Best Cookware Sets of 2022 | Saveur

2022-09-23 16:52:10 By : Mr. Xiangwen Kong

We found the best sets for every purpose, whether you’re searing on the stove or cooking over the campfire.

By Joe Morales | Published Sep 16, 2022 6:05 PM

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Cookware sets are not a one-size-fits-all purchase. Some pots and pans perform better on gas stoves, while others, like ceramic pieces, are best for electric or glass top stoves.

Purchasing a set of pots and pans is not just a smart economic decision—, you also only have to learn how to handle one style of cookware that will help you master your cooking process and techniques. Our top picks have been broken down into several categories so you can make a more informed decision on what set is best for you. Read on for our top selections of cookware that will fit into any kitchen.

Oven Temperature Threshold: 550 Degrees | Warranty: limited lifetime | Material: Stainless Steel

Why we chose it: This affordable set has everything the beginner chef needs to equip their home kitchen.

Perfect for a wedding or house warming gift, this cookware set has everything a new kitchen needs—and it’s affordable. For $299, you’ll get two saucepans with lids, a saute pan with a lid, a stock pot with a lid, two skillets, and a stainless steel steamer insert. All of the pots and pans use Heat Surround technology for an even heat distribution at the base and side walls, which ensures even cooking. The handles are riveted and stay cool to the touch during cooking, and the rims are tapered to prevent drips and spills when pouring.

Oven Temperature Threshold: 400 Degrees | Warranty: Limited lifetime | Material: Ceramic

Why we chose it: These nonstick pans are oven-friendly and easy to clean.

Complete with two lidded saucepans, a saute pan, a Dutch oven, and two frying pans, this nonstick set includes enough to tackle most cooking projects with ease. All pans are made with 3MM clad stainless steel and an aluminum core. Plus, the nonstick ceramic coating on the interior is PTFE- and PFOA-free, which enables the food to release with no effort and makes for quick and easy cleanup.

Each saucepan and the Dutch oven have pouring spouts with strainer lids, and the finish on the exterior looks great on any cooktop surface.

Oven Temperature Threshold: 500 Degrees | Warranty: Limited lifetime | Material: Stainless Steel

Why we chose it: This popular set is well-loved and available in various sizes.

Priced at just $179.99, these stainless steel pots and pans heat evenly and eliminate hot spots, making them perfect for the stovetop, oven, or broiler. The set includes two lidded saucepans,, a saute pan, a covered stockpot, two skillets, and a steamer insert. Each pot and pan has a tapered rim for easy pouring, and the included lids are tight-fitting and lock in moisture.

Oven Temperature Threshold: 350 Degrees | Warranty: Limited Lifetime | Material: Aluminum

Why we chose it: This affordable set is perfect for everyone from college students to newlyweds.

The Tools of the Trade Nonstick cook set is priced at $119.99 and includes two lidded saucepans, a covered stockpot, a lidded saute pan, a frying pan, a steamer, and three nylon utensils. Perfect for those on a budget or starter cooks, this no-frills set has all the basics. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe!

Oven Temperature Threshold: 700 Degrees | Warranty: 2-Year | Material: Cast Iron

Why we chose it: Ranked as our top choice for cast iron skillets, Lodge products are beloved among chefs and home cooks for their heat retention and durability.

Lodge cast iron has been around for over 125 years and can be used on just about any cooking surface, including a grill or campfire. Their cook set comes with a seasoned Dutch oven and lid, a seasoned griddle, and two skillets.

Cast iron has excellent heat retention and can be used for baking, frying, searing, and braising. . The products are  easy to care for and, if the need arises, can be re-seasoned with minimal effort. This cookware set is a total steal, priced at $89.99 for all of the items listed above.

Oven Temperature Threshold: 600 Degrees | Warranty: Contact Retailer | Material: Cast iron

Why we chose it: Able to go from the oven to the campfire, this is the perfect cooking set for campers, RVers, and road trippers.

Cast iron is the ultimate vessel for outdoor cooking, and these pieces from Klarstein really showcase all that it can do. With the ability to sear, bake, and broil over an open fire, this cast iron cookware is a must-have for camping trips. The set comes in a handy wooden box with rope handles, and includes a saucepan, Dutch oven, frying pan, griddle, pot stand, and safety lid lifter. The lids are made with extra wide brims so you can place hot coals on top and cook from above. At $141.99, this cook set is a great bargain, too.

Oven Temperature Threshold: 500 Degrees | Warranty: Limited Lifetime | Material: Hammered copper, stainless steel, aluminum

Why we chose it: You’ll get the quality and beauty of copper at a fraction of the price.

With a hammered copper exterior, this Lagostina Martellata cookware set is a show stopper. It’s made using a tri-ply construction of stainless steel, aluminum, and hammered copper, with flared edges to help reduce drips and spills.. Elegant and beautiful, it can be stowed away or kept on the cooktop to display.  Though more expensive than other options, you’ll get a lot for the price, including two skillets, two lidded saucepans, a lidded saute pan, and a lidded stockpot.

Oven Temperature Threshold: 550 Degrees | Warranty: 1-Year Limited | Material: Ceramic nonstick

Why we chose it: The eco-friendly brand uses a mineral based non toxic coating and releases up to 60 percent less CO2 than other nonstick brands.

The Caraway set is as beautiful as it is functional. Available in a rainbow of colors, the set includes a frying pan, saucepan, saute pan, and Dutch oven. When not in use, the included storage pieces help to keep your pots, pans, and lids neatly organized and ready at a moment’s notice. The pan racks are magnetic to hold each pan securely in place and the included lid holder hangs neatly on a wall or cupboard door.

Before purchasing any cookware, you should consider the type of material. Every type has its own advantages, but you will need to have an understanding of how each material functions during the cooking and cleaning process. Stainless steel is resistant to corrosion and is extremely durable. Anodized cookware cooks food quickly and is scratch resistant. Ceramic cookware is non-reactive and uses less oil. Non-stick cookware is easiest to clean and has a slick coating.

When researching cookware, think of which pots and pans you use the most. What is missing that you may need? What do you have that you don’t use? How many pieces do you need for the amount of cooking you do? Answering these questions will help to determine the cookware that will work for you. If you’re just starting out, look for a set that includes at least one saucepan, skillet or frying pan, and stockpot. 

Most cook sets can be used on any cooking surface; however, there are some that perform best on certain stoves or ranges. For instance, stainless steel and copper are perfect for gas stoves, ceramic or stainless steel are great for electric stoves, and heavy-bottomed cookware is needed for glass stove tops. If you have an induction stove, then magnetic material, like cast iron or stainless steel, is necessary.

As with anything, the better you take care of your cook set, the longer it will last. One recommendation is to hand wash all of your pots and pans instead of placing them in the dishwasher—especially cast iron and nonstick sets. Dishwashers tend to use harsher detergents and can strip or scratch the surfaces.

Nonstick pans typically release food easier than ceramic. Ceramic usually has a higher price point than nonstick, but their performance is relatively equal. .

This depends on the cooking method. If you want to sear at high heat, then stainless is best. Nonstick is best for easy cleanup and lower temperature settings.

Cleaning your pots and pans will depend on the material you choose. The best practice is to hand wash and dry your cookware using warm to hot water and a mild detergent. Dishwashers tend to be too harsh.

To clean tough stains or baked on food, place the cookware on the stove, add some water to cover the food or stains, then add a little dish soap. Heat the water. The heat and detergent should help loosen the food and remove any stains.

A frying pan will have a tapered or flared outside and are perfect for quick cooking. A saute pan will have tall, vertical sides and are best used for searing or dishes with sauces.

The safest materials to cook with are cast iron, stainless steel, ceramic, and glass.

Cast iron pans are perfect for previously used cookware. Any heavy high quality cookware can be reused as long as there is not any physical damage.

In the end, the cookware set you choose will depend on your needs and how often you cook. There is going to be a learning curve using your new set no matter what material you choose. While all the products on our list have their own unique features, they are solid options whether you’re new to cooking or you’re looking to upgrade.

Aside from considering the ratings of each set we researched, we also evaluated the durability and quality of each set. Each set needed to fulfill additional aspects such as heat retention, heat distribution, and price point. Cookware takes a beating day in and day out no matter what amount of cooking experience you have. From the moment you store them to the moment you’re transferring the cooked food to the table, there’s a lot of banging and clanging happening and these products need to withstand all of that and more.

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