What every best Cookware has:
- A useful assortment of pieces
- Good cooking performance.
- For nonstick cookware, a surface that is truly nonstick.
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 owners say that liquids boil faster than in previous sets they've owned. They are oven safe only to 350 degrees, lower than some comparable pans.
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 at Good Housekeeping, 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.
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 four colors (at the time of this report; discontinued colors are still widely available) 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.