- Value: 19/20
- Functionality: 19/20
- Quality/Ease of Use: 17/20
- Aesthetics: 17/20
- Versatility: 17/20
- TOTAL: 90/100
These days, direct-to-consumer (DTC) kitchenware companies are a dime a dozen. From skillets that claim to do it all to Dutch ovens at a discount, you can buy pretty much any pot or pan you need with the click of a button. So when I heard that Abbio cookware was giving an all-time favorite brand, All-Clad, a run for its money, I needed to know: Is this cookware worth the hype? I tested the nonstick skillet, and here’s what I found.
Abbio is an online-only, DTC cookware brand that aims to make it easier for the home cook to enjoy pro-caliber pots and pans. It offers just five essential pieces: a stainless steel stock pot, sauce pan and sauté pan, and an 8-inch and 11-inch nonstick skillet (the one I’ve been testing). You can purchase the pieces individually or in various set pairings, and prices run from $80 to $355 for the entire collection. All purchases come with a silicone hot pad meant for protecting your counters and tabletop when it’s time to eat.
The cookware boasts a fully clad, tri-ply stainless steel and aluminum design, meaning the entire pan, not just the bottom surface, is built from layers of metal. The benefit is that fully clad cookware is resistant to warping, nonreactive with ingredients and will heat and cook more evenly. Abbio’s nonstick coating is PFOA-free and all the pieces are cooktop-agnostic, so you can use them with gas, electric and induction ranges.
According to the brand, the cookware is dishwasher-friendly, although I a) don’t have a dishwasher and b) am morally opposed to dishwashing pots and pans, so I can’t vouch for it on that front.