Stainless steel cookware is a favorite among home cooks and professionals alike, durable, easy to clean, and affordable – stainless steel pots and pans are a must have.
There is really no limit to the uses stainless steel cookware has in the kitchen and it can be used in a variety of ways. The best stainless steel cookware requires very little maintenance and can last for many years if looked after, they are not-prone to scratching and most of the pots and pans are dishwasher safe which makes it super easy for clean-up.
What Is The Best Stainless Steel Cookware Brand?
When it comes to choosing a stainless steel cookware set there are a handful of brands that really stand out as top contenders. Cuisinart cookware sets, All-Clad, and Calphalon are some of the best pots and pans your money can buy and are made to last.
Of course investing in the best rated cookware comes with a hefty price tag, however, because it really is a one-time investment its money well spent, as far as I am concerned.
What to look for in the Best Stainless Steel Cookware
Before you run and part with your hard-earned money lets quickly go over what to look for when buying a set of stainless steel pots and pans. One of the first and most important criteria of choosing the perfect stainless steel pan or pot is whether it has an aluminum or copper core, or better still both!
Stainless steel cookware is durable, strong and affordable etc. as we mentioned earlier but it doesn’t really cut it when it comes to heat retention or heat conductivity. With this in mind, many manufacturers of some of the best stainless steel cookware actually incorporate aluminum or copper into the pots and pans.
Both of these metals are good heat conductors and will ensure that your food will cook evenly and that the cookware responds rapidly to temperature changes.
The best pots and pans will have aluminum or copper that has been sandwiched between layers and runs along the base as well as up the sides of the pans, when you see this you know you are looking at quality cookware set.
A lot of the cheap stainless steel cookware will have a single round layer of cooper or aluminum on the base only, this is ok, and will do a relatively good job at conduct heat but is not as good as the latter.
Best Stainless Steel Cookware Sets Some of my Personal Favorites
Below I have picked out three of the best stainless steel cookware sets that deserve a prime place in your kitchen in 2016 and beyond.
Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware
The 12-piece Cuisinart multi-clad stainless steel cookware set contains six of the pans every kitchen needs including one 3-quart saucepan, one 1-1/2-quart saucepan, one 3-1/2-quart sauté pan, one 8-inch skillet, one 10-inch skillet, one 8-quart stockpot, and one steamer insert which fits into the large sauce pan
This cookware set is compatible with almost all stove tops and ovens including halogen, induction, electric, gas, and this set is also broiler safe. One of the features of these pots and pans is that they can be placed directly into the freezer which makes them great for storing food.
The Cuisinart cookware set is priced to fit a modest budget and as far as I am concerned it is one of the best stainless steel cookware sets you can buy.
Calphalon AccuCore 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set
Calphalon are a big name in professional kitchens when it comes to high quality cookware and this stainless steel offering doesn’t disappoint.
The 10-piece set of pots and pans includes a 2-quart sauce pan with cover, 8-inch omelet pan, 10-inch omelet pan, 3-quart sauce pan with cover, 8 quart Stock Pot with cover, and a 3-quart sauté pan with cover.
Each of the pieces of the Calphalon cookware set has been crafted from five individual metal layers with a responsive copper core. The copper core ensures that the pots and pans heat evenly and allow for a more consistent temperature across the entire pan.
The cookware set is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning and are the perfect choice for high-temperature techniques such as searing and de-glazing.
All-Clad Master Chef Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set
If you are really serious about cooking maybe it’s time to step up and invest in real no-nonsense cookware. The All-Clad MC2 stainless steel cookware set combines a classic commercial aesthetic with outstanding cooking performance making it a perfect choice for home kitchens and professional kitchens.
This stainless steel cookware set includes 1.5-quart and 3.5-quart saucepans with lids, two frying pans 8-inch and 10-inch, a 3-quart sauté pan with lid, and an 8-quart stockpot with lid. The collections of stainless steel pots and pans have an aluminum core that allows to pans to heat and cool quickly. The set is compatible with all stove-tops except induction and the stick-resistant stainless steel interior is super easy to keep clean.