9 best non-stick cookware sets for fail-safe cooking

Chef it up in the kitchen with a little helping hand from the best non-stick cookware sets.

The best non-stick cookware sets UK

by Angelica Daujotas |

You can't go wrong with non-stick cookware. From beginner to pro, non-stick cookware deserves the praise it gets. Not only are they generally smoother to cook with, but they're also a lot easier to clean.

The best non-stick cookware sets come with features like cool-touch handles, no-scratch surfaces, and durable heavy-gauge construction.

Having non-stick cookware is also healthier - using a non-stick pan means you can cook with less oil or butter. On top of this, they allow you to cook 'stickier' meals, fry foods like stir-frys, and make flipping eggs and tossing sticky noodles easier!

How to care for non-stick cookware sets

With the right cleaning and care, you can prevent your non-stick cookware sets from flaking and emitting harmful chemicals.

1. Avoid overheating. Although most non-stick cookware sets can handle cook temps of up to 260°C, you should stick to preheating with low-to-medium heat. For those pans that are oven-safe, avoid leaving them in the oven for too long. You’ll also want to pull them off still-hot burners when not in use.

2. Vent the room. When using extremely high heat, prevent fumes from harming the environment and irritating your lungs by switching on your exhaust fan or cracking a window.

3. Avoid metal utensils that can scratch non-stick coating.

4. Hand-wash with mild dish soap and a gentle sponge. Several non-stick cookware sets are dishwasher safe, but they’ll last longer if you hand-wash.

The best non-stick cookware sets for 2022

With unique Thermospot technology that lets you know when the frying pan has reached its optimum cooking temperature and a resist plus coating that promises durable non-stick cooking performance, this cookware set makes cooking a breeze! Suitable for all hobs, including induction, this set of essentials is perfect for any beginner chef, ready to cook up a storm.

Includes: 20cm and 24cm frying pans, 16,18 and 20cm saucepans with lid.

Happy customer review: “Fantastic set for the price. I will say be aware that the frying pans are quite small, probably better for bacon and eggs, so if you cook larger portions of food, for example, a curry etc, I'd definitely purchase a larger one separately (I've also done this). They clean within seconds and are definitely non-stick!! They have a good quality finish to them and are a well-needed addition to your kitchen, for this price you can't go wrong!”

This Circulon premier hard anodised cookware set is made of heavy-gauge hard anodised aluminium which provides excellent heat conduction and uniform cooking. The premium non-stick coating on the pan interior and exterior makes cleaning quick and easy. Compatible with all stovetops, including glass and induction, they’re a brilliant investment for any chef, beginner or experienced.

Includes: 0.9L, 1.8L and 2.8L straining saucepans with lids, 7.5L stockpot with lid, 4.7L sauté pan with helper handle and lid, 21.5cm, 25.4cm and 30.4cm skillets.

Happy customer review: “These are very good quality pans; this set contains almost everything you need. They're beautifully made heavy but not too heavy. They're dishwasher safe. But the non-stick is good so a quick wash in warm soapy water is often sufficient... They work on most hobs including induction which is why I bought them. These were priced very competitively at the time I purchased my set. Highly recommend!”

Keep your cookware looking like new, with the Première stainless steel collection from GreenPan. Innovative and durable, with an advanced non-stick coating it’s ideal for intensive daily use. GreenPan's ultra-strong Thermolon Diamond ceramic non-stick coating is reinforced with diamond and is strong enough to withstand the use of metal utensils. Made from natural materials by GreenPan, the sand-based non-stick coating is 100% healthy and contains zero harmful chemicals.

Includes: 16cm, 18cm, 20cm saucepans with lids.

Happy customer review: “Very good saucepans. They are very well built, really solid, and a dream to clean. I have only had them a few months but so far I can honestly say they are probably the best saucepans I have ever bought. Saying that, they are the most expensive ones I have ever bought! I would definitely recommend them though.”

This cookware set is made from recycled materials and recyclable and contains a plant-based non-stick which is good and even better for our environment - it is palm oil-free and PFAO Free. Made in Italy from recycled aluminium and fully recyclable, the cookware set is extremely durable, so good for the environment. The steel induction base is suitable for all hob types and will allow perfect heat distribution for energy-efficient cooking.

Includes: three saucepans, three lids, two frying pans.

Happy customer review: “I've used these for a few weeks now and although I'm usually sceptical of marketing claims, I have to say that these pans are genuinely good! Solid and well-made. I do use some oil or butter when I cook but with these, you don't really need any. They're also easy to clean. Very pleased with my purchase and with the fact that I got them on here for much less than I could see advertised elsewhere.”

The 2 frying pans included with this 5-piece stainless steel cookware have a smooth non-stick interior allowing you to cook healthier meals with less or no oil. You can use Prestige non-stick cookware set on all cooker types, including induction, gas radiant ring, solid plate, halogen and ceramic. It is the perfect addition to any kitchen.

Includes: 14cm, 16cm, 18cm saucepan including glass lids, and a 20cm, 24cm frying pan.

Happy customer review: “We had our last set of Prestige pans for over 24 years and this new set, although not copper-bottomed, are fabulous. Easy strain, easy pour and easy clean...another great Prestige product!”

Made from natural materials and 100% toxin-free, this cookware set from Greenpan is crafted from hard-anodized aluminium for maximum strength and scratch resistance. From a quick fried egg for a lazy breakfast in bed to stepping it up with a 3-course dinner, this set will assist you in all your cooking adventures.

Includes: 20, 24 & 28 cm open fry pan, 16cm/1. 57L + 20 cm/3. 1L covered saucepan, 24 cm/3. 1L sauté pan, and a casserole 24 cm/5. 14L (4 glass lids included).

Happy customer review: “This cookware is excellent. I've had non-stick, Tefal etc in the past, and they always wear out, or even worse, the non-stick layer starts peeling off! These have none of that, they're as non-stick now as they were when I bought them. They're great to cook with, easy to clean, easy to look after. As an added bonus, I also think they're quite stylish.”

Leo non-stick cookware is loaded with features to enhance your cooking experience. These durable pans heat up quickly on any type of hob and the contrasting soft-touch handles offer a safer grip. Saucepans feature tempered glass lids with a silicone rim and steam vent for optimal energy efficiency. It's easy to pour away liquid with the lid on thanks to the integrated straining function.

Includes: three saucepans with lids and two frying pans.

Happy customer review: “I'd buy this set all over again, they are so nice to use, the feeling and weight, the fact that nothing sticks to them & you don't have to bother with scraping. Everything comes off so easily. Would 100% buy again and again.”

The most expensive non-stick cookware set in our round-up but how can you resist Le Creuset. The household name brand is recognised globally for its premium quality cookware, which is truly built to stand the test of time.

This set of four 3-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware from Le Creuset is sure to give you a head start in the kitchen. Sleek and highly practical in design, this set features innovative multi-layering technology for an optimum cooking experience. With innovative multi-layer technology and high-grade non-stick surfaces, they’re the perfect investment for your kitchen.

Includes: 14cm non-stick milk pan, 24cm non-stick frying pan and 18cm and 20cm saucepans with lids.

Happy customer review: “Been meaning to treat myself for years but put off by the price. Finally purchased on a deal offered by John Lewis and regret not buying earlier. They cook everything evenly and are a dream to clean. Nothing sticks! Only advice is to oil the pans as suggested and don't use full heat under the pans as they will discolour (although white vinegar will get rid of this!).”

Non-stick and easy to clean, this Teflon coated 5-piece set includes four saucepans along with a frying pan. Each is made from aluminium to ensure fast and even heat distribution, complete with soft-touch ergonomic handles for extra grip while cooking and a vented glass lid.

Includes: 14cm milk pan, 24cm frying pan, 28cm stockpot, two saucepans, (saucepans come with vented glass lids).

Happy customer review: “My son’s girlfriend loves this pan set, it has encouraged her to make homemade meals more as the washing up is so much easier with non-stick pans! The different sizes are perfect for batch cooking or smaller meals just for their daughter.”

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