One of the best ways to get all of the pots and pans you need in a hurry is to buy them as a cookware set. These sets typically include a few saucepans, a couple of frying pans (skillets), a saute pan, and at least one stockpot.

The prices of these sets vary by manufacturer, but what they're made of is a more important factor. If you want to be able to start cooking without a big investment, you'll almost surely want to go with aluminum. Stainless steel is a step up, but won't break the bank. Going for something exotic, such as titanium, is going to require a fairly large investment.

Not every set that's made of the same thing is of the same quality. The thickness of the material, how evenly it's formed, and how the handles are attached all come into play. For these reasons, cookware from a famous-brand manufacturer is likely to be much more satisfactory than some generic or store-brand type.

For those who know that they'll do mostly one type of cooking, it can be a good idea to get sets that focus on just one kind of cookware. For example, you might want to try skillet sets, saucepan sets, cast iron cookware sets and similar collections that provide multiple sizes of the same type of pot or pan.

Here are some all-inclusive cookware sets that will be good for a variety of budgets. All of the ones on this page provide the basic equipment needed to boil or fry a range of foods so that you don't have to resort to nuking anything just to eat.


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KitchenAid Aluminum Nonstick 10-Piece Set

This is a good set of aluminum pieces that includes many lidded pans. Red and black colors are available.

KitchenAid Sculptured Stainless Steel 10-Piece Set

Move up to sculptured stainless steel for a better material and a design that goes beyond the basic. Exteriors are brushed stainless.


KitchenAid Tri-Ply Copper 10-Piece Set

Start your new home off with the top of KitchenAid's line with this three-ply cookware. A layer of stainless steel, one of aluminum, and one of satin-finish copper work together to provide even heating. All pieces have stainless steel bases, which stay flat on all cooking surfaces.




Cookware Materials:


Stainless Steel

Tri-Ply Copper