Starting your life together with your other half is always an exciting time. However, it does come with a whole set of logistical issues of building a new home together. The kitchen is arguably what gives the home its soulfulness, so it’s definitely good to take time to think about what you are putting in your kitchen. Today, we’ll review 5 of the best cookware sets on the market that you can put on your wedding registry (or get for yourself). If you are still unsure what to choose, we’ve also put together a buying guide to help you make an educated decision.
The Circulon Premier Professional 13-piece Hard-anodized Cookware Set is a beautiful cookware set that’s perfect for newlyweds just starting their life together. Besides great design, this cookware brings the latest advances in cookware technology right into your home.
The pots and pans in this set are made from hard anodized aluminum, a material that is very sturdy and scratch-resistant. Not only this, but it is also lightweight and conducts heat really well. The pots and pans have a beautiful bronze finish on the outside, while on the inside they feature Circulon’s signature TOTAL food release system.
So what does TOTAL food release mean? Well, these pots and pans thin raised circles across the cooking surface which prevents the food from sticking. In addition, the cooking surface is covered with DuPont Autograph nonstick coating. DuPont is the same company that makes Teflon, but Autograph is their new, advanced, and healthier nonstick coating. There is only one thing we can say – with this combination, food surely won’t stick!
Moreover, these pots and pans were designed for functionality down to every last detail. The handles are made of stainless steel and securely riveted so they don’t ever move. That’s not all, though, the handles also have a rubberized finish so they lay really comfortably in your hand. All the lids included in this set are made of tempered glass with stainless steel rims and handles.
The All-Clad D5 Brushed Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set is a classic you really can’t go wrong with. This cookware set features pots and pans made of stainless steel combined with two layers of aluminum for top-notch performance.
Whoever designed the shape of these pots and pans, he must have aimed for maximum simplicity and functionality. And that is really what you get. Everything is made of stainless steel, including the handles and the lids.
These pots and pans from All-Clad will easily last for a lifetime. Since the exterior is totally stainless, you can place these pots and pans in the dishwasher too. They can also withstand even the highest temperatures and they are compatible with any kind of heat source. Gas, induction, oven, broiler – you name it, these All-Clad pots and pans can do it.
The Rachael Ray 16344 Cucina Nonstick Cookware Set features pots and pans that are so beautiful you’ll want to store them out in the open. These pots and pans have a hard enamel porcelain exterior that gives them a rustic look. This set comes in 7 different colors too, so you can choose the one that fits in best with the rest of your kitchen decor.
The pots and pans themselves are made of aluminum. They are really sturdy and well-built, so they distribute heat evenly, without any hotspots. The cooking surface is covered with a durable PFOA-free nonstick coating.
The Rachael Ray 16344 Cucina Nonstick Cookware Set includes 2 saucepans with lids, 2 skillets in different sizes, a large covered stockpot, and a deep saute pan, also with a lid. The lids are made of tempered glass which is nice as you can monitor your food while it’s cooking. The handles on these pots and pans are large and stable. They are made of stainless steel with a rubberized finish which makes them comfortable and allows them to stay cool on the stovetop.
Cuisinart is known for making functional kitchen solutions that are durable and well made. They certainly didn’t go wrong with this cookware set. The Cuisinart GG-12 GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set is a modern cookware set made with quality materials and with our planet in mind.
The pots and pans in this set are made of hard anodized aluminum. It’s definitely a great choice, as it makes for sturdy pots and pans with amazing heat conductivity not just at the bottom, but all the way up the sides.
The cooking surface is covered with Cuisinart’s signature Ceramica coating. This nonstick coating is ceramic-based and completely petroleum-free. The lids and the handles are made of stainless steel for unmatched durability. Recycled steel was used when making these parts, and the set also comes in packaging made completely out of recycled material.
The T-fal C836SD Ultimate Stainless Steel Copper Bottom 13-Piece Cookware Set is the perfect cookware set for a family kitchen. Thanks to the brushed stainless steel finish, these pots and pans look beautiful, but that’s not the most important thing. What’s important is the fact that these pots and pans are built to last for years to come.
Made with a combination of stainless steel, aluminum, and copper, these pots and pans by T-fal are compatible with all kinds of stovetops and also oven-safe. The addition of copper ensures quick heat response for amazing precision when cooking.
The lids are made of tempered glass. The handles are made of stainless steel too. They are large, comfortable to hold, and securely riveted. Thanks to the V-shaped ending, the handles stay cool even though they are made of metal.
There is no perfect cookware set that suits everyone. There is a lot to choose from, both in terms of design and functionality. How much space you have in your kitchen, what kind of lifestyle do you live, for how many people are you cooking… These are just some of the questions that determine what kind of cookware set you need.
These are some points to think about in order to make the right choice:
Number of pieces
Getting a cookware set instead of individual pieces saves time, and lets you have matching cookware. However, you should always pay attention to what pots and pans the set contains. Also keep in mind that cookware manufacturers count lids as pieces of cookware.
When choosing cookware, the material it is made of is an important factor. For our top picks, we chose cookware sets made of stainless steel or hard anodized aluminum, as these are the most popular choices nowadays. However, there are a couple of other materials that make for good cookware, such as copper and cast iron.
Aluminum pots and pans are ok to use, but uncoated aluminum can react with acidic foods which is not good. Hard anodized aluminum, on the other hand, is non-reactive. It is also more impact-resistant than regular aluminum, but just as lightweight.
Stainless steel is a material you really can’t go wrong with. These pots and pans are non-reactive and can take all kinds of abuse. The only downside of stainless steel is that food can stick to it, but these can be fixed by seasoning the pan before use.
Lids are often overlooked when choosing cookware. However, a good lid actually plays an essential role in the overall cooking experience. Look for tight-fitting lids that trap in the heat and flavor. Stainless steel lids are a great option because they are virtually indestructible. However, tempered glass lids are nice to have too, because they allow you to check on your food without raising the lid.
Having good handles on your pots and pans is very important. If a handle starts falling off, the pot or pan becomes pretty much unusable. This is why you should look for handles that are securely riveted. Large handles are more comfortable and safer than small, knobby ones so that’ something to keep in mind too.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the best cookware sets?
The best cookware sets are those that are made of quality materials and built to last. No matter if you prefer to go the old school route and choose stainless steel, or go with something more modern, you always want cookware that is well-made and can withstand everyday use.
What pots and pans should I register for?
The pots and pans that you put on your wedding registry should definitely be pots and pans you plan to use. Don’t be fooled by looks and don’t go for cheap cookware sets of low-quality cookware that have way too many pieces. Choose one of our 5 picks and you’ll get top-notch cookware that you’ll really use every day.
Is it better to cook with stainless steel or nonstick?
Both stainless steel and nonstick have their advantages. Stainless steel doesn’t react with food so you can cook anything on it. You can also use metal utensils and be sure there are no harmful chemicals in your food. On the surface, it looks like the healthiest option.
This might as well be true, but it highly depends on what you are cooking. Pots and pans with nonstick coating, if used according to instructions, are completely safe to use. Their advantage is that they require much less oil to be used to prevent the food from sticking.
Is nonstick coating safe?
Yes, nonstick coatings are safe, but make sure to check to get nonstick cookware only from trusted manufacturers. Nonstick coatings used to be made with a material called PTFE, but today we know that it is toxic. However, there are many modern nonstick coatings that are made without harmful chemicals and completely safe to use.
Starting a life together as newlyweds should be done the right way. A house full of happy memories starts with a kitchen and a kitchen can’t exist without good cookware. The best thing you can do is choose well-made cookware set to serve as a base for your cookware collection. We think all the 5 picks on our list are good candidates, so make sure to check them out.