If you are looking to buy a new cookware set or replace your existing cookware set because it is old, worn out, you’re concerned about the health risks of non stick cookware or you just want that new shiny set you saw in the cookware section at your favorite mall store, what is the best cookware set to buy, and how do you decide which one meets the bill; not just looks good on the shelf?
The comprehensive chart below will help you decide which is the best cookware set for your need and budget, by comparing the features and capabilities of all the major types of cookware side-by-side, so you can make an informed choice based on the capabilities you require, not sold by features that look good, but you don’t need.
Do you want to have a single cookware set that can go in any type of oven, including the microwave oven microwave or do you want to have several types of cookware to maximize your culinary capabilities; use it on the grill or be able to place the pot full of food from the stove top to the freezer for later use without damaging the cookware due to excessive cold temperature.
Many people have an everyday set for most of their cooking needs, and then have a another set, such as cast iron or stainless steel, for special cooking needs.
In our home, we have an everyday set, then we have another set for meat only, since we keep a kosher home and do not cook meat and dairy in the same meal
The beauty of this cookware comparison chart is that you can now compare all the major types of cookware by capability, side-by-side, to see which cookware sets meet (or don’t include) the capabilities you want or need.
To use the cookware comparison chart effectively, make your own list of the capabilities you need from the list in the chart, then compare your needs against those in the chart and choose the types of cookware that meet those needs.
As you start to tick off your wants, or needs in the capabilities of your cookware, your requirements naturally will begin to start shrinking your list of cookware options from a large list to short list of candidates, until you finally get to the type cookware that meets all or most of your needs.
If more than one type of cookware makes the grade in your first pass, then you will want to go through the list again, and apply more questions, such as wants versus needs, is cost a factor and what is your budget, how is its ease of use especially if it is heavy like cast iron, or are there potential health issues if non stick cookware makes the list, or is there any difficulty in learning to use it, such as the challenges with stainless steel cookware.
Along the top of the chart are the most popular types of cookware on the market today.
Down the left side of the chart are the most important capabilities of cookware people said they look for when selecting new cookware.
Some people may only want a few key capabilities for their cookware, while for some people, having all or most of the capabilities is an important requirement.
Interestingly the two types of cookware that possess all or most of the capabilities are real ceramic cookware that meets 100% of the capabilities and glass cookware (pyrex) that has an 83% score for meeting all the capabilities that people are searching for.
The cookware that came in 3rd place and meets 50% of the capabilities on the list is enameled cast iron cookware.
The cookware that came in first place with a score of 100% compliance to the requirements is ceramic cookware.
Cheap ceramic coated cookware is not real ceramic cookware. It is actually aluminum cookware that is dipped in a synthetic ceramic material, costs less than $300 for a full 6-10 piece cookware set, and it only lasts about 3-5 years.
Real ceramic cookware is made from primarily just two ingredients, clay and water, with some other natural ingredients to add strength. Real ceramic cookware is very sturdy and can withstand extreme heat, 1,000 degrees F, that would melt most other types of cookware. It is naturally PFOA and PTFE-free and can be used in every type of heating environment, including a microwave oven.
Ceramic cookware can go from the oven to the freezer. Try that with your favorite cookware.
Now that you know how to use the cookware comparison chart, you can buy a cookware set that will meet all of your cooking and lifestyle needs, and should last you for years of use, with proper care.