Best Pans for Gas stoves; Cookware Sets that will Last Ages

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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1) Cuisinart 12 Piece Cookware Set MCP-12N Silver

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Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel...
  • Polished cooking surface does not discolor, react with food or...
  • Cookware also features cool grip handles secured with stainless...
  • Oven safe up to 550F, Rims are tapered for drip-free pouring.
  • Dishwasher safe, Tight-fitting stainless steel covers seal in...
  • 12-piece cookware set. The set consists of: 1-1/2- and 3-quart...

At first glance, this 12-piece set doesn't look like stainless steel cookware. However, I was thrilled with how heavy-duty it was after it arrived. The handle on every pot has a good, ergonomic feel for a solid grip. If you have a large family, as I do, you will find yourself using frying pans for cooking side dishes because they are small.

I use the largest pot most because it can prepare a large meal, and I still have leftovers at the end of the night. However, it's important to note that the pot can be quite heavy when full. Therefore, either get someone to help or don't fill it up.

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On to the materials, each pot is made with triple-ply construction for superior heat conduction. In addition, the pots have a pure aluminum base coated with brushed stainless steel that can survive in the oven. So you can rest assured that the pot's interior won't get discolored or alter the taste of your food. Furthermore, the stainless steel rivets give the pots a sturdy construction.

This set is perfect for gas stove cooking since all the lids fit tightly and don't let any steam out. This has significantly reduced the gas and time I take to cook. However, the cookware set is not nonstick. Therefore, if you are only used to using nonstick pans, there's a learning curve to overcome.

These pans are machine washable. However, I prefer to handwash them to keep the shine and sparkle. They are easy to wash as long as you soak them overnight. Scooping stuck-on rice and other food becomes easier. Additionally, it is not recommended to place hot pans directly into cold water for a soak. Wait until the pan cools down.

Pros:

  • Durable cookware
  • Heavy duty
  • Value for money
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Good heat distribution
  • Versatile

Cons:

  • The rivets hide food and are hard to clean.

2) Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron 5 Piece Bundle

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Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron 5 Piece Bundle. 10.5" Griddle,...
  • One Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron 5 Piece Set
  • Cast iron cover features self-basting tips
  • Easy-grip handles for secure control
  • Unparalleled heat retention and even heating
  • Pre-seasoned with 100% natural vegetable oil

I love that this cookware set is usable even on a grill and over direct fire like a campfire. Of course, it is also usable on a gas stove. It's the versatility that pulled me in initially. This 5 piece cookware set is perfect for everyday cooking. This is one of the cookware sets that lasts forever if you know how to take care of it.

Unlike other pans for gas stoves, I use these pans for gas stoves to cook anything. Of course, this is an upgrade from the previous set I used for everything. Anything I cooked on those pans stuck to the bottom regardless of how well I tried to control the heat. On the other hand, these cast iron pans seared me a nice steak on my gas stove without any burning. I have used them for months and nothing ever stuck at the bottom.

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I loved that cooking with these pans has improved since they came pre-seasoned. If you have never cooked in cast iron before, you should know that they must be seasoned. Since I have used cast iron my whole life, I was impressed by how this set is perfect, even for beginners.

The pans are quite heavy, which is expected. However, it can be surprising for a beginner. For best results with your cooking, ensure to do some maintenance on them. After handwashing them, I place them in my oven to dry, then smear some vegetable oil on them. I then place them back into a 500-degree oven and take them out after a few minutes.

Pros:

  • Doesn't burn food
  • Durable
  • Solid construction
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Lengthy maintenance process

3) GreenPan Hard Anodized Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set

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  • Cookware Set Includes: 8” and 10” frypans, 1.5QT and 2.25QT...
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  • Featuring a unique texture for crisp browning and easy release,...
  • Oven and broiler safe to 600°F

Ceramic cookware sets are some of the best to cook with. Not only do they have superior heating capabilities, but they also have even heat distribution. So, of course, I was never in doubt when I purchased this set, and I was not disappointed. So naturally, high heat is not recommended with ceramic cookware materials since they cook just fine on low to medium heat.

These pans are a great addition to any kitchen, especially if you are tired of Teflon and PTFA-coated pans. I use this gas stove cookware set every weekend to pre-cook and meal prep, even acidic foods. I also cook Sunday dinner in these pots and pans since they are super easy to clean. In addition, nothing burns when you use these pans.

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The pans have a hard anodized aluminum core to ensure they can take the high heat of a gas stovetop. Hard anodized aluminum utensils make cooking easier. However, it is recommended to use wooden utensils to prevent the core from rubbing off and give you many years with this set. Thankfully I only use wooden utensils, even on the best stainless steel cookware I own.

Apart from a gas stove cooktop, I was also pleased to learn that the pots and pans are oven safe up to 600 degrees and still distribute heat evenly. Since I love to bake, this is an excellent addition.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • It can be used on any heat source
  • Nonstick coating
  • Easy to clean
  • Sturdy and lightweight
  • Good heat distribution

Cons:

  • The nonstick wears out

4) Viking Culinary 3-Ply Stainless Steel Hammered Copper Clad Cookware Set

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Viking Culinary 3-Ply Stainless Steel Hammered Copper...
  • Includes 8-Inch & 10-Inch Fry Pans, 2.25-Quart & 3-Quart Sauce...
  • The pots and pans in this kitchen set are not induction capable,...
  • This copper-clad cookware set provides exceptional heat transfer...
  • Because copper is highly conductive, cooking can be more precise...
  • From high-quality cookware to cast iron pieces, or nonstick pans,...

I wanted to buy a set to cook in for Christmas since I usually have family over. Of course, the copper cookware set arrived sooner than I expected. What stood out when I started using them is the tempered glass lids that let you peek to see how your food is coming along.

Since the copper core has high heat conductivity, it takes very little heat to cook with. But, of course, the set is also stainless steel cookware. Therefore it can take high amounts of heat. I did notice that the copper core gets a patina when you expose it to high amounts of heat. That is normal for copper. This far, only one of the smaller pots has a patina. Every other utensil looks brand new.

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The best part about this set is that oil doesn't overheat when cooking, and you get a perfect dish by the end of your cooking. Remember that this set isn't for any highly polished cooking surface like glass or induction cooktops. Induction cooktops are best used with induction cookware. Therefore, this set remains the best cookware for gas stoves.

My favorite cookware is the large 8-quart saucepan with a lid because I can prepare a large meal. Additionally, copper distributes heat evenly, making it perfect for cooking on a gas stove. Furthermore, the riveted stainless steel handles give me a firm grip on the pots, so I don't have to worry about spillage. Finally, the frying pan is excellent to sauté vegetables or chicken for a light snack.

Pros:

  • Easy to clean
  • Excellent heat distribution properties
  • Durable
  • Doesn't burn food
  • Value for money
  • Nonreactive

Cons:

  • Removing the patina is difficult

5) Hestan Titanium Ultimate Cookware Set

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Hestan - NanoBond Collection - Stainless Steel 10-Piece...
  • 1.5qt and 3qt Saucepan with lids, one 8.5″ and 11″ Skillet,...
  • Molecular Titanium bonds thousands of titanium nano-layers to...
  • Triple bonded stainless steel with exclusive ProCore aluminum...
  • Sealed rims are encapsulated in stainless steel to protect...
  • Compatible with all cooktops including induction, oven and...

This is your best bet if you are after a set that can withstand the daily abuse of being tossed around in a kitchen. Firstly, I was impressed by how my sunny-side-up eggs came out. Instead of struggling to scrape it off the pan, it slid around the frying pan, and getting it to my plate was a breeze.

Secondly, cleanup is easy since the cookware material is titanium (one of the strongest cooking metals). I am used to seeing some residue on the pots and pans when I'm done cooking. However, with this masterpiece set, there is none. You can wipe them down, and they will be good as new.

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The flared rims offer drip-free pouring, and the shatter-resistant glass lids prevent spillage. Furthermore, the titanium and stainless steel interior ensure there are no hot spots on the cookware by having even heat distribution. You can also use metal utensils without a problem since they don't have a nonstick surface.

Pros:

  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to use
  • Durable
  • You can use any cooking surface
  • Value for money

Cons:

  • Expensive

Factors to Consider Before Buying a Cookware Set for a Gas Stove

Of course, there are a few things you will have to comb through to get the best cookware set for your kitchen. The functionality should be the first requirement since you will be using this cookware set for a long time. Here are some things to look for.

a) Durability

With gas stove cooking, your cookware sets are always exposed to an open flame. Therefore, you need a durable cookware set to get you through a few years on a gas stove. To spot high-quality cookware, look for pots and pans with a thick base, such as a stainless steel cooking surface.

Stainless steel

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It would help if you also searched for well-made handles that will be cool to the touch after using them for cooking. The lids should also fit well. Any other extra utensils, like a stainless steel steamer, should also be well made. Remember that strong materials like carbon steel, stainless steel, titanium, ceramic, and cast iron are excellent cooking materials.

b) Heat Conductivity

Next, you want to look at heat conductivity. Heat conductivity will determine how your food turns out. Of course, materials that have high conductivity can also burn your food. Therefore, if your cookware is made of materials that conduct heat easily, it should be insulated.

Heat conductivity

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A good pan should be able to heat up, retain the heat, and adjust the temperature. Therefore, if your cookware doesn’t do that, it might be time to buy a new set. Additionally, choose a cookware set with 3-5 ply. This refers to how many layers of material insulate the cookware.

c) Scratch Resistance

Scratch resistance

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Most cookware sets now come with a nonstick surface. However, nonstick surfaces scratch easily on some cookware. Therefore, before buying any cookware set, ensure it is scratch resistant. You should also ensure that the material can handle metal utensils.

Of course, metal spoons could scratch the bottom of the cookware. If that happens, your cookware will lose efficacy and start burning food.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Best pans for Gas Stoves

i) Do I need special pans for my gas stove?

Yes. However, gas stove cookware is durable and can handle several cooking surfaces. Therefore they can be used on an open flame and other heating methods.

ii) Can you use nonstick pans for the gas stovetop?

Yes. Nonstick pans are a great option for a gas stove. However, you have to keep the heat between medium and low with nonstick pans. Very high heat can also damage nonstick pans.

iii) What is the best cookware material for gas stoves?

Of all materials, stainless steel cookware is the best option for gas stoves. Stainless steel with aluminum or copper layers is an excellent choice. However, other materials are great for cooking on an open flame.

iv) What cookware is not recommended for a gas stove?

Any material with a thin base of steel. Pots and pans with a nonstick or magnetic coating on the outside are also not recommended.

The Bottom Line

Gas stoves are unpredictable and cook unevenly. Therefore, selecting cookware that evenly distributes heat to your food is paramount. With the best cookware, you won’t have to worry about uneven cooking. Additionally, many gas stove cookware sets can be used on any other heating surface.

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Ian Mutuli

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Ian Mutuli

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