For many decades, aluminum cookware has been a kitchen staple. In fact, it is believed that over 60% of cookware sold in the United States is made from aluminum.
This is probably not surprising, considering that aluminum’s abundance makes it a very cheap option for making products including cookware.
Is it safe to use aluminum cookware?
While aluminum may be friendly on your wallet, it may not be so friendly on your body. Consumption of aluminum is not without health risks, with studies showing that there may be a link between levels of aliminum in the body, and Alzheimer’s Disease.
It is possible to ingest aluminum from cookware, especially as the cookware ages and the coating begins to wear down.
So, while it is unlikely that a person would consume enough aluminum from cookware to cause any adverse health effects, there are so many great alternatives on the market now – why take the risk?
Plus, while some other alternatives might be a bit more expensive to purchase up front, many materials last longer than aluminum. Therefore, over the life of your cookware, you may save money!
So, here are our picks for the best 100% stainless steel aluminum free cookware, pots, and pans.
1. All-Clad 60090 Copper Core 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set (14 piece)
This elegant cookware set is made by US manufacturer, All Clad, who have been producing high quality cookware for more than fifty years.
This complete set includes 14 pieces, including 10- and 12-inch frypans, 2 quart and 3 quart covered saucepans, 3 quart and 6 quart covered saute pans, a 12-inch covered chef’s pan and an 8 quart stockpot.
This complete set is the perfect addition to any cook’s kitchen, although you can also purchase sets of 7 or 10 pieces.
All-Clad’s 5-ply bonding makes sure that there is even heat distribution around the pan, making for perfect cooking results every time.
Its unique ‘starburst’ finished also ensures that there is a non-stick, easy to clean finish to minimise the fuss. Plus, all of the pieces are dishwasher safe, so just pop them in the dishwasher after cooking up a meal!
While All-Clad’s prices reflect the high quality steel used in the product, these sets offer great value for money.
With All-Clad’s lifetime guarantee on their products, you will certainly have peace of mind knowing how long they will last!
2. Ozeri 10-inch Stainless Steel Pan with ETERNA Coating
This smart pan is not only good for cooking, but also for your health and the environment. It boasts ETERNA coating, a style of coating developed in the USA and guaranteed to be 100% free from PFOA and APEO.
These two chemicals are often used in coating, but many studies have linked them with health problems, as well as damage to the environment. There’s no need to worry with Ozeri! Plus, ETERNA coating is also super long-lasting, meaning it is non-sticking and makes cleaning a breeze.
Ozeri’s cookware is also a great looking addition to your cookware, with its mirror-polished stainless steel exterior. On the interior, you can choose between classic black or rustic bronze.
Ozeri offers extremely competitive pricing, meaning you don’t need to spend a fortune to purchase the products. They have a full range of cookware, including this handy 10-inch stainless steel pan.
3. Chantal SLIN-9 Induction 21 Steel 9 PIece Cookware Set
A very high quality cookware set, the Chantal SLIN-9 set contains high strength Japanese Stainless Steel. Chantal also add in both copper and titanium, which means that this cookware set is extremely durable, and also very easy to cook with.
The complete set includes 2 and 3.5 quart saucepans, a 5 quart sauteuse, an 8 quart stock pot and a 10 inch fry pan. All items except the fry pan include a lid, which is made from high quality glass to allow you to monitor the progress of your cooking.
Chantal’s clever design also includes a no-drip pouring edge, so you can poor without causing any mess in your kitchen. Plus, they are dishwasher safe so you can just pack them into the dishwasher, set and forget!
While this cookware set is not cheap, its durability and smart design means it is a wise investment for any kitchen.
4. The Stainless Steel All-In-One Sauce Pan by Ozeri
Another offering from Ozeri, this all-in-one sauce pan is an excellent addition to any cook’s cupboard! You can also feel confident that you are protecting your family’s health, with Ozeri’s guarantee that all products are 100% free of the potentially harmful PFOA and APEO.
This 5.3 quart saucepan is perfect for making all kinds of dishes, and its thoughtful design makes cooking enjoyable. It has a comfortable, heat resistant handle on one side as well as a ‘helper’ handle on the other to help with heavier dishes.
The All-In-One Sauce Pan is sturdy, reflecting its fine craftmanship and durability. Its 3 ply design means it is built to last, and also conducts heat easily and evenly.
Plus, it is a cost effective option that is extremely versatile, allowing amateur and professional cooks alike to cook all kinds of delicious meals without blowing the budget!
5. Cuisinart 77-11G Chef’s Classic Stainless 11 Piece Cookware Set
This set is from one of the most trusted names in cookware, and is bound to delight any cooking enthusiast! With everything needed to produce a range of delicious meals, this a great, cost effective option to add to the kitchen.
The full set includes 1-, 2- 3- quart saucepans with covers, a 3.0 quart saute pan with a helper handle and cover, an 8 quart stockpot with cover, an 8 inch skillet, a 10 inch Skillet with cover, and an 18 cm steamer insert.
The Cuisinart set is made from high grade stainless steel, which not only provides an even heat distribution, but also looks fantastic. Extra touches, such as the Cool Grip handle and the drip free rims make the cookware particularly user friendly.
The set also comes with a lifetime guarantee, which makes this set fantastic value.
6. GreenLife Soft Grip Ceramic Non-Stick 7″ and 10″ Open Frypan Set
This eye catching cookware is a beautiful addition to any kitchen, coming in striking red and pastel blue. A relatively new company, GreenLife has been making high quality cookware since 2014.
These fry pans are free of PFOA, PFAs, lead and cadminium, so they are completely safe for both people and the environment. Nonetheless, these pans don’t compromise on quality, and have an excellent no-stick layer for ease of cleaning. The no stick layer also means cooking with these pans uses, on average, 50% less oil.
Other smart design features include a soft, cool handle for maximum comfort. The hook on the handle allows the pan to be hung – perfect given the cookware’s unique and attractive design.
These pans are very competitively priced, offering great quality at a low cost.
7. Calphalon 11 Piece Classic Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set
This versatile set is made by Calphalon, a United States-based company that has been producing cookware since 1963.
The set includes 8- and 10-inch fry pans, a 12 inch griddle, 1.5-, 2.5- and 3- quart sauce pans and covers, and a 5 quart Dutch oven. These 11 pieces are everything needed for general cooking including frying, broiling, searing and simmering.
Calphalon design all of their cookware with an emphasis on quality and useability. Extra, clever design features include measuring guidelines, pour spouts and straining holes. In addition, the ceramic non-stick interior makes for easy cleaning, and is also completely PFOA free.
This set includes a 10 year warranty, and a guarantee that the pans are safe for oven temperatures up to 450 degrees farenheit (232 degrees celsius). They are a good, cost effective option for cooks.
8. Royal Dutch Cast Iron 1815 – 11 Piece Cook Box Set
Dutch Cast Iron Cookware is renowned all over the world for its quality and durability. This is a great introduction level set, with everything you would need to cook delicious meals. Plus, it comes with a gorgeous wooden box.
This set includes eleven pieces: a 12 inch skillet, a 4.5 quart dutch oven pot, a 2.5 quart saucepan, a 20 inch x 9 inch iron griddle, and a 8.6 inch trivet. It also includes a lid lifter, hand holder and cleaning set.
One of the best things about this set is that it can be used both indoors and outdoors. Therefore, while it is a great set for using for everyday cooking, it can also be used outdoors, including on the barbecue or on an open fire.
This well-renowned brand has thousands of happy customers who swear by this cast iron set. For the price, it is a great quality product at a great price.
So, there you have 8 of the best alternatives to aluminum cookware. Covering all price points, these items are likely to please all budgets and cooking experience levels!