If you’ve come to this site to learn more about cookware and to read cookware reviews, you’ve come to the right place!
There are a lot of features available today, and I try to hone in on the very best features in every review I write, so that it will be a little easier for you to compare and contrast sets.
My cookware set reviews are broken down into several different sections, to help you understand what the strengths and weaknesses are for each particular set. I talk about features, what other consumers think about the set, and the most important positive and negative aspects of each cookware collection.
If you’d like to learn more about how I write my reviews, at the bottom of this page, I lay out a detailed description of what you can expect to find in each review. If you’d like to just jump into reviews…. Let’s go!
Anolon Cookware Set Reviews
The Anolon name has long been associated with quality, durable cookware and the Anolon Advanced Bronze Collection is no exception. Featuring useful pots and pans that you’ll reach for every day, the Anolon Advanced cookware has some great features all cooks will appreciate. Read the full review…
Calphalon Cookware Set Reviews
The Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 13-Piece Cookware Set combines 8 useful pots and pans (plus 5 lids) to give you a complete set that can cook up just about anything you can imagine. Calphalon stainless steel pieces can be used on any cooking surface, including induction stovetops, and is easy to clean whether by hand or in the dishwasher. Read the full review…
Circulon Cookware Set Reviews
The Circulon Symmetry Chocolate Cookware Set is an 11 piece nonstick pots and pans collection that has a lot to love! This set can be used on any stove top including induction and glass. It heats up quick, is incredibly abrasion and scratch resistant… and, it looks great! Read the full review…
Cooks Standard Cookware Set Reviews
There are plenty of things to like about the Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set. For starters, it has a really attractive price tag when it comes to quality stainless steel cookware. For less than $160 (with free shipping on Amazon.com), you can have this set that includes six useful pots and pans and their respective lids. Read the full review…
Cuisinart Cookware Set Reviews
With an elegant and contemporary look, the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Cookware set is an investment in cookware. Designed for years of cooking enjoyment, the MCP-12 pots and pans have some great features that will make cooking easier and more pleasurable. Read the full review…
The Cuisinart 77-10 Chef’s Classic Cookware Set comes with 10 useful, stainless steel pots and pans including 2 skillets, a saute pan, 2 saucepans and a stock pot. Made from sturdy stainless steel, the set contains an aluminum base to ensure even and fast heating. Read the full review…
The Cuisinart 66-14 Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 14-Piece Cookware Set features a hard anodized exterior that encapsulates a solid aluminum core. The interior is non stick with a durable coating called Quantanium, which is both tough and durable, and keeps food from sticking. Read the full review…
KitchenAid Cookware Set Reviews
From KitchenAid’s Gourmet Essentials line comes a nonstick cookware set made of hard-anodized aluminum. The material is durable and is finished in dark gray – neutral enough to fit in most kitchen decors. Read the full review…
Rachael Ray Cookware Set Reviews
The Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II 10 Piece Cookware Set is a great value. It contains the everyday pots and pans you need – and will actually use – including saucepans, a saute pan, two skillets and a stock pot. Read the full review…
T-Fal Cookware Set Reviews
The T-Fal Signature Hard Anodized 12 cookware piece set comes with useful cookware pieces including a dutch oven, three saucepans and two sauté pans. The set also includes two utensils – a spoon and slotted pancake turner/spatula. Read the full review…
Whether you’re just starting out, or have been cooking for decades, T-Fal promises that the T-Fal Ultimate Stainless Steel Copper-Bottom 12-Piece Cookware Set will give you the essential cooking pieces you need, in an attractive and useful set. Read the full review…
How Cookware Sets are Reviewed on This Site
Overview of the Set
I begin each review with a brief overview of the cookware set and try to summarize the set in a few brief sentences. I try to point out any interesting features of the pots and pans, and also discuss quickly what you can expect to find in the set.
I end each introductory paragraph with to a link to Amazon for you to see more pictures of the cookware set, and also so that you can get an idea of the cost of the set. I don’t mention specific costs for a reason – because prices fluctuate up or down continually, I don’t want to provide information that may be outdated in a month or even a week.
Cookware Set Contents and Features
In this section of the cookware reviews, I’ll review the primary features of the cookware set, as provided by the manufacturer’s description. This list will include which individual pieces come with the set, as well as highlight the best features that the cookware has to offer.
Following the basic list of contents and features, I go a little deeper into some of the features of each set. I discuss materials that are used in the construction of the set. Next, I talk about the cookware’s appearance – is it attractive, neutral? Is it heavy or lightweight?
I will also highlight some of the best features of the set, and talk a little about why that particular feature is important. I wrap each feature section up by letting you know if the set is oven safe, and to what temperature, and also include information regarding any manufacturers’ warranties.
In this section, I again talk about the materials used in the set, but with respect to the expected durability and longevity of the cookware. For this section, I read through many consumer reviews on several different sites to get an idea of what the average user experiences. I try to distill this information down into a paragraph or few short sentences.
I wrap up the features section by talking about what you can expect from the cookware in terms of maintenance. I can tell you up front, that the best way to keep cookware lasting longer is to hand wash it, and you’ll see me repeat this again and again and again… You get the point 🙂
I also try to give tips, where I can, about keeping your new cookware set looking its best for as long as possible, and how to deal with problems like stuck on food or spots/stains.
Consumer Cookware Reviews
This section of the pots and pans review will boil down all of the reviews I’ve read about that particular set. I try to find common elements in all of the reviews I’ve read, and point out the most important details – whether positive or negative.
For example, if lots of people are pleased with how easy a set is to clean, I’m going to mention it. Likewise, if several people say the handles get hot in use (despite the manufacturer’s description), I’ll state that. If a problem is only mentioned once or twice, I may not talk about it, depending on what the problem is.
An example of this is cleaning stainless steel cookware. A lot of people that are new to cooking with stainless steel find it difficult to clean, and they will say this in a review. The problem with this is, it’s impossible to know if these people are having trouble because the cookware is at fault, or because they haven’t properly prepared the pans for use, which caused food to be stuck on.
In a case like this, I may or may not mention it in my review. If I do, I always try to follow that up with tips to help you avoid the same problems.
Pros & Cons
Hate to read the whole commentary and just want a distilled list of what’s good and what’s bad? The bulleted pros and cons lists at the end of each cookware review will help you get a summarized version of the pots and pans. These lists include the top positive aspects and top negatives of each set.
Hopefully, this article has given you a bit of insight into how I write my cookware set reviews. If you ever have any questions, or would like to contact me, feel free to email me at sarah [at] cookwarereviewsguide.com.