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.
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.
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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.