Heckles, as well as sets sold under the names of celebrity cooks like Ayesha Curry, Rachel Ray, and the Pioneer Woman. We cook pancakes, fry eggs, boil water, and simmer tomato sauce.
We were able to easily maintain sauce at a low simmer, and the 6-quart Dutch oven quickly brings water to a near-boil. With Excellent ratings on both our cooking evenness and speed of heating tests, the Greenspan stands up to the competition.
The coating appears pebbly, but that doesn’t affect its nonstick properties, and we effortlessly cooked pancakes and eggs. Cooking evenness is superb, and this 8-piece set aces our speed of heating test by quickly bringing 4 quarts of water to a near-boil in the 5-quart stockpot.
The surface stands up to our durability test, in which we rub steel wool over the coating 2,000 times, earning a Very Good rating. Simmering a sauce produces impressive results, and this set earns a Very Good rating for cooking evenness.
Heckles Motion Grey is made of anodized aluminum and works with any type of range. Simmering in the saucepan, however, is only so-so, and the eggs needed nudging out of the pan in our food release test.
Clifton designed this set so that it stacks and nests, which frees up precious cabinet space. The Clifton Premier Space Saving 8-piece stainless set earns a Very Good rating in our evenness tests, like our other top performers in this category.
The stainless handles are long and sturdy, and you can use these dishwasher-safe pots and pans on any type of range, including induction. It earns an Excellent rating on our cooking evenness test, and when we brought 4 quarts of water to a near-boil in the 6-quart stockpot, speed of heating was also impressive.
While there’s nothing wrong with collecting pots and pans one at a time, a cookware set offers something that singular pieces don’t: cohesion. And because of their identical construction, design, and material, each piece will allow you to produce consistent, evenly cooked meals every time.
Before you can equip your kitchen with this essential, there are a few key things to consider, including your usual cooking routine and level of expertise. Many of the top cookware styles are nonstick, stainless steel, and hard-anodized aluminum, though you’ll also find ceramic and cast iron options, which are ideal for cooking low and slow.
On the other hand, if you consider yourself a pro home chef, you may be ready to invest in something of higher quality that will not only take your cooking game even further, but also be with you for the long haul. Most cookware collections are available to shop online from familiar retailers like Amazon, SUR La Table, and Williams Sonoma.
We browsed thousands of online reviews from real shoppers and found the 10 best cookware sets to add to your kitchen this year. The all-in-one cookware set is also designed with hard-anodized aluminum which creates a hard, smooth surface and essentially makes each piece nonstick.
“This is a very sturdy and well-made set of pots and pans given the low price,” said one reviewer, adding that they’ve “been using them for a while and no scratches or wear is showing up.” It’s important to note, however, that these budget-friendly pieces are not dishwasher safe, so hand washing is a must. With 18 pieces included, this large cookware set has everything the average home cook could possibly need to whip up a good meal, from saucepans to a stockpot to slotted spoons.
With a price tag over $1,000, this set is certainly an investment, but the impeccable quality will make it worth every penny in the long run. The stainless steel exterior is reinforced with a sturdy copper core, which provides the best of both worlds: a sleek aesthetic and a quick and even heat distribution that results in perfectly cooked dishes every time.
One reviewer said they’re a “great investment” while another said: “I am in love with my collection,” and continued, “everyday cooking is a pleasure, from stove top to oven.” Shoppers love these pots and pans for their durability, even heat distribution, and super easy cleanup (they’re all dishwasher-safe!).
This 14-piece set from Total is designed to make cooking easier for beginners: the brand’s signature Thermostat feature indicates when the surface is at the right temperature, which helps create consistent dishes each and every time. Anyone with limited storage space understands the struggle of attempting to strategically place bulky pots and pans into a kitchen cabinet and hoping they don’t come tumbling down next time you open the door.
A proper bakeware set offers a major upgrade in material and convenience. They come with upgrades your old, flimsy pan just can’t keep up with, like silicone grips for easy handling out of the oven, nonstick coatings for bakes that practically slide off the pan, and raised designs that promote air flow and even baking.
From muffins and cake layers to loafs and cookies, the range of pans offers a reliable, well-constructed option for anything you’d like to create. Made from reliable, heavy-gauge steel cores that will last for years, each piece will evenly cook the recipe at hand without over or under baking.
It’s uses an interlocking, nonstick material to make sure even the stickiest of recipes slide right of the pan. The cranberry red silicon grips on this 10-piece bakeware set from Rachael Ray is just the first of many conveniences.
Not only does it include all the essential bakeware pieces for any recipe at hand, it’s long-lasting, nonstick coating makes food release and cleanup a breeze. It’s carbon steel construction also offers a faster reaction time to heat dispersion for fast, even cooking without hotspots.
Often the material of chose for professional and commercial bakers, aluminized steel bakes with precision and is built to last. This raised circle design also boosts airflow to prevent unwanted sticking.
Heavy gauge steel construction guarantees even heat distribution and makes for a sturdy set. With more than 2,000 positive Amazon reviews, it’s easy to trust this set to make the most of any family recipe.
This 6-piece set is made of a heavy-weight, carbon steel for even cooking that reliably resists warping. It’s oven-safe to 500 degrees Fahrenheit with a nonstick coating that will let any recipe gracefully slide from the surface with the touch of a spatula.
The interior of each pan has interlocking, nonstick layers for easy release, and it’s dishwasher safe for those few times you need some extra help with cleanup. This 8-piece set was designed to be stored together, saving your cabinets from a clunky catastrophe every time you cook.
These professional-quality pans are made from commercial-grade aluminized steel for quick, even distribution of heat and reliable baking. An extended edge for easy handling is just the start for this 6-piece pan and sheet set available in copper brown and silver.
High-performance steel construction pairs with a diamond textured surface for a durable, nonstick bake that deliver a quality recipe every time. Originally created for French pâtisseries, they’re still the choice of many professional bakers and chefs today.
Made of a fiberglass fabric that’s coated with food-grade silicone for a nonstick finish, you’ll be saving yourself a lot of parchment paper with this set. Cake and cookies came out evenly browned and had a fine texture with few air pockets, and broccoli also came out nice and consistently crisp.
We like that the set comes with two round cakes pans so you can easily make a tiered cake, a cover for the rectangular baking pan so goodies can be stored or transported easily, and a rack that can be used for cooling, roasting, or as a trivet. This Chicago Metallic set can't be beat for its performance, ease of use, and price. It earned perfect scores in our tests for performance, and was just shy of a perfect score for ease of use since the pans lack handles.
We love the sharp corners and straight sides that produce professional-looking cakes, brownies, and bars. In terms of performance, the only difference was that the cookies took a little longer to bake than the manufacturer's instructions.
Since these grips also make the pans nonslip, keep in mind they might be a little difficult to take out of the oven. They performed very well across baking and roasting tests, but be warned that broccoli caused some staining and the pan required some elbow grease to clean.
The pans feature a wavy, textured pattern, which, according to the brand, allows for more airflow and even baking. One downside is the pattern imprinted the bottom of our cakes, so we recommend lining it with parchment if you'd like to avoid that.
The baking sheet trays in this set are ideal for home chefs. Included with this set are two handy quarter sheet trays (which offer the same quality of the half sheet tray, but are easy to clean in your sink and can also be easily placed in the dishwasher), a half-sheet pan, two jelly roll pans, a cookie sheet, and a pizza pan for any culinary task.
The bottom of each pan is textured to increase airflow for even cooking, and in our tests, cookies baked perfectly on the half sheet tray, and although the pan was a little hard to clean by hand, it produced good crispy veggies. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping Institute Senior Testing Editor & Producer Nicole is a recipe developer trained in classic culinary arts and culinary nutrition who specializes in testing and developing kitchen appliances; she currently runs the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliances Lab.
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