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Rachael Ray Cookware Review


Few cookware manufacturers can compete with the bright colors and stylish designs of pots and pans from the Rachael Ray collection.

Read on to find out whether they are just eye candy or their performance matches the decorative value of these sets in your kitchen.

About Rachael Ray

Well-known for her Emmy-winning daytime show, colorful enamel cookware, and other kitchen items, Rachael Ray has extended her brand to books, organic dog food, women’s bags and belts, and home furnishings. Rachael Ray Home features nine distinct furniture collections. Her website also includes easy recipes, tips, and videos of interviews with celebrities.

Rachael Ray Cookware Sets in This Review

We have included a colorful array of hard-anodized and enamel nonstick sets in this article.

Rachael Ray Cucina 12-Piece Nonstick Pots and Pans Set

Design:

This light-weight 12-piece cookware set contains saucepans and skillets that are both modern and rustic. They come in seven colors, which are agave blue, cranberry red, lavender, lemongrass green, mushroom brown, pumpkin orange, and sea salt gray. The pan handles are comfortable, and the lid handles match the pans.

Materials:

The pans are made with double aluminum and coated with Cucina hard enamel. The rubberized handles are made of stainless steel, and the lids include shatter-proof glass. The insides are coated with PFOA-free nonstick coating. T turner and spoon that come with the saute pan are made of silicone. 

Usability:

This light-weight set provides a variety of pan sizes, including large enough pans to handle cooking for a small crowd.The pans are made well within certain limits. They distribute heat evenly and prevent food from sticking using PFOA-free coating. 

The comfortable rubberized stainless-steel handles are double-riveted onto the pans. The shatter-proof lids include handles that are attached using silicone washers.The included silicone utensils prevent scratching. 

They’re also heat-resistant and have a slot in their handles that allow the cook to rest them on the edge of the pans. You cannot use these pans over an open flame or to get them hotter than 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

You cannot use steel utensils on the nonstick coating or you’ll scratch them and cause the coating to come off. The included silicone utensils are the best kind to use with them. Also, the pans may easily dent or even chip.

Cleaning:

Food does not stick to or burn onto these pans, and liquids bead right off of them. This makes them easy to clean. It is not unusual for companies to taut that their cookware is easy to clean, but customers say that this cookware is exceptionally easy to clean.


The set contains:

  • A 1-quart, 3-quart
  • A 6-quart saucepan with lids, 
  • Eight 5-inch and 10-inch frying pans 
  • A silicone slotted turner and spoon set

Pros

  • Seven pleasing colors
  • Easy to clean
  • Includes silicone utensils
  • Manufacturer’s warranty available

Cons

  • Can’t use with metal utensils
  • Can’t use with the highest heat

Rachael Ray Brights Hard Anodized 10-Piece Cookware Set

Design:

This 10-piece Rachael Ray set is a practical one that offers a pop of color on its cute and comfortable rubber-covered handles. You’ll notice the set’s quality when you see the large double riveting of the handles and the large amount of metal on the edges of the lids.

Materials:

This set is hard anodized for increased durability. Anodization also allows these pots and pans to quickly heat up. The exceptional non-stick coating inside makes cleanup a breeze. The set’s shatter-resistant glass lids mean that you’ll never have to worry about you or someone else dropping and breaking them.

Usability:

This durable set of pots and pans is conveniently stackable. The glass lids let you monitor food without losing moisture or heat. The handles are rubberized for comfort and easy to grip. When it is time to clean things up, you can just put these pots, pans, lids, and utensils into the dishwasher. The handles on the pans and on the lids are double-riveted on.

They are anodized for extra durability. They’re oven-safe to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and they heat up on the stove quickly and evenly. But they cannot withstand being used on an induction cooktop.

Customers complain that the exterior enamel on these becomes discolored and that the non-stick coating starts to chip, peel, and come off in just six months. They’ve said the Meyer Corporation accuses them of mistreating the pots and pans, which allows the company to not honor the warranty or replace the set.

Cleaning:

Rachael Ray cookware is always easy to clean. This hard anodized Brights cookware is even easier to clean than other types of pans are. Food does not stick to or burn onto this cookware. And you can confidently put the anodize II version of this cookware into the dishwasher.


The set contains:

  • A 1-quart and 2-quart saucepan with lids
  • 6-quart stockpot with lid 
  • 3-quart saute pan with lid 
  • 8.5” and 10” frying pans.

Pros

  • Lifetime warranty
  • Heats evenly
  • Heats quickly

Cons

  • May not last long
  • Anodized I version isn’t dishwasher safe

Rachael Ray Brights Nonstick Cookware Set, 14-Piece

Design:

This 14-piece set is available in a choice of four bold colors with matching comfortable silicone handles, cookie sheet, and three small but useful cooking tools. This large set of light-weight cookware was thoughtfully designed in the US. They’re manufactured in Thailand, and the lids are manufactured in China.

Materials:

These aluminum pots and pans are enameled with a vibrantly colored enamel on the exterior and treated with a long-lasting nonstick coating on the inside. The silicone-clad handles are double-riveted on. The glass lids are shatterproof. This cookware cannot be used on induction cooker/cooktop or put into exceedingly hot ovens.

Usability:

This cheery cookware provides fast, efficient, and even heating, so cooks using this set won’t have to deal with hot spots. However, it has many limitations when using this cookware. 

You cannot use these pots and pans with an induction cooker, on an induction cooktop, or over an open fire. You also cannot put them into an oven that is hotter than 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The bakeware handles temperatures up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

The non-stick coating cannot stand much soaking. There are customer complaints regarding the quality of these pots and pans. Consumers have said that the enamel color wipes off of them and that they easily warp, scratch, and melt to glass-top stoves. One person stated they had a pan that “exploded.” Customers said the nonstick coating peels off easily and that the handles may actually overheat. 

Cleaning:

These pots and pans are easy to clean because of their nonstick coating. Nonstick coating always makes cleanup easy, as long as it remains intact. The nonstick surface cannot withstand any sort of abuse and it cannot be put into a dishwasher. It also probably shouldn’t sit in dishwater.


The set contains:

  • A non-stick cookie sheet with silicone handle grips
  • A mini spoonula, medium slotted spatula with long, tapered blade, and colorful Lazy Spoons.

Pros

  • Fast, efficient cooking
  • Even cooking
  • Color-coordinated set
  • Lifetime limited warranty

Cons

  • Pans could warp with just one use
  • Non-stick coating cannot withstand water

Rachael Ray Brights 14-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set

Design: 

This Brights cookware set is light to medium in weight and has stylish double-bolted handles on the pots, pans, and lids. The pots and pans have two-toned, gradiented colored hard enamel in a choice of eight colors. The pots, pans, handles, bakeware, and utensils are all color-coordinated.

Materials:

This set is stated to be durably constructed and can be used on electric glass top stoves. The high sides prevent some of the splattering that happens when cooking. Unfortunately, the double bolted handles catch food too easily, especially on the saute pan. The interior has an enhanced nonstick coating.

Usability:

This nice-looking set of pans is stackable. The handles are comfortable and the set is easy to use. The high sides on the pots and pans prevent some of the splattering that happens when cooking.

Heat distributes throughout the set evenly, so you won’t discover hot spots when using this set. But you cannot use this cookware over high heat.

The pots and pans are said to be oven-safe to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, the bakeware to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, and the tools to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. But some customers state that they cannot be placed into the oven.

These pots and pans look nice when they’re new. The color supposedly lasts for years, but customers report having many issues with them. Customers report that they dent and chip easily.

Cleaning:

You may find yourself wiping both the nonstick interior coating and the enamel paint off of the pots and pans, even if you wash them by hand. You can’t soak them, and you cannot put them into a dishwasher or else all the paint will come off at once.


The set contains:

  • 1-quart and 2-quart saucepans with lids, 
  • A 6-quart stockpot with lid, 
  • 8.5-inch and 10-inch frying pans 
  • A 3-quart saute pan with lid. 
  • A 10-inch x 15-inch oven lovin’ crispy sheet, jumbo spatula, medium turner, jumbo spoonula.

Pros

  • Two-toned colors
  • Nicely designed
  • Comfortable handles
  • Nice assortment of useful items

Cons

  • Coating/enamel comes off easily
  • Easily damaged
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