An Expert Guide to Cuisinart Cookware

Published on 02/17/2024 · 10 min readElevate your cooking with our expert guide to Cuisinart cookware, highlighting the brand's durability, versatility, and innovative designs for every kitchen!
Melissa Nicholson, Kitchen Expert
By Kitchen Expert Melissa Nicholson

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Tl;dr: As you look for the best Cuisinart cookware, consider what you cook the most, which materials you prefer in cookware — stainless steel, cast iron, enamel on steel, or non-stick — and how much you’d like to spend. Remember that Cuisinart offers open stock pots and pans, small and large sets, and specialty pans for unique dishes. No matter what you choose, Cuisinart will not disappoint.

I have been a serious cook for nearly 30 years. I gained most of my skills from watching Mom and then taught myself a lot after moving far from home and raising six children. One thing I learned is that decent cookware matters. A poorly made skillet won’t work as well as a well-constructed one. I greatly respect Cuisinart since they make high-quality cookware at affordable prices.

One of my passions is cooking, and another is helping others find the best products for their own kitchens. Follow along as we look at what cookware is, what to consider when buying it, and understand the different cookware Cuisinart offers. If you still have questions about Cuisinart cookware, please contact any Curated Kitchen Expert to get them answered.

What Is Cuisinart Cookware?

I use Cuisinart pots and pans daily. These pieces are from the Chef’s Classic series. Photo by Melissa Nicholson

In your kitchen, you probably have all kinds of dishes with specific tasks. Sometimes, the language for dishes and cookware can get confusing. Is the piece you are looking for cookware, bakeware, or something else?

Technically, cookware is anything you use to cook with that can be used on the stovetop and sometimes the oven. For example, a saucepan is cookware, while a 9 x 13 ceramic rectangular casserole dish is bakeware.

You may have a few Cuisinart appliances in your kitchen. The brand is well known for its toasters, coffee makers, mixers, and other small kitchen appliances. In 1973, the company introduced the first food processor at a food show, and the name Cuisinart quickly became associated with the exciting new fast-chopping gadgets. In the 70s, if you had a food processor, you had a Cuisinart.

Although it’s best known for its appliances, the company produces excellent bakeware and cookware that has become known for its durability. In the following sections, we’ll look at what to consider when buying Cuisinart cookware, its features, and how to choose the right Cuisinart pots and pans for yourself.

What to Consider When Buying Cuisinart Cookware

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When shopping for any cookware, remember to consider what you cook most, the different types of materials, and what you should expect to pay. Let’s look closely at all three considerations.

What Do You Cook?

Most of us cook various things but tend to lean toward certain types of foods or at least a few favorite dishes. Someone who makes large batches of soup often needs a large stockpot, while another person who prefers cooking steak needs a cast iron skillet for searing.

Most likely, you need multiple pieces of cookware. I know I do. One day, I might cook a lasagna, and the next, I will be making a frittata or sautéing veggies.

What Type of Material Do You Prefer?

There are several types of cookware materials to choose from. Some of the most common are stainless steel, nonstick, and cast iron. Ask yourself the following questions when choosing the best cookware material:

  • Do you like a fast, easy cleanup, or is that not a big deal?
  • Do you prefer fat-free cooking with no oil or butter?
  • Do you need a material that allows you to sear and crisp foods?
  • Do you mind replacing cookware every few years, or do you want a material that lasts a lifetime?

Later on in the article, we will look at each material that Cuisinart offers and what the pros and cons are of each.

How Much Does the Cookware Cost?

When shopping for cookware, it’s a good idea to have a price point in mind and stick to it. Cuisinart prices vary, though it’s one of the most reasonably priced brands out there. For example, the 12-piece aluminum non-stick set is $240, while the 5-ply stainless steel 10-piece set is $430.

You may also select open stock pieces rather than an entire set to save on the cost of cookware.

What Are the Different Types of Cuisinart Cookware?

Cuisinart makes something for everyone. Whether you need a single saucepan, a full set, or specialty cookware, you will find it with Cuisinart. Let’s look at the different types of Cuisinart cookware.

Open Stock

Open stock cookware is single pieces. It’s helpful if you don’t need a lot or don’t want to spend the money on a full set.

Benefits:

  • There is a cost saving when you only buy one or two pieces of cookware.
  • You can mix different types of pots and pans if you prefer varying materials.

Be Aware:

  • Sometimes, sets are a better deal than buying each piece separately.

Full Sets

A full cookware set will have multiple pieces that all match, often including a few lids for the pots and pans.

Benefits:

  • The material and colors match for each piece.
  • Although a set can be costly, there are sometimes savings when buying a set instead of multiple individual pots and pans.
  • Even a small set can satisfy many cooking needs with the variety they offer.

Be Aware:

  • It’s initially a big investment.
  • It's tough to add new individual pieces if you want everything to match since the line could be discontinued.

Specialty Pans

Cuisinart offers specialty pans in their cookware for the times you need something unique. They include griddles, cast iron skillets, roasting pans, woks, and chafing dishes.

Benefits:

  • Having specialty cookware on hand is helpful when entertaining, hosting the holidays, or cooking something unique.
  • You don’t work with a standard pot or pan that isn’t designed to do the job.

Be Aware:

  • Investing in too many specialty pans may result in cabinets full of unused cookware.

Features to Look for When Buying Cuisinart Cookware

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Cuisinart cookware has some fabulous features. Let’s look at some of them to help you determine which features are important to you.

Non-Stick Materials

Cuisinart offers cookware in three different non-stick materials: hard anodized aluminum, ceramic non-stick, and quantanium.

Benefits:

  • Non-stick offers the easiest clean-up for cookware.
  • You can use less butter and oil when cooking.

Be Aware:

  • Non-stick pans usually need to be replaced every few years or when the non-stick material begins to chip or scratch.
  • You may not be able to use metal utensils.
  • Non-stick isn’t the best with browning, searing, or crisping food.

Stainless Steel

The use of stainless steel in cookware has been around for hundreds of years. It’s trusted, doesn’t corrode, and is among the most popular choices for professional chefs and home cooks.

Benefits:

  • No rusting or corroding of the cookware.
  • Pots and pans may last a lifetime and never need replacing.
  • 3-ply and 5-ply construction with aluminum and copper cores creates perfect heat distribution to eliminate hot spots.

Be Aware:

  • Stainless steel requires some elbow grease when cleaning if food gets stuck in the pan.
  • It’s often one of the more expensive options.
  • You will need to use butter or oil at times so food won’t stick.

Enamel on Steel

Enamel on steel is a stainless steel pot or pan with an enamel coating. The enamel makes a colorful dish and creates a smooth interior.

Benefits:

  • All the benefits of stainless steel with the addition of an interior that is easier to clean.
  • Aesthetically pleasing designs and colors.

Be aware:

  • Enamel will eventually chip or scratch.
  • Cuisinart only has a few options in enameled steel.

Cast Iron

I am certain we can trust cast iron since it has been hanging out in kitchens for thousands of years. It must be doing something right.

Benefits:

  • It offers incredible heat retention.
  • It’s useful in the kitchen and over a fire.
  • It’s an investment that will last a lifetime.
  • It is excellent for searing and browning.

Be Aware:

  • It must be seasoned regularly.
  • It’s heavier than other cookware.
  • It requires butter and oil to prevent food from sticking.

Induction Ready

Many of Cuisinart’s cookware lines are induction ready, meaning they can be used on an induction cooktop.

Benefits:

  • It’s safe to use on all cooktops, including an induction cooktop.
  • You can keep the same cookware if you stop using an induction cooktop.

Be Aware:

  • Even if a piece is induction ready, it may scratch the cooktop surface when sliding across.
  • Induction heating is abrupt and could cause a pot or pan to warp if it shocks it too quickly.

5-Ply and 3-Ply Construction

Five-ply and three-ply construction refers to how many layers of metal create the pan. Five-ply usually includes a combination of stainless steel, aluminum, and copper, while three-ply is usually stainless steel and aluminum. Aluminum and/or copper make up the core of the pan.

Benefits:

  • It offers excellent heat distribution and retention.
  • A heavy base creates a high-quality pan.
  • It is likely to last a lifetime.

Be Aware:

  • There is nothing bad about 3-ply or 5-ply construction. The only negative is that it is often the more expensive cookware line.

How to Choose the Right Cuisinart Cookware

There are a lot of choices when it comes to Cuisinart cookware. To help with the decision, I will describe three cooks with different needs and then suggest which Cuisinart cookware I feel is a good fit for them.

Ann: New Cook

Ann is a new cook who just graduated from college. She is sharing an apartment in the city with a roommate, so she doesn’t have her own kitchen, and she can’t take over the place with new things; however, she enjoys cooking and trying new dishes on the occasional night she is home.

Features Ann should look for:

  • Budget-friendly cookware since she is just starting out, and her roommate could possibly use it and cause damage
  • A few pieces that can handle multiple tasks rather than a large set

Cuisinart cookware examples: 2-pk Skillets 9-inch & 11-inch, Chef’s Classic Non-Stick Hard Anodized 1.5 Quart Saucepan With Cover

John: Enthusiastic Cook

John is nearing retirement age and has found that one of his favorite ways to relax is cooking. He hopes to do a lot more of it when he retires. Saturday night is often steak night at home, and John cooks a tender filet for his wife. About once a month, they entertain guests for dinner.

Features John should look for:

  • A cast iron skillet for searing steak
  • A good-sized set that can handle multiple cooking tasks and cleans up easily when guests are over

Cuisinart cookware examples: Cuisinart SmartNest Non-Stick Aluminum Cookware Set 12 piece, Cuisinart Round Fry Pan With Helper

Sheila: Professional Chef

Sheila is a professional chef and enjoys the high-quality stainless steel cookware she works with at her upscale restaurant. She is now a well-seasoned chef and wants to have the same quality cookware at home as she does at work. For Sheila, cooking isn’t only a career, it’s a lifestyle.

Features Sheila should look for:

  • High-quality stainless steel to handle anything she throws at it
  • A good set with everything she needs, including saucepans, fry pans, and stockpots

Cuisinart cookware examples: French Classic Tri-Ply Stainless Cookware 13 Piece set, Round Fry Pan with Helper

Find the Best Cuisinart Cookware for You

Choosing Cuisinart cookware is a wise decision. Their combination of high-quality pieces at an affordable price makes them one of my favorites. As you shop for the best cookware for yourself, remember to consider the right material for your lifestyle, what you cook, and the price range you prefer. To get more answers to your questions about the best Cuisinart cookware for you, reach out to any Curated Kitchen Expert, and they will be happy to help.

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