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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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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 Stainless Steel Cookware

The KitchenAid Gourmet Stainless Steel Cookware Set is healthy, dishwasher safe cookware with the ability to delve into some higher-end cooking methods. The silicone rims on the glass lids adds a nice touch to keep the cookware quiet and help keep liquids inside. The cookware set comes with a pretty complete selection of pieces. It is ready for induction cooking, as well as gas or electric. 

KitchenAid Gourmet Stainless Steel Cookware

  • A thick aluminum core base; fully encapsulated in stainless steel for durability and suitable for all stovetops including glass and induction
  • Handles crafted of a combination of soft silicone and quality stainless steel; double riveted for added strength; Oven safe to 400 degrees F
  • Glass lids feature a unique silicone rim to create a tight seal and help lock in flavor and prevent rattling. Glass construction allows you to monitor the cooking progress without lifting the lid.

KitchenAid Gourmet Stainless Steel Cookware

A KitchenAid Gourmet Stainless Steel cookware set would make an excellent starter set for someone wanting healthy cookware with the ability to delve into some higher-end cooking methods.

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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 Reserved 10-Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware Set, Black

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Product Description

This cookware set is an exceptional value, including all of the pans needed to equip your kitchen with the most used cooking pieces. As the set contains only basic pieces, you'll really use each and every pan. It includes saucepans for whisking a homemade sauce or cooking your morning oatmeal, a big stockpot for soups, stews or boiling pasta, and skillets (probably the most used pan in any kitchen) that will help you turn out perfect omelets or a simple grilled cheese sandwich. The set also includes a covered sauté pan, a wide, straight-sided pan that can perform many of the functions of a skillet but features deep sides for extra capacity, perfect for one dish meals. Start your dish in this pan by sautéing onions and browning meat, then add your liquid and other ingredients into the same pan to finish on the stovetop or in the oven.

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  • Includes: 1.5 and 3 Qt. Covered Saucepans, 8 Qt. Covered Stockpot, 8" and 10" Skillets, 3 Qt. Covered Saute with Helper Handle
  • Hard-anodized aluminum for those who demand long-term durability and fast, even heat distribution
  • Cast stainless steel handles provide a confident grip - oven safe to 500º F
  • Three-layer nonstick system offers outstanding food release and the finest scratch resistance technology
  • Hassle-Free Replacement Warranty

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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Two of the most used pans in any well-equipped kitchen. Skillets have sloped sides so that foods slide out easily and are used for cooking omelets, pancakes, quesadillas, sauteing vegetables, searing steaks, fish and poultry. The nonstick surface makes cleanup effortless.

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  • Includes: 9-inch and 11-1/2-inch Skillets
  • Heavy gauge hard-anodized construction is twice as hard as stainless steel and distributes heat evenly. Elegant windsor shapes look great and speed evaporation and sauce reductions.
  • A long-lasting, 3-layer nonstick interior is exceptionally durable; Food slides off effortlessly and cleanup is quick and easy; For added convenience, these skillets are oven safe to 400°F
  • These skillets 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
  • Hassle-Free Replacement Warranty

KitchenAid Gourmet Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set

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KitchenAid 8-pc Red Aluminum Nonstick Cookware Set

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

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

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