Watching cooking shows may whet more than your appetite: It could leave you hungry for new kitchen cookware. But don’t think the most expensive cookware sets are the best.
The allure of owning top-shelf cookware is enticing. But faced with a smorgasbord of cookware styles, materials, and prices—from cast iron and stainless steel to nonstick enamel and copper—it’s wise to be well-informed. Use this guide to sharpen your shopping skills before buying.
Top 10 Non Stick Pans
- Heavy-gauge aluminum construction ensures even heating and is hard-anodized for durability It also makes it...
- Interior includes three layers of nonstick coating - two layers provide durability and the third layer offers...
- 8 and 10-inch fry pans with wide flat base and versatile low-profile shape
- Hard-anodized aluminum construction for fast, even heating and easy cleanup; stainless-steel bonded Anti-Warp...
- Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set, Black
- Non-stick exterior which makes it fast and easy to clean. Dishwasher safe.
- Oven Safe for Versatility in the Kitchen
- Hand wash only
- Commercial-grade 3004 aluminum, heavy-gauge construction provides quick and even heating, superior durability
- High-performance reinforced PFOA-free Eclipse nonstick interior for effortless release of foods and easy...
- 8-piece nonstick cookware set includes 8-inch fry pan, 10-inch fry pan, 1.5-quart sauce pan with lid, 2 quart...
- Aluminum body with non-stick coating for easy cooking and cleaning--BPA-free
- Hard anodized aluminum construction for durability
- Unique Thermo-Spot heat indicator for proper preheating
- SET INCLUDES: 8-inch and 10.25-inch fry pans; an 11.5-inch fry pan with lid; a 10.25-inch square griddle;...
- DISHWASHER SAFE: Easy to clean and dishwasher safe cookware set. Hard anodized aluminum construction for...
- SET INCLUDES: 7.75-inch and 11-inch fry pans, 1-quart and 2-quart sauce pans with lids, a 5.5-quart dutch oven...
- DISHWASHER SAFE: Easy to clean and dishwasher safe cookware set. Nonstick interior and exterior for low-fat...
- Made of thick gauge aluminum that provides even/quick heat conduction and prevents hot spots
- Nonstick makes food release, cleaning, flipping, and tossing easy and allows for healthy cooking
The Parts of a Pan
Coating vs Cladding: What’s the Difference?
Hard-coat anodized is a fancy way of saying the soft surface of nearly pure aluminum has been changed to a hard surface. It has nothing to do with the nonstick coating, which allows food to brown without sticking to the pan.
Cladding refers to the layers of metal fused together to create the cookware. So while the outer and inner layers of the pan may be stainless steel, the inside layer may be aluminum or copper, or another conductive or magnetic material. Clad can also mean a material was added to the bottom of a stainless steel pan, enhancing heat transfer.
Shopping Tips to Chew On
Quality cookware is at the heart of any serious cook’s kitchen. You need a variety of pots, pans, and casseroles, maybe even a few specialty items. Will a $500 set of cookware make your meals twice as tasty as a $250 set? Not necessarily. Here’s how to build the perfect culinary collection:
Choose Your Pieces
If you’re building a set of cookware from scratch, depending on how you cook and how many people you cook for, you will want an assortment of skillets and pots, a stockpot, and lids. In boxed sets, manufacturers count a lid as a piece, and it might fit more than one piece of cookware in the set. A set that contains more pieces might not be the smartest choice if you use only a few and the rest take up space in your cabinet. Note: Utensils and even a cookbook can count as pieces of a set.
Pick It Up
We all shop online, but it’s essential to handle the cookware at a retailer. See how it feels in your hand. If it’s heavy, think how much heavier it will feel when it’s full of food. Make sure that the handles are easy to grasp and that the pot or pan is well-balanced. Check that handle attachment is tight and sturdy. Read the packaging to see whether the cookware can be cleaned in a dishwasher.
These allow you to see what’s going on inside the pot without having to lift it off, letting steam escape. But they add weight and can break, which could be a problem in a household with young kids.
From Stove to Oven
If the box says the cookware is oven-safe, be sure to check the specifics. What temperature can this cookware safely be used? Some cookware can be used in ovens set to 350°F, while others can withstand higher heat—up to 500°F.
Picks & Pans: Cookware Types
Choose a cookware material that suits the cooking technique. For example, sautéed foods turn out best in pans that transmit heat quickly, braised foods need pans that retain heat over long periods, and you shouldn’t cook white sauces or tomato sauces in unlined copper or aluminum cookware because those ingredients react with the metal. (The below types are, more or less, in order of popularity.)
FEATURES AND BENEFITS:
- Diamond crystals embedded in the nonstick coating are super hard, creating an extremely scratch resistant product.
- Diamond coating conducts heat much faster than most metals—four times faster than even copper.
- Lighter in weight but high-quality heat distribution.
- Dishwasher safe.
- Oven safe (to 480°F) including lids and handles. This makes it safe for Browning, Searing, and Deglazing. It’s not a good idea to sear with most nonstick pans, as most coatings can’t survive the high heat.
- Energy efficient lids made from safety glass.
- Cast ergonomic handles with threaded brass insert, for safety and convenient cleanup.
- Can use metal utensils.
- PFOA free.
- Limited lifetime warranty against defects in materials or craftsmanship.
The best thing about these pans, other than being imperious to almost all abuse, is the fact that the sauté pan and skillet handles detach.
Normally, you have one of two options – plastic or rubberized handles that are comfortable and protect against burns, as they don’t transfer heat. However, these generally won’t survive a trip through the oven.
Or, you must contend with metal handles (usually hollow to assist with shedding some heat) that are often uncomfortable and which you must use a pot holder or a kitchen towel with when moving them around on the stovetop. However, metal can easily withstand oven use. With the Woll Diamond Plus, you get the best of both worlds – the detachable handles are very comfortable and safer than their metal counterparts. And they detach – allowing you to slide them in the oven.