The Best Stainless Steel Cookware
Stainless steel, sometimes referred to as inox steel is one of the most popular metals used in cookware. Many people specifically seek and stainless steel cookware set for good reason.
Unlike ordinary steel, stainless steel does not readily stain, rust or corrode when it comes into contact with water. Stainless steel does not readily corrode, rust or stain with water as ordinary steel does. Because of this, it is readily used in everything from bridges and monuments right down to cutlery.
Its resistance to staining, rusting and corrosion is especially important for cooking. Water and fluids will come into contact with the cookware either directly through adding it yourself, or naturally through the foods being cooked. So it helps that rust and corrosion are things that you need not worry about.
Top Stainless Steel Cookware Sets
|Cuisinart MCP-12N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
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|Cooks Standard NC-00210 Multi-Ply Clad Stainless-Stainless Steel 10 Piece Cookware Set
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|Cook N Home 12-Piece Stainless Steel Set
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However, the name is a bit of a misnomer as it is not really stain-proof, especially when it comes to cooking. Like all other cookware, you will still need to clean and maintain it. You will definitely want to consider having some Barkeeper’s Friend on hand, which will make light work out of cleaning and maintaining your cookware set.
Another great thing about stainless steel cookware is that it doesn’t react to alkaline or acidic foods. This is great for people that do not like having the taste of their food disturbed. This sets stainless steel apart from cookware made from other reactive types of materials.
Are there any disadvantages of stainless steel over other materials? Of course there is. The drawback of stainless steel is that the material is not a very good conductor.
However, this problem is solved by the fact that stainless steel cookware does not consist entirely of stainless steel.
This is typically handled in one of two ways:
- The cookware is made using stainless steel cladding on both sides of an aluminum core or mixed aluminum/copper/aluminum core to conduct the heat around all sides of the cookware, to distribute heat evenly as well as to reduce hot spots.
- The cookware is made with a round disk on the base made from copper or aluminum to quickly conduct heat across the base of the cookware. This style may come with the drawback of leaving hot spots around the sides.
How Much Does The Best Stainless Steel Cookware Set Cost?
How much the best stainless steel cookware set costs depends on your needs and how many pieces you want in your set. The most common number of pieces in a cookware set are 12 pieces, 10 pieces, and 7 pieces, but you can find sets starting from a mere 2 pieces going all the way up to 15 pieces.
Taking the most popular cookware configuration into account, the typical price of a 10 piece stainless steel cookware set will cost between $100 and $300. You probably want to avoid anything below $100. You don’t need to spend above $300 unless you are wanting a premium brand, or have special or specific requirements.
10 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set Composition
A 10 piece stainless steel cookware usually consists of:
- 10 inch skillet
- 8 inch skillet
- 1.5 inch quart saucepan
- 3 quart saucepan
- 3.5 inch quart sauté pan
- 8 quart stockpot (sometimes a dutch pot)
- 4 lids – one for each of the pans and stockpot
A cookware set with more pieces will typically include the above as standard. The extra parts can vary from steamer inserts to cooking utensils. With a 7 piece set you’ll typically lose 1 of the skillets and the smallest saucepan with lid.
Who Makes The Bestselling Stainless Steel Cookware?
The bestselling stainless steel cookware sets on sale right now are made by T-fal, Cuisinart and Cooks Standard:
- Cusinart MCP-12N
- T-fal C798SC64
- Cooks Standard NC-00210
You get 12 pieces in the T-fal and Cuisinart sets. You get 10 pieces in the Cooks Standard set.
The main difference is that T-fal has a 5.5 quart dutch oven. The Cuisinart and Cooks Standard Sets instead have an 8 quart stockpot.
The T-fal further varies from the Cuisinart set in that it comes with a spoon and slotted turner. The Cuisinart has a steamer insert and lid instead.