Hi, welcome to my cookware reviews blog. I’m Connie. There are so many types of cookware and cookware sets in the market nowadays that we consumers are often spoiled for choices. The main purpose that I write this blog is to help you choose the right cookware. Whether you are buying cookware for the first time or trying to find better cookware to replace old ones, I have recommendations for you.
How To Choose Your Best Cookware
The first thing to do when buying cookware is to choose the material of the cookware. This is an important step that will eliminate a bulk of choices and narrow you down to several good options. Here I have explained briefly about the features, pros and cons about each material.
|Stainless steel cookware – Durable and long lasting. Can go in the dishwasher, but it heats up slowly and is therefore less energy-efficient. Food tends to stick if the pan is not heated up first. Stainless steel cookware are affordable and commonly used in households.|
|Hard anodized aluminum cookware – Generally inexpensive and heats up quickly! It is lighter too, but stains easily and is not dishwasher-safe. Avoid the thin-gauge aluminum since it’s prone to denting and warping. Enamel-coated aluminum, typically found in low-end lines, can chip easily.|
|Copper cookware – Copper tends to heat and cool quickly and efficiently, so they are used by professionals who want precise temperature control. It’s heavy, durable, and generally expensive. Because copper reacts to acidity in food, the pots are often lined with stainless steel or tin.|
|Cast iron cookware – Cast iron is the all-time classic. Strong, heavy and durable. Will last a lifetime and inexpensive too! Heats evenly and adds iron to the food. However, iron can rust so frequent seasoning with oil is needed.|
|Non-stick cookware – Coated with teflon so that the food will not stick to the pans. Very easy to clean up but needs to be used with plastic or wooden utensils, otherwise will scratch and wear off easily.|
|Glass, Ceramic, Stoneware, Tempered Glass cookware – Dishwasher safe, attractive and versatile. You can use the same pan to keep food in the freezer, then cook it on the stove, in the oven, broiler or microwave, and serve it on the table. However, this type of cookware breaks easily and cooks unevenly.|
|Porcelain cookware – Porcelain coatings are easy to maintain and they’re tough. But they are the most expensive of all cookware and can chip.|
What is the Best Cookware Set?
If I want top of the line cookware, I will definitely go for porcelain or copper cookware. For the second best, I’ll settle for stainless steel. If I truly have a tight budget, then hard anodized cookware or cast iron cookware is what I’ll be looking for.
I wouldn’t buy a whole set of non stick, because they really don’t last and are not suitable for browning, braising and stir-frying. I only recommend buying a non-stick frying pan just for cooking eggs, even though there is some controversy about health risk using teflon coated cookware.
Anyway, if you’re looking for a stick-resistant frying pan (skillet) but want to avoid Teflon, cast iron cookware is a great alternative (only if you care to maintain it). If you like to know more about the advantage and disadvantage of using non-stick and uncoated cookware, you can find out more over here.
Once you have determined what type of material for your cookware to be, check out my top recommendations below for home cookware. The best cookware set in my mind is a reasonably priced stainless steel cookware set with one or two non-stick frying pans, but yours could be entirely different.
- Premium Stainless Steel Cookware – Made of shiny stainless steel, this is my best cookware set.
- Budget Stainless Steel Cookware Set – A good looking set with great value for money.
- Best Hard Anodized Cookware Set – Lightweight, good looking and practical
- Best NonStick Cookware – If you really insist on getting a whole set of non stick, here it is.
- Best Cast Iron Cookware – Long lasting cookware to last years and years.
- Best Copper Cookware Set – High end cookware for professionals.
- Best Frying Pan To Go With Your Cookware Set – Fry and clean up easily. No stubborn grease.
- Best Rated Cookware for Glass Top Stoves – Flat-bottomed pots and pans to avoid ugly scratches on your ceramic or glass stove tops.
Isn’t this an easy way to choose your best cookware? I will write more cookware reviews in my blog posts when there are new updates.
Cookware Maintenance Guide
Having a good cookware set doesn’t mean that you don’t have to do anything to keep it in good condition. Make sure you take steps to care for your cookware set so that they will serve you longer and continue to be the best cookware you ever used! Here are some tips to care for different types of cookware:
- How to Care for Non Stick Cookware
- How to Care for Cast Iron Cookware
- How to Care for Copper Cookware
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