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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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Farberware Classic Cookware

Farberware Classic cookware is a slightly redesigned version of what folks used ages ago. It is durable, inexpensive, and simply works. I have some Farberware Classic cookware handed down to me from my parents and I still use it to this day. It must be over 40 years old. The new designs offer easier pour lips and strainers built in to some lids.

Farberware Classic Cookware

For budget-minded consumers a Farberware Classic cookware set is a steal. The cookware set mentioned on this page is very good and pretty complete. The nonstick skillets cannot take medium high or high heat. A regular stainless steel skillet would be able to handle higher heat cooking like saute, pan frying or pan roasting.

Farberware Classic Cookware

Please note the nonstick cookware items are not dishwasher safe nor considered healthy. The dashboard below pertains to the majority of items.

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Stainless Steel Stainless Steel 350 Degrees Bottom Only

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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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Stainless Steel Stainless Steel 500 Degrees Bottom Only

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Farberware Affinity Cookware

Farberware Affinity cookware comes with Dupont Teflon nonstick interiors, professional grade, with Metal Guard. It is safe for use with metal utensils although sharp-edged and cutting tools are not recommended. The cookware‘s exterior is made of a metal flake porcelain meant to last and be very appealing to the eye. Farberware Affiniti cookware is available in several colors but the most popular colors are black and bronze. The 12 piece set is available in any one of these colors.The lids are made of glass so that you can see while cooking, while the perfect fit keeps in moisture and nutrients. The core material of each cookware piece is aluminum which provides an excellent even heat. 

Farberware Affinity Cookware

Farberware Affiniti cookware can be purchased in a 12 piece set, twin pack skillet set, or as separates. 

Farberware Affiniti cookware comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

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Porcelain Traditional Nonstick 400 Degrees Not Needed

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Farberware Millennium Stainless Steel 12 Inch Skillet

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Farberware Millenium Nonstick 10″/4 Quart Chef’s Pan

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Farberware Millennium Stainless Steel Tulip Series 8-1/2 and 10-Inch Nonstick Aluminum Twin Pack Skillets

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Farberware Millennium Nonstick Aluminum 12-Inch Skillet, Red

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Farberware Millennium Stainless Steel Tulip Series Nonstick 12-Inch Skillet

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Farberware Millennium Stainless Steel Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set

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