I love cooking and I am into all sorts of cookware. I have collected many cookwares and equipment through the years. Hence, any type of cookware had always been about the cost for me. Cheaper is not unnecessarily better. I usually buy a mid-range one and stick with it till it breaks. I read the best stainless steel cookware reviews here before spending a single cent on even one of the sets that are advertised just about everywhere.
Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro
This 12-piece set of stainless steel pans is made of the highest quality and is undoubtedly one of the top stainless cookware set on the market though the price also reflects this. The pots are specially designed not to drip when you pour sauce directly from the pan and the highly polished stainless steel maintains its quality over a long period.
One of the best features is the stay-cool handles; no more burning your fingers when you go to lift your pan off the hob! This a top quality set of stainless steel pots and pans with very few drawbacks other than the price.
Calphalon Classic Stainless Steel
For those who are on a budget, but who don’t want to compromise on quality, the Calphalon Classic Stainless Steel set of pots and pans is an ideal choice. All the pans are both dishwasher and oven safe and have long handles which stop them from becoming too hot. There are some nice design touches in this range too; all the lids have small holes which make draining direct from the pan easy.
Much cheaper than the Cuisinart set, there is a noticeable difference in the quality of these pans; while they work perfectly well they are not as solid as the more expensive set and they do stain more easily, no matter how much you clean them.
All-Clad Stainless Steel
The Al-Clad range of stainless steel pots and pans is already well respected and widely used by top chefs, and now you can buy a set for your own home. This is another very expensive option and is perhaps not quite as impressive as the Cuisinart set if you have the cash to splash on a set of pots and pans.
Although there are no issues with the quality of the pots and their performance, they have an unusual handle design, which can start to cut into the hand if you need to hold a pan for a long time. It is a minor complaint, but considering the price of the All-Clad set, you should be expecting perfection!
I had never bought cookware sets unless it was a or those from Costco. It wasn’t until I returned home to stay that I realised what a fanatic my mother is about cookware sets. She is the sort who would spend thousands of dollars on a set of 5. Made of premium stainless steel, they conduct heat well, they don’t dent, stain, and ‘stick’. Of course, depending on what you cook, food will still stick to stainless cookware.
But believe it or not, the good old teflon is not entire non-stick too.
Definitely not when you cook something like a stew in them.
You would still have to scrape the burnt bit off. We don’t use all 5 of the cookware all the time. It is unreasonable to do so unless you are cooking a buffet everyday. But the 2 we use daily are still sturdy and strong and look as good as new after 6 years, except for some tiny scratches from scouring.
When I have people asking this cooking fanatic what sort of cookware set to buy, I never recommend teflon nor cast iron nor ceramic. Have a cast iron one for a stew or a teflon for frying eggs. But go for the premium stainless steel as you can fry, boil, stew, steam and everything else in it. It is a lifelong investment, and usually with a lifetime warranty.Top