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Pots and Pans Buying Guide

Our pots and pans buyers guide is dedicated to explaining which pan material suits your hob type and much more.  

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Whether you are new to cooking or consider yourself a master chef, a good quality set of pots and pans is an important piece of kit. However, deciding on which pots and pans are best for you can be a difficult task, which is why we have created an in-depth guide to buying pots and pans that are suited to your hob type and cooking style.

Ensuring that your pots and pans are compatible with your hob is vital. This is because the incorrect materials could impact your cooking performance and quality of food due to poor heat conductivity and retention.

Read on for our in-depth pots and pans buying guide.

When choosing your pan materials, you need to ensure that the material is compatible with your hob. The correct pan material can improve heat conductivity and offer even cooking and more consistent results as well as protect your hob from scratches.

Aluminium

Aluminium pots and pans typically have a non-stick coating on the inside and an enamel exterior, making aluminium cookware scratch resistant, easy to clean and incredibly durable. What’s more, aluminium pans are lightweight – perfect for those in need of lighter cookware – and dishwasher safe. Aluminium is also a very good heat conductor and can provide even results when cooking.

There are coated and uncoated pans available, depending on your personal preference.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel cookware is favoured amongst professional chefs due to its great heat conductivity and durability. Most stainless steel pots and pans are also dishwasher safe, ideal for low maintenance cooks looking for easy to clean cookware. 

Anodised

Incredibly tough, properly treated anodised pots and pans will not chip, peel or even react with acidic foods due to the electro-chemical process that is used to harden the materials. You can also benefit from anodised cookware being lightweight and quick to heat up.

For cookware that offers even heat distribution and is incredibly long-lasting, anodised pans can be a great investment that is sure to last you for many years to come.

Ceramic

Ceramic pots and pans are naturally non-stick and can, therefore, be considered a healthier option due to less oil being needed when cooking. Ceramic pans are also completely non-reactive, heat up quickly, distribute heat evenly and can be used on the stove as well as in the oven – for the latter, always check whether the handles are oven-safe. 

Copper

Although copper pans are relatively expensive, they offer great heat conductivity and are incredibly long-lasting. Most copper pots and pans are lined with tin or stainless steel, acting as a barrier to stop the copper from reacting to acidic foods.

Copper pans will not work on induction hobs unless cladded with a ferromagnetic metal like stainless steel.

Cast Iron

Cast iron is a common material used for cookware, and although cast iron is slow to heat up, it retains heat well and is perfect for slow cooking and searing meat. You may need to season your cast iron casserole dishes and griddles for more consistent cooking results.

Which Pan Material is Best for Me?

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What Type of Pots & Pans can I Use on My Hob?

Before you decide on your pots and pans, you need to ensure that they are compatible with your hob type. Certain materials are not induction compatible, while others may leave scratches on the hob due to the pan's weight. Learning about which materials are compatible for your stove can save you time and money. 

Induction

Finding the right pans for induction hobs is important if you want to benefit from even heat distribution; the wrong material will simply not work on an induction hob.

Induction hobs are made from ceramic glass and include a magnetic induction coil that produces the heat which is when transferred from the hob to the cookware and then to the food in the pan. Pans need to be made from a magnetised metal such as steel or cast iron; copper and aluminium pots and pans will fail to heat up unless the base has been bonded with a magnetised metal.

We have plenty of induction cookware that will successfully heat up and offer even heat distribution for well-cooked meals.

TIP: If you do use an induction hob but still wish to use your non-induction cookware, an induction hob converter will allow you to do this.

Ceramic

Made from a ceramic glass with a heating component underneath, a ceramic hob is relatively easy to clean and is compatible with all pot and pan types. Always lift your pans when cooking on a ceramic stove to keep the top from scratching. 

Gas

Gas hobs benefit from being compatible with all pots and pans, however, you need to regulate the flame so that it does not extend beyond the pan’s base and damage the pan’s handles. 

Halogen

When cooking on a halogen hob, you should use pots and pans with thick bases that are non-reflective. A reflective base can cause the halogen lamps placed under the glass hob to turn off. A halogen stove provides the same heat as a gas hob, but is powered by electricity. 

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What are the Different Pan Coatings?

Non-Stick

Just as the name suggests, non-stick pans have a non-stick coating that stops your food from sticking to and burning onto the base and sides of the cookware. Non-stick is perfect for frying pans and saute pans, plus it can aid in healthier cooking as there is less need to add additional fat such as oil. Cookware with a non-stick coating is typically easy to clean due to a lack of food sticking to the pans.

TIP: We suggest that you do not use metal utensils or abrasive scourers as this can scratch and damage the non-stick coating.

Enamel

Usually applied to cast iron, steel and aluminium pans, an enamel coating strengthens cookware and stops enamel pots and pans from being easily scratched or reactive to foods. Enamel coated pots and pans are also semi non-stick, making it less likely that your food will stick to cookware.

TIP: Enamel cookware has great versatility and can be used on the stove or in the oven.

Our Cookware Ranges

Whether you have an induction stove or prefer non-stick pots and pans, check out our variety of cookware – all of which have their own unique features. 

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Range ProCook Granite ProCook Carbon Steel ProCook Gourmet Non-Stick ProCook Gourmet Stainless Steel ProCook Professional Ceramic ProCook Professional Granite ProCook Professional Stainless Steel ProCook Professional Anodised ProCook Elite Tri-PlyProCook Elite Forged
Induction Friendly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Compatible with all Hob Types Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dishwasher Safe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oven Safe to 260°C Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Silicone Stay-Cool Handles Yes Yes
CoolTouch® Handles Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ultra Double Layer Non-Stick Coating Yes Yes Yes
Ultra Plus Triple Layer Non-Stick Coating Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ultra Supreme Non-Stick Coating Yes Yes
Even Heat Distribution Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

ProCook Granite

Our ProCook Granite range offers great heat distribution and has a beautiful granite finish. 

Standout features:

  • Suitable for most hob types, including induction hobs
  • Oven safe up to 180C
  • Features our Triple Layer Non Stick coating to help keep your ingredients from sticking to the sides of your pans

ProCook Carbon Steel

Made from spun carbon steel for excellent heat distribution and is dishwasher safe and oven safe up to 260C. Not suitable for induction hobs. 

Standout features: 

  • Includes our Double Layer Silicone Free Non Stick coating
  • Ability to cook your food on a low to medium heat due to impressive heat conductivity. 

ProCook Gourmet Non Stick

Constructed from 3.5mm thick aluminium, our Gourmet Non Stick cookware range is classically black and offers even heat distribution. 

Standout features: 

  • Thick aluminium makes this cookware range incredible durable
  • Ultra Double Non Stick coating stops food from sticking and burning to the side of your pots and pans

ProCook Gourmet Stainless Steel

Our Gourmet Stainless Steel cookware range is crafted from 18/10 highest quality stainless steel and features silicone stay-cool handles. 

Standout features: 

  • A 4mm encapsulated based for even heat distribution
  • Ultra Double Non Stick coating to stop your ingredients from sticking to the side

ProCook Professional Ceramic

Fully compatible with most hob types, including induction, our Professional Ceramic are beautiful and promote healthier cooking due to the manufacturing process that uses less energy and, therefore, has less of an impact on the environment.

Standout features: 

  • Requires less oil for cooking due to its natural non stick nature, making this cookware range great for healthier cooking
  • Crafted from titanium reinforced ceramic and includes a heavy duty aluminium disc for even heat distribution
  • CoolTouch® handles for greater protection against burns

ProCook Professional Granite

Our Professional Granite has a beautiful granite effect finish and is suitable for most hob types.

Standout features: 

  • Forged from a single piece of aluminium for superior strength and impressive heat distribution. 
  • Includes a stainless steel base, making the pots and pans from the Professional Granite range induction compatible. 
  • Features our Ultra Plus Triple Layer Non Stick coating to help stop ingredients from sticking and burning to the sides.

ProCook Professional Stainless Steel

Beautifully crafted from 18/10 stainless steel and suitable for all hob types and oven cooking up to 260C.

Standout features: 

  • Includes a 7mm impact bonded base for perfect heat distribution and cooking performance
  • CoolTouch® handles that offer greater protection against burns
  • Ultra Plus Triple Layer Non Stick coating, reducing the need for oil and promoting healthier cooking

ProCook Professional Anodised

Constructed from hard anodised aluminium for added durability and strength. Our Professional Hard Anodised cookware is also suitable for call hob types, is oven safe to 260C and dishwasher safe. 

Standout features: 

  • Forged, anodised aluminium body offers amazing heat distribution and eliminates hot spots for great cooking performance
  • CoolTouch® handles for added comfort and safety as it helps keep handles cool to the touch
  • Ultra Plus Triple Layer Non Stick coating for low fat cooking

ProCook Elite Try-Ply

As the name suggests, our Elite Try-Ply is triple layered for extreme durability and has unrivalled heat distribution that carries from the base and up the sides due to its seamless construction. 

Standout features: 

  • Made from 18/20 stainless steel with a thick aluminium core between 3mm construction
  • Includes Ultra Supreme Non Stick coating for abrasion resistance and stopping food from sticking to the pans in question
  • Attractive satin finish, making this cookware range both beautiful and incredibly functional
  • Rivetless CoolTouch® handles
  • Suitable for all hob types

ProCook Elite Forged

Not only does out Elite Forged cookware look beautiful due to its classical design, but it is also suitable for all hob types including induction and is oven safe to 260C and is dishwasher safe. 

Standout features: 

  • Forged from a single 5.2mm, heavy-duty aluminium disc for superior strength, durability and heat distribution
  • Includes a 1mm impact bonded edge-to-edge steel base plate for additional strength and maximum performance on induction hobs
  • Ultra Supreme Non Stick coating and an external Ultra Plus coating for impressive abrasion resistance inside and out

Check out some of our popular cookware ranges:

Gourmet Non-Stick Cookware Set
4 Piece
Typical Price £139Only £99Shop Now
Professional Stainless Steel Cookware Set
6 Piece
Typical Price £329Only £199Shop Now
Elite Tri-Ply Frying Pan Set 3 Piece Frying Pan SetTypical Price £299Only £169Shop Now
Elite Forged Cookware Set
8 Piece
Typical Price £799Only £419Shop Now

Types of Pots and Pans and their Uses

Knowing the different pots and pans and how to use them properly cannot only enhance your cooking performance but also increase the lifespan of your cookware. 

Saucepans

  • A kitchen essential typically used for boiling water, making sauces and soups and heating up food
  • Can be use with or without a lid, depending on whether you need faster boiling or help retaining moisture
  • Some saucepans have lips for easy pouring, some of which have lips on either side for both left handed and right handed cooks
  • Saucepans with a non-stick coating are advantageous when making sauces and soups
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Frying Pans / Skillets

  • Usually includes a non-stick coating
  • Perfect for frying, browning and searing food at a medium to high heat
  • Does not typically come with a lid, but frying pan and lid sets do exist
  • Frying pans usually have a long single handle for easier lifting
  • Larger frying pans come with a helper handle
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Woks

  • Its deep and well-rounded base and sides make it perfect for high volumes of stir-frying. A wok can also be used to deep fry and poach ingredients, too
  • Available in a variety of materials, but uncoated carbon steel and iron allows you to cook at high temperatures and are more durable
  • Double check whether your wok needs seasoning before its first use
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Griddle Pans

  • Can include a smooth or griddle surface, perfect for replicating the griddle marks from a barbeque
  • Typically made from cast iron
  • Easy to care for and simply requires wiping down with a damp cloth and drying off before storing
  • Coat your griddle pan with oil after each use and before being stored
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Saute Pans

  • Ideal for making sauces
  • Great for braising, poaching and shallow frying
  • The saute pan’s straight sides make it great for stir-frying and searing meat
  • Usually comes with a lid so that the saute pan can retain moisture for slower cooking
  • Can usually be used on the stove and in the oven

What is a Saute Pan?

A saute pan, also known as a chefs pan, is a pan used for cooking meats and vegetables as well as reducing sauces through simmering. Although saute pans look similar to frying pans, they each have their own unique benefits and advantages.

Saute Pan vs Frying Pan

The main difference between a saute pan and frying pan (or skillet) is that a saute pan has a larger surface area and straight sides, making them ideal for reducing sauces through simmering and searing meats or meat substitutes. Frying pans, on the other hand, feature slanted sides which are perfect for quick cooking techniques like flash frying where you are required to move the ingredients around to avoid sticking and burning.

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Casserole Dishes

  • Can be used on the stove and the oven
  • Great for making soups, stews, casseroles and causes
  • Usually made from cast iron and is naturally non-stick, perfect for slow cooking
  • Two handles for easy lifting
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Stock Pots

  • Versatile and can be used on the hob as well as place in the oven
  • Traditionally used for making stocks but can be used to brown your food as well as make soups, sauces and batch meals like chili
  • Usually comes with a lid so that you can retain moisture for slow cooking
  • Has two handles for easy lifting
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Paella Pans

  • Usually wide and shallow for maximum surface area so that liquid can evaporate
  • Traditionally made from carbon steel and thin, making them responsive to changes in heat
  • Paella pans do not have to be non-stick, but you have the option to find one with a non-stick coating

You might need these:

Gourmet Stainless Steel Saucepan Set
3 Piece
Typical Price £99Only £69Shop Now
Gourmet Non-Stick Frying Pan Set
2 Piece
Typical Price £64Only £44Shop Now

With each pot and pan being made from a specific material and having their own unique features (e.g, a non-stick coating), learning how to clean and use your pots and pans properly can increase its lifespan and make them last for longer.

TIP: We have a handy and in-depth guide dedicated to explaining how to care for your cookware so that you can prolong the longevity of your pots and pans.

How to Clean & Care for Your Pots & Pans

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Our beautiful 8 piece Professional Granite Cookware Set including 14, 16 & 18cm saucepans, 20 & 28cm frying pans, 20cm stock pot, 20cm steamer insert and a 24cm shallow casserole. 

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