Canstar Blue’s cookware review compares Baccarat, Coles, Big W, IKEA, Woolworths, ALDI and Tefal on ease of clean, quality and durability, weight and size, design, variety, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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* Overall satisfaction is an individual rating and not a combined total of all ratings.By default, brands with equal overall satisfaction ratings are sorted by the mean overall satisfaction score as rated by consumers. You can click the arrows at the top of any column in the table to sort by the results in that column. Canstar Blue research finalised in September 2021, published in September 2021.
Aussies rated Baccarat best in Canstar Blue’s cookware ratings, giving it a smooth five-star review across the board. This includes for ease of clean, quality and durability, weight and size, design, variety, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Baccarat rated the ‘butter’ cookware brand in ratings
They say that a true master never blames their tools, but when it comes to the kitchen, good cookware can certainly make a difference ─ especially when you’re using an induction cooktop, just like a fifth of our respondents (22%). Non-stick pots and pans have also been the source of disappointment for a handful of shoppers surveyed (14%), while some simply regretted not buying better quality cookware (18%).
To make sure your cookware is up to scratch, we’ve asked more than 500 Australian consumers for their feedback on the new stovetop cookware item(s) they purchased and used in the last two years. Respondents scored brands on ease of clean, quality and durability, weight and size, design, variety, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that were identified in at least 30 responses are rated and compared in our ratings.
In our first-ever cookware review, Baccarat stuck as the number one brand for Aussies. Not only was it rated best for overall satisfaction with five stars, but Baccarat was also the only brand to receive five stars across the entire (cutting) board!
Top Cookware Brands
Here are the best cookware brands in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s review:
Baccarat proved it’s a brand worth ‘frying’ out, achieving top marks for overall satisfaction and in all other research categories. Meanwhile, Coles, Big W, IKEA and Woolworths whipped up four stars overall, followed by ALDI and Tefal on three stars for overall satisfaction.
Baccarat describes itself as Australia’s largest homegrown cookware brand, serving up a wide range of cookware, bakeware, knives and kitchenware. Its cookware collection includes pans, roasters, griddles and grills, stockpots, steamers, cookware cleaners and more. You can expect to fork out anywhere from $14.99 for a felt pan and pot protector, and up to $1,349.99 for a 10-piece ceramic non-stick cookware set.
Aussies rated Baccarat’s cookware five stars for quality and durability, ease of clean, weight and size, design, variety, value for money and overall satisfaction.
What’s the best type of cookware material?
Cookware material is one of the important factors to consider when buying new pots and pans because certain materials are better suited to specific cooking styles and foods. For example, cast iron is considered the best option for frying, searing, and slow cooking, while stainless steel cookware is a must for everyday cooking. It’s certainly worth researching which cookware materials are worth investing in, before making a final purchase decision.
Here are the most common cookware materials purchased by consumers we surveyed:
Non-stick cookware: 46%
Stainless steel: 22%
Enameled cast iron: 4%
Carbon steel: 4%
How much should you spend on new cookware?
Our survey revealed consumers spend an average of $104 on new cookware, so keep this ballpark figure in mind when shopping. Most Aussies we surveyed had most recently purchased frying pans (46%), followed by cookware sets (20%) and saucepans (15%). Just remember that buying cooking items can be somewhat of a long-term investment, especially considering that the average lifespan of cookware is about three years, according to our survey. Invest your money wisely!
About the author of this page
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.
Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used new stovetop cookware items in the last two years – in this case, 532 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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