T-FAL SIGNATURE TOTAL 12-PIECE ($63)
This T-Fal Signature Total cookware set includes a griddle, as well as two saucepans and a Dutch oven with lids, two skillets, and a ladle, serving spoon, and spatula. The nonstick surfaces perform as advertised, according to reviews. Another handy feature: An indicator in the bottom of the pots and pans turns red when they're preheated.
COOK N HOME 12-PIECE ($58)
This Cook N Home set comprises six pots and pans, each with a tempered-glass lid and an aluminum disc in the bottom to conduct heat evenly and rapidly. Reviewers admire the stainless steel pieces for being solidly built and easy to clean. They're also oven-safe to 500 degrees.
WEAREVER ADMIRATION 12-PIECE ($50)
The surprisingly low price point and included kitchen tools make this WearEver Admiration nonstick cookware a good starter set in the minds of many reviewers. There are two saucepans and a Dutch oven with lids, two skillets, and four utensils.
FARBERWARE CLASSIC 10-PIECE ($70)
This Farberware Classic set is chiefly stainless steel but includes two aluminum skillets with nonstick coating. The set also comes with three saucepans, a 5.5-quart saucepot, and four lids. With the exception of the skillets, the pans are dishwasher-safe and have an aluminum-core base for quick, even heating.