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Cooks Standard is a popular choice for price-conscious customers and promises excellent value. Their multi-ply stainless steel cookware sets offer a stylish alternative to some of the expensive big brands on the market. Let’s see how they perform in the kitchen.

About the company

Cooks Standard Cookware is available in United States under the Neway International, Inc brand, which has its headquarters in California. The brand's stylish design features a professional finish that gives the user maximum control when cooking. The cookware has received praises from customers for its durability, ease of cleaning, and excellent heat distribution.

Cooks Standard Sets Reviewed

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Best every day use

1. Cooks Standard Classic Stainless Steel 9-Piece Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum disk
- Interior: stainless steel
- Cooktops:  gas, electric, glass top, induction 

Our Rating

9.1

Best high-end

2. Cooks Standard Stainless Steel Multi-Ply Clad 12-Piece Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum core
- Interior: stainless steel
- Cooktops:  gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.3

Best value

3. Cooks Standard Classic Stainless Steel 10-Piece Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum disk
- Interior: stainless steel
- Cooktops:  gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.0

Most durable

4. Cooks Standard Stainless Steel Multi-Ply Clad 10-Piece Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum core
- Interior: stainless steel
- Cooktops:  gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

8.9

Best nonstick

5. Cooks Standard Hard Anodized Nonstick 8-Piece Set

- Base material: heavy gauge aluminum 
- Interior: nonstick
- Cooktops:  gas, electric, glass top

Our Rating

8.8

Best every day use

1. Cooks Standard Classic Stainless Steel 9-Piece Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum disk
- Interior: stainless steel
- Cooktops:  gas, electric, glass top, induction 

Our Rating

9.1

Best high-end

2. Cooks Standard Stainless Steel Multi-Ply Clad 12-Piece Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum core
- Interior: stainless steel
- Cooktops:  gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.3

Best value

3. Cooks Standard Classic Stainless Steel 10-Piece Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum disk
- Interior: stainless steel
- Cooktops:  gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.0

Most durable

4. Cooks Standard Stainless Steel Multi-Ply Clad 10-Piece Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum core
- Interior: stainless steel
- Cooktops:  gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

8.9

Best nonstick

5. Cooks Standard Hard Anodized Nonstick 8-Piece Set

- Base material: heavy gauge aluminum 
- Interior: nonstick
- Cooktops:  gas, electric, glass top

Our Rating

8.8

Cooks Standard Classic Stainless Steel 9-Piece Set

Design:

The Cook Standard Classic 9-piece set comprises two saucepans, a stockpot, a frying pan, and a steamer. Each of the pieces has a mirror polished silver exterior and a light grey interior. The utensils also come with transparent accompanying covering lids and spacious silver handles that are riveted to the body and on the lids.

Materials:

The body of the pans and pots are made of 18/10 stainless steel while the bottom features an inbuilt aluminum disc for quick and uniform heating. The handles are made of hollow stainless steel and dual riveted for a firm fit while the covering lids are made of transparent tempered glass for easy monitoring.

They also have a steam release perforation at the top. The utensils are safe for oven use up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit while the lids can tolerate temperatures of up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The utensils are suitable for use over gas, ceramic, electric, and induction heaters and are safe for dishwasher cleaning.

Usability:

We like the inclusion of versatile utensils in this set that are not only good-looking but also capable of performing exceptionally. The mirror polished exterior and cooking surface are smooth, scratch resistant, and easy to clean.

The included steamer fits inside both saucepans, thus enabling steaming of small and large quantities. Their covering lids are transparent to enable cooks to monitor the cooking process while the steam release perforation at the top prevents spills from overflowing liquids, which results from pressure buildup.

Users of the utensils in this set reveal that they love the fact that the utensils are compatible with induction heaters. The utensils heat up quickly and uniformly with no hotspots, which results in excellently cooked food. The hollow stainless-steel handles stay cool to the touch and enable easy and safe handling of the utensils when on a cooking stove.

Users recommend caring for the pan by avoiding cooking acidic foods on the cooking surface. This is because the stainless-steel surface reacts with the acid when left for too long, thus damaging the surface.

Cleaning:

Cleaning stainless-steel utensils should be done using warm water and a non-abrasive pad. If you burn food on the pan, consider adding baking soda on the surface and leave it for a while to get rid of the burnt food leftovers. Ensure that the utensils cool down before cleaning them to avoid warping that could happen when there is rapid temperature change.


The set contains:

  • 1.5-quart saucepan with lid
  • 3-quart saucepan with lid
  • 6-quart stockpot with lid
  • Universal steamer with lid
  • 10-inch fry pan

Pros

  • The utensils clean easy
  • Compatible with induction heaters
  • The utensils heat up quickly and evenly
  • Steamer insert fits both saucepans
  • Sold with clear covering lids
  • The surfaces are scratch and corrosion resistant

Cons

  • The utensils do not retain heat for long
  • Acidic foods could cause corrosion of the utensils

Cooks Standard Stainless Steel Multi-Ply Clad 12-Piece Set

Design:

The Multi-Ply 12-Piece Set comprises utensils that have a silver polished exterior and a silver satin finish on the interior. Silver covering lids accompany the saucepans and stockpot and have easy to hold handles that are dual riveted in place at the top. V-shaped handles are also dual riveted on the saucepans and pots sides.

Materials:

The body of each of the utensils is triple layered with an 18/10 layer on the interior cooking surface, a middle multi-element aluminum core, and a magnetic stainless-steel bottom layer that enables the utensils to be suitable for use over induction, gas, ceramic, and electric heaters. The handles are made of stainless steel and feature a V-shape design that enables airflow to help them dissipate heat and remain cool to the touch.

Usability:

The inclusion of multiple sized utensils is one of the things that our team liked about this set. Different sized fry pans and stockpots allow the cook to prepare meals for both small and large gatherings. The stay cool handles on each of the pans' body are made using an innovative V-shape design that allows efficient dissipation of heat. This makes the handles cool to the touch even after staying on a cooking stove for hours.

Users also like the multi-layer design used to make the utensils. The inner layer, which features 18/10 stainless steel is safe for cooking and cleans easy while the exterior magnetic steel layer makes the utensils compatible with all cooking stoves including induction heaters.

A few users, however, report that the triple layers cause the utensils to heat up slow. Other users reveal that using extremely high heat is not good either because it causes food to stick on the interior cooking surface. When using the utensils, therefore, use moderated heat.

Cleaning:

We recommend cleaning the utensils in this set using warm water and mild soap. For an easier cleaning process, users have also recommended wiping the surface with a damp paper towel to remove large food materials. This reduces the amount of leftovers you have to scrap off with a cleaning sponge.


The set contains:

  • 1.5- and 3-quart saucepans with covering lids
  • 8-quart stockpot with lid
  • 8- and 10-inch fry pans
  • 11 in. /5 qt sauté pan with lid
  • Steamer insert lid

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Sold with steamer and covering lids
  • The set includes utensils for different cooking needs
  • Support use over all stoves including induction heaters
  • Handles remain cool to touch

Cons

  • Cooking on high heat causes food to stick
  • The covers have o be removed to monitor the food when cooking

Cooks Standard Classic Stainless Steel 10-Piece Set

Design:

This set comprises silver mirror polished utensils that are accompanied by covering lids with spacious tulip-shaped handles at the top. Their side handles are v-shaped and leave a slight airflow gap where they are riveted into place on the body. The utensils also have a circular magnetic steel bottom that is induction ready.

Materials:

The interior cooking surface of the utensils in this set is made of 18/10 stainless steel for delivery of safe and healthy food whereas the bottom plate is made of impact boding aluminum that heats up rapidly and uniformly with no hotspots. The lids are also made of stainless steel and fit snugly when placed on the top edge. The utensils support oven use up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and can be used over all common cooking stoves including induction heaters.

Usability:

The Classic 10-Piece is another set from Cooks Standard that equally impressed us with the patent airflow design on the handles. The design dispels heat effectively to ensure the handles remain cool to touch even after cooking for long hours.

The accompanying covering lids are opaque, which limits the view of the food as it cooks. As such, it forces the cook to uncover the pot to monitor cooking progress. The lids also lack a steam release hole, which could cause accidents in the kitchen when too much pressure builds up inside the pots. The lids, however, support high temperatures in the oven up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and are easy to clean.

Users of the utensils love their compatibility with common cooking stoves that also include induction heaters. Most users also reveal that the lids sit well over the top edge and seal in the steam and flavors of the food to make cooking faster and the food tastier.

Cleaning:

Users recommend cleaning the utensils by hand since the food leftovers are easy to get rid of from the utensils' interior. The manufacturer has listed the utensils as safe for dishwasher cleaning, but we advise that you keep that to a minimal since the constant collision of the utensils during a wash cycle could damage the utensils.


The set contains:

  • 1-1/2-quart covered saucepan
  • 3-quart covered saucepan
  • 8-inch open skillet
  • 10-inch open skillet
  • 6-quart covered stockpot
  • Universal steamer insert with cover

Pros

  • Support use over all cooking stoves including induction heaters
  • Easy to clean
  • The set has versatile utensils that cover all kitchen requirements
  • The 18/10 stainless steel interior delivers safe and healthy food
  • Handles remain cool to the touch
  • Covering lids sit squarely on the top edge and form a tight seal

Cons

  • The cover lids are opaque and have to be removed to monitor food
  • The covering lids have no steam release hole

Cooks Standard Stainless Steel Multi-Ply Clad 10-Piece Set

Design:

This cookware set comprise basic cooking utensils that cover every day cooking. The utensils have a brushed silver stainless steel exterior and a smooth interior. The set is also sold with opaque covering lids that have spacious handles at the top and v-shaped side handles that are dual riveted.

Materials:

Utensils in this set have a body that is triple-layered. The interior layer features 18/10 stainless steel that cooks safe and healthy food and prevents food from coming into contact with the aluminum core. The middle aluminum core starts at the bottom and extends to the sides, thus enabling the utensils to heat up the contents from all round.

The exterior layer is magnetic and supports cooking over all cooking stoves including induction heaters. The spacious handles and the V-shaped side handles remain cool to the touch even when in use.

Usability:

We like the design of the inner aluminum core in the utensils, which begins at the bottom and extends up to the walls, because it allows heating of the contents from all sides. The included covering lids sit squarely on the top edge to form a seal that is airtight and capable of locking in moisture, steam, and flavors of food cooking in the interior.

The spacious handles allow air to flow through the gap in between, thus allowing them to remain cool even after the utensil has been on the cooking stove for a long time. 

People who have had experience cooking with these pots, however, dislike the lack of a steam release hole because it forces the cook to keep a keen eye on the food as it cooks to prevent spills that could occur when too much pressure builds up in the interior.

The inclusion of different utensils with varied holding capacities also makes this set a favorite among cooks because it allows them to cook for a few people as well as a large group.

Cleaning:

Although the manufacturer has marked this set as safe for dishwasher cleaning, we recommend hand washing the utensils with soap and water whenever you can. In fact, users say hand washing ensures the utensils last for a longer time.


The set contains:

  • 8-inch open skillet
  • 10-inch open skillet
  • 1-1/2-quart covered saucepan
  • 3-quart covered saucepan
  • 8-quart covered stockpot
  • Universal covered steamer insert

Pros

  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Supports all commo stoves including induction heaters
  • The utensils heat up quickly and from all sides
  • The handles are fitted firmly and remain cool to the touch
  • Sold with covering lids

Cons

  • The covering lids do not fit over the open skillets well
  • Cooking when the utensils are not heated properly causes food to stick on the cooking surface

Cooks Standard Hard Anodized Nonstick 8-Piece Set

Design:

This set comprises two frying pans, two saucepans, and a stockpot that are accompanied by their respective covering lids. The lids are clear and have a steam release hole. They also have tulip shaped spacious handles that are highly polished and riveted to make them sturdy and firmly fixed. The interior cooking surface is black and features a non-stick coating.

Materials:

The pieces included in this set have a thick core made of heavy gauge aluminum that allows quick and even heating without creating hotspots. The interior cooking surface is coated with superior non-stick coating that is safe and capable of releasing food quickly to prevent it from sticking.

The transparent glass lids are made of tempered glass that has high temperature tolerance of up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit while the rest of the utensils can support oven use up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use the utensils in this set over all cooking stoves apart from induction heaters.

Usability:

We loved the hard-anodized set that comes with a non-stick coating that covers the cooking surface because it delivers safe and healthy food. Food items cooked using the utensils barely stick on their cooking surface, which makes the cleanup after a cooking session easy.

People who have owned this set like the transparent lids because they have spacious tulip-shaped handles. The cook can easily monitor food as it cooks without uncovering the pot or pan. The included perforation releases excess steam and enables the food to cook quickly by trapping heat and flavors in the pot or pan.

Users who cook with induction heaters in their homes, however, could not use the set on the heaters since its core material is not magnetic.

Cleaning:

Users recommend cleaning the pieces by hand washing with warm water, mild soap, and a non-abrasive cleaning sponge in order to keep the non-stick surface intact. Metal utensils should also be avoided when cooking since they tend to scratch the non-stick coating. In place, we advise that you consider using wooden, silicone, or plastic utensils.


The set contains:

  • 1-quart saucepan with lid
  • 2-quart saucepan with lid
  • 6-quart stockpot with lid
  • 9.5-inch sauté fry pan
  • 11-inch sauté fry pan

Pros

  • The utensils are easy to clean
  • Cooking spray does not damage the non-stick cooking surface
  • The lids allow monitoring the cooking food without uncovering the pot
  • The set last for along time when properly cared for

Cons

  • The lid handles break off easily
  • You cannot cook on an induction heater with the utensils
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