Beauty, Multifunctionality, and Sustainability: The Pillars of Our Place
“Our Place products are beautiful, multifunctional, and sustainably designed.” - Shiza Shahid
Our Place isn’t just a cookware brand; it’s a movement, a celebration of functional beauty, safety, and sustainability.
Shiza explains that creating safe cookware was always the plan. The brand’s commitment to avoiding harmful chemicals and emphasizing groundbreaking sustainability practices sets it apart amidst nonstick coatings laden with toxic chemicals.
Our Place is shaping a narrative that resonates with the next generation of cooks who demand superior design and performance, plus conscientious cookware materials for our health and that of the environment.
“Our coatings are PFAS-free and toxin-free, so they are better for you and the planet,” explains Shiza, who is acutely aware of the risk posed by the nonstick surfaces of the past. Our Place Coatings are made without Forever chemicals like PTFEs, PFOAs, and other PFAS, as well as potentially toxic heavy metals like lead and cadmium commonly found in other nonstick pans.
As co-founder Shiza Shahid shares her insights, it becomes evident that Our Place is not merely introducing products. It’s crafting an experience that transcends the boundaries of the kitchen and some of the safest cookware on the market.
The success of the Cookware Set and the recent launch of the Wonder Oven signal a future where the brand continues to redefine the kitchen landscape, making it not just a space for culinary endeavors but a hub for mindful, sustainable living.
Our Place invites consumers to join a movement that goes beyond cooking - it’s about transforming daily rituals into meaningful, beautiful, and eco-conscious moments in a shared space. Because Planet Earth is Our (only!) Place.
The Birth of the Cookware Set: A Do-It-All Solution
At the heart of Our Place’s culinary revolution is the Cookware Set. This game-changing ensemble embodies the brand’s commitment to innovation and practicality. Inspired by the vision of co-founder Shiza Shahid, the decision to introduce this revolutionary cookware set stemmed from a determination to simplify the kitchen experience for home cooks.
“We created the Cookware Set to offer one do-it-all set with patented multifunctionality that gives you everything you need, plus big savings in the process!” -Shiza Shahid
The success of the Cookware Set, often facing high demand and low supply, underscores its popularity and the genuine impact this high-quality set has made in kitchens worldwide. Unsurprisingly, Shiza says it’s the best-selling set at Our Place.
It’s more than a collection of pots and pans - the Cookware Set represents a culinary philosophy of efficiency and versatility. By incorporating patented multifunctionality, Our Place has engineered a set that streamlines the cooking process, eliminating the need for numerous types of cookware cluttering the kitchen.
Doing More with Less: The Our Place Difference
Our Place sets itself apart with a distinctive approach that caters to the culinary needs of consumers and addresses their desires for efficiency, aesthetics, and sustainability.
Co-founder Shiza Shahid sheds light on what makes Our Place unique in a market overflowing with choices:
“Every other brand designs 16-piece sets you don’t need or have room for. Our Place is designing multi-purpose products that do more with less.”
In addition to utility, Our Place brings vibrancy to the stovetop, introducing bursts of color and transforming every pot and pan into a masterpiece.
Our Place goes a step further by ensuring the safety of its cookware with a proprietary coating that is entirely toxin-free. Shahid highlights a stark contrast with other brands still employing “forever chemicals” in their coatings, chemicals facing increasing global scrutiny for their detrimental impact on the environment, worker safety, and human health.
These chemicals are associated with health problems - according to the CDC, they “may affect reproduction, thyroid function, the immune system, and injure the liver.” Traditional nonstick options like Teflon cookware may lead to health concerns by releasing toxic fumes when used over high heat or leaching dangerous substances into your food as it cooks.
Our Place focuses on creating the best non-toxic cookware options on the market with a commitment to health, sustainability, and the creation of functional art for everyday use. The brand does it with an exclusive ceramic nonstick coating wrapped around an aluminum core for fast, even heating.
Tailoring to the Next Generation: Designing for Function and Sustainability
The Cookware Set from Our Place isn’t just a kitchen essential; it’s the most functional and beautiful cookware for any home cook. Shiza reports that it resonates most with the next generation of home cooks - people who want better designs and performance paired with the healthiest, most sustainable materials.
“We joke that our primary audience is anyone who eats,” Shiza says with a humorous smile.
The brand’s inclusive approach underscores the versatility of the Cookware Set, appealing to anyone who enjoys the culinary arts. The design and features are made with the discerning tastes of the next generation in mind, with enhanced performance and aesthetics.
Through this dedication, the Our Place Cookware Set has become a symbol of culinary innovation that caters to the diverse and evolving needs of a new era of home cooks. It speaks to the conscientious values of those who prioritize the health of themselves and the planet.
Crafting Excellence: The Materials and Design Choices
Our Place took a meticulous approach to design and materials used in every piece, aiming to elevate the user experience and redefine performance and durability standards.
“We chose to use the best materials in every part of the process. Our cast aluminum construction means each piece is sturdy but light, heats up quickly and evenly, and there’s no need for annoying-to-clean rivets,” says Shiza, lending valuable (and relatable) insights to the discussion.
“And our ceramic coating is made without toxins found in most nonstick cookware—it’s easy to cook with, easy to clean up, and better for you and the planet.”
Shahid highlights the interconnected nature of each piece within the Cookware Set, forming a culinary ecosystem that goes beyond individual components. The thoughtful inclusion of features like nesting spatulas and spoons, stainless steel steamer baskets, and customizable add-ons showcases a commitment to versatility.
Our Place has ensured that the Cookware Set can seamlessly integrate into the multifaceted needs of today’s home cooks. The ceramic cookware and ovenware are oven-safe at high temperatures (450°F) and up to any job. The Always Pan alone can sear, sauté, grill, braise, fry, roast, bake, broil, stew, and serve with flair.
While the lightweight aluminum cores are the brand’s most popular choice, Our Place has options for those who prefer enameled cast iron cookware. The brand’s proprietary cast iron pan, the Cast Iron Always Pan, can move from the cooktop to the oven to the broiler with an increased heat resistance of up to 500°F without the lid.
Unlike raw cast iron skillets, you can cook acidic foods without worry in the Our Place Cast Iron Always Pan.
Customer-Driven Innovation: Learning from Experience
The evolution of Our Place’s products is a testament to the brand’s commitment to continuous improvement. Co-founder Shiza Shahid sheds light on the valuable lessons learned from previous product launches, stating:
“We’re constantly incorporating customer feedback and industry-leading innovation.” - Shiza Shahid
Drawing on the experiences of past launches, Our Place has honed a process that places customer satisfaction at its core. Actively seeking and listening to customer feedback has been instrumental in shaping the design and functionality of the Cookware Set.
“Our Cookware Set includes our new Always Pan 2.0, which is now oven-safe and has a 50% longer-lasting coating,” says Shiza.
The secret behind this improvement is Thermakind™ - an exclusive, advanced ceramic nonstick coating that addresses customer preferences for enhanced functionality and reflects a dedication to industry-leading innovation.
By extending longevity and making the Always Pan 2.0 oven-safe, Our Place showcases a commitment to products that meet current needs and adapt to future culinary trends. As the Cookware Set takes center stage, it stands as a testament to the insights gained through the brand’s journey of continuous improvement and delivering kitchen solutions that stand the test of time.
Customer Delight: A Testament to Success
The resounding success of the Cookware Set by Our Place is a testament to a positive impact on its users’ everyday lives. Co-founder Shiza Shahid shares the sentiments of satisfied customers, stating, “Customers love the products, the aesthetics, how easy it makes their everyday cooking, how it makes their food taste better, and how they can trust they are using a safe, toxin-free product. Also - they love the savings!”
Customer appreciation for the Cookware Set extends far beyond its functional utility. Users have expressed admiration for the set’s aesthetics, transforming ordinary kitchen tools into objects of beauty. The seamless integration of design and functionality has made everyday cooking a joyful experience.
The impact on the taste of the food cooked with the Cookware Set has been a recurring theme in customer feedback. Users report an enhanced culinary experience, with flavors elevated by the even heating facilitated by the cooking surface.
The assurance of using safe, toxin-free ceramic-coated cookware adds an extra layer of confidence for health-conscious consumers.
Don’t forget the response to the savings afforded by the Cookware Set. The multifunctionality of these ceramic pots and pans eliminates the need for an array of kitchen tools, providing cost-effectiveness in unexpected places.
Sustainability at the Forefront: Our Place’s Green Initiatives
Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword at Our Place—it’s a fundamental principle that shapes every aspect of production.
A standout feature of the Cookware Set is the Always Pan 2.0, crafted from 100% post-consumer recycled materials, which is unique even among other leading ceramic pans. This choice of materials sets a new industry standard, showcasing a dedication to reducing environmental impact by repurposing existing materials.
The integration of recycled materials speaks to the brand’s eco-conscious ethos. It aligns with the growing consumer demand for products that contribute positively to the planet.
“Our packaging is also recyclable, biodegradable, and innovatively designed to minimize waste. Because we know planet Earth is Our (only!) Place!” -Shiza Shahid
Our Place takes a bold stance against using PFAS - polyfluorinated substances - in their nonstick coatings. PFAS is known as one of the worst pollutants on the planet, and this category of chemicals has come under increased scrutiny for its detrimental impact on the environment and our health. This category includes:
- PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid)
- PFOS (Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid)
- PFNA (Perfluorononanoic acid)
- GenX Chemicals (hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acid or HFPO-DA)
- PFHxS (Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid)
- PFBS (Perfluorobutane sulfonic acid)
- PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene)
Our Place products are also made without the use of potentially toxic heavy metals that can leech into food through nonstick coatings. The brand’s commitment to PFAS-free coatings is a testament to its dedication to products that enhance the culinary experience while contributing to a healthier planet.
A Vision for the Future: Expanding the Kitchen Experience
“One category at a time, we’re on a mission to make it easier (and more fun!) to prep, cook, serve, eat, store, celebrate, and more.” - Shiza Shahid
Our Place has become a dynamic force driving innovation across every aspect of the kitchenware industry.
Co-founder Shiza Shahid articulates the brand’s forward-looking approach, stating, “We launched with cookware, but have since launched similarly innovative, sustainable and beautiful solutions in prepware, then dinnerware, bakeware, serveware, textiles, and now appliances.”
In a notable stride towards culinary innovation, Our Place unveiled the Wonder Oven - a viral sensation featuring a 6-in-1 air fryer and toaster oven. “Our Wonder Oven sold out in just eight days and is finally back in stock,” shares Shiza regarding the excitement surrounding its launch.
This rapid sell-out underscores the brand’s popularity and the resonance of its products with a customer base hungry for cutting-edge, multifunctional kitchen solutions.
As Our Place continues to expand its product line, its emphasis on innovation, sustainability, and aesthetic appeal remains unwavering.
The goal is clear: To exceed customers’ evolving needs and expectations.
By constantly introducing groundbreaking solutions, Our Place envisions a future where every step of the culinary journey is elevated.
Addressing Customer Questions and Concerns
Navigating a saturated market isn’t easy, so let’s take a moment to address common questions and concerns we’ve seen about the Our Place Cookware Set.
Is the Aluminum Core Safe?
Yes! The aluminum core is a bonus, not a drawback. Most multi-ply stainless steel cookware features a layer of aluminum in the center. Pure stainless steel pans don’t offer excellent heat conductivity.
Aluminum cookware is the second most efficient for heat conduction, beat only by pricey copper cookware. Aluminum is also 2.5 times lighter than carbon steel cookware.
Unlike anodized aluminum cookware, Our Place uses a proprietary, non-toxic, PFOA-free coating that prevents food from contacting the aluminum surface so the metal doesn’t leech into your food.
How Do You Care for Our Place Cookware?
Our Place has a comprehensive guide to caring for its non-stick pans and the rest of its cookware in the FAQ section, and we highly recommend reading it, bookmarking it, and following the instructions carefully.
Hand-washing all Our Place cookware and bakeware is recommended unless specified as dishwasher safe in the product description. Also, like most nonstick cookware, you’ll want to use wood, silicone, and nylon options - save your metal utensils for stainless steel pots and pans.
What Comes in the Cookware Set?
Here’s what’s included in the Cookware Set:
- Always Pan 2.0: This is your frying pan, sauté pan, roaster, and steamer. It does the job of 10 pieces of cookware and comes with a steamer basket/colander, a steam-release lid, and a nesting Beechwood Spatula
- Mini Always Pan 2.0: This does all of the above in a smaller package. It also doesn’t come with the steamer basket/colander add-on.
- Perfect Pot: This is your Dutch oven and ceramic pot, perfect for baking, steaming, braising, roasting, frying, and more. It has a self-basting, pasta-straining, steam-release lid and a nesting Beechwood Spatula.
- Mini Perfect Pot 2.0: This does all of the above, but it’s smaller (and cuter).
Does Our Place Offer a Warranty?
Our Place stands by its products and offers comprehensive warranties for every product. We recommend buying directly from Our Place (not an alternative source like Amazon) to ensure you get the warranty.
What Is the Safest Cookware Brand, and How Does Our Place Compare?
Our Place makes some of the safest cookware on the market with nontoxic nonstick coatings and no harmful chemicals or heavy metals.
As for how it compares, Our Place cookware has been tested against competitors by hundreds of professional reviewers worldwide. They’ve said it’s just as good as (if not better than) older, pricier brands like Le Creuset, Allclad, Lodge Cast Iron, and Xtrema. Most reviews say it equals or beats the performance of comparable brands like Caraway and GreenPan.
Are Our Place Products Made in the USA?
Our Place products are not exclusively American-made. They’re produced in respected and highly regulated facilities around the globe, and the brand is transparent about where each product is made.