Stainless Cookware, 2020 Editor’s Top Picks

Our web search indicates the following about food grade stainless steel cookware: it is healthier than cookware that is coated with PFAs or PTFE (PolyTetraFluoroEthylene, a synthetic substance, such as brand Teflon), it is corrosion resistant from most oxidizing acids (not all), non-toxic, non-absorbent, it is difficult for bacteria to adhere to and survive, it is lightweight, and easy to clean and sanitize. Stainless steel pans are best pre-heated low to medium heat before adding oil that is just enough to cover the pan’s surface, and thereafter, adding food that is at room temperature. Would not recommend cooking or heating highly acidic food or liquids for long cooking durations on stainless steel containers with nickel. Note that 18/10 also known as 304, and 21/0 represents the % composition of chromium and nickel, respectively, . Reading through various research materials on types of stainless steel is recommended.

Top picks:

Top picks were selected based only on disclosed product details. Click Picture for Price and manufacturer Details such as warranty, care, use, and contact information

  • The use of wooden utensils and hand wash to clean is recommended.
  • Care and caution is recommended when handling containers with hot food
  • Reading through reviews is recommended

Wooden Cooking Utensils selections:

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Homichef 3-ply made with 21/0 stainless steel
  • 21/0 stainless steel
  • food-grade Japanese standard Nickel free
  • 3-ply clad design
  • 2.5 quart sauteen pan
  • Polished body
  • Won’t react with food
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Oven safe
  • Tempered glass lid with steam vent.
  • Good price
  • Over 200 reviews
  • High average review rating
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Viking 3-ply made with 18/10 stainless steel
  • 18/10 stainless steel
  • Made in USA
  • 3-ply clad design
  • 2 pan size options to choose from
  • Polished stainless steel
  • Won’t react with food ( though cooking highly acidic food (e.g., tomato sauce or chili) for long cooking durations in stainless steel containers is not recommended )
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Oven, broiler and grill safe up to 6000F
  • Good price
  • Over 20 reviews
  • High average review rating
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All-Clad 5-ply made with 18/10 stainless steel
  • 18/10 stainless steel
  • Made in USA
  • Patented 5-ply bonding
  • 3 pan size options to choose from
  • Polished stainless steel cooking surface with starburst finish for stick resistance
  • Won’t react with food ( though cooking highly acidic food (e.g., tomato sauce or chili) for long cooking durations in stainless steel containers is not recommended )
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Oven and broiler safe up to 6000F
  • Higher price
  • Over 280 reviews
  • High average review rating

Care and caution is recommended when handling containers with hot food

Wooden Cooking Utensils selections: