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Best Cookware Brand

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About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Awards

Thank you for participating in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards for Cooking Equipment. With your help, we're showcasing some of the best cooking equipment brands, products and retailers.

Here are the finalists for the Best Cookware Brand. To help you make a better decision, read up on the finalists below.

You can vote once daily between February 22 and March 21, 2012. The winners will be announced on March 30, 2012. And don't forget to vote in all of the other Cooking Equipment Categories:

The finalists for Best Cookware Brand Are:

All-Clad Metalcrafters

A second-time finalist in the Readers' Choice Awards, All-Clad Metalcrafters is a favorite among professional chefs and home cooks alike. This high-end brand has built a reputation on a carefully honed formula of bonded metals that, combined, offer superior performance. All-Clad has several lines of cookware that range in price, but each showcase the company's bonding and cladding technique on which it built its reputation.

Learn more about All-Clad or visit its web site.


Another second-time finalist, Calphalon is known for its hard-anodized cookware, a chemical process that makes metal more durable and impervious to rust or corrosion. Founded in 1963, Calphalon has a number of product lines at various price levels, offering both standard pieces as well as specialty shapes. The company has made particular strides in its nonstick cookware offerings, such as the Unison line.

Learn more about Calphalon by reading the Calphalon profile from the 2011 Readers' Choice awards or by visiting its web site.


Saladmaster has developed a cult following for its direct-sale program in which products are showcased via a dinner party in a consumer's home. The company's cookware is made from a stainless steel-titanium construction designed to resist chemical reactions with food. The cookware is also designed to cook with less heat and energy, and less use of water and oils, which results in more nutritious food prepared while conserving resources.

Learn more about Saladmaster by reading the Saladmaster Company Profile or by visiting its web site.

Swiss Diamond

One of the top brands in nonstick cookware, Swiss Diamond is known for its nonstick coating created from diamond crystals for durability. The company has recently upgraded its coating with the HD nonstick surface, which is more durable and has improved food release properties. The original Swiss Diamond cookware (read review) have cast aluminum bodies, while the new line, HD Pro, is designed for commercial applications and has lighter, stainless steel bodies and a welded stainless handle. All products being produced, however, will include the new HD nonstick surface.

Learn more about Swiss Diamond by visiting its web site.

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