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The Best Pots and Pans for Gas Stoves of 2021

Gas stoves are still one of the most popular stove types in the US, due to their availability, affordability and versatility. However, to make the most of their open flame cooking style, it’s important to have cookware suited to cooking over open flames. In this article, we’ll take a look at how to choose the best pots and pans for your gas stove, and some of our top choices for cookware for gas stoves in 2021.

Calphalon Simply Pots and Pans Set – Best Overall

Shineuri Non-Stick Ceramic Copper Cookware Set – Budget Pick

Cusinaid Aluminum Cookware Set – Best Value

Duxtop Professional Stainless Steel Pots and Pans Set – Professional Choice

Rachael Ray Cucina Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set – Most Stylish

Everything You Need to Know About Pots and Pans for Your Gas Stove

In this section we’ll take a look at the different types of pots and pans, and the construction materials best suited to gas stovetops. Gas stovetops have an open flame cooking style that is different to other hobs. Temperature can change at the twist of a knob – much faster than other stovetops, so you need pots and pans that can stand up to the heat. The main thing to look out for is high-quality materials that heat evenly and quickly, and can respond to rapid temperature changes.

The Different Types of Pots and Pans

There are lots of different pots and pans, and they all have different uses. In this section, we’ll look at which pots and pans are best for what jobs.

Firstly, the skillet or fry pan is a versatile pan. Shallow sides and curved edges make them perfect for fast frying and searing on higher heats. The rounded sides help you to keep food moving, but makes them less suitable for wet foods like sauces. The skillet is best for frying eggs, searing steaks, and making pancakes. 

Sauté pans are similar to skillets, but have straight sides, and often come with a lid. They are more suited to slowly frying and sautéing foods like onions, peppers, zucchinis and potatoes. The straight sides and lids also make sauté pans perfect for cooking methods where you want to keep moisture in the pan, such as poaching or making sauces. You can also use them for deep-frying if you don’t have a deep fryer. Check out our Blue Diamond Pan Reviews to learn about some great sauté pans.

The next pan to check out is the saucepan. Similar to a sauté pan but taller and with a smaller diameter, the saucepan is a versatile pan perfect for boiling pasta, rice, potatoes or eggs. You can also use them for making their namesake, sauces, as well as soups and stews. Saucepans almost always come with a lid, to keep moisture in and to help boil water faster.

The largest on the list is the stockpot, a massive pot which is perfect for foods that are fine with lower, less direct heat. Stockpots are perfect for making large batches of pasta, stews and casseroles, and, of course, stocks. Stockpots also tend to come with a lid, to keep the moisture and flavor in when slow-cooked foods are bubbling away.

The best materials to use on a gas stove

Although technically you can use any pot or pan on a gas stove, some materials are more suitable for open-flame cooking than others. The flames of your hob don’t distribute heat in a uniform manner compared to other hob types such as electric or induction. This means that some parts of the pan will have more direct contact with the flames than other parts, and the heat can be really concentrated when cooking on a low setting. Gas stoves can change temperature instantly with the twist of a knob too, so the cookware used ought to be able to withstand quick temperature changes.

Stainless steel is a great choice for your gas hobs, as it’s durable, corrosion resistant, and non-reactive, so it won’t change the flavor of your food. Stainless steel by itself doesn’t conduct heat very well, so it’s normally layered or clad with another material that conducts heat better as an inner core, such as aluminum or copper. Stainless steel clad with either of these metals can result in high quality, long-lasting and highly effective cookware for your gas stovetop.

Aluminum is an excellent heat distributor and conductor, making it a great choice for your gas stove. It is affordable, but fairly soft and lightweight, making it prone to warping at high heats – so be careful when using the highest temperatures. Unfortunately, it also scratches easily and is highly reactive to acidic foods such as tomatoes, lemon juice, vinegar or wine.

Anodized aluminum is aluminum that has had its surface chemistry altered electrochemically. This builds up an oxide coating to produce a scratch-resistant, non-reactive and non-stick surface.[1] Hard-anodized aluminum has an even thicker oxide layer, making it even more durable. You can’t dishwash anodized aluminum though, and it’s a little more expensive than standard aluminum.

Copper is a great alternative if you’re looking for something that’s going to stand out in your kitchen. It shares many of its properties with aluminum, such as even heating and great conductivity. However, it’s more expensive, and on top of this, pure copper scratches easily and tends to react with acidic foods, altering the color and taste of your food. To prevent this, copper cookware tends to be lined or clad with another, less reactive material such as stainless steel.

A cookware classic, cast iron is great for certain types of cooking, like steaks or pan pizzas. It conducts heat evenly and holds heat extremely well. However, it takes a long time to heat up. It’s also not very responsive to temperature changes, so expect to wait a while for the temperature to change after turning your gas burner up or down. It’s also really heavy! So although cast iron is the perfect choice for certain specific cooking needs, it’s not a particularly versatile option for your gas stove.

Finally, ceramic pots and pans can be found in a wide range of eye-catching colors. They’re not actually made from ceramic though – instead, a metal like aluminum is coated in a thin layer of ceramic because of its excellent non-stick properties. However, this coating is fairly sensitive and can be easily damaged by high-heat cooking, so it’s not the best material for gas stovetops. The best thing to do is to try to stick to dishes that require a lower heat when cooking with pans with a ceramic coating.

Caring for Your Pots and Pans

There are a few things you can do to make sure your pots and pans last longer on your gas stove. The first is to make sure you preheat your pots and pans properly before using them. Just heat on a low- to medium heat for two or three minutes before cooking, then add your oil or ingredients. Don’t preheat on high, as gas stoves can reach very high temperatures and this makes them more likely to warp.

It’s also a good idea to avoid sudden changes of temperature for the same reason. As well as whacking the heat up, this means don’t run a cool tap on your pots or pans before giving them time to cool down.[2] The sizzle of the steam might sound exciting, but it’s not worth ruining your kitchen kit for!

Although a number of the pots and pans below are dishwasher safe, we would recommend normally washing them by hand. Due to the non-stick coatings, this can be as simple as wiping round your skillet with a paper towel. For the larger pots and pans, warm water and a mild detergent will do the trick. Save the dishwasher for really tough stains – or when you’re feeling really lazy!

Finally, for pots and pans with a non-stick coating, try and avoid using metal utensils, which might scratch or damage the coating. The best materials to use are plastic, wood and silicone utensils instead.[3]

The Best Pots and Pans for Gas Stoves in 2021

Now we’ve taken a look at the best materials to use on your gas stoves and covered the different types of pots and pans and their uses. Let’s take a look at the best pots and pans sets for your gas stove in 2021.

Calphalon Simply Pots and Pans Set – Best Overall

·      Material: Hard anodized aluminum

·      Handles: Cast Stainless Steel with Silicone

·      Oven safe: Yes

·      Dishwasher safe: No

·      Pieces: 10

Calphalon’s Simply Pots and Pans set contains an 8- and a 10-inch fry pan, 1-, 2-, 3-quart sauté pans with covers, and a 6-quart stockpot with cover. This feels like a good range of pots and pans, allowing you to cover a wide range of cooking techniques.

The pots and pans in this set are made from hard-anodized aluminum, a material which is highly suitable for making cooking equipment as it is scratch-resistant, non-reactive, and non-stick. Calphalon was actually the first cookware brand to adopt hard-anodized aluminum technology from the aerospace industry back in 1968.[4] Each pot and pan has an additional two layers of non-stick coating to ensure your cooking stays stick-free. This makes cleanup much easier, but be aware unfortunately, these pots and pans aren’t dishwasher safe.

The long stay-cool handles have a silicone grip which is comfortable in the hand. The large sauté pan also has a silicone-coated helper handle, which is always a welcome addition.

Each piece in this set is oven-safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and the tempered glass lids actually have a higher maximum temperature at 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Overall, this ten-piece set of pots and pans is our top choice for cooking on gas stoves. The set is well made and has all the pieces needed for a well-equipped kitchen, without unnecessary duplicates or extras. Calphalon also offers a generous 10-year warranty on this set, which is testament to the pans’ reliability.

Shineuri Non-Stick Ceramic Copper Cookware Set – Budget Pick

·      Material: Aluminum with copper infused ceramic coating

·      Handles: Stainless steel

·      Oven safe: Yes

·      Dishwasher safe: Yes

·      Pieces: 10

Shineuri’s non-stick ceramic copper set contains an 8-inch fry pan, a 9.5-inch fry pan with lid, 1½- and 2½-quart saucepans with lids, a 6-quart stockpot with lid, and a stainless steel steamer insert for the stockpot. Again, this is a good range of pots and pans, and we like the inclusion of a dedicated steamer (but you can always improvise one using a sieve or colander!).

While the outside is a fairly conservative dark grey, the bright copper-colored interior of these pans are great to look at when cooking or storing. The central layer is made from aluminum in order to take advantage of its quick and even heat distribution properties, whilst the non-stick coating is made from copper-infused ceramic.

The stainless steel handles feel high-quality, and are triple-riveted to the base of the pan for high durability – no more wobbly handles!

The pots and pans are oven safe up to a whopping 550 degrees Fahrenheit, while the lids are good up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cusinaid Aluminum Cookware Set – Best Value

·      Material: Hard anodized Aluminum with Stainless Steel base

·      Handles: Stainless Steel

·      Oven safe: Yes

·      Dishwasher safe: Yes

·      Pieces: 10

Cusinaid’s aluminum cookware set includes 8- and 10.5-inch fry pans, 1½- and 2-quart saucepans with lids, 2½- and 4-quart stockpots with lids. An additional stockpot can definitely come in handy, but it might have been more useful to have a bigger size difference between each saucepan and stockpot.

The striking orange-y copper color of the ceramic coating will definitely stand out in your kitchen, pairing rustic colors with modern design functionality. It also ensures that food won’t stick. The impact-bonded stainless steel and hard-anodized aluminum construction heats quickly and evenly, and the double aluminum bottom is unlikely to warp, meaning these pots and pans will last a long time in your kitchen. 

The long handles stay cool and are comfortable in the hand, making the lightweight cookware easy to lift. The 18/10 stainless steel composition has a high quantity of chromium and nickel, protecting them from oxidation and corrosion.[5]

Each piece is oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and the lids are oven safe to 390 degrees Fahrenheit. The set is also dishwasher safe, but the ceramic coating is so stick-free that cleaning these pots and pans by hand is no trouble.

Overall, this set of pots and pans by Cuisinaid is a great value option, providing high quality and reliable pots and pans at a reasonable price.

Duxtop Professional Stainless Steel Pots and Pans Set – Professional Choice

·      Material: Stainless Steel

·      Handles: Stainless Steel

·      Oven safe: Yes

·      Dishwasher safe: Yes

·      Pieces: 17

This clean and understated set of stainless steel pots and pans by Duxtop would look right at home in a professional kitchen. The set includes 8- and 9.5-inch fry pans, a 5.5-quart sauté pan with helper and lid, 1.6- and 2.5-quart saucepans with lids, 4.2-and 8.6-quart stock pots with lids, a 9.5-inch boiler basket, a 9.5-inch steam basket, a 2-prong fork, a solid spoon and a slotted turner.

It’s nice to see the addition of the boiler and steam baskets, and although the utensils aren’t the very best, they’re a nice addition, and make this kit great for anyone moving into a new kitchen.

The pots and pans are constructed from food grade 18/10 stainless steel, which has no impact on the flavor of your food. The bases are made from heavy gauge impact-bonded aluminum bases and are of great quality, heating quickly and evenly with no hot spots. Measurement markings on the inside of the pots are also a welcome addition, for easily gauging when to stop pouring liquids without having to measure precisely.

The tight-fitting tempered glass lids let you see through them to monitor your food directly without removing the lid, perfect for cooking food you don’t want to disrupt, such as rice. The ergonomically shaped handles are riveted securely to the body and stay cool, even when cooking at high heats.

Each of the pots and pans are oven safe up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit, and the lids are safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and this set is also freezer safe, expanding your cooking options even further.

Overall, this pots and pans set from Duxtop earns our professional choice award. The range of pieces is comprehensive, and the high-quality construction won’t let you down on the stovetop or in the oven or freezer. Duxtop have also included some useful elements such as the boiler and steam baskets and utensils that most of the other sets don’t provide. 

Rachael Ray Cucina Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set – Most Stylish

·      Material: Aluminum with hard enamel porcelain exterior

·      Handles: Rubberized stainless steel

·      Oven safe: Yes

·      Dishwasher safe: No

·      Pieces: 12

With color options to suit every kitchen, this set of pots and pans from Rachel Ray’s Cucina series includes 8.5- and 10-inch fry pans, a 3-quart sauté pan with lid, 1- and 3-quart saucepans with lids, a 6-quart stockpot with lid, and a slotted spoon and turner. You’ve got a choice of agave blue, cranberry red, lavender, lemongrass green, mushroom brown, pumpkin orange, and sea salt grey – no kitchen is left behind!

The aluminum construction heats quickly and with an even heat distribution, and the hard-enameled porcelain exterior not only looks good, but is durable as well. The inside features a non-stick coating, and Rachel Ray provides two nylon tools to ensure that the coating does not get scratched or damaged.

The shatter resistant glass lids fit tightly and allow you to monitor the cooking of your food without having to remove them. The rubberized handles are comfortable, but it would have been nice to have a helper handle on the sauté pan – this is hardly a deal breaker though.

The set is hand wash only, but this isn’t too bad as the non-stick coating is pretty effective. In many cases, a wipe round with a paper towel will do the trick, but if not, you’ll have to use warm soapy water and detergent.

Although the set is oven safe to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, be warned that continuous oven use may cause the color on the rubberized handles to fade over time.

Overall, Rachel Ray has delivered a great set of pots and pans for your gas stove, with a good selection of items and additional nylon tools to protect the non-stick coating. The massive range of color options is our favorite feature though earning this set our most stylish award.

The Final Verdict

Now that we’ve taken a look at our top pots and pans for gas stoves, hopefully something has caught your eye. Our favorite pick is Calphalon’s Simply Pots and Pans set. The wide range of pots and pans will enable you to cover a range of cooking styles, and the hard-anodized construction will stand up to the wider heat range of your gas stovetop. As long as you don’t mind handwashing your pots and pans, this ten-piece set is the perfect choice for any kitchen, and with a ten-year warranty from Calphalon, you’ll be set for pots and pans for years to come.

FAQs

Q: How should I store my pots and pans?

A: The best way to store your pots and pans and keep their non-stick coating intact, wait until they’ve cooled down before washing them up. Then hang them up, or if you’re stacking them, it’s always smart to place something like a dish towel, felt pan protector, or even a sheet of kitchen paper between each one. 

Q: Which cookware is right for me?

A: We’ve put together an extensive guide to cookware right here.

Q: My pan has warped! What can I do?

A: Pots and pans are subject to warping due to the nature of their use. Extreme temperatures can make pots and pans warp, and this is all the more likely to happen on gas stoves, where extreme temperatures can be reached quickly. Warped pans can wobble around and don’t sit securely on the hob, and this also affects their ability to conduct heat effectively. Luckily you can repair warped pans by tapping the warped area back into place, but don’t expect this to be a perfect solution.

Lay out a towel on a flat surface and put the warped pot or pan on top, making sure the bulge is warping outwards. Place a second towel over the pan to protect it, and lightly tap with a hammer or mallet until the bulge is flattened out. If it won’t budge, increase your tapping force slightly. Check the other side to make sure you haven’t overdone it, then clean out the pan to remove any non-stick coating that has fallen off in the repair process.

In future, try to be more careful when using temperature extremes, and don’t change the heat so rapidly.

References

[1] Aluminum Anodizers Council (date unknown), ‘What is Anodizing?’. Accessed at: https://www.anodizing.org/page/what-is-anodizing.

[2] Chef Chang (23 January 2019), ‘Why do Frying Pans Warp? (Plus How to Fix It)’. Accessed at: https://sliceofkitchen.com/why-do-frying-pans-warp-plus-how-to-fix-it/.

[3] Mariette Mifflin (27 June 2019), ‘Using and Caring for Nonstick Pans’. Accessed at: https://www.thespruce.com/nonstick-pans-care-1908563.

[4] Calphalon (date unknown), ‘Our History’. Accessed at: https://www.calphalon.com/about-us.html.

[5] Mighty Nest (10 June 2014), ‘Stainless Steel: All About Food Grade 304, 18/8 and 18/10’. Accessed at: https://mightynest.com/articles/stainless-steel-all-about-food-grade-304-188-and-1810.