Best Stainesless Steel Cookware -  Stainless cookware allows chefs to sear, brown and crisp,it is durable and is a must for anyone committed to cooking restaurant-quality food at home.

The best stainless steel cookware 2017

Buying the best stainless steel cookware is a must for anyone committed to cooking restaurant-quality food at home.

Stainless cookware allows chefs to sear, brown and crisp.  Plus, it is incredibly durable.

A good set of stainless steel cookware will feature pieces that can go from the stovetop to the oven and even out on the grill.  Stainless is considered the professional choice when it comes to cookware options, and choosing the right set will allow you to cook better food for years to come.

The Pros of stainless steel cookware

Stainless steel cookware isn’t just preferred by the professionals; it comes with a lot of pros of its own as well.  In addition to being long-lasting, stainless steel cookware transfers heat well and cooks relatively evenly.  Many quality stainless pieces feature aluminum cores that help distribute heat appropriately across a vessel’s cooking surface.

If you are looking to buy an induction cooktop or already have one then you will be able to use this cookware on it with no problems.

Proper Care and Cleaning

“Stainless” steel might seem like a bit of a misnomenclature to those who’ve cooked in stainless steel a lot.  If stainless pieces aren’t cared for properly, they can become spotted and discolored.  This can be frustrating as pots and pans once shiny and new become dull and pitted.  Leftover food and even trace amounts of calcium in tap water can be deposited on your stainless cookware, resulting in a dingy look.  Cleaning and drying your stainless pieces thoroughly after each use will keep them looking nicer and newer for longer, though they will eventually show signs of age if well-loved.

Variety is the spice…

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Stainless steel cookware comes in an enormous array of options.  While some stainless cookware sets can be quite expensive, you can purchase reasonably priced stainless steel pots and pans if pricier pieces won’t fit in your budget.  In addition to a spectrum of price points, stainless steel is an excellent material for unique pieces like griddles and woks in addition to traditional pots and saucepans.

Steel the Deal

There’s no denying you’ll want at least one stainless steel pan in your cooking arsenal.  Whether you’re searing a steak or deglazing a pan to make a delicious gravy, stainless is the way to go.  Have a look at TKJ’s top picks.

#1 Best All-Around

Cooks Standard Multi-Ply 12 Piece Set


This comprehensive set features vessels with aluminum cores for even heating, while the 18/10 steel surface promises perfect searing and crisping.  Aesthetically pleasing stay-cool handles are a twist on the classic stainless look.  Extremely durable as all the lids are also stainless, the set is oven safe up to 500 degrees and under $200.

Materials: 18/10 Stainless Steel
Size: 12 pieces
Oven Safe: 550 degrees

What We Like:

  • Simple, no fuss design
  • Aluminum core for even heating
  • Handles designed to stay cool on the stovetop

What We Don’t Like:

  • May discolor when exposed to high heat



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#2 Runner Up

Duxtop’s Whole Clad 10 Piece Induction Cookware Set

This set, which also appears on our Best Induction Cookware list has earned its popularity for good reason.  It features all the essential vessels for everyday cooking.  Triclad steel construction results in even heating, and the set’s beautiful handles are both durable and aesthetically pleasing.  Plus, all the pieces are oven safe up to a toasty 550 degrees.

Materials: Tri-Ply Stainless Steel
Size: 10 pieces
Oven Safe: 550 degrees


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#3 Best of Luxury

All-Clad 14 Piece Copper Cookware Set

Don’t let the name fool you–this beautiful 5-ply stainless steel set features a layer of copper inside and a striking copper band as a design element on its exterior.  The layers ensure even cooking and also make the piece induction compatible.  For the luxury kitchen, look no further than this classic All-Clad set.

Materials: 18/10 Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Copper and Magnetic Stainless Steel
Size: 14 pieces
Oven Safe: Not reported

What We Like:

  • Beautiful, high-end design
  • 5-ply construction for even heating

What We Don’t Like:

  • Luxury pricetag isn’t for everyone



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#4 Best of Classic Design

Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12 Piece Set

This set features the best of timeless cookware design.  Its triple ply construction and aluminum core also promise even cooking, while riveted Cool Grip Handles mean you won’t be scrambling for a pot holder.  Unless, of course, you’re pulling a piece of the set out of the oven, seeing as it’s oven safe to 500 degrees.
Materials: 18/10 Stainless Steel and Aluminum
Size: 12 pieces
Oven Safe: 500 degrees

What We Like:

  • Timeless design
  • Aluminum core for even heating
  • Polished stainless means fewer issues with surface staining
  • Handles designed to stay cool on the stovetop

What We Don’t Like:

  • May warp, stain or scratch if care instructions aren’t followed



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#5 Best on a Budget

Heim Concept 12 Piece Stainless Steel Set

This set is perfect for the home chef who wants classic stainless steel without the classic stainless steel price tag.  Glass lids mean you can monitor your cooking easily, and the capsulated bottom helps ensure more even cooking.
Materials: 18/10 Stainless Steel
Size: 12 pieces
Oven Safe: N/A

What We Like:

  • Basic pieces at a fair price
  • Capsulated bottom for even heating
  • Glass lids so you can see your food

What We Don’t Like:

  • Lids may not be a perfect fit for their intended pots or pans



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TKJ’s Favorite Individual Stainless Pieces

While there are thousands of excellent individual stainless pieces, in addition to the classic pieces in the sets listed above, TKJ likes these pieces from Cuisinart:

Cuisinart’s 12″ Classic Everyday Pan

Cuisinart’s 12″ Classic Skillet

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