Choosing Stainless Steel Cookware Sets

Stainless steel cookware sets offer durability, versatility, and style. Stainless steel is a popular choice due to its healthy non-porous surface, appearance, dishwasher safe clean-up, and durability. Like cookware sets made of other materials, they usually include 6 to 14 pieces, lids included. Whether buying an individual piece or a complete stainless steel cookware set, be sure to look for quality. Higher quality stainless steel will always be “18/10” on the inside and clad with either copper and/or aluminum.

Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Why Choose Stainless Steel Cookware Sets

Stainless steel cookware sets are healthy, durable, attractive, and versatile. When properly cared for, it lasts a very long time, and is easy to maintain. Stainless steel is dishwasher safe. Be sure to check out the manufacturers care and use instructions, as well as pick up a quality stainless steel cleaner.

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Stainless Steel Cookware Set Tips

Stainless Steel Frying Pans

Cookware sets can include both a small and large frying pan. You will see a variety of names for these items including frying pans, skillets, and omelet pans. The small frying pan will usually be around 8″ while the large will either be 10″ or 12″. They make some as large as 14″, but are rarely included in cookware sets.

Sauce and Sauté Pans

The sauté pan looks much like a skillet, but the side walls are straight up, and they can come with a lid. The sauce pan is what most would call a small pot. These vary in size from 1 quart to 4 quarts.

Stock Pots

The stock pot is large, usually around 6 – 8 quarts. They are great for making homemade soups, boiling water for corn on the cob, pasta, or other large items.

What to Look For

Small stainless steel cookware sets usually include one or two frying pans, one or two sauce pans, and either a large sauce pan or a stock pot. Larger cookware sets will include both a large and small frying pan, one or two sauté pans, two or three saucepans, and a stock pot.

Happy Cooking!


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Consumer advocate Mark Jala has a passion for food. As an avid cook, he gives you his opinions about the cookware reviewed and how it will impact your cooking. Mr. Jala blogs at where his mission is to use home cooked meals as a time to create happy marriages and loving family relationships.