This is a very ‘Rachael’ set with her trademark favorite color orange. If you like orange you will love this set – and it is also quite a good safety feature as it makes you more aware of where the handles are positioned on the stove top and so you automatically turn them in for safety.
The stay-cool handles are also attached to the pans with double rivets making them extra strong. They are easy-grip silicon and angled high so it doesn’t hurt your wrist to lift a full pan.
Stainless steel is not known for its’ ability to heat up quickly and evenly. However the Rachael Ray 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set has a thick, flat aluminum base which makes up for this deficiency and it is great when you’re cooking as you don’t get hot spots that cause the food to stick and burn.
It also has a nice satin finish rather than a shiny one which is aesthetically pleasing – it looks really good. The slight rounding of the interiors from the base to the side makes them work like professional chef’s pans and gives great results.
The edges of the pans are slightly flared which makes it possible to pour from them without annoying drips. Dishwashing is not recommended but to be honest, because the bases are so thick, you don’t need a high heat so not much sticks to these – so hand washing isn’t a chore.
If anything does stick, just give the pan a good soak in hot, soapy water and use a non-scratch dish scrubber. Bar Keepers Friendwill get rid of even the most stubborn stuck or burnt on food.
The glass lids are great for seeing what’s happening to the food but the drawback with these is that there is no vent in the lid. This means that as steam builds up, it clouds the glass so that you can’t see the contents and you do end up having to lift the lid off anyway.
A helpful bonus with this set is that the lids for the sauté pan and the Dutch oven also fit the 10 inch skillet so you don’t waste time hunting for lids. The set is compatible with all stove tops, even induction and is safe in an oven up to 400 degrees. All in all, a great ‘starter’ set for a reasonable price, which you can add to as there are many other matching items available.