Originally Posted by sandycanvas
...Does anyone have one set that does everything they could ever want? I'm taking the best set you bought and have never regretted. Any helpful advice would be great.
Simple answer - No.
First, settle on a pan material; tri-ply stainless, stainless or tin lined copper, anodized aluminum, non-stick, cast iron, enameled cast iron.
Then realize that no one material does everything best. So you will have to have several different types of cookware to have the best of everything.
Third, many folks recommend against buying a set as they often include pieces you won't use enough to justify their purchase.
All that being said, my personal opinion
is as follows:
My preferred material for every day cooking in a variety of pans is tri-ply stainless. It's the most durable and handles heat very well. All-Clad is the best here.
For a dutch oven I prefer enameled cast iron. LeCrueset is the best.
For eggs, omelets and frittatas, I use non-stick coated aluminum that I buy at a restaurant supply store for short money and replace when the coating is damaged.
For some frying needs I use a cast iron skillet. Lodge is the best here.
Top quality copper cookware is regarded by some as the best stove top cookware. It's quite expensive and requires more care than SS. I't not for me.
I don't care for anodized aluminum. Others do.
Stay tuned for differing opinions.