
The second common complaint is that the lids and handles on Circulon Infinite set gets too hot to handle barehanded. The Care & Use document that comes with the product does mention this issue and I’ve outlined what it says below:
Your circulon infinite set distributes heat evenly so cooking can be done on a low to medium heat. Depending on the type and length of cooking the fittings may get hot. For safety, it is recommended that oven gloves are used.
Do not allow Meyer circulon handles to extend over hot burners.
Keep handles from extending over the front edge of the cooker and position away from other burners to keep them from getting hot.
Opinion on this issue seems to be very divided but most customers do not see this as a major problem. Because of the way these saucepan sets are manufactured they can withstand very high temperatures up to 240°C/475°F/Gas Mark 9. They can be used on induction cookers and in an oven so getting into the habit of using an oven glove with them is not a bad idea.
What owners love about these Circulon Saucepans
24cm Frying Pan
Customers think that the 24cm pan is the perfect size for everyday frying. It’s solid without being too heavy and light enough to flip pancakes. Heat is evenly spread throughout the frying pan so you can cook quickly making it economical. Most customers love the fact that it cooks food deliciously and is incredibly easy to clean.
20cm Frying Pan
Owners of the 20cm French skillet also liked this pan but unfortunately some people felt that this was the weakest item in the circulon infinite set. One customer was disappointed that although the frying pan is advertised as 20cm, the base only measures 15.5cm. This is a very small pan and it would have been nice to have the 30cm frying pan as part of this collection instead. However, the price would certainly increase if the 20cm skillet was replaced with a larger item. A more in depth review of this saucepan based on our experience of using it is available here.
20 cm/3.8 litre saucepan
Customers thought this was good value for money, sturdily built and heavy. It retains a constant temperature on a gas hob and cooks foods evenly. Another nice feature is that it is perfect for cooking something and then transferring to the oven.
18 cm/2.8 litre saucepan, 16 cm/1.9 litre saucepan
Reviewers loved how well these two saucepans cooked and how easy it was to clean afterwards. One person said that “you can fry bacon cubes without using any oil, and moments later, the saucepan is cleaned up and ready to use again. The non-stick properties are also loved. Another person said “the first time I boiled milk in this saucepan, there was a residue on the walls and a film on the bottom so I filled it with water and the milk film began to float to the top before they had finished filling it.” No pressure was necessary to clean it!
4.5 out of 5 pans!
A large majority of the people who bought the circulon infinite set not only like it, they love it. Nothing burns or sticks and if you soak them for a few minutes, food fragments simply float off. Things to be aware of before buying this product, like all hard anodised cookware it is heavier than conventional items so if you have weak wrists you might want to consider an alternative. Also, there will be times when you will need to wear oven gloves to handle it when cooking for long periods of time on high temperatures or when using in an oven. If this is an issue for you consider investing in some silicon covers or have a look at some alternative cookware from Circulon which already comes with silicone grips.
Regardless of your cooking ability, these Circulon saucepans are an absolute joy to cook with which is why we can heartily recommend the circulon infinite hard anodised cookware 5 piece set.
Saucepan Sets HQ also have further reviews of other cookware in the Infinite Circulon range here