The pot body, the base, the lid, and the handles are the most important aspects to consider when choosing a new cookware.
A good pot is solid and robust in quality. High-quality stainless steel is ideal. This can be recognized from the 18/10 label (18% chrome, 10% nickel, 72% steel). It is rust-free, particularly easy to clean, hygienic, and dishwasher-safe.
Conical pot shape make it possible to stack them and save space. The base and the pot wall are firmly connected to each other without any hollow gaps. Inside the transition from the base to the wall should be rounded so that you can reach all parts with a cooking spoon or spatula.
A high-quality base is made of stainless steel and contain a fully encapsulated aluminum core. The aluminum is an important heat conductor; it should not be exposed as it would be repeatedly washed out in the dishwasher and white stains would appear on the base. Thick bases with an aluminum core ensure optimal heat absorption, distribution, and storage. After it has been heated, the base must always be totally level on the cooktop – that saves energy and time when cooking. Make absolutely sure it’s suitable for your stove type. For example, not every pot or pan is induction-compatible.
A tightly fit lid keeps heat and moisture in the pot. This preserves the flavor and saves energy. Glass lids enable you to keep an eye on your food. Some lids are concave in shape, i.e. they curve inward. This ensures the rising steam drips back into the pot, which makes the food even more tasty and juicy.
You can generally choose between stainless steel and plastic handles. It is important that the handles are firmly connected to the top body, are comfortable in your hand when you are cooking and do not become hot. Stainless steel handles are dishwasher-safe and ovenproof.
Plastic handles are not suitable for use in the oven (up to max. 175°F). They can be cleaned in the dishwasher, but the colors can fade with time. It's ok to occasionally put pots with plastic handles in the dishwasher, but would not recommend all the time.
Once you have chosen the right basic elements, such as base, handles, and lid, the various cookware lines offer extras which make cooking even easier: