Which Cookware Should You Choose?

If you are looking for new cookware for your household use, there are many types available and in many different price ranges. You can buy individual pieces or a complete cookware set for your specific needs.

Choosing a cookware set usually saves you money and a set ensures that all the pieces you have will match in quality, appearance and use. But which cookware set should you choose? Read these cookware set reviews to see which may be best suited to your needs:

Calphalon Cookware
The Calphalon cookware is created from a process invented by NASA to create anodized aluminum cookware, which has the advantage of being very hard and smooth, naturally resistant to corrosion, and being non-stick as well. The first cookware products were created for professional chefs, but later the Calphalon products were brought to the consumer market.
Caphalon Non-stick Cookware

Calphalon has a couple of different cookware product lines. The Calphalon One Infused cookware combines the hard anodized aluminum material with a non-stick surface to produce extremely durable pots and pans. They are safe to use on the stove, in the oven or under the broiler, and you can even use metallic utensils with them. As a note, the Calphalon One also comes in a standard non-stick version.

The simply Calphalon Stainless product line is designed for home cooks on a budget. This line is made of 18/10 stainless steel and is easy to use and maintain. There is also the Calphalon Everyday cookware that is still very durable, with a non-stick surface. With both of these product lines, it is recommended that you do not use metal utensils with them, or use them under a broiler.

The Calphalon cookware pans heat very quickly, so it is recommended to heat and cook on low to medium heat only to avoid food overcooking and burning. This line of cookware is contemporary in design, easy to clean, and varying-sized sets include frying pans, omelet pans, saucepans, saute pans and stockpots. Prices range from about $200 up to approximately $700.

Le Creuset Cookware
The Le Creuset cookware company in France has been making cookware for over 80 years. This cookware is made from enameled cast iron. After the cast iron has been molded and enameled, much of the finishing on the cookware is done by hand so each Le Creuset Cast Iron piece is completely unique. In several publications, Le Creuset cookware has been rated as the best enameled cast iron cookware on the market today.

Le Creuset Essential Enameled Cast-Iron 5-Piece Cookware

The cookware has a heavy cast iron core which is consistent in quality and thickness up the side walls and in the lids. This creates great heat conductivity and allows the food within it to remain hot for a considerable length of time when you take it to the table. It is reputed to be able to withstand high temperatures without warping, and can be used on the stove top, in the oven or for broiler cooking.

The downside to Le Creuset cookware is that it is considered to be a bit on the expensive side, but most considered the cookware to be worth the price. A 5 ½" Round French Oven is about $249 and a 7 ¼" Round Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Over is approx. $328.

Le Creuset also makes a stainless steel non-stick set of cookware that starts at about $428 for an 8 piece set. Superior heat conduction is ensured with these 3-ply stainless steel cookware pieces with a pure aluminum core. The pans heat quickly and food cooks evenly, and they are ergonomically designed for comfort.

Farberware Advantage Cookware
The name of Farberware has been long known for its classic stainless steel cookware. Farberware has now introduced the Advantage line of cookware which is constructed from quality 18/10 brushed stainless steel with a number of special features. The pans have a thick disk base with an inner core of dense aluminum sandwiched between layers of stainless steel that create even heat distribution for ease in cooking. The pans are designed for easier pouring, and the flared design works with Epicurean style lids to create a reduction chamber that locks in food flavors as it cooks.
Farberware Advantage 11-piece Cookware Set
The long stainless steel handles on the pans are riveted in place and are open at the ends to assure minimal heat transfer so they stay cool to the touch throughout cooking. The Farberware cookware is oven and broiler safe, up to 500° F and is also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. It is suitable to use on all stove types, including solid burner plates, ceramic, gas, electric, halogen and induction. The Farberware Cookware can be obtained at quite reasonable prices. A 12 piece set can cost about $130.

All-Clad Cookware
All-Clad cookware is reputed to be one of the more popular brands of cookware on the market today, but it is considered quite pricey with a single frying pan over a hundred dollars. But All-Clad is mostly considered to be worth the price, being created from cutting edge technology which pioneered the process of bonding metals together to enhance the benefits of each, while minimizing the drawbacks. The result is adequate heat conduction is maintained ensuring that food cooks evenly.

All-Clad Copper Core Cookware

All-Clad has extremely high standards and good quality construction. Each stage of the manufacturing process is hand inspected to ensure quality. This is sleek, contemporary cookware with flowing lines and attention paid to every detail. It is a quality product good for the home cook or professional chef.

All-Clad offers a few different product lines for you to choose from. All-Clad Stainless is one of the original products which boasts an aluminum core for faster, more even heating. The Master Chef 2 line is crafted after the original design but re-imaged with the input from professional chefs. It boasts a brushed aluminum exterior lined with non-reactive stainless steel in a contemporary style.

The Copper Core All-Clad line blends stainless steel with a copper core for those who want the precision of copper cooking with the fuss and hassle. It is easy to clean and use. There is also the All-Clad LTD cookware set that features layers of anodized steel, aluminum and stainless style for excellent heat conductivity. It has a gleaming black exterior for an impressive appearance. The Cop R Chef is cookware designed for the professional chef.

When using All-Clad cookware, you should avoid using high heats which could burn or tarnish the exterior, and unless it states otherwise, this cookware should not be placed in a dishwasher.

Anolon Titanium Cookware
There are many advantages to using titanium cookware. It is reputed to be healthier because you use less oil while cooking. The pans are supposed to be truly non-stick so you don't need to use oil or water to cook your food, and which makes it easy to clean. Titanium cookware is very light, weighing less than other pots and pans which still retaining the strength needed for a solid piece. It also is very durable and lasts literally forever, and it resists dents and scratches. This type of cookware also heats quickly which reduces cooking times, but as a downside, titanium can be prone to 'hot spots' which if not watched can cause food to burn.
Anolon Titanium Hard Anodized Stockpot

Anolon provides a set of titanium cookware that is fairly reasonably priced at about $270 for a 10 piece set. This cookware is composed of heavy-gauge hand-anodized aluminum coated with titanium composite that is non-porous and easy to clean.

Whichever cookware set you decide to choose, you will be assured of many years of use. Of course, price may be an issue, but buying the best quality cookware that you can afford will offer you years of cooking joy.