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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.

KitchenAid Aluminum Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set, Red KitchenAid Aluminum Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set, Red
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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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Calphalon Simply Calphalon Cookware

Calphalon Simply Calphalon cookware represents a more budget oriented series of cookware product lines. There are several “Simply Calphalon” cookware lines ranging from enameled cast iron, stainless steel and a couple different nonstick cookware lines. The nonstick cookware is double coated whereas the Calphalon Unison cookware product line is triple coated and more solidly built.  

Calphalon Simply Calphalon Cookware

  • Calphalon’s signature hard-anodized aluminum construction for excellent conductivity and even heating.
  • The interior surface is double-coated with Calphalon’s sturdy, reliable nonstick coating.
  • Tempered glass covers

Calphalon Simply Calphalon Cookware

I’m not a big fan of the Simply Calphalon series of cookware. As reviewers are split on the quality, it means that while it might be OK as starter cookware, more experienced home cooks probably won’t get a lot of life out of Simply Calphalon cookware. If you are on a budget, consider the Farberware Classic Stainless Steel cookware or the Farberware Millennium cookware.

The following dashboard is for the Calphalon Simply Calphalon anodized aluminum nonstick cookware line.

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Simply Calphalon 1757697 Stainless Steel 10 piece Cookware Set, Silver Simply Calphalon 1757697 Stainless Steel 10 piece Cookware Set, Silver
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Calphalon Simply Calphalon Cookware Set Details

Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Cookware Set (SA10H)

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  • Cookware set features Calphalon's signature hard-anodized aluminum construction for excellent conductivity and even heating
  • The interior surface of the pots and pans is double-coated with Calphalon's sturdy, reliable nonstick coating
  • Tempered glass covers. Oven safe to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
  • This is not dishwasher safe
  • 8-inch omelet pan, 10-inch omelet pan, 1-qt covered sauce pan, 2-qt covered sauce pan, 3-qt covered saute pan, 6-qt covered stock pot, 4pcs tempered glass lids

Farberware Millennium Cookware

Farberware Millennium cookware is a modern version of their classic stainless steel cookware line. It comes in both stainless steel and nonstick versions. I do like that it comes in both because I always recommend stainless steel, but I also recommend nonstick for those times when one cooks delicate foods like fish and eggs. One can get the Farberware Millennium stainless steel cookware set and a Farberware Millennium nonstick skillet or two.

Farberware Millennium Cookware

The tulip share and glass lids are attractive and functional. The thick aluminum core in the base helps spread out the heating element and removes any possible hot spots. Farberware Millennium cookware is liked by users and comes at a very good low price.

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Please note the nonstick version has nonstick interiors and this version is NOT considered healthy.

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Farberware Millennium Stainless Steel Cookware:

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Farberware Millennium Nonstick Cookware:

Farberware Millennium Stainless Steel Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set Farberware Millennium Stainless Steel Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set
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Farberware Millennium Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set

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  • Set contains 1-Quart and 2-Quart Covered Saucepans, 8-Quart Covered Stockpot, 3-Quart Covered Sauté, 8-Inch and 10-Inch Skillets
  • Professionally styled polished stainless steel construction with gentle tulip shaped bodies looks great and is extremely durable. Dishwasher and broiler safe. (Glass lids are oven safe to 500°F.
  • The stainless steel bases fully encapsulate a thick aluminum core to provide exceptional heat distribution. Suitable for use on all stovetops including glass and induction.
  • Glass lids let you monitor cooking progress without releasing moisture or nutrients.
  • Stainless steel handles are securely riveted to the pan for added durability