Pots and Pan Sets It doesn’t matter whether you’re cooking for a house full of guests, or you’ve only got one or two hungry mouths to feed, owning a good pan set is a must for anyone who wants to get the very best out of their food. And there are so many great pots and pans out there to choose from that it’s hard to know where to start – and hard to tell what sets good pans apart from the rest. It could be that they’re incredibly non-stick; or that they have impressive eco credentials; or maybe they’re super lightweight; or hard-wearing. It comes down to what works best for your style of cooking and what’s going to make life easier for you. Who knows, you might even find a saucepan set that ticks all the boxes... Non-stick Over the years, non-stick pans have become more desirable, which means, thankfully, they have become more and more non-stick, which is beneficial for a number of reasons. Firstly – and quite obviously – it means your food won’t stick to the pan, making them so much easier to clean – the last thing you want to spend your evening doing is soaking and scrubbing burnt food off the surface of your brand new pans. And besides, it’s a waste of good food! Secondly, it means you don’t have to use anywhere near as much oil, which is a much healthier way to cook, rather than drowning everything in oil or butter – in fact, some pans don’t require you to use any oil at all. OXO Good Grips Non Stick Pans have a triple layer of non-stick for super-efficient food release, and our Eco Pans have four layers of natural non-stick to stop any food sticking to their surfaces – that’s a lot of non-stick! Eco-friendly Helping the environment isn’t often the first thing that springs to mind for many people when buying pans – but there’s no reason why it can’t. There are more eco-friendly pans than ever now, and trust us when we say that it doesn’t come at the cost of their quality. Earthpan are a fantastic example of great quality, eco-friendly pans. Made from 100% recycled materials, the bodies are made from recycled metals and the handles are made from recycled plastic bags. They’re recyclable at the end of their long lives and even the non-stick coating is free from any nasty chemicals to put your mind at ease. And, of course, the packaging is 100% compostable. Quite impressive for a set of cooking pots and pans. Hard-wearing A popular technique used by manufacturers to make pans extra-strong and hard-wearing is hard anodising. This is the process of producing a hard layer of aluminium oxide on the surface of aluminium to harden it. It sounds complicated, but it results in pans that are harder, stronger and less likely to warp, rust or corrode – so, perfect for frequent cooking at high temperatures. Our Hard Anodised Bell Shaped Pans distribute heat really evenly to avoid any hot-spots and help make sure your food cooks perfectly every time. Can I use them on my induction hob? Well, that all depends on the individual pan, and it’s important to check this before buying, but you’ll find plenty of induction pan sets to choose from in our range. Our 4-Piece Eco Pan Set is suitable on all hobs, thanks to the steel induction bases, and the frying pan and saucepans can even be used in the oven up to an impressive 250 °C (or 180 °C with their lids on). Our Forged Aluminium 3-Piece Saucepan Set is another great set that can be used on induction hobs and distributes heat evenly. They even have soft-touch, stay-cool handles to make them easier to pick up and move around the hob while cooking. Cook in style Although it may not always be the most important thing people consider when buying pans, it’s nice to have a set that looks the part as well as cooks the part – after all, a good set of pans should last a long, long time, so it’s worth investing in a set that you like the look of. Bell-shaped; forged aluminium; Scandinavian-inspired; diamond-enhanced – safe to say we’ve gathered some beautiful pans to choose from. But most importantly, they all perform excellently to help you get the best out of everything you cook.