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.


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