It might be time to update your kitchen.

By Madeline Diamond
Updated June 06, 2020
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Whether you see cooking at home as a chore or an adventure, it's much easier and more enjoyable if you're doing it with the right equipment. There are plenty of options out there, from cookware sets with all the essentials to more curated collections that will give your kitchen a smart upgrade.

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And no matter your price range, you can be sure to find the right cookware set for you and your cooking routine. Brands like T-fal and Faberware make impressively functional and durable pieces that you can buy for a great deal at retailers like Target and Bed Bath & Beyond. You can also find stylish (and slightly pricier) sets that you'll want to display in your kitchen at online retailers like Great Jones and Our Place. Keep reading for our favorites.

Great Jones 'Family Style' Cookware Set

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Arguably some of the most stylish cookware out right now, this set from Great Jones includes a cast-iron Dutch oven (available in seven colors); a fully clad stainless steel sauté pan, saucepan, and stockpot; and a ceramic nonstick frying pan. Shoppers love these pots and pans not only for their style, but also for their function and durability. "These pots are sturdy. I was tired of pots and skillets where the handle was riveted on and became loose over time. These guys are rock solid," one reviewer wrote.

To buy: greatjonesgoods.com, $395

Made In 'The Starter Kit'

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If you're looking for a basic, well-curated selection of cookware, try out Made In's starter kit. This set includes a 10-inch stainless steel frying pan, a two-quart saucepan with a lid, and a six-quart stockpot with a lid. One reviewer praised the nonstick pan, in particular, calling it "crazy easy to use and keep clean!"

And if you're looking for a more comprehensive set to expand your kitchen, the brand also has several other kits that feature different types of cookware.

To buy: madeincookware.com, $259 (originally $283)

T-fal 12-piece Titanium Cookware Set

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This set from T-fal is perfect for building your kitchen, since it includes 12 pieces of durable, dishwasher-safe cookware. It comes with a covered skillet, two saucepans with lids, two sauté pans, a Dutch oven, a slotted spatula, and a spoon. Customers are constantly impressed by the value of this cookware, as shown by the reviews on Target's website. One reviewer specifically called out how these pots and pans "heat fast [and] look great."

To buy: target.com, $80

Le Creuset 5-Piece Signature Set

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If cast iron is what you're looking for, you can't go wrong with Le Creuset. This set includes three of the brand's signature products — a round Dutch oven, saucepan, and skillet. The Dutch oven and saucepan have a sand-colored enamel interior, which allows you to easily monitor the cooking process, while the skillet features a durable black enamel finish that's meant for higher temperatures. And one of the best parts of shopping with Le Creuset is the brand's lifetime warranty.

"The quality and craftsmanship is impressive, both pots and the skillet evenly distribute heat and are a breeze to clean up afterward," one reviewer wrote.

To buy: lecreuset.com, $525 (originally $700)

Our Place 'Dinner for 4' Set

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This set from Our Place may feature just one piece of actual cookware, but it's impressively versatile. The Always Pan, which is nonstick and includes a steamer basket, can perform the same functions of eight pieces of traditional cookware. In addition to this multitasking pan, the set comes with stylish plates, bowls, and glasses for four.

Shoppers frequently compliment the style and versatility of this set, particularly the pan. "We love this pan and have used it every day since it arrived. Easy to cook, easy to clean, and looks nice left out on the stove," one reviewer wrote.

To buy: fromourplace.com, $290

Caraway Cookware Set

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Caraway's cookware has a nonstick ceramic coating that's eco-friendly and free of toxins that are found in many other pan coatings. The set, which is available in five colors, includes a frying pan, saucepan, sauté pan, and Dutch oven. An added bonus, this set is easy to store, since it comes with a magnetic pan rack and canvas lid holder to keep products organized.

One reviewer praised how easy these pans are to clean. "I also enjoy washing [this] cookware; the tales were true, grease and grime slide off," he wrote. And if you like the style of these pots and pans, you can also shop matching kitchen linens to complete your kitchen.

To buy: carawayhome.com, $395

Faberware Reliance 12-piece Nonstick Cookware Set

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An affordable set, this cookware from Faberware is easy to use and clean. In addition to two covered saucepans, a covered sauce pot, and a 10-inch skillet, this set includes five nylon cooking tools to complete your kitchen setup. Double-riveted handles make the pots and pans a breeze to maneuver, while tempered glass lids allow you keep your eye on what you're cooking.

Target shoppers confirmed the value and durability of this set, giving it 4.7 out of five stars online. "I've had this set for nearly two years, so I now feel I can vouch for its durability and quality. They're definitely worth the price and function as you'd expect. I haven't had any problems with food sticking to them or the coating coming off, and all of the pieces are easy to clean with just a bit of soap and water," one reviewer wrote.

To buy: target.com, $45

Material '29, Your Way' Cookware Set

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Material offers a wide variety of kitchenware, including cookware, knives, and cutting boards. If new pots and pans are what you're looking for, this set is a great place to start. It includes a sauce pot, plus you can choose between a sauté pan or classic 12-inch pan and a coated pan or classic 10-inch pan. The pots and pans are made from copper, which heats up quickly and retains that heat evenly while you cook.

Shoppers love the simple style and functionality of this cookware. "I had been using some old pots for years, and was somewhat worried that this one was all hype, but it is not. It is great. The spout is so helpful (who knew?) and it is aesthetically pleasing as well," one reviewer wrote.

To buy: materialkitchen.com, $250

Equal Parts 'The Simple Kitchen' Cookware Set

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If you're looking to build your cookware collection from scratch, this comprehensive set from Equal Parts is a great value. It comes with the brand's Pot & Pan Duo, as well as a chef's knife, double-sided cutting and presentation board, three nested nonstick prep bowls, a measuring cup set, and a colander. The pots and pans are also nested, allowing for easy, space-saving storage.

Shoppers have praised the variety of high-quality products in this set. "The nonstick of the pot and pan is insanely good. And the knife is the sharpest/best chef's knife I've used (I have three different ones at home)," one reviewer wrote.

To buy: equalparts.com, $299

Abbio 'The Set'

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Abbio, a brand that's dedicated to quality and simplicity, says this set includes "everything you need, nothing you don't." And that description is spot on — the set includes small and large nonstick skillets, a saucepan with lid, a sauté with lid, a stock pot with lid, as well as a silicone hot pad.

Shoppers are impressed with the versatility and functionality of this cookware. One reviewer even called the nonstick skillet "my go-to pan for everything."

To buy: abbiokitchen.com, $287

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