Did you know that Circulon is a sister brand of Anolon? But when it comes to Circulon Symmetry vs Anolon Advanced, which cookware set is better?
Circulon’s Symmetry Cookware Set and Anolon’s Advanced Cookware Set look similar, share similar features, and are sold at nearly the same price.
We dug into the details to find out which one was best.
How we Compared Circulon Symmetry vs Anolon Advanced
We compared Circulon Symmetry vs Anolon Advanced and evaluated each set on:
- What’s Included in Each Set: What cookware are you actually getting?
- Design: How attractive is the cookware set?
- Construction: What material is the cookware made of?
- Lids and Handles: How functional are the lids and handles?
- Non-stick Coating: What non-stick coating does each set use and how effective is it?
- Care and Maintenance: How do you clean and care for the cookware?
- Warranty: What type of warranty comes with the cookware set?
We think Circulon’s Symmetry is the clear winner. If you’re in a rush we’ve provided a quick comparison below.
Our Summary of Circulon Symmetry vs Anolon Advanced
Summary: Circulon’s Symmetry and Anolon’s Advanced cookware sets share a lot of similarities, but the superior design and versatility that come with Circulon’s Symmetry Cookware Set make it a clear winner in our eyes.
We still think Anolon Advanced is a good cookware set, but we wouldn’t recommend it over Symmetry.
Not convinced? In our Circulon Symmetry vs Anolon Advanced comparison below, we go into the nitty-gritty details.
Our Detailed Comparison of Circulon Symmetry vs Anolon Advanced
What's Included in Each Set?
The Circulon Symmetry Hard Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware Set is a 10-piece set that includes:
- 2-qt Saucepan with lid
- 3-qt Saucepan with lid
- 8-qt Stockpot with lid
- 8.5-in Frying pan
- 10-in Frying pan
- 3-qt Sauté pan with lid
In comparison, the Anolon Advanced Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set is an 11-piece set. It comes with:
- 1.5-qt Saucepan with lid
- 3-qt Saucepan with lid
- 8-qt Stockpot with lid
- 8-in French skillet
- 12-in Covered deep skillet with helper handle
- 3-qt Sauté pan with lid
Both sets come with similar cookware. The main difference between the two is they come with different sizes of cookware, and the Anolon Advanced set includes a deep skillet with a lid.
Winner: Set Composition
There’s no obvious winner in this category. Both sets come equipped with everything you’d need to outfit your kitchen. If you tend to do more deep-frying you might benefit more from the Anolon Advanced Set, which comes with a covered deep skillet.
Both the Circulon Symmetry Cookware Set and the Anolon Advanced Cookware Set boast attractive, modern designs.
Circulon’s Symmetry Set is offered in three attractive finishes, including black, chocolate, and merlot. The cookware itself is tulip-shaped, meaning the walls flare slightly at the top. The rims of the lids are lined with stainless steel, and the set features modern-looking stainless steel handles that have been coated with silicone.
Anolon’s Advanced Set has a similar look and feel, but at the time of this review comes in a choice of five different finishes, including a stunning indigo color that we really loved. Anolon’s set has the same tulip-shaped cookware bodies and stainless steel handles and accents.
Caution – highly subjective opinion ahead!
While both sets have a similar design, visually we think the Circulon Symmetry set looks more polished. If you look at the sets side-by-side you can see that the handles on the Circulon set look cleaner – Circulon designed them so the rivets aren’t visible, which we think looks more finished. The stainless steel rims on the Circulon lids also compliment the contours of the cookware better.
Finally, we liked Anolon’s indigo finish but we think the bronze kind of looks… poopy in comparison to Circulon’s chocolate option.
The Circulon Symmetry set isn’t offered in as many finishes as Anolon Advanced, but we didn’t like the exposed rivets on the Anolon Advanced set and thought that Circulon’s Symmetry set looked more polished overall.
Circulon’s Symmetry Cookware Set has a unique construction that makes it more versatile than the Anolon Advanced Cookware Set.
The core of the cookware in both sets is made from heavy-gauge hard-anodized aluminum, which is widely recognized as an excellent heat conductor.
Each piece of cookware in both sets has a non-stick coating on the interior and exterior of the pans.
What sets the Symmetry cookware set apart, though, is that the cookware pieces have a stainless steel base. The stainless steel base allows the cookware to be used on any stovetop, including induction.
In contrast, Anolon’s Advanced cookware set lacks this feature and their cookware is not suitable for induction stovetops.
The Circulon Symmetry Cookware Set has stainless steel bases that allow the cookware to be used on induction stovetops. Anolon Advanced lacks this feature, making Circulon Symmetry the clear winner here.
Lids and Handles Comparison
There are no notable differences between the handles or lids in these cookware sets.
The handles of both the Circulon Symmetry Cookware Set and Anolon Advanced Cookware Set are made of silicone-wrapped stainless steel that has been double riveted to the cookware for stability.
Both sets advertise that the handles stay cool while cooking, but some users of both cookware sets have complained that the stainless steel part of the handle can get hot.
The lids that come with both sets are made from shatterproof tempered glass and are not vented.
Winner: Lids and Handles
The Circulon Symmetry and Anolon Advanced sets are tied in this category, and they even share the same design flaw with the handles.
Non-Stick Coating Comparison
Circulon Symmetry and Anolon Advanced use the same non-stick coating, but Circulon’s unique design gives it an edge here.
Both sets of cookware use DuPont’s Autograph 3-layer non-stick coating on the interior and exterior of the pans. Autograph is a premium PFOA-free non-stick coating that has been designed to stand up to significant abuse in the kitchen – it was actually tested by professional chefs!
So why is Circulon Symmetry better?
Circulon’s cookware uses a series of high and low circles to prolong the lifespan of the non-stick coating. The high circles allow a smaller area of the pan to take the abuse of cooking utensils while the area of the pan made up of the low circles is protected.
Anolon’s Advanced Cookware Set doesn’t have a similar feature, making it less durable overall.
Winner: Non-Stick Coating
The Circulon Symmetry Cookware Set is the clear winner here. Although both cookware sets use the same non-stick coating the Symmetry set features an innovative design that will prolong the lifespan of the coating that Anolon Advanced lacks.
Care and Maintenance Comparison
Both the Circulon Symmetry and the Anolon Advanced cookware sets use a triple-layer premium non-stick coating on the interior and exterior of the cookware, meaning both sets are easy to wipe clean.
However, Circulon’s Symmetry set is dishwasher safe, while the Anolon Advanced set is not.
Winner: Care and Maintenance
Circulon’s Symmetry Cookware Set is dishwasher safe, while Anolon’s Advanced Cookware Set needs to be washed by hand.
Circulon Symmetry and Anolon Advanced cookware sets both come with a lifetime warranty.
Both Circulon and Anolon’s warranty cover any defects in the cookware caused by materials or workmanship. Both companies will either repair, replace, or offer a suitable substitute for the defective cookware.
Neither warranty covers normal wear and tear or damage from misuse.
It didn’t impact our comparison, but we do appreciate that Anolon has a page with helpful pictures to show consumers what isn’t covered.
The Winner: Warranty
The Circulon Symmetry and Anolon Advanced cookware sets both come with a nearly identical lifetime warranty, making them tied in this category.
Customer Complaints Comparison
We think it’s important to look at the customer complaints related to these cookware sets, even though we don’t use them in our scoring because it’s not a metric we can validate.
The most serious issue noted by multiple customers in both the Circulon Symmetry and Anolon Advanced cookware sets is that the exposed stainless steel parts of the cookware handles sometimes get hot while cooking.
However, we caution that it’s not clear how the cookware sets were being used. If customers were putting them in the oven or exposing the handle to an open flame it makes perfect sense that the handles would get hot.
So take it with a grain of salt.
There are no other notable complaints about the Symmetry or Advanced cookware sets.
Final Thoughts on Circulon Symmetry vs Anolon Advanced
Because they share a similar price point, the Circulon Symmetry is a better choice than the Anolon Advanced based on the superior number of features and versatility of the set.
We think that Circulon’s TOTAL non-stick system alone is worth purchasing the Symmetry set over the Anolon Advanced because this design feature means the Circulon Symmetry non-stick coating will hold up longer than the Anolon Advanced. In our experience with non-stick cookware, it’s usually the non-stick coating that goes bad and renders a set useless before the set itself falls apart or breaks.
Don’t get us wrong – Anolon is a great company and the Anolon Advanced Cookware Set is one we’d pick up if we caught it on sale. It just wasn’t quite as impressive as the Circulon Symmetry set.
Below is a recap and overall comparison of Circulon Symmetry vs Anolon Advanced:
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