Cookware Review: Rachael Ray 10-Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware Set

It looks so pretty and cheerful you can just imagine the whole set on your kitchen counter. The 10-Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware Set from celebrity chef Rachael Ray is so easy on the eyes you might get tempted to buy it even just for sheer aesthetic value. The thing is, there are many celebrity cookware brands that have failed the test for usability just because these TV chefs are all too eager to jump into the bandwagon of create their own cookware line. Fortunately, this is not the case for the Rachael Ray 10-Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware Set.

Description and Features
The set includes the following pieces:

  • 1.5-qt. Covered Sauce Pan
  • 2-qt. Covered Sauce Pan
  • 3-qt. Covered Sauce Pan
  • 4.5-qt. Covered Sauce Pot
  • 6-qt. Covered Stockpot
  • 4.5-qt. Covered Sauté Pan
  • 8-in. Skillet
  • 10-in. Skillet

The set contains pieces that have Hard-Anodized Construction which makes them durable and able to produce even heating. You will never have problems getting the food out of the pan because of the nonstick interior. Each piece has grippy silicone handles that you can hold comfortably and can withstand up to 400°F of oven heat. You can easily take a look at the food inside the pans through the glass lids.
The Look
Like we said, the cookware set looks so cute it’s tempting to buy it just for the appearance alone. The aluminum pieces come in handsome charcoal gray while the handles come in bright orange or blue, which are Rachael Ray’s signature colors. The glass lids give the set a sleek, clean look.

Usability and Durability
Everyday cooking is totally easy with this cookware set. We can take the pots and pans from the stove top to the oven with no trouble at all. Because of the quality of the aluminum, the food gets cooked evenly, so there is less or minimal chances of burning your dinner. Cooking time is relatively shorter with this set, so that’s another plus. No need to set the stove to high temperature to speed up cooking. Cooking quality is comparable to more expensive copper and steel cookware pieces.

The skillets are a bit smaller than the standard ones though, which can be a disadvantage for those who want to fry food in bigger quantities.  As for the pot sizes, they are big enough for cooking for average households. We noticed that the pots are a little bit heavier compared to the average cookware in the nonstick category, which is alright with us; the pieces will sit well on the stove and will not budge from their places easily.

Perhaps the only disadvantage that we experienced in testing the pots and pans is that the outsides can stain rather easily. We had no problems cleaning the insides of the pots and pans because of the nonstick feature, but it does not hold true for the exterior. Some of the pieces developed some splotches after cooking several times on a flat top stove.

Care and Maintenance
Because of the nonstick material of the insides of the pots and pans, cleanup is very easy. We didn’t have to scrub like mad to get the food bits off the pan. We only needed a soft sponge and a gentle to moderate strength cleanser to clean the pieces.