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Cookware Buying Guide

Cookware Buying Guide

Cooking becomes a lot easier when you've got the right equipment. To find your perfect match, consider how you cook and what hob type you have. From saucepans for induction hobs to a range of pans for every type of cuisine, build a winning collection of cookware to make your favourite meals and enhance your culinary skills, using our buying guide below.

Cookware materials
Cookware materials
aluminium pans safe


Light weight & easy to clean with a non-stick coating, these pans offer great value for money. Aluminium is a great conductor of heat, cooking quickly and evenly. We suggest using non-metallic utensils such as nylon, wood or silicone, to avoid scratching the coating inside the pan.


• Easy to clean
• Lightweight
• Best for value
• Dishwasher safe

saucepans for induction hobs

Hard Anodised Aluminium

Anodised aluminium, which is essentially electrochemically-hardened aluminium, makes the exterior finish highly durable. At the same time, the pan conducts heat excellently, cooking food quickly and evenly. These pans also come with a superior non-stick coating, therefore we suggest using non-metallic utensils such as nylon, wood or silicone, to avoid scratching the coating inside the pan.


• Best for durability
• Medium weight and long-lasting
• Good for even heat distribution
• Suitable for all hob types
• Dishwasher safe

stainless steel cookware safety

Stainless Steel

Medium weight and hard wearing, stainless steel features a shiny finish to resist scratches and dents. Pans made of stainless steel have a layer of conductive aluminium or copper, bonded to the base to ensure the pans heat up quickly and evenly.


• Highly durable, won't scratch or dent
• Looks good for longer
• Suitable for all hob types
• Dishwasher safe
• Best for longevity

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Tri Ply

Heavy weight cookware that offers professional quality with triple layers of aluminium, stainless steel or copper. Tri ply pans combine the durability of stainless steel with the responsive cooking performance of aluminium throughout the whole body of the pan, and are great for sensitive heat control with no hot spots.


• Fast and even heat distribution with no hot spots
• Sensitive heat control
• Robust, professional quality
• Internal gauge marks for easy measuring
• Best for the home chef

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Copper is one of the best conductors of heat available. It warms up quickly and distributes heat evenly, allowing you to cook with consistency. Copper is bonded to stainless steel to give the cookware strength either in a tri-ply construction, or as a copper base to a stainless steel pan. Copper pans are also a stylish addition to your kitchen however need to be maintained, using a special polish to keep their shine.


• Fast and even heat distribution
• Best for the professional chef
• Dishwasher safe

cast iron cookware advantages

Cast Iron

Cast iron pans are heavy weight pans which are long lasting and highly durable. Cast iron has excellent heat retention, making it ideal for long, slow cooking at lower temperatures either on the hob or in the oven, or for griddling the perfect steak.


• Retains heat well
• Durable and long lasting
• Self-basting lid to save you time
• Suitable for all hob types
• Oven safe
• Best for slow cooking

Types of pans
Types of pans
best saucepans for induction hobs


Saucepans are a kitchen essential with deep sides and a lid to allow you to control cooking temperature. This pan can boil vegetables, scramble eggs, make sauces and more. They are available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and materials.

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Frying pans

A shallow pan with a tapered shape so you can easily tip food from pan to plate.
Fry all kinds of food and create favourites like omelettes and pancakes.

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Sauté pans

A deep frying pan with straight sides used for quick frying and searing, these pans are great to gently simmer stocks and sauces without spitting onto your hob.

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Griddle pans

These pans produce an intense dry heat that's perfect for quickly searing meat, fish and vegetables. Deep sides allow for flavoursome cooking juices, whilst sharp ridges create chargrilled stripes on your food.

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Woks & Stir fry pans

The broad, sloping sides are heated to allow the food to be tossed and stirred with ease and they are ideal for quick frying, steaming, and deep-frying. Use them to craft your favourite oriental dishes.

Woks Stir fry pans
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Stock pots & casserole dishes

Two handled pans that are similar in shape but stockpots are normally deeper set than a casserole dishes. Ideal for you to gently simmer all kinds of soups, stocks and stews.

Stock pots Casserole dishes
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Steamers offer a healthy way to cook, keeping nutrients locked into your food. They come in a range of sizes, usually as part of a 3 tier set. However, there are also universal steamers which can be bought as a great addition to your existing saucepans.

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Pressure Cookers

A pressure cooker is a great multipurpose pot. The secure lid forms a tight seal and prevents steam from escaping. This steam pressure dramatically increases the cooking temperature and allows you to cook more economically: up to 70% faster. They also effectively preserve the nutrients and vitamins of food. Perfect for cooking casseroles, braising meat or making a risotto in half the normal time.

Hob types
Hob types


Most standard hobs use ignited gas to provide cooking heat. You can cook on them with virtually all types and materials of cookware.

Pots & pans suitable for gas hobs


These provide heat through a magnetic induction coil that heats pans. They are quick, clean, efficient and safe. They can only work with saucepans made from magnetisable metal such as stainless steel, while pans made with other materials like copper and aluminium can work on them if their bases are bonded with a magnetic metal.
As the hob works by magnetic force, the pans need to match the right size hob ring. Please see our recommendations below:
• 14cm, 16cm and 18cm saucepans and 20cm frypans – use small zone only
• 20cm saucepans and 24cm frypans – use small and medium zones
• All bigger items – use small, medium and large zones

Pots & pans suitable for induction hobs

Electric, Glass, Ceramic and Halogen

These hobs have smooth top surfaces that are easy to clean and are made from either glass or ceramic glass. They are frequently heated by electrical spiral elements or halogen lamps. You can use all types of cookware on these hobs.
However, for halogen hobs we would suggest not to use pans with a shiny base, as they can reflect the light from the lamps and reduce their efficiency. Instead, pick a pan with a thicker base that can handle the short bursts of intense heat. And always lift your pans, don't drag them. This can potentially scratch the glass surface.

Pots & pans suitable for electric, glass, ceramic and halogen hobs

Solid fuel

This refers to cooking on an Aga or stoves that burn wood and other fuels. They are best suited to solid pans with flat and heavy bases that can withstand constant high temperatures.

Pots & pans suitable for solid fuel hobs
Caring for your cookware
Caring for your cookware
  • Avoid using metal utensils and scouring pads on non-stick cookware as this can damage the coating.

  • Make sure you check the brand's guidelines to see if your pan is dishwasher safe or hand wash only.

  • Leave your pans to cool before washing them in hot water. For stubborn stains, let them soak before washing.

  • Ensure pans are completely dry before putting them away and store carefully.

  • If you have a non-stick pan, take care not to overheat it as this can shorten the life of the non-stick coating.

  • Always lift the pan, do not slide or drag as this may damage the base of the pan and some hob surfaces.

  • Please retain packaging for care and guarantee reference.

  • Use oven gloves when lifting lids and handles as these may get hot when cooking.