Selecting the best pots and pans for your kitchen can be one of the most important decisions you make. There is very little done in the kitchen which doesn’t involve pans of some description so, therefore, picking the right set which is going to do the jobs you need them to do, is important.
There is a huge variety of different options available, from high end sets which are something of a large purchase to budget ranges which are more affordable but still offer high quality and convenience.
Here we showcase three across the different ranges to give you an idea where to start.
High End – Cuisinart MCP-12N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel.
The Cuisinart Multiclad range is made from tri-ply 18/10 stainless steel with an aluminium core and mirror finished interior. Meanwhile, the exterior comes in a brushed steel finish. Cuisinart’s Heat Surround Technology means that the heat is better distributed across the bottom and the sides to ensure even cooking without hot spots.
The pan handles feature solid stainless steel to enable them to stay cool on the stovetop and are riveted to add strength. The new handle design adds a professional touch to the range while still allowing maximum grip and control.
- 1 – ½ quart saucepan
- 3 quart saucepan
- 8 inch skillet
- 10 inch skillet
- 3 – ½ quart sauté pan
- 8 quart stockpot
- Steamer insert
These pans are oven safe up to 500 degrees F and due to the stainless steel finish; there is no coating to flake off and taint the food. They are dishwasher safe and come with a lifetime guarantee against defects.
Economic – Paula Deen Signature Nonstick 15-piece Porcelain Cookware Set.
The Paula Deen Nonstick set combines a porcelain exterior which comes in a range of five colours with DuPont Teflon non-stick interiors. The exterior has a speckled finish and is durable and stain resistant while being easy to clean. The durable non-stick interiors are known for their ease of cleaning.
The heavy gauge construction heats up evenly and quickly, and the glass lids lock onto the pans so you can monitor the food inside without letting out the heat. Soft touch handles make a comfortable grip without losing the security, and the pans are dually riveted, so built to last.
The set is oven safe to 350 degrees F and can be used on most stovetops. It is recommended with them to use silicon, wooden or plastic utensils as metal ones can scratch the non-stick coating.
The set comprises:
- 1 quart covered saucepan
- 2 quart covered saucepan
- 6 quart stockpot
- 2.75 quart covered sauté pan
- 8 inch skillet
- 10 inch skillet
- 5 piece measuring spoon set
These pans also feature a copper ring at the end of each handle which means they can be hung from a pan rack to save space.
Budget – T-Fal C111SC74 Signature Nonstick Expert Easy
The T-Fal Signature set comes in three colours choices; black, blue and red. The pans are made from aluminium with glass lids and T-Fal’s non-stick interiors. The stay cool handles are ergonomically designed to be comfortable to use and strong.
They also feature T-Fal’s ThermoSpot technology which allows you to know when the pan is at it’s optimum temperature to use. They also conduct heat across the whole surface of the pan to avoid hot and cold spots.
The set includes:
- 8 inch sate pan
- 11 inch sauté pan
- 10.25 inch griddle
- 1 quart saucepan
- 2 quart saucepan
- 5 quart Dutch Oven
- 3 nylon tools
The set is dishwasher safe, oven safe up to a temperature of 350 degrees F and metal utensils can be used without fear of spoiling the non-stick. They are also easy to clean manually, even with burnt-on food.
So once you have started researching the best pots and pans, you can select if you are looking for stainless steel or non-stick and what type of pans you need. Different ranges have different options, and some come with extras, such as tools, to complement them. There are even different color or finish options available so you can coordinating with your kitchen color scheme allowing these ever-useful items to also become smart accessories.