Top 4 Hard Anodized Tawa Reviews: Pick the Best One For Your Kitchen

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Top 4 Hard Anodized Tawa Reviews: Pick the Best One For Your Kitchen

We chose Prestige Hard Anodised Tawa as our Top Pick. It cooks evenly, has the most comfortable grip and is sturdy.

In a nation that is obsessed with their rotis and parathas, a sturdy, trustworthy tawa is a must in the kitchen.

Tawas are now not limited to the heavy iron ones. Tawas made using new materials like stainless steel and hard anodised aluminium are gaining popularity. Which is why we picked four popular brands of hard anodised roti tawas to test them for their design, usage, ease of cleaning and durability. The four brands we picked are – Vinod, Prestige, Hawkins Futura and Wonderchef.

We chose the roti tawa by Prestige as the best hard anodised tawa in our review. Read on to know why this contender was our Top Pick.

Hard Anodized Tawa Brands- Everything You Need To Know

Here is all that you need to know about the selected hard anodized tawa brands. 

1. Reviewed Brands

We picked four popular and easily available brands of hard anodised tawas – 

  • Vinod
  • Prestige
  • Hawkins Futura
  • Wonderchef

2. Available Sizes

We chose a standardised tawa size slot for all the brands. All our tawas have a diameter of 25-26 cms.

3. Price Range

All the tawas are priced between Rs 800 – Rs 1200/-.

4. Packaging

The tawas come packed in a cardboard box. 

5. Availability

All the brands are easily available online as well as offline at local utensil shops.

Our Review Factors to Find the Best Hard Anodized Tawa Brand

Tawas are heavily used for rotis and parathas in most Indian kitchens. On average a tawa is used once or twice each day during breakfast, lunch or dinner.

How did we test these? We made over a 100 chapatis on each tawa and more than a dozen paranthas, both stuffed and plain. While rotis are dry, parathas involve using a type of fat, mostly ghee, to cook them completely. This also helped us test the tawas for ease of cleaning as fat tends to create a layer on top. We tested both rotis and parathas on the same tawa because no one switches tawas to make these two separately. Do note that these tawas are NOT meant for chillas and omelettes. For that, non-stick tawas are an ideal choice.

We chose eight broad parameters on which we gauged these tawas and tested them in our review lab for over three months.

1. Cooking Abilities

All the tawas we picked are made using aluminium with a hard anodised material. But to understand this a bit better, let us tell you what exactly is hard anodised cookware.

Aluminium cookware that has undergone a chemical process to oxidise the cooking surface is called hard-anodised cookware. It is said to be more durable, is non-toxic and non-reactive to foods. As we know aluminium is an excellent conductor of heat, which is why hard anodised cookware heats faster and evenly.

Which is why we checked all the tawas to see how well they cook the rotis. Do they cook evenly? If the rotis brown too quickly on the top, does the dough on the inside cook or remain raw/undercooked.

2. Thickness And Weight Of The Tawa

You know how grandmas insisted on heavy iron tawas for making rotis? Why was that? Well, a thick tawa base ensures even cooking of the chapatis. A tawa with a thin base will heat too quickly and can lead to uneven cooking of the roti. It can also mean that the tawa surface will start to burn too fast leading to lower longevity.

thickness of hard anodised tawas
Comparing the thickness of our tawa contenders.

3. Design

When we say design of the tawa, we primarily mean two things – grip of the handle and the shape of the tawa. If the tawa is not comfortable to hold, or if the handle gets hot while cooking it can lead to kitchen accidents. The shape of the tawa is important because it determines the proper cooking of the rotis. On a flat tawa the sides have a tendency to remain uncooked and a concave tawa ensures proper ‘sikai’ on the edges.

We also noticed how well the tawa sits on the gas top. How is the balance or does it wobble?

4. Ease of Cleaning

Before we start, it’s important to note that it is not recommended to clean hard anodised cookware with a metal scrub. Neither should they be scrubbed with brushes with metal pads. It is preferred if you clean the tawas using a softer scrub pad.

How easy is the tawa to clean after cooking?

5. Sturdiness

What holds the handle and tawa base together? Is it sturdy or does it wobble? Did the rivets that hold the tawa base to the handle come loose?

6. Price

How competitively are the tawas priced? If priced higher than the competition, does the quality of the tawa justify the price difference? Is the price difference due to a design element? If yes, how valuable is the design element?

7. Compatibility

This refers to the type of cooking tops the tawa is compatible with. While this was not a major deciding factor, it contributed a little to the final marksheet. 

8. Warranty

What is the warranty period provided?

Top Hard Anodized Tawa Brands – Detailed Review

Here is a comparison table of all the hard anodised tawa brands we reviewed on the basis of their price, material, compatibility, size, thickness and warranty period. 

tabular specifications of hard anodised tawas

1. Prestige Hard Anodized Aluminium Chapati Tawa – Mishry Top Pick

A few key points that we noticed while reviewing Prestige Hard Anodised Aluminium Tawa are that this is the flattest, thickest tawa, and it has the most comfortable grip.

Despite it being flat, it did not make any difference in the cooking of the roti. Our chapatis cooked evenly and did not feel doughy from the sides or the centre.

While cleaning the tawa it did get a few marks here and there, but nothing that was too stark. We cleaned the tawa using a soft sponge.

prestige hard anodised tawa top before use
Before use: Prestige Hard Anodised Tawa
prestige hard anodised tawa top after use
After use: There wasn’t a lot of difference on the surface of the tawa after we used it for three months.
prestige tawa base before use
Before: This tawa is also induction friendly, hence the metallic plate at the bottom.
prestige tawa base after use
There are a few brown marks around the plate, but not a lot of damage was done here.
prestige tawa handles before and after use
You can see very light browning marks on the tawa’s handle after using it.

Features

  • Prestige’s Hard Anodised Tawa is priced at Rs 980/-.
  • Warranty period – 2 years
  • The diameter of the tawa is 265 mm.
  • The thickness of the tawa is 4.88 mm.
  • Weight of the tawa – 845 grams
  • Material – Hard anodised aluminium
  • This is compatible with a gas stove and an induction cooktop.
  • The handle has a sleeve.

Pros

  • The grip of the handle is the most comfortable. It doesn’t get hot when we use it.
  • The tawa cooks the rotis evenly.
  • It is the thickest, and heaviest.
  • The tawa is easy to clean.
  • It is compatible with both – gas stove and induction cooktop.
  • The rivets did not come off loose at all. It is a sturdy tawa.

Best Suited For

If you are looking for a sturdy, easy to use hard anodised tawa for daily use this is one of the best options.

2. Wonderchef Hard Anodized Roti Tawa

Wonderchef’s hard anodised tawa was also used to make chapatis and parathas. The cooking of the breads was even and the parathas did not stick to the base.

A few key things we noticed were that this tawa is the lightest and has the thinnest base. The tawa isn’t completely flat, the sides lift up slightly. The grip is comfortable but not as much as our Top Pick. The handle is sturdy. There is a small amount of grease accumulation on the sides which was moderately easy to clean, but it doesn’t come off completely.  

wonderchef hard anodised tawa top before use
Before Use: Wonderchef Hard Anodised Tawa
wonderchef hard anodised tawa top after use
After use: You can see the difference on the sides of the Wonderchef’s hard anodised tawa.
wonderchef hard anodised tawa base before use
The bottom of the tawa's base before use.
wonderchef hard anodised tawa handle before and after use
You can see the browning on the tawa handle.
wonderchef hard anodised tawa under review
Wonderchef’s tawa under review process.

Features

  • Wonderchef Hard Anodised Tawa is priced at Rs 1200/-.
  • Warranty period – 5 years
  • The diameter of the tawa is 25 cm.
  • The thickness of the tawa is 4.06 mm.
  • Weight of the tawa – 715 grams
  • Material – Hard anodised aluminium
  • This is compatible with a gas stove.
  • The handle has a sleeve.

Pros

  • The tawa has a sturdy handle with a fairly comfortable grip.
  • The rivets did not become loose during the testing phase.
  • The cooking is even and uniform.

Cons

  • This is priced much higher than its competition and doesn’t have design elements or usage benefits that sets it apart.
  • It is a light weight tawa.

3. Vinod Hard Anodized Tawa

The Vinod tawa we bought for our review did not sit well on a flat surface, it was wobbly and the handle was also crooked. To make it sit steady on a gas burner, it took us two-three tries. This is a manufacturing defect and not something that we experienced in the kitchen.

As the handle was crooked the grip was not comfortable and kept on hurting the area between the thumb and index finger. Although the cooking was uniform, and it was easy to clean, the overall experience was reduced by a huge margin.

vinod hard anodised tawa top before use
The hard anodised tawa by Vinod before use.
vinod hard anodised tawa top after use
Vinod hard anodised tawa after use.
vinod hard anodised tawa base before use
The back of the tawa before use.
vinod hard anodised tawa base after use
The back of the tawa after use.
vinod hard anodised tawa handle before and after use
Vinod's Hard Anodised tawa handle has slight browning on the back.
vinod hard anodised tawa under review
Vinod’s Hard Anodised Tawa under review process.

Features

  • Vinod Hard Anodised Tawa is priced at Rs 825/-.
  • Warranty period –  24 months
  • The diameter of the tawa is 250 mm.
  • The thickness of the tawa is 4.25 mm.
  • Weight of the tawa – 700 grams
  • Material – Hard anodised aluminium
  • This is compatible with a gas stove.
  • The handle has a sleeve.

Pros

  • The handle doesn’t heat up when in use.
  • It is easy to clean.

Cons

The handle was crooked which led to two things that didn’t work –

  • The grip was uncomfortable.
  • It is a little wobbly and did not sit well on the burner in the first go.
  • This tawa is also the lightest amongst all the contenders.

4. Hawkins Futura Hard Anodised Tawa

Hawkins Futura hard anodised tawa has a handle with no sleeve. There is a small mark on the handle indicating the ‘safe area’ from where you can hold the tawa. While it doesn’t heat up during cooking, the grip is not comfortable at all. 

The tawa is sturdy and the rivets didn’t become loose during our testing phase. The rotis and parathas cooked evenly on this tawa and it was easy to clean.

hawkins futura tawa top before use
Hawkins Futura tawa before use.
hawkins hard anodised tawa top after use
Hawkins Furtura tawa after use.
futura hard anodised tawa base before use
The base of the tawa before use.
futura hard anodised tawa base after use
The tawa base after use.
hawkins tawa handle before and after use
You can see substantial browning on the base of the handle.
hawkins futura tawa under review
Using the Hawkins tawa for our review.

Features

  • Hawkins Futura Hard Anodised Tawa is priced at Rs 895/-.
  • 5 year guarantee card inside.
  • The diameter of the tawa is 26 cm.
  • The thickness of the tawa is 4.88 mm.
  • Weight of the tawa – 843 grams
  • Material – Hard anodised aluminium
  • This is compatible with a gas stove.
  • The handle does not have a sleeve.

Pros

  • The tawa is sturdy and the rivets do not become loose.
  • It is easy to clean.
  • The cooking of the rotis and parathas is even.
  • The handle does not get hot. 

Cons

  • The tawa grip is not comfortable.

Our Top Picks & Recommendations

Why did we choose Prestige Hard Anodised Tawa as our Top Pick?

There are multiple factors that contributed to Prestige being our Top Pick. A tawa should be able to cook rotis and parathas evenly and consistently. The design of the tawa should be such that it enhances the overall user experience.

Prestige’s hard anodised tawa cooked the rotis and parathas evenly week after week. It also had the most comfortable grip. Prestige’s tawa is compatible with a gas stove and an induction cooktop as well. This tawa is the thickest, heaviest when compared to the competition.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some interesting FAQs on hard anodized tawa brands.

1. What is the best hard anodised tawa in India?

As per our review, Prestige tawa is the best hard anodised tawa for your rotis and parathas. It is sturdy, has a comfortable grip and cooks the rotis evenly. The handles do not heat up while using the tawa. The fact that this is compatible with an induction cooktop is also an added plus.

2. Is hard anodized tawa good for dosa?

It is not advised to use these tawas to make batter based dishes like dosas, chillas or omelettes. Although Hawkins mentions on the box that dishes like tikkis and Welsh griddle pancakes can be made on the tawa, we did not test these for anything apart from rotis and parathas

3. Are the above mentioned hard anodised dishwasher safe?

No. None of the contenders are dishwasher safe.

4. What is the benefit of hard anodized cookware?

Hard anodised cookware is much more durable than, say, non-stick cookware. It lasts longer and is much sturdier. This cookware is non-reactive to foods.

5. Is hard anodized the same as cast iron?

No. The base for hard anodised cookware is aluminium which is very different from cast iron cookware.

6. Does food stick to hard anodized cookware?

We did not try making any batter-based dishes on this tawa, but our rotis and parathas did not stick to the base.

Final Verdict

Please note that when we review appliances and utensils in our test kitchen, we ensure to keep using the product even after the official review process is over. In case we have any new updates and fresh insights, we update the article.

Over 400 rotis and 50 parathas later, we decided on our winner.

Prestige’s Hard Anodised Tawa is our Top Pick because it is sturdy, easy to clean, cooks rotis evenly and has the most comfortable grip. If you are looking to buy a hard anodised tawa for your kitchen, this is the top choice. This tawa is also induction friendly.

Which tawa do you use in your kitchen? Tell us about your experience in the comment section below.

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