What is the best cookware is a BIG question. It depends on what you are going to cook and the dollar amount you can afford to spend.
When choosing you cookware, you must understand what materials are used to manufacture the cookware. It is important to really think about what you are going to cook. The most common choices for cookware are Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Copper, or Cast Iron. Picking out the best cookware depends on your skill level in the kitchen and your budget.
Stainless Steel pots and pans are made of an alloy of metals which includes carbon, chromium and steel. Stainless Steel pots and pans are one of the best cookware choice. They provide great conductivity of heat, durability, and are reasonably priced. Of course there is high end priced and lower end priced Stainless Steel cookware out there. Most Stainless Steel cookware sets are reasonably priced and can be used every day and typically seen in most homes. With quality Stainless Steel pans, you will not have to worry about scratching, or your food tasting like metal. Lesser expensive Stainless Steel cookware can leave a metal taste.
Aluminum Cookware is famous for its excellent heat conductivity. Aluminum is a great choice if you are looking for even cooking heat. If cost is an issue, then consider Aluminum Cookware. It is inexpensive and is a soft metal, so it won’t last forever, and it can scratch and dent easily. Anodized Aluminum Cookware is an excellent cookware choice because it is chemically treated, to reduce reactivity. Aluminum is a reactive metal, like Copper.
Copper Cookware is useful when you need even distribution of heat but is not useful for daily cooking. Copper Cookware looks fabulous in the beginning but scratches and loses its luster after lots of cooking. It must be maintained by regular polishing and who has time for that! Copper cookware is expensive and is not usually seen in many homes.
Cast Iron Pans offer great value for little money and has been around for hundreds of years. They work for very high temperature cooking. Once cast iron pans heat up they stay hot. Proper care of cleaning and seasoning will ensure your cast iron pans will last forever. Never soak cast iron in water. Bottom line is; if you are an experienced cook you must make the investment in high end; quality cookware, and it will cost a lot more. OR start cooking by buying yourself a 12 inch skillet and an 8 inch fry pan. Practice cooking and enjoy.