Cookware Sets Buying Guide

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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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$69.99

Add a functional pop of color to any kitchen with the 12-pc. Farberware PURECOOK Ceramic Cookware Set. Each vibrant cooking vessel... boasts thermally efficient aluminum construction and a ceramic nonstick interior that ensures easy food release and cleanup. read more

$71.99

Add a functional pop of color to any kitchen with the 12-pc. Farberware PURECOOK Ceramic Cookware Set. Each vibrant cooking vessel... boasts thermally efficient aluminum construction and a ceramic nonstick interior that ensures easy food release and cleanup. read more

Epicurious
$299.99

Every home chef will love to have this Epicurious cookware set on hand. Heavy-gauge aluminum construction distributes heat evenly ...for perfect cooking results. Nonstick surface makes cooking and cleanup a breeze. Tempered glass lids lock in heat and moisture. Stay-cool handles provide a firm, comfortable grip. Versatile design is safe for use with induction cooktops. What's Included 1.5-qt. covered saucepan 2.5-qt. covered saute pan 4-qt. covered saute pan 8-qt. covered stock pot 8-in. frypan 10-in. frypan Steamer insert Aluminum, silicone, stainless steel Dishwasher & oven safe Manufacturer's lifetime limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here Oven safe to 350°F Model numbers: Copper: EPI-U3551-EC Red: EPI-U3550-EC Size: 11 Pc. Material: Non-Stick Aluminum. read more

$214.99

Make delicious, slow-cooked meals the classic way with the Magnalite Classic 8-Piece Cast Aluminum Cookware Set. The sleek retro s...tyling and durable cast construction is ideal for cooking tasty roasts, stews and casseroles. read more

$229.99

Enjoy superb cooking performance in eye-catching fashion with the Revere Copper Confidence Core Stainless Steel Cookware. Cooking ...vessels boast a durable and thermally efficient tri-ply encapsulated base that offers fast, even heating on all heat sources. read more

$159.99

Enjoy superb cooking performance in eye-catching fashion with the Revere Copper Confidence Core Stainless Steel Cookware. Cooking ...vessels boast a durable and thermally efficient tri-ply encapsulated base that offers fast, even heating on all heat sources. read more

$199.99

Make sure you have a tool for every task with the Revere Nonstick Hard Anodized Aluminum 10-Piece Cookware Set. This handy set inc...ludes pots and pans that will allow to make any meal you desire. You'll want to have this set in your kitchen. read more

$124.99

Make sure you have a tool for every task with the Revere Nonstick Hard Anodized Aluminum 7-Piece Cookware Set. This handy set incl...udes pots and pans that will allow to make any meal you desire. You'll want to have this set in your kitchen. read more

Cook N Home
$51.49

The Cook N Home 12-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set in Blue includes: 5 Qt. Dutch oven with lid, 3 Qt. casserole pan with lid, 2 Qt. sa...uce pan with lid, 1 Qt. saucepan with lid, 8 in. and 10. in. fry pan and nylon spatula and spoon. Thick gauge aluminum... read more

Cajun Cookware
$32.99

Cajun Cookware 3-Piece Unseasoned Cast Iron Skillet Set - GL10497. GL10497. Cookware Sets. This Cajun Cookware skillet set is made... of cast iron and includes a 6-inch, 8-inch, and-10 inch skillet. These cast iron skillets should be cured before use. Cast iron cookware makes for superior heat retention and even heating of foods. Though Nonstick when seasoned, hand wash Cajun Cookware cast iron with stiff brush and hot water. Heavy-duty and durable, cast iron cookware is designed to last for years. read more

Cristel
$589.95

The base is made out of an alloy of stainless steel and aluminum. The heat is simultaneously spread over the whole surface of the ...base and sides. For gentle, economic cooking with no risk of sticking and protecting all the nutritional qualities of foodMulticooking: suitable for all cooking cooktops; can also be placed on the oven (with or without the lid)Brushed FinishDishwasher safeThis set includes: (01) Cristel Strate Stainless Sauce / Casserole Pan With Lid 1.8-qt (01) Cristel Strate Stainless Sauce / Casserole Pan With Lid 2.2-qt (01) Cristel Strate Stainless Sauce / Casserole Pan With Lid 3.1-qt (01) Cristel Zenith Long HandleMade in France read more

Cristel
$1399.95

The base is made out of 5-ply alloy of stainless steel and aluminum. The heat is simultaneously spread over the whole surface of t...he base and sides. For gentle, economic cooking with no risk of sticking and protecting all the nutritional qualities of foodMulticooking: suitable for all cooking cooktops; can also be placed on the oven (with or without the lid)Simplicity: In one easy gesture the handle goes from the saucepan to the pan, the frying pan and on lids with automatic lockingCompact Storage: Parts can be fully nested inside one another thereby saving space and masking easier for dishwasher loadingSafety: the removable automatic locking handle ensures dual safety. With no projecting handle the cooking space is made safe meaning there is no risk of children's hands or aprons catching on itRemovable handlesPolish finishAssort handle colors and finishes are availableInside gradingDishwasher safeSet includes: (01) Saucepan - Stew pan with lid 2.5-qt (01) Saucepan - Stew pan with lid 3.4-qt (01) Stockpot with lid 7.5-qt (01) Frying pan 11-in (01) Saute pan with lid 3.8-qt (02) Zenith Long Handles (02) Zenith Side HandlesMade in France read more

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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Rachael Ray
$143.14 $128.83

Dazzling style and full functionality will bump up your cooking capabilities to the next level in this complete set. This durable ...and hardy cookware is created with ultimate convenience in mind with its long-lasting nonstick surfaces and multi-function tools. Whip up all your favorites in style with this all-inclusive, marvelously manufactured set. Set Includes: 14 piece cookware set One 1 quart sauce pan with lid One 2 quart sauce pan with lid One 3 quart saute pan with lid One 6 quart stock pot with lid One 8.5-inch skillet One 10-inch skillet One 10 x 15-inch cake sheet One spoonula silicone scraper One long bladed nylon turner One silicone spatula Features: Hard enamel nonstick set Long lasting cookware Shatter resistant glass lids Cookware oven safe to 350 degrees F Cake pan oven safe to 450 degrees F Choice of blue or green gradient Dishwasher safe, easy to clean read more

Paula Deen
$119.99 $107.99

Add a bit of color and fun to your kitchen routine with this 15-piece cookware set from Paula Deen. Each pot and pan is crafted fr...om aluminum with a non-stick interior and a porcelain exterior that has been embellished with a lavender speckle finish. The rubberized phenolic handles on the lids and cookware stay cool during regular stove-top use. Each of the five measuring spoon comes with a bowl and base design that makes measuring simple. Features: Lavendar Hand wash 15-piece set Nonstick finish Aluminum, porcelain Oven safe to 350 degrees Rubberized phenolic handles Includes: One 1-quart covered saucepan One 2-quart covered saucepan One 6-quart covered stockpot One 8-inch open skillet One 10-inch open skillets One 2.75-quart covered saute pan One 5-piece measuring spoons set Color: Purple. read more

Guy Fieri
$70.11 $63.10

Guy Fieri products incorporate style with unique function built expressly to the specifications of the famous chef and restaurateu...r. 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, 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. Features Made of aluminum and glass Non-stick surface Even heat distribution Fire engine red Safe to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) For best results, low to medium heat is recommended. Safe for gas and electric stove tops Dishwasher-safe; hand wash is recommended Oven safe up to 350 degrees, not suitable for use on ceramic cook tops Includes 1 8-inch fry pan 1 10-inch fry pan 1 6-quart stock pot with glass lid 1 1 1/2-quart sauce pan with glass lid 1 3-quart sauce pan with glass lid 1 3-quart deep saute pan with glass lid read more

Cuisinart
$375.00 $299.99

A shining example of kitchen competence, this set includes everything you need for great cooking. The special multiclad constructi...on bonds brilliantly polished stainless steel to a core of pure aluminum for the fastest, most even heat distribution.... read more

Cuisinart
$480.00 $179.99

Beautiful inside & out. The bright red exteriors set a professional tone in your space & hint at the easy-cooking brilliance of th...e stainless steel interiors. Aluminum-encapsulated bases heat quickly & evenly to eliminate hot spots & slip right into... read more

Cuisinart
$299.99 $199.99

Get a great start on a gourmet kitchen with this 14-pc. set from Cuisinart. The Chef's Classic cookware is made of durable stainle...ss steel, with a nonstick coating interior. read more

Cuisinart
$199.99 $99.99

Premium cookware with classic style but modern technology - endorsed by French chef Paul Bocuse. Pieces have brilliant mirror-fini...shed 18/4 stainless steel construction that won't react with food and aluminum-encapsulated bases for fast, even heat... read more

Tools of the Trade
$119.99 $59.99

Enjoy non-stick performance and a variety of the essentials you turn to most with this Tools of the Trade cookware set. The 13 pie...ces include saucepans, utensils and more. read more

Calphalon
$399.99 $299.99

This 14-pc. Calphalon Classic cookware set goes beyond the basics to give you the capacity and versatility a serious cook needs. T...he nonstick surfaces and hard-anondized construction make the pots and pans a dream to work with, too. read more

Cuisinart
$479.99 $179.99

Get your gourmet kitchen off to a great start with this stainless steel cookware set from Cuisinart. The 11 pieces include the pot...s you use most often, from a 1.5-qt. saucepan to an 8-qt. stockpot. read more

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