The purpose of this buying guide is to help you find the best cookware set for your kitchen. This will be part one in a four part series.

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With so many great cooking shows available on television today, cookware sets on the market are becoming more sophisticated and less expensive all the time! With the several and continuously growing number of cookware manufacturers, the process of choosing the right cookware sets may be a bit daunting for some. We definitely have taken extra care in writing these guides for you to find the best cookware set for your kitchen.


How To Buy A Cookware Set


The first thing you will probably notice is the different types of pots and pans available in a cookware set! Do you need a simple 5 piece cookware set? Or do you need the versatility of a 12 piece cookware set? Maybe you just need to buy a simple cookware set plus an additional one or two pieces of cookware.

Here we go over the various types of pots and pans and what they are used for to help you determine what pieces you will want in your main cookware set:

Braising Pans and Roasting Pans

Also called braisers and roasters, these cookwares have no clear distinction between each other. They are generally used in cooking a roast through its large, wide and shallow features. They usually come with a cover and two loop or tab handles. They also allow safety use on a cooktop since they are both made up of heavy gauge metal. Usually used in the oven.

Dutch Ovens

Dutch Ovens are designed to re-create oven conditions on the stove top or campfire through its heavy deep pots and lid construction. It works well on making stews, braised meats, soups and other dishes that require low heat and slow cooking. They are typically made of cast iron but Wonder Pot, an Israeli Dutch is made up of aluminum.

Frying Pans

Also called skillets and frypans, frying pans have a large flat heating surface and shallow sides which render the best conditions for frying food. There are some variations in this cookware: (1) omelet pans which are frying pans with gentle rolling slope, (2) grill pans which are ribbed frying pans, allowing fat drainage from the food being cooked and (3) spiders which is made up of three thin legs , keeping them above an open fire. The most popular of the “pots and pans” because they can get really hot, retain its heat well, and distribute it evenly.


Griddle is a versatile cookware whose flat metal plates allow frying, grilling and pan bread making (including aspan cakes, tortillas and crepes). They come in various forms: (1) circular griddle which is the traditional form, presenting with a semicircular hoop that is fixed to opposite edges of the plates to eventually serve as a hand, (2) rectangular griddle which covers two stove burners and (3) rubbed griddles which may serve like a grill pan. Usually with the cookware set you will see these in the right size for pancakes or grilled cheese sandwiches


Saucepans, also called pots, are vessels used for simmering and boiling. They have one long handle vertical sides which are of the same height as their diameter. They highly resemble Dutch ovens, but saucepans do not have as much heat capacity as the other. Despite its name, it is not the ideal cookware for making sauces since its straight sides hinder quick evaporation.

Sauté pans

Sauté pans, as expected, are used for sautéing since its large surface area and low sides allow easy escape of steam and convenient tossing of food. While it is common for them to have straight vertical sides, some models with flared or rounded sides are also available. Great for saute of small steaks, liver, and other meats.


Stockpots are large pots whose tall sides effectively prevent excessive reduction when simmering stock for a long period of time. They come in various sizes to accommodate the specific need for a specific dish. For example, a specific stockpot for lobsters and rice cooking (caldero) are available in the market.


Woks are vessels which come in wide and bowl-like shape, having one or two handles at the rim. With its large size, it allows cooking oil to get pooled at the center for the cooking proper, while allowing other foods to be kept warm on the outer edges not reached by the cooking oil pool. They can either be used for stir-frying, steaming and deep frying.

That Concludes This Portion Of Our Buying Guide

Now that you know the various types of pots and pans you might expect in a cookware set, we’ll go on to the different materials that manufacturers use to make cookware sets and the advantages and disadvantages of each type of cookware in our next part:

Part 2: The Most Popular Types Of Cookware Sets

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