How to Choose the Best Stainless Steel Cookware

Chefs and home cooks use Stainless Steel Cookware every day. Here’s how to make sure you’re choosing the right tools.

Rachel Robey|Feb 04, 2022
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Stainless Steel Cookware

is the backbone of restaurants all over the world, so it’s no wonder why it is also the most trusted and popular type of cookware to have in your home kitchen. It’s durable, oven safe, and very hard to damage.

That said, not all Stainless Steel Cookware is created equal. In fact, there are key differences between different types of Stainless Steel pots and pans. Here’s how to determine you’re choosing the best type for your kitchen needs.

Cladded Cookware

The best Stainless Steel Cookware is commonly referred to as

Stainless Clad Cookware

, which means that the pan is constructed from various layers of different metals. While also available in 3-ply and 7-ply, the best type of Cladded Cookware is

5-ply Cookware

.

This means that there are five different layers of metal that make up the body of the pan. The different layers of metal ensure that the pan heats evenly and consistently, while also responding to changes in temperature quickly. This means nothing gets burnt and everything cooks at a consistent temperature.

Our Stainless Clad cookware features five layers of four different metals. The outer layers are stainless steel, ensuring that the bottom of the cookware is suitable for induction cooktops and that the top layer is safe to be in contact with food. The middle layers are aluminum, which helps conduct heat.

When shopping for Stainless Clad Cookware, you want to be sure that the 5-ply metal composition is consistent throughout the entire pan, not just the base. This helps your soups,

stocks

, chilis, and sauces cook evenly throughout, not just on the bottom.

Now that you know which kind of material your  Stainless Steel Cookware should be, here are some other key features to look out for.

Stay-Cool Handle

A stay-cool handle is imperative to cooking comfortably. Sometimes recipes call for ingredients to simmer for a long time on the stovetop or for constant stirring over low heat. If the handle is hot, you have to use a towel as a barrier, which isn’t ideal.

A stay-cool handle is hollow on the inside, which disperses the heat throughout the handle and keeps it from concentrating in one area. Please note that the handle can still get hot if the pan is sitting over a high heat burner for an extended period of time, so exercise caution if this is the case.

High Oven Temperature

If a Stainless Steel Pan can’t go in the oven, it is not worthy of being in your kitchen. Otherwise, you can kiss

searing thick steaks

and making frittatas or dutch babies goodbye.

Our

Stainless Clad Cookware

is oven safe up to 800F, meaning it is safe for any home oven, under any broiler, and even in a wood-burning oven.

Curated Collection

Before you buy cookware, it’s important to think of your kitchen as a whole. You want pans designed to excel at specific tasks, not one pan that can do eight different tasks somewhat well.

The best Stainless Steel Cookware should come in curated sets that include

Frying Pans

,

Saucepans

,

Saute Pans

,

Stock Pots

, and even more niche products like a

Rondeau

or a

Butter Warmer

.

Now that you have everything to shop for Stainless Steel Cookware, make sure you know

how to cook with it

and

clean it properly

.