(Closed) Stainless Steel vs. Non-stick Cookware Sets

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: What cookware do you prefer?
    Stainless Steel : (27 votes)
    38 %
    Non-stick : (15 votes)
    21 %
    Mix of Both : (25 votes)
    35 %
    Other (explain) : (4 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    SS is definitely healthier for you! Teflon releases fumes when it’s heated too hot and I’ve had roommates forget about their pans/pots and the results were not pretty. Plus, you don’t have to worry about accidently ingesting the coating if you have SS.

    I only have SS now (even my rice cooker!) and it’s been great.

    Post # 4
    575 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I use my non stick for almost everything but stainless steel for my large boiling pot and frying things…. So I like a majority non stick, but definitely think one or two stainless steel is needed.

    Post # 5
    394 posts
    Helper bee

    the old myths of non-stick releasing toxins are long long ago. the reason those came about is because when they used to use teflon (which they don’t anymore) if the pan got above 400* it would release gases. if you’re cooking on that high of heat on the stove top, something is wrong with you & you’re burning everything you are cooking. you should only ever cook on medium heat. it’s great to have 1 non-stick pan 10/12″ for eggs & the such….or you can have a whole set…SS is also really great. Honestly, it’s all a personal preference. with SS you need to make sure you take care of it as well. Happy cooking!

    Post # 6
    292 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Teflon is really bad when it gets too hot and when the coating starts to flake off.  Someone bought me Caphalon about 10 years ago and I love it! 

    Post # 7
    213 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    we have a seven layer stainless steel set that i LOVE but find that we are still using some of my husbands crappy walmart bachelor non-stick pans for things like eggs and pancakes and things of that sort

    Post # 9
    14495 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I have both, but I hardly use the SS and almost always use the nonstick.  I have a set of the Food Networks nonstick pans from Kohls and they are awesome.

    Post # 10
    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I have an 11 piece (I think) set of SS, but a wok and smaller frying pan that are non-stick.  We do most stuff in the SS and use the nonstick for things like stir fry and eggs.  Seems to be a good combo for us.

    Post # 11
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    We have a mix of stainless, non-stick, and cast iron cookware. I know everyone says to use non-stick for eggs, but a well seasoned cast iron pan makes the best eggs without fail. Just my .02. 🙂

    Post # 12
    114 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    If you got your SS at BB&B or another kitchen store, just ask them about it. The big thing is cleaning it. You will need oil typically for cooking and to let things cook properly so they release. I like to make a lot of pan sauces, and SS are the best for getting the little brown bits. To clean it, however, use something like Bar Keepers friend as suggested by the manufacturer to keep the carbon off and clean out anything that sticks to the inside. SS are a little more work to upkeep, but will last MUCH longer than non-stick as the coating won’t scratch off or wear out. That being said, I have 2 non-sticks that I use fairly regularly, but I mostly use SS.

    Wow…that was a long answer.

    Post # 14
    1297 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We have SS and cast iron. I agree with lovekiss that properly seasoned and cared-for cast iron makes the best eggs. Right now I’m infatuated with my cast iron enamel-coated Dutch oven for all kinds of warm and yummy fall/winter foods.

    Post # 15
    7902 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Stainless steel should make up the bulk of your cookware, but I’d recommend some cast iron pieces as well.

    Don’t waste your money with non-stick. The fact is that no matter how well you treat it, the coating can only last a few years… maybe 5 if you’re lucky. It will scratch. No way around that. When you invest in a piece of non-stick, you are paying extra for the quality of the cookware, not the coating, but once the coating chips or scratches, the pan is useless. If you need a non-stick piece for a specific funciton, buy the cheap stuff at Target or Walmart or whatever and use it for a few years until it dies. Honestly, though, you don’t need one. A properly seasoned cast iron pan is cheap anyway and will last a lifetime and be non-stick pretty soon after you start using it.

    Post # 16
    5405 posts
    Bee Keeper

    We use stainless steel because non stick is not good for you. I would like to get some good cast iron stuff as well. 

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