Both Cuisinart and Farberware are well-known names in the cookware world. They both offer comprehensive cookware sets, with a range of high-quality materials and design features.
However, there are a few differences between the two brands which may determine the choice you make. We’ve boiled down each brand to find out what they offer and what makes them a worthy brand for your kitchen, cash and time.
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Cuisinart is an American brand which has been around since the 1970s, making a splash when they introduced the first electric food processor to the US market. Since then, they’ve grown their wares and are firmly part of the world’s most well-known kitchen and cookware brands.
Cuisinart is a sophisticated brand, often associated with gadgets and appliances such as air fryers and mixers. But Cuisinart offers a very wide range of cookware, keeping to their tradition of high standards and stylish finishes.
One thing which strikes us upon browsing the full range of Cuisinart products is the luxe, sophisticated, attractive aesthetic. They just have a certain modern, stylish look and feel which makes them even more appealing to the contemporary home cook.
But let’s get into the nitty-gritty of what they offer, the materials they use, and what we love most about Cuisinart…
What do they make?
Cuisinart makes all things kitchen and cooking. They make appliances, bakeware, cutlery, dinnerware (i.e. plates, wine glasses), utensils, barware, outdoor grilling tools, and of course…cookware, which we will focus on here today.
The Cuisinart catalogue of cookware includes:
- Full sets
- Roasting pans and racks
- Skillets and pans
Cuisinart cookware is divided into different collections such as Chef’s Classic, Elements, Professional Series, Green Gourmet and Advantage. The Chef’s Classic range includes 11 and 14-piece sets in hard-anodized aluminum, stainless steel, colored stainless steel and non-stick materials.
They also have nifty little accessories such as a stainless steel asparagus steamer set. The Chef’s Classic range is on the lower side of the Cuisinart price range, with the French Classic range at the top (think super-luxe stainless steel and copper).
Many Cuisinart cookware sets have an interesting conical design, with tapered sides. This looks really elegant and adds style, but it also helps the cooking process. A smaller bottom creates a smaller surface which is exposed to heat, and the wider top makes stirring easier.
What cookware materials can you get from Cuisinart?
- Copper tri-ply stainless steel
- Hammered copper and stainless steel
- Ceramic Non-stick
- Hard-anodized aluminum
What do we love about Cuisinart?
- The GreenGourmet range which offers a hard-anodized and ceramic-based cookware with PTFE and PFOA-free non-stick coating
- The wide range of prices from affordable to luxe
- The stylish designs and varied color choices
- Induction-compatible options (Elements Pro Induction 10-piece set)
- Great comprehensive non-stick sets, especially the Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 17-piece set
- Super classy, shiny stainless steel and tri-ply sets (check out the MultiClad Pro Triple-Ply set which is induction safe)
- Lifetime warranty
- Oven-safe options (i.e. hard-anodized sets)
Cuisinart is absolutely a brand worth considering for a new cookware set or individual piece. If you’re looking for a high-end set and your budget is rather high, Cuisinart is one of the best brands, especially for stainless steel or colored steel cookware.
Price-wise, Cuisinart isn’t cheap by any means, but you do get great value, aesthetic style and quality for the money spent.
Farberware traces their history right back to 1900 when S.W Farber worked in Manhattan creating tin goods. The brand grew in the 1930s with a coffee percolator, and grew from there to the comprehensive brand we know today.
What do they make?
Farberware makes a full range of bakeware, kettles, percolators, roasters, and a full range of cookware, which we will hone in on today.
Farberware’s range of cookware includes:
- Full sets (6, 9, 10, 12 and 14-piece sets)
- Individual pieces including pans, pots, skillets, stockpots, griddles, egg poachers
Like Cuisinart, Farberware cookware sets are organized into different collections such as: Buena Cocina, Classic Series, Easy Clean, Colortech, Neat Nest and Restaurant Pro. Take note, there are many more collections.
The cookware materials Farberware offers are:
- Stainless steel
- Non-stick ceramic (with aluminum base)
- Hard-anodized aluminum
What strikes us about Farberware (especially when compared with Cuisinart) is the low price point. For example, a stainless-steel cookware set (10-piece) with non-stick coating from
Farberware will cost at least half the price of a stainless steel set from Cuisinart. However, the aesthetic appeal is not quite at the same high standard as Cuisinart, but that’s the compromise you make for a cheaper set.
Now, you might be wondering what non-stick materials are used for Farberware non-stick cookware. Farberware uses Teflon for their non-stick surfaces, (containing PTFE). This is another point where Farberware and Cuisinart differ, as Cuisinart uses non-PTFE non-stick surfaces.
What do we love about Farberware?
- Their super affordable options
- Great range of individual pieces and full sets
- Some sets come with utensil sets
- Oven-safe options (generally up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Lots of dishwasher-safe options
- Shatter-resistant glass lids
- We love their 10-piece hard-anodized aluminum cookware set (comes with tools, oven-safe to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, stainless steel handles, glass lids, GREAT price )
- We also love their Neat Nest collection which offers cookware which can be stacked neatly together to make the most of small storage spaces. (The cookware surfaces are designed to be hardy so the stacking doesn’t cause scratches and chips). Awesome for tiny apartments!
The final verdict
Both Cuisinart and Farberware are great brands for cookware sets and individual cookware pieces. However, they do offer different benefits. Cuisinart is a reasonably high-end brand with a focus on style and aesthetic. They use quality materials such as tri-ply stainless steel and copper, as well as PTFE-non-stick options.
Farberware is a more affordable brand than Cuisinart, but with less design flair. However, they do offer bonuses such as utensil packs along with their super affordable prices. Farberware does use PTFE non-stick coatings, but this is not unsafe when used correctly (i.e. proper utensils and temperature control).
Both brands offer dishwasher-safe and oven-safe options, with Cuisinart generally offering a higher oven temperature allowance (with exceptions).
You can get a high-quality cookware set from both Cuisinart and Farberware, but the choice comes down to your budget, your material preferences and your design preferences.
Farberware could be a perfect choice for first-home buyers, students, or those on a tighter budget. Cuisinart would be ideal for a new upgrade toward higher-end cookware, or even as a classy wedding gift.