Whether you’re stocking your first kitchen or looking to upgrade your old pots and pans, a cookware set can be a major investment. With so many brands, from aesthetically-pleasing Our Place to iconic Le Creuset and a variety of materials (nonstick? ceramic? stainless steel?) out there, it can certainly be tough to choose. Luckily for you, we handpicked the 12 best cookware sets below for every type of home cook, plus tapped a cookware expert for her shopping tips.
To choose the best cookware sets (TLDR: Our top pick is the Caraway Cookware Set, $395), we pooled editor recommendations, our food teams' industry knowledge and a cookware expert's advice to determine the essential brands and pieces to shop. We then tapped an expert and parsed through tons of customer reviews to narrow the list even further.