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Best Kitchen cookware

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Kitchen cookware

Best Kitchen cookware

We tested 35 kitchen cookware to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Kitchen cookware based on the following criteria:

  • Ease of cleaning
  • Handle temperature
  • Cooking evenness
  • Speed of heating
  • Nonstick food release-new
  • Handle comfort
  • Material
  • Handle sturdiness
  • Set (pieces)
  • Nonstick durability

Below lists the Kitchen cookware that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Kitchen cookware is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Kitchen cookware

Best Kitchen cookware for Ease of cleaning

Ease of cleaning reflects how easy or difficult it was to clean sticky béchamel sauce from a saucepan.


This Kitchen cookware which tested best for Ease of cleaning has the following features: Oven safe (°F).

Best Kitchen cookware for Handle temperature

Handle temperature relates to the temperature during heating.


This Kitchen cookware which tested best for Handle temperature has the following features: Dishwasher-safe and Oven safe (°F).

Best Kitchen cookware for Cooking evenness

Cooking evenness reflects the ability of frying pans to turn out evenly browned pancakes on a gas range.


This Kitchen cookware which tested best for Cooking evenness has the following features: Dishwasher-safe, Oven safe (°F) and Induction cooktop.

Best Kitchen cookware for Speed of heating

Speed of heating reflects how quickly a 4-quart pot of water increased from room temperature to a near boil.


This Kitchen cookware which tested best for Speed of heating has the following features: Dishwasher-safe and Oven safe (°F).

Best Kitchen cookware for Nonstick food release-new

Nonstick food release score reflects the nonstick qualities of a pan's interior by cooking four eggs consecutively. The pan is initially seasoned with vegetable oil prior to cooking the first egg. An Excellent score indicates that all four eggs slid off the pan without assistance; A Poor score indicates that scraping was needed to release any egg from the pan and some egg residue was left on the pan.


This Kitchen cookware which tested best for Nonstick food release-new has the following features: Oven safe (°F).

Best Kitchen cookware for Handle comfort

For handle comfort tests, panelists assessed both the size and shape of the handle, as well as the distance between the handle and the pot or pan.


This Kitchen cookware which tested best for Handle comfort has the following features: Oven safe (°F).

Best Kitchen cookware for Material

Material indicates that the tested pots and pans are made of aluminum, stainless steel, or cast iron.


This Kitchen cookware which tested best for Material has the following features: Dishwasher-safe, Induction cooktop and Oven safe (°F).

Best Kitchen cookware for Handle sturdiness

Handle sturdiness indicates performance in a test designed to stress the handle and its attachments.


This Kitchen cookware which tested best for Handle sturdiness has the following features: Oven safe (°F).

Best Kitchen cookware for Set (pieces)

Each set includes at least a saucepan, a frying pan, and a stockpot. Lids are typically counted as separate components in a set.


This Kitchen cookware which tested best for Set (pieces) has the following features: Dishwasher-safe and Oven safe (°F).

Best Kitchen cookware for Nonstick durability

To assess nonstick durability, we intentionally abraded frying-pan surfaces with steel wool until the coating was worn through or up to 2,000 strokes. Scoring for finishes that were still intact at 2,000 strokes reflects reduced nonstick performance.


This Kitchen cookware which tested best for Nonstick durability has the following features: Oven safe (°F).