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Published December 1, 2013.
We went looking for a model that we’d want to use all the time, not just twice a year.
Published August 1, 2013.
We looked for a model that was consistent and easy to use—and could guarantee perfectly cooked dinners.
Published July 1, 2013.
Can newfangled designs improve on—or even stand up to—the tried-and-true saucepan we’ve used for years?
Can newfangled designs improve on—or even stand up to—the tried-and-true nonstick skillet we’ve used for years?
Can newfangled designs improve on—or even stand up to—the tried-and-true Dutch oven we’ve used for years?
We put four basting pots (which promise to make basting food on the grill easier) to the test.
Could a lighter pan match the same heat-retention ability as a traditional cast-iron skillet?
Planchas are flat griddles that fit atop gas or charcoal grill grates. Their surface puts a good sear on meat and prevents smaller foods from falling through the grates. We put three to the test.
Published March 1, 2013.
Homemade tortillas are a cinch when you've got a tortilla press up your sleeve.
Published January 1, 2013.
Electric pressure cookers offer one big advantage over stovetop models: You don’t have to watch the pot—you can set it and walk away. But we’ve found electric models to have several disadvantages.
The convenience, ease, and (yes!) safety of the modern pressure cooker will put dinner on the table fast—and make it taste as if you spent the whole day at the stove.
Published December 1, 2012.
We wanted a sturdy, well-designed skillet, but we didn’t want to break the bank.
Published October 1, 2012.
A stovetop grill pan can pinch-hit when outdoor grilling is out of the question. But some pans mimic the grill much better than others.
Published September 1, 2012.
Would mini thermometers inserted individually into steaks be easier than poking and checking with our beloved instant-read thermometer?
Published March 1, 2012.
These big, straight-sided vessels have their uses, but how much should you pay for a pan you don't pull out every day?
Published August 1, 2011.
Can you get a serviceable jumbo-size stockpot for under $40?
Published January 1, 2011.
Perfection in one pan?
Would an inexpensive universal lid do just as well as a pricey matching cover?
Published October 1, 2010.
Since our favorite 13 by 9-inch Pyrex dish can’t go under the broiler, we looked for one that could.
Published September 1, 2010.
For years we've paid top dollar for a nonstick skillet, only to throw it out when food starts sticking. Could a cheaper pan work just as well?
Can new, innovative steamer baskets perform the simplest function: steaming?
Published August 1, 2010.
Could we get Cadillac performance at a bargain price?
Published March 1, 2010.
Now that even low-cost manufacturers are offering fully clad cookware, do you still need to shell out $200 for a good pot?
Published January 1, 2010.
We wondered: Is a burner that promises to be faster, safer, and more precise too good to be true?
Published November 1, 2009.
Do manual, stovetop waffle makers work as well as electric waffle makers? We made dozens of waffles on both gas and electric stoves as we tested six hand-held models.