- 1 Why Choose Copper Cookware?
- 2 Qualities to Look For in Copper Cookware
- 3 Lagostina Q554SA64 Martellata Tri-ply Hammered Stainless Steel 10-Piece
- 4 Calphalon Tri-Ply Copper 10 Piece Set
- 5 Cuisinart CTP-11AM Copper Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 11-Piece Cookware Set
- 6 Anolon Nouvelle Copper Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set
- 7 Mauviel M’heritage M250B 9-piece 2.5mm Copper Cookware Set with Bronze Handles
We express ourselves through cooking. A part of that expression not only comes through in the food that we create but also the tools that we use to create it. Our food, our kitchen, and our utensils are all an extension of ourselves, and that’s why we like those things to be as unique as we are. Why settle for boring steel or cheap metal when you can buy beautiful copper cookware sets for just as cheap.
Copper cookware is not only beautiful, but add warmth and shine to the everyday task of cooking and baking. We love the retro style these copper kits add to the kitchen and are sure to become a personal favorite that you can even pass down when the time comes.
In this guide we will be going over the advantages of using copper, how it is different than other cooking materials, and what your options are when shopping for copper cookware sets though our reviews.
|Brand & Model||Weight||Pieces||Our Rating||Price|
|Cuisinart CTP-11AM||25 lbs.||11|
|Calphalon Tri-Ply||30 lbs.||10|
|Lagostina Martellata||27 lbs.||10|
|Anolon Nouvelle||23 lbs.||11|
|Mauviel M'heritage M250B||15 lbs.||9|
Why Choose Copper Cookware?
Many people will talk about cast iron being the reigning champ of all cookware. While it’s true that this time honored cooking vessel is truly a powerhouse in the kitchen and has been for centuries, it’s not ideal in every situation. When using cast iron, metal will retain heat long after its been removed from the heat source. Now this can be desirable in a lot of situations, it’s not always what exactly what you need.
Sometimes you need to exhibit more control over your temperatures and this is where copper comes in. With copper cookware, you can fine-tune your temperatures very quickly and it responds very well to increases or decreases offering greater command over the cooking.
Where copper also rises above the completion is in its ability spread heat evenly over the entire width of the pan. With high quality copper cookware, especially with a nice hot copper frying pan, there is near perfect distribution of heat and energy to all parts of the surface. You no longer have to worry about shifting the food around to hotter spots.
Qualities to Look For in Copper Cookware
When it comes to cookware, not all sets are created equal. In general, when shopping for your pots and pans, the thicker they are the better. Julia Child has been quoted as saying in Mastering The Art of French Cooking that to get all of the advantages of copper it “must” be 1 eighth of an inch thick and who are we to argue with that? When cookware is too thin it means that the manufacturer has cut corners in terms of quality during the production and your cooking will suffer as a result. But remember, just like with cast iron, a thicker metal means better heat retention but less heat response. The sweet spot for the best of both worlds seems to be right in the 2.5mm range.
Looks: Smooth or Hammered
A long time ago, a hammered piece of copper meant that you could be assured that the piece was crafted by hand and was of a high quality. However, in modern day, both hammered and smooth copper is made with machines, so it really comes down to personal preference and aesthetic. The hammered definitely gives a more rustic, French country cottage or farmhouse feel while the smooth copper is more sleek and modern. Honestly, we like both depending on the maker so in the end it’s really up to you.
Lining: Tin or Stainless Lining
The cookware in this guide comes in tow configurations: tin-lined and stainless-steel-lined. Some copper is made with a bare lining but this is rarely practical and in some instances can even be dangerous to your health by exposing you to too much copper. The bare lining has an extreme reactivity to acids in foods, is the most expensive and is only favored for very specific tasks like whipping eggs. So for these reasons we don’t really recommend it.
Because of the health concerns, copper has been lined with tin for a long time. Outside of increasing the safety of cooking with copper, it in no way interferes with all of the things that make copper so great like its responsiveness to varying temperatures. Tin is also naturally non-stick and in small amounts is essential for the body. One thing to be careful of with tin is that over time the layer will wear thin. The time is takes for this to happen can be extended with proper care, but sooner or later it will occur. For a home cook, this only needs to be addressed every 15-30 years and can be done locally with a craftsman in your area.
Like tin, stainless lined cookware sets will not effect how great copper is at controlling and distributing heat throughout the surface of the vessel. Unlike tin, stainless lined pots and pans will not develop that natural tarnish over time and they are easy to clean and maintain. It is a very tough lining and can take a beating before you will start to see any kind of wear and tear.
One thing to be aware of is that the stainless lining does not possess the non-stick properties of tin. On a base level it is a very different metal and food will become stuck to it easier. Some people also feel that the stainless steel imparts a flavor into the food but this is more anecdotal and I have never in all my years of cooking found this to be true.
Now that we know what to look for and what our preferences are, we can explore the top cookware sets available!
Lagostina is a favorite of ours as they have been carefully crafting their copper products for years to ensure a durable and timeless product. The company is the definition of true Italian craftsmanship. The tri-ply construction of these pans features an aluminum core between multiple players of stainless steel that creates an extremely even heat throughout the entire pan. The high-grade stainless steel helps maintain the purity of flavors and is great for a nice hot sear. The metal does become discolored after some use but this can be easily resolved with simple cleaning steps. All you have to do rinse the pot or pan well and apply a copper cleaning solution to the product.
In line with the quality of these pans they carry a nice heft and weight. The shape and feel of the handles are great and sit perfectly in your hand for dexterity around the kitchen cooking space. The size and weight distribution across the cookware is just right and never feels too heavy. The hammered finish makes these beautiful enough to stand on there own and can even be displayed when not in use.
- Beautiful, Italian craftsmanship
- Tri-ply construction for the most even heating
- Premium 18/10 stainless steel cooking surface
- Stainless steel lids and handles
- Flared edges for no-drip pouring
- Some discoloration of the metal may occur over time
- The stainless finishing is non-stick
Calphalon is another world famous company that has been around for a long time. Their invention of the hard-anodized aluminum cookware brought gourmet cooking to the masses and they have been producing quality equipment ever since. The tri-ply copper construction brings bridges the tradition of yesteryear with the high performance demands of the modern kitchen. The expertly crafted tri bonded metals make this collection as stunning as it is hard working. The exterior of the pans are crafted of copper while a heavy-gauge aluminum runs through the center for superior heat conduction.
The Calphalon collection features a number of bonuses that make it an easy recommendation for us. The entire setup is broiler safe and the non-reactive stainless steel finish is crafted to maintain its new appearance over many years. All of the covers fit perfectly creating an almost airtight seal for all your cooking. The handles utilize a stay cool technology so you don’t need to worry about them heating up on the range to a point where you will need protection.
- Stainless steel covers
- Stay cool handle technology
- Flared rims for easy pouring
- Corrosion and scratch resistant
- No non-stick coating
- Will scratch over many years if not careful
- Don’t cool down extremely quick like other copper cookware
Cuisinart is a name that is synonymous with quality in home cooking equipment and this collection is certainly no different. This set is an investment that will truly prove its worth time and time again over the years. The triply-ply material is designed exclusively by Cuisinart and provides considerable heat conductivity and distribution to ensure that even the most cautious chef is satisfied. When cared for properly, you will receive many years of life from this collection.
One feature unique to the Cuisinart line is the “heat surround technology” that allows heat to be distributed evenly to not just the bottom of the pans, but around to the edges as well. When cooking larger volumes of food or liquid the heating of the sides is extremely beneficial and keeps everything cooking properly. The pans also feature a all copper exterior for true precision temperature control. The contoured, stainless steel handles also stay cool while providing the optimal weight and feel in your hand.
- Very high quality and thickness
- Beautiful construction and design making them great gifts and display pieces
- High quality enough for professional chefs
- Require a mild buffing from time to time
- Copper may discolor
- Can be difficult to clean without proper oil or seasoning of the pan.
This professional-quality cookware is come of our favorite for creating that hard to forget meal and cherished family recipes. You can really do anything with them making these pans a solid investment. From searing a beautiful cut of meat, to sautéing veggies over a low heat, to a flavorful chili or pasta in the stockpot this collection is capable of it all.
When looking at this cookware set, you will see a merging of form and performance in the kitchen. While the copper is going to ensure that you have the most even cooking and heat distribution, the stainless steel will ensure that this cookware will last a lifetime. A unique feature of this collection is the double full cap base. What does that mean you might ask? It means the perfect blend of materials for the best cooking experience possible: A layer of aluminum, followed up by copper, with another layer of aluminum and finished with a magnetic stainless steel base. It’s beautifully crafted and fully functional.
We also love the cast stainless steel handles that are dual riveted for superior strength and feel. The lids are precision cut for a seamless fit that really seals in the moisture.
- Double cap base
- Suited for induction and gas stovetops
- Safe up to 500 degrees
- Dishwasher safe
- Dome shaped lids a precision cut
- Great cookware for the price
- Bacons, meats and similar fatty foods may stick to the bottom
- Copper color tends to fade without maintenance
- Walls of the pans are a little thin
This Mauviel M’heritage collection blends two very strong and traditional metals, copper and stainless steel. The handles of the pans are made of a stunning bronze that offsets and accents the entire set in a beautiful way. The 2.5mm thick pans are often thought of as the sweet spot between too thin and too thick making this set sought after by professional cooks and home chefs a like. The stainless-steel lining is going to ensure that you don’t impart any flavors into the food and are easier to clean than other types of linings. To seal the deal, this collection also offers a lifetime warranty, which is the only set on our list to do so. The quality of this cookware, combined with the warranty, will ensure that this is a purchase that will last you a lifetime.
This set includes a 1.9-quart Saucepan with Lid, 2.7-quart Saucepan with Lid, 3.2-quart Sauté Pan with Lid, 6.4-quart Stock Pot with Lid & 10-inch Skillet making it complete and opening up your cooking possibilities.
- Stunning beauty and superior construction
- Lifetime warranty
- 18/10 stainless steel
- Complete set makes for endless cooking possibilities
- Handles get hot and will require hand protection
- Purchases through a third party retailer will void the warranty
Buying copper cookware can take your cooking to the next level. Not only are they beautiful to look at and have hanging in the kitchen, but they are extremely functional and define precision cookware. Some of the sets can be on the expensive side, but that is because these are really an investment for life. If you purchase high quality copper cookware, you will never need to again and the investment will pay for itself night after night, year after year with delicious meals cooked to perfection guaranteed to please anyone that tries them.