Best Cookware Sets Under $200

Cooking is an art form. It requires skill, practice, and the right tools just as any art form would.  So what can you do if you don’t have those skills?

Here’s the Deal.

The type of material the sets are made of is an important facet to know as well.

Make sure you know just what you need when purchasing your cookware set.  Some sets come with a ton of items you probably will never use.

Granted, not all of us can afford to buy top of the line culinary cookware, which is exactly why I’ve compiled this list of the best cookware sets under 200

1. Chef’s Star Professional-Grade

Chef's Star Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set, Induction Compatible 14 piece (Stainless Steel)
101 Reviews
Chef's Star Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set, Induction Compatible 14 piece (Stainless Steel)
  • BUILT TO LAST HIGH QUALITY COOKWARE: Chef's Star's 14 Piece Pots and Pans set, each pot and pan is made with Premium 18/8 Commercial Grade Stainless-Steel, Bottom Encapsulated With Impact-Bonded...
  • ELEGANT AND COMFORTABLE: Our chef quality pots and pans handles are ergonomically shaped, have an anti-slip satin finish, and are riveted to the pan to provide maximum durability, Chef's Star's top...
  • SET FOR SAFETY: Dishwasher-safe, oven-safe to 550 degrees Fahrenheit, and freezer safe for easy and convenient food storage

With a price point of approximately $200 on Amazon, this seventeen-piece set of cookware is made of commercial grade stainless steel.

The bottom of the cookware is made of aluminum.

The tops of the pots and pans are transparent glass, which gives the chef a clear view of how dishes progress without having to let steam or heat escape.

The handles are coated to prevent burns at high heats which is pretty standard but still a nice touch.

The set also comes with two colanders of medium and large size, and three utensils including a spoon, a slotted spatula, and a two-pronged fork.

They are all dishwasher, oven, and freezer safe.

This set is rated at four and a half stars, and customer reviews are intensely positive, with only a few customer complaints that focused on the image not matching the actual contents of the set.

Read the product description carefully so you know what you are getting, and the problem is solved.

Pros:

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Oven-safe to 550 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Freezer-safe for food storage
  • Set Includes 10 Pieces plus utensils and lids
  • Lifetime limited warranty
  • Works on induction cooktops

Cons:

  • Requires learning to cook on stainless steel, may discolor or burn food if improperly used

2. Calphalon Classic Stainless-Steel

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Calphalon 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set, Stainless Steel Kitchen Cookware with Stay-Cool Handles and Pour Spouts,...
3,082 Reviews
Calphalon 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set, Stainless Steel Kitchen Cookware with Stay-Cool Handles and Pour Spouts,...
  • Impact-bonded aluminum base distributes heat evenly, for exceptional browning, searing, and sauteing
  • Stainless steel long handles stay cool on the stovetop
  • Convenient measuring marks, pour spouts, and straining covers allow you to cook with efficiency

Calphalon is a well-known brand name in cooking, and there is a reason for it.

They make quality cookware. On Amazon, they have a ten-piece set of pots and pans for under $190.

The tops are clear glass, again a big plus, and the pots and pans themselves include drain spouts, which makes for easy draining without a colander.

The set is made of stainless steel and has no heat, long handles for secure grip. They are dishwasher, broiler, and oven safe.

Calphalon reviews are usually positive, and this is no exception.

This set had a decent number of reviews and the average star rating is four and a half stars, quoting ease of use and cleaning.

The only few negative reviews it had were discoloration over high heat and the thickness of the side walls of pans, which one customer complained caused scorching, but given the number of positive reviews in comparison, I believe this is an excellent choice under $200 to invest in.

As is usual with Calphalon, this set is guaranteed for life.

Pros:

  • Safe for the stove, oven, broiler, and dishwasher
  • Clear lids with strainers
  • Stainless heats quick on low settings
  • 6 pieces total plus lids
  • Full Lifetime Warranty
  • Works on induction cooktops

Cons:

  • Lid handles can get hot
  • Can be difficult to clean if you are not familiar with stainless cookware (easy to clean if you are – barkeeper’s friend)

3. T-fal E765SE

T-fal E765SEFA Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick 14 Piece Cookware Set, Dishwasher Safe Pots and Pans Set, Black
19,743 Reviews
T-fal E765SEFA Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick 14 Piece Cookware Set, Dishwasher Safe Pots and Pans Set, Black
  • Set includes: 8 inches fry pan, 10.25 inches fry pan, 11.5 inches fry pan with lid, 10.25 inches square griddle, 1 quart; saucepan with lid, 2 quart; saucepan with lid, 3 quart; saucepan with lid, 5...
  • Built to perform: A true workhorse in the kitchen, hard anodized aluminum retains perfect heat and has a much stronger protective layer than the original metal, making it corrosion and scratch...
  • Heat mastery system: T fal's Heat Mastery System is a 3 ingredient recipe for perfectly delicious cooking results every time; Superior and longer lasting non stick coating, an anti warping, even heat...

Coming in at under $180, this set is my top pick. First, it’s a bang for your buck at 14 versatile pieces including various sized pots and pans.

Secondly, it is anodized scratch and stick free titanium.

The heat spot indicator comes in handy as well to show when the pot has been preheated to the desired temperature.

They are dishwasher safe, and although their oven resistant heat is lower than the other sets, their handles, made of riveted silicon, are a surer grip.

Their reviews are through the roof, higher than any other product in this article and numbered in the 3000 mark.
There are 4.5 stars of delighted customers and loads of question and answers, indicating a high response to buyer queries.

Perhaps I am biased as my mother owns this cookware and swears by it, but this product is at the top of the list for me.
They are also guaranteed for a limited lifetime warranty.

Pros:

  • Oven safe to 400F
  • Hard Titanium nonstick interior
  • Metal Utensil Safe
  • 9 Pieces plus lids

Cons:

  • Overheating voids the warranty
  • Non-stick coating can start flaking off over time
  • Does not work with induction cooktops
  • Package says they are dishwasher safe, but I would recommend hand washing

4. WearEver C943SF

WearEver C943SF Pure Living Nonstick Ceramic 15-Piece Cookware Set
3,179 Reviews
WearEver C943SF Pure Living Nonstick Ceramic 15-Piece Cookware Set
  • Durable Ceramic coating is stain and scratch resistant
  • Soft-touch and riveted handles for secure, comfortable grip
  • Easy-clean exterior and easy-release interior

This fifteen piece set is made of nonstick ceramic and has a four-star rating on Amazon.

The ratings are comprised of close to two thousand reviews, with great online response in the question and answer section.

The cooking section of the pieces are safe as high as seven hundred degrees, however in the oven they have the lowest rating of durability at 350 degrees due to the handles.

Don’t be put off by the ceramic- it is metal utensil safe and PTFE, PFOA, Cadmium and lead free.

The positive reviews all rave about the ease of cleaning, with only a small percentage of negative reviews complaining that the non-stick surface wore off after a couple years and began to stick.

However, as WearEver offers a limited lifetime warranty, this is easily sidestepped.

Pros:

  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Nonstick Ceramic coating is metal utensil safe and PTFE, PFOA, Cadmium and lead free
  • 8 Pieces plus lids
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Cons:

  • Soft-touch handles only oven safe to 350 Degrees F
  • Does not work with induction cooktops

5. Cuisinart 77-17N

Cuisinart 77-17N Stainless Steel Chef's Classic Stainless, 17-Piece, Cookware Set
2,945 Reviews
Cuisinart 77-17N Stainless Steel Chef's Classic Stainless, 17-Piece, Cookware Set
  • SET INCLUDES: 1.5 Quart saucepan with glass cover, 1 Quart saucepan with glass cover, 2 Quart saucepan with glass cover, 3 Quart saucepan with glass cover, 3.5 Quart sauté pan with helper handle and...
  • COOKING AND CLEANING: Experience professional performance with an aluminum encapsulated base that heats quickly and spreads heat evenly, eliminating any hot spots and providing versatile performance....
  • DURABLE & SLEEK DESIGN: Each piece designed with durability and a sleek mirror finish that will have you cooking your absolute best. Measurement markings provide you with ease of use every time

This stainless steel set has an approximate price point of under $150, making it the most affordable on the list.

It has over two thousand reviews and a four-star rating.

In the description is very much like the Chef’s Star link about, with its non-stick stainless steel, sturdy handles, and glass tops, but at a much lower price point.

It also is stovetop, oven, and freezer safe with a top temperature of 500 degrees.

The reviews mostly cover ease of use and cleaning.

The few negative reviews complained of easy staining and one of the inferior quality of the rivets, but overall the response was favorable.

Cuisinart also offers smaller collections of the same durability, but really who can have enough pots and pans?

I’d go for the higher number of items for the price.

Pros:

  • Oven safe to 500 F. Cook on stovetop, in oven or under broiler. Freezer safe for easy storage
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • 10 Pieces plus lids

Cons:

  • Lid handles can get too hot to touch
  • Does not work with induction cook tops

6. Rachael Ray Cucina 87641

Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set, 12 Piece, Gray with Blue Handles
8,778 Reviews
Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set, 12 Piece, Gray with Blue Handles
  • Cookware Set includes: 1-Quart & 2-Quart Saucepans with Lid, 6-Quart Stockpot with Lid, 8.5-Inch & 10-Inch Frying Pans, 3-Quart Sauté Pan with Lid, and Utensils
  • Durable, hard anodized nonstick cookware: Hard-anodized aluminum cookware provides fast, even heating; long-lasting PFOA-free nonstick offers easy food release and cleanup
  • Dual-riveted handles, shatter-resistant glass lids: Comfortable dual-riveted, silicone-over-stainless-steel handles have a warm, earthy hue; shatter-resistant glass lids have wide stainless steel rims

]This set of cookware bears the signature quirkiness of the Rachael Ray branding as it is available in three different colorful versions- the handles of the sets are aqua blue, bright red, and pumpkin orange.

The pricing is also eye catching at under $150.

There are fewer reviews than some of the other packages, however, this set rates at 4.5 stars and the positive reviews gush with enthusiasm.

The products are hard anodized aluminum with shatter proof glass tops and are oven safe to 400 degrees as well as suitable for the dishwasher.

They also come with two nylon utensils; included are a slotted spoon and a spatula the same color as the handles.

The naysayers complained of metal warping and flimsy materials, but compared to the positive reviews, I would still take the chance for the price. They have a limited lifetime warranty as well.

Pros:

  • Oven safe to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 6 Pieces plus lids and utensils

Cons:

  • Non-stick is Teflon which can get scratched off
  • Does not work with induction cook tops

7. GreenLife Soft Grip

GreenLife CW0004970 Soft Grip Absolutely Toxin-Free Healthy Ceramic Nonstick Dishwasher/Oven Safe Stay Cool Handle...
814 Reviews
GreenLife CW0004970 Soft Grip Absolutely Toxin-Free Healthy Ceramic Nonstick Dishwasher/Oven Safe Stay Cool Handle...
  • Thermolon healthy ceramic non-stick coating manufactured without PFAS and PFOA
  • Aluminum reinforced body without lead and cadmium
  • Stay-cool Bakelite handle with soft-touch and oven safe up to 350°F

This is on the lower end of the list at around $80. It is ceramic and as the name suggests, is deemed “healthy” by the manufacturers as it’s PFAS, PFOA, lead and cadmium free.

The handles and base are colorful in aqua, brick red or black, and oven safe up to 350 degrees.

It is dishwasher safe as well and presents as easily cleaned.

It has a 4.0-star rating, a decent amount of reviews, and comes with four plastic utensils along with the set.

There are multiple add-ons available to complete the set.

The negative reviews complained of staining and sticking.

Others say this is easily avoided if cared for properly, as ceramic takes a little extra care as opposed to other pans.

If you enjoy cooking with ceramic, this is an affordable option.

Pros:

  • Ceramic non-stick coating without PFAS and PFOA
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • 6 Pieces plus lids and utensils

Cons:

  • Only oven safe up to 350°F
  • Does not work with induction cook tops

8. Cook N Home 12-Piece

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Cook N Home 12-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set, Silver
10,881 Reviews
Cook N Home 12-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set, Silver
  • Includes: 1.5 qt saucepan, 1.5, 2, and 3 qt saucepot casseroles, 5.5 qt stockpot, and a 10-inch saute fry pan with lids
  • Made of mirror polished 18/10 stainless steel with an aluminum disc bottom between steel layers for even/quick heat distribution
  • Reflective finish inside and out for appearance and easy cleaning; Stackable and flat base for storage and sits evenly on cooktops

Listed at a price point under $60, this stainless steel product had a surprising number of reviews at close to two thousand, and a 4.0-star rating.

The tops are tempered glass, it is dishwasher safe, and is safe on any cook top.

It does not mention oven use but a quick look at the Q/A section revealed that the pots and pans themselves are oven safe to 350 degrees, but the lids are not.

The one-star reviews all complained about the glass tops, so care will be needed with these in high heat environments.

Staining was another sticking point. However, the five and four-star reviews all raved about the product, so for a budget, they are worth the low price.

Pros:

  • Glass lid to clear view while cooking
  • 6 Pieces plus lids
  • Works on induction cooktops

Cons:

  • Says they are dishwasher safe but we recommend hand washing
  • Tends to cook unevenly
  • Handles can get hot
  • Glass lids have been known to shatter from heat

9. T-fal C530SC

T-fal Signature Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Black
12,481 Reviews
T-fal Signature Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Black
  • Set includes: 7.75 inch and 11 inch fry pans, 1 quart and 2 quart sauce pans with lids, a 5.5 quart Dutch oven with lid, a 10.25 inch griddle, and a spoon, ladle, and slotted spatula
  • Dishwasher safe: Easy to clean and dishwasher safe cookware set; Nonstick interior and exterior for low fat cooking and easy cleaning
  • Use and care: Safe for all cooking methods except induction; PFOA, Lead, and Cadmium free. Wash the frying pan in hot water and washing-up liquid to remove any dust. Dry it and rub a little cooking...

As you already know, I am a fan of Tfal products. This is no exception.

The price on this set is modest at just over $60, and it has a 4.5-star review, which is typical of Tfal.

There’s a good number of reviews and Q/A to back this up.

The set has the signature Tfal logo heat indicator in the center of each pan to indicate preheating.

It’s dishwasher and oven safe to 350 degrees and has comfortable, heat resistant handles.

For those who are interested in green products, it claims to be PFOA, Lead, and Cadmium-free.

The major complaint in the few negative comments was that the paint on the logo scrapes easily, and that customer service was not the best, but personally, I have never had this issue with them.

The product also comes with three plastic utensils that may prevent the scraping issue with the logo.

This is definitely a contender for affordable, effective cooking.

Pros:

  • Includes 10.25-inch square griddle
  • Nonstick interior and exterior is PFOA, Lead, and Cadmium-free
  • Vented tempered-glass lids
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 6 Pieces plus lids and utensils

Cons:

  • Only oven safe up to 350 degrees F
  • Heavy weight metal takes a bit longer to warm up compared to other pots
  • Does not work on induction cooktops

10. Vremi 15 Piece

Vremi 15 Piece Nonstick Cookware Set - Durable Aluminum Pots and Pans with Cooking Utensils - Oven Safe Multi Quart...
4,167 Reviews
Vremi 15 Piece Nonstick Cookware Set - Durable Aluminum Pots and Pans with Cooking Utensils - Oven Safe Multi Quart...
  • ALL IN ONE NONSTICK COOKWARE - 15 pcs pots and pans set includes 4 pots with 4 glass lids and 2 sauce / frying pans. Made from durable, non toxic food grade aluminum with enameled exterior and...
  • VENTED GLASS LID COVERS for POTS - Each nesting, heavy duty, stock or soup pot comes with a removable vented glass lid with stainless steel rims and easy-to-grasp knobs, for direct viewing of foods...
  • OVEN SAFE with MULTI QUART SIZE - Small, medium and large enamel over aluminum pots, skillet pan, and saucepan set has a capacity range from 1 to 4.2 qt and is oven safe up to 300°F (glass lids are...

This is our lowest priced set at under $50. The Vremi includes all essentials of pots, pans, and essentials, and has a 4.5-star rating.

It is not dishwasher safe- hand washing is recommended with a non-abrasive sponge.

Can’t go wrong when it’s stove top and oven safe, with a maximum heat range of 350 degrees, but some reviews claimed that they should not be used in the oven at all, even the positive ones.

There is no warranty so be careful with this one.

They do come in assorted colors, and are described in one review as having a “retro feel”.

They seem to be a viable low-cost option while still offering a decent level of quality from the positive reviews I read.

There’s a respectable number of them backing this statement up.

Pros:

  • Cheap set suitable for a temporary basis
  • Non toxic PTFE and PFOA free aluminum
  • Glass lids (but not oven safe)
  • 6 Pieces plus lids and utensils

Cons:

  • Only oven safe to 338°F
  • Hand washing recommended for all parts
  • Does not work on induction cooktops

Best Cookware Sets Under $200 Buyers Guide

Heat conductivity the ratings go as follow for each material. Copper rating of 9, Aluminum and Cast Aluminum rating of 5, Cast Iron rating of 1.5, Stainless Steel and Steel rating of 1, Ceramic rating of 0.5 and Glass a rating of 0.25. So, Copper conducts heat best while glass is the lowest. You will need to adjust your cooking temperatures accordingly. Also, take into consideration the evenness of the heat. Multi-layer bottoms are more evenly heated and should be your first choice.

Price- Higher price does not always mean better quality. If you go for the higher price item, make sure you do your research and aren’t just paying for a brand name. If you make an investment, you want to be sure it will perform and last.

Durability- Think about how long the product will last for the price. Is it something that will easily stain, crack, or stick? Do you want to replace your cookware every year, or every ten years? Realize that you will probably pay a higher price for a set that will last you ten years because you are paying for a higher quality item.

Reactivity- This is the level of which cookware may release harmful metals like copper into your food. That’s why looking for items that say they are PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium free is important. The greenest and safest materials are stainless steel and ceramic, but it’s a trade-off because these are also the lowest conductively.

Maintenance- How easy is it to clean and keep in tip top shape? Does the item stain or stick? Take a look at the reviews and learn from other’s experiences.

  • What is the largest group of people you are considering cooking for?
  • How elaborate will the meals be?
  • How much storage space and cook space do you have?
  • Is shipping included in the cost?
  • Is there a warranty? If so, how long?
  • Is there good customer service provided by the manufacturer?

These are all questions you should be asking yourself before you buy. Be sure to get online to read reviews and Q/A sections on items to see other customers’ opinions, and the level of customer care. If you don’t see the answers to the question above, ask the seller directly. It’s important to know what you are getting and sometimes the details are purposely left out to hide an inferior product.

Which type of metal should I choose?

The type of metal or material that your cookware is made out of actually matters.  The materials have different characteristics which can affect how the food is cooked.

Stainless Steel:

This is going to be the strongest pots and pans you can buy.

A lot of times you will see manufacturers combine stainless steel with other materials because of the poor heat conductivity that steel provides.

Pros: Heavy, durable, dishwasher-safe, inexpensive for basic models.  Also very easy to clean.

Cons: Poor heat transfer and distribution.

Aluminum:

Apart from steel, aluminum is one of the most popular metals you’ll find in cookware.

It has great heat conduction and will spread the heat throughout the pan eliminating heat spots.

Try to look for aluminum cookware sets that have been anodized.
This process makes the aluminum significantly harder and more durable.

These pots and pan sets will be cheaper in general as well.

Pros: Excellent thermal conductivity, lightweight, affordable.

Cons: Highly reactive to alkaline or acidic foods. It’s also very soft and tends to warp in high heat and scratch easily, which leads to health concerns with long term use.

Copper:

You will not find a better heat conductor than copper.  

You need to be careful with copper though as it can react with food releasing toxins.  

For this reason you’ll want to find copper cookware that is lined with stainless steel to prevent this.

Pros: 

  • Excellent conductor of heat.
  • Professional look
  • Heat is distributed evenly

Cons: 

  • Very delicate.  These Cookware sets won’t last nearly as long steel ones.
  • Can be expensive
  • Can react chemically with foods

Cast Iron

Cast iron is one of the most durable metals you can have.  It is extremely durable and will last quite some time.

It can take a while to actually heat up but once it is will retain this heat and distribute it evenly.  

There is a bit of extra care that comes with cast iron.  Make sure that when you clean it you dry it quickly and thoroughly.  Cast iron pots and pans rust very easily.

Pros:

  • Very durable
  • Inexpensive
  • Distributes and retains heat very well

Cons:

  • Can be reactive with foods
  • Hard to clean
  • Heavy

Non stick

Just as its name suggests cookware that is considered non stick has a coating (PTFE or Teflon) on the inside of the pots and pans that makes food not stick to it.

One of the greatest benefits of this is that it’s very easy to clean.

A lot of people wonder about the health affects of using non stick cookware so it’s definitely something to research before purchasing your cookware set.

Pros:

  • Food doesn’t stick to pan
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • PTFE coating may give off fumes at high temperature
  • Scratches easily

Conclusion

That concludes my list of the best cookware sets under two hundred dollars. I tried to include a wide range of products and price points whilst still maintaining a level of quality acceptable to the discerning cook.

As always, I urge you to research the products I recommend yourself before you buy. You will be glad you did when you taste that first meal. Learning to cook at home is a fantastic way to eat healthy and delicious food on a daily basis, so the right cookware is essential.

I hope I was able to help you find the tools that make the process fun and rewarding at a great price! Happy cooking, everyone!