And whether you’re a first-time home cook looking to whip up some mac and cheese or someone who knows how beautifully craft a coq au van, high-quality kitchenware is your best friend (and secret weapon).
But with so many kitchenware brands out there where do you start?
Well, this is where I’m hoping to help you out today...
In recent years, the rise of the direct-to-consumer model (where brands cut out the middleman and sell directly to you) has led to a bunch of amazing kitchenware brands launching and bringing professional-quality products to home chefs at affordable prices.
In this article, we’ll look at 12 incredible kitchenware brands that can help you to craft the best home-cooked meals.
11 Best Cookware Brands for 2021
Caraway offers home chefs a healthier way to cook. Its ceramic-coated aluminum cookware won’t leak any toxins into the food you’re cooking and its products are designed to make your life easier and healthier, no matter your level of expertise in the kitchen.
Caraway's cookware set costs $395 and includes a frying pan, saute pan, dutch oven and saucepan. It also comes with a magnetic pan rack to house all of your pots and canvas lid holder to ensure you never have to go searching around your cupboards for the right lid. It also sells a range of linens and kitchen accessories including tea towels, oven mitts, and aprons.
In 2016, Made In’s co-founders Chip and Jake set out to rethink the kitchen landscape and create professional kitchenware products that are great for home cooking and welcome in Michelin-star restaurants.
Made In’s products are used by over 100,000 home cooks and it has shipped more than 50,000 pieces to professional kitchens across the United States. It offers a wide variety of products from frying pans and stockpots to knives and chopping boards. Its cookware is available in two materials: stainless clad and carbon steel.
Brigade Kitchen is a New York-based kitchenware brand that launched in 2017. Brigade offers a range of stainless steel pans, skillets, and knives.
The brand believes that quality cookware is important. “You never see a chef at a restaurant trying to sear a chicken breast with a nonstick pan, so why are so many people doing that at home?” its website explains.
Each piece of Brigade’s cookware is custom-designed to help you become a master home chef (without unnecessarily high prices). It’s pans range from $75-85, with knives ranging from $45-75 (though you can bundle both its Paring knife and Santoku knife for $99).
Launched in 2015, Misen is another great kitchenware brand coming out of New York city. Misen took its name from the culinary term ‘mise en place’. It means “to put in place,” and the brand’s mission is to help home chefs to cook better meals through preparation and quality tools.
It offers a range of thoughtfully designed chef’s knives and cookware made from premium steels and sold at honest prices. It’s knives range from $30 (for a paring knife) up to $65 (for a santoku knife) and its pots and pans range from $55-125. .
Potluck created its pots, pans and utensils after plenty of research and feedback from hundreds of cooks. The brand aimed to uncover what products were essential for home cooks and deliver them directly to consumers at a reasonable price.
Potluck offers a range of kitchenware sets ranging from a 3-piece knife set (including a paring knife, chef’s knife, and a bread knife) all the way up to its 22-piece “Essentials” set which includes stainless steel cookware, 12 must-have kitchen utensils, and knives.
The 22-piece Essentials bundle costs $270. Other sets cost between $60 and $160.
Our Place believes in the power of home-cooking to bring people together. And the company’s mission is simple and clear: “To create products and experiences that celebrate cultures, honor traditions, and cultivate connections.”
Launched in 2018, out of Los Angeles, Our Place’s flagship product is the Always Pan — a beautifully crafted pan that’s designed to do the work of eight pieces of traditional cookware. Alongside the Always Pan, Our Place also offers a range of side bowls, plates, and accessories such as tortilla warmers.
Material is a kitchenware brand started by food lovers, not professional chefs. As at-home chefs Material’s founders could never quite find products that checked all the right boxes so they decided to create their own.
Material’s products feature sleek industrial design and offer storage solutions that won’t take up all of your precious counter space. Material offers products in three categories:
- Cut: A range of three must-have kitchen knives (starting at $50)
- Cook: Premium pans (starting at $95)
- Counter: Chopping boards and stands (from $35)
Founded in Los Angeles in 2018, Milo aims to offer incredible cookware at honest prices. Its French-inspired product range is designed for both newcomers and professional chefs and features a dutch oven, mini dutch oven, and skillet.
Each of Milo’s products are non-stick, easy-to-clean, and dishwasher friendly. Milo also offers a lifetime guarantee against products failing due to defects.
Merchant Home offers a collection of modern tableware including bowls, plates, mugs, and glassware.
Each Merchant Home product is designed to be used every day, and before launching the brand its team used the initial collection for a year before it started selling publicly. Its products are designed by Merchant Home founder and creative director, Alexandra Sklar, and created to feel great in hand and fit efficiently in your cupboards.
Based in New Jersey, and founded in 2018, Karibe specialises in a small range of high-quality cookware, including cast iron skillets and sauce pots.
Karibe’s main aim is to build and nurture a great relationship with their customers. They champion honesty and transparency and are constantly developing ways to improve their products and services to better serve their customers. This means that you can be sure that any products that you purchase from them have been meticulously designed and improved to incredibly high standards.
Founded in 2011 by Corry Blanc, Blanc Creatives sells a range of kitchenware crafted to last for generations — from chopping boards to skillets and roasters — with each piece created at its workshop in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Blanc Creatives cookware is painstakingly produced by hand. Starting out as a flat, circular steel disc, its pans are first pressed and then forged into the perfect shape before the sharp edges of each pan are taken down with grinders and smoothed and the handles are riveted in place.
The Blanc Creatives team cares deeply about old fashioned craftsmanship and seeks to bring the tradition of handcrafted goods into modern homes.