5 Best Stainless Steel Cookware Sets For Every Budget

The most versatile set of pots and pans you'll ever buy.

December 20, 2017
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calphalon stainless steel pot and pan set
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There’s a good reason professional chefs and avid home cooks would opt for stainless steel cookware above all else: Stainless steel is the perfect cooking surface for browning, searing, and sautéing foods, as well as deglazing to make pan sauces. 

Plus, with stainless steel (as well as cast iron and ceramic), there’s zero potential for funky toxins to leach into your food when used in the oven at high temperatures or under the broiler—which isn’t the case with certain nonstick pots and pans, which can start off-gassing toxins if exposed to temperatures beyond their specified range. 

Here, we featured our top 5 stainless steel cookware sets for every budget and cooking personality. Each set is dishwasher safe suitable for use on all stovetop types, including induction. 

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All-Clad stainless steel pot and pan set
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Best for serious wannabe chefs...

All-Clad Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded 10-Piece Cookware Set 

There’s a reason All-Clad cookware is so expensive. For one, it’s made right here in the USA (Canonsburg, PA!) out of quality materials. Additionally, the heat-conducting core of their pans (aluminum sandwiched between layers of stainless steel, known as tri-ply construction) extends across the bottom and all the way up the sides, which ensures even heat distribution without hot spots—unlike many cheaper sets that only feature a heat-conducting disc at the bottom. All-Clad cookware is also oven and broiler safe up to 600 F.

Buy now: $699.95, Amazon

Once you get yourself a new set of pots and pans, whip up this epic butternut squash soup!

Analon stainless steel pot and pan set
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Best for slightly less serious wannabe chefs...

Analon Tri-Ply Clad Cookware 12-Piece Set 

Analon stainless steel cookware, which also features tri-ply construction up to the rim, makes an amazing second choice for serious cooks if you can’t swing the hefty price tag of All-Clad. However, it’s oven and broiler safe to 500 F—still great, but not quite as impressive. But really, unless you're planning to compete on Iron Chef, this set likely delivers everything you need and more.

Buy now: $340, Amazon

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copper pan set
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Best if you value style as much as substance...

Calphalon Tri-Ply Copper and Stainless Steel 10-Piece Set 

How gorgeous is this cookware set? It features pots and pans with an aluminum core sandwiched between an inner layer of stainless steel and an outer layer of polished copper, all the way up the sides—which complements both contemporary and traditional kitchen styles. We’re also big fans of the flared lids, which make pouring liquids neat and easy. This set is oven safe to 450 F. (Love copper as much as we do? Check out these 20 gorgeous copper accessories and appliances your kitchen needs.) 

Buy now: $274.87, Amazon
 

calphalon stainless steel pot and pan set
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Best if you love to sneak a peek...

Cuisinart Contour Stainless Steel Tri-Ply 13-Piece Cookware Set

We love glass lids! They make it easy to see how things are cooking without lifting the lid and losing precious heat. Beyond that, this impressive set has flared lids for easy pouring, and features an aluminum core sandwiched between layers of stainless steel that extends across the bottom and up the sides of each pan. This set is oven and broiler safe up to 500 F. 

Buy now: $299.99, Amazon

Related: 6 Cast-Iron Cookware Sets That Will Last You A Lifetime
 

farberware stainless steel pot and pan set
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Best if you're on a budget...

Farberware Millenium Stainless Steal 10-Piece Cookware Set

Don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend, but still want something quality? Look no further than Farberware. This attractive stainless steel set features convenient glass lids, and is oven safe up to 500 F. The base of these pans features an aluminum core sandwiched in stainless steel; however, the aluminum core does not extend up the sides of the pan, meaning you’ll get less even heat distribution with this set than the others.

Buy now: $82.77, Amazon 

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