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Best Cookware 2016
- Best Cookware Set – Tina’s choice cookware set in 2016
- Best Stainless Steel Cookware – Looking for a stainless steel cookware set? Find my stainless steel cookware reviews and top picks here.
- Best Nonstick Cookware – What is the best nonstick cookware set? Click here to find my top picks and nonstick cookware reviews.
- Best Cast Iron Cookware – Cast iron cookware reviews and picks for those with arm power.
- Best Hard Anodized Cookware – Read my hard anodized cookware reviews to find out which hard anodized cookware set works best.
- Best Copper Cookware – Copper cookware reviews for the professional cooks.
- Best Ceramic Cookware – Use one of the safest cookware to cook your meals.
- Best Stone Cookware – A natural non stick cookware with a hint of old days.
- Best Cookware Brands – Read my cookware reviews for various top cookware brands.
Best Cookware Set 2016
It’s a new year and again one of my resolutions is to cook healthier and more delicious food for my family, and I bet many of you feel the same. So, here’s my pick for the best cookware set in 2016!
Calphalon Classic 10-Pc Stainless Steel Cookware Set
First of all, value for money. For less than $200 you get a whole set of cookware with all the important pieces that you will definitely put to use for cooking. Not mixed with a bunch of useless and cheap utensils.
Secondly, quality material. The stainless steel is solid and not at all thin and lightweight. The pots and pans including the lids are oven-safe up to 450 degrees, allowing more versatility in cooking. If you broil a lot then this is the perfect set for you. The set even comes with a 10-year warranty.
Thirdly, nice features. Glass lids of this set come with strainers, the pots with spouts on both sides and measurement markings in them. How convenient is that?
Fourthly, safe to use. Stainless steel is non reactive to food, and doesn’t come with any lining that will scratch or peel. Other than that, all the handles including those on the lids don’t get too hot for the hand. The strainers in the lids are a pleasure to use, there are no leaks from the sides and liquids pour out only from the spout.
Last but not least, cleans easily. Food stick on? Not a problem. Soak the pan for a few hours and give it a scrub with a scrubby or brush. High heat browned the sides of your pot? Not a problem as well. Give it a scrub with BarKeeper’s Friend and the shine will return.
Find the Best Cookware Set by Type of Material
Cookware can be made of different materials, and sometimes several types of materials are used in one piece of cookware. There’s no saying that any one set of cookware is the best cookware set or even the best type of cookware, since all of us have different cooking preferences and budgets. Look at the best rated cookware sets of the material you like:
- Stainless steel cookware
- Copper cookware
- Non stick cookware
- Hard anodized cookware
- Cast iron cookware
- Ceramic cookware
- Stone cookware
Stainless Steel Cookware
This is one of the most popular types of cookware because it is not only affordable, but also hard wearing. The best stainless steel pots and pans can last for years without showing a downgrade in performance, and the luster can be maintained with a simple rub with baking soda paste.
Stainless steel cookware is dishwasher safe too, making it very convenient for busy homemakers. I expect many people would be more willing to cook if they didn’t have to wash up a lot of pots and pans afterward.
You can find the best induction cookware among stainless steel cookware too, so if you’re looking for the best cookware for induction cooktop, it’s best to start with stainless cookware sets.
The downside to stainless steel cookware is slow heating, meaning more energy would be used for cooking. You will also have to preheat a stainless steel pan for frying so that food won’t stick.
Here are some of the best stainless steel cookware to buy.
Best Stainless Steel Cookware Set – All Clad 10-Pc Set
A premium quality cookware set that is loved by all who can afford it, the All Clad cookware set sports a 3-ply construction all the way up the sides of its pots and pans for even heating. Cook anything in these pans and find out for yourself how meat brown perfectly without burning and soups boil up nicely in the pots. Chuck any pan into the oven for broiling or browning and use them on induction cook tops. Read more about this stainless steel cookware set.
Best Value Stainless Steel Cookware Set – Cuisinart Multiclad Pro 12-Pc Set
A more affordable choice is the Multiclad Pro cookware set which also has clad cooking surfaces all up the sides. This cookware set comes with all the standard pots and pans you’ll need and a steamer insert which is nice and deep. Like the All Clad set, this cookware set also comes with a lifetime warranty. Read more about the Cuisinart Multiclad Pro set.
Non Stick Cookware
Another all-time favorite, non stick cookware has been popularized by the Teflon brand and many people continue to use it despite the long debate about its safety. The most obvious advantage to non stick cookware is that food will not stick to the pan, making it very easy to wash.
Some people prefer a whole non stick cookware set but most of us would be fine with just a non stick pan or skillet for frying. Non stick cookware performs best in frying. I must say that I didn’t find non stick cookware good for other cooking methods like stir-frying and browning.
Remember to use silicone or wooden utensils together with nonstick cookware to avoid scratching the surface. Scratches or damage to the non stick coating will create hot spots that will cause food to be unevenly cooked. Also, coating that comes out and mixed with food can be a health hazard.
Read my best non stick cookware reviews.
Best Budget Non Stick Cookware Set – T-Fal C111SC Signature Set
A budget friendly set of non stick cookware from the well known nonstick cookware manufacturer, the T-Fal Signature set comes with their signature red spot in the center of the pan to indicate heating. This is a nice and cheap set of cookware that beginners in cooking will love. Easily cook all kinds of food without worrying that they’ll stick and burn on the pans. Read more about this non stick cookware.
Best Non Stick Cookware Set – Anolon Advanced Bronze Collection Set
If you want the best there is, get this Anolon cookware set instead. This set of 11-piece including the lids are built with much higher quality and will definitely last longer than any teflon coated pan. The hard anodized non stick surface is more durable, cooks evenly and is very easy to clean up. This cookware set is oven safe and the handles are made of sturdy stainless steel and a silicone grip. Read more about this nonstick cookware set.
Best Value Non Stick Cookware Set – Rachael Ray Porcelain Enamel Non Stick Set
Get this beautiful set of nonstick cookware for less than $100 that includes 2 skillets, 2 saucepans, a dutch oven and a saute pan. I like the glass lids and the handles on the lids that come with a soft grip of matching color. While the pots and pans are sturdy in themselves, the nonstick lining could be thicker so do take care to use non-metal utensils while cooking and serving. In all, this is a really nice looking set to buy for new homeowners and couples. Read more about this non stick cookware set.
Hard Anodized Aluminum Cookware
If you’re looking for an inexpensive cookware set that works decently in every form of cooking, hard anodized aluminum cookware is your best bet.
Many hard anodized aluminum cookware sets also have non stick surface so they are easy to hand wash.
As they are made of aluminum, hard anodized cookware heats up pretty quickly, so that’s an advantage over stainless steel cookware.
Do stay away from the thin and soft aluminum cookware that dents and warps easily. Look at the best hard anodized cookware here.
Best Budget Hard Anodized Cookware Set – Rachael Ray 10-Pc Set
While not being the most durable cookware you can buy, this 10-piece set is not too bad when it comes to cooking and washing up. If you like bright colors you’ll like the brightly colored handles against the black pots and pans. It may also have gained points from me for having glass, see through lids. I do wish the bases of the pots and pans were thicker for more even heating though. Read more about this budget hard anodized set.
Best Hard Anodized Cookware Set – Calphalon Commercial 13-Pc Set
If you’re looking for something that is as easy to use and care for like non stick cookware, you’ve got to try this set of hard anodized cookware. Calphalon is not famous for hard anodized cookware for nothing. This cookware set has a lot to offer: sturdy handles, hardened cooking surface that is non stick without a layer of teflon coating and completely scratch-proof (use your metal utensils, at last!) and beautiful, dome shaped glass lids. Read more about this hard anodized cookware set.
Best Value Hard Anodized Cookware Set – Cuisinart Chef’s Classic 66-14 Set
At a lower price point, the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic set is almost as good as the Calphalon, with good quality handles, glass lids and hardened non stick surface for cooking. Although you can use metal utensils for these pots and pans, mind that the surface is not as hardy as the Calphalon and may still be scratched if you treat it like a $400 set. If you don’t mind babying your cookware a bit, this is a real steal at less than $200 and will certainly last for years to come. Read more about this value set.
Cast Iron Cookware
If you’re strong and love durable cookware, cast iron cookware is your deal. You may be sure any piece of cast iron cookware will be very heavy, but you may be equally sure that it’s the best quality cookware that’s going to last generations.
The great thing about cast iron cookware is even cooking. That’s why I love my cast iron griddle for making the best pancakes and crepes.
The best cast iron cookware is not expensive, however, you can’t put them in the dishwasher.
In fact, quite an amount of maintenance is needed for cast iron cookware. For one, they must be wiped dry after cleaning each time to avoid rusting. They also need to be seasoned with oil to keep their surfaces naturally non stick.
My best cast iron cookware reviews here.
Best Cast Iron Skillet – Lodge L8SK3 Pre-Seasoned Skillet
If you’re getting just one piece of cast iron cookware, you’ve got to get this skillet. With this single frying pan you can sear, fry, grill, bake, braise and broil, whether on the stove or at a camp fire. This pre-seasoned skillet may not be non stick enough at first, but go ahead and cook greasy meats in it to break it in, or if you are particular about your cast iron, season it for a few more times and it’ll become as non stick as a non stick pan. Read more about this cast iron pan.
Best Cast Iron Cookware Set – Lodge L5HS3 5-Piece Pre-Seasoned Set
Hardly anyone I know buy their cast iron cookware in a whole set, but if you’re an avid camper I can understand your need for a cast iron cookware set. So far I haven’t found any cast iron cookware that beats the quality of a Lodge. So yes, get this 5-piece set that includes a covered dutch oven, two skillets and a griddle. Read more about this cast iron cookware set.
Best Budget Cast Iron Cookware Set – Outdoor Gourmet 5 Piece Set
A cheaper set with similar pieces is this Outdoor Gourmet set. Although the workmanship is rougher and quality is less than that of the Lodge cookware, this is still good value for money. You’ll definitely need to season this set yourself before use because it doesn’t come pre-seasoned. Also, it’s better to buy from Amazon or a retailer with a good return policy, as the feet of the dutch oven are prone to breakage during delivery. Read more about this budget cast iron cookware.
If budget is not an issue, you’ve got to love copper cookware. Copper heats up quickly, making it very efficient for cooking fast meals.
If you’re an expert in cooking, copper cookware is perfect for you. You can manage the heat for cooking very easily as copper pots and pans are sensitive to temperature change.
When getting copper cookware, make sure you get those lined with layers of other materials such as tin or stainless steel. This is because copper naturally reacts to food acidity.
Although copper cookware is timeless and hardy, you may need to give it extra care and don’t say I didn’t warn you about the price.
Find the best copper cookware here.
Best Budget Copper Cookware Set – T-Fal C836SC Ultimate 12-Pc Set
If it’s the first time you’re buying or using copper cookware, a stainless steel set with copper lined bottom may be a more budget-friendly testing set. At around $150, this set is less than half the price of any fully lined, 3-ply copper cookware set. Although the copper base lining is very thin for this set, it still helps with the heat transmission for cooking. Read more about this budget friendly set.
Best Clad Bonded Copper Cookware Set – All Clad 5-Ply Copper Core Set
Copper is very expensive due to the metal’s high demand and short supply, so do not be alarmed when you see the price of this gorgeous cookware set made from five layers of metal with one full layer of copper in the middle. This induction friendly set is one of the highest quality cookware you can get, and will be appreciated by professional cooks and home cooks alike. Lifetime lasting and lifetime warrantied. Read more about this copper cookware set.
Best Tri-Ply Copper Cookware Set – Calphalon Tri-Ply 10-Pc Set
At the mid range, the Calphalon 10-piece set is a good deal and looks just like conventional copper cookware with its copper exterior. Don’t be afraid to put these pots and pans to good use, even if the copper will discolor again and again. The whole point is to make good food with a great set of cookware, rather than have a beautiful set of cookware hanging on the rack. If you have time and patience, you can still polish the exterior of this cookware set to its original sheen. Read more about this copper cookware set.
Ceramic cookware is popular with health conscious people for being one of the safest cookware available. Ceramic cookware are usually made of aluminum with a fully ceramic lined cooking surface and exterior.
While mostly safe, when buying this type of cookware you should find out whether the cookware is PTFE-, PFOA- and Cadmium-free to be truly toxic-free and environment-friendly.
Ceramic cookware is also favored by those who like bright colors in their kitchen. Compared to conventional cookware, this type of cookware is certainly more pleasing to the eye and remains that way over time.
Here are the best ceramic cookware to buy.
Best Budget Ceramic Cookware Set – Cook N Home NC 00358
Other than being one of the most best selling cookware sets, this ceramic cookware set is also an eye candy. The ceramic finish is a smooth surface that is naturally non stick without teflon coating. I love how you can sear meat and fry eggs as daringly as you please in these pans and everything cleans off without a trace afterwards. Read more about this budget ceramic set.
Best Ceramic Cookware Set – WearEver Pure Living C943SF
If you’re looking for a bigger and more complete set of ceramic cookware, this WearEver set gives much value with 15-pieces. I love that it comes with a steamer insert and a lid for the frying pan. And thankfully it didn’t include some cheap plastic utensils. If I wanted utensils I could buy my own. Read more about this best ceramic set.
Who still uses stone cookware nowadays? Well, the Koreans do. Their stone pot baked rice or Bibimbap is an internationally loved dish. Other than that, there are some of us who like the impressive slow cooking qualities of a stone pot.
A stone pot retains heat really well and creates subtle hints of aroma in the cooking. Meanwhile, there are also pans which are not fully stone-made but instead, lined on the surface with stone to create a naturally non stick surface that is scratch-proof.
Read my reviews on the best stone cookware.
Best Stone Cookware Set – Stoneline 8-Pc Set
If you love the flavors and aroma of cast iron cooking, you’ll love the cooking from this set of natural stone lined pots and pans. This cookware set is safe and easy to wash as food doesn’t stick at all. Read more about this best stone cookware set.
Best Stone Pan – Ozeri Stone Earth Pan
For a good quality stone lined skillet get the Ozeri Stone Earth Pan. Do note though, that the pan may not be completely PTFE free, but it is definitely very non stick, heats up evenly and very durable. Read more about this stone lined frying pan.
Best Cookware Brands
Some people like to own a beautiful cookware set with all matching pieces, while others like to mix-and-match.
I started off with a small cookware set and bought several extra pieces of different materials. Over time, I have owned some of the best cookware sets (which is why I am writing cookware set reviews now) and individual pots and pans.
To me personally, the best cookware brands are: