The Best Cookware Sets From Direct-to-Consumer Companies

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The days of buying full cookware sets at department stores are coming to an end, thanks to an ever evolving list of direct-to-consumer companies that deliver kitchenware at more affordable prices. While early DTC companies often marketed to those who were starting a kitchen from scratch, like recent grads and newlyweds, now it seems like there's a market-disrupting pot or pan geared toward every kind of cook. So whether you want a refresh, or you're looking for a simple selection of essentials—or just want to try out a new brand—here are the companies making the best cookware sets right now.

<h1 class="title">Our Place Pan_HERO_012920_226.jpg</h1><cite class="credit">Photo by Joseph De Leo, Food Styling by Lillian Chou</cite>

Our Place Pan_HERO_012920_226.jpg

Photo by Joseph De Leo, Food Styling by Lillian Chou

Our Place

Our Place co-founder Shiza Shahid designed Our Place's signature Always Pan with the goal of creating cookware “to fit the needs of the modern, multiethnic American kitchen”. The photo-ready flagship product aims to replace “eight traditional pieces of cookware.” Does it achieve that? The short answer is: kind of, but you can read our full review of the Always Pan here. If you are interested in the Always Pan, we suggest adding the spruce steamer basket, since the original metal basket that comes with the pan has some issues. Our Place also sells a small range of stylish stackable plates, glasses, and cups.

Perfect for: The kitchen newbie with limited space

Always Pan

$145.00, Our Place

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Spruce Steamer

$30.00, Our Place

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<h1 class="title">Equal Parts Pan - HERO</h1><cite class="credit">Photo & Prop Styling by Joseph De Leo</cite>

Equal Parts Pan - HERO

Photo & Prop Styling by Joseph De Leo

Equal Parts

In 2019, design-firm-turned-lifestyle-company Pattern released Equal Parts, a line of “chemical-free” nonstick cookware (Pattern also produces storage and organization products under the brand Open Spaces). Basically, the company makes home goods that look nice. Equal Parts cookware originally came in all-black, but they recently redesigned their line in WGSN-approved muted colorways like cream and light blue.

You probably recognize Equal Parts for their “egg spin” ads, wherein a disembodied hand whips a fried egg around a frying pan at warp speed to demonstrate the supreme non-stickiness of the nonstick pan—a feat staff writer Kendra Vaculin couldn’t quite achieve when she fried eggs in the pan for a review. Still, they aren’t bad pans, and they look pretty good to boot. Their line now boasts four nonstick pans, a 10-inch sauté pan, an 8-inch frying pan, a 3.5 quart saucepan, and an 8-quart stock pot. They’ve also added a chef’s knife, a cutting board, a baking sheet, and an array of kitchen utensils to their lineup.

Perfect for: The aesthete who likes round handles.

Equal Parts Essential Pan With Lid

$95.00, Equal Parts

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<h1 class="title">Ceramic Caraway Pan - HERO</h1><cite class="credit">Photo by Joseph De Leo</cite>

Ceramic Caraway Pan - HERO

Photo by Joseph De Leo

Caraway

It’s difficult to distinguish Caraway from Equal Parts in terms of mission and offerings. They boast of their chemical-free ceramic nonstick formula, and sell a small range of pans in on-trend colors with names like “perracotta” and sage. Caraway’s design is a little more modern in shape, with drawer-pull style handles and flat lids. Their core set consists of a 10.5-inch frying pan, a 12-inch sauté pan, a 3-quart saucepan, and a 6.5-quart Dutch oven. Editor Lauren Joseph is a fan of the sauté pan for its oversized dimensions, which are ideal for big-batch cooking.

Perfect for: The aesthete who likes long, flat handles.

Caraway Sauté Pan

$135.00, Caraway

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Caraway Cookware Set

$395.00, Caraway

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<h1 class="title">Quickest Chicken - RECIPE</h1><cite class="credit">Photo by Joseph De Leo, Food Styling by Lillian Chou.</cite>

Quickest Chicken - RECIPE

Photo by Joseph De Leo, Food Styling by Lillian Chou.

Field Company

Field Company’s cast-iron skillets distinguish themselves from inexpensive mainstays like Lodge or Victoria thanks to lightweight designs and smooth cooking surfaces meant to resemble those of vintage–cast iron heirlooms. Field also has a full line of products for taking care of your cast iron, including a chainmail scrubber and seasoning oil.

Perfect for: Cast iron aficionados, or the sibling who didn’t inherit grandma’s “good pan”

Field Cast Iron Skillet No. 10

$160.00, Field Company

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Cast Iron Care Kit

$40.00, Field Company

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<h1 class="title">Brigade Kitchen</h1><cite class="credit">Brigade Kitchen</cite>

Brigade Kitchen

Brigade Kitchen

Brigade Kitchen

Brother-and-sister team Joey and Shane Finnegan founded Brigade Kitchen in 2017 with the goal of offering home cooks basic tools at affordable prices. They have four core products: a 9.5-inch skillet, a 2.5-quart sauce pan with lid, a 3-quart sauté pan (with a lid that also fits the skillet), and a 7-inch santoku knife. The pots and pans are constructed from 5-ply stainless steel and aluminum, and the knife is made from 67 layers of Damascus steel, making it very sharp and very durable. Plus, all the pans are dishwasher- and oven-safe, and induction compatible.

Perfect for: Someone looking for plain and affordable

Brigade Skillet

$75.00, Brigade Kitchen

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<h1 class="title">Material Kitchen</h1><cite class="credit">Material</cite>

Material Kitchen

Material

Material

Material co-founders Eunice Byun and Dave Nguyen sought to make tasteful kitchen tools designed for modern home cooks. Their first launch, the minimalist Fundamentals collection, includes a fish spatula, chef’s knife, and tongs, but Material has since expanded to a small selection of pans and some pretty cool cutting boards: a sleek angled wood cutting board, and the reBoard, made from 100% recycled BPA-free plastic and renewable sugarcane.

Perfect for: The stylish knife-wielder

Material reBoard

$35.00, Material

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Material Angled Board

$86.00, Material

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<h1 class="title">Great Jones 9x13 - HERO</h1><cite class="credit">Photo and Food Styling by Joseph De Leo</cite>

Great Jones 9x13 - HERO

Photo and Food Styling by Joseph De Leo

Great Jones

Great Jones DTC cookware began in 2018 with “the Dutchess”, an oval-shaped Dutch oven designed as the millennial answer to Le Creuset and Staub. Since then, the brand has expanded their line to include nonstick and stainless steel pans, and, most recently, a bakeware line. Great Jones refreshingly forsakes the signature dusty shades of other DTC cookware brands in favor of vibrant colors and punchy patterns. The Yves Klein-esque blue Dutch oven is particularly eye-catching. Kendra is a fan of the Hot Dish, a groovy, 9-by-13-inch baking dish with angular sides and corners that make for perfectly-square pieces of snacking cake and lasagna.

Perfect for: The aesthete who likes to bake, and enjoys quirky design.

Great Jones Hot Dish

$75.00, Great Jones

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Great Jones Dutchess

$155.00, Great Jones

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<h1 class="title">Proclamation Pan - HERO</h1><cite class="credit">Photo by Joseph De Leo</cite>

Proclamation Pan - HERO

Photo by Joseph De Leo

Proclamation Goods Co.

Similar to Our Place, Proclamation Goods Co. set out to design “one pan to rule them all”. The company emphasizes reducing consumption, minimizing waste, and engaging in ethical business practices. The flagship Proclamation Duo, consists of a wok-stockpot combo called the Hybrid Pot and a large 12-inch skillet. Together they function as a Dutch oven; the 12-inch skillet fits on the Hybrid Pot as a lid. The Duo is sturdy and built to last; it has a lifetime warranty, which accounts for its lofty price tag. When we tested the Duo, we found the Hybrid Pot to be the standout; Its large and unique-drum shape was great for searing meats in big batches, and ideal for cooktop-to-oven braising.

Perfect for: Minimalists who like quality, heavy cookware.

Proclamation Hybrid Pot

$230.00, Proclamation Goods Co.

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<h1 class="title">Made In Cookware</h1><cite class="credit">Made In</cite>

Made In Cookware

Made In

Made In

Made In fashions itself as the DTC answer to All-Clad—really, comparisons between the two are at the heart of Made In’s marketing, where they claim to deliver the same quality at a lower price point. Made In has the greatest range of products for sale among the competitor DTC brands, offering pans, cutlery, glassware, and kitchen accessories. Made In has also courted endorsements from high profile chefs like Tom Colicchio and Nancy Silverton and Michelin-starred restaurants like Alinea and Le Bernardin.

Perfect for: Someone who likes what celebrity chefs like.

The Carbon Sous Chef Set

$399.00, Made In

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Stainless Clad Stock Pot

$159.00, Made In

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Misen

Misen sticks to the original intent of a DTC model, cutting out the middle man to make premium products more affordable. They offer an extensive line of stainless steel pans and a whole range of knives as well, a more varied line than other DTC cookware brands. In our product tests, we’ve found that Misen products can, in fact, hold their own against top competitors like All-Clad and Mac. The brand claimed top marks in our tests of the best saucepan and the best serrated knife.

Perfect for: The utilitarian knife enthusiast

Misen Essentials Serrated Knife

$55.00, Misen

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Misen Paring Knife

$30.00, Misen

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Misen Chef’s Knife

$65.00, Misen

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Misen 3-Quart Saucier

$85.00, Misen

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<h1 class="title">Potluck Kitchenware</h1><cite class="credit">Potluck</cite>

Potluck Kitchenware

Potluck

Potluck

The founders of Potluck started the design process by surveying casual cooks and professional chefs to find out what tools they thought were absolutely necessary. The end result? Tri-ply cookware like sauce pans, skillets, and stockpots; high-carbon steel paring, chef's, and bread knives; and necessary tools like a fish spatula, tongs, measuring cups, and spoons. Offering various bundles of utensils, knives, and cookware, the company has a full collection of products ideal for anyone who is outfitting a kitchen from scratch.

Perfect for: Someone stocking a kitchen from scratch, or furnishing an Airbnb.

Essentials Bundle

$270.00, Potluck

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Abbio

Brothers and "e-commerce experts" Jonathan and Eric Wahl designed Abbio with apartment dwellers and tiny kitchens in mind. Their five-piece flagship stainless steel set includes 8-and-11-inch frying pans with “chemical free” nonstick coatings, a 10-inch sauté pan, a 6-quart stock pot, and a 2-quart saucepan.

Perfect for: Someone looking for small and simple.

The Set

$355.00, Abbio Cookware

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Originally Appeared on Epicurious