Wedding season is almost upon us, which means there's a good chance you'll be shopping for wedding gifts—or even registering for them. (In which case: congrats!) But with so many options, it's tough to know what a new couple actually needs to equip their kitchen. We've done the work for you. In our extensive testing of every type of equipment for home cooks, we've found the best, most essential gear that truly is worth the money. (They don't call me a gadget expert for nothing.) First up: my list of the pots, pans, and baking dishes that every newlywed couple should own.
First, a few words of warning: Resist the temptation to buy sets of pots and pans. Our testing has proven that you’ll spend more and get less with a set than buying open stock of the pieces that you really need. Manufacturers include lots of items you don’t need—in smaller sizes than are practical—so they can boast that the set offers a ton of pieces for what seems like a bargain price. Don’t be fooled, and don’t get stuck with a lot of stuff you won’t use.
Without further ado . . .