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Cookware Sets Buying Guide

Buying cookware as a set is the easiest and most economical way to stock your kitchen with the essential pots and pans. Sets range from basic to elaborate, so before buying, think about your cooking style and the price you want to pay.  

Types of Cookware Sets

Types of Cookware Sets

Cookware sets start at the basic level, with just a few pieces geared for the beginner cook or someone who is just starting to stock a kitchen. Larger sets include pieces that appeal to the more seasoned cook. Equivalent-size sets have similar pieces, so it’s the quality of the cookware that determines the price within each category. Think about your cooking style and aspirations in the kitchen before making a purchase. Keep in mind that pans and lids can be cumbersome, so also consider your available storage space in cupboards or drawers.

Basic

5- to 7-piece sets typically include essentials: small saucepan with lid, slope-sided skillet, straight-sided skillet (sauté pan) with lid, and stockpot with lid.

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All-Clad d5 Brushed Stainless

All-Clad d5 stainless cookware, maintains the classic style of the original stainless cookware with new technology & enhancements.... The d5 technology is made up of 5-alternating layers of stainless steel and aluminum. The alternating layers promote lateral flow of cooking energy and eliminates hot spots and ensures uniform browning. In addition, the patented stainless steel core significantly improves geometric stability to prevent warping. Other features include: a new stainless steel broader handle with softer edge that improves comfort, and offers better balance; newly designed loop/helper handle improves grip & stability when lifting. The lid handle features a deeper clearance between the handle and lid. New flared rim allows for precise drip-free pouring around the entire perimeter of the vessel. With these new enhancements d5 has to offer, you will consistently produce outstanding results. Lifetime Warranty, Made in USA read more

BergHOFF
$169.99 $285.00
at Hayneedle.com

Cookware Sets BergHOFF 2211097 Boreal Stainless Steel 4-Piece Cookware Set with Lids Features: -Set includes 6 quart stockpot, 10 ...covered skillet, 1.5 quart covered saucepan and 3 quart covered saucepan. -Boreal collection. -Material: Stainless steel. -Features include stylish stainless steel handles, glass cover with stainless steel rim and steam hole and 3-layer capsule base. -Suitable for all heat sources. -Provides fast and even heat distribution. -3 Layer capsule base for even cooking. -Glass covers feature steam holes to reduce he chance of boiling over. -Including induction. -Dishwasher safe. read more

Demeyere
$865.00 $1,205.00
at Hayneedle.com

Demeyere 41006 With the technology, workmanship, beauty, performance and comfort of the Atlantis series, we have endeavoured to at...tain the top level in our development of stainless steel cooking products, without forgetting tradition and the real pleasure of cooking. A wide range of specialized products such as conic saut pans, sauce pans, steam cookers, simmering pans and accessories have been created by us to appeal to even the most experienced of cooks. Practical design and applied technologies have been fine-tuned and used to suit every article in order to enhance the culinary value of typical preparations required of these items. Saucepan with Lid Features: -Seven layer capsule base.-Copper base allows for even heat distribution.-Suitable for all types of hobs: gas, electric, induction.-Solid, cast 18/10 stainless steel handles.-Also suitable for high-light, AGA and ceramic induction cookers.-Handles remain cool.-With pouring edge.-Can be used in the oven.-Can be used on conventional cookers (gas or electric).-Lid separately available.-7 ply material from base to top edge.-Optimal heat distribution.-Increases frying surface with 50pct.-Very good non stick resistance.-Solid, cast 18/10 stainless steel handles.-Handles remain cool.-Solid, cast 18/10 stainless steel handles.-Fits on every product with same diameter.-With rubber ring.-Frying Pan Diameter: 9.4''.-Saucepan and Saucepot Material: InductoSeal.-Selectine Frying Pan Material:7-PlyMaterial.-Specially Ordered fr... read more

Guy Fieri

Guy is all about food that is full flavored an culinary/lifestyle products that are full of both function and style. From cutting ...edge cutlery to real deal cookware and award winning BBQ sauces to marinated meats, Guy does it all! Features High-mirror polished fold-over reinforced rims for added strength and stability Riveted stainless steel handle designed with Guy signature plate and ergonomic grip for balance, comfort and control Wear resistant satin-brushed interior finish Oven safe to 400 F; compatible with all heat sources including gas, electric, induction and ceramic top ranges Dishwasher safe Premium stainless steel for lasting brilliance and professional restaurant quality results Durable heavy-gauge vessels with an aluminum core base designed for fast and even heat distribution Set Includes 8 fry pan 10 fry pan 8qt stock pot 1.5qt sauce pan w/ lid 3qt sauce pan w/ lid 3qt deep saute pan with lid read more

Farberware
$79.99 $119.99
at Kohl's

Cook in Style and with Confidence as You Use the Nonstick 12 Piece Blue Cookware Set by Farberware The Farberware nonstick 12 piec...e cookware set blue design is perfect for the country kitchen or for the cook who loves the color blue. The nonstick Plus coating from DuPont ensures that you can achieve excellent release of foods while using minimal oils and fats, promoting healthy eating while producing delicious fare. Heavy gauge aluminum is used to craft the nonstick 12 piece blue cookware set which helps with quick heating and even cooking. The density of the aluminum also helps limit hot spots in the pots and pans therefore reducing burned dinners and lunches.Glass lids facilitate energy-efficient food preparation, retaining heat and steam while ensuring easy opening with cool, easy-to-grasp knobs. Oven-safe to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, the set is also safe for the dishwasher. read more

Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri products incorporate style with unique function built expressly to the specifications of the famous chef and restaurante...ur. This set features durable aluminum construction for fast and even heat distribution and eliminates hot spots that can cause food to burn. The interior features a long-lasting, nonstick finish for healthy cooking, excellent release of foods and easy clean-up. Riveted stay-cool silicone and stainless steel handles provide a comfortable non-slip grip. The tempered glass lids seal in nutrients and flavors, while allowing you to monitor food as it cooks. Oven safe up to 350 degrees F and safe for gas, electric and ceramic stove tops. Dishwasher safe, but hand washing recommended. 10 piece nonstick aluminum cookware set includes an 8 inch fry pan, 10 inch fry pan, 6 quart stock pot with glass lid, 1-1/2 quart sauce pan with glass lid, 3 quart sauce pan with glass lid and a 3 quart deep saute pan with glass lid. read more

Cuisinart

Cuisinart is leading the way in eco-friendly branded cookware with our new GreenGourmet line. Exclusive Cuisinart Ceramica nonstic...k technology is ceramic based instead of petroleum based, helping to conserve existing oil supplies and the coating is applied at a temperature one half that of conventional nonsticks. And it's completely free of PTFE and PFOA. The cookware's hard anodized construction provides high heat conductivity, which requires less energy to reach desired cooking temperatures. Riveted stainless handles stay cool on the stovetop and are made from 70% recycled stainless steel. Today, more and more home cooks are going green and so is Cuisinart cookware! read more

Zwilling J.A. Henckels
$299.95 $480.00
at Crate & Barrel

We've partnered with Zwilling J.A. Henckels, the standard-bearer for premium cutlery since 1731 and pioneer of stainless steel kni...ves, to bring you this Crate and Barrel exclusive new ceramic nonstick cookware. The breakthrough eco-friendly CeraForce nonstick ceramic finish is extremely scratch-resistant, and is free of PTFE and PFOA. It is also produced with fewer emissions and does not release fumes when heated. The Henckels traditions of quality, innovation and stainless-steel expertise inform this fully clad, three-ply cookware with an aluminum core for quick and even heat conduction. A magnetic stainless-steel exterior that's 3mm thick makes it compatible with all types of cooktops including induction. Additional features include stay-cool handles with nameplates and easy-control loop design, non-drip pouring rims and tempered glass lids. -18/10 stainless interior -Aluminum core -Magnetic stainless steel exterior -CeraForce nonstick ceramic coating (PTFE- and PFOA-free) -Safe for use on all stovetops including induction -Tempered glass lids -Use only silicone or wooden utensils -Dishwasher-safe; hand wash recommended -Oven-safe to 500 degrees -Not microwave-safe -Made in China read more

Oster
$42.50 $59.00
at Walmart.com

The Oster Merton 7-Piece Cookware Set with blue enamel will provide you all that you need to cook wonderful meals at home. This di...shwasher-safe collection features stainless-steel construction that will give you the durability you need. The Oster cookware set in blue enamel has a stylish exterior that will complement any decor in your kitchen with ease. read more

GSI

Amazingly compact design is fully equipped for the Gourmet needs of campers and is reconfigurable for everything from 2 person bac...kpacking to 4 person car camping. Rugged stuff sack holds set and doubles as a sink or wash basin. Color-coded items provide personalized tableware settings. Exclusive folding gripper locks on to exterior brackets to prevent scratching and to provide a secure handle while cooking. Unique design compacts for nested storage. Crushproof, heat-resistant strainer lid and silicone ring will not deform in packs and works with either the pot or the frypan. Spiral turned base grips stoves and grills securely. Bugaboo Camper Includes: 3 L Pot, 2 L Pot, 2 Strainer L Mfg: Gsi Outdoors SPECS: 4 Person. Weight: 3 lbs. 11 oz. Dimensions: 9.10 x 9.10 x 5.80. Material: Non-Stick Coated Aluminum, Polypropylene, Nylon 6-6, Silicone. read more

GSI

Basic plus

8- to 10-piece sets include the essentials (the basic set) plus a medium and/or large saucepan with lids and sometimes another slope-sided skillet of a different size.

Pro

12-plus-piece sets have small, medium, and large saucepans with lids; small and large stockpots with lids; small and large slope-sided skillets; a straight-sided skillet (sauté pan) with lid; and more. Some sets include accessories like large spoons, both regular and slotted.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Cookware is a major investment, so take the time to research your options and be satisfied with your purchase. Because cookware is not something you’ll replace often, think about the style that best suits your cooking needs: Consider the type of metal and its heating capabilities, the inside finish (nonstick or not), the weight of the pans, the style of the lids, the shape of the handles, and more. Also know that in most cases, when comparing set to set and piece to piece, the better the quality, the higher the price. Set your budget and stick with it. You can always add individual pieces as the need arises.

Metal types

Sets are available in stainless steel, hard-anodized aluminum, copper, and other metals. The type of metal determines the weight of the pans and also is reflected in the price.

Heat

Some metals conduct heat better than others. Copper is an efficient conductor; stainless steel, not so much. That’s why you will often find cookware with an exterior of one metal and a core of another. With these you get the best of both -- a pan that is durable and easy to care for, but offers great heating qualities, too.

Nonstick

Nonstick coating reduces food sticking to the pan while cooking and also makes cleanup easy. However, nonstick coatings aren’t suited for some tasks, such as making certain candies. If you opt for a nonstick cookware set, you can add individual pieces that do not include the nonstick coating.

Cleanability

Many types of cookware require no special cleaning processes and still look good for years, while others, like copper, require special cleaning and polishing.

Price

When purchasing cookware, buy the best you can afford. That’s a good rule of thumb for something that will get used on such a regular basis if you want it to meet your expectations in terms of cooking, browning, sautéing, etc.

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BergHOFF
$169.99 $285.00
at Hayneedle.com

Cookware Sets BergHOFF 2211097 Boreal Stainless Steel 4-Piece Cookware Set with Lids Features: -Set includes 6 quart stockpot, 10 ...covered skillet, 1.5 quart covered saucepan and 3 quart covered saucepan. -Boreal collection. -Material: Stainless steel. -Features include stylish stainless steel handles, glass cover with stainless steel rim and steam hole and 3-layer capsule base. -Suitable for all heat sources. -Provides fast and even heat distribution. -3 Layer capsule base for even cooking. -Glass covers feature steam holes to reduce he chance of boiling over. -Including induction. -Dishwasher safe. read more

2211097 Boreal Stainless Steel 4-Piece Cookware Set with Lids
Demeyere
$865.00 $1,205.00
at Hayneedle.com

Demeyere 41006 With the technology, workmanship, beauty, performance and comfort of the Atlantis series, we have endeavoured to at...tain the top level in our development of stainless steel cooking products, without forgetting tradition and the real pleasure of cooking. A wide range of specialized products such as conic saut pans, sauce pans, steam cookers, simmering pans and accessories have been created by us to appeal to even the most experienced of cooks. Practical design and applied technologies have been fine-tuned and used to suit every article in order to enhance the culinary value of typical preparations required of these items. Saucepan with Lid Features: -Seven layer capsule base.-Copper base allows for even heat distribution.-Suitable for all types of hobs: gas, electric, induction.-Solid, cast 18/10 stainless steel handles.-Also suitable for high-light, AGA and ceramic induction cookers.-Handles remain cool.-With pouring edge.-Can be used in the oven.-Can be used on conventional cookers (gas or electric).-Lid separately available.-7 ply material from base to top edge.-Optimal heat distribution.-Increases frying surface with 50pct.-Very good non stick resistance.-Solid, cast 18/10 stainless steel handles.-Handles remain cool.-Solid, cast 18/10 stainless steel handles.-Fits on every product with same diameter.-With rubber ring.-Frying Pan Diameter: 9.4''.-Saucepan and Saucepot Material: InductoSeal.-Selectine Frying Pan Material:7-PlyMaterial.-Specially Ordered fr... read more

41006 Atlantis 7-Ply Stainless Steel 6-Piece Cookware Set DMR1104
Farberware
$79.99 $119.99
at Kohl's

Cook in Style and with Confidence as You Use the Nonstick 12 Piece Blue Cookware Set by Farberware The Farberware nonstick 12 piec...e cookware set blue design is perfect for the country kitchen or for the cook who loves the color blue. The nonstick Plus coating from DuPont ensures that you can achieve excellent release of foods while using minimal oils and fats, promoting healthy eating while producing delicious fare. Heavy gauge aluminum is used to craft the nonstick 12 piece blue cookware set which helps with quick heating and even cooking. The density of the aluminum also helps limit hot spots in the pots and pans therefore reducing burned dinners and lunches.Glass lids facilitate energy-efficient food preparation, retaining heat and steam while ensuring easy opening with cool, easy-to-grasp knobs. Oven-safe to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, the set is also safe for the dishwasher. read more

Dishwasher Safe Nonstick 12-Pc Aluminum Cookware Set, Blue
Zwilling J.A. Henckels
$299.95 $480.00
at Crate & Barrel

We've partnered with Zwilling J.A. Henckels, the standard-bearer for premium cutlery since 1731 and pioneer of stainless steel kni...ves, to bring you this Crate and Barrel exclusive new ceramic nonstick cookware. The breakthrough eco-friendly CeraForce nonstick ceramic finish is extremely scratch-resistant, and is free of PTFE and PFOA. It is also produced with fewer emissions and does not release fumes when heated. The Henckels traditions of quality, innovation and stainless-steel expertise inform this fully clad, three-ply cookware with an aluminum core for quick and even heat conduction. A magnetic stainless-steel exterior that's 3mm thick makes it compatible with all types of cooktops including induction. Additional features include stay-cool handles with nameplates and easy-control loop design, non-drip pouring rims and tempered glass lids. -18/10 stainless interior -Aluminum core -Magnetic stainless steel exterior -CeraForce nonstick ceramic coating (PTFE- and PFOA-free) -Safe for use on all stovetops including induction -Tempered glass lids -Use only silicone or wooden utensils -Dishwasher-safe; hand wash recommended -Oven-safe to 500 degrees -Not microwave-safe -Made in China read more

ZWILLING  J.A. Henckels VistaClad Ceramic Nonstick 7-Piece Cookware Set
Oster
$42.50 $59.00
at Walmart.com

The Oster Merton 7-Piece Cookware Set with blue enamel will provide you all that you need to cook wonderful meals at home. This di...shwasher-safe collection features stainless-steel construction that will give you the durability you need. The Oster cookware set in blue enamel has a stylish exterior that will complement any decor in your kitchen with ease. read more

Merton 7-Piece Cookware Set, Blue Enamel
Le Creuset
$399.95 $570.00
at chefsresource.com

This Le Creuset 5 piece stainless cookware set contains the essential pieces for any kitchen - a great way to start with Le Creuse...t cookware at a significant savings over the $550 open stock price. read more

Stainless 5 Piece Cookware Set
Viking
$799.95 $1,220.00
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The best way to start with Viking professional 5-ply cookware is with a set. You quickly and easily equip your kitchen with key co...okware items, and at significant savings over buying individual pieces. This Viking read more

Viking Professional 7 Piece Cookware Set
All-Clad
$699.95 $1,050.00
at chefsresource.com

This All-Clad d5 7 piece cookware set includes the following pieces: 10 Fry Pan Skillet 1.5 Quart Sauce Pan 3 Quart Saute Pan 8 Qu...art Stock Pot 3 Lids All-Clad's new d5 brushed stainless cookware is their flagship aluminum/stainless line, a read more

d5 Brushed Stainless 7 Piece Cookware Set
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