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Television Chefs make Pots and Pans - Emeril, Rachel Ray, Paula Deen

Updated on February 10, 2010

Buy Pots and Pans

Every kitchen needs a good set of pots and pans, and most people would rather spend a little more on a good set versus purchase a cheap set that they end up having to replaced sooner than later.

So, depending on what you're looking for, you may want check out one of the below brands of pots. These have been designed by three of the more popular television chef's- Emeril Lagasse, Rachel Ray, and Paula Deen. Each chef is known for their own flare and taste, and like their recipes, when it comes to their pots and pans, they don't skimp.

Yes, you can find cheaper sets and pieces, but sometimes cheaper just isn't better. It all depends on what you're looking for and what you want to spend. I had a lady try to convince me to purchase the $99 set of cheapo's; she was drunk and walking around Bed Bath and Beyond while her roommate/living partner shopped for her. I didn't take her advice, as I knew what I wanted. I was willing to spend an extra $100 for Emerilware because it's the brand I knew was more reliable than the off-brand she was pointing me towards. Plus, she reeked of alcohol on her breath, and was just a crazy older lady who was telling me her entire cooking history of extra large recipes.

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Stainless steel Emerilware
Stainless steel Emerilware
Red Porcelain Paula Deen Pots
Red Porcelain Paula Deen Pots
Blue Porcelain Rachel Ray Pots
Blue Porcelain Rachel Ray Pots

Anyway, when you're looking at buying a nice pot and pan set, don't rule out some of the more expensive brands because in a lot of cases by spending a few extra bucks in the front end, you'll save more from having to replace them sooner in the end. You don't have to buy the $599 set because you'll find plenty of options in between.

Just keep in mind that what you spend will all depend on what you're looking for. The quality of the pot. The usability and durability of the pots. The material of the pots. The lid. The handle, and the overall features that the pots and pans have will all make the price vary. Plus, the different pieces in the set may cause the price to vary.

Those pots and pans that are listed below are a great quality for an in-between price, typically ranging from about $149 to $299 for a 10 to 14 piece set. Check out what Emeril, Rachel, and Paula have available.

Emeril Lagasse Cookware

Emerilware is my personal favorite among the different "designer" pots and pans. Emeril Lagasse pots come in stainless steel, pro-clad, hard anodized, hard enamel, enamel cast iron, and pre-seasoned cast iron.

You can the Emerilware cookware in sets of 10. The sets generally include the following:

  • 10" Fry Pan
  • 1 1/2 Quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 2 1/2 Quart Saucepan with Lid
  • Steamer insert for 2 1/2 Quart Saucepan
  • 3 Quart Sauté Pan with Lid
  • 6 Quart Stockpot with Lid

But, some of the 10 piece sets may include:

  • 6 Quart Stockpot with Lid
  • 3 Quart Sauté Pan with Lid
  • 3 Quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 2 Quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 10" Fry Pan
  • 8" Fry Pan

The stainless steel Emerilware pots come in a basic design or the more popular Pro-Clad design. The stainless steel pots have a copper ring around the bottom of each pot for faster, even cooking, whereas the Pro-Clad Emerilware pots have and aluminum core. The pots have a flared edges for easy pouring. The handles are extended and ergonomic which makes easy lifting and comfort. The lids are made of a heat and shatter resistant tempered glass so that you can see your food while it cooks. The pots are safe in the oven for up to 550F, but the lids are only safe for up to 350F.

The hard anodized Emerilware pots have a curved side wall and flared edges for pouring; for the most part they are designed to look like the Pro-Clad stainless pots, but the main difference is that they are made from chemical treated aluminum, which creates durable cookware. They have the same glass lids, and ergonomic, riveted handles. The other main difference between the stainless steel and anodized is that the Emeril Lagasse hard anodized pots are non-stick. The pots are safe in the oven for up to 450F and the lids are safe for up to 350F.

Emeril Lagasse cookware has a limited lifetime warranty.

Most of the sets include a big stockpot, a sauté pan, different size skillets, and different size saucepan. The basic Rachel Ray set of 10 may include the following:

  • 1.5 Quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 3 Quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 8 Quart Stockpot with Lid
  • 8'' Open Skillet
  • 10'' Open Skillet
  • 10''- 3 Quart Sauté with Lid

The stainless Rachel Ray pots and pans are durable and stylish. They have an aluminum base that heats quickly, which can reduce your cooking time, and it ensures for an even heat all around the pot. The stainless pots have a silicon grip handle, which makes moving the pots a little easier and more comfortable, and the glass lids lets you monitor how your food is cooking. The stainless Rachel Ray pots are oven safe for up to 400F and best cleaned by hand.

The porcelain Rachel Ray pots do not have the aluminum base, but the porcelain itself ensures an even heat across the pot. They have a durable, non-stick interior pan, that will probably still need a little oil, but they are considered non-stick pans. The porcelain Rachel Ray pots are oven safe for up to 400F and are best cleaned by hand.

The hard anodized Rachel Ray pots and pans provide an even heat throughout the pot and is preferred among many because of their strength and durability. They have a grip silicone handle, a non-stick interior, and flared rims for easy pouring. These anodized Rachel Ray pots are oven safe up to 400F and are best cleaned by hand.

Rachel Ray cookware has a limited lifetime warranty.

Rachel Ray Cookware

Rachel Ray is a bright and colorful lady, so it's not surprising that her pots and pans show this trait. She has produced anodized pots, stainless pots, as well as colored porcelain enamel pots.

Her cookware sets are a nice value, and like most sets of pots, they'll contain most everything you need to get started, which doesn't mean that you may not need to buy extra odds and ends, but you'll get the basic pieces for cooking that you'll need.

Paula Deen Cookware

Paula Deen is another popular television chef, known for her Southern cooking. She has created fun and colorful porcelain pots that definitely give them the Paula flare, but you can also fine the traditional stainless pots that many people prefer.

She has her own line of pots and pans that come in sets of 10 or 12. The 12 set typically will include the following:

  • 1 Quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 2 Quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 3 Quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 8 Quart Stockpot with Lid
  • 8'' Nonstick Skillet
  • 10'' Nonstick Skillet
  • Nylon Slotted Turner
  • Spoon

The stainless steel Paula Deen pots have a thick aluminum based that is encapsulated with a full cap of copper so that the pot heats quickly and evenly. The handle is rubberized and dual riveted, and it's designed for comfort and a secure grip. The tempered glass lids lock in the flavor, plus you can watch your food cook without having to remove the lid. These pots are dishwasher save and can be put in the oven up to 350F.

Paula Deen also has a colored series of porcelain pots, which are popular for those who are trying to create an aesthetic appeal to a contemporary or even traditional kitchen. You can find them in red, orange, aqua, royal blue, black, and olive green. The interior of the each pot is made of a non-stick material which is great for easy cleanup. The handles are color coordinated with the pot, dual riveted, and rubberized for comfort and an easy grip. The tempered glass lids lock in the flavor, plus you can watch your food cook without having to remove the lid.These porcelain pots are oven safe for up to 350F.

Paula Deen cookware has a limited lifetime warranty.

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    • T4an profile image

      T4an 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Great information. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great choices of cookware. I have the Paula Deen and love it. You are absolutely right about cost less in the end. My pots have lasted for three years now with no end in sight. Great hub.

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Thorough research, Whitney. If I were still in my cooking phase - which lasted less than 6 months - I would have been enthralled by your excellent comparison of the three luxury pots and pans brands. But today, I've gone way beyond that. Now I eat out so often that cooking to me would be spreading butter on my toast.

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      Michael Willis 

      8 years ago from Arkansas

      What a great source of information Whitney. I love all three of the Chefs you have mentioned here. I am looking for a great set of cookware myself. The hard part is deciding on which brand is the best and best for my needs.

      This information really help a lot. Thank you.

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