5 small businesses that make the prettiest (high-quality) cookware

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You’ve heard of Williams Sonoma and Le Creuset, but have you heard of these five small cookware brands? You don’t have to shop at big-box stores to get high-quality cookware, and you shouldn’t when these pretty options are on the table (or on the stove or the oven).

Take a look below at these five small businesses making nonstick, stainless-steel and cast-iron cookware that’s affordable yet durable and definitely stylish.

1. Great Jones

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Stand-Out Product: The Dutchess, $125 (Orig. $160)

Sierra Tishgart and Maddy Moelis founded Great Jones in 2018 to empower home cooks with colorful yet functional and affordable cookware. The name “Great Jones” was inspired by Judith Jones, a cookbook author and editor who published works by Julia Child and James Beard, among others. The name is also a nod to New York City, where the business is located (Great Jones is a street in the NoHo neighborhood).

You may notice that all Great Jones products have fun, cheeky names. Take Holy Sheet for a baking sheet or Breadwinner for a loaf pan, for example. Although the names sound silly and the products are colorfully chic, don’t be fooled. This is some seriously great cookware and bakeware. If anything, check out its popular Dutch oven called The Dutchess.

2. Goldilocks

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Stand-Out Product: Cookware Set Plus, $225

Goldilocks (formerly Potluck) was founded by two women, Jessica Sheft-Ason and Minsuk Kim, both former senior managers at Glossie. Their goal is to make cookware simple. The brand’s tri-ply, stainless-steel cookware, professional knives and “just-what-you-need utensils” are as high quality as they are affordable. Everything, in the words of Goldilocks, is “just right” for the home cook.

You can start off with its 12-inch skillet or go all out with the Cookware Set Plus, which includes a a 1/5-quart saucepan, a 3-quart saucepan, a 10-inch skillet, a 12-inch skillet, an 8-quart stockpot and three lids. Get free shipping and free returns with every order.

3. Made In

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Stand-Out Product: The Non Stick Set, $283 (Orig. $377)

Made In was founded in 2016 by two lifelong friends, Jake Kalick and Chip Malt. According to its website, the cookware brand “partnered with the best raw material providers and multi-generational, family-owned manufacturers in the U.S. and Western Europe to build superior culinary tools.” It also works with chefs to develop its products, so they’re crafted to perform and to last for a really long time.

Made In makes carbon-steel, stainless-clad, performance-nonstick and copper cookware, as well as knives, bakeware, dishes and glasses. “Everyone is capable of making restaurant-quality food at home — you just need the right tools to do it,” the brand writes on its website.

4. Caraway

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Stand-Out Product: Cookware Set, $395 (Orig. $495)

Caraway is the maker behind the beautiful nonstick cookware you’ve probably seen on Instagram. It prides itself on making its cookware non-toxic, without PFAS, PTFE, PFOA or other harmful chemicals.

Over the past year, Caraway’s new launches (like a pastel line and an exclusive color with Crate & Barrel) sold out within a week. The team also shared that its revenue increased by 546% from 2020, and its hero line of cookware became the highest-reviewed on the internet. It’s clear that Caraway is doing something right with its cookware, but check out its recently-launched bakeware as well.

5. Karibe

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Stand-Out Product: Karibe™ 10″ Skillet, $69.99

Karibe is a Black-owned cookware brand based in New Jersey, led by a team of engineers with a substantial amount of experience and a strong knowledge of product development. The brand’s cast-iron skillets are top notch. Their pans offer even cooking, and they’re safe to use on the stovetop or in the oven. Karibe also sells a knife set and a utensil set, both for under $100.

All orders ship free from Karibe’s website. Whatever you order, it’s definitely worth your dollar.

If you liked this article, check out five Black-owned small businesses you should shop and support today.

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