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What Type of Pots and Pans Are Best?

What Type of Pots and Pans Are Best?

Last Updated on 17th December 2021 by

It can be difficult picking out a set of pots and pans for your kitchen for the first time. Or, if it’s time to replace your current set, you may feel overwhelmed by all the options available to you. What type of pots and pans are best?

The best ones for you may depend on a few different factors, such as how durable they are, how affordable the pots and pans are, and how they can be used. Not everyone cooks in the same way, with some people needing very large pots and pans to accommodate a large family or a cooking business. Other people may benefit more from a cheaper, smaller pots and pans set because they only do personal cooking.

With all that in mind, let’s look at the best type of pots and pans to buy overall.

Do You Buy a Set?

When it comes time to replace your pots and pans, consider whether it makes sense to buy a whole set of cookware or just replace a couple of items. If you’ve had the same set of cookware for years, it’s likely that a few of those receive more wear and tear than others. There probably some dishes use a lot more, and those may be all you need to replace.

You should definitely consider whether to buy an entire set of cookware or just replace a couple of pots and pans. If you’re just replacing a few items, you may want to consider how they fit with the rest of your cookware set and how they fit with your cooking style.

Non-Stick or Not?

Another thing to consider when trying to find the best type of pots and pans is whether you should be getting nonstick cookware. Of course, ensuring your pans are non-stick makes for easier cooking. You have less cleanup and won’t have food sticking to the bottom of the pan. It comes out of the pan faster and easier and you don’t have to use oil or grease to keep the food from sticking to the pan. That’s all very convenient, but you also have to keep in mind that cooking with nonstick pans can be unhealthy. Some of them will be coated with chemicals that can get into your food and affect your health over the long term.

You can make your own non-stick surface on a pan by using what is called seasoning. This process requires that you superheat oil in the pan and then buff it out, creating a nonstick surface that is fairly safe.

Metal or Glass?

The best type of cooking pots and pans are ones that are easy to use, high quality, and durable. When considering the convenience of your cookware set, think about how nice it would be to be able to see the food without taking off the lid while it cooks. Glass lids on your cookware can be very helpful when you want to observe the food cooking.

There’s a downside to using glass lids, though. They might not be as durable as a metal lid. They tend to not last as long, and there’s always the chance that if you drop the glass lid, it will shatter. That’s definitely not an issue with metal lids, and that’s something to keep in mind.

How Durable Is Your Cookware?

The question of durability is probably one of the most important ones when you’re considering the best type of cooking pots and pans for yourself. You want to choose cookware that gives you real value for your money, and that means it needs to be long lasting. It doesn’t make sense to buy a cheap set of cookware that will just need to be replaced in a few months or a year. That’s simply a waste of money.

Instead, look for cookware that is designed to be durable. Stainless steel is a very good option when you want value for your money, as well as cookware that can handle all sorts of conditions. You want a cookware that can hold up to high heat as well as something that could be dropped a few times and not be seriously dented or damaged. Aluminum may be cheaper and lighter weight, but it’s not nearly as durable. It also may struggle to hold up to high heat.

How you use the pots and pans can determine what is the best type of pots and pans for you. Some people will put frying pans into the oven for certain baking techniques, and not all pots and pans can handle the high temperatures of an oven. Check the heat resistance and durability of the cookware set you are considering before you buy it. Most of them will be labeled with their heat tolerance level, which can give you a good idea of whether they will be right for you or not.

Consider all the ways you plan to cook with the pots and pans before you buy them. You want to make sure that they will be versatile enough for your uses.

Can They Accommodate Your Needs?

Another important consideration is the size of the pots and pans. Keep in mind that you may usually cook just for yourself or a couple family members, but there may be times when you want to cook for guests or have a large event at your home. It might be best to choose a cookware set that can accommodate larger meals and portion sizes. This gives you more options and greater versatility.

How Easy Is It to Clean?

One final consideration I think you should think of is the cleanup process with the cookware you choose. Some kinds of pots and pans are definitely easier to clean than others.

Of course, non-stick pans are some of the easiest to clean. Enamel coated cookware is usually dishwasher safe, which makes for a quick cleaning process if you have a dish washing machine. Stainless steel tends to be fairly easy to clean and should be dishwasher safe as well. Copper and carbon steel dishware tends to be hand wash only, and you usually cannot clean these in the dishwasher.

The cleanup process isn’t something everyone thinks about when they buy cookware, but you probably want to consider that if you’re going to do a lot of cooking.

With these factors in mind, you are ready to find the best pots and pans set for your needs.


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