Bialetti Aeternum's Ceramic Coating
Bialetti Aeternum cookware is coated with what the company calls a "nano-ceramic" coating. It's a water-based coating comprised of titanium and silicate particles (the main component of glass). Because it is applied at relatively low temperatures, its production emits less carbon dioxide into the environment than other nonstick coatings. It's free of PFOA, PTFE and Cadmium.
For some reason the company chose to make the interior white, which is a bit jarring when most of us are used to dark pan interiors. More on that later. The white coating does look striking against the red handle and exterior, which are coated with a silicone paint.
The body of the pan is made of aluminum, and it has a lighter heft than pricier pans. The handle is not riveted to the body of the pan, but still feels sturdy and durable.
Bialetti to the Test
I put a Bialetti Aeternum skillet to the ultimate test: making scrambled eggs. I used a little butter to coat the pan and scrambled the eggs over low heat, because I like my eggs to be super-creamy. Right from the start I could see the benefit of the white cooking surface – I could tell the moment my butter started browning, something that is not easily evident when cooking on a dark surface. It was also easy to see how slick the surface was – as I was stirring the eggs with a rubber spatula (never use metal or sharp tools on a nonstick coating!), the eggs slid away easily.
I was concerned that the pan felt lighter and flimsier than other high-end cookware I owned, but the aluminum construction was remarkably heat-responsive; when I felt that my food was cooking too quickly and I turned down the heat, I could see an immediate result.
At the end of my testing, I inadvertently subjected the Aeternum to another test when I accidentally left it on a burner, scorching the egg remnants on the interior of the pan. But to my surprise, the burnt food wiped off easily, and the white interior was absolutely pristine, with no discoloration whatsoever. Even the base of the pan didn't show scorch marks.
For an inexpensive nonstick skillet, I was very impressed with Bialetti Aeternum cookware's performance, and the fact that it is an eco-friendly nonstick cookware option is just icing on the cake.
The Bialetti Aeternum collection comes in the following pieces and configurations:
- 8-, 10.25- and 12-inch Saute Pans (this is what the company calls this shape but to me it's more of a skillet)
- 12-inch Deep Saute Pan with Lid
- 2-quart Sauce Pan
- 8-pice set, including 8- and 10.25-inch saute pans, 2- and 2.5-quart covered saucepan and
- 5-quart covered Stock Pot
- 3-piece set, including 8-, 10.25- and 12-inch Saute Pans
- Great heat responsiveness
- Super easy to clean
- Good price
- Not ovenproof
- Heavy-gauge aluminum construction
- Stain-resistant nano-ceramic interior and a high heat-resistant silicone-coated finish
- Free of PFOA, PTFE and cadmium
- Not ovenproof
- 5-year guarantee