The Best Cookware Sets


If you’re on the trail of a comprehensive cookware set giving you all you need in one bundle, you’re in for a treat today!
We worked our way through a huge range of different sets over the past few weeks. From that huge selection, we’ve brought you the very best in pots and pans for all types of cookery.

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If you’re impatient for the main event, here’s a snapshot of our winners by category…

I. Our Top Picks for Cookware Sets

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Our #1 Pick:Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless-Steel 7-Piece

A small but perfectly formed 7-piece set, this is our top pick for stainless steel cookware. Built to withstand temperatures up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll get pans built to stay the distance while helping you achieve consistent cooking every day.


Best Budget:T-fal Hard Anodized Cookware Set

This 12-piece set from T-Fal proves you don’t need to spend a fortune for high-grade cookware. You’ll get everything you need down to a slotted spoon. The pans come with T-Fal’s patented Thermo-spot indicator to make your life even easier.


Also Great:Circulon® 10-Piece Anodized Aluminum Cookware Set

Combining affordability, durability and aesthetics, this 10-piece set is a top-notch addition to any kitchen. Circulon are non-stick specialists and you’ll find cleaning up afterward is just as easy as using these outstanding pans.


Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron 5 Piece Bundle

For a pre-seasoned set from a family-owned brand, this Lodge 5-piece is perfect if you’ve got a smaller kitchen or limited storage space. Heat distribution is first-rate and the cast-iron pots look mean in matte black.


II. Things To Look At Before Buying a Cookware Set


OK, now you’ve had a teaser of some of the best sets on our supersized list, a few words first to help guide you toward the most effective cookware set for your requirements.

We’ll look primarily at the different type of material you can choose from since this is the element that tends to confuse most people on the buying trail.

These are the main options at your disposal:

  • Aluminum
  • Carbon Steel and Blue Steel
  • Copper
  • Enameled Cast-Iron
  • Non-Stick
  • Stainless Steel
  • Uncoated Cast Iron


Hard-anodized aluminum works to conduct heat efficiently.

In addition to this efficiency, this material is also extremely affordable and durable.

On the downside, this material tends to stain a lot, particularly if you make lots of rich, dark sauces. To combat this, most cookware made from aluminum comes coated. This prevents both discoloration and the bitter tang it can otherwise impart on your food.

Carbon Steel and Blue Steel

Carbon steel or blue steel pans are the most common choice in commercial kitchens.

The durability and efficiency of this material lends well to high-performance cooking. If you’re an ambitious home chef, this type of material makes a smart choice.

Steel will work on all kinds of cookers including induction stovetops.

Although these pans are easy to wipe down, you won’t be able to pop them in the dishwasher so bear this in mind before committing to purchase.

You’ll also need to season this variety of steel so factor that into the equation and remember to rub them down with several coatings of oil before use.


For quick and even results, copper is a wise bet. You’ll also enjoy a great deal of control with copper cookware.

The thicker the better if you’re looking for durability, copper pans unfortunately come priced high.

From searing to simmering, copper pots and pans are remarkably versatile. They also look attractive if you’re serving directly from pan to table.

Hand-washable only and liable to dent over time as well as acquiring a distasteful patina you’ll need to physically remove, think long and hard before investing in a copper cookware set.

Enameled Cast-Iron

If you want to heat slowly and consistently, enameled cast iron pots make this possible.

Oven safe to at least 500 degrees Fahrenheit and fine to slip in the dishwasher, this material is flexible in the extreme.

Small handles on this cookware make it awkward to use at times and the pans feel heavy when laden with food.


When it comes to the interior of the cookware, non-stick coating is pretty much standard.

Check to see if the cookware in question is dishwasher-safe and make sure you can use it with an induction cooker if you have this in your house.

Avoid using metal utensils as it can scratch away the coating. Most modern non-stick pans shouldn’t be adversely affected by this but it’s not really worth taking a chance when you can use plastic spoons instead.

Stainless Steel

If you’re planning to do a lot of braising and browning, a classic uncoated stainless steel set works well.

Durable and non-reactive, much stainless steel cookware is compatible with induction stovetops.

Cleaning can be tough so check on the reviews of the set in question to avoid any unwanted headaches.

Uncoated Cast-Iron

Uncoated cast-iron is a more natural alternative to non-stick coating.

Rugged and capable of withstanding ultra-high temperatures, the only real downside is a tendency to uneven cooking.

III. Top 16 Best Cookware Sets

1. Our Pick:Cuisinart MultiClad Pro 7-Piece


  • Saucepans (1 ½-quart and 3-quart) with cover
  • Skillet (10-inch)
  • Stock Pot (8-quart) with cover

Cuisinart has a hard-won reputation for producing affordable kitchenware that doesn’t sacrifice build quality or performance.

All rims on this set are neatly tapered to streamline pouring. Stainless steel build gives you great lifespan along with the ability to cook at up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you’re looking for a compact and hard-hitting cookware set for a kitchen with more limited space, this Cuisinart 7-piece is a smart choice.


  • Ideal for use with induction cookers
  • Safe to use in the oven, broiler and dishwasher
  • Stay-cool handles for safety are riveted for additional strength


  • Not the largest set but all main bases covered

2. Best Budget:T-Fal Hard-Anodized 12-Piece Set


If you’re looking for a substantial cookware set at a cut-throat price, T-Fal steps up to the plate.

The generous 12-piece set is finished in hard-anodized aluminum and you’ll get non-stick convenience combined with a fantastic lifespan.

The patented T-Fal Thermo-spot lets you know when your pans are heated and ready to accept food. This is a small but valuable touch.

While flagged dishwasher-safe, we’d strongly recommend washing this set by hand.

  • Frying Pans (8-inch and 10-inch)
  • Saucepans (1-quart, 2-quart and 3-quart) with covers
  • Dutch Oven (5-quart) with cover
  • Slotted Spatula
  • Nylon Covered Spoon


  • Superb value with this large set
  • Thermo-spot indicators tell you when pans are heated
  • Great heat distribution with no warping


  • Some complaints of degradation after using this set in a dishwasher

3. Also Great:Circulon 10-Piece Hard-Anodized Aluminum Set


The contents of this set are not broken down but you’ll get a pair of frying pans, a saucepan, stock pot and sauté pan, all but the frying pans coming with covers.

The stainless steel handles are covered with silicone to prevent slippage while also rendering them safe to temperatures of up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

For an eye-catching but durable and user-friendly cookware set from a brand you can trust, this Circulon set is well worth popping on your shortlist.


  • Extra strength and durability of hard-anodized aluminum
  • Non-stick raised circles mean less abrasion and superior food release
  • All pans are dishwasher-safe for your convenience


  • Not capable of dealing with such extreme temperatures so think about what you’ll be cooking

4. Best Cast Iron Cookware Set: Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron 5-Piece Bundle


  • Griddle (10 ½-inch)
  • Skillet (8-inch, 10 ¼-inch) with cover for 10 ¼-inch
  • Dutch Oven (5-quart) with cover

Fashioned from seasoned cast iron, this Lodge 5-piece set is currently available at a steep discount so act quickly for a great bargain.

Pre-seasoned, you can get going straight out the box. From searing and frying to roasting and simmering, these cast-iron pans retain and distribute heat perfectly whatever you’re cooking and however you’re cooking it.


  • Multiple configurations available so something for everyone
  • Optimum heat retention whatever the cooking application
  • Family-owned company with over a century in the saddle


  • You need to dry these pans immediately after washing for best results

5. Duxton Induction 10-Piece Set


  • Frying Pan (8-inch, 10-inch)
  • Saucepans (1 ½-quart and 3-quart) with cover
  • Sauté Pan (3-quart) with handle helper and lid
  • Sauce Pot (6 ½-quart) with Cover

It can be a nuisance to find the right cookware for induction cookers but Duxton’s 10-piece set works effectively whatever the stovetop.

Although we found no real problems, there’s a body of opinion suggesting these pans are not as effective as they could be on the non-stick front.

For an attractive and long-lasting set from a highly reputable brand, this 10-piece is a versatile choice.


  • Stainless steel build promotes heat distribution while lessening hot spots
  • Safe to pop in dishwasher and freezer while robust enough for temperatures up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Lifetime warranty for your peace of mind


  • A few users have been disgruntled with food sticking to these pans

6. Calphalon 10-Piece Set


  • Omelette Pan (8-inch and 10-inch)
  • Saucepans (1-quart and 2-quart) with cover
  • Sauté Pan (3-quart) with cover
  • Stock Pot (6-quart) with cover

Next up in our quest for the best cookware sets is a 10-piece from the legendary Calphalon.

You’ll get the hard-anodized aluminum perfect for getting the heat just where you want it. The non-stick coating is highly effective while the tempered glass covers keep things safe and easy to monitor while you’re cooking.

As long as you don’t want to pop these pans in the dishwasher, there’s little else we can say to knock this set.


  • First-class heat distribution and conductivity
  • Hard-wearing aluminum build for lengthy lifespan
  • Diverse range of pots for all use cases


  • Set is not dishwasher safe

7. Anolon Non-Stick 11-Piece Set


  • Skillet (10-inch) with cover
  • Pouring Saucepans (1-quart)
  • Saucepans (2-quart) with cover
  • Sauté Pan (3-quart) with cover
  • Stock Pot (6-quart) with cover
  • Skillet (10-inch) with cover
  • French skillets (8-inch and 11 ½-inch)

Available in black, bronze, gray and a special edition pewter, this Anolon hard-anodized aluminum gives you a full 11 pieces to get busy with in the kitchen.

All pans are non-stick and safe for temperatures to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lids are shatterproof while the handles are designed to offer a non-slip grip with a rugged build to stay the distance.


  • Wide choice of color schemes to suit any kitchen
  • Sits neatly alongside other components of Anolon’s Advanced Collection
  • Safe to use with metal utensils without scratching up the surface


  • 400 degree Fahrenheit maximum temperature could be improved

8. Circulon Premier Professional 13-Piece Set


  • French skillets (8 ½-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch)
  • Straining saucepans (1-quart, 2-quart and 3-quart) with covers
  • Sauté Pan (5-quart) with helper handle
  • Stock Pot (8-quart) with cover

If you’re looking for a super-sized set with 13 pieces, Circulon delivers in fine style.

The 3-layered non-stick surface comes with proprietary circles to slash the risk of abrasion and scratching while encouraging even heat distribution.

A mixture of hard-anodized construction, judicious use of stainless steel and tempered glass for the lids ticks all boxes for performance, durability, and aesthetics.


  • Comprehensive 13-piece set packed with everything you need for all aspects of cookery
  • Triple-layered non-stick coating reduces clean-up and mess to a minimum
  • Stainless steel base works well on all types of cooker including induction


  • You’ll need plenty of room for storage so not ideal if you live in a smaller apartment

9. Rachael Ray 10-Piece Set


  • Skillets (8 ½-inch and 10-inch) with covers
  • Saucepans (1-quart and 2-quart) with covers
  • Sauté Pan (3-quart) with cover
  • Stock Pot (6-quart) with cover

Stepping down in terms of pricing and sizing, this Rachael Ray 10-piece offers the same design-driven but performance-based set of cookware without the serving utensils.

The main drawback with this set is the relatively low maximum temperature for cooking in the oven. Think about your intended usage since this may or may not be an issue.

In all other respects, this eye-catching anodized set looks the part and gives you all you need for cooking the vast bulk of recipes.


  • Dishwasher friendly for ease of clean-up and non-stick to ensure there’s not much mess in the first place
  • Rubberized handles mean you’ll enjoy a firm grip at all times
  • Limited lifetime warranty removes the headache from purchase


  • Only oven-safe to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

10. All-Clad HA1 8-Piece Hard-Anodized Set


  • Frying Pan (8-inch and 10-inch)
  • Saucepans (2 ½-quart and 3 ½-quart) with covers
  • Stock Pot (4-quart) with cover
  • Soup Pot (4-quart) with cover

Another superb set from metal specialist All-Clad with this 8-piecer made from hard anodized aluminum.

The proprietary bonded construction features 5 layers including aluminum and stainless steel. The finishing touch is a thick copper core to prevent any chance of warping while ensuring heat is evenly distributed. The 18/10 stainless steel interior stops food sticking on a treat and won’t cause any adverse reaction with your food either.

Every element of this cookware is thoughtfully designed and, while it might be expensive, should be considered an investment rather than an expense.


  • Hard-anodized aluminum with non-stick surface and stainless steel stay-cool handles
  • Induction-ready and base also resistant to warping
  • Maximum temperature of 500 degrees Fahrenheit


  • Ruthlessly expensive

11. Cook N Home 12-Piece Stainless Set


  • Frying Pan (10-inch) with cover
  • Saucepans (1 ½-quart) with cover
  • Sauce Pot Casseroles (1 ½-quart, 2-quart and 3-quart) with covers
  • Stock Pot (5 ½-quart) with cover

Finished with a reflective sheen that looks great and promotes easy cleaning, this 12-piece from Cook N Home is stainless steel with an aluminum disc at the bottom.

This set is stackable so, even though it’s a 12-piece, you’ll have no problems storing it in more limited spaces.

Tempered glass lids come with those all-important steam vents and the handles stay cool even when popped in the oven up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.


  • Incredibly low price for such a substantial set
  • Aluminum disc bottom between the layers helps heat to be distributed rapidly and consistently
  • Works with all types of oven from ceramic and halogen through to induction cookers


  • Some reported issues with build quality and lifespan but you should keep your expectations reasonable at this price-point

12. Vremi 15-Piece Colored Set


  • 2 x Frying Pans with covers
  • 4 x Pots with covers
  • 5 x Cooking Utensils

If you want to inject a dose of fun and color into your kitchen, this robust 15-piece set from Vremi is the perfect solution.

Vremi don’t specify exact sizing of the pieces except to say pots range from 1 quart to just over 4 quarts, but you shouldn’t be caught short with the wide selection of pots, pans and utensils.

For a colorful and efficient way to stock your kitchen fully with a single set of cookware, this 15-piece bundle comes in at a very keen price, too.


  • Excellent set for camping with a broad spread of cookware, utensils and hangers
  • Oven safe with the exception of the glass lids
  • Made from non-toxic food-grade aluminum


  • Not suitable for use with induction cookers

13. T-Fal Signature Non-Stick 12-Piece Set


  • Frying Pan (7 ¾-inch and 11-inch)
  • Saucepans (1-quart and 2-quart) with covers
  • Griddle (10 ¼-inch) with Cover
  • Dutch Oven (5 ½-quarts) with cover

T-Fal hits the spot once again with this 12-piece non-stick cookware set. It’s that special spot showing you when the pan is heated that continues to draw legions of fans to this tried-and-true brand.

Both the inside and out are non-stick so you’ll get no stubborn food debris stuck on and clean-up is rendered a breeze.

As long as you don’t have an induction cooker, we can’t recommend this comprehensive set highly enough.


  • Free of all contaminant including lead, cadmium, and PFOA
  • T-Fal’s patented Thermo-spot indicator shows you when the pan is ready for food
  • First-class heat distribution


  • Does not work well with induction cookers

14. Cuisinart 77-7 Chef’s Stainless 7-Piece Cookware Set


  • Saucepans (1 ½-quart and 3-quart) with cover
  • Open Skillet (10-inch)
  • Stock Pot (8-quart) with Cover

Although marketed as a chef’s cookware set, this bundle is perfect for the home kitchen.

The main body and lids of these pots are finished in stainless steel buffed to a mirrored sheen. The aluminum base conducts heat evenly throughout. Handles are designed to stay cool whatever the temperature. They’re ergonomically designed to minimize the chance of any slippage.

As long as you steer clear of any metal products for cleaning or stirring, these pots and pans should return years of happy service without costing you a fortune.


  • Premium stainless steel with aluminum base for consistent cooking with no rogue hot spots
  • Contoured stay-cool handles
  • Covers fit snugly to keep the moisture and nutrients locked inside


  • Scratches easily if you use any metal products or cleaning supplies

15. Paula Deen Signature Collection Non-Stick 15-Piece Set


  • Skillets (8-inch and 10-inch)
  • Saucepans (1-quart and 2-quart) with covers
  • Sauté Pan (2 ¾-quart) with cover
  • 5 x Measuring Spoons

While technically a 14-piece set, this Paula Deen flatters to deceive since fully 1/3 of those pieces are measuring spoons. When you factor in lids also counted as pieces you’re left with a pair of skillets and saucepans and a sauté pan. This is still a decent set but make sure you know what you’re getting into.

The coating is Teflon so you won’t get any mess stuck on but you should steer clear is you dislike this material. It tends to polarize opinion.


  • Nice variety of colors to match your kitchen décor
  • Non-stick interior is highly effective finished in DuPont Teflon Select
  • Stain-resistant exterior to complement that sleek interior


  • Rather misleading marketing with a 14-piece set giving just 5 pots and pans

16. Cuisinart GG-12 GreenGourmet 12-Piece Set


The set includes:

  • Skillet (8-inch)
  • Deep Frying Pan (10-inch) with cover
  • Saucepans (1 ½-quart and 2 ½-quart) with covers
  • Everyday Pan (3-quart) with cover
  • Dutch Oven (6-quart) with lid
  • Steamer Insert

Last but by no means least, the Cuisinart GreenGourmet set is another bulky bundle so make sure you’ve got the space to accommodate.

This is a highly flexible set of pots and pans safe to go in the oven to temperatures of 500 degrees Fahrenheit or even in the broiler.

Water-based non-stick coating, unlike the solvent-based coating used by much of the competition is a nice touch.

For a hard-hitting bunch of pots and pans from a brand you can trust, this 12-piece set is well worth popping on your shortlist.


  • Safe to pop in both the oven and the broiler
  • Ceramic-base surface is scratchproof and also non-stick
  • Awesome conductivity so use less energy but reap superior results


  • A few moans about pots warping over time

IV. Conclusion

We very much hope you’re now clear on the best material of cookware for your needs. There’s no right or wrong answer so you should angle after what works best for you.

The size and configuration of the set you choose is also dependent on your personal requirements. Think about what you cook, the type of oven you have and the amount of storage space at your disposal.

By taking the time to think carefully in advance, you can eliminate the disappointment of a large set of unused cookware gathering dust in the cupboards. Instead, you should have a long-lasting investment capable of returning years of faithful service.

We’ll be staying in the kitchen next week to investigate some more coffee machines then taking a look at some more vacuums so come back soon!

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