Shopping for the best cookware set

I love watching cooking shows on TV. I usually pay keen attention to various cookware pieces used and I am on certain occasions tempted to replace my existing pans and pots that have been part of my kitchen for some time now. Indeed, I must admit that I have replaced some of my cookware pieces over time.

From personal experience, it is very beneficial to take into account several factors before you set out shopping for the best cookware set.

Type
There are different types of cookware sets and you need to determine which type best suits you. You have the option of buying cookware set made of either stainless steel, copper, cast iron or aluminum.

You also need to decide on whether you want a nonstick (coated) or uncoated cookware set. Note that nonstick cookware sets require minimal use of oil when cooking and are easy to clean. However, they are susceptible to scratch. Furthermore, food cooked in nonstick sets does not brown as required.

On the other hand, uncoated cookware sets provide for excellent food browning when cooking. However, they can take some time to clean.
What type is best for you? You may choose to do what I often do. Choose to buy a nonstick cookware set and through in two or three uncoated pieces or choose an uncoated cookware set and two or three nonstick pieces.

Features
The best cookware set should have features that will aid your cooking and make your cooking enjoyable. I do ensure that I only buy sets with glass lids that make it possible for me to see how my food is cooking without lifting the lid, which allows steam to escape.

I also pay attention to the cookware set handles when buying a set or pieces. Note that you have the option of buying a set with handles made of cast steel iron, plastic, silicone, wood or tubular stainless steel. It is also beneficial to consider how handles are designed. You are most likely to find welded, riveted and screwed handles. The best cookware set should have steady handles that are light but heat resistant.

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Brand
I know that this can be controversial. Is it necessary to consider the brand of a cookware set to buy? Not really. I have come to realize that although most people choose such top brands as Cuisinart, Anolon, Farbeware, Circulon and Rachel Ray that are well known, there are new entrants into the cookware industry that also offer quality cookware sets. Indeed, you can easily find your best cookware set by considering some of the little-known cookware brands available in the market at affordable price. It is important to note that there are manufacturers who produce cookware sets with mid-lower market segments as their main target markets. Such cookware sets turn out to be of the same quality as that of top brands.