My daughter is moving in with a few roommates, and we need indestructible, but decent, cookware. You can assume that the roomies will not be interested in taking care of their pots and pans, and may do things like leave them in a wet sink for a day or two, put water in a hot pan, use metal spatulas on non-stick surfaces, refuse to wash pieces by hand, etc. My recent experience has been with more expensive cookware, or cookware that requires handwashing, so I thought it might be best to ask my fellow hounds about their experiences. I am leaning toward stainless steel, but will consider other types. Budget up to about $400-$500 for a few basic pots and pans, does not need to be a matching set.
Here are the criteria:
-Non-stick for fry pans
-No glass lids
-Can be clad or disk bottomed, as they will probably be used on a variety of cooktops in the next few years
- Will not be subject to rust, chipping, or require re-seasoning on a regular basis. Must be able to survive 24-48 hours in a wet sink with the original food residue, plus water, in it, without rusting
- Oven safe to at least 400 degrees, including lid knobs
- Preferred welded handles, but will consider rivets for this set
All recommendations based on personal experience will be warmly welcomed. Thank you.