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Cookware Reviews

Is the kitchen your playground or the one room in the house where you spend the least amount of time? Do you love conjuring up signature dishes or do you simply warm up prepared meals?

Regardless how you answer these questions, chances are you use a few pots and pans from time to time. Of course, your answers do reflect how invested you are in those pots and pans. The more serious you are about your cooking, the more serious you are about your cookware.

Shopping List

Conducting cookware reviews before making a purchase can be a bit confusing if you don’t know what qualifies as quality. Keeping reading for tips on how to determine which pots and pans will help you in the kitchen.

1. Cooking Frequency

If you’re a casual cook, then you really don’t need more than the basic collection: 2 different sized saucepans; a couple of omelet or frying pans; and a large stockpot.

If you cook on a regular basis, then expand your cookware set to accommodate your culinary needs. For example, add another saucepan or sauté pan. Also consider a chef’s pan, which functions as a skillet, saucepan, or wok.

2. Cooking Style

The type of cooking you do should factor into your cookware reviews, too. If you tend to do a lot of frying, look into nonstick surfaces. If heat control is important, choose pans with copper or aluminum elements. Oftentimes, these are encased in stainless steel, which ages well. Many designs are classified as hard anodized, which means aluminum is treated to an electrolytic process that oxidizes the metal to prevent rusting.

3. Cooking Surface

Cook-top designs also will determine the type of cookware to buy. Traditional gas and electric stoves work with all pots and pans; however, flat electric tops require flat-bottom cookware and induction stoves need pans with magnetic bottoms.

Manufacturers

Now that you know how to assess your needs, you’re at the stage in your cookware reviews to evaluate some of the major manufacturers.

Calphalon

Since 1975, Calphalon has offered home cooks restaurant-worthy cookware. Its current lines include a variety of finishes and sizes. The hard-anodized design remains a customer favorite thanks in part to its long lifespan. The company also produces stainless steel products as well as select styles in cast iron. Individual pieces range in price from the affordable for common sizes to pricey for specialized pans.

KitchenAid

For nearly 100 years, KitchenAid has been designing products to make cooking easier, more effective, and more fun. When they think of KitchenAid, most people think of mixers, but the company also produces nonstick, stainless steel, and hard-anodized nonstick cookware. Each piece has a stainless steel bottom that works on all types of cook tops. The brand is sold in sets.

LeCreuset

Best known for cast iron and enamel-coated cookware, LeCreuset offers a wide selection of pots and pans styles, including French ovens, skillets, and roasters. The company also sells nonstick and stainless steel lines, such as its Tri-Ply Stainless Steel pans that feature an aluminum core, not only on the bottom, but up the sides, too. This design allows heat to radiate from all surfaces.

All-Clad

Metallurgist John Ulam produced coins and ballistics from bonded metals, but he found it worked very well for cookware, too. After creating a pan to use in his own kitchen, Ulam decided to mass produce an entire line of pots and pans, and in 1971, All-Clad cookware hit the market. Since then, the company has introduced top-of-the-line cookware, including the d5 Brushed, which features five alternating layers of stainless steel and aluminum.

CorningWare

CorningWare is synonymous with casseroles. The cookware is manufactured from vitroceramics, or aluminosilicate glass, but is commonly referred to as ceramic. Certain pieces are deemed safe for cook top use; however, the primary use is in the oven.

Wolfgang Puck

Using the Wolfgang Puck cookware may not make you cook like the internationally renowned chef, but you’ll appreciate his professional design. The round grill pan has ridges that keep food out of the grease while cooking, and the Covered Buffet Server doubles as a stylish serving dish welcomed at any dining table.

Rachel Ray

From her years of cooking quick meals, the celebrity chef designed her cookware to make the home cook’s life more efficient. Oblong pots are more accommodating for dishes like spaghetti. The Deep Griddle pan comes with a glass press to help sear in flavor. Most pieces have nonstick interiors and enamel exteriors.

ProductNumber of PiecesTypePriceShipping WeightItem Number


Calphalon AcCuCore - 10 pc. Set
10Stainless Steel$$$30lbs1833876


Calphalon 13-pc. Commercial Hard-Anodized Cookware Set
13Hard-anodized$$$36lbs1800607


Calphalon Contemporary 10-Piece Bronze Anodized Edition Nonstick Cookware Set
10Non-stick$$24lbs1803780


Calphalon Easy System Nonstick 12 Pc Cookware Set
12Non-stick$$31lbs1831236


Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 13-Piece Cookware Set
13Stainless Steel$$34lbs1767951


KitchenAid Gourmet Aluminum Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set, Red
10Non-stick$21lbs10395


KitchenAid Gourmet Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
12Stainless Steel$$25lbs75657


KitchenAid Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set
10Hard-anodized Nonstick$$19lbs82540


Le Creuset MS12051-59 Signature Cast Iron 5-Piece Cookware Set, Marseille
5Cast Iron$$$23lbsMS 12051-59


Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 6-Piece Cookware Set, Cherry
6Cast Iron$$$39lbsMS 05196-67


Le Creuset Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 8-Piece Cookware Set
8Stainless Steel$$23lbsSSC07198


Le Creuset Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set, 10-Piece
10Stainless Steel$$$28lbsSSC10110


Le Creuset Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
12Stainless Steel$$$40lbsSSC08112


All-Clad 6000-7 SS Copper Core 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe 7-Piece Cookware Set, Silver
7Stainless Steel$$$22lbs840000007


All-Clad 600822 SS Copper Core 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe 10-Piece Cookware Set, Silver
10Stainless Steel$$$42lbs840000009


All-Clad 7100-7 Master Chef 2 Tri-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe 8-Piece Cookware Set, Silver
8Stainless Steel$$23lbs840000022


All-Clad 700508 Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel 3-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe 10-Piece Cookware Set, Silver
10Stainless Steel$$28bs840000274


CorningWare French White 17-Piece Bake and Serve Set
17Ceramic$19lbsFrench White


CORNINGWARE StoveTop 4-pc PYROCERAM Blue Cornflower Casserole Set
4Ceramic & Glass$11lbsA-423C-BF


Wolfgang Puck Stainless Steel 18 PC cookware Set
18Stainless Steel$32lbsSWC1813


Wolfgang Puck 20-Piece Cookware Set
20Stainless Steel$32lbsWPDS20PC


Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe 14-Piece Cookware Set, Orange
14Hard-anodized & Nonstick$$23lbs87000


Rachael Ray Porcelain Enamel II Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set, Red Gradient
12Non stick$$21lbs14266


Rachael Ray Stainless Steel II 10-Piece Cookware Set, Orange
10Stainless Steel$$20lbs75813