Cookware Set Comparison
Cuisinart Multiclad Pro
Simply Calphalon Nonstick
Cook N Home
Cook N Home NC-00359
Rachael Ray Cucina
/ Cranberry Red
/ Mushroom Brown
|No of Pieces||12||10||12||10||10||10||12||12||12||14|
|Heat Resistance||5500 F||4000 F||3500 F||3500 F||3500 F||3500 F||3500 F||4000 F||3500 F||3500 F|
|No of Plys||3||3||3||2||3||2||3||3||2||3|
|Warranty||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year||Limited|
Cookware Set Buying Guide
What is a Cookware Set?
The above models, while of an extremely high quality, are but three of the hundreds of different lines of cookware sets currently available on the market. As such, it’s understandable why you might want to look around some more before settling on any given product. When doing so, try keeping the below buyer’s guide in mind so as to ensure you walk away with the best product.
What will you be cooking?
If your body’s weight consists of water and Kraft Dinner at an even ratio and you plan on keeping it that way, it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to purchase a cookware set which comes with a steamer or other high-end pieces. Remember, you can always add on more individual pieces later as you need them, though, once you’ve already paid for a set, there’s usually no going back. On the other hand, if you know you’ll be using every piece of cookware at your disposal, getting a larger set may end up saving you money in the long run through lowering the amount of individual pieces you buy later on down the road, being that these pieces typically cost more in the end.
How will you be cleaning your pans?
One would think that a piece of equipment which can endure scorching temperatures for long amount of time could handle a dishwasher. While this may seem like the logical conclusion to come to, this is not always the case. When using a dishwasher, you’re resting the surface of your pan on prongs. As such, it’s important to check to see if the cookware set you have your sights set on comes with scratch-resistant pieces if you plan on using them in the dishwasher. Otherwise, scratch resistance won’t be necessary, though it may certainly still come in handy. The choice is ultimately yours.
Types of Cookware Surface Materials
There are a variety of different materials which a piece of cookware’s surface can be made out of, all of which fall into one of two categories – regular and non-stick. While it can be easy to assume that non-stick is your best bet due to its newer stature, this is not always the case. Take a look at the categories below and decide which type of surface material is most suited toward your cooking style.
- Non-Stick Pans – As the name suggests, food doesn’t often stick to these pans. This characteristic carries with it several benefits. For example, if you’re new to cooking and sometimes find the outside of your food gets seared more than you’d like, the use of a non-stick pan will greatly reduce this occurrence. As such, those new to cooking will likely be able to come out with better dishes through the use of these pans. Non-stick pans are also much easier to clean, being that any food particles left on them will often slip right off. In terms of convenience, it just doesn’t get any better than non-stick pans.
- Regular Pans – If you’re a beginner cook, your food might not always come out looking as nice when using regular pans. For the advanced cook; however, this is far from the case. Once you’ve come to understand temperature control and how it determines the searing that takes place on the outside of foods, regular pans will give you a huge deal of control, allowing you to choose how soggy or crispy any given piece of food may get. Regular pans are also more likely to stick around for some time. Of course, steel is a lot tougher than a soft coating of a non-stick material. However, you may find these pans much harder to clean. Depending on what food you cook and at what temperature you cook it, you may find these pans get so messy that you may have to use a chisel while cleaning them.
I can’t tell you which of the above two features is right for you. However, I can point you in the direction of certain features which are always great to see in a cookware set. Keep an eye out for them when shopping to ensure you get the best product possible.
- A Good Piece Ratio – When buying a cookware set, you really want your pieces to come in a good ratio. For example, you wouldn’t want to have more steamers than pans (although this may be an extreme an unrealistic example). Because frying pans and one-handled pots (or saucepans) are used much more often than stew pots and steamers, it only makes sense to have more of one than the other.
- Scratch Resistance – As previously stated. Scratch-resistant pans are only mandatory in certain situations. However, they’re always nice to have around. Not only are they convenient, they will likely pay for themselves in the end through their high life expectancy.
By now, you should know exactly what you need in your next cookware set. Through keeping all of the above tips in mind, you’ll be sure to complete your kitchen once and for all with ease. Remember, because everyone’s cooking habits vary greatly, it’s important to get the best set for you.