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Cookware sets can be tricky kitchen tools to shop for, since they come in a variety of materials and surfaces. Your cooking habits can be a good indicator of the pots and pans you might need. Perhaps you cook a lot of eggs, so nonstick surfaces are a nonnegotiable. Or maybe you love cooking a good steak, so a cast-iron skillet might be a better fit. When it comes to shopping high-performing cookware sets, the ease of use, the required cooking temperature, and the durability of the material are just a few factors to consider.
Since we’ve been cooking a lot more with the spread of the new COVID variant, we’ve learned a thing or two about selecting cookware sets that will last a while and deliver the perfect dishes whether you’re a beginner or established home chef. Because most sets tend to command a premium, being critical when shopping is paramount as you likely won’t be looking to replace yours every year. We’ve rounded up a few bestselling options available at different price points.