Cookware Ratings

    Build your culinary collection with new pots and pans. Learn more about the convenience of nonstick pans or stainless steel pots before you buy.

    View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best cookware.

    Cookware Sets (Nonstick) (35)

    Consider how your new cookware will pair with your cooktop. For example, flat-bottomed pans are essential for a smoothtop range, and if you have an induction cooktop, cookware with magnetic properties is a must.

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    Cookware Sets (Stainless Steel) (16)

    The cookware sets (other than nonstick) that CR tested were rated on cooking evenness, saute performance, speed of heating, and handle temperature and sturdiness.

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    Dutch Ovens (9)

    Dutch ovens are versatile, moving from stovetop to oven to your table. A Dutch oven can brown, braise, boil, and bake bread. It has high sides, and when made of enameled cast iron, it holds heat well, making it a good choice for deep frying.

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    Frying Pans (Nonstick) (38)

    Durable nonstick coatings effortlessly release even delicate foods, including eggs and pancakes. Because little or no oil is needed, nonstick pans are a good choice for low-fat or nonfat dishes.

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    Frying Pans (Stainless Steel) (8)

    Long-lasting, classic, uncoated stainless steel is a good choice for browning and braising, while real copper cookware provides quick and even cooking, and cools down quickly.

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    Frying Pans (Cast Iron) (17)

    Cast iron is extremely durable and can be preheated to temperatures that will brown meat. It will also withstand oven temperatures well above what is considered safe for nonstick pans.

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    Frying Pans (Copper) (4)

    Real copper cookware provides quick and even cooking, and cools down quickly, providing maximum control.

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    Frying Pans (Carbon Steel) (5)

    These pans are favorites in professional kitchens because they’re extremely durable and efficient, and designed for high-performance cooking.

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    All Ratings

    The allure of owning top-shelf cookware is enticing. But faced with a smorgasbord of cookware styles, materials, and prices—from cast iron and stainless steel to nonstick enamel and copper—it’s wise to be well-informed. Use this guide to sharpen your shopping skills before buying.