The Top Most Recommended Cookware for Gas Stoves

Published on 01/25/2024 · 9 min readFind your perfect culinary match! Discover the top most recommended cookware for gas stoves, known for even heat distribution and robust performance.
Kylee Hazelgren, Kitchen Expert
By Kitchen Expert Kylee Hazelgren

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When given the chance, many people opt for a gas stove for its perks. Gas stoves distribute heat more evenly and quickly than electric cooktops and offer more temperature control, resulting in more consistent cooking results.

I have personally cooked on many cooktop surfaces like electric coil, induction, and electric smooth tops, and now I have a gas stovetop. Although I never minded cooking on those other cooktop surfaces, a gas stovetop is my favorite. I appreciate the amount of temperature control that I have as it allows me to make quick adjustments when needed, and I have more versatility in what types of cookware I can use on the stovetop.

Although practically all cookware is compatible with gas stovetops, there are some key things that you’ll want to keep in mind when purchasing your cookware that we will dive into, such as cookware material, design, and brand. That way you can make the most informed decision when it comes to purchasing cookware for your gas stove. If you’re still running into trouble making your decision about what cookware to buy, reach out to a Curated Kitchen Expert for personalized advice and recommendations.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is one of the most reliable material options for several reasons. It’s durable, versatile, and has a nonreactive surface. Since stainless steel is oven-safe and made of lightweight material you can easily transfer from stovetop to oven which opens up the door for even more cooking techniques to explore. Stainless steel is also a great material option for people who have weak wrists or joint pain since it is lighter than other cookware material options.

Stainless steel is suitable for gas stoves — it tolerates high heat well, and its responsiveness will help achieve the desired cooking results. For the best experience and to prevent sticking on the surface, always preheat the cookware before adding ingredients.

1. All-Clad D5 Stainless Brushed 5-Ply Bonded Cookware Set 10-Piece Set

This beautiful five-ply stainless steel set is a solid option for high-quality, durable cookware. Its alternating layers of aluminum and stainless steel create superior, even heating. These pans heat quickly and eliminate hot spots to ensure more consistent cooking results. The steel handles are angled slightly upward, which helps prevent the handles from becoming too hot to handle on gas burners. Because it is a five-ply construction rather than the typical three-ply, it will be slightly heavier than other stainless steel cookware, but on the plus side, it ensures more durability.

This set includes:

  • 8-inch fry pan
  • 10-inch fry pan
  • 1.5-quart saucepan with lid
  • 3-quart saucepan with lid
  • 3-quart sauté pan with lid
  • 8-quart stockpot with lid
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2. Viking Contemporary Cookware Set Mirror Finish · 10-Piece Set

This beautiful three-ply stainless steel cookware set has a striking exterior with a mirror finish that displays beautifully when not in use. The ergonomic stainless steel handle is lifted away from the flame to reduce heat transference. Each pot and pan comes with a tempered glass lid to easily monitor your food as it cooks. This cookware is oven and broiler-safe up to 600°F.

This set includes:

  • 8-inch skillet
  • 10-inch skillet
  • 5.2-quart Dutch oven with glass lid
  • 3.6-quart sauté pan with glass lid
  • 3.4-quart saucepan with glass lid
  • 2.4-quart saucepan with glass lid

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Cast Iron

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There are two options with cast iron cookware: raw or enameled. Raw cast iron has long been loved for its durability, longevity, and excellent heat retention. Although it takes some maintenance, if you season and take care of your cast iron, it can last for generations. Often people think you need to reserve cast iron for specifically searing and browning meat, but you can use it for many other cooking techniques. With its ability to tolerate high heat, you can shallow- and deep-fry food. You can also use it for sautéing vegetables, and it’s perfect for stovetop-to-oven cooking

Enameled cast iron is made through a sand-casting production process. Once cooled, the pan is cleaned and coated with an enameled base coat. Enameled cast iron does not require the same maintenance that raw cast iron does.

Raw cast iron needs to be handwashed with just water and a scrub brush, dried, and then lightly coated with a neutral oil to prevent rusting and maintain the natural nonstick. For proper care and maintenance of enameled cast iron, I recommend cooking on medium to medium-low and then handwashing with soap and water.

Because cast iron is a heavier piece of cookware, you don’t have to worry about accidentally damaging the cooktop of your gas stove while maneuvering the cookware. When using cast iron on a glass stovetop, there is the potential to scratch or crack the cooktop.

1. Lodge Cast Iron Set · 5-Piece Set

The Lodge cast iron cookware set comes with the most essential cookware pieces that will set you up nicely for almost any scenario. With cast iron you know you can rely on this set to last and to have excellent heat retention. The helper handle on the sauté pan makes it easier to move the heavier cookware, and the hole in the handle makes it suitable for hanging on display for easy access when not in use.

This set includes:

  • 5-quart seasoned cast iron Dutch oven with lid
  • 10.5-inch seasoned cast iron griddle
  • 10.25-inch seasoned cast iron skillet
  • 8-inch seasoned cast iron skillet
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2. Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron · 5-Piece Set

This Le Creuset cookware set includes the most essential cookware pieces you need to get set up for success in the kitchen. Make delicious pancakes in the skillet, beautiful sauces in the saucepan, or slow-cook meat in the Dutch oven. That’s just the beginning of this set. It comes in a variety of colors so you can easily find a color that suits your style. The enameled cast iron is easy to clean, offers exceptional heat retention, and is built to stand the test of time. Although this set can be a bit more of an investment, Le Creuset has a limited lifetime warranty against defects in the material or craftsmanship for added peace of mind.

This set includes:

  • 9-inch skillet
  • 1 3/4-quart saucepan with lid
  • 5 1/2-quart round Dutch oven with lid

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Nonstick Cookware

People often seek out nonstick cookware for the ease it brings when it comes to cooking and cleaning. With nonstick cookware, you can go a couple of different routes with the material. There is traditional nonstick, typically made of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which allows you to enjoy a smooth, nonstick cooking surface. The other nonstick option you have is a ceramic coating, which is coated with a ceramic material that creates a nonstick surface.

Nonstick cookware is safe to use on gas stoves. The one thing you want to pay attention to is that the bottom of the pots and pans are flat. That way they sit properly on your gas stove and have direct contact with the flame to ensure better heat distribution throughout.

To get the longest lifespan out of your nonstick cookware, I always recommend handwashing and cooking on medium heat or medium-low heat when possible so the nonstick coating doesn’t wear down as quickly. Even if they are dishwasher safe, your nonstick cookware will last longer if you handwash it. The extreme temperature changes in the dishwasher can break down your nonstick coating at a quicker rate, which will mean you’ll have to replace your cookware sooner.

1. Scanpan Classic Plus Stratanium+ Nonstick Set · 10-Piece Set

Scanpan is a reliable brand you can trust when it comes to nonstick cookware. This set specifically features their unrivaled commercial-grade Stratanium+ nonstick coating. It can sear like cast iron and is safe to use with metal utensils, but I typically recommend wood or silicone utensils for nonstick pans. The beauty of this set is it has a timeless look to it with a high-performing nonstick that is built to last. This set is oven-safe up to 500°F and comes with a lifetime warranty. Because each pot and pan has a flat bottom they will sit nicely on your gas stovetop without wobbling and will heat evenly across the surface.

This set includes:

  • 8-inch fry pan
  • 10.25-inch fry pan
  • 3-quart sauté pan with lid
  • 1-quart saucepan with lid
  • 2-quart saucepan with lid
  • 6.5-quart Dutch oven with lid

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2. GreenPan Venice Pro Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set · 10-Piece Set

This ceramic nonstick option from GreenPan features a multilayer stainless steel body with an Evershine finish on the exterior to prevent discoloration over time, which is a bonus if you’re cooking over the open flame of a gas stove. The Thermolon Minerals Pro ceramic nonstick coating is PFOA-free and allows food to glide right out of the pan without leaving a mess behind. Though it is safe for metal utensils, it’s best to use a wooden or silicone spatula when you can to prevent any scratching from happening over time.

This set includes:

  • 8-inch open fry pan
  • 10-inch open fry pan
  • 1.5-quart covered saucepan with lid
  • 3-quart covered saucepan with lid
  • 3-quart covered sauté pan with lid
  • 5-quart casserole with 2 spouts & straining lid
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Whatever type of cookware you decide to go with, keep a couple of things in mind:

  • An ergonomically shaped handle will ensure that it is farther away from the flame, which will decrease the chances of the handle becoming too hot to touch.
  • A flat bottom on your cookware will create a stable base that comes in contact with the flame, ensuring even heat distribution and resulting in consistent cooking results.

Find the Best Cookware for Gas Stoves for You

Overall, when it comes down to it most cookware is going to perform excellently on a gas stove. Remember to always read the manufacturer’s instructions on the care of your cookware, to make sure you are using the proper techniques to keep your cookware performing at its best. Chat with a Curated Kitchen Expert for advice while browsing our large selection of cookware and other kitchen essentials.

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