I know that many folks have a preference when it comes to cooking with gas or electric. I, myself, prefer an electric stove. But if you are in the gas group it helps to know which pans you should be using. For many people finding the right cookware to match their needs, and budget, can be difficult. So after much testing, I have put together this list to help you find the best products for you. This list features the five best cookware for gas stove. Happy shopping!
- Best Cookware for gas stoves 2020
- 1.The Best Overall: Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel
- 2. The Best Non-stick Cookware: T-fal E765SC Ultimate Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Gray
- 3. The High Quality Cookware for Gas Stove: All-Clad BD005710-R D5 Brushed Stainless Steel 10-Piece Silver
- 4. The Best Budget: Cook N Home 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set
- 5. The Cookware Set with Large Pot: Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply 14PC Set
- 6. Chef's Star Stainless Steel 17 Piece Pots & Pans Set
- 7. Cuisinart 66-17N Non-Stick Hard Anodized, 17 Piece Set, Black
- What is the Best Cookware Material?
- How to Choose the Best Cookware for Gas Stove
- How to Make Your Stainless Steel Non-Sticking
- Tips for Cooking on a Gas Stove
Best Cookware for gas stoves 2020
Stainless Steel Triple-Ply construction
Aluminum with Nonstick cooking surface
5-ply bonded construction with Stainless steel and Aluminum
Stainless steel coated - with an aluminum bottom
Whole-clad Tri-ply Stainless steel construction
Premium Stainless-Steel, Bottom Aluminum
Aluminum with Nonstick cooking surface
This cookware set really is the best of the best. Made of stainless steel as opposed to non-stick, which may be off-putting to some people, once used, you'll never go back to anything else.
The Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set is a Goliath in cookware terms. Stainless steel really is magic on a gas stove, and using these makes you feel like a cooking pro. I've definitely tried cooking techniques with this set that I never would have dreamed of before. They heat evenly, and I haven't had one thing burn or stick to the pan, it's all about temperature control.
One thing to watch with this type of pan however is the potential for them to warp. This is caused when the hot pan is placed directly into cold water so make sure to never do this. It will mean that your pan won't sit flat and the heat will become uneven.
Since I have owned this set for years, I wanted to make sure it made the list. The T-fal E765SC Ultimate Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Gray is an ideal choice for folks on a budget.
One of my favorite things about this set is the heat indicator on the bottom of the pans. No more guessing if my pan is hot enough because the red circle in the middle lets me know. These pans are good quality and make cooking a breeze.
The non-stick interior means I can use less oil, so less fat in my diet, and my food doesn’t stick (even if I occasionally burn something). The lids are interchangeable between the frying pans and saucepots. The outside of the pans are also protected to make them easy to clean and dishwasher safe.
If you have the money to spend this All-Clad 10-Piece, Silver might be for you. While these may be pricier than the others on my list, with proper care they may well be the last set of cookware you purchase. The pans are extremely high quality and the 5-ply bonded bottoms ensure that food heats evenly. The insides feature a starburst pattern to help prevent food from sticking. I loved the pour spouts built into the rims, so transferring food from the pot to the plate was less messy.
One, tiny, thing to note is that you need to heat the pan up before adding any oil or butter, then let that heat before cooking. So there is a little more time needed to cook your meal. Plus you need to soak them for about 10 minutes before putting them in the dishwasher to make sure nothing sticks. Even though the entire set is made from stainless steel the handles do not get hot during the cooking process, so that is a plus.
Not everyone can afford an expensive cookware set, which is why I felt that it was important to include a budget friendly choice. The steel is a lot thicker than I was expecting for a set this price, so I was pleasantly surprised by their quality. The lids didn't steam up, so I could keep an eye on my food as it was cooking and even though they're not labeled as non-stick, I had no issues with anything that I cooked, although you do have to be careful. Stainless steel coated - with an aluminum bottom – is a highly recommended material for a gas stove.
I would mention that the handle is silicone, which is very good in some respects but it does mean that you can't but the covered pot directly into the oven. The largest pot here is also only 5 quarts, which might not be the best for larger families.
I wanted to try this set because I was attracted to the extra-large saucepot. Most cookware sets have a large one, but this one includes an 8 quart pot that I have been wanting for canning purposes.
I was extremely happy with the quality of the pans for the price I paid. The handles are all firmly riveted in place and the lids fit snugly without wobbling. They heat up evenly so everything I cooked in them so far turned out just right.
Best part, they are so easy to clean since they can go directly into the dishwasher.
This Chef's Star Professional Grade Stainless Steel 17 Piece Pots & Pans Set came in this list for a number of reasons . The heavy bottoms on the pan make them an ideal choice for cooking on a gas stove. They conduct heat nicely so everything cooks at the same time.
I liked the fact they included cooking utensils with the pots and pans that are designed to work with them.
Two, little, things that kept them from being my first choice is, the skillets do not have lids and they can be a little tricky to clean. As someone who loves to cook, I am comfortable cooking on any degree of heat, but for those who cook everything on high these may not be the best choice for you.
Many of you prefer the ease of working with non-stick cookware so I included this set on the list. The Cuisinart 17 Piece Set, Black is a nice set of pots and pans for the price. First thing to note is these pans work as described, but do not cook on any heat higher than medium. The food does not stick as stated, in fact, I found that I did not need any oil or butter and my fish cooked up nicely, without sticking.
Cleaning up is simple, however, you do not want to put these in the dishwasher. I had a little trouble with the powder coating coming off when I did. But the inside is quick to clean with a little soap and water.
One last thing, which is why these are last on my list, is the lids do fit snugly. Be sure to hold them in place when moving your pot from the stove top.
What is the Best Cookware Material?
In my list above I have mentioned cookware made from stainless steel, aluminum and non-stick. But which one is the best? They all have their benefits and downfalls, so the choice really becomes a personal one. So, let’s take a look at the differences between all three.
Aluminum is an ideal choice for beginning cooks. It conducts heat well helping to ensure that your food cooks evenly. It is generally reasonably priced and lightweight. However, pots and pans made out of mostly aluminum is not a healthy option as it tends to react to food. Pans high in aluminum content are also not recommended for gas stove tops as they tend to warp at high heats. This is why most of the cookware in my list uses layers of aluminum between the stainless steel.
Stainless steel is the most popular choice, and most used metal, in the construction of cookware. It has an optimum heat conduction and will not cause a reaction to food. It is known to be durable, so your investment in your cookware will last for a number of years. Stainless steel is also resistant to corrosion. To keep it looking, and performing, like new it does require the proper maintenance. It can be a chore to clean, but just soaking it in hot, soapy water first, and using a baking soda scrub weekly, will keep it in good shape.
Non-stick pans are specially coated to prevent food from sticking. Using this type of cookware allows for a healthier lifestyle since they require little to no oil or butter which eliminates fat from your diet. They are easy to clean and usually dishwasher safe, I prefer to hand wash mine though. You should never use metal utensils in a non-stick pan as they can scratch the protective coating. Without proper care, the Teflon coating can also start to peel away and even get in your food during cooking, which is not good for you.
The best choice for cooking on a gas stove is stainless steel with an aluminum layer in the bottom. Gas stoves place flame directly on the pan, creating a high heat. Stainless steel is strong enough to stand up to this type of heat without warping. The aluminum helps to conduct the heat evenly across the bottom of the pan ensuring that your food cooks without any hot or cold spots
How to Choose the Best Cookware for Gas Stove
Coating vs Cladding
One thing that I do love about a gas stove however is the finesse you can get with the flame. You can turn it up or down by small degrees which can make your cooking temperature just right. That's why the material that your cookware is made out of is so important. If a pot is aluminum coated, this means that is almost pure aluminum that has been anodized to have a hard-coat. Cladding is the fusion of two metals, where you get the best properties of both. This is what you're looking for when buying cookware. As I've mentioned before, stainless steel with an aluminum layer in the bottom is the best choice for this.
Are they clear so you can see your food cooking? Is this something you want? Do they fit snugly into the pan? Do they have a good steam vent? These are all questions that you should consider when choosing a cookware set. One further thing that I would look at is what the handles of the lids, and the pans themselves, are made of. Is it oven proof? This can be a big plus if you want to start cooking something on the stove top and then transfer it into the oven.
Going to be canning in the near future? Then you're going to want a set of pans that includes something on the larger side. Buy what you need and what you are going to get use out of. There's no point in cluttering up your kitchen with a set of 16 different pans that you're not going to use. You know how you cook best, so search for the size and type of pans that appeal to you most.
Never overlook the warranty on a cookware set. This is something that you are going to want use for years, not just 6 months, so having a large warranty is a big plus. It shows that the manufacturers are proud of their product, and confident that you won't need to replace them. A short warranty or none at all is a major red-flag when choosing cookware.
How to Make Your Stainless Steel Non-Sticking
Now the great news, you can turn your stainless steel into a non-stick pan! And it’s so easy to do. Just heat the pan over medium heat. Add a little coconut oil and allow it to melt. Turn the pan to coat it evenly with the oil. Now remove it from heat and let it cool down. Pour out any remaining oil and gently wipe it with a paper towel. That’s it!
And the added bonus is you don’t have to wash the pan again. Yes, you read that right. Just wipe it out with a paper towel and it will remain non sticky. If you ever do need to wash it with soap, just repeat the steps above to restore it.
You can check out this youtube video I found which will take you through the process:
Tips for Cooking on a Gas Stove
Whether you are a pro, or newbie, I thought it would be a good idea to share some tips for cooking on a gas stove. Hopefully these will be helpful for you:
- 1Place your pot on the burner before igniting the burner. When you turn the burner on you want the flame to only touch the bottom and not come up the sides.
- 2Gas stoves cook food quicker than electric since they provide more direct heat.
- 3Gas stoves also put out more heat and fumes, so be sure to keep a window at least partly opened in your kitchen.
- 4Liquid items, things that are boiled, will cook more thoroughly on gas and dryer cooking, like sautéing, may not heat as evenly all the way through.
So now you know the best cookware set for gas stoves and how best to use them. If you read through everything you can see why the Duxtop SSC-14PC 14 Piece Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Induction Cookware Set is my first choice.
Since they are constructed of stainless steel with an aluminum layer in the bottom they are perfect for gas stovetops. They distribute the heat evenly making everything I cook come out just right, no hot or cold spots. The handles are securely riveted to the pans and do not heat up during the cooking process, plus. You get a bonus extra-large stock pot with this set for canning or making homemade chili. All of the lids fit nice and snug to keep the moisture in the pan where it should be. And they are easy to clean since all of the parts are dishwasher safe.
I hope this guide helps you to find the perfect set of cookware for your gas stove.