10 Best Nonstick Cookware Sets Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

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 Nonstick Cookware Sets

Bestseller No. 1
T-fal Hard Anodized Cookware Set, Nonstick Pots and Pans Set, 17 Piece, Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator,...
4096 Reviews
T-fal Hard Anodized Cookware Set, Nonstick Pots and Pans Set, 17 Piece, Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator,...
  • SET INCLUDES: 8" and 10.25" Fry Pan, 11.5" Fry Pan with lid, 10.25" Square Griddle, 1-quart, 2-quart and...
  • DISHWASHER SAFE: Easy to clean and dishwasher safe cookware set. Hard anodized aluminum construction for...
Bestseller No. 2
Cuisinart 66-17N Chef's Classic Non-Stick Hard Anodized, 17 Piece Set, Black
396 Reviews
Cuisinart 66-17N Chef's Classic Non-Stick Hard Anodized, 17 Piece Set, Black
  • Hard anodized exterior is harder than stainless steel. Dense, nonporous, and highly wear-resistant for Extra...
  • Premium nonstick cooking surface reinforced with Titanium provides lasting food release. No oil or butter...
Bestseller No. 3
Rachael Ray Cucina Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Gray, Cranberry Red...
879 Reviews
Rachael Ray Cucina Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Gray, Cranberry Red...
  • Hard-anodized aluminum cookware provides fast, even heating; long-lasting PFOA-free espresso-colored nonstick...
  • Comfortable dual-riveted, silicone-over-stainless-steel-handles have a warm, earthy hue; shatter-resistant...
Bestseller No. 4
Cuisinart GG-12 GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set
983 Reviews
Cuisinart GG-12 GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set
  • 12-piece hard-anodized aluminum cookware set featuring scratch-resistant nonstick ceramic-based surface
  • Water-based Ceramica nonstick surface won't peel off, free of PTFE and PFOA
Bestseller No. 5
Farberware High Performance Nonstick Aluminum 17-Piece Cookware Set, Black
406 Reviews
Farberware High Performance Nonstick Aluminum 17-Piece Cookware Set, Black
  • Constructed from heavy-duty aluminum that heats evenly, the cookware pieces feature long-lasting nonstick for...
  • The skillets and griddle boast the unique dimpled surface of the SmartGlide Nonstick System with DuPont Teflon...
Bestseller No. 6
Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Cookware Set (SA10H)
897 Reviews
Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Cookware Set (SA10H)
  • Cookware set features Calphalon's signature hard-anodized aluminum construction for excellent conductivity and...
  • The interior surface of the pots and pans is double-coated with Calphalon's sturdy, reliable nonstick coating
Bestseller No. 7
Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Agave Blue
2208 Reviews
Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Agave Blue
  • Rachael Ray Cucina Cookware features rustic, modern color, functionality and design to enhance mealtime warmth...
  • Crafted with durable aluminum and sturdy hard enamel porcelain exteriors; espresso-colored, PFOA-free nonstick...
Bestseller No. 8
Vremi 15 Piece Nonstick Cookware Set; 2 Saucepans and 2 Dutch Ovens with Glass Lids, 2 Fry Pans and...
2514 Reviews
Vremi 15 Piece Nonstick Cookware Set; 2 Saucepans and 2 Dutch Ovens with Glass Lids, 2 Fry Pans and...
  • ALL IN ONE NONSTICK COOKWARE - 15 pcs pots and pans set includes 4 pots with 4 glass lids and 2 sauce / frying...
  • VENTED GLASS LID COVERS for POTS - Each nesting, heavy duty, stock or soup pot comes with a removable vented...
Bestseller No. 9
hOmeLabs Ceramic 8 Piece Cookware Set - Compatible with Induction Stovetop Non Stick Pots with Lids...
101 Reviews
hOmeLabs Ceramic 8 Piece Cookware Set - Compatible with Induction Stovetop Non Stick Pots with Lids...
  • CERAMIC COATING for QUICK HEATING - It's all about the ceramic coating for this kitchen savior set. Its marble...
  • FUNCTIONAL COOKWARE SET - This cookware set of pots and pans keeps cooking in the kitchen fun and functional....
Bestseller No. 10
T-fal C530SC Signature Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set, Nonstick Pots and Pans Set,...
1884 Reviews
T-fal C530SC Signature Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set, Nonstick Pots and Pans Set,...
  • 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...
  • Nonstick cookware is easy to cook in and slides right out of the pan without sticking.
  • Nonstick cookware uses less fat than other cookware, such as stainless steel and cast iron.
  • Warm water with a mild dish detergent is best for cleaning nonstick cookware.
  • Manufacturers recommend not putting in the dishwasher because the extremely hot water and caustic detergents will ruin them; they are a breeze to clean by hand.
  • For foods that have stuck on food, soak in dish detergent in warm water for an hour then rub off gently with a cloth or sponge.
  • When foods are extra difficult to remove, never use scouring pads or harsh cleansers, brushes, or steel wool pads with soap because the finish will be ruined and corroded forever.
  • When using each time, add a pad of butter, a little olive oil, or coconut oil to the pans. Never heat the pan before added the oils.
  • Cooking sprays will make the nonstick cookware gummy and hard to get off.
  • Usually made of aluminum, nonstick cookware heats faster than the thicker metals do, such as stainless steel, or cast iron.
  • It’s best to use heating temperatures of low to medium. Never heat above medium due to toxin release and deterioration of the surface coating.
  • Do not use metal devices in nonstick cookware; it will scratch then the surface will be marred and pull away from the base. You will also have it in your food.
  • Never use sharp knives, mashers, whisks, or rotary beaters that will nick and scratch the interior coating.
  • Always read the User’s Manual to see what the manufacturer says about putting the nonstick cookware into the oven. Some are safe in the oven and some are not.

How We Chose the Best Nonstick Cookware Sets

Bestselling sets

We started with bestselling cookware sets from major retailers like Amazon, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, Walmart, Crate & Barrel, and Williams Sonoma. We wound up with 66 contenders ranging from 5-18 pieces, with a variety of construction materials and an even greater variety of price tags. Our cheapest sets started at $40 while our most expensive reached a whopping $2,000.

Well-rounded collections

While it’s tempting to go straight for the 17-piece cookware set, bigger sets don’t necessarily give you more bang for your buck. In fact, you’re likely to end up with overly-specific pieces, like oval fish pans and small sauciers, or simple filler items, like cookbooks and spatulas (yes, pretty much anything in the box counts as a piece). So while not everyone needs the same pans — those cooking for one or two people will generally require fewer and smaller pieces than someone cooking for the whole family — the best cookware sets will contain useful, versatile pieces, without doubling up on impractical sizes.

Construction materials

Different types of cookware construction will result in different cooking experiences. It really comes down to preference and how long you’re willing to scrub at the kitchen sink. We discovered that the main things to keep in mind with cookware materials are: cooking surface, the heat conducting core, and exterior body.

Comfortable handles and heft

As we unboxed our 14 shiny cookware sets, we quickly noticed some key features that would add up to a world of difference in everyday cooking. The All-Clad’s handles (left) had relatively sharp edges that made them less comfortable than more rounded options like the Tramontina (right). A comfortable and well-balanced handle is vital. All our sets came with metal or silicone handles — our experts advised plastic handles tend to crack, fade, and can’t handle high heat — but we discovered not all handles are created equal.

Nice-to-have extras

We also found some nice-to-have features that mostly come down to preference and probably won’t make or break your love for a set. Glass lids allow you to keep an eye on what you’re cooking without lifting the lid and releasing heat. Measurement markings inside pots mean you can easily keep track while topping up liquids, although some, like the Calphalon, had such dark markings that they were indistinguishable from the pot’s surface.

Easy storage

Every set we tested had holes at the end of each handle for easy hanging and display, but we also looked at how easy it would be to stack your set for cupboard storage. Most sets packed away into two or three stacks, but lids turned out to be the biggest culprit — they are unapologetically unstackable. If you want a neat solution for storing lids, consider a lid rack holder.

Heat distribution

Heat distribution refers to how well heat is maintained throughout the cooking surface of a pan. Poor distribution of heat in a pan creates “hot spots” that can scorch your food and cook things unevenly. So we tested the three most common pieces of cookware in each set (saucepan, skillet, and sauté pan) for heat distribution using a thermal imaging camera.

 

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