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Nonstick Cookware by Ecolution

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Ecolution™, around since 2008, is an affordable, environmentally responsible line of nonstick cookware. The company uses Hydrolon, an ecologically advanced water based non-stick coating, made without PFOA, which is safer for humans and the planet. Their pledge to be a more ecologically responsible company goes beyond the avoidance of PFOA nonstick surface as the company philosophy considers every aspect of the manufacturing process.

 

Ecolution nonstick cookware

Image from EcolutionHome.com

 

This philosophy can be summed up in the phrase “Cook Well. Do Good.” The details of which can be found on the company’s Do Good section of the website.

ECO-Friendly Do Good Policy

Like many companies Ecolution follows the mantra Renew, Reuse, Recycle.

This manifests itself in several ways:

  • Use of recycled steel racking in their distribution centers
  • Use of biodegradable packaging to replace old “polybags”
  • Printing packaging on 70% recycled materials
  • Do Good page has suggestions for keeping old pans out of the trash/landfill:

1 – Consider turning your used cookware into a planter, animal bowl, or storage for your workshop

2 – If you can’t think of any use for your old cookware around the house, then consider donating it to a charity.

3 – Find a recycling center that will allow you to drop off scrap metal in your community.

Ecolution NonStick Cookware

The nonstick pan collection is made from pure aluminum for even heat conductivity throughout the surface of the pan. Aluminum is the second most conductive metal, after copper, which means it responds quickly to heat adjustments.

The company information lists several benefits of their non-stick pans:

1 – Made with Hydrolon™ nonstick technology; A material free from PFOA.

2 – Pure aluminum insures a light weight, easy to handle pan with responsive, consistent heating.

3 – Soft Handles made of comfy, easy to grip, stay cool silicone

4 – Grooved rings on the bottom distributes even heat to the maximum surface area

5 – Unlike most nonstick cookware, Ecolutions pans can go directly in the dishwasher

Ecolution nonstick fry pan

Ecolution nonstick fry pan

 

What is PFOA-FREE Hydrolon NonStick?

Nonstick cookware by Ecolution employs Hydrolon a new WATER BASED application system, marketed exclusively by Ecolution. Hydrolon is a multi-layer nonstick, similar to traditional nonstick surfaces. All coats use water to apply the nonstick in place of PFOA (pertluorooctanoic acid), a solvent that was once required in order to manufacture heat and chemical resistant materials applied to cookware. The PFOA is burned off during the firing and finishing process; it takes a very long time to breakdown in the environment and is known to make workers sick.

Unlike PFOA based nonstick, Hydrolon uses a water based application system so it evaporates during the heating stage of adhesion of the nonstick. When the nonstick is applied to the metal, the application solvent that evaporates is simply water, greatly reducing emissions. According to the company, this non-toxic coating is a safer solution for healthy and eco-friendly cooking.

The coating has been thoroughly tested, and performs as well as old PFOA type formulations. The spray application is done by machine for proper application. Testing makes sure that the nonstick release and abrasion resistance meets a high standard and includes Abrasion Test, Contact Angle, Release, Value Boil Test, and Thickness Evaluation.

Function

As part of a press offering, I received an 11″ skillet to use at home. I have to admit that my initial impression of the pan was that it would not work as well as other nonstick pans I own and use. I normally use cast and forged aluminum pans, love the way those work and find myself skeptical of more basic nonstick pans.

The pan came with a patterned, color coating on the aluminum exterior and bottom.

Ecolution fry pan bottom

Ecolution fry pan bottom

 

The aluminum pan feels light and based on the cast aluminum nonstick pans I use, felt wimpy. But as I would learn, weight isn’t an indicator of performance ability. I weighed the Ecolution 11″ nonstick pan at 2.2 lbs. Two other cast aluminum nonstick pans I own weigh over 3 lbs. Numerically that doesn’t seem much, but it felt like a big difference in the hand. The light weight of pure aluminum, what is known as spun aluminum, so named because of the motion used to shaped the aluminum disk into the pan shape. I have for so long associated spun aluminum pans with cheap, lower performing pans, but the simple aluminum construction does allow the manufacturer to sell a more affordable product.

The handle is attached to the exterior with screws which allows the handle to be tightened should it become loose.

Ecolution fry pan handle

Ecolution fry pan handle

 

Being pure aluminum, with no special bottom disk, it can NOT be used on an induction cooktop. Aluminum is not magnetic and will not work on induction cooktops.

I used this the Ecolution nonstick skillet to cook eggs all ways (fried, over easy, scrambled and omelet), sausages, sauces, chicken breasts, and fish – quite literally anything that would fit inside the 11″ space.

I never had any problem with food sticking. The Ecolution nonstick cookware, like any nonstick pan, needs to be heated to a proper temperature before putting food inside it. Placing food in a cold pan can result in it sticking to the bottom or side. Typically to help with release in nonstick pans, I tend to put oil or fat on a paper towel and rub it into the pan surface, but with the Ecolution pans I found this to be completely unnecessary.

Managing temperatures is the key to effectively cooking with any nonstick surface. The Ecolution pan responded to the most subtle changes in heat so that I could control browning and cooking. Like most nonstick pans, you will want to keep the surface temperature under 450° F. Food cooked at this high temperature will tend to over cook on the outside before the inside reaches the proper safe temperature and the high temperature can shorten the life of the pan. If you are not comfortable knowing when a pan is at temperature, this can be easily done with an infrared probe.

The Ecolution line I used is called Artistry, but I think at one time it was the only line. The Artistry line has the most robust selection of pans Ecolution sells. The pans are sold individually and as sets, like the one below.

Ecolution nonstick cookware set

Ecolution nonstick cookware set at Amazon

 

Each line will contain different component pieces, but Artistry is the line I see most often in shops and retail outlets.

Summary

It took me a while to warm up to the Ecolution nonstick pan, but over time I found myself reaching for it more and more. I like the way this pan comes to temperature quickly, responds to even subtle heat adjustments, steadily holds heat, cooks evenly and with great consistency and ultimately how the nonstick surface was perfectly…nonstick. The only problem, if you can call it that, is if you have a range or cooktop with cast metal cooking grates and you shake the pan back and forth, as I am wont to do, some of the bottom coating may scratch off. This doesn’t mean the pan will perform badly, it just means that aluminum will be exposed on the bottom and may discolor in its “raw” state.

I can’t speak for the other Ecolution cookware lines, but I can say that I do like the Artistry line very much. It is available at Bed, Bath and Beyond, online and in a variety of retail locations, such as houseware specific stores and Ace Hardware shops.

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13 Responses to “Nonstick Cookware by Ecolution”

  1. kitchenboy

    Hello Krista, my name is Phillip, the editor & publisher of Kitchenboy.net.

    Sorry to hear your pan handle fell off, I know that is frustrating. As I am not a representative of the company, the only help I can provide is to give you the website info…

    https://www.ecolutionhome.com/contact-us

    …and the customer service phone number for Ecolution:

    Customer Service Phone – 561-353-3900

    Fax – 561-353-3939

    Epoca International, Inc.
    931 Clint Moore Road
    Boca Raton, FL 33487
    United States

    As one who has worked in culinary retail, my advice is to provide as much information as you can to the manufacturer; including photos and a description of what happened also helps. But key above all is to start off with a complimentary note about how much you enjoyed using the pan – flattery endears customer service people to you and goes a long way toward their desire to make you a happy customer.

    I hope you get a positive result!
    Kitchenboy

  2. krista miller

    I have a the 11 inch non stick fry pan but my handle fell off. How did I get a new one? Please e mail me. ty

  3. kitchenboy

    @Andres – yes the Artistry line will work on a ceramic cooktop. However it will *not* work on induction cooktop. There are Ecolution lines that are magnetic, but Artistry isn’t one of them.

    Thanks for reading
    KitchenBoy

  4. AndresO

    Can Artistry line of pans be used on ceramic cook top?

  5. Paul Douglas

    Just bought an Artistry Ecolution set. Never tried cooking with it: two of the glass lids don’t fit their appropriate pans. What cheap junk.

  6. kitchenboy

    @Ben – if the coating is peeling or nicked so badly you can see the metal pan underneath, you should probably replace the pan. I would start by contacting the manufacturer and see if they would replace it for you. Short of that, I would buy a new pan and attempt to recycle as much of the old pan as possible.

    CUSTOMER SERVICE

    Phone: 561.353.3900 Fax: 561.353.3939.
    reception@epoca.com

    Best of luck and thanks for reading
    Kitchenboy

  7. Ben Coonen

    We have been using an ecolution pan but I see it has some nicks in the coating and I am wondering if it is still safe to cook with?

    A little concerned.

    Thanks!

  8. Deloris Skelton

    I am Deloris Skelton whose email appeared on May 9, 2015.
    After contacting Ecolution, I received a new frying pan only this time
    in their “symphony” line of cookware.
    This new frying pan is very satisfactory,
    so I would recommend buying the Symphony line of their products.
    Not the line with the green bottom.

  9. Paul

    I have a white lined ecolution pan. It’s great for all frying except eggs. Scrambled omelets are fine, but straight fried eggs are near impossible.
    The problem is the albumin sticks to the surface. Even with oil in the pan. The oil beads and leaves most of the surface uncovered, which means the albumin sticks to the surface. Don’t even try over easy.
    Utterly disappointing.

  10. kitchenboy

    Celeste, sorry to hear about the problem with the Ecolution pan. When a nonstick pan peels and flakes, you want to stop using it and replace it. Once the bond is broken the surface will continue to break down.

    I like so many thing about the company, but they are a bear to contact with no telephone number and only a web form for additional contact.

    I did some research and found that Ecolution is now under another housewares company, Epoca, headquartered in Florida.

    Their contact information is:

    CUSTOMER SERVICE

    Phone: 561.353.3900 Fax: 561.353.3939.
    reception@epoca.com

    If you don’t get satisfaction that way, you could try some social media shaming, a favorite tactic of mine when companies frustrate me. In this case the only option you have is on Facebook. Search for ‘Ecolution – Eco-Friendly Cookware’ and post your complaint on their wall.

    Hope this helps,
    Kitchenboy

  11. Celeste

    The same thing happened to my pan, with the bubbling and flaking. I am also concerned. I tried to call the company, but they don’t have a phone number listed. So I went to their website and emailed them, they haven’t responded and it’s been a month. Not sure if I should continue cooking with it.

  12. kitchenboy

    @Deloris – I once wondered what would happen if someone did accidentally eat non-stick flakes. At a party I asked an internist this question, they stated it would pass right through our system like everything else. If someone were susceptible to developing intestinal polyps then there is a very small chance that one could form, but they reiterated it is unlikely any harm would come of ingesting small amounts one time. The best thing would be to return the pan as defective and/or throw it away. If you are still concerned, please contact your physician.

    KitchenBoy

  13. Deloris Skelton

    I have the same 11-inch skillet pan with the green pattern on the bottom pictured in this article which I purchased at Macy’s. I became aware that the non-stick coating had many small bubbles instead of being smooth like my other non-stick pans.
    The bubble break and the coating comes off!!
    I am concerned that we have consumed this “hydrolon” nonstick coating in our food.
    Please reply.

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