8 Best Stainless-Steel Cookware Sets

by 24britishtvNov. 18, 2021, 11 p.m. 22
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While there are several popular cookware materials, from ceramic-coated nonstick to heavy-duty cast iron, stainless steel is a tried-and-true favorite. These gleaming pots and pans are built to last for generations. They’re easy to clean (many are dishwasher-safe), and they resist dings, scratches, and dents.

Cooks love stainless-steel pots and pans because the surface heats evenly and maintains heat well—no more burning your food on an unexpected hot spot. A high-quality, stainless-steel pot can also go from the stovetop into the oven and can be used with induction stoves, which generate heat through electrical induction that requires a magnetic connection. Keep in mind that certain materials, like copper, aluminum, and glass will not work on an induction cooktop unless they have a stainless-steel core. So, if you’re on the stainless-steel-cookware train and are looking for a complete set—or just a few pieces—to upgrade your kitchen, here’s what you need to know before you buy.

What to Consider

Before you go all-in and invest in a complete set of stainless-steel cookware, take inventory of what you already own. If you’re very particular about the size, shape, and other features of your cookware, or you need a few pieces to supplement your existing collection, you can buy individual pieces or even a smaller, less-expensive set. But if you’re starting over, stocking a new kitchen, or finally ready to treat yourself to all things matching, you may want to invest in a complete set that meets all of your culinary needs. Stainless-steel cookware sets range in size from a few pots and pans with lids to a fully equipped 27-piece set that includes utensils.

Cookware collections vary not only in how many pieces they include but also in the size and type of each piece included. Take a close look at the pan sizes that come in a set. If you already have a great Dutch oven or go-to wok, you may want a set that includes only stock pots and saucepans. If you’re looking for a set of skillets that’s easy to store and can be used to make quick stir-fries and scrambled eggs, there are sets for that, too.

Finally, most cookware sets have lids, but not all lids are the same. You’ll find sets with stainless steel lids and others with see-through glass lids. Some cooks prefer the better heat retention provided by stainless. But the benefit of a glass lid is that you can see what’s going on inside your pot while you cook.

As a professional chef, I value cookware that’s not only built to last but also has well-thought-out features, such as tight-fitting lids, stay-cool handles, and no-mess pouring spouts. I am also aware that not everyone needs professional-quality cookware, so while I don’t recommend low-quality, cheaply made products, I do take price into consideration to make sure you’re getting the best value for your budget–every kitchen should have at least a large stockpot, several saucepans, and skillets in various sizes. My recommendations are based on my experience using stainless-steel cookware as well as online reviews to make sure the pots and pans hold up well to regular use.

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