Some people love cooking with all of their hearts, while others prefer to order in from their favorite restaurant (and we don’t blame you).
Whether you’re the first or latter, you still need a reliable cookware set at home. But we get it, everyone may be looking for something slightly different that meets their individual needs (and wallet).
So whether you are searching for nonstick options (who isn’t?), ceramic cookware, the cheapest option or the best cookware set to gift someone else, we’ve got you covered.
1. Best Heavy Duty: All-Clad
For half a century, All-Clad has been revolutionizing the cookware industry. Born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, the heart of the American steel and aluminum market, All-Clad’s metal fabrication is unmatched.
2. Best Quality: Misen
Misen’s mission is simple: “To create premium cooking essentials for honest and affordable prices.” Best of all, the brand’s quality materials and thoughtful designs make for the perfect cooking companion.
3. Most Loved By The Internet: Our Place
Our Place sells some of the best pots and pans out there, and there’s no denying it! If you feel like sticking with an internet favorite, we recommend opting for the brand’s Home Cook Duo. With just one pot and one pan, you can boil, crisp, bake, braise, roast, steam, strain, serve, pour and so much more.
4. Most Chic: Green Life Cookware
Offering bright, pastel colorways, Green Life Cookware takes cooking — and kitchen aesthetics — to new heights. Find everything you need from sauce pans, griddles, and, of course, sets.
5. Most Desired: Le Creuset
Since 1925, Le Creuset has been leaving its mark in the kitchen. You can look forward. to bold, chip-resistant colored cast iron, fine French craftsmenship and high performance.
6. Best Chemical-Free: Caraway
Jump on board the healthy cooking train with the chemical-free brand Caraway. Each piece is coated with ceramic and come in gorgeous colors such as yellow, pink, red and more.
Read one of our editor’s review on the brand here.
7. Best Design: Great Jones
Bold, quirky and reliable, Great Jones is well, great! Choose from small three-piece cookware sets all the way to large family style sets.
8. Best Brand Values: T-fal
Not only does T-fal create durable and lasting cookware sets, but the brand also prides themselves on being committed to meaningful progress. Therefore, when you shop T-fal, you are saying yes to sustainable development, equal opportunities, well-blanced nutrition and responsible consumption.
9. Most Versatile: Ninja
While we are obsessed with the Ninja air fryer, that’s not all that the brand has to offer. The brand’s top quality cookware sets are reasonably priced yet highly functional.
10. Most Dependable: Calphalon
The leading producer of premium-quality cookware, bakeware, cutlery and appliances is none other than Calphalon. At the brand’s start, the cookware was used in the restaurant industry and other professional food services. Now, it’s your turn to be the professional chef.
11. Best Nonstick: Circulon
If you’re on the hunt for nonstick cookware, Circulon is for you. With ultimate nonstick performance, long-lasting durability, even heat distribution and easy clean up, you can’t go wrong with this must-have brand.
12. Best Budget: Gotham Steel
A popular yet inexpensive brand is Gotham Steel. It’s copper tone makes it stand out, while its titanium cooking surfaces are durable and tough. You can get a full cookware set for as little as $28 on Amazon.
13. Best Celebrity Brand: Rachael Ray
Celebrity cook Rachael Ray won us all over with her hit TV show and continues to wow us with her array of cookware must-haves. From bright yellows and moody reds, Rachael’s line of cookware is one of the best out there.
14. Most Trendy: Thyme And Table
A trendy yet inexpensive option is Thyme and Table. The brand is nonstick while offering fun color schemes such as sage green, metallic rainbow and soft blue.
15. Best Stainless Steel: Made In
Get inspired with Made In. With stainless steel and carbon steel cookware, you won’t be dissatisfied. But if for whatever reason you are, Made In offers a lifetime warranty.
16. Best Cast Iron: Anolon
Want the best of both worlds between cast iron and non stick capabilities? Well, you’re in luck, as that’s exactly what Anolon is about. It’s durable, nonstick, features molded handles and features a thick stainless steel bases for searing.
17. Best Nontoxic: GreenPan
Discover the goodness of nontoxic cookware with GreenPan. Each set is made with nonstick ceramic and uses toxin-free alternatives to traditional coatings.
18. Most Critically Acclaimed: Cuisinart
Julia Child and James Beard were the first culinary experts to honor the great Cuisinart. Now, people all over America abide by the brand for all of their day-to-day meals. But what keeps Cuisinart at the head of the cookware industry is their mission to create a wide array of products “preferred by chefs and favored by consumers,” according to the brand’s website.
19. Best New Innovation: CRUXGG
Designed by CRUX and in partnership with Ghetto Gastro, CRUXGG is sold exclusively at Williams Sonoma. The new line is made with carbon steel, compatible with all stove tops, sturdy, naturally nonstick and features professional quality and fast, even heating.
20. Most Durable: HexClad
How do you know if a cookware brand is good? You check for the Gordon Ramsay stamp of approval — and HexClad sure has it. The brand offers pots, pans, lids, sets and more, and each one is ready to become a cooking staple.
21. Simplest Cooking: Kenmore
Created with “stay-cool soft-touch” handles and a glass lid to see what’s cookin’, these fun pots and pans are classic kitchen must-haves. Best of all, the pans in this line are compatible with all stove tops.
22. Most Classic: Oster
Oster has it all. Whether you are looking for stainless steel cookware or ceramic-coated options, you can find it here. The brand is also moderately priced making everyone happy.
23. Easiest Order: Amazon Basics
For an easy buy, opt for a cookware set from Amazon Basics. Choose from 15 piece sets, non-stick option and more to customize your cooking to your needs.
24. Most Decorative: Pioneer Woman
Not only are Pioneer Woman cookware sets affordable and practical, but they also come in the most beautiful designs. So if you have your heart set on a vintage feel or love the warmth of grandma’s kitchen, this is the brand for you.
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