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The base of many nonstick aluminum pans has a silk-screened design to create consumer appeal. Some manufacturers claim multilayers improve cooking performance through better heat distribution. Though some colors, for example black, will absorb heat faster and in multilayers may conduct heat infinitesimally better, there is no noticeable cooking improvement. Sorry, but these claims are only "marketing hype." Remember, the primary factor in determining cooking performance is the thickness of the pan - a clear indication of high quality cookware.