5 Best Cookware Brands and What You Should Own from Each

Top 5 Cookware Brands: Le Creuset, KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Pioneer Woman, All-Clad

In a sea of cooking brands, it can be challenging to know which ones are actually worth buying. To make the decision easier, we compared products and scoured reviews to bring you our top cookware brands—and what you should own from each. From the KitchenAid mixer to the Cuisinart food processor, these culinary gadgets are a must-have for any home cook.

Best Cookware Brand for Oven-to-Table: Le Creuset

For almost a century, Le Creuset has been delivering quality cookware to chefs around the world. It offers a wide range of products from stainless steel pots to kitchen utensils, but the brand is best known for its colorful range of Dutch ovens. Crafted from enameled cast iron, these dishes can slow-cook, broil, braise, and more thanks to their heat retention properties. The Dutch oven comes in round or oval shapes and eight capacity options. In addition to its Dutch oven, the brand is also known for bakeware. Its signature roaster—which has 11 color choices—is perfect for homemade lasagna, pan-roasted chicken breasts, and holiday casseroles.

To buy:
Le Creuset Dutch oven, from $145; lecreuset.com
Le Creuset roaster, from $210; lecreuset.com

Best Cookware Brand for Baking: KitchenAid

Since its first mixer launched in 1919, KitchenAid has become a well-respected name in the culinary world. The brand produces kitchen appliances from coffee makers to refrigerators, but its most iconic workhorse is its stand mixer that comes in 46 colorways. There are several different sizes, but our pick for the avid baker is the five-quart option. Its powerful motor can handle up to nine dozen cookies in a single batch. Aside from whipping up a batch of dough, the KitchenAid mixer has several different attachments that transform it from a mixer to shredder, spiralizer, and more. You can also get different mixing bowls. Our pick: the KitchenAid Precise Heat Mixing Bowl. It displays temperatures for up to 10 hours so you can melt chocolate, heat soups, or make fondue for your next gathering.

To buy:
KitchenAid mixer, $500; kitchenaid.com
KitchenAid mixing bowl, $330; kitchenaid.com

Best Cookware Brand for Stove Top: All-Clad

Best known for being crafted in the United States (with American-made steel), All-Clad pots and pans stand out from other brands for being specially designed for professional chefs. But its reputation for quality has earned All-Clad cookware a place in home kitchens as well. This stainless steel cookware set features seven pieces, including a stockpot, sauté and fry pan, and saucepan. For home cooks who prefer more versatility, check out the 10-piece All-Clad cookware set. Another customer favorite: All-Clad skillets. This set features two non-stick frying pans that are also dishwasher-safe. Select the 8- and 10-inch sizes for a solid everyday set, or if you prefer larger pans, get the 10- and 12-inch pair.

To buy:
All-Clad cookware set, $500 (usually $630); macys.com
All-Clad skillets, from $48; amazon.com

Best Cookware Brand for Prep Work: Cuisinart

Cuisinart is a household favorite for prep work due to its incredible efficiency. In the 1970s the company launched the Cuisinart food processor, and it's still one of the brand's most popular products today. There have been several variations of the years, but the Elemental 8-cup is at the top of our list due to its 350 watts of power, reversible shredding and slicing discs, and easy-to-clean design. The Cuisinart blender comes in handy, too. The Smart Stick can mix delicious milkshakes, hot soups, garlic mashed potatoes, and more right in the pot, pitcher, or bowl—and detach for quick cleanup.

To buy:
Cuisinart food processor, $72; amazon.com
Cuisinart blender, from $26; amazon.com

Best Cookware Brand for Style: The Pioneer Woman

The Pioneer Woman's unique start and pretty patterns make it a standout in cookware collections. What originated as a blog quickly became a lifestyle brand starring celebrity chef Ree Drummond. Today, The Pioneer Woman offers an assortment of home and kitchen products that combine style with function. Its collaboration with the Canadian multi-cooker brand gave the best-selling Instant Pot a floral makeover without sacrificing any of the six functions—or price point. Complement gorgeous kitchen appliances with these Pioneer Woman dishes that both beautify the countertop and bake delicious casseroles, cakes, and other treats (and they're only $20). Bonus: They're also non-stick and dishwasher-safe.

To buy:
Pioneer Woman Instant Pot, $99; walmart.com
Pioneer Woman baking dishes, $20; walmart.com