Made In Cookware Review

I’m super excited to be doing this review of Made In cookware.  This is a brand new line of cookware launched in Sept 2017 and the great thing about it is that it is designed, sourced and made in…you guessed it…..the USA!

made in cookware - starter kit

Over the years, I’ve had a lot of readers ask me to recommend them a cookware that is made in America and so far I only knew of All Clad. Trouble is, All Clad comes with a price tag that few can afford and I didn’t know of any affordable yet high quality alternatives…

That is, until now with Made In cookware.

So when this new, young company asked me to review their line-up of cookware, I was very eager to do so.  I love their proposition which is to offer consumers high quality cookware that is made in America but at an affordable price point.

Do they deliver on that proposition?

A big fat resounding YES!

Not only that, they embrace the philosophy of creating a fun and exciting presence in the kitchen.

To quote one of the co-founders, their aim is to “shake up the sleepy cookware industry”.

Let’s dig into this review and see what they are all about.

Disclosure: I have to let you know that some of the links in this write up are affiliate links which means that if you buy Made In products through my link, I will get paid a small referral fee which will help support this website.  This does not impact my review, I am truly excited to be introducing this innovative company and their products to my readers, specially the ones who kept asking for American made cookware.   


While Made In cookware offers ‘kits’ i.e. pre-made sets in their product offering, their focus seems to be on an ala-carte selection, almost encouraging consumers to ‘make your own cookware set’.

I don’t know about you, but I have several pieces of cookware that i didn’t need but have them because they came with the set.  So I can really appreciate this modular approach.

The current line up for Made In includes:

  • 8”, 10” and 12” Stainless Steel Fry Pans
  • 8”, 10” and 12” Nonstick Fry Pans
  • 4 Qt Stainless Steel Sauté Pan
  • 2 Qt and 3 Qt Stainless Steel Sauce Pans
  • 5 Qt and 8 Qt Stainless Steel Stock Pots

If you would prefer one of their pre-made stainless steel sets, you’re in luck. They’ve put so much thought into their curated selections that you get a set exactly what you need. You can select from The 6-piece (formerly The Starter), The 10-piece (formerly the Sous Chef) and The 13-piece (formerly, the Executive Chef).  

Update 2024: Made In has expanded to also offer Carbon Steel Sets, Non Stick Sets, Enameled Cast Iron and some Copper items.

As well as a a separate bakeware collection and knives.

This review is primarily focused on their stainless steel collection.


I always wonder why cookware manufacturers don’t make it clear as to which lids fit which pan, pot or fry pan so you can make an informed decision to buy or not to buy….

Wait… Made In cookware does!

Firstly, the lids are an optional add-on!  Meaning you choose to buy or not to buy a lid and you pay accordingly.  According to the owners, they sell the lids at cost with no mark-up, which is pretty much unheard of in this industry.

Secondly, and this is what won me over, they have a separate section for just the lids on their website and they clearly state which lids fit which pan and which lids are interchangeable. No more having to hunt for that information and guessing what will work.  

made in cookware lids

So from their lid line-up, turns out they have lids for all the pans and pots except for the 8” and 12” fry pans.

The lids themselves are made of a solid, rust-proof stainless steel and fit snugly on the pans without creating a vacuum.

Update 2024: This has changed and you can read more about their universal lids here.


Made in Cookware is 5 ply stainless steel cookware with an aluminum core.   If you’re not familiar with ply, it means layers and more specifically layers of different metals bonded together.  This  means the layers run throughout the cookware (base and sides) rather than just on the base.  ‘Ply’ cookware is generally a more premium quality than cookware that has aluminum only on the base.

made in cookware aluminum core

In the case of Made in Cookware, the inner and outermost layers are high grade American stainless steel which sandwich 3 thick layers of premium aluminum.  The inner most aluminum layer has additional properties that add to the overall structural strength of the cookware.  



This is something I cover in great depth in the article Buying Stainless Steel Cookware? Read This First.  Specifically there are 3 things that you can use to gauge the quality of a stainless steel cookware (short of walking around with calipers).   As part of this review, let’s measure Made In cookware against each of these standards:

1. The grade of stainless steel.  Made In Cookware is made of high grade American Stainless Steel.  The inner layer which touches the food is 18/10  304 series stainless steel which is rust and corrosion resistant and doesn’t warp easily.  The outermost layer is magnetic stainless steel which allows all the pans to be induction friendly. 

2. The weight of the pot.  The first thing I noticed about the Made in Cookware pans was the ‘heft’ – these are heavier pans which feel solid in your hands.  They are not overly heavy like cast iron, rather they have a comfortable and well balanced weight.

A heavier pan is a sign of quality since it means more metal was used to produce, so it costs more to make.  It is also less likely to warp with usage and provide more even heating without hot spots.

Add the fact that the pans are made in America from source to finish, you know you have a good quality pan, given that America is known for premium metals and premium craftsmanship.

3. The material used in the core. We all know that stainless steel on its own is a poor conductor of heat and needs a middle layer of another metal to improve its heat conductivity.

How well a stainless steel pan performs depends on how evenly the pan spreads the heat across the cooking surface,  without creating hot spots.  This in turn, depends on the thickness of the middle layer: the thicker the better.

Made in Cookware has not one but three layers of thick aluminum sandwiched between the outer layers of stainless steel. This means quick, even heat and no hot spots in the pan.

According to the company, this cookware is designed to outperform and outlast other cheaper cookware!

Sounds good so far.  But made in America, high quality 5-ply construction sounds pricey.


Here’s where their innovative business model comes in.  Made in Cookware delivers direct to consumers, meaning there is no middle man to drive up the margins.

This translates into lower costs which means you get to buy premium quality cookware at affordable prices.  They explain it very well with this nifty little diagram to show how they can supply you with a premium pan for $69 where a comparable pan would cost you $150 at retail.

made in cookware - no mark up

Now I know what you’re thinking : $69 for a pan isn’t cheap.  And you’re right, you can find many pans for much cheaper.  But this is premium cookware, comparable to All Clad.   5 ply of high quality metals,  designed, sourced and manufactured in America.

As I’ve said before in my Buyer Guide, whatever your budget, buy the best cookware that you can afford. For cookware like this, that is designed to last a lifetime, price becomes less of an issue.

I think Made In cookware is a bit of game changer  – American-made premium cookware is now available at a more affordable price.

For anyone looking for an All Clad alternative, this might be it!


They say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover but when it comes to cookware, I beg to differ. Premium cookware is bound to have a premium look because of the quality of the metals and the superior craftsmanship.

made in cookware

Made In cookware is no exception.  The pots and pans were definitely not ‘meant to be hid in a cabinet’, to quote their website. They have a brushed finish which is the result of first polishing and then brushing the cookware.

According to the company, the extra step creates a smoother and prettier finished brushed product.

Bonus: this industrial-chic finish also hides scratches and thumbprints!


The handles on these pans feel incredibly secure and comfortable.  They’re stainless steel with a sleek design and  are riveted to the pans.  The company claims that the long handles (on the sauce pans, fry pans and sauté pan) are designed to stay-cool, even when the pan is hot.  

I tested this by boiling water in a saucepan and letting it boil on medium heat for an hour.  The handle did, indeed, stay cool to touch!


8 QT Stock pot

Heat up: I tested the stock pot for making beef stew.   The pot was quick to heat up which was great, and the helper handles only got slightly warm so I didn’t need pot holders.

Simmer test:  I left the pot to simmer for an hour on the lowest setting on my stove and the stew simmered away, without needing any stirring, much to my delight.

With my other stainless steel pots (which are lighter and have aluminum only on the base, not clad up the sides),  I have to keep the heat on a higher setting for any simmering to happen.

This meant the Made In pot was conducting heat efficiently and evenly.  That’s an indication of the quality and thickness of the aluminum layers in the pot.

Washing: Cleaning up was a breeze!  After the pan was cooled, I let it soak for a few minutes then used a soapy soft foam to sponge and clean. Effortless!

Heat stains: I let the pot air dry after washing and once it was dry, I noticed some rainbow stains at the bottom. 

made in cookware

These are known as heat stains and, in theory, show up when a pan is heated too high (which I might have done, I’m not admitting to anything!) though in practice, I hear of readers getting it even at lower heat settings.    

In my experience, all stainless steel products get this stain at some point, whether it’s All Clad or a much cheaper T-fal stainless steel pan.  I’ve explained in detail why this happens in my article 6 Stains on Stainless Steel if you are interested in more.  Point is, these are unimportant and tend to come and go with reuse.  The only thing affected is the aesthetics.  

Normally I wouldn’t bother but this gave me an opportunity to try out the Made in Cookware Stainless Steel cleaner which goes by the name Make It Like New!

made in - stainless steel cleaner

So as per the instructions on the cleaner,  I wet the base of the pot and sprinkled the cleaning powder over it.   Using a soft sponge, I scrubbed the pot, washed and dried.  Here’s the end result.

made in cookware cleaned

Wow!  Can we say ‘like new again’?

If you’re facing rainbow heat tints on your stainless steel cookware, you can also try lemon juice or vinegar.  Or just wait for the next round of cooking, chances are, it will disappear.  


Made In Cookware currently has 3 sizes of nonstick fry pans in their line-up.  The nonstick coating is PFOA free and is PTFE based (i.e. like teflon).  Here are some  interesting features:

  1. The pans are coated with 3 layers of the most premium nonstick formulation made in the USA. (Most non-stick pans have only 1 to 2 layers of nonstick coating).
  2. In-house tests by the company have shown it to be 10x more durable than other brands tested, making it the most durable surface in the market!
  3. The nonstick coating is safe up to a temperature of 660 F without any damage.  As a benchmark, even the most expensive nonstick pans are limited to 500 F.  This means there is little danger of overheating these pans and causing any fumes or breakdown of the coating.  
  4. Made In’s nonstick coating is also extremely scratch resistant, which means it is metal utensil safe.  Though I would recommend sticking to wooden or silicone utensils for any nonstick pan.

We put it to the ‘Egg Test’!

Now normally I don’t mind a light brush of butter or oil before adding eggs to my regular non-stick pans but the company says to use it without any oil, butter or spray.

So I did.

Excuse my early-Saturday-morning-before-I’ve-had-coffee-Iphone-photography but here’s a pic of the eggs literally sliding out of the pan.

made in nonstick cookware

According to the company, the non-stick will ‘stick around’.  Time will tell but all indications line up that it will.

*Update Nov 2019: I’ve been using this 12″ non-stick pan regularly (i.e. 4-5 times or more a week) for over 2 years now and its still going strong.  Yes, it shows signs of wear from almost daily use and yes, I can see fine lines in the non-stick layer (which, BTW, are inevitable in any non-stick pan over time) even though I have only ever used plastic or wooden utensils and a soft sponge for washing.  But the non-stick coating is still intact, the pan still performs and the crepes and eggs still slide off easily .  No complaints here!


Yes Made In cookware is safe to use in the oven.  This includes the non-stick coated fry pans, which are oven safe up to 500 F.


Made In cookware is also broiler safe.  That includes the non-stick pans which are safe up to 500 F.  Though I wouldn’t recommend using ANY nonstick pans under a broiler,  that’s just not the intended use of a nonstick pan and will definitely work towards shortening the life of your nonstick pan.


Yes, all the cookware, including the non-stick pans, is dishwasher safe.  But as always, I would advise you to wash by hand.  The pans that I tested cleaned up SO easily, I wouldn’t want to subject them to the harshness of a dishwasher.  


Yes, this cookware is induction compatible.  The outer layer of stainless steel is high quality magnetic steel which allows this cookware to be induction cooktop ready.


Made in cookware offers a lifetime factory warranty against defects.

Here’s another game changer: they are so comfortable with the precision and care that goes into their products that they also offer a 45 day no-risk home trial.

I asked the company to explain what this means.  In their own words:

This is a 45 day no questions asked return policy. So if they don’t like the cookware, they can return it back to us and we’ll pay for return shipping from 45 days of the date of purchase. It is definitely the best return policy in the cookware industry.

~Chip Malt, CEO & Co-founder, Made In Cookware


So far, in this Made In cookware review, I’m really impressed with their offering, starting with the quality of their products, the made in America appeal, and the fact that they stand behind their products with a 45 day risk free trial as well as a lifetime warranty.

The only thing I can say is that since they have I would really have liked lids with the 8” and 12”  fry pans.  I know, I know, that’s hardly a deal breaker and most fry pans don’t come with lids anyway.    But anyway, I reached out to the company to ask.   Turns out they are already developing a lid for the 12″ pan, though they don’t have a time frame for it yet!

Update 2024: The company now offers 2 Universal lid option, both made of silicone exterior and a stainless steel interior. One for pots and pans, and a separate one for fry pans. This is truly an innovative solution and I don’t think there’s any other cookware company who has something like this!

So there you have it.   I think I’m ready to pass my final verdict in this Made In cookware review:


Made In cookware gets a strong buy recommendation from The Cookware Advisor.

They pass all the criteria for superior quality cookware with flying colors and are really on a mission to offer high quality premium cookware that is Made In America at an affordable price point.


Made In cookware sells primarily through their own website though you can also find them on Amazon (#ad). You won’t find them in stores or shelves because they follow the Direct to Customer business model to keep costs down and pass on the savings to you.

Made In cookware currently ships to US and Canada.

20 thoughts on “Made In Cookware Review”

  1. Customer Service Extraordinaire

    It is so refreshing when you receive good customer service from the company where you ordered items. I have been the recipient of such good customer service from Made In. I fell in love with the company’s cookware. Their cookware is superb. Cooking in them is great! As long as you follow recommended cooking instructions your food comes out beautifully. The taste is wonderful and the pots clean up easily. But back to the customer service. I ordered a pot from Made In in February 2022 and the month of April was almost at an end and I had not received my merchandise. Of course, I reached out to Made In several times, and from the get-go, I was treated with concern, empathy, and warmth. Even though it was not the fault of the company that my item was not delivered after about 6 or 7 weeks, it went as far as to reimburse me for the cost of shipping. If that is not great customer service, I challenge anyone to show me what is. I have to mention the name, Chris. He was the agent assigned to my issue and he was awesome! He took my case and kept up with me throughout my frustrating wait for my pot. His patience never wavered in the face of my ranting. I must admit I went a little overboard at times, much to my embarrassment. He deserves a large pair of angel wings and a halo. Bless his heart, he is the epitome of great customer service! To Made In, get this man his wings and halo. Because of his marvelous attitude, I will continue to place orders with Made In and tell others about the company. Way to go, Chris! And, yes, my pot finally arrived! Yaaay!!! And Chris celebrated with me. That’s customer service extraordinaire!

    With much appreciation.
    Rosie B

    • Hi Shari, when I interviewed them at time of launch, their stainless steel pans were all crafted in the US. They have since added several new product lines, of which some might be made in Europe since I can see that mentioned on their website. That should explain it!

  2. I’ve been researching cookware sets for months and it’s quite overwhelming. Before seeing your article I was leaning towards the Made In Sous Chef set . I notice they use PTFE in all their pans, they stated that they meet all safety standards which I believe is true. I use to think it was PTFE that was dangerous but after researching it was PFOE that was the hazardous chemical and it hasn’t been included in non stick since 2013. Does this all sound right?

  3. Thanks for posting the response back on the concave issue. That Wired article seems to pop up on any search for product info for Made In. Agree that the 45 day return policy and the good reviews about customer service make it worthwhile to try the product. Ordering the 12″ non stick saute.

    • Glad the response helped Barry, do post your experience once you’ve used the pan. Would be helpful for other readers doing their research too.

  4. Hello! I am considering the Made In Sous Chef Set. It has all the right size pieces that I am looking for. I see many good reviews, but came across one in particular, from 2018, that stated that they were concave (or convex depending on which side of the pan you are looking at.) The reviewer measured the depth and tested for even cooking, and found that the oil in the pan slides to the edges, forming a donut of oil and the pans heat unevenly. He found the same in the saucepans, and measured uneven boiling temperature between the edges and the center. Made In replaced the pans and he got the same results with the new ones. Have you noticed that the bottoms of the pots and pans are uneven? Do you think this has been fixed?

    • Hello Jen, appreciate the fact that you’re doing your research before buying, I think that’s always smart.

      To answer your question, I personally use the Made In pans almost daily and have noticed no such concave effect. Nevertheless, I did reach out to the company a while ago about this same review and got a response from the CEO. Do scroll down to see the thread of that conversation in the comments. I hope that helps a bit. Beyond that, I’d suggest you be the judge yourself and try it out, you always have the option of availing of their return guarantee.

  5. During my research of 12″ of non-stick skillets one reviewer reached out to Made In about covers for the 12″ skillets. He was told Made In plans to manufacture a cover for their 12′ non-stick skillet. I have concluded that the Made In 12′ skillet is the one that I want to purchase, but the cover is something my wife was asking for. When do you think a cover will be available? Thank you

  6. @Edward Smith
    Not to dispute the accuracy of the d5 set from Costco to Made-In’s set price comparison, but for single pieces I found a big disparity. Williams Sonoma sells the All-Clad d5 4 quart saucepan for $285 but Made-In sells their 5-ply 4 quart saucepan for $99.

    I purchased Made-In’s saute pan & 12″ non-stick skillet a year ago & couldn’t be happier with them, plus their handles are very comfortable to hold. Whereas I very much dislike All-Clad’s handles, finding them very uncomfortable to hold.

  7. All Clad D5 Brushed Stainless 10 PC. set…. can be had at Costco for $599.00. Not fair to call this an All Clad alternative when Made In, is in fact…just as expensive if not more expensive.

  8. Check out Vollrath cookware. Mostly made in the USA. Not expensive, but a very reputable company that mostly sells to professional kitchens.

    • I had their cookware for 22 years. Sent several pieces back because the non stick surface no longer functioned. My food was sticking to the pans. They sent it back and wouldn’t honor the 25 year no questions asked warranty. Just sent me a new fry pan. No thank you. I will never buy their stuff again.

  9. I am considering buy new cookware and have browsed the Made In website several times. Before I ordered a set I figured I should do a little research and look for reviews that weren’t on the Made In website and I found this review in Wired. The cookware still gets decent scores but the degree of concavity concerns me. Did you notice this during your review?
    Has Made In addressed this issue? I’m excited about buying new cookware but I don’t want to buy products that I won’t be happy with. I’ll keep reading reviews before I pull the trigger and order one of the cookware sets.

    • Hi Todd, first, I think you’re very smart to do your homework before buying!
      I actually use the Made in saucepan and stockpot almost on a daily basis and have not noticed any concave effect. And I would have felt it given that I cook on a ceramic cooktop which requires cookware to be quite flat.

      Beyond that, Made in has a 45 day no questions asked return guarantee so your purchase is quite risk-free in my opinion.
      I will also reach out to them and see if they have any response.
      Will post it here if I hear back.

    • Hey Todd, I did reach out to Made in Cookware and got a super quick response from Chip Malt, the CEO and cofounder. Here’s what he said:

      “Following the Wired write up we did consult with our product team and made an adjustment to our punch. Essentially, we (slightly) softened the “blow” the punch gives the pan to slightly reduce the concavity. What was skimmed over in the review was that concavity is actually very necessary for the cookware. It allows the cookware to heat up without warping (the concave part of the pan settles into flat place during heating).

      With that said, this is the first time the issue of “concavity” was brought up by any review (professional reviewer or home cook). Bon appetit just released an article mentioning the Wired article, but saying her experience was much more optimistic than Joe’s. While we totally respect Wired as a brand and the education they bring to the review world, we are more focussed on our 98% 5-star review rate and 0.6% return rate from those who are actually using the cookware to cook! The softening in our punch reduced the concavity slightly, but again, we’ve never had even one pan ever returned for a concavity issue…so it was a weird thing for Wired to spend an entire article on.”

      Hope this helps you make the right cookware decision for yourself!

      • Thanks for posting Made In’s reply to the Wired article. I was wondering about it and started searching for more reviews on their product. It seems to be a well made set of cookware.

        • Hi Rebecca, glad you found that helpful. After using the pans regularly for over a year, I have to agree they are a well made cookware set.


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