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There are a lot of cookware brands to sort through these days and it’s hard to know where to begin. Chowhounds often take to the message boards to discuss the latest cookware innovation or to praise a Dutch oven, stockpot or cast iron skillet they’ve recently discovered or have been relying on for years.

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If you’re in the market for cookware and trying to figure out what’s worth your hard-earned cash or which pieces will best suit your specific cooking needs, don’t hesitate to start a discussion of your own and source opinions from our vast network of curious home chefs.

In the meantime, here are the top 25 most-discussed and mentioned pieces of cookware on Chowhound.

Staub Perfect Pan, $129.96 on Sur La Table

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Perfect? Well, it’s wide enough to sauté with reckless abandon, deep enough to pan-fry without oiling up the entire kitchen, and the enameled cast iron allows for high, even heat distribution, and easy cleanup. Oh, and did I mention it looks beautiful? So yeah, you could say this highly-versatile pan has earned its title.Buy Now

Demeyere 5-Plus 11-Inch Fry Pan, $119.95 on Amazon


The price tag may seem a bit high for a frying pan, but Demeyere is one of the brands pro chefs and experienced home cooks absolutely swear by. The 5-ply (five layers of metal) means it’s not only dense and conductive, but also strong and resistant to warping, so in a decade when the pan is still in good shape, it may not seem like such a crazy price.Buy Now

Kamadosan Clay Rice Cooker, $129.50 on Amazon


I can’t stop looking at this rice cooker and I want one in every room.Buy Now

Le Creuset Hard-Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan, $142.99 at Macy’s


You definitely want a good nonstick skillet in your cupboard but you don’t need to pay much more than $100. That’s because inevitably the nonstick surface will wear out and you’ll have to replace it, but the better quality—like this toughened deep fry pan from French legacy brand Le Creuset—the longer it’ll last. (Especially if you treat it right).Buy Now

Scanpan 10-Inch Nonstick Fry Pan, $99.95 on Amazon


Here’s an example of a slightly less expensive nonstick pan that’ll still get the job done. It may not be quite as tough as the Le Creuset, but it’s still made from reinforced aluminum, and a toxin-free nonstick coating for easy cooking, and cleanup.Buy Now

Staub Small Rustic Cocottes (set of 3), $59.96 on Sur La Table

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If you’re a serial host or hostess, you should have these eye-catching cocottes on hand for French onion soups, stews, and desserts like soufflé. They double as serving dishes for sides, and sauces and are available in white, red, and this rustic turquoise.Buy Now

All-Clad d3 Stainless Steel Weeknight Pan, $129.96 on Sur La Table

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Another versatile “any day” pan with a wide surface for searing and sautéing and high, sloped sides for sauces and stews.Buy Now

Staub 6-Quart Round Cocotte, $309.95 on Sur La Table

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The kind of cookware you leave out on the stove because it’s so fun to use but also it’s just so darn pretty. Enameled cast iron is easy to cook with, easy to clean, and perfect for stews, soups, braises, and other one-pot meals.Buy Now

NordicWare Baking Sheets (set of 3), $32 on Amazon


Ever buy a baking sheet and after four or five uses it starts to bend worse than a politician? Not these. Encapsulated galvanized steel means they are strong like bull, and fully worth the little bit of extra change.Buy Now

Cuisinart 6-Quart Stainless Saute with Cover, $69.95 on Amazon


This Cuisinart sauté pan comes in at a slightly lower price point then some on our list but you can still count on even heat distribution and durability from this bonded steel pan with tempered glass lid.Buy Now

Staub Ceramic Baking Dish, $24.95 on Sur La Table

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A reasonably-priced Staub baking dish for sweet and savory purposes in a charming, retro pastel hue.Buy Now

De Buyer Copper Skillet, $166 on Amazon


Copper cookware—besides being so darn pretty—is for precision cooking. It conducts heat as fast as anything but loses it quickly too making it ideal for delicate proteins you don’t want to overcook or melting chocolate and caramel. You may not use it every day or for everything, but if you can slide one into your arsenal you’ll be happy to have it.Buy Now

Related Reading: How to Care for Copper Cookware

Le Creuset 1.5-Quart Braiser, $159.96 on Sur La Table

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Smaller than a Dutch oven, this cast iron beauty is perfect for braising meats and veggies but shallow enough for a sear too. And it comes in all the beautiful colors of the Le Creuset rainbow.Buy Now

Demeyere Proline 11-Inch Stainless Fry Pan, $200 on Bed Bath & Beyond

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An 11-inch surface is as much as you’re likely to need for most pan jobs, and this is one of the better options if you can spring for it. Seven, count ’em, seven layers (most good brands use five) of metal alloy means it’s going to take a small army and a lot of use for this thing to show any real wear or warping. In fact, it comes with a 20-year manufacturer’s warranty from the century-old cookware brand!Buy Now

Tramontina 8-Piece Tri-Ply Stainless Cookware Set, $149.95 on Walmart


For the price point, this 8-piece cookware set receives high marks in verified purchases. It includes the essentials like two different sized frying pans, a sauté pan, two saucepans, and a stockpot.Buy Now

Related Reading: A Comprehensive Guide to Cookware

Williams-Sonoma Round Hammered Wok with Ring, $29 on Williams-Sonoma

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Using a big wok takes a couple tries to get used to but once you do, it’s a ton of fun and makes cooking stir-fries a dream. This hammered wok with wood handle has a certain rustic charm, and the ring is key for newbies since a round wok doesn’t balance so well on most stovetops.Buy Now

T-fal Pre-Seasoned Nonstick Cast Iron Skillet, $24.99 on Amazon 


This is a perfect starter skillet for cast iron newbies. It’s pre-seasoned so you don’t have to bother with that, and it’s just the right size to cook a few steaks, burgers, or chicken breasts without taking over your cookware storage. Nothing gets hotter and retains heat better than cast iron and it’s a joy to cook with.Buy Now

KitchenAid 3-Ply Copper 12-Inch Skillet, $38 on KitchenAid


If you want that undeniable copper core precision (and cool copper look) but without the eye-popping price, KitchenAid has created a line of more affordable copper cookware and this 12-inch skillet would be a good place to start. Remember, copper cookware is an especially fickle yet fast conductor of heat and takes special attention, but many elite chefs swear by it.Buy Now

Staub Rectangular Baking Dish, $24-$69 on Food52

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Even if you’re not an avid baker you should have one quality baking dish in your cookware arsenal. It’s great for savory bakes too like au gratins and casseroles. This lovely Staub baker comes in matte black and a more classic white.Buy Now

All-Clad Stainless Steel Simmer/Saute Pan, $179.99 on Bed Bath & Beyond


This unique pot from fan-favorite All-Clad was designed specially for simmering soups and stews, though it would make a fine stir-fry pan (if not a little heavy) given its sloping sides which keep the contents inside.Buy Now

Lodge Cast Iron Cookware Set, $79.95 on Amazon


Cooking with cast iron has a certain anachronistic charm but it also makes for extremely good eats. Though it may take longer to heat up, it holds heat longer than most other materials too, and seasoned cast iron cookware imparts a depth of flavor to food.Buy Now

Mauviel Copper Rondeau Pan, $398 on Bed Bath & Beyond

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You’ll want to dig out one of those 20 percent off coupons for this bad boy. A true showstopper of a rondeau pan with Mauviel’s signature copper sheen.Buy Now

Le Creuset Essential 4.25-Quart Oven with Accessories, $199.95 on Sur La Table

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Le Creuset is known for its dazzling colors, perfect design, and durable products. This Dutch oven has a slightly flattened shape compared to other dutch ovens, and comes with two darling bowls and a ladle for serving your creations.Buy Now

All-Clad Stainless Steel Roasting Pan, $99.99 on Sur La Table

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All-Clad is one of the cookware brands that comes up most with our readers. Beyond a sturdy construction, often from multi-ply reinforced and bonded metals, and reliable performance, it looks darn pretty great too. This roasting pan with rack is no exception and with the holidays fast approaching you’ll get plenty of use out of it still in 2019.Buy Now

Mauviel Copper Saute Pan, $200 on Crate & Barrel

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Mauviel has been crafting some of the world’s best cookware since 1830, and their signature copper pots and pans are known the world over. This perfectly sized 10-inch pan is your new go-to for precision cooking. Copper take some special care and attention but pays you back handsomely if you use it right. Buy Now

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