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.. . .
The cookware sets (other than nonstick) that CR tested were rated on cooking evenness, saute performance, speed of heating, and handle temperature and sturdiness.. . .
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.. . .
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.. . .
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.. . .
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.. . .
Real copper cookware provides quick and even cooking, and cools down quickly, providing maximum control.. . .
These pans are favorites in professional kitchens because they’re extremely durable and efficient, and designed for high-performance cooking.. . .
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