So what’s important to look for in the best inexpensive cookware.
First of all everything, everything is relative when it comes to price. What might be expensive to some people might not be for others. What are your needs?
So I’m going to base my article on what is available in the lowest price range possible.
When choosing cookware a lot depends on your skill level and your desires to cook. Some people love to cook and spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Other people just cook out of necessity. So, naturally someone who likes to cook would appreciate better cookware.
So first you have to decide what category you fall into. There are many options for you to choose from. Choosing the right cookware for your needs takes some consideration.
1. What are your needs in the kitchen?
2. How large is your family?
3. Do you cook often?
4. Do you entertain often?
5. How much storage space do you have?
These are some things to consider when deciding to purchase new cookware. Sometimes the cheapest is not the smartest way to go. It could end up costing more in the long run.
A rule of thumb when picking out new cookware is, make sure you have at least
- 1 medium size skillet or fry pan.
- A couple of different size sauce pans
- At least 1 large stock pot or Dutch oven
- other than that it would be a personal preference
- Do you like cast-iron cookware?
All the cookware should be versatile enough to go from the stove top to the oven and another plus would be that it is induction ready. You never know, an induction stove top or stove may be in your future.
Also, it might be more cost effective to buy individual pieces as opposed to a complete set.
Also, be aware of weight, what does not seem heavy now in a few years could feel very heavy, especially when your pan is filled with food.
I will start out at the lowest price range possible. This is the first set I will show you.
The T-fal $54.82 This is non-stick inside and out. Dish-washer and oven safe to 350 degrees.
10 pieces in Charcoal, this cookware is very reasonable with plenty of pieces to ensure you can cook a complete meal, from soup to nuts.
8 inch saute` pan
9.5 inch saute` pan
11 inch saute` pan
1 quart such pan with lid
2 quart sauce pan with lid
5 quart Dutch oven
Easy, non-stick 10 pieces set includes all the pieces you need to plan and cook everyday delicious meals. This set is very durable, dishwasher safe for ease in clean-up. High quality, non-stick interior helps with healthy lifestyle by cooking without oils.and fats.
The heavy gauge contributes to efficient cooking, with even heat.
Non-stick exterior is also easy to clean
Ceramic interior is PTFF-PFOA free and also cadmium-free.
Limited lifetime warranty, and safe for all cooking methods, except induction. Can be used on stove top up to 570 degrees and 350 degrees in the oven.
Perfect for browning meat and poultry creating crispy and delicious cooked foods. Distributes heat evenly with no hot spots or problems with sticking. It even has a one-egg wonder.
For best results.
- Preheat stove top
- low to moderate heat
- no fat needed, but fat will add flavor when cooking
- Do not use aerosol cooking sprays on the ceramic interior
- Non-stick exterior is also easy to clean
- very reliable cooking results
The next set I’m going to feature is the$80.00 Farberware High Performance Non-stick 17 Piece Cookware
- 1 quart saucepan/ with lid
- 2 quart sauce pan/ with lid
- 5 quart Dutch oven
- 10 inch skillet/ with lid
- 8 inch skillet/ with lid
- 11 inch square griddle
- cookie baking sheet
- 6 kitchen utensils
This set is considered very durable and will last a long time. It has a life-time warranty, easy to clean and is truly non-stick.
Oven-safe to 350 degrees, and cookie sheet to 450 degrees.
It’s unusual to include a griddle in a set, but it’s very good for pancakes. Both the skillets and griddle have the unique feature of the Smart Glide non-stick dimpled surface.
Double riveted handles have a good grip and shatter resistant glass lids seal in moisture and heat.
All in all, a good quality set for the price.
Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe 10-Piece Cookware Set, Orange
With this cookware you will be able to create exciting and delicious meals with very little effort.
Dinner time is never boring with the help of Rachael Ray cookware. Create all of Rachael’s inspiring recipes with the help of this versatile cookware.
Rachael Ray Hard-Anodized cookware is the perfect low priced set that anyone can afford and has great style, and this 10-pieces set certainly fits the bill.
With all the essential pieces you can make enjoyable meals every day. Hot spots are all but eliminated with the hard-anodized construction, which provides even heat,
The cookware is coated with a sturdy nonstick finish both inside and out for no-hassle food release and easy clean up. The tempered glass lids let you keep an eye on your food while it cooks, helps keep heat and moisture sealed in.
Grippy handles feature bright orange padding for a comfortable feel. This cookware is oven safe to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and dishwasher safe for convenient, fast and simple cleanup.
Included in this set:
1 quart saucepan/with lid
2 quart saucepan/with lid
6 quarts covered stockpot
3 quart saute`/with lid
8.5 inch skillet
10 inch skillet
Also, has a lifetime warranty.
Cuisinart 66-11 Chef’s Classic Non-stick Hard-anodized 11 piece Cookware Set $92.94
This cookware set has a very hard exterior, harder than stainless steel, creating good durability and outstanding performance. The pans have excellent heat distribution, heat up quickly and evenly, helping to eliminate hot spots.
Ouantonium non-stick surface has been strengthened with titanium, helping to release food easily and to have easy cleanup. Good for all cooking methods and safe to use with metal utensils.
Riveted handles stay cool to the touch with pouring rims on the pans to help prevent spills.
Tempered glass lids allow you to observe your food while it is cooking.
A very good choice.
Those are a few of the cookware that I featured in this post. I hope it was helpful and took some of the mystery out of cookware on the less expensive side. Click on any image to check out this cookware.
Thanks, and if you like this article or have any questions or comment, please leave them below and I will get back to you as soon as possible, Deanna