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Nov 28, 2011 11:47 PM

Calphalon Unison compared to Calphalon Contemporary?

Hi All,
I'm trying to get a more specific sense of Calphalon non-stick pans-- I'm thinking of asking for some for Christmas and I need to figure out what's right for me. Yes, I get it, that there are people who feel strongly for and against non-stick, and I am concerned about the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes of Teflon, but for now, if you'll humor me, I'm trying to suss out the difference between these seemingly similar products. I'm going to guess that the "slide" surface of the Unison pans is more similar to the Contemporary surface? And how are they different?

thanks all!

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  1. rachel,

    For Unison cookware, the Teflon coating is applied in two different ways. Some of its cookware have smooth nonstick surface to give the better nonstick ability. This is called SLIDE nonstick. Others have slightly rougher surface to allow a bit more "sticky" ability to produce better browning and better bit/fond formation. This is called SEAR nonstick.

    Yes, I agree with you that the SLIDE surface is much more similar to the Contemporary nonstick surface.

    For example, the Calphalon Unison saute pan has a SEAR nonstick surface, while Calphalon Unison frying pan has a SLIDE nonstick surface.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics


      Thanks for the reply! Good to have my instinct backed up, that the SLIDE surface would be more similar to the Contemporary surface. So you know anything more about these lines? Is one a heavier substrate than the other? Is the difference all in the handle?

      thanks again!

    2. Unison is dishwasher safe anodized aluminum. Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick is anodized aluminum but it is not dishwasher safe.