Cookware Materials

Material
Advantages
Considerations
Aluminum Cookware
Aluminum Cookware
  • Heats quickly
  • Lightweight
  • Less durable
  • Possible reaction with acidic foods
  • Generally not dishwasher safe
Hard-Anodized Cookware
Hard-Anodized Cookware
  • Even heat distribution
  • Durable
  • Generally not dishwasher safe
Tri-Ply Cookware
Tri-Ply Cookware
  • Even heat distribution
  • Durable
  • Heavy
  • More expensive
Cast-Iron Cookware
Cast-Iron Cookware
  • Even heat distribution
  • Maintains heat
  • Durable
  • Seasons over time
  • Heavy
  • Requires upkeep
Ceramic Cookware
Ceramic Cookware
  • Nonstick without traditional chemical process
  • Less durable
Copper Cookware
Copper Cookware
  • Maintains heat
  • Attractive appearance
  • More expensive
  • Less durable
  • Requires upkeep
Stainless Steel Cookware
Stainless Steel Cookware
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Resistant to stains and rust
  • Heats less evenly
  • Heats slower
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