Rachael Ray Hard-Anodized Nonstick 14-Piece Cookware Set, Gray with Orange Handles

Last updated date: September 23, 2019

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Rachael Ray Hard-Anodized Nonstick 14-Piece Cookware Set, Gray with Orange Handles

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 162 expert reviews, the Rachael Ray Rachael Ray Hard-Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set placed 7th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 23, 2019:
Checkout The Best Ceramic Cookware Set for a detailed review of all the top ceramic cookware sets.

Expert Summarized Score
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
2,587 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The lids are really well designed, with tempered glass and a tight-fitting shape. This means you can see the food as it cooks, while still keeping that moisture and heat locked in tight.
- Alice's Kitchen
January 14, 2019 | Full review
Sturdy, non-slip handles that protect from intense heat.
- Quiet Hut
March 7, 2018 | Full review
These pans are super lightweight and seem very durable so far. The handles are very comfortable and they are burn proof on your hands which is great. I don’t even have to worry about using oven mits with these.
- Reviewing This
December 13, 2016 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The riveted handle might become weak over time at joint.
- Quiet Hut
March 7, 2018 | Full review
I read online not to put them in the dishwasher or the coating will come off.
- Reviewing This
December 13, 2016 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe 10-Piece Cookware Set, Orange Fun is the name of the game when making favorite recipes with this versatile Rachael Ray cookware set. Try her White Chili with Nacho Top, first browning turkey in the saute pan, then adding the other ingredients to concoct a simmering white chili that finishes in the oven with a crunchy nacho topping. Or try another Rachael Ray favorite, Cheese Fry Chili Burger. Start browning the beef in a skillet while the potatoes cook in the stockpot. And don't forget the most important ingredient: fun. Dishwasher safe Rachael Ray Hard-Anodized II cookware is the perfect combination of durability, style and convenience, and this 14-piece set certainly fits the bill. The pots and pans are roomy enough for entertaining a crowd, yet are perfect for family meals during the week. Hard-anodized construction provides even heat, helping to reduce "hot spots" that can burn food, and the interior is coated with durable nonstick for exceptional food release. The tempered glass lids allow you to monitor food while it cooks, keeping heat and moisture sealed in. Grippy handles feature orange padding for a comfortable feel and this cookware is oven safe to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for convenience. Snug-fitting lids that seals in flavors Comfortable, fun handles for easy transport Impeccable food release with durable nonstick and hard-anodized construction Swift and even heating This cookware features hard-anodized construction that heats swiftly and evenly. Durable nonstick The interior is coated in durable nonstick for impeccable food release. Comfortable, strong handles The covered cookware's grippy handles are rubberized for comfort and are dual riveted for strength. Lids that seal in moisture The tempered glass lids are sturdy and form a snug seal to lock in heat and moisture. Oven safe This cookware is oven safe to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Easy cleanup Cookware is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. Set includes 1-Quart, 2-Quart and 3-Quart Covered Saucepans 4-Quart Covered Saucepot 6-Quart Covered Stockpot 3-Quart Covered Saute 8.5-Inch and 10-Inch Skillets

An Overview On Ceramic Cookware Sets

Having a full set of matching cookware is a great way to start building a functional kitchen for those looking to fill the cabinets of a new house or even for those who simply want to upgrade from some of their old pans.

Ceramic cookware is considered to be a more environmentally-friendly option than other types, such as Teflon-coated pans. The coating is made from natural materials, such as silica (sand).

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“So, nothing unhealthy will leach into your food and there are no toxic fumes — and that’s a good thing,” explains culinary expert Julie Chernoff, food journalist, dining editor of Better magazine and member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. “And the surface is still non-stick, and you can use less fat in cooking, another plus. They are easy to clean — a quick wipe with a damp cloth is often all that is needed — and generally affordable.”

There are a lot of different shapes and styles of pots and pans that you can choose from when building a new ceramic cookware set for your kitchen. Luckily, there are companies out there who are way ahead of us and have already narrowed down the options to create the perfect set of cookware to cover almost all of your needs.

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The Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Sea Salt Gray is a great example. This set not only comes in some very fun colors, but it provides two sizes of frying pans, a couple of various pots — ranging from small sauce-pans to a large pot suitable for boiling large quantities of potatoes or pasta — and even some additional utensils thrown in for good measure. The value of attaining all these pans in one set almost speaks for itself, as you find yourself getting bulk pricing when you get the whole set at one time. Purchasing all these pots and pans individually will add up to a significantly higher cost in the long run. 

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A good set of non-stick enameled cookware can take away a ton of frustration while trying to scrub cooked-on food. Some full sets of enameled cookware will provide you a pan for almost every need while also providing the non-stick coating to all of them.

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Many of the cookware sets available today come in fun colors to match your kitchen color schemes. The Paula Deen Signature Collection Porcelain Nonstick 15-Piece Pots and Pans Cookware Set comes in vibrant primary colors, and they all have a speckled finish for a really fun look. These pans are beautiful and have built-in loops at the end of each handle. So you can hang them up for all to see if you see, adding functional decor to your kitchen. 

One style of a non-stick surface on cookware is a ceramic coating. A set like Cook N Home NC-00359 Nonstick Ceramic Coating 10-Piece Cookware Set, Red comes in fun red color, but the cooking surface itself is a clean white ceramic. This provides a great aesthetic value for the price, and your dinner guests will likely notice how cool your ceramic pans look. The ceramic itself acts as a great non-stick surface too, so it melds function and form together.

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But there are disadvantages to ceramic cookware, and you should know them.

“There’s some question about durability, as the coating doesn’t last as long as non-stick metal pans,” Chernoff notes. “I would recommend hand-washing pans rather than putting them in the dishwasher, which will shorten their life span. They aren’t as heavy as all-metal pans, which means that they won’t heat as evenly, but for some people the convenience will eclipse the consistency factor. You cannot expose ceramic cookware to high heat, as that will damage the ceramic coating, and you absolutely cannot use metal utensils for the same reason.”

In general, it’s important to be comfortable while using your cookware. So if you do chose to go with ceramic cookware, find a set that has an ergonomic handle. That will help you handle the heavier foods that add quite a bit of weight to the pan. The size and shape of the pans will come into play when you’re cooking as well, so look for a set that offers the styles of pans that suit your cooking preferences the best.

DWYM Fun Fact

You might be wondering what enamel cookware really is. The name should give you an idea. The term for this style of coating on a pan is actually porcelain enamel and involves covering the metal cooking surface with a thin layer of ceramic or glass. This layer is what makes the pan non-stick, as it protects the metal from physical or chemical attacks. This won’t make your pan impervious to scuffs over its lifetime, but it will last long-term with the proper care and treatment.

The Ceramic Cookware Set Buying Guide

  • If you want a colorful pop to spruce up your kitchen, look into sets that have different options in their exterior colors. You will be spending a lot of time with these pots and pans so make sure you like their look!
  • If you do more frying or simmering and not as much boiling, keep that in mind and find a set that has the shallow frying pans that will help you the most. The sets that have varying pot sizes can be perfect for certain cooks, depending on what kinds of foods they like to make.
  • Thinking of hanging your beautiful new pans on the wall as functional decor? Look for sets that will hang nicely with built-in loops on the ends of the handles.
  • An additional tip that will help your new pans last longer is to carefully follow the cleaning instructions. Non-stick surfaces are a cook’s best friend, and every scuff and scrape that these pans take will make more and more food start sticking to them. It’s hard to flip an egg when it’s stuck to the pan. So clean your pans and pots with warm water and gentle scrubbers — never an abrasive pad.