When it comes to cookware, the choice is endless. And whether you’re a seasoned pro or fairly new to the cooking game, there’s a perfect cookware set for you. We recommend cookware sets for so many reasons – one of them being the fact that they ensure a matching look across your kitchen. Another reason is that they provide a range of different pans and cooking equipment, saving you the hassle of shopping for separates. If you pick up a set that’s versatile and made of anodised aluminium or non-stick material (for easy cleaning), it can last for many years.
Moving into your first home? We recommend choosing a cookware set with individual items so that you can use each piece for a unique purpose. For example, if buying a cookware set containing multiples of the same item, you might find that certain pieces often go unused. Choose from one of our affordable variety sets (there are many!), which will ensure you have the right pan for every cooking need. A standard set will normally contain at least one saucepan, a frying pan and sometimes a cooking pot.
Stainless steel cooking sets are a great choice for those on a budget. Sturdy, non-reactive and relatively cheap, they’re hard to scratch and thus stay naturally shiny for longer. Anodised aluminium is another great material choice thanks to their stick-free properties and strong heat conduction – although be aware that these pans are not dishwasher-safe and should be handwashed. For any pans with a non-stick surface, remember that they also not suitable for use in a dishwasher.
Cast iron cookware sets are another perfect option – particularly if you’re into cooking traditional dishes and want something that will last forever. Durable, heat retentive and able to be used on both the hob and oven, cast iron cookware often comes in different shades and ceramic coatings, proving an aesthetic addition, as well as a practical one.