There are a myriad choices for cookware, which come in varying price ranges. If you're in the market for a set of stainless steel pots and pans, keep in mind that quality cookware includes aluminium, copper or both in the base as well as the sides, as these metals are great at distributing heat. The higher-quality sets are made of 18/10 stainless steel, where the numbers refer to the percentage of chromium (18) and nickel (10) added to the stainless steel alloy.
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Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Cookware
The 12-piece cuisinart Multiclad Pro cookware set is constructed of 18/10 stainless steel and includes an 8- and 10-inch skillet, a 1.5- and 3-quart saucepan, a 3.5-quart sauté pan, a steamer insert (that fits inside the 3-quart saucepan) and an 8-quart stock pot. Lids are included for all pieces, except for the two skillets. The pots and pans have solid and riveted handles, lids that form a tight seal, and rounded and smooth edges that ease pouring. A layer of aluminium running along the base and up the sides of each piece is encapsulated in two layers of stainless steel for even heating. Cuisinart offers a limited lifetime warranty, which includes defects in material and workmanship, when used under normal home conditions.
All-Clad LTD2 Signature Cookware
Boasting five alternating layers of 18/10 stainless steel and aluminium, the high-end All Clad LTD2 Signature cookware with a hard-anodised, satin-black finish enables optimum heating on any cooking surface without hot spots when sautéing, frying or searing. The 8-piece set includes a 2-quart saucepan with lid, a 3-quart sauté pan with lid, an 8-quart stock pot with lid, and 8- and 10-inch skillets. The exterior coating handles daily dishwasher use. The set withstands oven temperatures up to 260 degrees C, but should not be used under a grill. It is covered by a lifetime manufacturer's warranty.
Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Cookware
With three layers of aluminium between two layers of stainless steel in its base and the sides of its pots and pans, Calphalon Contemporary stainless cookware disperses heat quickly and evenly. This brushed stainless steel set includes an 8- and 10-inch omelette pan, a 1.5- and 3.5-quart sauce pan with cover, a 3-quart sauté pan with cover and an 8-quart stock pan with cover. The cast stainless steel handles stay cool to the touch. The tempered glass lids enable the chef to check and monitor what's being cooked with a glance. The cookware is dishwasher safe, and can be used in the oven up to 500 degrees. It comes with a lifetime warranty.
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