What goes into determining the best cookware sets brands? You want to find cookware that heats evenly, is nonstick, cleans easily, and most important, is durable—you don’t want to have to replace your pots and pans every few months. You also want to take cost into account, but there are several low-end brands that do the trick without busting your budget. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 10 cookware sets that Amazon has to offer:
- 10. Tramontina Ceramic 11-Piece Deluxe Cookware Set
- 9. Gotham Steel 10-Piece Kitchen Nonstick Set
- 8. Cook N Home 12-Piece Stainless Steel Set
- 7. Tramontina 9-Piece Simple Cooking Set
- 6. Cook N Home 15-Piece Nonstick Set
- 5. Vremi 15-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set
- 4. Anolon 12-Piece Bronze Hard-Anodized Set
- 3. T-fal C111SA Nonstick 10-Piece Thermo-Spot Set
- 2. Circulon Symmetry 11-Piece Set
- 1. Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10-Piece Set
10. Tramontina Ceramic 11-Piece Deluxe Cookware Set
Tramontina isn’t one of the better-known brands on the market, which explains why this set isn’t high up on Amazon’s best-seller list, but there’s a reason Amazon customers give this set—priced at just $130.97—high marks. They are constructed of heavy-gauge aluminum for even heat distribution, yet have a durable porcelain enamel exterior and a ceramic nonstick interior that’s easy to clean. Best of all, this cookware is ecofriendly—it’s free of lead, cadmium, PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), and PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene, better known as Teflon).
9. Gotham Steel 10-Piece Kitchen Nonstick Set
This set is No. 3 on Amazon’s best-seller list, and it’s easy to see why. You’ll love the fact that these pots and pans are lighter than similar-sized cookware, and at just $98.00, this set won’t lighten your wallet too much, either. And while the brand name is Gotham Steel, this set is actually made of titanium, and with a ceramic coating that makes it perfect to sear your steaks just right. It is an ideal cookware set if you are looking for a mix of elegance and functionality.
8. Cook N Home 12-Piece Stainless Steel Set
You see the price ($42.50), and you think to yourself, this can’t be a quality product. Then you do a little online research, and you find that when it comes to bargain cookware sets, Cook N Home ranks among the best. All the pieces are stainless steel, with a capsulated bottom with an aluminum disc inside for even heating, but be careful with the glass lids—they are not oven-safe. All in all, this is a nice starter set.
7. Tramontina 9-Piece Simple Cooking Set
This set is Amazon’s top new release at just $25.99, and in just three months, it’s already climbed to No. 49 overall on the best-seller list. We talked about how Tramontina isn’t as highly regarded as other pricier brands, but for the price, you just can’t beat this simple set. It comes with heat- and shatter-resistant tempered glass lids and stay-cool handles which ensure the temperature of your food is well kept in check. Another great starter cookware set.
6. Cook N Home 15-Piece Nonstick Set
We talked about Cook N Home previously, and how it’s one of the top low-end brands available. This aluminum set is No. 7 on the Amazon best-seller list, and it comes with everything you could want in cookware—a dutch oven, covered casserole dish, frying pans, and even a five-piece nylon tool set. The soft touch handles stay cool while you’re cooking, and the anti-slip silicone handles make them comfortable to hold. The one downside—you can’t use these on induction stoves.
5. Vremi 15-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set
This is Amazon’s top-selling cookware set, and it also has an average 4.3 rating from 1,005 reviews. Vremi is another lower-end brand that doesn’t have the reputation of a T-fal or Calphalon, but for the price ($39.99), it is the ideal starter set. It handles most everyday tasks well, and if you’re into camping, the mini saucepan and small dutch oven and frying pan are perfectly sized to take with you. Some caveats come with this set, however—don’t put the cookware in the dishwasher, and don’t use on an induction oven.
4. Anolon 12-Piece Bronze Hard-Anodized Set
This set is pricier than your usual nonstick cookware set, but you won’t be sorry you shelled out $299.95 for this set. In fact, you may never need to buy cookware again, it’s that good. It’s earned raves from the likes of Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping, as well as from Amazon customers. Hard-anodized aluminum makes it more resistant to scratching, warping, and corrosion. It’s more heavy-duty and durable than the usual cookware set you will find at the department store, and the bronze finish is a nice touch.
3. T-fal C111SA Nonstick 10-Piece Thermo-Spot Set
If you’re wanting an inexpensive cookware set made by one of the top brands on the market, look no further than this $65.80 set. I love the Thermo-Spot feature, which indicates when the pan is preheated and ready to cook. I also love that the set includes a stainless steel flower steamer for fresh vegetables—that’s not standard with most cookware sets. It comes with other T-fal niceties such as a nonstick, scratch-resistant cooking surface, being dishwasher safe, and vented tempered-glass lids. Its heavy gauge aluminum construction means it’s safe to use with metal utensils, but it’s not safe for induction stovetops.
2. Circulon Symmetry 11-Piece Set
Circulon is another highly rated brand, and while this set is at the upper end of the price range at $223.53, it sells better than other Circulon products that are lower in price. This set is similar to the Analon that’s No. 4 on this list, but unlike the Analon, this set is dishwasher safe and can be used with metal utensils. Circulon also uses a patented TOTAL Food Release system, a series of raised nonstick circles that minimizes surface abrasion and maximizes durability. The cookware also is fitted with a stainless steel base suitable for all stovetops.
1. Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10-Piece Set
Calphalon is one of the top brands on the market, and at $119.99, this set is a great way to start your Calphalon collection. The Simply Calphalon series ranks No. 8 on Amazon’s best-seller list, and it’s the most expensive of those top eight, which tells you how much customers respect this brand. Use this ecofriendly set for all of your everyday needs. The durable, double-coated nonstick interior can handle any task, including making caramel, fondue, and other sticky sauces, and this set is oven-safe up to 400 degrees. The only downside I can see is that the cookware isn’t dishwasher safe.