Farberware Classic 10-Piece Review
This stainless steel cookware is easy to clean, heats evenly, and performs adequately. The two skillets have nonstick cooking surfaces, offering buyers the best of both worlds.
Farberware has been a trusted brand for decades. Many users report that their older Farberware sets are still going strong 10 and 20 years later. The Farberware Classic 10-piece set (starting at $70, Amazon) may become a kitchen standby for a new generation, based on the positive reviews. The general feeling is that the quality has not really diminished over the years, and many Farberware Classic reviews come from parents and grandparents who have given this set to recent grads for their first apartments.
The set includes two nonstick frying pans that measure 7 and 9 inches. The saucepans hold 1, 1.5, and 2 quarts, and the biggest pot is 5.5 quarts. The stainless steel pots have an aluminum-core base to help heat their contents quickly and evenly. The lids for the pots are tempered glass and the handles are made of phenolic, a type of resin that stays cool to the touch during use. The cookware is oven-safe to 350 degrees. This is primarily a stainless steel set, but users should be aware that the aluminum skillets are not compatible with induction cooktops (although some reviewers have tried them on a ceramic glass stovetop and found that they work fine, thanks to the flat bottoms).
Although most of the set is dishwasher-safe, the manufacturer recommends washing the nonstick skillets by hand. Farberware Classic reviews on the retail site Wayfair suggest that hand washing might be good practice for the pots, as well. One reviewer says the stainless steel comes out of the dishwasher looking somewhat dull and blotchy. However, a number of other users comment that the set is easy to clean.
A couple of reviewers posting on Amazon mention a family history of using Farberware and comment that the materials just aren't as durable as the older cookware they grew up with. They found that the nonstick frying pans, in particular, don't seem to hold up as well as the pots do. One reviewer noticed wear after only a few months.
Otherwise the consensus seems to be that the Farberware Classic 10-piece set looks nice and works well enough for basic cooking. Reviewers say the size of the cookware is better suited to a couple or small family than for cooking for a large group, but for a starter kitchen, it's a good buy.