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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