Best Cookware Brands for the Best Cooking Experience

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Buying cookware is a highly personal decision since everyone’s preferences are different. However, finding the right cookware for your stove or the type of food you cook can pose some challenges. Most of the time, we find ourselves buying cookware for the sake of it because of the pressure to have a decent set. However, we have curated a list of the best cookware brands for an excellent cooking experience.

Best Cookware Brands

The best cookware brand with quality cookware will last you a lifetime. Of course, it is recommended to have a set that is the best for normal household and professional cooking. Not to mention, a good set will guarantee you a lifetime of reliability. Therefore, here are our selections of the best cookware brands.

1) Cuisinart Cookware

Cuisinart is one of the most renowned brands in the cookware industry. The company creates a variety of products that are ideal for professional and home kitchens. Besides being one of the best brands that make stainless steel cookware, Cuisinart products are affordable. From prices as low as $119, you can get an excellent set guaranteed to last you for years.

Cuisinart Cookware Set

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Each Cuisinart piece is carefully crafted with a stainless steel exterior and a triple aluminum core, ensuring the right heat distribution conditions. With Cuisinart cookware, your cook time will be reduced by half due to heat distribution and retention. Furthermore, most sets are dishwasher-safe and don’t require much maintenance.

2) Oster Cookware

Oster is the home for moderately priced, high-quality cookware. Additionally, they offer products made from different materials. The brand has everything from cast iron to nonstick cookware, while the ceramic nonstick coating is a favorite of some consumers. Oster has made it a point to cater to various preferences by including sets and stand-alone pots in their categories.

Oster Cookware Set

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With entire cookware sets as cheap as $79, Oster takes the cake when it comes to pricing. Furthermore, the heat-resistant handles on most of their sets are an excellent feature that all cooks appreciate. This durable cookware brand is also built for beginners and can take a beating.

3) Staub Cookware

Staub is the type of cookware that can be passed on from generation to generation and still deliver excellent service. If you like slow-cooking your meals, a Staub pot is a great way to do this. Not to mention, the cookware is oven safe so that you can prepare your favorite baked goodies in them.

Staub Cookware

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Staub cookware is predominantly made from cast iron. A cast iron skillet is the best piece of cookware you can have in your house. An enameled cast iron skillet is one of the best materials to cook in. After all, it distributes heat evenly and is coated with enamel, making it perfect if you prefer nonstick cookware brands.

4) Calphalon Cookware

Calphalon creates cookware sets for every family and any meal you can cook. Any Calphalon cookware set is made of the best quality hard anodized, nonstick stainless steel. Every set from this brand is very heat efficient, so professional chefs recommend it for home cooks and restaurants.

Calphalon Cookware

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With cookware sets with a price range as low as $196, you have multiple options. Additionally, you can customize your own set by buying individual Calphalon pieces. Each set is made to be compatible with any cooking surface, so you don’t have to look too hard. Furthermore, nonstick cookware can also take high heat, even from a gas stove. So, you can stir-fry anything you wish.

5) Le Creuset Cookware

Le Creuset is the lead brand in chip-proof enameled cast iron cookware sets. Their specialty is high-quality Dutch ovens, which are the best for cooking food that requires high heat, like soups and gravy. A Dutch oven is a “one pot cooks all,” and you can cook or bake your favorite foods in it.

Le Creuset

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Of course, this excellent brand has a price range on the higher side ($294 for the cheapest), but you get your money’s worth with every single sauté pan. These pans and pots require more care than a normal cookware set. However, Le Creuset is the cookware set your grandchildren could eventually use.

6) Mauviel Cookware

Mauviel is known for its beautiful and durable copper cookware encased in fully clad stainless steel. After all, copper is an excellent conductor of heat, ensuring you get the best. Any Mauviel copper cookware set is guaranteed to last at least three generations. Additionally, every set is coated with nonstick materials, which can also serve as baking dishes.

Mauviel Copper Cookware Set

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While these sets are very expensive (retailing between $1229-$2499), they are worth every penny. Furthermore, you can be sure that all the saucepans and fry pans come with a glass lid. Not only is every piece well made and durable, but it will also last you a lifetime. Not to mention they are dishwasher safe.

7) Lodge Cast Iron Cookware

Lodge makes some of the best premium cookware sets. With reliable cookware like cast iron pans, there is no need to use any other pots or pans. Lodge Cast Iron also offers everyday sets, perfect for home use, and can take a beating in the kitchen. Plus, their prices are fair ($147) and on the lower side.

Lodge's Cast-Iron Set

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Any set you select is an awesome pick for beginners, and they are also the best choice for a gift. When using these cooking utensils, your cook time will be cut in half, and you will still have the most delicious meals. After all, cast iron makes the best nonstick pans if you know how to regulate the temperature.

8) Caraway Cookware

This brand offers excellent nonstick cookware for ceramic lovers. The ceramic coating prevents food from sticking to the bottom of your pot. Additionally, the nonstick ceramic coating on cookware makes it excellent for beginners. Cleaning nonstick cookware is also a breeze since no food remnants are stuck at the pot’s bottom.

Caraway Cookware Set

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Caraway cookware pans are also oven safe for up to 550 degrees. If you don’t like cooking, you can bake anything with this cookware. Additionally, if you are worried about toxic chemicals leaching into your food (as is common with most nonstick coating), there is no need to worry, as the coating is chemical-free.

9) Hexclad Cookware

Unlike any other company, Hexclad is one of the only true hybrid cookware that combines various cooking materials’ performance. From hard anodized aluminum and stainless steel, these cookware sets bring excellence and reliability to any kitchen.

Hexclad cookware

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One Hexclad pot is worth two frying pans of any other brand. Furthermore, with the right technique and use, the nonstick surface will last as long as the Hexclad pot. Additionally, with the longevity that the pans offer, you might not have to buy any more sets for a long time.

10) Gotham Steel Cookware

If you are on a budget and looking for affordable and high-quality cookware, Gotham Steel Cookware is for you. Furthermore, the cookware is coated with a Ti-Cerama coating and infused with a titanium core. The cookware is also a stainless-clad nonstick coating, which means no food will stick to the bottom.

Gotham Steel Cookware Set

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Cleaning these cookware sets is a breeze since they can be cleaned in the dishwasher without warping. Furthermore, the sets have large enough pots to prepare large meals. You can easily use metal utensils while cooking, and they won’t ruin your cookware set.

11) T-fal Cookware

T-fal Cookware sets are versatile in any kitchen and are all coated with nonstick surfaces to ensure you don’t get burned food. Additionally, the nonstick pan is excellent for making stir-fried food, including meats and soups. With this brand, you also get a durable and non-scratch interior surface.

T-fal Cookware Set

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Every pan bottom is made with stainless steel to ensure it can conduct heat efficiently. Additionally, like most stainless steel cookware, you can rest assured that your food will turn out delicious. These sets fall within a price range of $127 and higher.

12) All-Clad Cookware

All-Clad cookware sets are the best heavy-duty sets. They are made from premium bonded stainless steel and can go in the oven. Now you will have a very heavy set, but it will repay you in years of service. When you get stainless steel cookware, you should be ready for a seamless cooking process.

All-Clad Cookware Set

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Stainless steel pots heat up much faster and transfer heat more evenly than other pots. Most consumers rate the brand highly due to its durability and versatility. Of course, it is hard to argue, given that this is the best stainless steel cookware.

13) Green Life Cookware

GreenLife gives you the most colorful pots and pans, unlike most cookware brands. This is the perfect brand if you are up for aesthetics. However, the cook sets are also very functional and efficient. Nontoxic ceramic cookware that doesn’t burn your food or poison your meals is a win.

Greenlife Cookware Set

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Furthermore, the sets are dishwasher and oven safe. This means cleanup is a breeze, and you won’t have to spend too much time cleaning a single pot. The handles are soft grip, and you don’t have to strain your hands. Plus, they are fairly priced, so you won’t break the bank by making a purchase.

14) Made In

Made In is a cookware brand that makes its sets using carbon steel. Carbon steel cookware is very tough and durable. Therefore, this means there are three layers of aluminum sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel, which takes meal preparation to another level. Since heat is well conducted and distributed, you won’t have a single stuck crumb at the bottom of your pan.

Made in Cookware Set

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Additionally, cleanup is fairly easy, and you don’t have to jump through hoops. A simple sponge and dish soap should get food remnants out. These sets are warp-resistant and heat and cool quickly, allowing for convenience.

15) Great Jones Cookware

If you like to make casseroles, you might enjoy Great Jones Cookware. The large stock pots are perfect for batch cooking or meal prepping. While these sets are on the higher side in terms of the price range, they are worth every penny. Furthermore, all the cookware is made with nontoxic materials like stainless steel, cast iron, and ceramic.

Great Jones Cookware Set

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If you have ever wondered whether this brand is worth the hype, this is your answer. You can cook and bake anything in these sets, and they will still look as good as new. The sets are heavy and durable, and you can rest assured that they will serve you for a long time.

16) Ninja Cookware

Ninja Cookware is known for being affordable and high quality with polished stainless steel pans. The sets are also very versatile and oven safe up to 500F. This stainless cookware doesn’t chip, break, or flake at any point. They are made to last for ages without you requiring a replacement.

Ninja cookware set

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Another awesome feature of these sets is that they are compatible with any cooktop, so you don’t have to worry. With multiple cooking options for consumers (in terms of material), you will be spoilt for choice.

17) Circulon Cookware

Everyone can appreciate the ease of working with a nonstick cookware brand, which is what Circulon is all about. Additionally, the brand is a strong believer in healthy cooking options. The circular grooves on the cookware ensure heat is conducted and evenly distributed.

Circulon Cookware Set

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The bottom is made from anodized aluminum to facilitate faster heating, which means that the design is suitable for induction hobs. The bases and outer rims of the pans are also reinforced to ensure no hot spots in the pans.

18) Thyme and Table

The sophisticated Thyme and Table would appeal to recipe gurus and foodies everywhere. The cookware sets are bold and, of course, nonstick. These sets are okay with gas, halogen, induction, and ceramic cooktops.

Thyme & Table Cookware Set

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Since they have a nonstick surface, hand washing them is best for longevity. Additionally, with a quick food release and heavy-duty construction, you can’t help but love this set. It is also very giftable.

19) Anolon

If you want to taste restaurant-quality food from the comfort of your kitchen, Anolon is for you. Any piece in their lineup heats up evenly and quickly, which is good if you like to sear, since it gets you sear marks too. The lids were also recommended for being steam resistant. You can look at your food as it cooks without removing it.

Anolon Cookware Set

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The sets are made of high-quality materials, and you will have a blast using them. Additionally, the pots and pans are easy to clean.

20) CruxGG

CruxGG is a brand that will last you a lifetime. The pots and pans are made from durable materials that can withstand a beating. They also have sleek designs that blend into any kitchen seamlessly. So you don’t have to worry about them sticking out like a sore thumb in your space.

CRUXGG Cookware Set

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Each piece in a set is carefully made using carbon steel, a tough and resilient material. It’s lighter than cast iron and heats up faster and evenly, so you can cook anything. The pieces are designed with style and function.

The Bottom Line

Every material used to make cookware sets has its advantages and disadvantages. We have listed most of the materials regularly used in cookware. When it comes to cookware, ensure the material you settle on is top quality. It should also offer superior heat conduction and distribution.

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Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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