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12 Chic Cookware Brands That Give Le Creuset a Run for Its Money

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If you’re going to be staring at a pot in the kitchen for 30 minutes, you might as well look at something nice, right? While we will never get tired of a timeless Le Creuset Dutch oven, there are quite a few new kids on the cooking block and they’re putting out some steep competition for the iconic cookware brand. These days, there really isn’t any utilitarian household item that can’t be made into a piece of art, your pots and pans included. Be warned, stylish cookware may cause an increased desire to spend time in the kitchen, so get that apron out and print out your favorite recipe (might we suggest something from kitchen queen Ina Garten?). Just kidding — save that paper and pull it up on your phone.

Le Creuset is no stranger to color, but if the current selection isn’t wow-ing you, there are so many chic alternative Le Creuset cookware brands that have toned things down in more refined pastels, earthy tones, and other unique shades that will complement your kitchen’s stylish color scheme instead of sticking out like a sore thumb or blending in too much.

And they’re not just good looking: these game-changing cookware brands are smarter than ever too, so your food will taste even more delicious. Think features like even heating, stackable sets so you can say goodbye to a mess inside your cabinets, and non-toxic materials for peace of mind. So, whether you’re an avid chef or looking for a reason to get inspired in the kitchen, it’s time to refresh your cooking space with these art-worthy and innovative cookware sets to take your meals, and interior design, to a swoon-worthy level.

From Drew Barrymore’s newest kitchen line at Walmart to Made In’s new Dutch oven to the internet-favorite Always Pan from Our Place, you’ve got more Le Creuset cookware alternatives to shop than ever before. With these pieces, you’ll never want to hide your cookware away again.

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J Jason Wu

J Jason Wu 12" Cast Aluminum 5-Layer Nonstick Everything Pan

For chic cookware that cooks as good as it looks, turn to this J Jason Wu 12 Cast Aluminum 5-Layer Nonstick Everything Pan from J by Jason Wu. Crafted with cast aluminum for even heating with a five-layer nonstick interior, this 12-inch pan with glass lid has an induction base, making it suitable for all types of ranges.

Shoppers are impressed with the pan, which is a QVC bestseller, and can’t stop raving about it. One wrote, “The size, the rubber trimmed lid, the lightness, the ease of cleaning – all make this a winner.”

J Jason Wu 12″ Cast Aluminum 5-Layer Nonstick Everything Pan $28.19


caraway best cookware brands

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The beauty of Caraway is that along with your shiny new pieces of cookware, you also get nifty storage organizers for the lids and pans, so you no longer have to be terrified of them falling on top of you every time you open the cabinets.

The Cookware Set $395.00


HexClad 8" HexClad Hybrid Pa


Oprah and Gorden Ramsey swear by HexClad, and it’s no secret that the brand has exceptional cookware that makes whipping up your favorite dishes a breeze. If you’re unsure what to shop for, we recommend picking up the 8″ HexClad Hybrid Pan — it’s the perfect size for prepping modest portions like eggs, sauces, veggies, and more.

8″ HexClad Hybrid Pan $139.99

Made In

Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Made In Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
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Pros like Tom Colicchio swear by this cookware brand, so get ready to cook like you know what you’re doing with these pots and pans in your kitchen. Crafted by artists and designed by chefs, the offerings include expertly made stainless steel pieces — the perfect marriage of fashion meets function — and a gorgeous, limited-edition blue enameled cast iron Dutch oven.

Dutch Oven $199

Curtis Stone at HSN

Curtis Stone 12" Casserole with Koala Lid Knob

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For under $70 you can get yourself a colorful and cute 12-inch casserole pan that you won’t want to hide away. This special edition from Curtis Stone has Aussie flair, sporting a gold-tone cast metal koala-shaped knob on its glass lid knob. Available in red, turquoise blue, stone gray, and black, this large-capacity casserole is perfect for searing, sautéing, shallow frying, and much more.

Curtis Stone 12″ Casserole with Koala Lid Knob $67.95

Our Place

our place best cookware brands

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This art-worthy cookware brand’s star item is the Always Pan, which does the work of 10, we repeat, 10, types of cookware. So, if your kitchen’s tiny, add this to your cart immediately. There’s a reason it’s hard to keep in stock.

Our Place Always Pan 2.0 $150


brandless cookware

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You don’t need to have a brand name to get high-quality cookware. Brandless offers just that — this five-piece set of durable and sleek stainless steel cooking essentials is just $149.

Brandless 5-Piece Cookware Set $149.00

Beautiful Kitchenware by Drew Barrymore

drew barrymore beautiful kitchen walmart

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Drew Barrymore just expanded her offerings at Walmart to include a gorgeous new kitchen line called Beautiful Kitchenware, and you won’t believe how affordable it is. The line features elevated kitchen must-haves that won’t break the bank, including a touchscreen air fryer, toaster, and yes, a cookware collection that includes a Dutch oven that rivals Le Creuset (and it’s under $60!).

Enamel Dutch Oven $69.97


Abbio Small Nonstick Skillet


Abbio cookware is made with Try-Ply, which serves up even heat so your food is cooked to perfection. You also will rarely have to crank up the dial to the hottest setting: This pan works hard at low to medium settings. You can get all your kitchen essentials here without any of the fluff or add ons.

Small Nonstick Skillet $95.00

Great Jones

great jones dutchess cookware brands

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This women-founded brand started with one purpose: to equip your kitchen with gorgeous items that will make you want to cook. The covetable line-up includes a durable and roomy Dutch oven, sheet pan (named Holy Sheet, just throwing it out there for a good laugh), and a series of pots and pans that not only work great, but look good putting in work.

The Dutchess $160.00

Five.Two (Food 52)

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Food52 recently launched its own line of durable and sleek cookware that covers all the basics. They’ve taken years of feedback and research into consideration to include features like cool handles, built-in strainers, and rivet-less interiors.

Five Two by GreenPan Essential Cookware Set $200 - $225

Material Kitchen

material kitchen best cookware brands

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So long Teflon, lead, fumes, and other toxic parts of our old cookware. These pans have a copper core, which provides even heat distribution, and boasts a lip design for easy pouring. You can also shop for cutlery made with Japanese steel, which combined with your new pans, will transform you into a top chef in no time.

Material Kitchen $95

Of course, now you’re going to need some recipes to go with all of your new cookware. How about some of Ina Garten’s best dinner recipes?

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