Top 10 Best Cookware Sets 2018: Your Easy Buying Guide
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Jan 4, 2018 at 11:35am
Oct 29, 2015 at 1:30pm
You dont have to break the bank to buy a cookware set that can handle your cooking demands. Whether youre particularly fond of a specific brand or you just want to replace an aging collection of pots and pans, a set can be an ideal investment. There are several factors to consider when narrowing down the options.
Budget is a main concern for many consumers, and you can easily find full sets for under $100. However, spending more typically gets you better overall quality and durability along with even heat distribution and features such as stay-cool handles and multi-ply construction.
Its also crucial to make sure that the set contains the right type of pans and the best sizes to match up with your cooking needs. Some cookware sets are geared more towards specific uses such as induction cooking while others are suitable for a wide range of cooking.
1. T-fal E918SC Cookware Set
One of the hallmark features of this cookware set is its unique thermo-spot heat indicator, which shows you when the pan is optimally preheated for cooking. The nonstick interior is scratch resistant and is safe to use with metal utensils. If you dont want to deal with cleaning the pans, simply place them in the dishwasher. An anti-warp base protects against warping and promotes even heat distribution for the most desirable cooking results. This 12-piece T-fal set, which includes saute pans, sauce pans with accompanying lids, a dutch oven with a lid, as well as a slotted spatula and solid spoon, works with all cooking methods except induction. Its also oven safe up to 400 degrees.
Saute pans dont have lids
Doesnt have stay-cool handles
Not ideal for higher temperatures
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2. Cook N Home 15 Piece Cookware Set
This budget-friendly 15-piece cookware set includes a covered 3-quart casserole, covered 1-quart sauce pan, covered 5-quart dutch oven, covered 2-quart sauce pan, 8-inch fry pan, 10-inch fry pan, and nylon tools. Soft touch handles remain cool while you cook and are outfitted with an anti-slip silicone material. The set also features tempered glass lids that let you keep watch over your meal from start to finish. Each pan is constructed with a heavy gauge aluminum material, ensuring even and prompt heat distribution. The exterior is easy to clean. A smaller Cook N Home 12-Piece Stainless Steel Set is also available.
Price: $47.05 (33 percent off MSRP)
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3. Cuisinart MCP-12N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
Highlights of this cookware set include a stainless steel steamer, second skillet, and a multi-use saute pan. A professional-level triple ply construction consists of a stainless steel interior and exterior for enhanced durability. The set also comes with a heat surround technology that provides continuous and even heat distribution along the base and walls of the pans. Cool grip handles remain cool on the stove top so that you can move and lift the pans as needed even if theyre still warm. The polished stainless steel surface wont alterflavors or react with the food youre cooking. Additional Cuisinart cookware options include the Cuisinart 77-10 Chefs Classic Stainless 10-Piece Cookware Set and Cuisinart 77-7 Chefs Classic Stainless 7-Piece Cookware Set .
Price: $240.34 (8 percent off MSRP)
4. Calphalon 8 Piece Classic Nonstick Cookware Set
You can expect even heat distribution and overall durabilityfrom this Calphalon cookware set thanks to itshard-anodized aluminum construction. Tempered glass lidslet you keep a close watch over your meal as it cooks. The double-coated interior surface is also non-stick. While the pans arent dishwasher safe, they can be cleaned with soap and water. The cookware set includes fry pans along with sauce pans, a saute pan, and a stock pot. Aside from the frying pans, every other piece comes with a cover. Measuring marks and pour spouts are included to help you save valuable time in the kitchen. The set also features straining lids for added convenience. Its oven safe up to 450 degrees andshould be used with coated, nylon, or wooden utensils to avoid damaging the surfaces.
Price: $149.99 (17 percent off MSRP)
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5. WearEver C943SF Pure Living Nonstick Ceramic Coating Cookware Set
This 15-piece ceramiccookware set is free from potentially harmful chemicals such as PTFE and PFOA. Soft touch silicone handles provide a comfortable and secure grip as you cook. Another highlight is the heavy gauge aluminum material with a ceramic coating. Not only does this material offer stain and scratch resistance, several consumersalso note that it holds up well over time. The set features a high quality aluminum base for even heat distribution and more efficient cooking.You can safely use this set up to 350 degrees. If you dont need quite so many pans, consider the smaller 10-piece cookware set .
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6. Heim Concept 12-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set with Glass Lid
If you want a higher quality multi-piece stainless steel cookware set at an affordable price, this Heim Concept collectionis a solidchoice. The set includes a fry pan, sauce pan, and three casseroles. Each item comes with its own lid. Other features include a thickerbottom for even heat distribution and tempered glass lids that let you keep close track of your meal as its cooking. You can also use this cookware set with a variety of cooking sources including electric, gas stove, glass, and ceramic. The interior and exterior mirror polished stainless steel providesan upscale appearance.
Price: $47.95 (52 percent off MSRP)
7. All-Clad BD005710-R D5 10-Piece Cookware Set
This 10-piece cookware set is a bit pricier than many, but its a sensible investment for the serious cook. Bonded stainless steel material promotes even heat distribution, particularly duringinduction cooking. The durable stainless steel material is also warp-resistant.The high quality 18/10 material is stick-resistant and non-reactive with just about any type of food. A multi-ply construction includesalternating layers of aluminum and stainless steel for superior durability. While this set is optimized for induction cooking , you can just as easily use it on a traditional cooktop as well as in the oven or even under the broiler. Each piece is dishwasher safe.
8. T-fal C530SC Signature Nonstick Cookware Set
As with other T-fal cookware sets , this one features a distinctiveThermo-Spot indicator that lights up when the pan is properly pre-heated. Durable heavy-gauge aluminum construction promotes fast and even heating for optimal results. This set is constructed with a nonstick interior made without harmful chemicalssuch as PFOA and lead. The comfortable handles are also heat-resistant. A vented glass lid locks in heat and moisture and allows you to keep track of your meals progress.A stainless steel alternative, T-fal C836SC Ultimate Stainless Steel Copper Bottom Cookware Set , is also available.
Price: $56.19 (38 percent off MSRP)