Cookware Features Comparison
Good cheap cookware sets can save you a pile of money – buying each piece separately is a more expensive way to go. Our picks for best cheap cookware sets contain 10 or 12 pieces, including skillets, sauce pots, a Dutch oven/stockpot, sometimes a sauté pan, and a few lids. Some cheap cookware sets also come with useful extras, like a steamer or cooking utensils. Non-stick surfaces are very easy to clean, but can be damaged with sharp kitchen utensils. Stainless steel surfaces on modern cookware also clean up without much fuss and are preferred for recipes that call for deglazing. Although many cheap cookware sets can go into the dishwasher, some manufacturers and consumers say hand-washing better preserves the finish. Handles on cheap pots and pans are usually stay-cool, but always keep a potholder handy. Finally, most cheap cookware is safe to put into an oven heated to a maximum 350 degrees.
|Number of Pieces||Extras||Cooking Surface||Dishwasher-Safe||Handles||Oven-Safe|
|T-fal Basic Nonstick Easy Care estimated price $59||10||Griddle and steamer||Non-stick||Yes||Stay-cool||Up to 350 degrees|
|Cuisinart Advantage 10-piece Nonstick estimated price $70||10||N/A||Non-stick||Yes||Yes (silicone)||Up to 350 degrees|
|JC Penney 12-piece Stainless Steel estimated price $39||12||Three utensils||Stainless steel||Yes||Hollow metal||N/A|
|Farberware Classic Stainless Steel 10-piece estimated price $70||10||N/A||Stainless steel||Yes (Hand-wash preferred)||Phenolic||Up to 350 degrees|