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Which New Start-up Makes the Best Cookware? |

Which New Start-up Makes the Best Cookware?

Just like mattresses and bedsheets and underwear before them, cookware sets have become the newest products being sold by a slate of direct-to-consumer start-ups. New companies have sprouted up in the last couple of years, claiming to manufacture high-quality stainless-steel cookware and chef-friendly knives at surprisingly low prices, ostensibly without the markup of traditional retail. Since I’m a person who likes to cook (and writes about cookware a lot, so gets served ads for these companies across the internet constantly), I wanted to know: How well does this gear actually perform in the kitchen? And which of these new direct-to-consumer cookware brands is the best?

How I Tested


To find out, I called in samples of six direct-to-consumer cookware brands — Brandless, Brigade Kitchen, Made in Cookware, Material Kitchen, Misen, and Potluck Kitchenware — and tested each of them over a two-week period. Though I was intrigued by direct-to-consumer cast-iron brand Field Company, which makes skillets, and the sold-out enameled Dutch oven from Milo, I chose to exclude those brands from my review process because they only sell individual items, not cookware sets or kits. Also, cast-iron and stainless steel are two different beasts, and I didn’t want to get bogged down in material differences.

Over the course of my testing period, I gave my regular rotation of pots, pans, knives, and utensils a break and used only the gear from these six brands to prepare and cook all of my meals. I went through most of the 22 utensils and 13 knives sent to me, but I didn’t use every single pot and pan (of which there were 13). However, I used at least two pieces from each brand — including all of the frying pans that I had on hand — and I cooked different dishes with different styles of preparation in each.

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