Pots and pans may be a kitchen essential, but today’s trendy options are anything but utilitarian. Combining traditional elements and modern conveniences and design, the right cookware can simplify cooking by regulating temperature, preventing food from sticking, and being low maintenance to clean. Even better, there are options that are non-toxic, easy to store, and, let’s face it, attractive to look at.
So, whether you’re on the hunt for something that’s easy to cook with or easy on the eyes (or both!), we’ve rounded up the cleanest, greenest, prettiest pots and pans on the market. From a classic cast iron to an all-in-one system that fits in one versatile pan, you’ll find the right kitchen equipment to suit your needs and space.
Here are the best pots and pans on the market.
Caraway Cookware Set
Oh. My. Gorgeous! Caraway’s Cookware Set has beauty and brains. It comes in five stylishly retro colors that speak volumes above traditional stainless steel. These pots and pans are non-stick, non-toxic, and even come with pot and lid organizers to help you keep your cupboards tidy.
While traditional Teflon® pans leach chemicals when they’re heated, Caraway’s mineral-based ceramic coating ensures clean cooking, plus it releases less carbon dioxide than chemical coatings, so they’re more eco-friendly than your average non-stick cookware. They’re also shipped in recycled cardboard boxes and made in a facility with ethical manufacturing practices, so you can have good feels all around.
What Editors Say
"I've owned this set for well over a year now, and they're the only pans I use. I chose the green hue and that bright pop of color in my kitchen just makes cooking dinner every night more fun. I've gotten really into cooking over the past year, and I think that's partially due to these pans. They're non-stick, super easy to clean, and heat quickly, making cooking faster and easier." — Caroline Utz, Editor
Williams Sonoma FINEX Ultimate Cookware Set
Pots and pans come in all different shapes and sizes and this cookware set is proof of just that. The octagonal-shaped set includes two skillets and a grill pan—8", 10", and 12", respectively— each with accompanying lids.
Handmade by artisans in Oregon, this set is special in more ways than one. In addition to its nonstick properties, each piece also features spring handles made of stainless steel so you can have a secure grip.
When they call it the Always Pan, they mean it. Our Place’s 10-inch beauty isn’t just a pan, it’s an entire system. It comes equipped with a stainless-steel mesh strainer as well as a wooden spatula, and the best part? Both can be nestled inside the pan. Complete with a 2.7-inch depth and a fitted lid, the cooking possibilities are endless.
This unique pan features a non-stick, ceramic surface and comes in five on-trend colors. With the potential to replace a whopping 16 pieces of cookware, this multitasker is the epitome of a space saver. (Cramped city apartment dwellers, take note.)
GreenPan Levels Ceramic Nonstick Stackable Cookware Set
GreenPan's ceramic cookware is the set you didn't know you needed but will be so thankful you have. That's because the six-piece set nests perfectly into each other so you'll save way more space in your cabinets—and make sure everything stays put.
Plus, each piece is made with a durable coating so the nonstick set can be used with metal utensils and in the oven.
de Buyer Induction Copper Stock Pot
If you want to go luxe, check out this stunning pick. This 5.7-quart copper stockpot is pricey, but especially for distinguished cooks, it’s a kitchen necessity. That’s because copper conducts heat better than iron and stainless steel, making it ideal for even and temperature-controlled cooking. Further, it’s non-toxic and and simple to clean.
And as far as copper cookware goes, you can’t go wrong with deBuyer’s French-made version. It’s lined with stainless steel for effortless maintenance (copper tarnishes easily, but you’ll still reap the cooking benefits), plus cast iron handles offer durable and handsome detailing. And if you’re ready to totally make the switch, deBuyer’s eight-piece set (view on Food52) is a worthy investment.
Material The Coated Pan
Get ready for the best of both worlds. Made with a stainless steel alloy surrounding a copper core, Material’s The Coated Pan offers the low-maintenance appeal of stainless steel, plus the heat conductivity of copper. The interior is infused with a coating that’s free of lead, cadmium, and fumes to keep the surface safely slick; but don’t worry, it’s oven and dishwasher safe.
At a sizable 10.5 inches, The Coated Pan should fit the contents of most of your meals. And on a final note, can we just admire the striking contrast of the turquoise interior against the stainless steel for a moment?
Great Jones Family Style Set
Replace all your old pots and pans in one fell swoop with Great Jones' Family Style Set. The enviable collection comes with all of the brand's greatest hits: The Dutchess, Big Deal, Deep Cut, Saucy, and Small Fry. If you've never shopped Great Jones before, that simply means an enameled 6.75-quart cast-iron Dutch oven, a sizable 8-quart stockpot, a 3-quart hybrid sauté pan/skillet with lid, a 3-quart flared saucepan with lid, and a 1.5-quart nonstick skillet.
Buying the Family Style Set instead of individual pieces saves you $75 in the long run, plus the pots and pans are designed to nest within one another for easy storage. If we were you, our biggest hangup would be decided what color Dutchess we want—broccoli, mustard, blueberry, marinara, earl gray, salt, or pepper.
Le Creuset Oval Dutch Oven
Perhaps the quintessential piece of heirloom-worthy cookware if there ever was one, the Le Creuset Dutch Oven (aka, cocotte) was a pioneer of its time in 1925 and remains a kitchen icon today. The cast iron cookware was the first to be coated in a bright enamel glaze at a time when pots and pans were generally gray, resulting in a product that’s part necessity, part art.
But enough history. Thanks to its versatility, easy maintenance, and rustic-chic good looks, the Le Creuset Dutch Oven—in any one of its many sizes and ombre-toned hues—should be a stovetop and oven staple. Use it to roast chicken, simmer stew, stir-fry noodles, or bake bread (and that’s just the beginning), then serve your masterpieces in the same eye-catching vessel.
Equal Parts The Cookware Set
The Cookware Set by Equal Parts is certainly not one to be missed. The set, which includes a frying pan, their essential pan, and saucepan, as well as three matching lids, has a non-stick, natural ceramic coating. Plus, the stackable set can be used on all stove tops so you never have to worry about any damage to the pans.
Greenpan Nonstick Stainless Steel 10-Piece Set
In the category of moderately priced cookware, Greenpan is tops. The brand’s ceramic-lined pots and pans are non-stick and non-toxic so you can cook green, and with less fat and oil, too. Plus, this 10-piece set—which comes with two saucepans, two frying pans, a skillet, a Dutch oven, and four lids—will give you tons of bang for your buck. One thing to note, though: these are hand wash only.
Aesthetically, this collab with West Elm featuring a powder blue exterior is super on-trend. So if you’re looking for a clean and affordable Insta-worthy set (or one that simply looks pretty in your kitchen), this one’s a good bet.