rachael ray cookware review

Rachael ray cookware review

The American TV personality and celebrity chef, Rachael Ray, is well known for the lifestyle programs and cooking shows she presents. Soon after her talk show, Rachael Ray premiered in 2006, Meyer Industries began manufacturing her cookware range. It all began with her porcelain enamel cookware and has grown to include bakeware, dinnerware, and cooking utensils.

Her brand is dedicated to kitchen products with a focus on exceptional quality. Revered for her lively personality and passion for cooking., Rachael enjoys quick and easy cooking techniques and many of her recipes can be cooked in less than 30 minutes.

The Rachael Ray cookware range features stunning cookware with unique designs, that offer easy cooking and cleaning. The cookware is constructed from aluminum or stainless steel and is designed for long-lasting use.

Cucina Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick

Features

Rachael Ray’s Cucina cookware range is constructed out of hard-anodized aluminum, which provides exceptionally quick and even heating. The pots and pans all sport the espresso colored nonstick coating which contributes to enjoyable non-stick cooking and an easy cleanup. The non-stick coating is very durable and is PFOA-free.

Quality

The hard-anodized aluminum is twice as hard as stainless steel and makes this cookware set extremely durable. The shatter-resistant glass lids are bordered with stainless steel rims for added durability. The pots and pans can be used on all hobs, except induction. They are also dishwasher and oven safe up to 400F.

Ergonomics

The pots and pans come with pumpkin orange, agave blue or cranberry red handles. The stainless steel handles are overlaid with silicone and are designed for comfortable use. They are firmly secured to the sides of the cookware with dual rivets.

Price

This cookware set is made up of a 6-quart stockpot, a 3-quart saute pot, a 1- and 2-quart saucepan, all with lids, an 8.5-inch and a 10-inch french skillet. Also included in the set is a slotted nylon spatula and spoon, which are available in the same color as the handles of the set you purchase. At the time of the reviewing, this set was available for $135.99.

Durability

This rustic looking cookware set is covered by a limited lifetime warranty. The majority of customers are satisfied with their cookware sets. They really appreciate the beautiful colored handles and outer layer, how easy the pots and pans are to cook with and the easy clean up they offer. Several customers, however, complained that their cookware was very lightweight and thin, slid around on the stove and either arrived warped or warped within a couple of months of use.

PROS

  • The hard-anodized aluminum is twice as hard as stainless steel and is long-lasting.
  • The pots and pans are dishwasher and oven safe.
  • This cookware set is available with several different colored handles.

CONS

  • These pots and pans are not induction compatible.
  • Several customers complained that they easily burnt their food on a medium to low heat because of how thin the pots and pans are.

Rating

2 out of 5.

Verdict

These pots and pans are an option for people looking for attractive, affordable non-stick cookware. While it is not the best cookware available because of how the pots and pans slide around on the hob and warp quite easily, it looks very stylish. While being lightweight and thinner than other more durable cookware ranges, the non-stick coating on these pots and pans is long-lasting.

Aluminum Cookware Set

Features

This cookware set is also part of the Cucina range, but its pots and pans are manufactured using sturdy aluminum and wrapped in a durable enamel exterior. The cookware is coated with the same espresso-colored, PFOA-free nonstick coating. This cookware set is available in lavender, cranberry red, agave blue, lemongrass green, sea salt gray, mushroom brown or pumpkin orange.

Quality

The Cucina range boasts of stunning colors and innovative designs that combine everyday functionality with a relaxed style. These pots and pans have the same shatter-resistant lids. The cookware can be used on all hobs and in the oven up to 400F. The non-stick coating is excellent and provides enjoyable cooking and easy cleaning afterward.

Ergonomics

The handles also come in a variety of colors, depending on which color set you purchase. They are stainless steel and overlaid with rubber to help keep them cool when cooking. The handles are securely dual-riveted to the pots and pans.

Price

At the time of the reviewing, this cookware set was available for $118.99. It includes a 6-quart stockpot, a 1-quart, and a 3-quart saucepan, a 3-quart saute pan, all with lids, an 8.5-inch and a 10-inch skillet. Similar to the previous set, it also comes with a slotted spatula and spoon.

Durability

Most of the customers who purchased this cookware set are very pleased with the durability and ease of use that it provides, even after several years of use. A few customers noted that the non-stick coating started to peel away after a couple of months of use and that the pots and pans arrived warped and misformed.

PROS

  • This cookware set can be used on all hobs and in the oven up to 400F.
  • The lids are made out of shatterproof glass and have stainless steel rims for added support and durability.
  • This cookware set is available in a variety of vibrant colors.

CONS

  • This cookware set is not dishwasher safe.
  • A couple of customers noted that the enamel exterior discolored after several months of use.

Rating

3 out of 5.

Verdict

This cookware set is available in a stunning array of enamel colors to match your kitchen. At this price, this is a durable and practical non-stick cooking set that looks great. Care will have to be taken to prolong the life of the non-stick coating and enamel exterior.

Classic Brights Stainless Steel

Features

Stainless steel is a very popular choice among chefs because it is dishwasher safe, and both versatile and durable. This 10-piece cookware set is no exception. It is constructed out of professional quality polished stainless steel in a distinctive tulip shape which makes it incredibly strong. The pots and pans also have an aluminum base which is covered by a layer of stainless steel. This helps to ensure exceptional heat conductivity.

Quality

The pots and pans are suitable for use on all hobs including induction, glass, and gas. They are oven safe up to 350F and are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. The sturdy glass lids allow you to watch your food while it cooks without removing the lid and letting out heat.

Ergonomics

The orange-colored, rubberized handles ensure a comfortable grip when cooking and are firmly attached to the cookware with double rivets.

Price

At the time of the reviewing, this 10-piece set was available for $210. The set consists of a 6.5-quart stockpot, a 3-quart saute pan, a 2.5 and a 1.25-quart saucepan, all with lids, and an 8.5 and a 10-inch skillet.

Durability

The majority of customers are pleased with their purchase and consider it a value-for-money deal. They really enjoy the orange-colored rubberized handles, cooking with stainless steel and its polished exterior look. Some customers, however, found that their pots and pans discolored and scratched easily and were hard to clean.

PROS

  • Because of its stainless steel construction, these pots and pans can be used on an induction hob.
  • The aluminum base provides excellent heat retention and distribution when cooking.
  • The pots and pans are dishwasher safe.

CONS

  • These pots and pans are only oven safe up to 350F, which limits what you can bake with them.
  • A couple of customers noted that the smaller saucepan tipped over unless it was full because the handle is heavier than the pot itself.

Rating

3 out of 5.

Verdict

It is worrying that the handle on the smaller saucepan is heavier than the pan itself. This cookware set is a basic collection and would make an ideal wedding or house warming gift. Because it is stainless steel it is induction and dishwasher safe.

Classic Brights Hard Enamel Nonstick

Features

This beautiful set is constructed out of durable aluminum, which prevents hot spots and provides even heating when cooking. The two-toned exterior enamel adds color to the cookware and is very durable. The inside of the cookware is coated with a durable non-stick coating that ensures easy cleaning and enjoyable cooking.

Quality

These pots and pans are designed to withstand frequent use, even in the busiest kitchens. They can be used in the oven up to 350F. The lids are made of tempered glass for durability and you can watch your food while it cooks without lifting the lid, which releases heat and moisture.

Ergonomics

These sturdy handles are rubberized and offer a firm grip when cooking. They come in the same color as the enamel exterior and are dually riveted to the pots and pans.

Price

This 10-piece set consists of a 1-quart and a 2-quart saucepan, a 3-quart saute pan, a 6-quart stockpot, all with glass lids, an 8.5-inch and a 10-inch skillet. At the time of the reviewing, this set was available for $113.52. These pots and pans are available in a number of different colored enamel exteriors, including blue, fennel, green, orange purple, red, marine blue and sea salt grey. 

Durability

This cookware set is covered by a lifetime limited warranty. Customers really enjoy how lightweight the pots and pans are, how easy they are to cook with and clean, and that the enamel exterior is so beautiful. Some complaints are that the non-stick coating started to flake off after only a couple of uses, the handles didn’t stay cool when cooking and that the enamel discolored and started chipping after only a short while of use.

PROS

  • The pots and pans are built to withstand use in even the busiest kitchens.
  • The durable aluminum offers exceptional heat conductivity.
  • This cookware set can be used in the oven up to 350F.

CONS

  • These pots and pans are not dishwasher safe.
  • Several customers noted that the exterior enamel layer started to discolor and chip after only a short period.

Rating

2 out of 5.

Verdict

The enamel exterior of this cookware set is what really makes it stand out. However, several customers have not been satisfied with the durability of the enamel exterior, the non-stick coating, and the handles which heat up.

  Rachael Ray Cucina Hard-Anodized Aluminum Rachael Ray 16344 12-Piece Aluminum   Rachael Ray Classic Brights Stainless Steel Rachael Ray Classic Brights Hard Enamel
Construction Anodized Aluminum Aluminum Stainless Steel with Aluminum base Aluminum
Coating Non-stick coating Non-stick coating Natural Finish Non-stick coating
Handles Rubberized Rubberized Rubberized Rubberized
Dishwasher safe Yes No Yes No
Oven Safe 400F 400F 350F 350F
Warranty Yes No No Yes

Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Multi-Pot / Steamer Set

Features

This 3-quart multi-pot/steamer set is part of Rachael Ray’s Cucina series. The saucepan is manufactured using durable aluminum and has a stunning enamel exterior, while the steamer is constructed out of polished stainless steel. The saucepan can be used separately by itself or together with the steamer as one cookware piece. The inside of the saucepan is coated with a durable non-stick coating, which guarantees easy cooking and cleaning.

Quality

The saucepan’s aluminum construction ensures even heating. The glass lid is shatter resistant and has a stainless steel rim for added durability. The set is oven safe to 400F and can be used on all hobs, except induction.

Ergonomics

This 3-quart multi-pot/steamer set has stainless steel handles that are overlaid with beautiful blue rubberized handles. These grippy handles ensure a comfortable, firm grip when cooking.

Price

At the time of the reviewing, this 3-quart multi-pot/steamer set was available for $39.99. The set is available in agave blue or cranberry red.

Durability

This piece of cookware is covered by a lifetime limited warranty. The majority of people who bought this multi-pot set are very happy with how easy it is to clean and how fast and evenly it cooks. A couple of customers, however, noted that their cookware item arrived dented or damaged.

PROS

  • The multi-pot is very versatile and can be used to steam some vegetables or cook a meal for one or two people.
  • This set can be used in the oven up to 400F.

The saucepan can be used by itself as a separate piece of cookware.

CONS

  • A few customers expected the multi-pot set to be a bit bigger.
  • Another customer found that the steamer and saucepan did not fit well together.

Rating

4 out of 5.

Verdict

This beautiful set offers great versatility. Reheating food, cooking a meal or steaming vegetables and dumplings can all be done in this one-pot set. It heats up quickly, cooks evenly and is easy to clean. The fact that the handles match the color of the exterior enamel enhances the look of the set.

Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Pasta Pot

Features

This oval pasta pot is part of the Cucina Series and can be used together with any other Cucina ware. It is constructed out of sturdy aluminum and has a durable enamel exterior. The inside is coated with an espresso-colored, PFOA-free non-stick coating. The coating ensures enjoyable cooking and cleaning.

Quality

This pasta pot can be used on all hobs, except induction, and is oven safe up to 400F. It is designed with a pour spout that makes pouring easy and mess-free. The glass lid has a stainless steel rim and is shatter resistant.

Ergonomics

The rubberized handles are conveniently placed and secured to the pot with dual rivets to provide optimum control when cooking.

Price

This 8-quart pasta pot was available for $62.01 at the time of the reviewing. It is available in agave blue, mushroom brown and cranberry red.

Durability

This pasta pot is covered by a lifetime limited warranty. Customers are very happy with how well their pasta pots work and the variety of different things that they can cook in them. They found that it is very easy to clean and not too heavy.

PROS

  • This pasta pot can be used in the oven and on most hobs.
  • The aluminum construction of this pot ensures great heat conduction when cooking.
  • This piece of cookware is covered by a lifetime limited warranty.

CONS

  • Several customers found that the lid fell into the pot very easily.
  • Another customer found that the pot is hard to use on a hob because of its oval shape.

Rating

3 out of 5

Verdict

Oven-safe up to 400F and very versatile, this pasta pot is a great item to have in any kitchen. The oval shape of the pot may make it challenging to cook with on a hob, but it is a large pot, which is ideal for cooking pasta or a meal for a large group of people. It is available in a variety of enamel colors and is very easy to clean.

Cucina Hard-Anodized Nonstick Stir Fry Pan

Features

Constructed out of hard-anodized aluminum, this non-stick stir fry pan is ideal for big family dinners. The aluminum ensures even heat retention and distribution when cooking. Its durable, PFOA-free non-stick coating provides easy cooking and cleaning.

Quality

The pan can be used in the oven up to 400F and is dishwasher safe. It is suitable for all stovetops except induction. Also included with the stir fry pan is a shatter-resistant glass lid, which has wide stainless steel rims for extra sturdiness.

Ergonomics

The handles are stainless steel, which are overlaid with silicone handles to provide a comfortable grip.

Price

This 11-inch non-stick frying pan was available for $43.99 at the time of the reviewing.

Durability

Customers who bought this stir fry pan are very pleased with how easy it is to use and clean. They have commented that it is very durable and that the size is ideal. Several people, however, said that they thought it would be bigger.

PROS

  • The hard-anodized aluminum provides excellent heat retention and distribution when cooking.
  • This stir fry pan is both oven and dishwasher safe.

CONS

  • The non-stick layer did not last long according to several customers.
  • The pan is not induction compatible.

Rating

3 out of 5.

Verdict

This large stir fry pan is perfect for big families and catering for large groups of people. There is a lot of room for movement when frying stir-fries and the pan is nice sturdy weight. The hard-anodized aluminum provides excellent heat conductivity when cooking, which is a must when cooking stir-fries. Based on customer’s reviews, the non-stick coating is not the most durable, which is disappointing.

Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Round Casserole

Features

This 4.5-quart casserole pot is perfect for a hob to oven cooking and oven to table serving. It is manufactured out of durable aluminum and has a stunning enamel exterior, which both contribute towards even heating and reduced hot spots.

Quality

This casserole pot can be used on most hobs and in the oven up to temperatures of 500F. The inside of the pot is coated with Rachael Ray’s espresso colored non-stick coating, which offers exceptional non-stick cooking and easy cleaning.

Ergonomics

The handles for this pot are made out of stainless steel and are firmly riveted to the sides. The lid also has a stainless steel knob to assist in lifting.

Price

At the time of the reviewing, this 4.5-quart casserole pot was available for $30.50. It comes in pumpkin orange, agave blue or mushroom brown.

Durability

A couple of customers found the casserole pot to be lightweight and flimsy and smaller than they expected. But the majority of the people who have bought this pot are very pleased with how well it cooks and really enjoy the oven to table feature.

PROS

  • The hob to oven and oven to table feature is a huge bonus.
  • The casserole pot is coated with a PFOA-free non-stick coating.
  • This pot is covered by a lifetime limited warranty.

CONS

  • The handles and the lid knob get hot when cooking according to several customers.

Rating

3 out of 5.

Verdict

Perfect for smaller groups and couples, this casserole pot is great for one-pot cooking. One thing to bear in mind when looking at this casserole is that it is not very big and is made out of lightweight material. The oven to table feature makes it possible to cut down on the number of dishes you use while looking fabulous.

OUR RECOMMENDATION

Our top choice is the 3-quart multi-pot/steamer set, which is part of the Cucina series. The versatility it provides is excellent, and it looks stunning. It is a winning purchase considering its performance, price and looks. As a stand-alone piece, it is a helpful addition to any cookware set.

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