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Copper vs. Stainless steel vs. Non-stick pans: What's the best?

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When it comes to choosing cookware, there's always a debate about which material is best. Copper, stainless steel, and non-stick pans each have their own benefits and drawbacks, but the deciding factor really comes down to personal choice and what you're looking to get out of your cookware.

Speciality cookware is expensive, and shopping online sometimes makes it hard to tell whether the product you're getting is truly high-quality. An extended warranty plan like MulberryCare can help protect your purchases in case of any issues, including potential problems with accidents or damage. When it comes to expensive cookware, it's important to know that you're getting the best.

Copper pans

Most people that buy copper cookware are likely to take their cooking very seriously. Not only does copper have a lengthy history, but it’s also one of the best choices for heat conduction. A copper chef pan is a popular model that heats up more evenly and quickly than a stainless steel or non-stick pan, and offers a superior cooking experience that's free of hotspots. Just keep in mind that copper tends to cool down just as quickly as it heats up.

Be prepared to make a hefty investment, because copper pans are typically one of the most expensive cookware options. 

Stainless steel 

Stainless steel pans are popular for both home and professional use, and for good reason. Stainless steel offers great heat retention and temperature control, and can be used to cook pretty much anything! Whether you need to sauté vegetables or sear a steak, stainless steel is a reliable option for any kitchen setting and experience level.

When it comes to cleaning stainless steel pans, keep in mind that food will stick to it easily if you don’t use enough oil. To reduce sticking, you can season your stainless steel cookware the same way you would cast iron.

Non-stick pans

Non-stick pans are convenient, easy to use, and reliable for the home chef with a busy schedule. From the Cuisinart non-stick pan to the All Clad non-stick pan, there are several viable brands to choose from.

The biggest setback with non-stick pans is that they typically don't last as long as other materials. Eventually, the non-stick film wears away, and you’ll find yourself needing to look for a replacement much sooner than you would with other kinds of pans.

Cook with ease with product protection

While most manufacturers offer a limited warranty, you're unlikely to qualify for a replacement based on normal wear and tear. If you want the most complete coverage, and the ability to get a replacement for any reason, you’ll need to purchase product protection.

It makes sense to invest in high-quality pans, and it’s even easier to justify your purchase when you get an extended warranty. So, before you pick out your next cookware set, be sure to install the free Mulberry browser extension. Not only will you get rewards for shopping, but you’ll also get to see which products are eligible for extended warranty coverage.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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