Three Types of Cookware that Complements Your Kitchen

A well-made set of pots and pans make cooking a cinch and cleaning up a breeze.

pots and pans on the stove top
Good pots and pans aren’t cheap, but they make a big difference when you’re preparing a special meal.Cuisinart

Cooking for others can either feel like drudgery, or it can be a process that brings as much joy to the cook as to those at the dinner table. One thing that keeps chef duty enjoyable is having quality cookware. When looking to get started in the kitchen, or replacing worn-out pots and pans, purchasing a complete set is an easy way to check all the standard chef’s boxes all at once. Take a look at some of these highly rated collections that will get anyone started off right.

Anodized Aluminum

Rachael Ray 15-Piece Hard Anodized Aluminum Cookware Set
Don’t use metal cooking utensils on non-stick surfaces or you risk scratching the coating.Rachael Ray

Anodized aluminum with a non-stick surface is perhaps the easiest cookware to clean. It heats quickly and uniformly, but you do have to take caution in the type of utensils used so as not to mar the non-stick surface.

Stainless Steel

Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
Stainless steel pots and pans look great in any kitchen and are easy to clean.Cuisinart

Stainless steel is almost indestructible. A stainless-steel cook set with a couple of saucepans, several pots, and a colander belongs in every kitchen. It not only wears well; it also looks sharp.

Copper Bottom

T-fal Ultimate Stainless Steel Copper Bottom 13 PC Cookware Set
Copper distributes heat better than aluminum or stainless steel.T-fal

Fusing a layer of copper to the bottom of a stainless-steel pan distributes heat better than stainless steel alone. Look for handles long enough to avoid overheating and aren’t angled too steep to comfortably pick up full pots and pans.