Would you like to have a healthier diet, while eating roughly the same foods as before? How about adding an extra hour to your day? Or maybe just update your life and your kitchen a little bit? Then I suggest you try real, high quality, non-stick pots and pans. This may sound strange, but all I ask is that you read my article about the best non-stick cookware sets, and decide for yourself.
Why Should You Buy A Non-stick Cookware?
Before I answer your (seemingly) paradoxical questions, let’s first explain what I mean by “non-stick pots and pans“. Non-stick sets are simply cookware sets that are typeered in such a way that food does not stick to its surface. Now, what does this mean to you? Well, first of, you improve your diet. Just imagine how much fat and oil you ingest weekly by just using it to cook.
You may count calories and try to eat healthy, but is that broccoli and lean chicken breast really that healthy and really that lean, when it’s fried or cooked in a ton of oil or fat? Before non-stick cookware you either had the choice to either burn your food (and your pots and pans) or to eat that extra fat and oil.
How about that hour you spend wrecking your back and joints, and dipping your hands into a ton of chemicals just so you could get that stubborn pan clean? The last thing you need after a good, tasty meal is to spend your valuable relaxation time on cleaning stubborn fat and oil of your pans. Whatever your job or lifestyle are like, you can only improve your life by getting non-sick cookware.
How to Choose The Best Non-stick Cookware Sets
The first thing that you need to keep in mind when choosing is the material the cookware is made of. This is very important, as buying cookware is an important and long-term investment. Ideally, these should last you for years, with minimal decrease in quality over a long duration of time. The main types are stainless steel, copper, cast iron and aluminum.
The Power of Pure Aluminum
Pure aluminum varies. If it is hard anodized, then it is a quality choice. However, if not, the food can, at high temperatures, soak up some of the material. Finally, cast iron is both the most durable, and the hardest type, but also without a doubt the heaviest and most difficult to clean. Also, you do need a bit of oil to cook, unless it has a special coating.
How Stainless Steel Stands Out
Stainless steel, especially those that are combined with aluminum, are an excellent, though sometimes pricey choice. They have high durability and medium weight. Copper is very rare and expensive, but it has amazing oven heat conductivity. However, they are difficult to maintain.
Weight is another important factor. While lighter pans are easy to clean and use, they have a much smaller cooking surface (and durability) than their heavier counterparts. Heavy cookware is difficult to clean, but the heft and feel guarantee long lasting products, plus they are more versatile. You can, of course, opt out for some medium weight items, though if you can handle the weight, and utilize them effectively, the heavy ones are probably the best choice.
Things You Shouldn’t Miss
The lids and handles should also not be ignored. This may seem insignificant, but cookware that seems affordable, while being of a high-quality make, may end up having low-quality lids and handles, in an effort for the producers to save some money on production. Check if the lid fits snugly and if the handles are strongly fixed and welded (or riveted) to the pan.
What to Watch Out For
The fact that cookware that has non-stick coating is toxic is vastly overblown. However, you do have to keep certain things in mind. First, never, ever, put cookware with plastic or rubber handles in the oven. A good product should either have carbon/metal handles or allow you to remove them. Also, you shouldn’t use metal utensil when stirring your food, they can damage your pans.
Another thing you should keep in mind is that extreme temperature changes can damage and warp your cookware. While this may not happen as often on higher end products, you should still err on the side of caution and just wait a few minutes for your pans and pots to cool down.
On non-stick cookware that is coated with Teflon, you should check the label and see the maximum heat they can be subjected to. While the cheaper products can’t go above 375°F, and the better ones to 450°F, I still advise to check the manufacturers warning and to never go above the 350°F.
Finally, avoid using hard detergents. These are bleach, dishwasher detergents and other cleaners, and they can damage the coating. I suggest using the same ones that you use when hand washing your dishes. Also, don’t wait, but wash them as soon as you can, as the left-over oils can seep into the coating of the cookware.
I suggest this video to help you with cleaning your pan if you accidentally burned some of your food:
The Best Non-stick Products!
These are, in my humble opinion, the best products on the market. They are affordable, durable and come from proven and respected companies. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, however, whichever one you try, you will definitely not be disappointed.
5th: Rachael Ray Hard Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set
Kicking things off, meet Rachel Ray! It has a nice, elegant and simple design and you can order it in a multitude of vibrant colors. The price is just amazing for the quality you get, as each piece of this sat will make your life much easier. Its special build eliminates any hotspots, this allowing your food to cook evenly and avoid any chance of one part of your meal being burned.
The sets special ergonomic handles will make cooking easy and fun, and the glass lids, while allowing you to see your food being cooked, are also reinforced and will last a long time. It is important to note that it must be hand washed, as putting it in the dishwasher will damage the non-stick coating. The handles are rubberized and can withstand up to 350 degrees in the oven.
This cookware set includes one – quart covered saucepan, a two-quart covered saucepan. It also has a six-quart covered stockpot, a three-quart covered sauté pan, and two skillets, on 8,5 inch and the other 10 inch. Anything you would like to cook, from Chinese food, to soups to stews to simple fried eggs, all in just this one high quality and affordable set.
Tempered glass lids
Not dishwasher friendly
4th: Rachael Ray 14-Piece Hard Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set
This top-notch, and huge, set has everything, but the kitchen sink! First of all, it’s so durable, it may as well last you a lifetime. The handles are certainly not going anywhere, on account of the double riveting that keeps them in place. What makes it shine are just the added elements.
For example, the baking sheet is made out of carbon, making it very durable and long lasting, while at the same time eliminating any risk of damage or the material seeping into the food.
Maybe the only problem with this product is that it just has so much. However, if you are a true chef and you do not like to limit yourself in any way, you should not pass up on this product. It includes 2 skillets, 2 saucepans, a stockpot, a sauté pan, a baking sheet and three special Rachel Ray silicone based utensils.
Carbon steel baking sheet
Silicon and nylon prep tools
Not everybody needs such a huge set
3rd: Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Cookware Set
Non-stick cookware is generally easy to wash, but this set might be the easiest of all. While most sets need to be hand washed (not as arduous as one might think thanks to their coating), this one can be easily and without fear put into the dishwasher.
The handles are rubberized, allowing for ergonomic and pleasant grip. Another nice addition is the reinforced, tempered glass, adding just that extra inch of safety and durability you would like. However, some have claimed that the pots are not as thick and durable as others are, especially at the bottom. However, with careful cooking and cleaning, you will avoid any problem.
This amazing set includes a two covered saucepans (1 and 2 quarts) a 6-quart, covered stockpot, 3-quart covered sauté pan and two skillets (8,5 and 10 inches).
Tempered glass lids
A bit thinner than most at the bottom
2nd: Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set
This stylish set immodestly sets out a rustic feeling, seen in its colors and design. It’s made out of aluminum, and a hard enamel porcelain exterior. This will save the set from any scratches and dents for a long time. Each part of the set is heavy, however, this being a good or a bad thing is up to you. The handles themselves are also sturdy, made from stainless steel.
The pots can withstand up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and so can be put into the oven without fear. Unfortunately, some have reported that the color tends to disappear after long periods of use, though this, of course, does not influence the food in any way.
It includes two covered saucepans (1-quart and 3-quartt), one 6-quartt covered stockpot, two skillets (8-inch and 10-inch), and one 3-quart covered sauté pan.
Dual-riveted rubberized stainless steel handles
Shatter-resistant glass lids
Colors tend to fade after longer periods of use
1st: T-fal E765SC Ultimate Hard Anodized Scratch Resistant Titanium Nonstick
And now, the No. 1, the gold medal, the best non-stick coockwear on the market – the one and only T-fal E765SC! If you aren’t a very skillful cook, this set can help you become more confident and may even make you fall in love with cooking. What makes this set special is the Thermo-Spot heat indicator, which will show when the pan is preheated correctly, signifying that its ready to use thus ready for use.
So, you just have to wait until the ring is solid red and then feel free to start cooking. When using a pan with not so comfortable handle, it often happens that the pan slips out of your hands, and you end up frustrated or even injured. With this set, you won’t have to worry about that since riveted silicone handles provide both the safety and comfort.
However, it is not as scratch resistant as some other sets are, and not as thick (though the reinforced base reduces the chance of it warping). The twelve piece set includes an 8-inch and a 10.25-inch frying pan, a 5.6-quart covered Dutch oven, three covered saucepans (each respectively being 1.1-quart, 2.3-quart, and 3.2-quart), as well as a nylon solid spoon and slotted spatula for stirring or serving.
Hard anodized aluminum
Thermo-Spot heat indicator
Lower scratch resistance
So we did a couple of non-stick cookware sets reviews. We explained what types there are, what you should look out for and what you should definitely avoid. The products themselves all have their strong suits and weak points, and it’s up to you to decide.
In our opinion, the clear winner is the T-fal E765SC. The material is very good, and the company has not pinched pennies on the handles and lids. They are oven safe and you even have the nice addition of seeing your food getting cooked. While all the products on our list are of a high quality, we believe this one is all you need to just get into the kitchen and enjoy cooking like you never had before!