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Rachael Ray vs. Paula Dean Pot and Pan Sets


Tawnya is a freelance writer and mom of a tiny gymnast. When it comes to buying gymnastics-related gear, I'm an industry pro.

As a work-at-home mom, I spend a great deal time in the kitchen. In fact, the only reason I often stop working is to cook. For this reason, I need a set of reliable pots and pans. Growing up in a family of cookers, I realize that the right pots and pans will make or break a meal. Even better, I know from personal experience, an excellent set of pots and pans should last for years, possibly even generations. Don't believe me? Think about your grandma's cast iron skillets.

My Paula Dean Remorse

Two years ago, I was ready to splurge on new pots and pans. I went to the store with the intention of buying Rachael Ray's pots and pans. My sister already had the set I wanted, and I was sold. However, when I got there, the cheapskate in me kicked in, and I went with Paula Dean's pans. Almost immediately, I regretted my situation, but what could I do?

My Lucky Encounter with an Incredible Sale

Now, on to the good part. Last week, I found a great sale on Rachael Ray Porcelain Enamel II nonstick 10-piece cookware. Needless to say, I had enough of my Paula Dean pans and ordered a new set of Rachael Ray pans. As luck would have it, I was able to get the orange gradient set, which is super cute.

Putting Rachael Ray's Pots and Pans to the Test

Immediately, I got to cooking with my new pans, and I have to say I am in love. I love these pans so much that I am upset that I spent the last two years cooking with inferior pans all because I wanted to save $18.

Not Sure what to Choose? Choose Rachael Ray

So, if you are on the fence between these pans and another set, go with the Rachael Ray and you will not regret it. Why, you ask? Rachael Ray's pans truly are non-stick, the pan heats evenly and quickly, and cleaning these pans including the lids is super easy.

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Rachael Ray Cooking Accessories

If you love Rachael Ray's pots and pans, you will love all the cookware and utensils as well. If you just cook once and awhile, you may not realize how important a great set of utensils and cookware is (I sure didn't until I started cooking every day). If you're an avid, everyday cooker, you realize that it's essential to have a great set of utensils and cookware. I've tried and researched many different types of products, and I have to say Rachael's is the very best.

Another thing that makes Rachael Ray pots, pans, cookware, and utensils so much fun is the colors. Personally, I find it fun to walk in my kitchen and see all my cooking tools popping with color.

If you want to know anything else about my experience with my Rachael Ray pans, feel free to ask.

Edwards on February 27, 2018:

I bought these pans liked at first but hard to keep CLEAN. Bakewear is horrible they have this coating on them that burns. I don't recommend it...

Tawnya (author) from NE Ohio on April 29, 2014:

@David Stone1: I agree!

David Stone from New York City on April 29, 2014:

Cooking is a whole lot more fun with great tools. And Rachel is just plain fun and deserves the business.

sousababy on November 01, 2013:

I do like that orange color - for a 10 piece set, the price is excellent.

Tawnya (author) from NE Ohio on October 25, 2013:

@ayannavenus: No, they are aluminum

ayannavenus on October 25, 2013:

Hi Are they cast iron like le creuset?

Tawnya (author) from NE Ohio on October 24, 2013:

Thanks, FlowerChick. The pans are great and the orange really is super cute.

Laura Hofman from Naperville, IL on October 24, 2013:

I need new pans...will check these out! I love the color orange too!

Tawnya (author) from NE Ohio on October 24, 2013:

Thank you, Merrci

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on October 24, 2013:

Fun lens! Love the background orange theme too.

Tawnya (author) from NE Ohio on October 24, 2013:

Thank you, SnappySnapper

socialcx1 on October 24, 2013:

Great review lens, well done.

Tawnya (author) from NE Ohio on October 24, 2013:

Thanks, Barbara. You can't go wrong with this Rachael Ray set.

BarbaraCasey on October 24, 2013:

Great review, thanks. I'm in the market for a new set of cookware.

Tawnya (author) from NE Ohio on October 23, 2013:

Thank you very much!

anonymous on October 23, 2013:

Nice and very neat lens you got here. Love kitchen equipment.

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