If you're someone who loves spending time in the kitchen, there's nothing quite like unwrapping a brand new set of cookware and whipping up something yummy. With the right tools, you can fry the perfect egg, make a soup that warms your soul, or pull together a delicious stir fry—and all without worrying that you'll have a gigantic mess to clean up afterward. (We've all experienced our pancake sticking to a crappy pan, and never coming off.) Lucky for you: We scoured the internet for best affordable cookware sets to help you cook the meals of your dreams... minus the mess. And since you get everything you need in a set, this lets you condense and organize your kitchen (we give you permission to throw away that old pan from college) for the new year.
Below, you'll find comprehensive cookware sets that all ring up to be less than $200. Whether you prefer cooking with copper, aluminum, or stainless steel, we found a set that will last you years and years to come. (Now you just have to decide what you're going to cook first!)
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The best affordable cookware sets for easy, healthy cooking
This 14-piece Cuisinart set is perfect for those who are equipping their kitchen from scratch. You’ll get all the basics (like frying pans and pots), as well as more specialty items like a five-quart casserole dish and a three-quart saucepan. Every piece is oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and dishwasher safe. This set truly can do it all.
Get the pots and pans you need plus some wooden stirring utensils. This set is made of aluminum that heats up quickly, and is free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium. Plus, the red color makes every piece a striking addition to your kitchen aesthetic.
This more affordable 11-piece set comes equipped with four pots, two frying pans, a sauce pan, and a strainer that fits into a larger pot for easy, peasy pasta cooking. If you’re someone who doesn’t spend a ton of time cooking, but still wants to cover their bases, this set will help you do so without breaking the bank.
If you like the idea of a more simple cookware set, this 10-piece collection is for you. It offers all the necessities without the accessory pots and pans you might use once in a blue moon, all in a mineral-infused coating that’s nonstick and scratch resistant. The neutral color will also blend in with pretty much any kitchen, so that’s a win.
Steam veggies. Cook curries. Make French toast. Whatever you’re in the mood for, this nonstick glazed aluminum set will help you have a meal on the table in no time flat. And given that each piece of cookware is only $10 a pop, you won’t be breaking the bank either.
Some chefs swear by copper pots and pans because they’re lightweight, corrosion resistant, and hang onto heat really well. They also tend to last a long, long time—so if you’re looking for a set that will carry you through thousands of meals, this is it. It’s also important to note that this set is anti-chip, which is key when you’re cooking with copper because you don’t want it to wind up in your food.
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