Tools Of The Trade Stainless Steel 13 Piece Cookware Set Review

In this article, we are going to take a close look at the kitchen set sold by Tools of the Trade. This set has literally everything you need to cook a huge range of recipes and it looks stunning and shiny! Our review will include a close look at what each item can be used for and how to care for your products. Once we have finished, we will go over a few other kitchen sets so you get a better idea of what is on the market today.

Tools Of The Trade Stainless Steel 13 Piece Set Review

Tools Of The Trade Stainless Steel Cookware Set Review

Who is the Tools of the Trade set for?

This is an ideal set for somebody who is moving into their first home and needs pots and pans in their kitchen. It is also a brilliant set for somebody who needs to replace their old pots and pans. While tempted to buy individual replacements as pans wear out, in the end, it makes more financial sense to start from scratch and buy a new set, especially when it’s the Tools of the Trade Cookware set. If you are thinking that you don’t cook a lot so wouldn’t need so many, you are wrong. Having these options means you can cook veggies for one or various meals in order to freeze them for another day.


Tools of Trade set – Overview of features

Starting from largest to smallest, this set includes a 5-qt stockpot with a lid, a 2.5-qt saucepan with a lid and a 1.5-qt saucepan with a lid. To put that in perspective, you can cook everything from stews to boiled eggs. There is also a sauté pan with a lid and a deep frying pan. You will also receive a flower steamer, a slotted spatula, a large spoon, and a pasta server. All parts are made from stainless steel except the glass lids. Each part can be put in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

Tools Of The Trade Review

Things you will like:

  • Long handles- The saucepans, sauté pan and frying pan all have one long handle. This means you can hold the pans without getting burnt or splashed on. The stockpot has two handles so that you can carry it easily.
  • The design- Each part of the set complements the other parts. It is clean and looks smart, whether you want to hang them on display or store them in a cupboard. It is a set you will be proud to show off to guests.
  • The quality- Stainless steel is one of the best materials to use for cooking. It is lightweight and has a protective layer of oxide that prevents rust. They can be cleaned in the dishwasher but if you don’t have a dishwasher, don’t worry. They are all effortlessly hand-washable.
  • The value for money- If you walk into any department store you will walk out with plenty of mismatched items and many you probably bought because you thought you would use them. This set has everything you need without spending a fortune.

Things you may not like:

  • The material- Stainless steel has so many advantages when it comes to cooking, however, it is not the best heat conductor. If you are an avid home chef, you might prefer pots and pans made from other materials.

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Tools Of The Trade vs The Competition

Now it is time to compare the Trade of the Tools with other cookware sets.

Tools Of The Trade
Tools of the Trade
Amazon BasicsAmazonBasics 15-Piece Non-Stick Kitchen Cookware Set
Amazon Basics
Farberware 50049
Farberware 50049
Rachael Ray Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware Set, 10-Piece, Gray with Marine Blue Handles
Rachael Ray 10-piece Cookware set
2 saucepans, 1 large stockpot with lids4 saucepans with lids4 saucepans, 1 stockpot with lids2 saucepans, 1 stockpot with lids
1 sauté pan, 1 frying pan2 frying pans2 frying pans1 sauté pan, 2 frying pans
3 utensils + flower steamer5 utensils3 utensils0 utensils
Stainless steelAluminum with non-stick coatingAluminum with a stainless steel capAluminum with Porcelain Enamel
Long handlesSoft-touch, stay-cool handlesLong handles with cool touchRubber grip handles
Dishwasher safeHand wash onlyDishwasher safeHand wash only

Tools Of The Trade vs Amazon Basics 15 piece set

If you have ever had to work on a tight budget, you will understand that Amazon basics can be a real lifesaver. This set has everything you would need to fit out your kitchen. There are 4 saucepans and 2 frying pans. The utensils that come with the set are a soup ladle, a pasta server, a large spoon, a slotted spoon, and a slotted spatula. The set is made from aluminum with a non-stick coating. You have to hand wash and you can’t use metal utensils or anything that might scratch the coating. This set will unlikely last as long as a stainless steel set and you will have to be a lot more careful with them.

Tools Of The Trade vs Faberware 50049

Again, you will definitely get enough pots and pans to complete your kitchen. There are four saucepans and two frying pans. It has a really nice design with handy little rings on the handles to hang them up. You will get three utensils, a spoon, a slotted spoon, and a slotted spatula. The combination of aluminum and stainless steel allows for a more even cook on food. You can use them in the dishwasher but they tend to discolor so it might be safer to hand wash them. This set comes with a larger price tag than the Tools of the Trade set.

Tools Of The Trade vs Rachael Ray Cookware set

Rachael Ray sets are a colorful addition to kitchens and do look very nice. The color theme is carried out through to the rubber grip handles to prevent burns. It is also nice to see the handles of the saucepan lids with the rubber grip too. There are no utensils and you won’t be able to put these in the dishwasher. For a set that is almost double the cost of Tools of the Trade, it might be a case of looks over function.


At first sight, you would think it was easy to choose a kitchen set that ticked all of your boxes. Both the Faberware and Rachael Ray sets are considerably more expensive than the Tools of the Trade. You might assume that paying more means better quality but both sets age quite quickly. The Amazon Basics is cheaper and comes with everything you need, but you will have to replace the set a lot sooner than you would a stainless steel set. The Tools of the Trade kitchen set has a great balance of price, quality, and durability.

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