Types of Cookware
Frying Pans & Skillets
This all-purpose pan features moderately high, slightly-flared sides that are perfect for frying chicken, hash browns and more. Nonstick skillets are great for omelettes and fish.
This versatile kitchen essential can be used to cook delicate sauces, reheat leftovers and cook sticky grains like rice and oatmeal.
While seemingly similar to fry pans, sauté pans feature higher, straighter sides and a flat bottom to accommodate meats, poultry, sandwiches and more. Nonstick surfaces are not preferred for sauté pans.
Multipots & Steamers
Multipots are similar in size and structure to soup or stockpots but feature steamer inserts for perfectly prepared veggies and more.
The Dutch oven, with sides slightly shorter than its total diameter, is best for slow cooking stews, braises, roasts and casseroles. Colorful cast-iron versions are great for oven-to-table serving.
Large, rectangular roasting pans feature low sides so your entrée can easily absorb all of your oven’s heat. A roasting rack will help elevate food above the cooking surface to let fats and juices drain away.
Low sides and a large, flat cooking surface make griddles ideal for pancakes, toast, eggs and much more. Larger double-burner griddles are especially handy for family meals.
Grill pans feature a ribbed cooking surface that raises food so fats can drain away; making grill pans the perfect pick for preparing steaks and hamburgers.
Beyond the Basics Cookware
Braisers & Casseroles
With shallow, sloped sides, a wide design and short side handles, this everyday pan is built to fit easily in the oven. It’s ideal for dishes that are started on the stovetop and finished in the oven.
Chef's Pans & Sauciers
Advanced home cooks will love chef’s pans and sauciers for whipping up liquids, sauces and reductions. Short, sloping sides help promote rapid evaporation and the incorporation of air or butter with a whisk.
Stockpots come with a variety of uses. Their large design, flat base and vertical sides make them ideal for simmering, boiling or cooking soups, lobster, corn, pasta and much more.
Somewhere between stockpots and Dutch ovens, the soup pot features a moderate size and capacity for cooking with liquids, boiling and making soups or stews.
This popular kitchen must-have includes high sloping sides and a bowl-like appearance for fast and easy rotating while cooking. Flat- and round-bottom woks are both available.
Pressure cookers, with high sides and an interlocking lid, cook food up to 75% faster and at higher temperatures without burning. The pressure created within the sealed container helps accelerate long and slow cooking processes like braising, stewing and simmering.
Home chefs will love to have a double boiler on hand for delicate chocolates and sauces. Functioning as two pans in one, the double boiler includes a small pan that fits perfectly into a larger pan filled partially with water. The indirect heat ensures food in the top pan is cooked gently, without scorching.
Pancake Pans & Waffle Pans
This kitchen essential is designed specifically to provide perfect, even cooking of pancakes and/or waffles, a true must-have for families.
Egg poachers feature removable cups that are inserted into a pan so eggs maintain their round shape. This specialized pan lets you cook eggs to your exact specifications.
This specialized fry pan features a flat surface, sloped sides and flared edges that let food slide effortlessly out of the pan and onto your plate.