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Best Budget Cookware Reviews

My Best Budget Cookware Reviews includes 2 very reputable brands. Covering stainless steel and aluminum nonstick, every household on a tight budget will enjoy these cookware items. I have and use these items regularly and they continue to impress me in their quality. While they don’t have features higher priced products offer, they are excellent for everyday cooking.

Best Budget Cookware Reviews

Criteria for Budget Cookware

I have 3 criteria for my best budget cookware reviews. It’s a tall order, but I am pleased to have 2 products I can solidly recommend.

  1. They must be durable and able to last a long time. Just because it’s low priced cookware, I don’t want it to be cheap quality. I want it to last, and that’s why I tested these products regularly.
  2. They must be priced under $10 per piece. I already have a low priced category which covers under $20 per piece, so the budget category must be significantly lower priced than that. $10 or less per piece.
  3. They must have a history or performance as gauged by many other users. I want to see plenty of reviews where cooks were pleased with the performance, and very low amounts of unhappy users. That’s a tall order for a budget category!

Best Budget Cookware Reviews

KitchenAid Aluminum Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set

KitchenAid is famous for making consumer oriented cookware. While they are famous for their mixers and food processors, their cookware is equally good but for a different market. With an enamel exterior, aluminum core, and nonstick interior, it is attractive and durable. My experience with using this KitchenAid cookware is that as long as you wash it by hand, and don’t use it on very high heat, it will last a very long time. The nonstick surface has endured much and still performs like a champ. For more details, please see the full cookware review.

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Farberware Classic 17-Piece Cookware Set

Farberware classic stainless steel cookware was likely in your parents home. This product line has endured throughout many years with a few changes. Today Farberware Classic Stainless Steel cookware has a cap on the bottom encasing the aluminum versus having the aluminum raw on the bottom. They have added features like drip pour spouts and straining lids. While we all have fond memories of a time long ago, the new Farberware Classic cookware is still very good. To tell you how good the product line is, I am still using a 4qt sauce pot that my parents used over 40 years ago! My newer 1 qt pot I use regularly for oatmeal or soups. I do like the straining lids. While the stainless steel pieces are healthy and dishwasher safe, the nonstick skillets are not. Please hand wash those items.

The 17 piece cookware set below is very complete for anyone getting started or just looking for a complete outfit. This set even includes mixing bowls. It’s hard to go wrong with Farberware Classic. For more details please see my complete review.

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Cuisinart GreenGourmet Cookware

Cuisinart GreenGourmet cookware is PFOA free nonstick eco-friendly cookware. It comes in both stainless steel and hard anodized aluminum versions. While there are many attempting to offer PFOA free nonstick cookware worth their salt, Cuisinart comes through for a lower-priced version. It really is pretty good if one doesn’t expect it to be just as good as the PFOA chemical ridden DuPont variety. The Cuisinart GreenGourmet cookware in stainless steel is fully clad with aluminum for excellent heat distribution. The hard anodized aluminum version doesn’t need to be clad since it is already aluminum. 

Cuisinart GreenGourmet Cookware

  • Tri-ply stainless steel
  • Lifetime warranty

Please note: The above bullet points and the dashboard below are for the stainless steel version.

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My take on Cuisinart GreenGourmet Cookware

One does have to be a little careful with the Cuisinart GreenGourmet cookware. Does it work well? Absolutely. I’ve had my hard anodized version for a couple years now and it is showing little signs of wear. It does need to be hand-washed and it shouldn’t be used on medium-high to high heat. Most PFOA eco-friendly surfaces in this price range are a bit delicate and will start to stick and flake if not taken care of gently. 

Cuisinart GG-10 GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set Cuisinart GG-10 GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set
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Cuisinart GG22-30 GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 12-Inch Open Skillet Cuisinart GG22-30 GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 12-Inch Open Skillet
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Cuisinart GGT-10 GreenGourmet Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Piece Cookware Set

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  • 10 Pc. Set includes: GGT19-14 : 1 Qt. Saucepan w/Cover, GGT1925-18: 2.5 Qt. Saucepan w/Cover, GGT330-24H : 3 Qt. Sauté Pan w/Helper Handle & Cover, GGT44-24 : 6 Qt. Stockpot w/Cover, GGT22-20 : 8" Open Skillet, GGT22-24 : 10" Open Skillet
  • Exclusive Cuisinart Ceramica® Nonstick Technology - PTFE/PFOA-free and petroleum-free ceramic-based nonstick interior helps to reduce oil consumption and preserve the environment.
  • Healthy Cooking - Cuisinart Ceramica® nonstick surface makes it easy to cook low-fat meals.
  • Versatile Performance - Superior construction is suitable for all stovetops. Induction stovetop compatible.
  • Stay-Cool Eco-Friendly Handles - Riveted stainless stick handles stay cool and are made from 70% recycled stainless steel.

Calphalon AccuCore Stainless Steel Cookware

Calphalon AccuCore Stainless Steel cookware is professional grade top-of-the-line cookware to rival the quality of All-Clad. Five fully clad layers, two stainless steel, two aluminum and one copper layer makes AccuCore professional grade suitable for any cook, especially those who require the best cookware. Triple riveted stay-cool handles provide balance and confidence to the cook. Calphalon AccuCore cookware is a great addition to confirm the solid reputation of Calphalon.

Calphalon AccuCore Stainless Steel Cookware

  • Five layers with copper core for controlled, even heating.
  • Full Lifetime Warranty.
  • Induction capable.
  • Long handles stay cool on the stovetop.
  • Oven & broiler safe.

Calphalon AccuCore Stainless Steel Cookware

It’s great to see Calphalon come out with a cookware line to challenge the dominance of All-Clad. This is professional grade cookware and a winner for Calphalon.

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Calphalon AccuCore Stainless Steel Chef's Pan with Cover, 4-Quart Calphalon AccuCore Stainless Steel Chef's Pan with Cover, 4-Quart
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Calphalon 10-Piece AccuCore Stainless Steel Cookware Set

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  • Five layers with copper core for controlled, even heating
  • Dishwasher, Oven and Broiler safe
  • Induction capable
  • Long handles stay cool on the stovetop
  • Full Lifetime Warranty

Circulon Contempo Hard-anodized Aluminum 12″ Round Grill Pan

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Contempo Aluminum 10-Piece Cookware Set Color: Black

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KitchenAid Aluminum Nonstick Cookware

KitchenAid Aluminum Nonstick Cookware is inexpensive yet durable. The porcelain outside is attractive and the nonstick interior is tough. A stainless steel bottom makes the cookware induction ready. The KitchenAid aluminum nonstick cookware set is 12 pieces and a pretty good selection of pieces. While the nonstick interior is not made for higher heat levels, it can still perform well up to medium heat levels. 

KitchenAid Aluminum Nonstick Cookware

  • Beautiful porcelain enamel exteriors are stain resistant and easy to clean; Heavy gauge construction heats up quickly and evenly, reducing “hot spots” that can burn foods
  • A reinforced nonstick interior is exceptionally durable and long lasting; Food slides off effortlessly and cleanup is quick and easy; For added convenience, the pans are oven safe to 400°F
  • This cookware features handles made of a combination of soft silicone and quality stainless steel. They look great, feel comfortable, and are double riveted for added strength
  • Glass lids allow you to monitor the cooking progress without having to lift the lid which allows moisture and nutrients to escape.

KitchenAid Aluminum Nonstick Cookware

I use one of these skillets and it is performing well for an extended period of time. 

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KitchenAid Aluminum Nonstick 11-Inch Deep Round Grill Pan, Red KitchenAid Aluminum Nonstick 11-Inch Deep Round Grill Pan, Red
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KitchenAid Aluminum Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set, Red

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  • Includes: 1 Qt. and 2 Qt. Covered Saucepans, 4 Qt. Covered Saucepot, 6 Qt. Covered Stockpot, 3 Qt. Covered Saute, 8-inch and 9-1/2-inchSkillets
  • Beautiful porcelain enamel exteriors are stain resistant and easy to clean; Heavy gauge construction heats up quickly and evenly, reducing "hot spots" that can burn foods
  • A reinforced nonstick interior is exceptionally durable and long lasting; Food slides off effortlessly and cleanup is quick and easy; For added convenience, the pans are oven safe to 400°F
  • This cookware features handles made of a combination of soft silicone and quality stainless steel. They look great, feel comfortable, and are double riveted for added strength
  • Glass lids allow you to monitor the cooking progress without having to lift the lid which allows moisture and nutrients to escape.

KitchenAid Gourmet Hard Anodized Cookware

KitchenAid Gourmet Hard Anodized Cookware is an inexpensive, tough, nonstick cookware meant to last a long time. The glass lids are great to see how the food is cooking. It is induction ready. Anodized aluminum cookware heats very evenly and makes cooking a lot easier. The tough 3-layer nonstick interior surface will last a long time when hand washed and used only with wood, bamboo, or plastic utensils. 

KitchenAid Gourmet Hard Anodized Cookware

  • A long-lasting, 3-layer nonstick interior is exceptionally durable; Food slides off effortlessly and cleanup is quick and easy; For added convenience, the griddle is oven safe to 400°F
  • This cookware feature a handle crafted of a combination of soft silicone and quality stainless steel. It looks great, feels comfortable, and is double riveted for added strength
  • Glass lids allow you to monitor the cooking progress without having to lift the lid which allows moisture and nutrients to escape

KitchenAid Gourmet Hard Anodized Cookware

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KitchenAid Gourmet Hard Anodized Nonstick 9" & 11.5" Skillet Twin Pack KitchenAid Gourmet Hard Anodized Nonstick 9" & 11.5" Skillet Twin Pack
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KitchenAid Gourmet Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set

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  • Includes: 1-1/2-quart and 3-quart covered saucepans, 8-quart covered stockpot, 3-quart covered saute, 8-1/2-inch and 10-inch skillets. Color: Dark grey
  • Heavy gauge hard-anodized construction is twice as hard as stainless steel and distributes heat evenly.
  • A long-lasting, 3-layer nonstick interior is exceptionally durable; oven safe to 400°F
  • This cookware features a handle crafted of a combination of soft silicone and quality stainless steel.
  • Glass lids allow you to monitor the cooking progress without having to lift the lid

KitchenAid 8-pc Red Aluminum Nonstick Cookware Set

KitchenAid KCAS08ER Aluminum Nonstick 8-Piece Set Cookware - Empire Red

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Experience the practicality and style that only nonstick aluminum cookware delivers. This Aluminum set includes 8" Skillet, 10" Skillet, 1.5-Quart Saucepan with Lid, 3.0-Quart Saucepan with Lid, and 8.0-Quart Stockpot with Lid.

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  • Dishwasher Durable with Nonstick Colorfast Finish
  • 3-Layer Nonstick Interior
  • Induction Capable
  • Riveted Stainless Steel Handle(s)
  • Domed Tempered Glass Lid(s)

KitchenAid Aluminum Nonstick 11-Inch Deep Round Grill Pan, Red

KitchenAid Aluminum Nonstick 11-Inch Deep Round Grill Pan, Red

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The ridges raise food so fats drip down and away from the food allowing for low fat grilling. A channel around the edge of the pan collects cooked-off fat. Great for grilling meats, fish, vegetables or sandwiches. Superior nonstick interior is designed to provide maximum food release, durability and easy cleanup.

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  • The beautiful porcelain enamel exterior is stain resistant and easy to clean. Heavy gauge construction heats up quickly and evenly, reducing -inchhot spots-inch that can burn foods.
  • A reinforced nonstick interior is exceptionally durable and long lasting; Food slides off effortlessly and cleanup is quick and easy; For added convenience, this grill pan is oven safe to 400°F
  • This grill pan features a handle made of a combination of soft silicone and quality stainless steel; They look great, feel comfortable, and are double riveted for added strength
  • Ridges and valleys help give cooked food distinctive grill marks just like outdoor barbecuing.
  • Hassle-Free Replacement Warranty-

KitchenAid Aluminum Nonstick 9″ and 11.5″ Skillet Twin Pack, Peacock

KitchenAid Aluminum Nonstick 9" and 11.5" Skillet Twin Pack, Peacock

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By providing two sizes of skillets for one great price, this twin pack is an economic way to add to a cookware collection. The shape of these skillets makes it easy to slide foods out of the pans and onto serving plates to wow guests with impeccable presentation. The 9-inch skillet is perfect for cooking omelets and vegetable side dishes, while the 11. 5-inch skillet is roomy enough to pan-fry pork chops or sear salmon for a delectable dinner. KitchenAid Porcelain Nonstick cookware is great for stylish kitchens that are busy too. The exteriors of these skillets are coated in porcelain enamel, which not only brings a touch of style to the kitchen, but is also durable and easy to clean. The skillets themselves are constructed from heavy gauge aluminum so they heat rapidly and evenly. The double riveted stainless steel handles, covered in silicone, are strong and comfortable. These skillets are oven safe to 400-degree f, so if a recipe starts on the stove and finishes in the oven it can all be completed in one piece of cookware; and the reinforced nonstick interiors mean that less time is spent cleaning up after meals. The skillets can be used with confidence because they carry a Hassle-Free Replacement Warranty.

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  • The Twin Pack includes 9-inch Skillet and 11-1/2-inch Skillet
  • Heavy gauge construction helps reduce hot spots that can burn foods
  • Reinforced nonstick is long lasting and provides impeccable food release
  • The handles are dual riveted for strength, covered in silicone for comfort and oven safe to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • KitchenAid is a registered trademark of Whirlpool Properties, Inc