When the time comes to revamp your kitchen and invest in new cookware, you will be faced with a multitude of choices and decisions. One of the main decisions you will need to make, is whether to go for a full set of cookware with all the different types of pots and pans included in the same style, or to mix and match and pick individual pots and pans. In order to make this decision, it will help you to consider the pros and cons of each option.
✓ Full Cookware Set Advantages
The main advantage of purchasing a full cookware set is obviously going to be convenience. You can get everything you need in one go and won’t need to worry about searching for that perfect frying pan. Another main benefit of purchasing a full cookware set is something that many people won’t think of. Purchasing a high quality set of cookware will often mean that you will receive a product warranty.
When your cookware is one complete set, every item will be covered under the same warranty so if anything does break or become damaged you don’t need to worry about trawling through mound of paper and receipts to find the right warranty information, because you will only have one document. The third advantage to buying a full set of cookware is a purely aesthetic one. Everything will match perfectly. Now, a savvy shopper will be able to find individual items that fit together like a well-oiled machine but why give yourself the hassle. Sometimes a slight difference in the color of two items can make the whole set look wrong. When you buy a full cookware set you won’t need to worry about this.
✗ Full Cookware Set Disadvantages
The main disadvantage of choosing a full cookware set is that there may be items included that you don’t want or that aren’t as high quality as you would choose. Most cookware sets will feature one item that acts as an anchor. A really high quality and sought after piece which the rest of the set is built around.
Therefore in order to ensure that you get the cookware set that you really want it is a good idea to find one which includes the anchor piece of your dreams. A second disadvantage to choosing a full cookware set is that if you get it home and you find that one item is low quality and does not work the way you want it to, then it is highly likely that the rest of the items in the set will be the same, meaning that you lose multiple items rather than just one.
✓ Individual Pots and Pans Advantages
The main benefit of selecting individual pots and pans is that you have full control over every item. You can built your cookware around you needs, and prioritise certain items depending on what type of cooking you do most. For example, if you are a big fan of one pot dinners such as a stir fry or chicken fajita then you can invest more heavily in a well-seasoned wok, and spend less money on items that wouldn’t use as often.
The second advantage to choosing individual pots and pans is that you can research every product and ensure that you are purchasing the right one for you. Finally, if an item becomes damaged or breaks and needs replacing, you won’t need to worry about fitting the new item in with the current set. You will again have full control over the item that you choose.
✗ Individual Pots and Pans Disadvantages
The main disadvantage to purchasing individual pots and pans concerns time and effort. It is going to take you considerably longer to decide on each individual item than it is to decide on one set of cookware. You will also have to put a bit more effort in, as if you want every item to be long lasting and high quality you will need to do your research.
The second disadvantage concerns how the collection looks. Not everyone will be worried about matching, but many people will want their kitchens to show their signature style and represent a sense of cohesion. By buying separate pots and pans you will find it harder to find this consistent style.