Top cookware brands as of 2015 include All-Clad, Anolon and Calphalon, according to Consumer Reports. These brands are all priced higher than others due to their high quality. Mid-priced top brands include Cuisinart and Farberware.
All-Clad is one of the highest priced brands of cookware but it is rated as being of the highest quality as well. Cuisinart and Farberware provide good economical alternatives. The main difference in craftsmanship between the brands is the type of materials used. All-Clad is made of stainless steel and copper for better heat retention and longer term use. Cuisinart and Farberware are more widely available at department and kitchen stores and offer a wide range of sizes and styles.
Another good resource is ConsumerSearch.com which reviews both expert and user reviews and provides a list of the Best Cookware.