Top 10 Cookware Pots and Pans You Really Need

A Listmania! list by jerry i h (Berkeley, CA USA)
The list author says: "Most people make the mistake of buying a whole closet full of expensive or junky cookware. You really only need a few pieces of high-quality, well-chosen cookware."
Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless 8-Inch Nonstick Omelet Pan
1.  Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless 8-Inch Nonstick Omelet Pan by Calphalon
The list author says:
  "This rather remarkable pan cooks evenly, OK to put into the oven, and the nonstick coating has lasted a couple of years."
Out of stock
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Farberware Millennium Soft Touch Stainless-Steel 12-Inch Nonstick Skillet
2.  Farberware Millennium Soft Touch Stainless-Steel 12-Inch Nonstick Skillet by Farberware
The list author says:
  "Cooks evenly, big enough to fry a whole chicken cut into parts. My favorite non-stick piece of cookware. Cooks breakfast every weekend and holidays."
Out of stock
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

Mauviel M'Heritage Copper M250C 6504.22 8.6 Inch Round Frying Pan, Cast Iron Handle
3.  Mauviel M'Heritage Copper M250C 6504.22 8.6 Inch Round Frying Pan, Cast Iron Handle by Mauviel
The list author says:
  "Thick copper cooks better than anything else in the world. Fabulous fry pan in all cases when you do not need non-stick. I love cooking in this pan."
$264.74   Used & New from: $251.09
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Bourgeat Saute Pan w/ Cast Iron Handle 9.5" & Lid
4.  Bourgeat Saute Pan w/ Cast Iron Handle 9.5" & Lid by Matfer Bourgeat
The list author says:
  "The big Kahuna of cookware: thick copper and a stainless steel lining. Versatile, cooks great. Expensive and heavy, but worth it."
$423.15

All-Clad Stainless 1-Quart Saucier Pan
5.  All-Clad Stainless 1-Quart Saucier Pan by All-Clad
The list author says:
  "Perfect for cooking small amounts of food: sauces, delicate sautes, ramen noodles, re-heating, etc. The flared sides means you can get a whisk or spoon inside easily."
$79.96   Used & New from: $79.95
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

All-Clad 7202 Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded 2-Quart Saucepan with Lid  Cookware, Silver
6.  All-Clad 7202 Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded 2-Quart Saucepan with Lid Cookware, Silver by All-Clad
The list author says:
  "Exceptionally thick metal on the bottom and up the sides cooks evenly. This odd looking pan is surprising versatile, and gets used quite often."
$124.95   Used & New from: $124.50
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

All-Clad Master Chef 2 3-1/2-Quart Saucepan with Loop
7.  All-Clad Master Chef 2 3-1/2-Quart Saucepan with Loop by All-Clad
The list author says:
  "Versatile pan you can do almost anything in. Thick metal on the bottom and up the sides cooks better than any other saucepan. The helper handle is important; the full pot can weigh several pounds."
Out of stock
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 9-1/2-Quart Oval French Oven, Flame
8.  Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 9-1/2-Quart Oval French Oven, Flame by Le Creuset
The list author says:
  "My favorite ovenware. The proper pot for roasting, braising, en cocotte. Perfect for stews, chili, and food needing low and slow cooking covered in an oven. The oval will fit a much larger piece of meat than the conventional round one; the cost is higher, but so is the versatility."
Out of stock
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Progressive International 8-Quart Spaghetti Steamer Cooker
9.  Progressive International 8-Quart Spaghetti Steamer Cooker by Progressive International
The list author says:
  "Versatile steamer, pasta cooker, and stock pot. Will only work on those foods that are mostly water, e.g. soup or boiling water. Not for stew, chili, braising, etc."
Out of stock
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

16 Inch Carbon Steel Wok w/ 2 Steel Handles (Flat Bottom) USA Made
10.  16 Inch Carbon Steel Wok w/ 2 Steel Handles (Flat Bottom) USA Made by Wok Shop
The list author says:
  "Classic spun steel wok; please get the real thing. Works on both electric and gas stoves. Being ordinary steel, you must learn how to care for it from a good book on chinese cooking."
$28.52   Used & New from: $24.95
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

All-Clad 700393 Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded 7-Piece Cookware Set, Silver
11.  All-Clad 700393 Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded 7-Piece Cookware Set, Silver by All-Clad
The list author says:
  "Economical set of well chosen pots and pans. If you can afford it, this set is all you really need. All Clad is my favorite brand of cookware, second only to genuine, thick copper like Mauviel."
$399.95   Used & New from: $350.00
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Mauviel M'Heritage Copper M250C 6501.00 5-Piece Copper Cookware Set, Cast Iron Handle
12.  Mauviel M'Heritage Copper M250C 6501.00 5-Piece Copper Cookware Set, Cast Iron Handle by Mauviel
The list author says:
  "If you are going to get a cookware set, you might as well get the best. Thick copper lined with stainless steel; heavy, cast iron handles stay cool for a long time. It will give you a lifetime of gourmet food, and something to give to your grandchildren."
$884.95
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

All-Clad 5000-9 Stainless 9-Piece Cookware Set
13.  All-Clad 5000-9 Stainless 9-Piece Cookware Set by All-Clad
The list author says:
  "Not quite as good a deal as the 7 piece set, but you will never need to buy another pan ever again."
$599.95   Used & New from: $580.00
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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Last updated: 1/18/10
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