Paula Deen Nonstick 15-Piece Porcelain Cookware Set Review

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Bottom Line

The Paula Deen Nonstick 15-Piece Porcelain Cookware Set offers even heating and great nonstick performance in a highly affordable package that includes a wide range of pans and skillets -- and even a set of measuring spoons. Owners say its performance is consistent every time they use it, with even heating and good cooking results over a variety of tasks. It's also easy to use, they say, with comfortable handles and a well-balanced heft. There are some complaints about peeling of the nonstick interior, but many of those complaints come after a few years of use, which still makes this set a pretty good value.

ProsEven heating, Excellent nonstick performance, Easy to clean, Dishwasher-safeConsSome durability issues, Feels a bit flimsy

Breaking it down

Performance

Paula Deen cookware offers great performance for its price. In both professional tests and owner reviews, the Paula Deen Porcelain cookware set distributes heat evenly, maintains a steady simmer and has an effective nonstick surface. The pots and pans get good reviews across the board for browning food well, yet without sticking so that food forms an even crust that stays in place. A few even say that liquids boil faster, with a couple warning that you may want to watch the pots when bringing them to a boil, and use a lower heat as well. They are oven safe only to 350 degrees, lower than some comparable pans.

Ease of use

Clean up is a breeze. Cooks love nonstick pans because they're easy to clean and the Paula Deen Nonstick 15-Piece Porcelain Cookware Set doesn't disappoint. In expert testing the cookware released food easily, even when no fat was used, and owners agree, saying the nonstick coating is great for cooking even "sticky" foods like fried eggs and fish. And they clean up just as well, with just a swipe of a soft cloth. The entire set is dishwasher-safe; although many reviewers say they would never put their cookware in the dishwasher -- something we agree with. We did see a few complaints that food can collect under the handle rivets, which requires a bit more scrubbing.

Durability

This cookware has personality. If it's true that you eat first with your eyes, then the Paula Deen Nonstick 15-Piece Porcelain Cookware Set means you get your dessert first. The set comes in nine colors (at the time of this report) and even those who are unimpressed with the performance or durability of this cookware rave about its attractive appearance. Most also say the cookware holds up well to repeated use and washings -- especially if you take the time to hand wash these pans -- although we did find scattered complaints of scratching or peeling of the nonstick surface after just a few months, as well as some "out of round" issues with the pots. Paula Deen cookware comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Our Sources

1. Good Housekeeping

Best Nonstick Cookware, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Feb. 9, 2016

The Paula Deen Nonstick 15-Piece Porcelain Cookware Set is included in Good Housekeeping's roundup of the best nonstick cookware. It is a top performer in cooking tests but editors note that it seems flimsy and the handle rivets can be difficult to clean.

2. Amazon.com

Paula Deen Signature Nonstick 15-Piece Porcelain Cookware Set , Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2016

In more than 1,570 customer reviews, the Paula Deen Nonstick 15-Piece Porcelain Cookware Set earns a rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Owners say it cooks evenly, looks nice and has a great nonstick surface that's easy to clean. There are some complaints about durability, however.

3. Wayfair.com

Porcelain 15 Piece Cookware Set by Paula Deen, Contributors to Wayfair.com, As of September 2016

This Paula Deen cookware set gets a high, 4.7-star rating from nearly 700 owners at Wayfair.com. Reviewers say the pans heat and cook evenly, have a great nonstick finish and clean up easily. As with other sites, we saw durability complaints with the coating and a few warping issues.