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The 10 Best Cookware Sets You Can Get For Under $100

These sets are straight fire. Like, they have unparalleled heat retention!

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1. A nonstick, nontoxic aluminum Vremi set that's surprisingly durable — and nests to save space while you're not using it.

Includes: 1-quart pot with lid and long handle, sauté pan and long handle, 1.3-quart pot with lid and long handle, 1.75-quart pot with lid and short handle, 4.2-quart pot with lid and short handle, frying pan with long handle, slotted spoon, slotted spatula, spaghetti server, soup ladle, and a potato masher (15 pieces total).Promising review: "Fantastic quality and value for a nonstick set. Not flimsy thin, but rather a nice weight to them. The handles are comfortable and glass lids are sturdy with a good fit. Such decent quality for a starter set that will last a while. I'm a cookware snob using top-of-the-line Calphalon and All-Clad and I thought this set was great." —Emily P. Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in multicolor and all-black).What's that? You're looking for more ways to save space in your tiny kitchen? Check out some other suggestions here.
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Includes: 1-quart pot with lid and long handle, sauté pan and long handle, 1.3-quart pot with lid and long handle, 1.75-quart pot with lid and short handle, 4.2-quart pot with lid and short handle, frying pan with long handle, slotted spoon, slotted spatula, spaghetti server, soup ladle, and a potato masher (15 pieces total).

Promising review: "Fantastic quality and value for a nonstick set. Not flimsy thin, but rather a nice weight to them. The handles are comfortable and glass lids are sturdy with a good fit. Such decent quality for a starter set that will last a while. I'm a cookware snob using top-of-the-line Calphalon and All-Clad and I thought this set was great." —Emily P.

Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in multicolor and all-black).

What's that? You're looking for more ways to save space in your tiny kitchen? Check out some other suggestions here.

2. A mirror-polished stainless-steel Cook N Home set for looking at yourself between meal prep and reciting, "It is I, a renowned Michelin-star chef."

Includes: 1.5-quart saucepan, 1.5-, 2-, and 3-quart casserole pans, 5.5-quart. stockpot, and a 10-inch fry pan, all with lids (12 pieces total).Promising review: "I absolutely love these pans! I did tons and tons of research on all kinds of pan types. I really wanted to get away from the Teflon type of coated pan — it always ends up chipping eventually, no matter how careful you are — and it goes right into your food! I had almost settled on cast iron but the cost is prodigious and I really didn't like the idea of a pan that couldn't really be washed. So I researched stainless steel, and came upon this lovely set. I was very surprised by how strong they were right out of the box, not a flimsy set of metal pans for sure. They also have a very well-made aluminum-clad bottom — amazing! The lids are well put together, as are the pans, and the lids fit nice and tight." —LJGet it from Amazon for $51.13.
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Includes: 1.5-quart saucepan, 1.5-, 2-, and 3-quart casserole pans, 5.5-quart. stockpot, and a 10-inch fry pan, all with lids (12 pieces total).

Promising review: "I absolutely love these pans! I did tons and tons of research on all kinds of pan types. I really wanted to get away from the Teflon type of coated pan — it always ends up chipping eventually, no matter how careful you are — and it goes right into your food! I had almost settled on cast iron but the cost is prodigious and I really didn't like the idea of a pan that couldn't really be washed. So I researched stainless steel, and came upon this lovely set. I was very surprised by how strong they were right out of the box, not a flimsy set of metal pans for sure. They also have a very well-made aluminum-clad bottom —

amazing! The lids are well put together, as are the pans, and the lids fit nice and tight." —LJ

Get it from Amazon for $51.13.

3. A diamond-reinforced Tasty set that works perfectly with all surfaces and gives you a nice, even cook.

Includes: 9.5-inch fry pan, 11-inch griddle pan, 1.5-quart saucepan with glass lid, 2.5-quart saucepan with lid, 4-quart deep cooker with glass lid and helper handle, 6-quart Dutch oven with glass lid, and a recipe booklet (11 pieces total).Get it from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $99 (available in blue, gunmetal, and copper, and in titanium here).
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Includes: 9.5-inch fry pan, 11-inch griddle pan, 1.5-quart saucepan with glass lid, 2.5-quart saucepan with lid, 4-quart deep cooker with glass lid and helper handle, 6-quart Dutch oven with glass lid, and a recipe booklet (11 pieces total).

Get it from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $99 (available in blue, gunmetal, and copper, and in titanium here).

4. A dishwasher-safe and ceramic-coated Cook N Home set with handles that stay cool while cooking — so the only time you let out an audible yelp in the kitchen is when you discover how beautiful the meal you just created is.

Includes: 1- and 2-quart saucepans, 3-quart casserole pan, 5-quart Dutch oven with lids, and 8- and 9.5-inch fry pans (10 pieces total).Promising review: "Wow! This cookware is absolutely beautiful and a joy to cook with. The quality is top notch, not thin or flimsy in any way. I wasn't sure about cooking without at least a coating of nonstick cooking spray but cooked a 3-inch steak as my test run. It turned out perfect, to my amazement! This was my first experience with ceramic-coated cookware. I was concerned that I stained them (I know that's impossible) when I made my homemade spaghetti sauce, but cleanup was effortless. I can't say enough good things about this set of cookware. In fact, I was so wowwed, I bought the red set for my mother." —Donna SnyderGet it from Amazon for $49.73+ (available in green and red).
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Includes: 1- and 2-quart saucepans, 3-quart casserole pan, 5-quart Dutch oven with lids, and 8- and 9.5-inch fry pans (10 pieces total).

Promising review: "Wow! This cookware is absolutely beautiful and a joy to cook with. The quality is top notch, not thin or flimsy in any way. I wasn't sure about cooking without at least a coating of nonstick cooking spray but cooked a 3-inch steak as my test run. It turned out perfect, to my amazement! This was my first experience with ceramic-coated cookware. I was concerned that I stained them (I know that's impossible) when I made my homemade spaghetti sauce, but cleanup was effortless. I can't say enough good things about this set of cookware. In fact, I was so wowwed, I bought the red set for my mother." —Donna Snyder

Get it from Amazon for $49.73+ (available in green and red).

5. A porcelain Rachel Ray set with a modern rustic design that is enough to prep you for primetime (or at least daytime).

Includes: 1-quart saucepan with lid, 3-quart saucepan with lid, 6-quart stockpot with lid, 3-quart sauté pan with lid, 10-inch skillet, 8.5-inch skillet, slotted spoon, and a slotted turner (12 pieces total).Promising review: "Best pots ever. Love the grip on the handles of the pots and lids. I [also] like the weight of the pots and pans. Really happy with this product and would definitely buy again." —Sonya Get it from Target for $98.99.
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Includes: 1-quart saucepan with lid, 3-quart saucepan with lid, 6-quart stockpot with lid, 3-quart sauté pan with lid, 10-inch skillet, 8.5-inch skillet, slotted spoon, and a slotted turner (12 pieces total).

Promising review: "Best pots ever. Love the grip on the handles of the pots and lids. I [also] like the weight of the pots and pans. Really happy with this product and would definitely buy again." —Sonya

Get it from Target for $98.99.

6. A heavy-gauge aluminum set from T-Fal that cooks of all experience levels swear by.

Includes: 7.75-in. and 11-in. fry pans, 1-qt. and 2-qt. sauce pans with lids, 5.5-qt. dutch oven with lid, 10.25-in. griddle, spoon, ladle, and a slotted spatula (12 pieces total). Promising review: "Not only is this a great cookware set, it looks really nice too. There is NOT one thing that I do not like about this set. Love the new design with the handles as it makes it more comfortable to pick up; love the glass lids as they have a small hole to release steam and you don't have to pick up the lid to see how your food is doing; and this set definitely has the 'even' heat throughout, no matter how big the pan is. Love, love, love this signature-series cookware." —SherGet it from Amazon for $62.76.
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Includes: 7.75-in. and 11-in. fry pans, 1-qt. and 2-qt. sauce pans with lids, 5.5-qt. dutch oven with lid, 10.25-in. griddle, spoon, ladle, and a slotted spatula (12 pieces total).

Promising review: "Not only is this a great cookware set, it looks really nice too. There is NOT one thing that I do not like about this set. Love the new design with the handles as it makes it more comfortable to pick up; love the glass lids as they have a small hole to release steam and you don't have to pick up the lid to see how your food is doing; and this set definitely has the 'even' heat throughout, no matter how big the pan is. Love, love, love this signature-series cookware." —Sher

Get it from Amazon for $62.76.

7. A seasoned cast-iron Lodge set, for the naysayers who thought, "Surely there are NO quality cast-iron sets for under $100 on the market."

Includes: 10.5-inch round griddle, 8-inch skillet, 10.25-inch skillet, 5-quart. Dutch oven, and a 10.25-inch cover (five pieces total).Promising review: "I do not have enough good things to say about this set!!! This cast-iron cook set is absolutely awesome. It is such a good value for the money (don't even talk to me about the $1,400 All-Clad set I just bought). The key is keep the iron dry, don't soak it, keep it well oiled after use (I put a little flaxseed oil on after each use). Iron is so much healthier than Teflon. It's so much cheaper than aluminum/copper/steel. I want to send the All-Clad back now." —NeedCoffee!Get it from Walmart for $78.86.
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Includes: 10.5-inch round griddle, 8-inch skillet, 10.25-inch skillet, 5-quart. Dutch oven, and a 10.25-inch cover (five pieces total).

Promising review: "I do not have enough good things to say about this set!!! This cast-iron cook set is absolutely awesome. It is such a good value for the money (don't even talk to me about the $1,400 All-Clad set I just bought). The key is keep the iron dry, don't soak it, keep it well oiled after use (I put a little flaxseed oil on after each use). Iron is so much healthier than Teflon. It's so much cheaper than aluminum/copper/steel. I want to send the All-Clad back now." —NeedCoffee!

Get it from Walmart for $78.86.

8. A modern, porcelain Farberware set that boasts a "dimpled interior" for a longer-lasting nonstick experience (plus, a much more even browning).

Includes: 1-quart and 2-quart covered saucepans, 6-quart covered stockpot, 3-quart. covered sauté pan, 8-inch and 9.5-inch skillets, slotted spoon, and a slotted turner (12 pieces total).Promising review: "My roommate got these pans three or four years ago. He's a pretty avid cook so I assumed he did a lot of homework with pan-buying and didn't skimp on cost. They cook well, have been in both the oven and dishwasher hundreds of times, and they feel sturdy. He informed me that he was moving out, so I immediately started preparing to buy $1,000+ worth of pans and was researching Calphalon and All-Clad and a host of brands. Then I thought to search for the identical pans that he had. Farberware Millennium — under $100? I couldn't click the 'buy it now' button fast enough. Pans are packed well and the construction/usability doesn't seem to have changed in the past few years. I can't recommend these enough." —Steve JohnsonGet it from Amazon for $65.99+ (available in bronze, black, and red).
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Includes: 1-quart and 2-quart covered saucepans, 6-quart covered stockpot, 3-quart. covered sauté pan, 8-inch and 9.5-inch skillets, slotted spoon, and a slotted turner (12 pieces total).

Promising review: "My roommate got these pans three or four years ago. He's a pretty avid cook so I assumed he did a lot of homework with pan-buying and didn't skimp on cost. They cook well, have been in both the oven and dishwasher hundreds of times, and they feel sturdy. He informed me that he was moving out, so I immediately started preparing to buy $1,000+ worth of pans and was researching Calphalon and All-Clad and a host of brands. Then I thought to search for the identical pans that he had. Farberware Millennium — under $100? I couldn't click the 'buy it now' button fast enough. Pans are packed well and the construction/usability doesn't seem to have changed in the past few years. I can't recommend these enough." —Steve Johnson

Get it from Amazon for $65.99+ (available in bronze, black, and red).

9. A stainless-steel Cuisinart set that has everything you could possibly need for entertaining guests — plus drip-free pouring.

Includes: 1.5-quart saucepan with a cover, 3-quart saucepan with a cover, 10-inch open skillet, and an 8-quart stockpot with a cover (seven pieces total).Promising review: "This is the perfect set for a small, minimalist kitchen. This has all the right sizes of cookware for the person that wants just the basics. I purchased this set as I intended to slowly rid my kitchen of nonstick cookware. After purchasing this set, I got rid of everything else. Now I just have this set, one large SS Kitchenaid skillet, and a double Dutch cast-iron oven/skillet set. That is it for a family of five. For a quick and easy fix or starter kitchen, I would definitely recommend this set." —bostonmomGet it from Amazon or Jet for $74.99.
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Includes: 1.5-quart saucepan with a cover, 3-quart saucepan with a cover, 10-inch open skillet, and an 8-quart stockpot with a cover (seven pieces total).

Promising review: "This is the perfect set for a small, minimalist kitchen. This has all the right sizes of cookware for the person that wants just the basics. I purchased this set as I intended to slowly rid my kitchen of nonstick cookware. After purchasing this set, I got rid of everything else. Now I just have this set, one large SS Kitchenaid skillet, and a double Dutch cast-iron oven/skillet set. That is it for a family of five. For a quick and easy fix or starter kitchen, I would definitely recommend this set." —bostonmom

Get it from Amazon or Jet for $74.99.

10. A lightweight Gotham Steel set with ultra-nonstick coating that makes for a hassle-free cleanup.

Includes: 8.5-inch frying pan, 10.25-inch frying pan and lid, 1.5-quart pot and lid, 2.5-quart pot and lid, 5-quart pot and lid, an an aluminum steamer (10 pieces total).Promising review: "I adore these pots and pans! My fiancé and I have been using them daily for the past week and so far the nonstick factor is working just the way it's advertised. I'm finding that they heat up faster and keep the heat better than cookware I'm accustomed to, and I never have to turn the heat up past medium-high. Usually medium works just fine. I haven't used *any* oil or butter in my cooking so far with no issues whatsoever." —RikkiGet it from Amazon for $97.48 (available in two colors) or Walmart for $99.
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Includes: 8.5-inch frying pan, 10.25-inch frying pan and lid, 1.5-quart pot and lid, 2.5-quart pot and lid, 5-quart pot and lid, an an aluminum steamer (10 pieces total).

Promising review: "I adore these pots and pans! My fiancé and I have been using them daily for the past week and so far the nonstick factor is working just the way it's advertised. I'm finding that they heat up faster and keep the heat better than cookware I'm accustomed to, and I never have to turn the heat up past medium-high. Usually medium works just fine. I haven't used *any* oil or butter in my cooking so far with no issues whatsoever." —Rikki

Get it from Amazon for $97.48 (available in two colors) or Walmart for $99.

With these cookware sets at your disposal, there's no ceiling to what you can achieve in the kitchen.

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