Best Cookware & Fryware Products

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Kleva Diamond Earth Premium Cookware Set

Kleva Diamond Earth Premium Cookware Set 🏆 2024

4.2  (397) Summary
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Shane L.
Shane L.TAS2 posts
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Kleva Range
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Tefal Unlimited Induction

Tefal Unlimited Induction

4.7  (56) Summary
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alsies
alsiesNSW36 posts
  Ambassador Review Frypan
Tefal Unlimited Premium Induction

Tefal Unlimited Premium Induction

4.6  (65) Summary
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Hason
HasonNSW83 posts
  Verified Wok
Egg Pod

Egg Pod

4.1  (91) Summary
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Alice
Alice
 
Love my egg podI've had my egg pod for 3 years now and I absolutely love it. I don't even try to hard boil eggs any other way any more. I really like it when I have to make deviled eggs. It takes longer but I don't have broken eggs to deal with and pealing is so easy. Show details
Copper Chef Titan Pan

Copper Chef Titan Pan 🏆 2024

4.0  (73) Summary
Colin Baker
Colin BakerWA2 posts
 
DissatisfiedIS not non stick as advertised on TV, the small pan is peeling so have to throw out. Can’t believe they blatantly lie about this product and get away with it. Show details
Gotham Steel

Gotham Steel

4.1  (60) Summary
Warren
WarrenNT
 
Absolute waste of money.surfaces stick or flake off into foodAbsolute waste of money.surfaces stick or flake off into food.used Teflon utensils when cooking and cloths and nylon scourers to clean.and to contact support was unsuccessful.to think I gave away my previous stainless set.never again. Show details
Solidteknics AUS-ION Cookware

Solidteknics AUS-ION Cookware

3.8  (97) Summary
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Sumantr Arora
Sumantr Arora2 posts
 
Bad ExperienceNothing special. I bought it 6 months back and it’s already covered with white spots all over the rim.
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Arcosteel Stonehenge Frypan

Arcosteel Stonehenge Frypan

4.1  (53) Summary
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KST
KSTQLD2 posts
 
Has lasted longer than other non stick pansHappy to recommend this product. We have used 30cm constantly and only now need to replace. Only using oil if needed. Show details
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Penegeau
PenegeauQLD129 posts
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Essteele Per Vita

Essteele Per Vita

3.9  (44) Summary
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gloptum
gloptumWA2 posts
 
Kyle N.
Kyle N.SA
  Verified
Good!Very good product. It is great! I really love it! Show reply
Essteele Australis

Essteele Australis

3.5  (92) Summary
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Christoper Mason
Christoper MasonNSW9 posts
 
Useful and goodGreat set of Essteele Austalis, compare to other set I have. Got it just months and my wife is happy and using it with no problem. Hope it last for years! Show details
Chasseur Cookware

Chasseur Cookware

3.7  (46) Summary
HAT
HAT
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Bessemer Cookware

Bessemer Cookware

3.2  (130) Summary
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Teresa D.
Teresa D.VIC3 posts
  Classic Range
Best experienceThe saucepan I purchased was peeling. When I emailed with the query Kareen couldn't be helpful enough. The communication was 10/10 and she was just so professional, helpful and understanding. The whole experience was just perfect. They replaced my saucepan straight away.
Thanks Kareen :)))) Show details
Scanpan Stainless Steel

Scanpan Stainless Steel

3.1  (142) Summary
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virginia.xiao
virginia.xiao
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Impressive, super goodI really like their service. I bought a pan from them several years ago and found a screw was missing recently. They still sent me the parts. Really good customer service – very impressive! Show details
Granitestone Stackmaster

Granitestone Stackmaster

4.8  (12) Summary
Citta
CittaQLD10 posts
 
Best pots everSo happy with my pots, nothing stick to them and easy to clean. They take up less room in the cupboard as they stack into each other perfectly, love em!  Show details
Ikea 365+ Cookware

Ikea 365+ Cookware

4.5  (13) Summary
Nathan Gordon
Nathan GordonVIC3 posts
  Fair Incentive
Good quality with affordable price!Compare to those european big brands, I would highly recommend this to all my friends. Tough yet light, nothing to complaint about. Show details
Crumble Ultimate Non-Stick Set

Crumble Ultimate Non-Stick Set

4.2  (16) Summary
JessO
JessO
  Fair Incentive
Great purchaseGreat purchase! Light weight and very easy to to clean. Show details
Kleva Sahara Slate

Kleva Sahara Slate

4.8  (11) Summary
Gloria V.
Gloria V.VIC2 posts
  Verified
Pans SetThe set is really no stick love them.Use them every day. Show reply
Baccarat IconiX

Baccarat IconiX

3.8  (20) Summary
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Gabrimarsa
Gabrimarsa2 posts
 
Wonderful customer serviceAfter 3 years of good use for the 1.8L saucepan lid had one of the clever caps loosen and we could not find it anywhere. I contacted the customer service online and despite taking some time to answer, Victoria was fantastic and provided a replacement for me. Highly recommend! Show details
Anolon Cookware

Anolon Cookware

2.6  (118) Summary
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dsnovellVictoria27 posts
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Circulon Cookware

Circulon Cookware

2.5  (186) Summary
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Paul A
Paul A2 posts
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Tefal Gourmet Hard Anodised

Tefal Gourmet Hard Anodised

4.0  (13) Summary
Morgymoo
Morgymoo
  Verified
Great setHad a Tefal Jamie Oliver set for over 10 years needed to replace This set seems better
NeoFlam Cookware

NeoFlam Cookware

2.5  (146) Summary
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Jason
Jason4 posts
  Amie
WasteYour cookware is a waste of money, you should be ashamed of yourself. It is not worth $6500
Essteele Per Sempre

Essteele Per Sempre

3.9  (13) Summary
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Asipath E.
Asipath E.
 
Not metal utensil friendlyBought this 26 cm skillet for basic small steaks and salmon
scratched when a stainless steel spoon was used within one week. Really disappointed. Contacted costumer service and they offered a 25% discount on the next purchase. This was not good enough for me as it was very expensive to buy anyway.
Baccarat Granite

Baccarat Granite

2.5  (91) Summary
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Nikki
Nikki2 posts
 
Catmaggle
CatmaggleAU3 posts
 
Quest to find the ultimate non stick frypan overI have searched for years, have gone through I dont know how many pans, at all price points and have finally found one that works. It really is worth the money, you dont need to fuss with what tools you use in the pan, you just wash it, season it and it works a treat.

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Flavorstone

Flavorstone

2.3  (494) Summary
Charlotte Ramsay
Charlotte RamsayQLD10 posts
  Master Set
Great set and convenient to useAwesome product, using like a pro. The quality is great and I'm very impressed until now. Show details
Pyrolux Pyrostone

Pyrolux Pyrostone

2.7  (36) Summary
Elli
ElliQLD2 posts
 
Very low quality, scratched after only a week & the middle of the pan raised upwardsDon't buy it. The non-stick layer scratched after using a few times. I was so careful and only used the non-stick spoon and even avoided putting it in the dishwasher. The middle of the pan also raised upwards after one or two weeks. I only used it on induction stoves with average temperatures. It's an expensive poor quality pan. Show details
Scanpan Non-Stick

Scanpan Non-Stick

2.2  (227) Summary
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Scanpan
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Cookware sets - are they worth it?

New to cooking and need to know what to buy? Or are you an experienced cook looking for an upgrade? Don't fret, this buying guide lays down the law to find the best saucepans and cookware for you.

Cookware sets are sold by all brands as a way of introducing newbies to the wonders of home cooking and as a great gift to give to foodies and newlyweds. They are advertised as an affordable and hassle-free alternative to buying individual pieces of cookware. But are they? And will you need every item on their list?

For the most part, no. You won't need whiskey stones and 3 types of baking pots. You also can't get an essential non-stick pan in a stainless steel 10-piece set. While sets can be a cheaper alternative to buying personalised pieces, it may be more beneficial, should you want to take your cooking seriously, to tailor your cookware pieces to your needs. It'll also save you precious cabinet space.

What cookware do I actually need?

The basic essentials for a very new cook would include these three items:

CostWhat it can be used for
A non-stick 26-28cm frying pan with lid$30 to $300Shallow frying, crumbed foods, sautéing, fried eggs, omelettes, pancakes.
A large saucepan or stock pot with a lid (18-20cm)$20 to $320Boiling pasta, rice, steaming vegetables, making large quantities of soup, stock, or stews.
A small saucepan (14-16cm)$10 to $180Reheat soup, make risotto, oatmeal, boil eggs, heat up pasta sauce, melt butter, chocolate, custard, heat milk.

Those who require more flexibility with their cooking and who cook more often may find it useful to purchase a:

  • Cast-iron skillet: for searing, sautéing, baking and roasting.
  • Cast-iron grill pan: grilling meats, vegetables, seafoods and fruit.
  • Enameled Dutch oven: searing meat at high heat for a long time.
  • Wok: stir frying, steaming, pan frying, deep frying, boiling, braising and roasting.

While there are many more cookware and fryware products on the market, these will cover your basic needs and are very versatile tools to have equipped in the kitchen.

Which is better, a deep fryer or air fryer?

When it comes to fryware, one of the main pulls of the air fryer is the fact that it can fry your food with minimal oil or absolutely no oil at all! A magical instrument, right? So what's the catch? Although they can produce food with a nice, crispy exterior, they can't compare to deep fryers in terms of their full flavour and consistency. If you're in it for the taste, stick to the deep fryer. If you're in it for health conscious reasons, then an air fryer could be the holy grail for you.

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What's the best cookware material?

Each material conducts heat differently and will give a slightly different finish to your food. For those with an induction cooktop, which uses electromagnetic energy instead of direct heat, it's important to make sure the cookware you buy is compatible with it.

Aluminium

Often the cheapest, these pots and pans are lightweight and conduct heat extremely well. They don't rust and are easy to maintain. However, they are not suitable for most induction cooktops, they can leach into food and anodized aluminium pans tend to be more expensive than those with other non-stick coatings.

Cast Iron

Slow to heat up and cool down, cast iron pans may not heat evenly all over, however they are very durable and resistant to denting. They will rust unless a manual polymerised oil coat is added often to prevent this or you can buy one with an enamel coat (these can get very expensive). They are very versatile and can be used on stovetops as well as in ovens and grills.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel cookware is affordable, non-corrosive, non-reactive, durable and dishwasher-friendly. Steel, however, is a bad heat conductor and therefore, these pans usually have aluminium or copper added to the base and can have "hot spots" which stop the food from cooking as evenly.

Carbon Steel

A mix of cast iron and stainless steel, carbon steel also needs to be seasoned with an oil to protect the material. They tend to be cheaper than stainless steel, but more expensive than cast iron. They can withstand high temperatures and are excellent heat conductors but are not dishwasher-safe.

Ceramic

Ceramic cookware is usually non-stick and considered to be safe and eco-friendly, however, they are usually not as long lasting as PTFE. Very high heats can affect the nonstick elements of these dishes which can break more easily than other materials. They can be high maintenance as you must wash off all oil residue after use which can affect the nonstick properties of the material.

Clay and Stoneware

Durable and more traditional, these are mainly for oven use - they are dishwasher and freezer safe. They hold heat well and heat evenly. They are prone to cracking so take care to never put them on a cold surface while hot.

Copper

Not only do they add an aesthetic touch to your kitchen, copper cookware tends to be the best conductors of heat, allowing your food to cook quickly and evenly - which is one reason for the hefty cost. However, because it's a reactive material, it is often lined with steel or tin to prevent it from mixing with your food. The drawbacks are that it's not suitable for extremely high heats and is prone to denting and rusting. Copper cookware may also not work on induction burners.

PTFE Cookware

Otherwise known as Teflon and made famous by Tefal, PFTE cookware has a non-stick coating which prevents food from sticking to it and also conducts heat well. The drawback is that when overheated, they release harmful gasses - but only over temperatures at 260ºC. It's best to avoid using them in ovens, but they are generally safe for stove use. There have been environmental and health concerns facing these pans as some use PFOA which may be dangerous.

Is expensive cookware worth it?

You've probably noticed that the price range for many pots and pans normally start as low as $10 but the zeros quickly stack up with each fancy material or function, but what exactly are these and are they worth paying for?

Those zeros are largely tied to durability. Since many pans are advertised to last you a lifetime, they cost a hefty price which will ultimately be saving you money in the long-run.

Another premium feature is reactivity - you don't want your food changing flavour based on the pots you use so this drives up the price of non-reactive materials such as ceramics and stainless steel.

Finally, we need to look at heat conductivity: it's important that your food is cooked evenly and the pan reacts quickly to the differences in temperatures. In this case, copper takes the win.

At the end of the day, it's up to you how much you want to invest in high-quality cooking gear - if you only wander into the kitchen to make mac and cheese once a week, it's probably not going to matter to you how heat-sensitive your tools are. However, if you're keen to host dinner parties every weekend and impress everyone with your top-tier stews, it's going to matter a lot which tools you use to make them.

Factors to consider when choosing cookware or fryware

  • Build Quality: Investing in a long-lasting pan is a good idea to get more bang for your buck rather than shelling out on cheaper pans which you'll need to throw out every couple of months. Check reviews to see how the product fared with others.

  • Value for Money: Similar to the previous point, you should only be paying a premium for premium features, not for marketing ploys. Read what others say about the product and its value for money.

  • Ease of Use: A cookware item needs to be usable above all else, keep in mind that if the pot is heavy before using, it's going to be even heavier when you're cooking and need to transport your food from the stove to the sink. Useful features like a shaped lip or spout will make pouring an easier task.

  • Cleaning & Maintenance: Many dishes can be difficult to clean or maintain in a good condition. Copper, in particular, tends to rust and needs polishing. Non-stick pans cannot be used with metal applicators and need to be cleaned gently.

  • Hot Handles While Cooking: Pots with metal handles will conduct heat and be hot to touch - if this is an issue, invest in a moulded, comfortable handle to counteract this and provide extra support for when you are lifting heavy foods.

  • Even Heat Distribution: How responsive is the material you've decided to use? A heavy base often helps with heat distribution and aluminium and copper are the best for this.

  • Non-Stick Quality: Many people find this feature to be essential, especially if they often cook eggs or other messy foods which may ruin a pan that doesn't have a non-stick feature.

  • Cooktop compatibility: Most materials will conduct well with gas and electric stoves, but not all align with induction cooktops which use a metal base. Similarly, check that the size of your saucepan matches the space on your cooktop.

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