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Stainless Steel Cookware
Stainless Steel Cookware, Nonstick Pots and Pans.Pots and pans are made from one type of metal or a combination of several.
Stainless steel is a poor conductor of heat, but it's inexpensive, strong, nonreactive to food, and unlikely to corrode. Pots and pans in the best cheap stainless steel cookware sets, like the 10-piece Farberware Classic (starting at $70, Amazon) and 12-piece JC Penney (starting at $39, Amazon)cookware sets, get a heat boost through the incorporation of an aluminum disk in the bottom of the pan (pricier cookware might have a copper base). Experts prefer stainless steel or anodized aluminum cooking surfaces because foods brown nicely and deglazing is an option that's otherwise not possible with nonstick surfaces.
Many cheap cookware sets feature a nonstick coating that's applied on top of the metal form. Our picks for best cheap cookware sets, the T-fal Basic Nonstick Easy Care 10-piece set (starting at $59, Amazon) and Cuisinart Advantage 10-piece Nonstick (starting at $70, Amazon), are two examples of nonstick pots and pans (note that the two skillets in the Farberware Classic Stainless Steel set have nonstick interiors). Nonstick pots and pans are coated with synthetic PTFE, which carries the brand name Teflon if supplied by DuPont. Some consumers prefer nonstick pots and pans because they require minimal to no fat and ensure easy clean-up. On the other hand, not all cheap nonstick pots and pans are dishwasher-safe and we read reports from users saying the coating on some low-cost cookware tends to degrade quickly. Health concerns have been raised for years about nonstick coatings even though the Food and Drug Administration has approved their use in cookware. But if you're concerned about these chemicals, you might consider a cheap "green" cookware set like the 10-piece Earth Pan II by Farberware (starting at $117, Amazon) or the eight-piece StarFrit Alternative EcoPan set (starting at $110, Amazon).
Don't Bother Cheap Cookware Sets
Bialetti Fusion 9-piece
Nine of the usual pieces in this set, including three skillets, but disaffected consumers complain about loose handles, peeling nonstick coating, and glass lids that crack when overheated.
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Cuisinart Advantage 10-piece Nonstick Review
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