What Is the Best Cookware?
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What Is the Best Cookware?

Stocking a new kitchen, purchasing wedding gifts, or replacing your cookware? New cookware is an investment you want to last, so it’s important to select the best cookware for your needs. Cookware material and construction matter, because memorable dishes begin with the right cookware. But with so many shapes and styles of pots and pans, where do you start?

 

American Kitchen Cookware has compiled essential details on four of the top cookware types and laid it out in this quick and easy-to-read chart. Find out which pans work best on your stovetop or in the oven, which cookware is induction-compatible, which pots are easiest to clean, which cookware is best for gas stoves, and more. If we don’t answer your question here, check out our FAQs and use and care guides for more details, and get cooking!

 

Stainless Steel Cookware

Nonstick Cookware

Cast Aluminum Cookware

Nonstick Bakeware

Cookware Characteristics

  • Superior heat conductivity from cooktop to rim

  • Versatile: from stovetop to oven
  • Durable
  • Stain-resistant
  • Stick-resistant

 

  • Even heating with uniform Eterna coating
  •  Requires less oil
  • Easy food release
  • Quick clean-up

 

  • Even heat retention & distribution
  • Versatile: from stovetop to oven
  •  Durable
  • Easy food release
  • Quick clean up

 

  • Even and efficient heating from base to rim
  • Withstands rust and warping
  • Quick clean-up

Cooking Surface

18/10 stainless steel

PFOA-free Eterna nonstick coating

PFOA-free Eterna nonstick coating

PFOA-free nonstick coating

 

Exterior Material/Finish

400-series magnetic stainless steel with sleek satin finish

400-series magnetic stainless steel with sleek satin finish

 

Nonstick exterior coating

Galvanized steel edges with attractive gold-tone finish

Internal Construction

1050A aluminum core

1050A aluminum core OR heavy-gauge cast aluminum

Heavy-gauge cast aluminum

Natural aluminum

Handle Construction

  • Remains cool to touch with stovetop use.
  • Permanently riveted to pan for durability and control.
  • Remains cool to touch with stovetop use.
  • Permanently riveted to pan for durability and control.

 

  • Remains cool to touch with stovetop use.
  • Permanently riveted to pan for durability and control.

N/A

Pan Preparation

  • Initial wash in warm, soapy water with ¼ cup vinegar.
  • Additional use & care details here.
  • Initial wash in warm soapy water with ¼ cup vinegar.
  • Wipe 1 tsp vegetable oil over interior with soft cloth. Repeat every 2-3 months.
  • Additional use & care here.
  • Initial wash in warm soapy water with ¼ cup vinegar.
  • Wipe 1 tsp vegetable oil over interior with soft cloth. Repeat every 2-3 months.
  • Additional use & care here.

 

  • Initial wash in warm, soapy water.
  • Additional use & care details here.

Clean Up

Satin finish enables quick clean up

 

Nonstick coating enables quick clean up

Nonstick coating enables quick clean up

Nonstick coating enables quick clean up

Cooktop Compatibility

Electric, Gas, Induction, Ceramic Glass

Electric, Gas, Induction, Ceramic Glass

 

Electric, Gas, Glass

N/A

Oven Specifications

Oven-safe up to 500°F

Not oven-safe

Oven-safe up to 400°F

Oven-safe up to 400°F

Dishwasher-Safe

Yes

Yes

Yes

Not recommended

Made in USA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

American Kitchen Warranty

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Bakeware Warranty

 

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