Choosing The Best Cookware For Gas Stoves – Buying Guide

best cookware for gas stoves

Cooking on  a gas stove is quite different to cooking on an electric stove. Gas stoves heat up much more quickly than its electric counterpart and the heat is not uniformly spread over the cookware being used.

And while technically almost any sort of cookware will work on a gas range, there are certain types which certainly perform much better than others.

In this article we will look at the best cookware for gas stoves and why you should choose these over other popular options.

If you want the detailed answer to this question, then keep reading this article. I do know however that many of you will just want the quick and easy answer without any of the “fluff”.

In our opinion the top three best cookware types of for a gas stove are:

  1. Copper fully clad by stainless steel
  2. Aluminium fully clad by stainless steel
  3. Stainless steel with a copper disk on the bottom

For the purpose of choosing the best cookware set quickly, you can use this comparison table which lists a few of our favorites:

Material Type
Top Pick
Copper & aluminium fully clad by stainless steel
Great Value!
Copper fully clad by stainless steel
Stainless Steel with Copper Disk
Stainless Steel with 3 Aluminum Cladded Layers
Aluminium fully clad by stainless steel
Preview
All-Clad 600822 SS Copper Core 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set, 10-Piece, Silver
Emeril Lagasse 14 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set With Copper Core, Induction Compatible, Dishwasher Safe, Silver
T-fal C836SD Ultimate Stainless Steel Copper Bottom 13 PC Cookware Set, Dishwasher Safe Pots and Pans Set, Silver
Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
Editors Notes
Easily the best choice – but not the cheapest.
Looking for mid-range? This is it.
Best choice if your budget is tight
Represents the best value and has great cooking properties.
Another great choice if you want a mid-range product.
Price Range
$$$$
$$
$
$$
$$
Top Pick
Material Type
Copper & aluminium fully clad by stainless steel
Preview
All-Clad 600822 SS Copper Core 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set, 10-Piece, Silver
Recommended Cookware Set
Editors Notes
Easily the best choice – but not the cheapest.
Price Range
$$$$
Great Value!
Material Type
Copper fully clad by stainless steel
Preview
Emeril Lagasse 14 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set With Copper Core, Induction Compatible, Dishwasher Safe, Silver
Editors Notes
Looking for mid-range? This is it.
Price Range
$$
Material Type
Stainless Steel with Copper Disk
Preview
T-fal C836SD Ultimate Stainless Steel Copper Bottom 13 PC Cookware Set, Dishwasher Safe Pots and Pans Set, Silver
Recommended Cookware Set
Editors Notes
Best choice if your budget is tight
Price Range
$
Material Type
Stainless Steel with 3 Aluminum Cladded Layers
Preview
Editors Notes
Represents the best value and has great cooking properties.
Price Range
$$
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Material Type
Aluminium fully clad by stainless steel
Preview
Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
Recommended Cookware Set
Editors Notes
Another great choice if you want a mid-range product.
Price Range
$$

Our Pick

stainless steel cookware set

Sure, this set may not be cheap – but it is the best quality cookware you will get…buy a long way.

  • Made in the USA
  • 5 Ply construction mixing materials for the best cooking experience
  • Built to last
  • Oven safe
  • Lifetime warranty

Why a Gas Stove Is Different For Cooking

So why is cooking on a gas range so different to cooking with an electric, or other type of stove top?

Well, there is two main differences between a gas stove and an electric stove:

  • Gas stoves heat up your cookware much faster
  • Electric stoves heat up your cookware more evenly

Firstly, think about your classic electric stove: you can turn on the heat and it takes a number of minutes before the element actually gets up to the temperature you have set it to.

This in turn gives your means that the heat disperses more evenly across your cookwares surfaces and reduces the risk of having some parts of the pan that are much hotter or colder than other parts.

When you fire up your gas stove, it provides your set heat almost instantly to the bottom of the cookware.

best pans for gas stove
Now if you couple this with the fact that most gas burners apply heat directly to only a very small part of the surface to be heated, it can lead to problems cooking with some types of cookware.

Compare this to the more even (yet not perfect) heating pattern of an electrical stove – cooking with gas stoves on the wrong cookware can be difficult.

So to summarize:

  • gas stoves apply instant heat where as electrical stoves take some time to heat up
  • gas stoves apply a much more uneven heat than an electrical stove

We have a full guide on the differences between gas and electric cooking here.

Ideal Properties of a Cookware Set for Gas Stoves

best pan for gas stove

This is a fairly straight forward answer, so lets get straight to the main criteria we look for when choosing the best cookware for a gas stove.

Heats Up Quickly on The Cooktop

No-one wants to wait around for ages while your cookware comes up to temperature, so the speed at which the pots/pans come up to temperature is looked it as a selection criteria.

Heats Evenly When Cooking – No Hot Spots

Ever cooked with a pan that heats up unevenly? It’s not fun and makes cooking a good meal very difficult.This criteria is especially important for gas ranges as their heating pattern is quite condensed, so the cookwares ability to spread the heat across the entire cooking surface as evenly as possible is very important.

Good Pans React to Heat Changes Quickly

Any experienced cook will be able to tell you that you need to be able to adjust the heat of your cooking surfaces quickly at times. A pan that reacts to temperature changes of the range controls too slowly can result in food that is over or under-cooked.

Gas Range Cookware - Raw Material Comparison

So now we know what we look for when choosing the best cookware for a gas stove, but what materials have matched our desired properties best?

Well let’s take a look at some of the most common materials used in cookwarebut first a note of caution:

It should also be pointed out that our analysis  of each of the materials listed below is for the plain material only.

We will look at cladding, and different disc types in the next section.

Copper

Pros
  • Heats evenly
  • Heats quickly
  • Responds quickly to temperature adjustments
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Heavy
  • Scratches and discolors easily
  • Reacts with food can result in unacceptable levels of copper ingestion

If you look at just criteria I mentioned we look for in the best cookware for gas stoves, then copper wins. Copper heats up quickly, disperses the heat evenly and it reacts quickly to temperature adjustments.

But there is one problem with copper:

Copper is quite reactive when it comes to cooking.

Reactivity is when the cookware material reacts with the food to modify the taste of the food we are cooking, and possibly have adverse health affects on our body.

Ingesting copper regularly or in large amounts can lead to significant health problems such as anemia, and kidney, liver and stomach problems.

But there are still safe ways to take advantages of the ideal cooking properties that copper has when cooking, we will reveal all very shortly!

Aluminium

Pros
  • Low cost
  • Heats up quickly
  • Heats up evenly
  • Reacts to heat changes quickly
Cons
  • Highly reactive
  • Can warp under high heat
  • Prone to scratching

Next on our list is Aluminium – which also fares quite well when checked against all the criteria for gas range cookware.

But once again unfortunately Aluminium is quite reactive when it comes to cooking. When Aluminium is ingested in large amounts or over a significant period of time it can affect the bones, brain, liver, heart, spleen and muscles.

There are ways to still use aluminium safely in cooking though, so keep reading!

Cast Iron

Pros
  • Low cost (unless enameled)
  • Heats up evenly
Cons
  • Very heavy
  • Slow to react to heat changes
  • Very slow to heat

Cast iron is next on our list and overall it is not the worst choice – but also not the best cookware for gas stoves.

Cast iron cookware is quite thick and heavy, which makes it difficult to use for some cooks.

It does heat up very evenly across the cooking surface, but also requires quite a lot of heat for an extended period of time to get up to get the cookware up to your desired temperatures. And as you can imagine, this means that once it is hot, it holds that heat for some time – which makes adjusting our cooking temperature of the cooking surface difficult and slow.

Carbon Steel

Pros
  • Low cost
Cons
  • Slow to heat
  • Heats unevenly

Carbon steel cookware is quite cheap, but has suffers from uneven cooking surface temperatures and is quite slow to heat up.

It also does not hold heat well at all, and while that means it is quite quick to adjust to temperature changes, it also means it can be hard to maintain a higher temperature when needed.

Stainless Steel

Pros
  • Corrosion Resistant
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Slow to heat
  • Heats unevenly
  • Reacts slowly to temperature changes

Believe it or not, stainless steel by itself is probably the worst material to use in cookware – which is why it is almost always used as a cladding over another material (this is how we can use copper and aluminium in cookware).

Stainless steel heats up unevenly, it doesn’t hold heat at all and can take some time to heat up.

On the plus side, it is corrosion resistant, easy to clean and is moderately priced.

The Best Pots and Pans For a Gas Stove - Detailed Answer

best pots and pans for gas stove

So from our previous reading we have found out that the materials that have the best properties for cooking with regards to thermal properties are not necessarily the best cookware for a gas range.

How do manufacturers get the best thermal properties for gas range cookware as well as being safe to use and easy to maintain? Well they combine different types of materials to give us the best of both worlds.

Theoretically cookware made from copper with a tin/stainless internal lining is best cookware for gas, but we don’t rate these very highly due to the fact that they are an absolute pain to look after.

Now we will take a look at the most popular compositions of materials for cookware in order of what we think is best

1. Copper Fully Clad By Stainless Steel

Pots and pans consisting of a copper layer enclosed by an inner and outer layer of stainless steel.

Some brands include other metals (such as aluminium) as inner layers as well.

This combination of materials means the cookware is easy to maintain and has good thermal properties for cooking. It also works great with induction cooktops.

 

Best Choice

all clad pots and pans

This cookware is simply the best you will ever purchase. It’s not cheap, but you likely won’t ever need another set again.

 

Looking for something a bit cheaper? Try these brands:

2. Aluminium Fully Clad By Stainless Steel

An aluminium layer enclosed by an inner and outer layer of stainless steel.

This combination of materials means the cookware is easy to maintain and has good thermal properties for cooking.

Our recommended brand that uses stainless steel clad aluminium is:

Also Good

madein pot and pan set

I am a big fan of the Made In Cookware brand. I recently tried it out for the first time and was amazed at the quality of these pots and pans.

Seriously – give this a go, the price is amazing too 😉

  • Made in the USA
  • Built to last
  • 100 day no question asked returns
  • Lifetime warranty

3. Stainless Steel With Copper Disk

Stainless steel cookware with a copper disk on the bottom. Means you get most of the benefits of copper (sometimes encapsulated) on at the base of the pan, without the difficult upkeep.

Not as good as fully clad copper, but if you are on a budget then this is a good option.

See below for our choice of cookware made from stainless steel and featuring a copper disk.

Also Good

T-fal C836SD Ultimate Stainless Steel Copper-Bottom Heavy Gauge Multi-Layer Base Cookware Set

Very affordable and performs almost as well as more expensive brands. If you don’t have the budget for the products mentioned above – this is what you want.

 

 

Our recommended brands that use stainless steel with a copper disk are:

Frequently Asked Questions

What About Colored Cookware?

Our advice is to stay away from colored cookware when it comes to cooking on a gas stove. This is due to the fact that the paint tends to discolor very easily when exposed to the gas flame resulting in cookware that always looks dirty.

What is the best skillet for a gas stove?

If you want the absolute best then go for the All-Clad 5 ply skillet.

If this is too expensive for your budget then the Emeril Lagasse copper core skillet is also a great option.

References

 

Pricing last updated on 2019-07-16 at 02:54 / affiliate links - Details

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8 thoughts on “Choosing The Best Cookware For Gas Stoves – Buying Guide”

    • Hi Wilna, I am not familiar with Bauwer pots, but I did some quick research and it looks like they should be ok. Just be aware that if they are colored on the outside then a gas stove may cause some discoloration.

  1. Thanks Aaron for a wonderful informative article…using all your wonderful info I have just bought a Vue brand aluminium fully clad by SS at Myer very reasonably priced..only used it a couple of times but very happy so far.
    Thanks again for your research.

  2. Hi, Have you reviewed Lifetime Cookware’s construction? I am looking for any pros or cons to their design and use on gas ranges. They use a 12 layer construction.

    Thank You
    Jenny

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