Cook N Home 02410 Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set Silver

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On the hunt for a new cookware set but on a budget? Love the look of stainless steel? Require a comprehensive collection of sizes and shapes? Yes? Good, then you’ll want to keep reading because we’ve got an awesome 12-piece cookware set from Cook N Home to explore.

Let’s look at what you get, what it’s made of, what the benefits are, if there are any hiccups and who it’s best suited to.

Without further ado, we welcome the Cook N Home 02410 Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set!

What do you get?

This set is well balanced and thorough in its approach to cookware shapes, sizes and functions. The set includes:

  • 5-quart saucepan with lid
  • 5-quart casserole pan with lid
  • 2-quart casserole pan with lid
  • 3-quart casserole pot with lid
  • 5-quart stockpot with lid
  • 10-inch saute fry pan with lid

As you can see, it’s quite a “pot heavy” set, with lots of saucepans and casserole dishes as opposed to frying pans. This is great if you tend to make a lot of liquid-based dishes which need tall sides and lots of room for stirring.

However, the saute fry pan is awesome because it can be used for general frying jobs (pancakes, meat, fritters etc.) but can also handle more voluminous dishes such as curries or risottos. 

What’s it made of?

You may have already guessed by the name, this set is made mainly of stainless steel. The stainless steel used is 18/10 (300 series) which means there is 18% chromium and 10% nickel.

This is great because it helps to prevent rusting, tarnishing and pitting. 300-series stainless steel is safe to use as there is no coating or glaze to peel or chip, however, there will be a small amount of nickel and chromium which could leach into food.

This isn’t a problem for most people, except those who have serious nickel allergies.

But since stainless steel alone isn’t a great heat conductor, there is an aluminum disk in the bottom of each piece to help with heat absorption and retention. The handles on the lids and key pieces are made from hollow stainless steel but they have a silicone coating.

This feature is crucial because it helps the handles to remain cool when on the stove, and allows for a steady grip even with damp hands.

The lids are made from tempered glass, and they all have a little steam vent too. Glass is a great material for cookware lids because it’s hardy and it allows you to see into the pot to monitor what’s happening inside.

Best features

Helper handles: every piece in this set has a helper handle (small, loop-shaped handle), except for the smaller saucepan. The saute fry pan has a long handle with a helper handle for stability and safety when carrying.

All of the others have two opposing helper handles. This is a great feature because it reduces the size of the pans (small loop handles as opposed to long ones), it makes for safe and steady carrying when the pan is hot and full, and it means you can fit more pans on the stove at one time.

Cook N Home 02410 12 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set, Silver
  • Mirror polished stainless steel, inside and outside, capsulated bottom for even heat distribution
  • Suitable for all cooking source electric and gas stove or glass and ceramic
  • Capsuled bottom with aluminum disc inside for even heating
  • Stainless handle rivet to body provide durability
  • Tempered glass lid to clear view while cooking

Silicone-coated handles: another handle-related feature is the silicone coating on each lid handle, helper handle and long handle. This protects your hands from being burnt, as well as providing an easy grip.

Tempered glass lids: every piece in this set comes with a lid, made from tempered glass. Tempered glass is easy to clean, looks great and lets you spy on your food as it cooks, to make sure everything’s going as planned. Each lid has a steam vent too, to help prevent boiling over. 

Induction compatible: this set is compatible with induction cooktops, as well as all other cooktops (gas, glass, electric, halogen). 

Affordable: and finally, the price of this set is absolutely a great feature. For the number of pieces you get, the quality of materials, and the versatility of the shapes and sizes, the price is very hard to beat.

Anything to be wary of?

The brand does state that this set is “not dishwasher safe”. This may seem like an issue at first, but it’s really not. We always recommend that people hand wash their stainless steel cookware even if the label insists that it can be safely washed in the dishwasher.

This is because the dishwasher can be a bit harsh on stainless steel, causing pitting and tarnishing.

Another thing to be aware of is that these cookware pieces are not safe for oven use. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it all depends on your cooking habits. If you tend to make slow-cooked dishes in the oven, roast meats or use the oven to broil dishes then you may want to look for an oven-safe set.

But for home cooks who mostly use the stove, (or simply use a baking tray or roasting dish for oven tasks), the no-oven rule shouldn’t deter you from this set.

Who would this set suit best?

This set would suit anyone who needs a decent collection of cookware pieces but at a minimal cost. If you have an induction cooktop, you don’t require an oven-safe set and you’re not fussed on using the dishwasher, this could be a fine choice.

However, if you need a set which has regular frying pans (this is a saucepan-heavy set), is oven-safe and can technically be cleaned in the dishwasher, keep looking. Students, young families, first-home owners and those on a tight budget would do well to consider this set.

Cook N Home 02410 12 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set, Silver
  • Mirror polished stainless steel, inside and outside, capsulated bottom for even heat distribution
  • Suitable for all cooking source electric and gas stove or glass and ceramic
  • Capsuled bottom with aluminum disc inside for even heating
  • Stainless handle rivet to body provide durability
  • Tempered glass lid to clear view while cooking

Final thoughts

The Cook N Home 02410 Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set is not a particularly fancy or high-end set, but it does provide a lot for the price. The stainless steel construction is safe for most people (people with nickel allergies should choose another material) as it doesn’t have any glazes or coatings to risk chipping and peeling.

It’s a set for people who mostly use saucepans and casserole dishes as opposed to frying pans. It could be a fantastic choice for a holiday home cookware set (thanks to the great price), or for a couple or small family with a small budget.