Best Pots and Pans for Different Needs

In a world full of endless options for almost everything you can think of, it can be tricky to decide just which option is best for you. Like the wide variety of products, we have a wide variety of needs and requirements for choosing the best possible product for our every day lives. Pots and pans are not one size fits all–it all depends on the needs of the consumer.

If you intend on washing the set in the dishwasher, you’ll need a set that is durable through that method of cleaning. If you’re cooking on a gas range, you’ll need accommodations for that. Quality of the metals used in the cookware are also a huge factor, since you don’t want to get cheaply made pans that you’ll end up having to replace shortly down the line.

However, you may not be able to afford to invest several hundred dollars into the purchase and cost of upkeep of a top of the line set. Whichever matches your concerns and requirements, there are options for you to explore and sort through when selecting the best cookware for your needs and budget.

Best pots and pans for gas stove

If you need a set that will hold up well to the challenge of a gas range, it’s important to find a set that is hard anodized because of the superior heat distribution and resists burn marks caused by the flames.

The Circulon Symmetry cookware set has a sleek outer appearance, is totally non-stick, is oven safe up to 400 degrees, and has comfortable handles and is very durable. The icing on the cake is that it heats evenly, allowing for thorough cooking of the food.
Highly rated for best performance, the Anolon Advanced Bronze set has a gorgeous bronze colored finish, a pleasing weight(not too light or too heavy), break resistant glass lids and handles that stay cool while cooking. It boasts of high endurance to wear and tear, as well as a superior non-stick layer and it is oven safe up to 400 degrees. However, this set is not dishwasher safe.
The lowest priced set is the T-fal Ultimate Hard Anodized E918SC64, for sale at a considerably lower price than other anodized sets sell for. It’s resistant to scratches and is totally non-stick, allows for the use of metal utensils without worry, and is dishwasher safe. An all around economical choice.

Best quality pots and pans

If money is no object, and you’re in the market for a high quality set, you should look for these characteristics: size of the set, the material from which the set is constructed, and the design and look of the set.

By size:

Who doesn’t want to get more bang for their buck? If you’re looking for quality in the form of size, you need to select the set that has the largest cooking vessels and the highest number of vessels in the set. The more pots and pans you have, the more options you have as far as cooking goes.

Type and material:

To ensure the quality of the food cooked, it’s important to look at what you cookware is constructed of. Certain metals react with acidic foods, resulting in a gamey and unpleasant taste. In this department, stainless steel takes the prize since it doesn’t react with the food, allowing you to cook almost any dish you desire without worry. This metal also resists corrosion and rust and is easy to clean. The layers of non-stick coating are also an area of concern, since some chemical coatings can leech harmful carcinogens into your food while cooking, and the thinner the layers, the less efficient the non-stick system is. It’s best to go with a thick coating of chemical-free non-stick material.

Design and look/appearance of the set:

I’d say this is one of the last things I look for when searching for a quality set, since the color and shape of the set doesn’t matter to me as much as other factors. I’d rather have a plain looking set that cooks my food right instead of a set that is pleasing to the eye, but doesn’t cook thoroughly.


Best affordable pots and pans

If you’re on a budget like most of us are, price can be an important factor also when selecting your cookware set. You may dream of a gorgeous set of pots and pans to hang over your stove, or a beautiful dutch oven to bring to your table to serve your meal, but your budget may cry out in protest to the prices of these visually pleasing assortments. You don’t want to break the bank, but you want quality for the price, so maybe the better idea is to buy not a set but just one piece at a time and slowly build your collection. This avoids the obligatory price hike for those extra pieces that you don’t really have a need for.

Once again, stainless steel is by far one of the most popular choices, and it offers all the ease of non-stick with its nonreaction to acidic foods, which means you never have to compromise taste. While you probably won’t find a high quality piece for an extremely low price, deals are out there and are ready to be made.

Best dishwasher safe pots and pans

Three types of cookware are generally known to be safe in a dishwasher, although a lot of brands boast this ability. If you’re not really into hand washing your set every single time you use it, it’s suggested that you pick up one of these kinds.

  • Stainless steel cookware sets are usually dishwasher safe, as long as you don’t repeatedly wash it in that manner. Repeated cleaning in a dishwasher can lead to the dulling of the shiny surface, allowing food to stick and burn onto it.
  • Hard anodized with titanium cookware is dishwasher safe as long as you use a mild dishwashing detergent. Heavy duty soaps can damage the surface and lead to issues later on.
  • Aluminum cookware with a color coating is also dishwasher safe, because the enamel protects the metal from damage.