The Best Premium Cookware Sets
When you ask a cook what the best type of cookware is, prepare for a lengthy answer and for the next chef to provide a completely different response. Cookware preferences vary based on the type of cooking a person largely does, and the elements they prioritize in the cooking process. If you prefer easy cleanup, then a quality non-stick surface may be your biggest concern. Other cooks geek out about uniform heat distribution and slower cool off times. Still, others prefer metals, such as copper or stainless steels. Many rustic chefs swear by cast iron, eschewing modern options and considering only retro cast iron to be of quality. Fortunately, there are generally premium options in every type of cookware, and many major sets feature the primary skillets and pots the average kitchen needs.
On the high end of the consumer price spectrum, the COPPER CORE 14-Piece cookware set from All-Clad provides essentials for a $1,999 price tag. The set boasts a five-ply construction with a copper core. The stainless interior of the cooking surface promotes easy cleaning. The metal pans promote uniform heating - perfect when you are preparing delicate dishes or want the perfect egg for breakfast. For the cook in a hurry, the pans and skillets can withstand the rigors of dishwasher use and are oven safe. The same flexibility does mean you should wear a potholder while handling at higher temperatures. However, the handles are billed as staying cool on the stovetop. The 14-piece set contains multiple fry pans and saucepans with lids.
For the non-stick enthusiast who wants a little bit of everything, a massive 17-piece T-fal set at Amazon starts with a tiny egg frying pan and ends with an 11.5-inch fry pan and a separate griddle. Also included are a 10.25-inch and 8-inch fry pan; 1-quart, 2-quart and 3-quart saucepans with lids; a 3.5-quart deep saute pan with lid and a 5-quart Dutch oven with lid. Throw in a three-quart steamer insert, and the set is complete. Ideal for a new family or a person looking to start over with matched cookware, the set covers the basic stovetop needs of most households. The set is oven-safe up to 400 degrees with a 350-degree Fahrenheit limit on the lids. All items can also be washed in the dishwasher. Made of hard-anodized aluminum, the set promotes perfect heat distribution. If you want to avoid deep cleaning, T-fal may prove ideal at just $175.99.
Made In's The Executive Chef 15-piece cookware set is available for $799 at Made In and provides professional-quality cookware at a great price. A Blue Carbon Steel Frying Pan and 2 non-stick frying pans are ideal for sauteing without sticking. The set also includes an 8-quart stockpot for chili cook-offs and weekend stews, a steamer insert for veggies, an 8-quart saute pan and one 3-quart saucier for all you wonderful sauces. Items are oven safe and dishwasher safe. Compatibility with induction cooktop stoves makes these a prime cookware investment after a kitchen upgrade.