The Circulon Symmetry Casserole dish is a good choice if you're looking to handle your cooking safely and easily. It is lightweight and has large, comfortable silicone handles on the sides and on the lid. The dish has a durable non-stick coating and is suitable for stovetop to oven use at a maximum temperature of 400 °F.
Pro Light and easy to handle
The Circulon Symmetry Casserole dish is made from anodized aluminum and weighs only 5.7 lbs. It has two large and comfortable silicone handles on the sides and one on the lid. This makes the pot easily maneuverable even for people with weaker wrists. It also reduces the chances of getting burned or the dish slipping from the hands of the cook.
Pro Durable non-stick cooking surface
This casserole dish is coated with 3 layers of hard PFOA-free non-stick material. Care instructions even specify that metal utensils can be used in this dish (though it is better to use wooden/plastic/silicone, as with all non-stick cookware). Raised concentric circles on the cooking surface help reduce surface abrasion and loss of non-stick properties.
Con Not compatible with microwave, broiler, or grill
Due to the materials it's made of (aluminum body, non-stick coating, and silicone handles), this casserole dish is not suitable for heat sources other than the stovetop and the oven. Since the highest temperature it can handle is 400 °F, this pot cannot be used on a grill or under a broiler. It is also not microwave-compatible because of the aluminum body of the dish.
Con The food in the middle and upper layers will take more time to warm up
This casserole dish has a tapered bottom (9.5-inch diameter in the middle, 8-inch diameter on the bottom) and is quite tall (6.4 inches). The reduced contact area with the burner means that it takes more time to heat the contents of the dish all the way through.