Cookware.jpgLike most people, when I first moved out of my parent’s house, I was gifted with a variety of random hand-me-downs so I could function in my new apartment on my own. Among those hand-me-downs were a random selection of pots and pans that hadn’t seen the light of day in years. They did the trick though and I didn’t starve. However, when the time came to replace them I struggled with whether or not I should buy each new pot and pan separately, or purchase my new cookware as a set. I opted to purchase them as a set, and here’s why:

Flexibility

13-pice.jpgOne of the great things about cookware sets is that they aren’t one-size-fits-all. If you need an 18-piece set, a 13-piece set, or a 9-piece set there are options available. Let’s be honest, if cooking is something you do just to survive, a basic set will do. That said, you might not know what you need until, well, until you need it. If you ever plan on cooking more than a single pot of pasta and might want to do some entertaining, the more pots and pans, the better. You can have things sautéing, stewing, and steaming all at the same time so you can deliver an epic meal your guests will remember. This kind of flexibility is ideal for big dinners like Easter or Christmas.

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Not all cookware sets are created equal, however a set like KitchenAid’s 10-piece Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware set with its Tri-Ply copper cookware construction that combines the conductivity of copper with the heating efficiency of aluminum and the durability of stainless steel, will be a staple in your kitchen for the long run. In a nutshell, what I’m saying is that if you find a cookware set for $19.99, it might not last more than a few dinner parties. Opt for a set that is non-stick, preferably stainless steel, and that comes with a warrantee.

Cost Effective
Buying pots and pans separately can be very expensive, which is another reason why cookware sets are a great option. With a good set, you can get everything you need, from saucepans to Dutch ovens and frying pans, all at one price. Even better, when you go with a set, everything matches! That might not mean much to everyone, but there is something to be said about a set of cookware that looks as great in the cupboard as it does on the stove. Add to that the fact that lids tend to be interchangeable between pots and pans, and there’s no denying that a good cookware set is a fantastic investment for anyone who ever cooks at home.

Easter break is right around the corner, so if you’ve been thinking of a new set of cookware, now is the perfect time. Check out Best Buy’s selection of cookware sets here. Happy Master Chef-ing all!