Many believe gas stoves to be superior to their electric counterparts. The primary reason for this is heat control. Gas stoves allow you to adjust the heat very quickly while electric stoves take a while to heat up and cool down. Having the best pots and pans for your gas stove can enhance the cooking experience even further with superior heat distribution, heat conductivity, and easy clean-up.
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Out of all of the cookware that we've tried, we've narrowed down the best materials to be Titanium and Ceramic. Both of these materials offer great heat distribution (if the exterior is well designed) and don't stick. If you've only used cheap stainless steel or nonstick cookware in the past, getting a quality titanium or ceramic cookware set is a completely new experience. Much like moving from a dull knife to a sharp one, you'll wonder how you ever got by using cheap cookware in the first place. There are some downsides to this type of cookware (see below), so we've offered some alternative options as well.
Since gas stoves offer great heat control already, having the proper heat conduction on your pots and pans takes things to a whole new level. It ensures that you don't end up with hot spots and cool spots while cooking. This is especially useful if you're cooking frozen veggies in a pot or pan as we all know how annoying it can be to have ones that are fully cooked and ones that are frozen.
If you're partial to the dishwasher, having something that's dishwasher safe is going to be crucial. One thing that we noticed when making the switch was that since food never stuck to the pots and pans, we usually opted not to use the dishwasher! If the pieces are truly nonstick, one wipe with a soft sponge and towel should leave it sparkling clean and ready to be put away - even if you let things get a little crusted on.
Although we almost exclusively use ceramic and titanium in our household now, there are some downsides to it. With any pot or pan that is coated, there is always the potential to strip the coating from misuse. That being said, if your cookware tends to get beat up and you don't want to be mindful of the type of utensils you're using on it, then a solid stainless steel cookware set is going to be the best option.
Another option is cast iron or enameled cast iron. These options offer durability and versatility with the non-enameled kind being basically indestructible. Enameled options are durable as well and can do usually handle being put in the oven, but the coating has the potential to get stripped.
Because we prefer to cook with little to no oil, having nonstick cookware is a must. This non-stick titanium set from T-fal is a great option. Not only is it non-stick, but its approved for metal utensils for those who don't want to have to think about what cooking utensils they are using. Obviously using softer ones though will be the safer options to prolong the life of the cookware.
One of the more unique features of this cookware is the pre-heat circle in the middle. The circle changes to a solid red color when the pans are ready to go and adequately preheated. This makes it a lot easier to get a feel for when to throw certain foods on so they don't burn or cook unevenly from inadequate or excess heat.
If you want bare bones and durable, getting a stainless steel set is going to a great idea. Outside of cast iron, its going to be your best choice in terms of durability.
However, when it comes to convenience, this ceramic cookware takes the cake. As long as you don't abuse it by using metal utensils, putting it in the dishwasher, or scrubbing it with a super abrasive sponge, you should be able to enjoy the convenience of these pots and pans for a long time to come!
If you're just looking for some reliable nonstick cookware without all the bells and whistles then the 66-17N set my Cuisinart is probably a good choice. It comes with almost every cookware piece that you'll need and is just all around capable of handling most jobs.
It's coated with "quantium" (more info on the link below), making it nonstick and convenient just like the ceramic.
If you want bare bones and durable, getting a stainless steel set is going to a great idea. Outside of cast iron, its going to be your best choice in terms of durability. The only problem comes with the amount of oil and fat that you need to use while cooking. If the pan is not properly coated, your food is going to get stuck!
You can get around the oil by water sauteing or using vegetable broth to keep things lubricated while food is cooking. If you make a lot of soups or stir fries with liquid, you may not need too much oil if any at all.
Hey! I’m Michelle and I write product reviews for ThriveCuisine.com. I’m always preparing healthy / plant based foods and I’ve developed a knack for helping people get the best bang for their buck.