The good news is, anything will work on a gas range. However, there are types and brands of cookware that will work better than others on your gas stove.
Today we’ll be covering some top cookware options for gas stoves, including sets and pieces in a variety of materials. After the reviews we’ll also talk a bit about what to look for in gas stove compatible cookware, as well as how to best use your gas range. Let’s dive in.
Best Cookware for Gas Ranges
Top Pick: Kitchara 5-Ply Stainless Set
Thick premium stainless cookware works very well on gas stoves. Kitchara makes our favorite set overall, so this takes the top spot for gas as well. With five layers of stainless and aluminum, each pot and pan heats quickly and evenly. Plus, it’s affordable compared to comparable sets, so cooks win all around.
This set includes 2-quart saucepan with lid, 4-quart saucepan with lid, 4-quart saute pan with lid, 8-quart stockpot with lid, and 10- and 12-inch skillets. It is oven- and dishwasher-safe (though we recommend hand washing!) and features a brushed exterior for a beautiful look.
Kitchara recently began offering individual pieces, so there’s also an option if you don’t need a full set.
Top Nonstick Set: All-Clad Hard Anodized Aluminum Set
If it’s nonstick you’re after, hard anodized aluminum is your best bet for gas ranges. It’s much more durable than traditional nonstick and will be able to stand up to gas stove heat. We like the All-Clad set because it offers a number of features, like a stainless-steel bonded Anti-Warp base, that makes it well worth the investment. The price is on the high side — as is all All-Clad cookware — but fans agree it’s worth the price tag.
The All-Clad HA set includes 8 inch and 10-inch fry pans, 2-quart and 3-quart sauce pans with lids, 4-quart sauté pan with lid, and a 8-quart stockpot with lid. It is oven safe but should be hand washed for best results, though they are technically dishwasher safe.
An important note about All-Clad cookware: One of the brand’s defining features is the handle shape. The U-shaped handles are pretty controversial, with a lot of cooks finding them difficult to use. We recommend trying out the grip — particularly on the bigger pieces, like the saute pan and skillets — to make sure they will work for you.
Individual Pieces & Top Brands
If you’re not in need of a full set of cookware, there are plenty of options for individual pieces from excellent brands that work well with gas. You can pick up exactly what you need and even mix and match brands if there are types, sizes, or items that you like from various lines. Here are some brands to look into for frying pans, saucepans, or whatever cookware you need.
As we mentioned above, Kitchara now has individual pieces from their stainless set available. Additionally, Kitchara makes our favorite nonstick pan, so check it out if you’re seeking a 12″ nonstick skillet. (You can read our full review of the Kitchara pan here).
Premium cookware like Kitchara is our top recommendation when you’re seeking items for your gas stove. Though any cookware will work, good-quality pieces will work best. They offer quick, even heating and good responsiveness, giving you professional-level results. If you’re an avid cook (or hope to be!) you’ll notice a huge difference with Kitchara and other premium brands. See all Kitchara products here.
Made In is another premium brand we really, really like. Their stainless is 5-ply and made in the U.S. Available in pieces or “kits,” as well as hard anodized and carbon steel skillets, Made In is a fantastic option if it’s in your budget.
While Made In is on the high end of price, cookware that’s made in the United States is hard to come by. We found the items to be of fantastic quality in our hands on review (as well as our continued everyday use!) and the company offers great customer service and a 45-day trial. See all Made In cookware here.
Speaking of cookware made in the U.S.A., Viking is another premium brand you might be interested in. (Side note: Viking’s hard anodized cookware is NOT made in the U.S., which is the case for most brands’ nonstick). Viking is a very well regarded brand that’s probably best known for ranges, but their cookware is pretty darn awesome, too.
Viking is an established brand, so you’ll have a lot more options in terms of price, size, sets versus individual pieces, and so on. Construction options in stainless include 3-ply and 5-ply, with various lines within those variations — for instance, contemporary or professional. We like all Viking cookware, but the Professional lines and 5-ply pieces will give you better performance and build. The 3-ply lineup is a great mid-range option with a full range of features you’d expect (i.e., induction-ready, dishwasher- and oven-safe). See all Viking cookware here.
Tramontina has a huge selection of cookware that works well on gas stovetops. While we don’t like their ceramic lines much, the hard anodized aluminum and stainless sets and pieces are great options. Their products are mostly made in the U.S. and Brazil.
Tramontina is one of the more affordable brands, particularly given the quality. This brand appears on the top of many “best” lists and reviews are overwhelmingly positive. We recommend checking out the Hard Anodized and Tri-Ply Clad lines for either sets or individual pieces, as both are the best options from Tramontina for gas ranges.
One of the best reasonably priced lines that work well with gas is Cuisinart. The kitchenware giant has multiple lines of cookware in both stainless and hard anodized aluminum construction. One of our favorite sets is the MCP-12N Multiclad Pro, which has 12 pieces and is regularly under $250. If it’s individual pieces you’re after, those are very well priced, as well. (See the full list of Multiclad Pro items here).
The Multiclad Pro line is Cuisinart’s mid-range stainless, so if you’re looking for something cheaper from the brand, that would be the Chef’s Classic. While you can use those pieces on gas, we don’t really recommend it for everyday pieces. Chef’s Classic cookware has a disc bottom, rather than fully clad layers. It’s very easy to scorch food with disc bottom cookware, so it requires a lot of attention with gas in particular. For nonstick, check out the Dishwasher Safe Anodized Cookware.
And finally, if the brands we’ve covered aren’t doing it for you, here are a few others that we’ve heard good things about using on gas ranges:
*Demeyere: Gorgeous premium brand, available online and in specialty kitchen stores.
*Scanpan: Revolutionary nonstick technology + a cult following
*T-fal: Highest rated budget brand overall
What to Look for in Cookware for Gas
We’ve said it a few times but we’ll say it again: Heavy, well-made cookware is going to perform much better than cheap, lightweight pots and pans. Traditional nonstick and disc bottom (with the exception of some premium pieces with thick discs) pieces can scorch, won’t last as long, and do not have great responsiveness.
Stainless steel, cast iron, and hard anodized aluminum are sure bets in terms of material. We’re not big fans of ceramic cookware in general, and many cooks with gas stovetops have troubles with this material as well.
It’s also important to properly heat your cookware for best results. For instance, don’t put the heat too high and make sure the flames don’t go up the sides of your pots and pans. Read up on the manufacturer’s guidelines, too, to make sure you’re using the cookware correctly and not voiding your warranty.
We didn’t offer up any copper cookware options, but that’s only because they weren’t high on our list and because it can be very expensive. However, copper is an excellent heat conductor and plenty of cooks love it. If you’re new to copper, learn a bit about it as a cookware material (CenturyLife has a great article). You might want to start with copper core pans if it’s heat retention you’re after.
Finally, it can be helpful to learn more about gas cooktops in general, particularly if you’re new to gas ranges. We like this article from Reviewed that discusses the pros and cons of gas vs. electric.