So you’ve decided that you need new cookware and you can’t decide what makes the best cookware set.
What do you do?
First you need to answer a few questions about yourself like what kind of cook you are.
How much time do you spend cooking?
Do you cook for fun and enjoyment or simply to feed the masses! Next, you need to understand the basics of how cookware companies present and sell cookware.
Do I need all of this stuff in the 30 piece set?
Finally you decide what pieces you will need to cook for your lifestyle and what materials the cookware should be made of. Let’s start with answering the questions about you!
What Kind of Cook Are You?
We like to break down cooking lifestyles into three groups: Busy Cooks, Entertaining Cooks, and Gourmet Cooks. Each group requires certain features built into the cookware to make the best cookware set for how they live. If you are in the Busy Cooks group, you need good tools that will get the job done and be easy on the cleanup.
No need for frills. If you are in the Entertaining Cooks group you need some bling. If you are in the Gourmet Cooks group, you want the latest technology in high performance cooking tools. You simply must have the best. Once you’ve answered this question, click on the appropriate link to find the detail and specifications of the cookware to meet your needs.
The first thing to learn is the whole piece count thing. How many pans do you get in a 20 PC set? Well, it depends. There are no rules that force companies to count pieces any certain way and they all “count” differently.
For sure, all cookware companies count the lids as a piece. Most of them also count kitchen tools such as spoons and spatulas as a piece. When it comes to measuring spoons and tool racks some of them count it and some don’t.
The important point is not to get caught up in the marketing of the piece count. You want to buy a cookware set for the cooking pieces you need to support the way you cook, not to fill your gadget drawer with a bunch of unnecessary extra potato mashers.
Why do they put these things in their sets?
Marketing edge and profit, of course
Don’t fall for it!
Watch out for pans that are too small for your needs. A 20 PC set may sound like you get a lot, but it the only skillet is 8” diameter and you have a family of 4 you need something larger. You will find yourself looking for a 10” or 11” skillet in a few weeks and may have to pay a higher price because it is “open stock”.
This happens more often than you think as cookware companies try to put a set on store shelves at a lower price point and they down size all of the pans. Make sure you know the size of the pans in the set and make sure that they are pans that you need! Following these steps will help you find the best cookware set for you.