Cookware and Pan Buyer's GuideYou can shop for many different types of cookware here at Pots and Pans. We've split the cookware collection into various categories to make it easier to find the product you want. We also have a Cookware Buyer's Guide, with a comparison chart that summarises the features of the main cookware ranges we sell. If you are shopping for baking equipment, see our Oven and Bakeware Guide for more information.
We stock a wide selection of cookware sets in various materials, such as stainless steel, cast iron and hard anodised aluminium.
Search our collection of saucepans, milk pans, chef pans and other similar types of cookware.
We stock frying pans in a wide range of sizes and materials, including non-stick, from small omelette pans to large crepe pans
Search for all types of casserole (dutch oven), stew pot, stock pot and similar types of cookware.
See our collection of ridged grill pans, side-handled grills, flat griddles and planchas.
Shop for standard, side handled and flared saute pans, available in copper, aluminium and stainless steel.
See our collection of woks, stir-fries and other types of oriental and Asian cookware and accessories.
Vegetable steamers, multi-steamers and steamer inserts that can be used with other pans.
Shop for egg poachers, pasta pots, paella pans, tagines, fondues, maslin pans, stove-top kettles and other specialist cookware.
Induction cooking requires cookware with specific features, which we have listed for your benefit.
We stock a large range of cookware with non-stick coatings.
See our wide range of cast iron cookware in colours to suit every style of kitchen.
We have a huge selection of stainless steel, with pans for almost any cooking task conceivable.
Twice as strong as stainless steel, hard anodised aluminium is a robust cookware material.
Copper has a style of its own, and contains unique cookware products that are not available in other materials.
Cast or enamelled aluminium pans are good conductors of heat and resistant to many forms of corrosion.
Several ranges of enamelled cookware,mostly with a non-stick surface. This includes a choice of colourful enamelled stove top kettles from a choice of famous brands...
Stoneware is an ideal material for ovenware as it's dense, impermeable and hard enough to resist scratching by metal utensils.
Cookware Buyer's Guide
A kitchen staple, your pots and pans are an integral part of the cooking process so we’ve put together this Cookware Buying Guide to offer a little help with choosing the best cookware for you. Our Brand Comparison Chart gives a summary of the features of our main cookware ranges and brands. If you already know what you want, narrow down your search by cookware type or material with the categories listed above. Looking for advice on oven dishes and baking items? We also have a separate Oven and Bakeware guide with more information on the different types of baking equipment and ovenware available from Pots and Pans.
Take your time and consider all the various options before choosing which cookware suits you. There is no easy answer to 'right and wrong' types, as different styles of cookware have different strengths and weaknesses. Most importantly don't hesitate in mixing types of cookware if you want to buy individual pans from different ranges - there is nothing wrong in having a stainless steel stockpot for making soup, a non-stick skillet or frying pan for a 'fry-up', a cast iron grill pan for a steak and a different set of saucepans. The key point is there are no hard and fast rules, just make sure to choose the cookware you'll enjoy using and that suits your needs best.
The vast majority of our pans are suitable for use on all hob types. However if you have an induction hob there may be a few ranges which are not suitable. Have a look at our induction specific ranges, to make sure you get compatible pans for your cooker. If you have an AGA style cooker, you may want to consider a pan range constructed from cast iron, as heavier weight pans tend to perform best on these types of hob. AGA even has their own range of cookware, specifically for this kind of cooker.
Non-Stick or Not?
One of the most basic starting points is what type of finish would you prefer on the inside of your pan? A stainless steel surface is robust, dishwasher safe and suitable for use with metal utensils. It can also be more effective than a non-stick surface when used to sear meats. A non-stick surface is excellent for when you are cooking with sticky foods such as porridge or scrambled eggs; it is arguably easier to clean afterwards. However it is less resistant against metal utensils and is generally dishwasher safe but will definitely last longer if washed by hand.
What's It Made From?
We have pan sets available in stainless steel (enamelled or not), aluminium, hard anodised aluminium, cast iron and copper. Each of these materials have different merits, click through to read more about a specific material…
- Durable and strong, built to last.
- Ideal for stockpots
- Normally thinner than purely stainless steel pans, yet enamelled surfaces can be easier to clean
- Ideal for saucepans or roasting tins
- Lightweight and great heat conductor
- Ideal for non-stick frying pans
- Lightweight but stronger than regular aluminium, great heat conductor
- Ideal for non-stick saucepans or frying pans
- Long-lasting and retains heat extremely well
- Ideal for casseroles and grills
- Very responsive to heat changes, preferred by professional chefs
- Ideal for saucepans – perfect for sugar work
Compare the different brands we stock by taking a look at the following table.
|Le Creuset Cast Iron||A kitchen icon! Enamelled cast iron, traditional French style cookware with phenolic heat resistant handles. Available in various colours and a large range of sizes.||Y||Y|
|Le Creuset 3-Ply Stainless Steel||High grade stainless steel and a dash of aluminium are the ingredients - the technically advanced 3-ply metal sandwich uses an aluminium core to spread the heat evenly, so there are no hotspots.||Y||Y|
|Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick||Heavy gauge forged aluminium cookware range, developed in conjunction with consumers. Features a hard wearing 'metal utensil safe' non stick coating.||Y||Y|
|Jamie Oliver Professional Stainless Steel by Tefal||Endorsed by Jamie Oliver, the range features high quality stainless steel, a heavy gauge aluminium core base and riveted soft touch handles. Suitable for all hob types.||Y||Y|
|Jamie Oliver Hard Anodized by Tefal||Hard Anodised pans are considered to be the most hard wearing of non-stick pans and are twice as strong as stainless steel - this range is one of the best. ||Y||Y|
|Jamie Oliver Hard Enamel by Tefal||Durable enamelled aluminium body with Tefal's Pro-metal scratch resistant non-stck coating. Also features Thermo-Spot®.||N||Y|
|Mauviel M'Heritage Copper||A lovely range of traditional French copper cookware - good to use, great to look at. Copper has excellent heat conducting properties, so it's a favourite with professional chefs.||N||N|
|Raymond Blanc Anolon Professional||A hard anodized range endorsed by Raymond Blanc and used in his world famous cookery school. The most advanced durable Autograph non-stick interior by DuPont.||N||Y|
|Anolon Stainless Steel||Raymond Blanc endorsed stainless steel cookware range. Frying pans feature the most advanced durable Autograph non-stick interior by DuPont.||Y||Y|
|Circulon Premier Professional Hard Anodized||Circulon Premier Professional is the latest range of pans in the Circulon cookware collection. ||Y||Y|
|Infinite Circulon Hard Anodized||Hard anodized cookware with encapsulated, stainless steel and aluminium bases for use on all hob types. Also incorporate the leading Total hi-low non-stick system.||Y||Y|
|James Martin Lamina||Made by Stellar to James Martin's specifications, the range is constructed from a tri-metal stainless steel and aluminium sandwich for excellent heat conduction.||Y||Y|
|Stellar 1000||A comprehensive range of all-steel cookware produced from 18/10 stainless steel which has been perfectly mirror polished. Attractive 'Domus' design.||Y||Y|
|Stellar 3000 Black||Heavy gauge hard anodised pans with a specially designed induction suitable base for all hob types. Finished in a glossy black enamel finish.||Y||Y|
|Stellar 6000 Hard Anodised||Stronger than stainless steel, this extremely durable heavy gauge hard anodised range is further enhanced by riveted handles. This is Stellar's original hard anodised cookware.||Y||Y|
|Stellar 7000||This Stellar range has been produced to their usual high standard and has a modern design, finished in gleaming stainless steel with sculptured cast handles.||Y||Y|
|Michel Roux||Designed in conjunction with Michel Roux Jr, this tri-ply stainless steel pan range is the first time the Michelin star chef has created a cookware collection.||Y||Y|
|All-Clad||The three-ply bonded design of All-Clad cookware incorporates an aluminium centre core clad with stainless steel to provide highly responsive conduction and even heat distribution.||Y||Y|
|Tefal Preference Pro||A multi layer non-stick coating reinforced with ultra hard minerals assures the most resistant non-stick, plus induction base suitable for all hobs.||Y||Y|
|Chasseur Cast Iron||Traditional French style cast iron cookware with wooden handles. The enamel finish is available in five colours.||Y||Y|
|Judge Vista||An ever popular range, 18/10 stainless steel with phenolic heat resistant handles and clear glass lids in a large range of pans at very low prices.||Y||Y|
|Judge Induction||A range of budget cookware available in two colours of enamel finish: vanilla and black. Ideal for student flats, caravans, offices, etc.||Y||Y|
Still Not Sure?
Hopefully this guide has helped you decide what kind of cookware you'd like to go with, but if you require any further assistance then please give us a call on +44 1877 332 701 and one of our knowledgeable product experts would be more than happy to help you.