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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.

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Advantages of the Anodized Aluminum Cookware Set

Anodized Aluminum Cookware Sets are known for durability and light weight. Aluminum cookware sets are affordable, twice as hard as stainless steel, and attractive with its typical dark color. Today, they are even being made in colors, like bronze, other than the familiar black or dark gray. Most today do not have native anodized aluminum on the exterior or interior, but rather a nonstick surface. Cooks love anodized aluminum cookware because it heats very evenly surrounding your food with a steady heat. It is no surprise anodized aluminum cookware sets are found in many homes.

Anodized Aluminum Cookware Set

The “Busy Cook” will like an anodized aluminum cookware set. It’s a set that can endure daily cooking, be tossed around, and some can even handle the dishwasher.

See our Best Choices for Anodized Aluminum Cookware Sets

A Typical Anodized Aluminum Cookware Set

As with most cookware sets, it is important to know what you will be getting. A standard 10 piece set will include cookware pieces like this:

  • 1 1/2 quart saucepan w/ lid
  • 3 quart saucepan w/ lid
  • 8 quart stockpot w/ lid
  • 8 inch skillet/frying pan/omelet pan
  • 10 inch skillet/frying pan/omelet pan
  • 3 quart saute pan w/ lid

Note that each lid counts as one of the pieces.

A 12 piece anodized cookware set usually adds another saucepan w/ lid.

Saucepans are sized 1 quart to 4 quarts. Skillets are usually sized 8″, 10″, and 12″. Stockpots are around 8 quarts.

What Else to Look For in a Cookware Set

There are a lot of flavors of anodized aluminum cookware sets. Check if it is dishwasher safe. But always read the care and use instructions. Check the max temperature it can handle inside the oven. What kinds of lids come in the set. Also be sure to note the size and durability of the handles.

How Much Can You Expect To Pay

While list prices will range $300 – $600, you can expect to pay in the range of $200 – $400.

There are many advantages of the anodized aluminum cookware set. Being aluminum, it is light. It is stronger than stainless steel. Some have non stick surfaces inside and/or outside. By itself, it is considered “low stick.” It can be put in the oven. And some are dishwasher safe.

Anodized cookware sets that are not coated with nonstick surfaces are becoming harder to find. For more information of this type of cookware, please check out our article The Hard Anodized Cookware Set.

Happy Cooking!