Costco is well known for their wholesale prices and unique shopping experience. Their store brand, Kirkland Signature, is often favorably compared with other options when it comes to many products. I’ve heard many of my friends tout the virtues of their Kirkland food, household items, and more.
When it comes to cookware, however, I was fairly skeptical at first. When celebrity chefs like Paula Deen
endorse cookware sets that can’t beat established budget brands, it’s tough to believe that a wholesale retailer can make high-quality cookware
that can rival a dedicated kitchen company like Cuisinart
. Nevertheless, I’ve come to the conclusion that Kirkland’s cookware sets
are some of the best options when it comes to buying midrange cookware sets.
Kirkland Pots and Pans
Kirkland Signature Stainless Steel TriPly Clad Cookware Set
It’s got a polished steel exterior, a durable stainless cooking surface, and an aluminum core that helps distribute heat evenly throughout each piece quickly after you turn on the burner.
Kirkland Signature Hard-Anodized Aluminium Cookware Set
The large number of actual pots and pans in this set means that it provides better value than many competing options.
One quick note before we dive in: while I often advocate purchasing a saute pan or another single piece of cookware to try out a brand before you buy, this is pretty hard with Kirkland Signature. Most of their cookware is available primarily as a large set. Unless you want to use a weird piece like a roasting pan as your starting purchase, it’s probably best to dive right in with a full set.
This 13-piece set
features the same sort of tri-ply construction you see in high-end sets from Zwilling
, All-Clad and Cuisinart
. It’s got a polished steel exterior, a durable stainless cooking surface, and an aluminum core that helps distribute heat evenly throughout each piece quickly after you turn on the burner. The outer layer is magnetic to facilitate seamless use on induction cooktops
, meaning that this set will work with every sort of range in any home.
One of the biggest benefits of this style of cookware is the extreme durability that’s granted by the use of stainless steel in the construction. Stainless steel will last for many, many years, meaning that it’s very likely that you’ll be able to use this cookware set decades from now. The handles are solidly riveted onto the bodies of each pot and pan, while the steel lids fit snugly and help ensure that any condensation that builds up drips right back down onto your food.
Each pot and pan in this Kirkland set feels weighty and high-quality. Ther rims of the pots are tapered in just the right way for drip-free pouring, which is a common feature among high-end cookware brands. The multi-ply construction helps give this set incredible performance on the stove. It’s fantastically fun to cook with.
Of course, without a non-stick surface, you’ll need to use a bit of care to prevent foods from sticking. Most serious home chefs will tell you that it’s easy enough to cook sticky dishes like eggs and meat without too much fuss as long as you’re careful. The key is to use a combination of the right heat, the right cooking time, and a little bit of fat. If your food is sticking, try waiting a little bit for the bottom to fully cook. One common cause of food “sticking” to a stainless cooking surface is that you’re simply being too impatient.
This isn’t the cheapest cookware set you can find. As far as price goes, it’s pretty comparable to Cuisinart’s Multiclad Pro line or ZWILLING’s Spirit line. This is a bit more expensive than discount brands like T-Fal
or even Macy’s Tools of the Trade store brand
. That said, this cookware definitely feels very high quality
and will last long enough to easily justify the little bit of additional cost.
For me, the biggest downside is actually the appearance of this set. While the polished exterior of these pots and pans is fairly attractive, the handles feature prominent Kirkland Signature branding that makes it obvious who makes these pots and pans
. While I’m a fan of Kirkland Signature products, I don’t think they have a particularly attractive logo. I’m also not quite as proud of using a Kirkland pot or pan
as I might be of using All-Clad cookware
, for example, or even ZWILLING.
That isn’t the biggest or most serious downside, however, and I’m more than willing to overlook this awkward branding for the quality of these pots and pans. For me, this set really hits the price/quality sweet spot. It’s heavy, durable, and well constructed. If you’re looking for an affordable set of high-end multi-clad cookware, this set is a perfect choice.
✔ Kirkland Signature Hard-Anodized Aluminium Cookware Set
This anodized aluminum cookware set features genuine Teflon non-stick on the inside. While it’s not the cheapest aluminum set you can find, the large number of actual pots and pans in this set means that it provides better value than many competing options.
The resulting pans are light and incredibly good at conducting heat. Aluminum is something like ten times as good at conducting heat as steel, meaning that this non-stick set will heat up even faster than a comparable tri-ply set. It’s got excellent performance on your range.
There are some downsides, of course. First of all, these pots and pans don’t have any magnetic material inside of them. That means that they won’t work on induction ranges at all. Second, while anodized aluminum can do a great impression of steel in the short term, you probably won’t be hanging onto these pans for decades. One other factor that contributes to this lack of longevity is the non-stick coating.
This is one of the better non-stick sets you can find on the market. Again, it’s not the cheapest option around, but you can’t go wrong with the high-quality aluminum construction and genuine Teflon non-stick. You’ll love how easy these pans are to clean up after an evening of carefree cooking.
One final note: this cookware set is a bit odd to purchase on Amazon. There are a number of identical listings that all offer the exact same cookware set under very slightly different names. You’re free to purchase whichever one is cheaper!