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Which Cookware Should You Use on Your Stove?

by Michael Webster

When it comes to cookware like pots and pans, you probably think you’ve seen it all. There are many different types of materials that you can go with when it comes to the cookware assisting you in creating delicious, gourmet meals, but how do you know which ones are best to use on your stove?

The safest cookware to use on your stove are those that are comprised of the least amount of chemicals and heavy metals, but finding those can sometimes become overwhelming. To make sure you’re using the right cookware on your stove, we’ve compiled a guide of the best materials to look for when choosing what to cook your meals in.

Variety of cast iron frying pans on a marble background.

Cast Iron

The first material of cookware we’d like to mention is easily the most reliable, and if taken care of properly, can last you a lifetime. Cast iron is one of, if not the most, durable types of cookware available and can really help bring the best flavors out of the dishes you cook.

While iron can leach into food, it’s generally accepted as being very safe to cook with. Just be sure to season the cast iron before using it to avoid a metallic taste.

Stainless Steel

The next type of cookware material we’re going to touch on is used for an array of products because of its versatility. Everyone knows that if you want something made with quality, you can never go wrong with stainless steel.

Stainless steel is made with varying amounts of nickel and chromium and is extremely safe to cook with over the stove. It’s also relatively light, made of very durable material, and is nonreactive, meaning acidic foods will have no effect on it. Due to its sustainability and value over time, stainless steel cookware is becoming more and more popular as it’s now more available.

Set of stainless steel saucepans in a kitchen.


Historically considered one of the most non-toxic materials for food contact, glass cookware is widely used around the world due to its availability and price point. Glass cookware can be an excellent choice to cook with over the stove; however, depending on what you’re cooking, you may need to take a couple of extra precautions.

Most glassware can be used on stovetops, but some are specifically made for certain stoves, ovens, and even freezer use. One big drawback to glass is that it’s unable to handle extreme changes in temperature and can break, so you’ll need to be extremely careful when cooking warmer foods.


To round out our list, we’re going to end on a not-so-common cookware material, but trust us, its quality is top tier. If you’ve never used a copper-lined pan before, let us tell you about some of its key features and why it’s becoming more commonly found in kitchens everywhere.

Copper pans are usually lined with a combination of stainless steel and offer several benefits while you’re cooking over the range. Copper is lightweight, a great heat conductor, and allows you to adjust temperatures precisely, making them the perfect cookware for sauces and other foods.

Metal pot on a gas stove burner.

Technically speaking, almost any type of cookware will work on a stove, but some types certainly perform much better than others and can take more wear over time. Choosing the right cookware for your kitchen can be an intimidating task, but as long as the quality is there, you’ll continue to cook up mouth-watering eats time and time again.

But if you’re having issues with your current range or are struggling to keep your food from burning, updating your whole setup can make all the difference. We offer a top selection of cooking appliances and accessories from trusted brands that will be sure to take the stress out of your kitchen. Give us a call, browse our digital catalog, or visit us in person today!