I received the Calphalon Unison Slick Surface 10-Inch Non-Stick Frying Pan in early January of this year and I fell in love with it from the moment I used it. It was as if the cooking surface was coated with generous amounts of lube, nothing would stick, and I was enjoying every moment. It seemed like it was worth the $125.00 price tag. Well, I’ve been using the frying pan for almost 12 straight months. It’s lasted longer than any other non-stick frying pan I have ever owned. In fact, it replaced my Calphalon Contemporary stainless steel 10-inch frying pan as the kitchen workhorse, but its not without its problems.
First of all, the lube-like slick surface started to wear down, and no lube means friction, and friction sucks. Seven months in, I noticed food wasn’t releasing as effortlessly as it used to. Eventually, the performance degradation kicked in and no longer was I making flawless omelets, in fact, I stopped making omelets. Second of all, the non-stick surface doesn’t chip off, but I did notice small pock marks in the first few months of use. Odd, considering I only hand-washed the pan and used a soft-silicon spatula to turn and flip food. I’ve never used non-stick cooking spray and only used premium extra virgin olive oil to cook.
After a year of use, I ordered a replacement, but no way am I going to purchase one at full price, it’s just not worth it. I managed to purchase the 10-Inch and 12-Inch bundle for $60.00, a far cry from the $125.00 price point Still, the non-stick surface lasts much longer than anything I have ever used and I’ll have to keep even better care of the next one.
After a year. Seriously, WTF happened.