Some brands of highly rated cookware are All-Clad, Calphalon, Cuisinart, Nordic Ware and Le Creuset. Many professional chefs consider All-Clad the best cookware brand on the market.
In 2009, Cook's Illustrated ran a review of different brands of cookware in which it concluded that All-Clad was the best set available. The reviewers declared that All-Clad pans in particular were well-designed. They praised the All-Clad skillet's generous cooking surface and its low, flaring sides, which prevented steam for better browning. They also described the All-Clad stockpot and saucepans as being solid enough to maintain a gentle simmer yet light enough to easily maneuver around the kitchen. Although All-Clad was the most expensive of the reviewed brands, the Cooks Illustrated reviewers concluded that it was worth the price due to its superior performance and design. All-Clad cookware has also received positive reviews from Good Housekeeping.
Calphalon is another highly rated brand of cookware. Good Housekeeping has positively reviewed the Calphalon Dutch oven, while online retailer Williams-Sonoma has given high marks to the brand's non-stick fry pans and saucepans and the Unison Sear Nonstick Grill Pan. Calphalon's Unison Nonstick Cookware Set and the Simply Calphalon Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set have also received good reviews on the website and on the online store Cooking.com.
Highly rated brands of cookware are sold in a wide price range and offer various features. Cookware brands meet the needs of skills ranging from novice to highly experienced. Features that are commonly discussed as important for cookware include the cookware materials, design and durability. For example, some cooks prefer copper cookware, while others prefer stainless steel, enamel, porcelain or non-stick materials.
Other websites to research cookware include restaurant specialty stores and boutique kitchen stores. It can help to discuss specific cooking needs and a budget with an experienced cookware sales associate to determine which brands and items are budget and skill-level appropriate.