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Epicurious Cookware Reviews - Good Performance or Just Great Looks?


As one of the trendy, up-and-coming cookware brands, Epicurious is getting a lot of attention lately. To give you an idea about their kitchen performance, we have decided to select and review some of their stainles steel and hard anodized aluminum lineup.

About Epicurious

The Epicurious brand is a registered trademark under Advanced magazine publishers who blog about food and food recipes in America. The company takes pride in delivering quality cookware that has passed tests and with proved capacity of delivering all recipes under their name.

Their utensils strike a balance between premium quality and honest pricing, thus making them ideal for the modern innovative cook.

Top Rated Epicurious Cookware Sets Reviewed

In this article we will show you three really popular Epicurious cookware sets and their most important features.

*We select and review all products independently, based on our opinion and customer feedback. Some links on this page are affiliate links and if you make a purchase we may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. You can read more info on our disclaimer page.

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1. Epicurious Heavy Gauge Stainless Steel Cookware Set

- Base material: stainless steel
- Interior: non-reactive stainless steel
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.1

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2. Epicurious Nonstick Aluminum Copper Cookware Set

- Base heavy-gauge aluminum w. steel plate
- Interior: nonstick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.0

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3. Epicurious Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set

- Base: hard anodized aluminum w. steel plate
- Interior: nonstick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

8.7

#1

1. Epicurious Heavy Gauge Stainless Steel Cookware Set

- Base material: stainless steel
- Interior: non-reactive stainless steel
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.1

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2. Epicurious Nonstick Aluminum Copper Cookware Set

- Base heavy-gauge aluminum w. steel plate
- Interior: nonstick 
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.0

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3. Epicurious Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set

- Base: hard anodized aluminum w. steel plate
- Interior: nonstick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

8.7

Epicurious Heavy Gauge Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Design:

The Stainless steel set from Epicurious has six highly polished utensils that come with clear glass lids. The utensils boast of dark gray ergonomic handles that are covered in silicone with their lids also carrying similar spacious handles at the top. The pieces contained in the stainless steel set enable the user to cook a wide variety of portions.

Materials:

All the set pieces have been made with highly durable ultra-bonded 18/0 stainless steel that makes heating quick and evenly distributed. A non-reactive stainless steel cooking surface ensures that the food does not come into contact with the metal parts of the utensils. The clear covering lids are made of tempered glass, which is oven safe up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The stainless steel set is also suitable for use over all cooking stoves including induction heaters.

Usability:

We admire the highly polished look of this stainless steel set that not only stands out from other utensils, but also performs well in the modern kitchen.

The belly shape of the pots enables the even transfer of heat while the 18/0 stainless steel delivers safe and healthy food. We sampled user reviews that liked the tempered covering lids that accompany the utensils in this set due to their high temperature tolerance that makes them suitable for oven use.

The covering lids, however, disappointed some users due to their lack of a steam release perforation. This means that the cook has to keep a keen eye on the food to avoid spills that might occur due to pressure build up.

The compatibility of the set pieces with the induction heater was a welcome feature that many users liked.

We also found dissenting reviews about the set not being stackable. This is likely to upset users who want to save space in their kitchen when storing their utensils.

Cleaning:

The manufacturer and retailer websites describe the set as safe for cleaning in the dishwasher but after sampling user feedback, we noted comments that point to hand washing as the most effective method to clean the set pieces. Using the dishwasher to clean the pieces on this set should be kept on the minimum to ensure that they last for a long time.


The set contains:

  • 10-inch open fry pan
  • 1.5-quart saucepan with lid
  • 2.5-quart saucepan with lid
  • 4-quart sauté pan with lid
  • 8-quart stock pot with lid
  • Universal stainless steel steamer insert (fits 1.5- and 2.5-quart saucepans)
  • Stainless steel pasta insert for 8-quart stock pot stainless steel and tempered glass

Pros

  • Supports all cooktops induction heaters
  • Sold with accompanying covering lids that are clear for easy observation of food as it cooks
  • Supports oven use up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • The pieces are durable for a long time
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • The covering lids lack a steam release perforation
  • Cleaning in the dishwasher can damage the stainless steel surface

Epicurious Nonstick Aluminum Copper Cookware Set

Design:

Epicurious copper set contains six utensil pieces that include four pots and two frying pans all of which have a bright brown exterior color and a dark interior. All the pots are belly shaped and have dual handles riveted on opposite sides of the pot. The pans also come with long ergonomic handles with silicone covering. The complete set weighs 24.2 pounds when packed.

Materials:

The copper set utensils have an aluminum core interior with an impact-bonded stainless steel base to deliver quick and evenly spread heat to all parts of the cookware. The interior cooking surface has a safe non-stick covering that is free from any toxic materials. All covering lids are made of highly tempered clear glass that withstands oven heat of up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Handles are made of stainless steel with a thick silicon grip space. The utensils are compatible with all common stoves including induction heaters.

Usability:

The all-inclusive copper set makes cooking a smooth experience for both beginner and experienced chefs. All the pots and frying pans, both small and large, have a non-stick cooking surface that enables quick release of food items and quick cleaning by hand washing.

Users like this set's performance over the oven even though its use is restricted to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or below. The ability to put them in the oven with the covering lid is also an advantage since it helps lock in the flavors of the food as it cooked.

A let down, however, is the missing hole to let out steam on the covering lids, which leads to a buildup of pressure. This could cause spills if the food is left unattended.

Users also complained about having a hard time when hanging the pieces since the handles do not have holes for hanging. Moreover, the pieces are not stackable, which means they occupy a lot of space when storing them in your kitchen.

Cleaning:

We recommend washing these utensils with your hands using only water and soap. If you notice stubborn stains on the cooking surface, an additional non- abrasive sponge can help to remove them. Avoid cleaning them in the dishwasher because the non-stick surface might get scratches that reduce the durability of your utensils.


The set contains:

  • 8-inch open fry pan
  • 10-inch open fry pan
  • 1.5-quart saucepan with lid
  • 2.5-quart saucepan with lid
  • 4-quart sauté pan with lid
  • 8-quart stock pot with lid
  • Universal stainless steel steamer insert (fits 1.5- and 2.5-quart saucepans)

Pros

  • Supports induction heaters
  • Sold with covering lids
  • Comes in a wide range of sizes to enable users to cook large and small meals
  • Non-stick surface is free of toxic materials
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • The covering lids lack a steam outlet
  • The copper covering easily peels off

Epicurious Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set

Design:

The Epicurious hard Anodized set has six pieces of utensils that are light gray on the exterior and dark gray in the interior. The pieces include four belly-shaped pots of varying size and two frying pans.

All pots have accompanying clear glass lids that have a shiny stainless steel edge and long ergonomic stainless steel handles that have a dark gray silicon grip area. The whole set weighs 25 pounds when packed.

Materials:

The utensils contained in the set have a hard anodized aluminum body that is twice as strong as normal stainless steel. It also has a quick and effective heat distribution ability. The cooking surface features non-stick material that is easy and safe to cook on. All the lids are made of tempered glass that is shatter-resistant and oven safe up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The bottom of the utensils has impact bonded stainless steel that makes the pieces suitable for use over gas, ceramic, electric, and induction heaters.

Usability:

We commend the Epicurious team for the delivery of elegant looking and well performing utensils. The non-stick surface on the utensils is helpful when cooking owing to the ease of food release and cleanup.

The pots have oven-compatible covering lids and spacious dual handles that enable cooks to move their cooking from the cooking stove directly to the oven without the need to switch utensils. Clear covering lids help lock in moisture and food flavors, thus allowing the cook to observe the food as it continues cooking.

We sampled user feedback about the pieces on this set and most of them were satisfied. In fact, many users were praising the durability of the pots and pans, revealing that they remain in good condition for a long time even with every day use.

Users also love the compatibility of the set pieces with all common cooking stoves, a feature that is enabled by the impact-bonded stainless steel base.

Cleaning:

We recommend cleaning the set pieces by hand washing with soap and water. Although the manufacturer claims that the pieces are dishwasher safe, hand washing them is enough to get rid of any food stains and is guaranteed to keep the utensils functional for a long time. Avoid metal utensils and stacking the utensils since this might scratch the non-stick surface or cause a dent on it.


The set contains:

  • 1.5-quart saucepan with lid
  • 2.5-quart saucepan with lid
  • 4-quart saucepan with lid
  • 8-quart stock pot with lid
  • 8-inch open fry pan
  • 10-inch open fry pan
  • 8 cm. stainless steel universal steamer insert (fits 1.5 and 2.5 quart saucepans)

Pros

  • Pots are sold with accompanying covering lids
  • Supports all cooking stoves including induction heaters
  • Quick and evenly distributed heat
  • Safe oven use up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Easy cleaning
  • Durable with limited lifetime warranty from the manufacturer

Cons

  • Covering lids have no steam release
  • Non- stick surface peels off after some time
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