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I Put 5 Direct to Consumer Cookware Brands to the Test

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21.05.2022

If you’re like me, you’ve had the same Calphalon cookware set for years. And while it works great, you’ve likely seen the onslaught of direct to consumer brands that make objectively more beautiful products. And while cookware is meant to be cooked with, not gawked at, that doesn’t mean you can’t wonder: do these beautiful pieces compare? The answer is yes—each is made with craft and precision that rivals your favorite set at home. Now, which to get? That’s tougher. To help you out, I tested five brands—Made In, Caraway, Equal Parts, Great Jones, and Food 52’s Five Two. Each had a piece I really, really loved—so if you’re looking for a singular new pot or pan, rest assured, we’ve pulled those out for you. But if you are looking for a new complete set of cookware—I found one set to be a little above the rest, at least for your average home cook.

Caraway Cookware Set

Caraway’s Cookware is a statement piece to say the least. The brand prides itself on providing nontoxic and environmentally friendly cookware, but let’s be real: the first thing that will catch your eye are the colors. They are poppy yet well-designed, and you have the choice of six, which might just be the most difficult decision you’ve made in a while. Beyond color palettes, the cookware itself is beautiful, complete with beveled edges, and a sleek design from handle to lid. The Set comes with four ceramic nonstick pieces—a fry pan, a sauce pan, a saute pan, and a dutch oven. I like that they use the dutch oven as both a stock pot and an oven to save space. While the lids are not transparent, they do feature a steam hole, which is a nice and very important touch.

If you’re going to buy a set, it’s better to buy all non-stick and then........

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