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The 25 Top-Rated Cookware Sets for Home Chefs and Foodies in 2018

Whether you’re just creating your kitchen or you’re replacing your old set, there is a wide variety of sets available for you. The price of your set and the specific pieces are just the two most obvious differences you’ll find between sets and the range of these two aspects alone is phenomenal. If you take into account that the construction of the material also varies by set, you’re looking at a lot of details to consider when making your purchase.

No matter what type of cookware you decide to get, though, we have you covered. We’ve found the top 25 top-rated cookware sets and listed them below in alphabetical order. All ratings are based on Amazon and are current at the time of this publication.

1. All-Clad 401488R Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set, 10-Piece

All-Clad 401488R Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set 10-Piece

Current Rating: 4.2

This stainless steel set is dishwasher safe and has you covered whether you’re just getting a few pieces or a complete set; you can choose from 5, 10, or 15 pieces. The highly polished finish and starburst surface will provide superior sticking resistance that will allow you to clean and go. The handle is also stainless steel, so take note: it may also become hot to the touch.

Key Features:

  • 3-ply stainless steel with aluminum core for even heating
  • Oven/broiler safe up to 600 degrees F
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Cost: Est. $700

2. Bulbhead – Red Copper 10pc Ceramic Cookware Set

Bulbhead - Red Copper 10pc Ceramic Cookware Set by Bulbhead

Current Rating: 4.5

This cookware set is great if you regularly transition from stove top to oven because it can handle temperatures up to 500 degrees F, and its ceramic coating on copper infused material means that your Chicken Parmesan won’t ever stick to the pan. The set is PFOA- and PTE-free and is incredibly tough – which is why the company offers a lifetime replacement warranty.

Key Features:

  • Copper infused with a ceramic coating to prevent peeling and chipping
  • Ceramic surface is nonstick
  • Dishwasher-safe

Cost: Est. $100

3. Calphalon 11 Piece Classic Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set

Calphalon 11 Piece Classic Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set Grey White Small

Current Rating: 4.0

This cookware set is packed with little conveniences that really add up. The ceramic nonstick surface is great for clean up and it’s oven safe for up to 450 degrees F, so you can transition from frying to baking with ease. (Please note this is not safe for your broiler, though.) Our favorite part of this set is that it has a pouring spout on the large pot to make draining your pasta or potatoes a breeze.

Key Features:

  • Hard-anodized aluminum construction
  • Ceramic non-stick cooking surface
  • Hand wash only

Cost: Est. $240

4. Chef’s Star Professional Grade Stainless Steel 17 Piece Pots & Pans Set

Chefs Star Professional Grade Stainless Steel 17 Piece Pots & Pans Set

Current Rating: 4.5

This stainless steel cookware set has you completely set to cook just about anything you can imagine in the comfort of your home. With a boiler and steamer insert, a spatula, spoon and 2-prong fork, this set is all you’d need to make a complete feast. All pots and pans even have measuring marks on the sides.

Key Features:

  • Commercial-grade stainless steel with impact-bonded aluminum bottom
  • Dishwasher-safe, oven safe (up to 550 degrees F) and freezer safe
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Cost: Est. $200

5. Circulon Symmetry Chocolate Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set

Circulon Symmetry Chocolate Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set

Current Rating: 4.6

This cookware set is safe to use exactly how you like. Because of the nonstick circles and 3-layer nonstick coating, you can count on an easy and fast clean up. Unlike a lot of other nonstick cookware, though, you can put these in the dishwasher. They’re even oven-safe up to 400 degrees F, and the durability of the induction-suited and hard-anodized construction makes it twice as hard as a stainless steel set.

Key Features:

  • Hard anodized aluminum with impact-bonded stainless steel
  • Rubberized cast handles
  • Dishwasher-safe, oven safe to 400 degrees F, and metal utensil safe

Cost: Est. $300

6. Cook N Home 15 Piece Non stick Black Soft handle Cookware Set

Cook N Home 15 Piece Non stick Black Soft handle Cookware Set

Current Rating: 4.3

This cookware set is great for a first set. It has all you’ll need to get your kitchen set up and at a price that’s nice for the budget-minded and the college kid alike. The 15-piece set even comes with 5 basic kitchen tools, and the color options make it a fun set to add to any kitchen.

Key Features:

  • Heavy-gauge aluminum construction
  • Non-stick coating
  • 3 color choices

Cost: Est. $45

7. Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Non-Stick Hard Anodized, 17 Piece Set

Cuisinart Chefs Classic Non-Stick Hard Anodized 17 Piece Set

Current Rating: 4.3

This cookware set is made of hard-anodized material which makes it more durable and of a harder construction than stainless steel. But you’d ever be able to tell that based on the weight; it’s still so light you’ll have no problems moving it around – even with dinner in it. And with its titanium reinforced nonstick surface, this set is one you can use with or without oil and never worry about your food sticking.

Key Features:

  • Hard-anodized exterior for a harder than stainless steel construction
  • Oven safe to 500 degrees F
  • Titanium reinforced non stick cooking surface

Cost: Est. $200

8. Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set

Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set

Current Rating: 4.5

This cookware is made from three-ply materials designed for maximum efficiency. The stainless steel interior is bonded with aluminum to create a balanced, all-over heat – even on the sides. And should you encounter any defects, this set is covered by Cuisineart’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Key Features:

  • Triple-ply – aluminum bonded to stainless steel interior and polished stainless steel exterior
  • Oven safe to 550 degrees F
  • Dishwasher safe (including lids)
  • Cool-grip handles with thumb rivets

Cost: Est. $240

9. Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Ready Premium Cookware 10-Pc Set

Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Ready Premium Cookware 10-Pc Set

Current Rating: 4.5

This set of cookware has plenty of diversity in its capabilities. Because of the tri-ply construction, you can bring your pan from the stove top to the oven to the freezer without the hassle of moving food to other containers for the transition. And then when you’re completely done with the meal, you can even pop this set right in the dishwasher. Talk about one-pot meal!

Key Features:

  • Tri-ply stainless steel
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Dishwasher, freezer, and oven safe up to 550 degrees F

Cost: Est. $150

10. ELO Black Die-Cast Aluminum Kitchen Cookware Pots and Pans Set, 9-Piece

ELO Black Die-Cast Aluminum Kitchen Cookware Pots and Pans Set with Durable Non-Stick Coating and Oven Mitts 9-Piece

Current Rating: 4.0

This German-engineered cookware set comes from the winners of the 2012’s “Most innovative Brand of the Year,” and with its insulated bottom and aluminum cast material you’ll notice an even and efficient distribution of heat. You may want to season this set with a bit of oil after each use, but some reviewers did not feel it necessary and have not suffered without it.

Key Features:

  • Aluminum cast cookware with nonstick coating and insulated bottom
  • 1-year warranty
  • Dishwasher-safe

Cost: Est. $80

11. Gotham Steel 10-Piece Kitchen Nonstick Frying Pan and Cookware Set

Gotham Steel 10-Piece Kitchen Nonstick Frying Pan and Cookware Set

Current Rating: 4.1

This cookware set is a lightweight aluminum material which heats incredibly well. So much so, several reviewers recommend never cooking on high – you just won’t need to. The nonstick surface serves well, but you won’t want to use a metal utensil with these. And please note: this model is not compatible with induction heating.

Key Features:

  • PFOA, PFOS, and PTFE free; nonstick aluminum material
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe
  • Oven safe up to 500 degrees F
  • 3 color options

Cost: Est. $100

12. GreenLife Soft Grip 14pc Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware Set

GreenLife Soft Grip 14pc Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware Set

Current Rating: 4.0

This cookware set is a sturdy aluminum build with a wonderfully nonstick ceramic coating that’s completely PFAS- and PFOA-free. The handles are made of a Bakelite material that is temperature-rated up to 350 degrees F and will not transfer heat to prevent burns.

Key Features:

  • Nonstick ceramic coating
  • No lead or cadium aluminum construction
  • 3 color choices

Cost: Est. $80

13. Lagostina Q554SA64 Martellata Oven Safe Cookware Set, 10-Piece, Copper

Lagostina Q554SA64 Martellata Tri-ply Hammered Stainless Steel Copper Oven Safe Cookware Set 10-Piece Copper

Current Rating: 4.0

This set can be purchased as pictured, or if you prefer the silver look, it can also come with stainless steel exterior as well as interior. If you go with our recommendation, though, the set comes in three layers: a heavy-duty stainless steel interior, a fully encased aluminum core for balanced temperatures, and a beautiful hammered copper exterior. The copper adds an extra little layer of efficiency for heat control and retention that you’ll love.

Key Features:

  • Stainless steel with aluminum core
  • Oven and broiler safe up to 500 degrees F
  • Lifetime warranty

Cost: Est. $425

14. Le Creuset 5 Piece Signature Enameled Cast Iron Cookware Set

Le Creuset 5 Piece Signature Enameled Cast Iron Cookware Set Palm

Current Rating: 4.1

The heavy-duty cast iron cookware set lends to a very durable feel and long lifespan. They’re cast in sand molds to provide a unique texture, and the company is so confident in their product that they’ve guaranteed them for life.

Key Features:

  • Enameled cast iron
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • 10 color options

Cost: Est. $525

15. Lodge L5HS3 5-Piece Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Cookware Set

Lodge L5HS3 5-Piece Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Cookware Set

Current Rating: 4.7

One major downfall of cast iron is that it requires seasoning, and therefore they aren’t usually ready to use right out of the box. That’s not the case with this set, though. It comes pre-seasoned and completely ready to use on all cooking surfaces: stove tops, ovens, grills – even campfires.

Key Features:

  • Cast iron
  • Pre-seasoned and ready to use
  • Hand wash, dry after every use and lightly oil to care for this set

Cost: Est. $120

16. GreenPan Lima 12pc Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware Set

GreenPan Lima 12pc Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware Set

Current Rating: 3.9

The GreenPan Ceramic coated cookware is made of a non-toxic, PTFE free hard anodized aluminum, which means it’s a durable set that you won’t have to worry about cooking your food on. This set includes pots, pans, and a steamer that make it possible to prepare any feast, and the nonstick surface will allow you to do so without the aid of oils. This is also an eco-friendly set, so you can feel good about that, as well.

Key Features:

  • Hard anodized aluminum, nonstick ceramic coating
  • Stay-cool handle
  • Lifetime warranty

Cost: Est. $130

17. Paula Deen Signature Nonstick 15-Piece Porcelain Cookware Set

Paula Deen Signature Nonstick 15-Piece Porcelain Cookware Set

Current Rating: 4.4

This set’s cooking surface is coated in DuPont Teflon, and as such you’ll want to steer clear of metal utensils and stick to your bamboo and silicone tools to avoid scratching. But that being said, there are plenty of reviews that praise how durable they find these pans if cared for properly. And by and large the most admiration for this cookware set goes to the rich, classy color choices.

Key Features:

  • DuPont Teflon nonstick surface and porcelain exterior
  • 6 color choices
  • Hand wash
  • Oven safe up to 350 degrees F

Cost: Est. $95

18. Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe 10-Piece Cookware Set

Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe 10-Piece Cookware Set

Current Rating: 4.5

These pots and pans are made from a hard anodized material with a nonstick coating that, unlike a lot of others, does not prevent popping these guys into the dishwasher. The rubberized handles limit the set to an oven safe temperature maximum of only 350 degrees F, but the color choices are a fun addition. The manufacturer feels so confident in its product that it comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Key Features:

  • Hard anodized construction
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Oven safe to 350 degrees F
  • 2 color choices

Cost: Est. $120

19. Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Cookware Set

Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Cookware Set

Current Rating: 4.3

This cookware set is constructed with a medium gauge, hard anodized aluminum that makes it 80% harder than steel, and the nonstick cooking surface is PFOE-free and double-coated. Because of these features, this set is durable and lends to a fast and easy clean up. You can also count on the tempered glass lids to be as oven-safe as the rest of the set – up to 400 degrees F.

Key Features:

  • Hard anodized aluminum construction
  • Double-coated with Calphon’s nonstick coating
  • Hand wash

Cost: Est. $200

20. T-fal C530SC Signature Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece

T-fal C530SC Signature Nonstick Expert Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set 12-Piece Black

Current Rating: 4.3

The T-fal brand has a unique heat indicator in its pans which give you a visual indicator of when the pan is ready to cook. The aluminum construction means it will heat fast and evenly, so you won’t have to worry about parts of your food burning while other parts remain uncooked. And the handles are specifically designed to fit your hand in the most ergonomic way possible.

Key Features:

  • Heavy-gauge aluminum construction with Thermo-Spot
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Oven safe up to 350 degrees F
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Cost: Est. $65

21. T-fal C836SD Ultimate Stainless Steel Cookware Set, 13-Piece

T-fal C836SD Ultimate Stainless Steel Copper-Bottom Heavy Gauge Multi-Layer Base Cookware Set 13-Piece

Current Rating: 4.5

While this T-fal set doesn’t claim to be nonstick, it does make its case in other ways. The stainless steel exterior construction is built to last, and the interior layers of copper and aluminum ensure the heating is fast, even, and consistent. The set is also dishwasher-safe and oven rated up to 500 degrees F.

Key Features:

  • Stainless steel construction w/copper bottom
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Oven safe up to 500 degrees F
  • Vented lids to let steam escape

Cost: Est. $185

22. T-fal Ultimate Titanium Cookware Set, 12-Piece

T-fal Ultimate Hard Anodized Scratch Resistant Titanium Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Anti-Warp Base Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe PFOA Free Cookware Set 12-Piece

Current Rating: 4.5

This is the more durable version of the T-fal Signature Nonstick set listed above. It has some of the best T-fal features (the Thermo-Spot, for one), but has an extra little nudge here and there to make it worth the extra cash. It is coated in a professional hard titanium coating, so even though the hard anodized aluminum is pretty hard on its own, this set has another little push toward indestructible.

Key Features:

  • Hard anodized aluminum and titanium coating
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Oven safe to 400 degrees F
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Cost: Est. $355

23. Vremi 15 Piece Nonstick Cookware Set

Vremi 15 Piece Nonstick Cookware Set - Colored Kitchen Pots and Pans Set Nonstick with Cooking Utensils

Current Rating: 4.5

This PTFE- and PFOA-free cookware set is non-toxic and non-stick. You can transition from stove top to oven with this set, but be careful – it’s only rated to 338 degrees F. We recommend you use only plastic, silicone, or wooden utensils on them, but you won’t have to worry much about that since they’re included.

Key Features:

  • Steel and aluminum construction
  • Includes 5 cooking utensils
  • Black or multi-color option

Cost: Est. $45

24. WearEver C943SF Pure Living Cookware set, 15-Piece

WearEver C943SF Pure Living Nonstick Ceramic Coating Scratch Resistant PTFE PFOA and Cadmium Free Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe Cookware set 15-Piece

Current Rating: 4.0

This gorgeous cookware set has the most durable nonstick ceramic coating available: WearEver. The coating allows it to make the claim that it’s metal utensil safe, scratch-resistant, and even stain-resistant. These pots and pans are not made for induction cooking, so keep that in mind while you’re shopping.

Key Features:

  • Heavy-gauge aluminum with nonstick ceramic coating
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Oven safe up to 350 degrees F.
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Cost: Est. $150

25. Zwilling J.A. Henckels Spirit Ceramic Coated Set – 12-pc

Zwilling JA Henckels Spirit Ceramic Coated Set - 12-pc

Current Rating: 3.9

This cookware set is both PTFE- and PFOA-free, and the ceramic coating emits no harmful fumes during heating, helping you to be a bit more environmentally conscious. The rims of this set are flared, creating a clean, drip-free pour, and the aluminum core ensures a fast and even heating every time. We recommend hand washing this set, as that seems to be the most successful method based on the reviews.

Key Features:

  • 3-ply construction throughout pan
  • Ceramic coating
  • Oven safe up to 400 degrees F

Cost: Est. $490

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