If you had plans to ditch your old cookware and purchase new pots and pans in 2011, you'll want to select the best of the best in order to get the highest value for your money. But with so many brands and variants out there in the marketplace, finding the best can be something of a struggle. Thankfully, the best of the best have been rounded up for your consideration below, based on reader satisfaction surveys and professional determinations. The cookware below is listed in no particular order.
Saladmaster cookware is constructed out of steel-titanium, meaning it will last a long time and conduct heat evenly. In addition, all of the pans in this line feature detachable handles for easy storage, and also come with a specially-designed vented lid that helps to regulate the heat of the pan. Another high-tech feature of this line is its ability to use semi-vacuum cooking methods, which helps to preserve nutrients in vegetables.
If you need to upgrade your whole kitchen, consider the Earth Pan 10-Piece Set. This brand of cookware features a high resistance to heat and proven durability, which is impressive considering the eco-friendly nature of the line. Featuring a coating made out of sand, the pots and pans in this line are all non-stick and are created using a process that reduces the amount of greenhouse gases emitted during the manufacturing process.
Calphalon's 13-piece pots and pans set features tri-ply stainless steel construction, and includes 8 and 10-inch omelet pans; 1-1/2-, 2-1/2-, and 4-1/2-quart lidded saucepans; a 3-quart lidded sauté pan, and a 6-quart lidded stockpot. The whole line is machine-washable and oven-safe up to temperatures of 700 degrees Fahrenheit.
Selected as the number one, top-rated cookware set by Amazon's "Smart and Trusted" YouTube Channel, the Cuisinart MCP 12-piece Pot and Pan Set features 1-1/2- and 3-quart saucepans; 8- and 10-inch skillets; 3-1/2-quart sauté pan; 8-quart stockpot; and a steamer insert for the stockpot. The cookware is oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and also has "stay cool" handles that are firmly riveted to the pan or pot. Both pots and pans in this set have a limited life time warranty, and are safe to use in the dishwasher.
If you are looking for pots and pans that add a splash of color to your kitchen, Rachel Ray's cookware products will perk you up with their cheerful colors, but will also perform well under normal cooking circumstances. Each handle and lid in this cookware line, whether on a pot or on a pan, has a bright orange tint and is made from silicone to help keep them cool to the touch. The set includes 1-1/2-, 2-, 3-, and 4-1/2-quart covered sauce pans; a 4-1/2-quart covered sauté pan; 6-quart covered stockpot; and two skillets.
Whichever brand of pots and pans you choose to purchase, you won't go wrong with any of choices listed above.