Good quality brands for pots and pans include All-Clad, Cuisinart, Farberware and Circulon, according to Consumer Reports. Common types of cookware include non-stick, non-coated, infused materials and cast iron.
All-Clad primarily produces copper core and stainless steel products which tend to be on the higher end of the market. All-Clad products are mostly available through specialty and upscale department stores. The Emerilware line of products is endorsed by famous chef Emeril Lagasse.
Cuisinart offers products in multi-clad, hard-anodized and stainless steel materials. Pots and pans are also available in non-coated and non-stick versions. Options are available for mid-priced to higher-priced products. Popular retailers of Cuisinart cookware include Macy’s and Bloomingdale's.
Farberware is part of the Mayer Corporation and features mid-to-lower-priced products. Products are available in aluminum, stainless steel, non-stick and non-coated. Popular retailers of Farberware cookware include Wal-Mart, Target and Meijer.
Circulon primarily makes non-stick cookware; its brand targets the mid-priced to upper-priced market with a wide variety of options. Popular retailers of Circulon products include Sears and Bed, Bath and Beyond.
It is a good idea to examine pots and pans in-store to get a feel for the products before making a purchase. Picking the product up and feeling its weight, balance and how easy it is to grasp is especially important when purchasing higher-priced cookware.