A cookware set is a nice option if you’re just starting out in a new apartment — or if all your pots and pans are looking a little worse for wear after over a year of cooking at home. With just one purchase, you’ll get all the pots and pans you might need and often for better value than buying each item individually. We’ve written about the best kitchen gear before — including the best frying pans and skillets, air fryers, and even chef-approved pots and pans — but here, we’ve rounded up the best cookware sets, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated (and least expensive) cookware set
- Amazon Basics 8-Piece Nonstick Kitchen Cookware Set
“Amazon has outdone themselves with making living luxury a bit more affordable,” says one of 16,500 five-star reviewers of this eight-piece cookware set. “These are truly nonstick pans. Of course, they aren’t copper quality or anything, but for an everyday pan set, they will nine times out of ten not let you down. Look no further.” That nonstick coating works incredibly well, according to one reviewer who left ramen noodles “in one of these bad boys to the point [that] all the water was out and the noodles more resembled a pancake,” and says that they still “slid right out of the pan.” And even though it’s not a luxury set, many say it’s a great option if you’re just starting out — or maybe starting over. “ I bought them as a Christmas gift for my ex-husband so he would return the pots and pans he took from me without asking,” writes another reviewer, and the ex-husband apparently “likes his new ones.”
Best complete cookware set
– T-fal Initiatives Nonstick Inside and Out Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe Cookware Set, 18-Piece
The largest set on our list, “This has every pan that you’ll need,” according to one reviewer. “Actually maybe more than you need.” In addition to some standard pieces — like a pot and two frying pans — this set also comes with a few extras, like a griddle and a set of utensils, which one reviewer describes as “not cheap and flimsy either.” As for the functionality of the pots and pans, one user says, “They cook even [and] get hot quick.” Others comment on how nonstick they are. One user forgot to oil up their pan before making pancakes, and reports, “They turned out perfect even without nonstick spray.” This makes them easy to clean, but even if you were to encounter a tough stain or stubborn residue, you can toss this set into the dishwasher for a deep clean.
Best cast-iron cookware set
- Cuisinel Cast Iron Cookware 11-Pc Set
This 11-piece Cuisinel set comes with seven different cast-iron pans that one five-star reviewer describes as “sturdy, thick and great!” They decided to switch over permanently to these cast-iron pans from non-stick after the eggs they cooked “didn’t stick after the flip (over-easy eggs) and I did not have to have them sitting in oil.” Another likes that they can “scrape away with a metal spoon and not fear any damage” and says the set is “so lovely to cook with.” It also comes with a rack, which “can hold ALL of the pans on them,” according to one reviewer. As for the pans themselves, they say they “Feel heavy/sturdy. Perfect to last me the rest of my lifetime.”
These three are the top picks in our list.