Best Cookware Made in the USA- Our 2024 Top Picks!

Amy Hand
Amy Hand

Amy Hand

Amy worked as the head pastry chef and the head chef at multiple restaurants in South Africa. She now shares her professional insights about cooking and kitchen tools here at The Skillful Cook.

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Best Cookware Made In USA

To me, local is always best, and that goes for cookware and ingredients! Cookware made in the USA has to undergo rigorous testing to determine its safety. So, if you’re looking for quality that supports the local economy, you have to choose made in the USA.

Best Overall

Our rating:

Lodge 12" Cast Iron Skillet

  • Affordable
  • Heirloom quality
  • Induction compatible

#2 Best Choice

Our rating:

Viking Culinary Cookware Set

  • Dishwasher safe
  • Oven safe
  • Induction compatible

#3 Best Choice

Our rating:

All-Clad Copper Core Cookware Set

  • Heirloom quality
  • Induction compatible
  • Oven safe 600°F

In this article, I’m going to give you a full rundown of cookware brands made in the USA and my favorites in each category.

Our Favorite American-Made Pots and Pans

  1. Nonstick Cookware:  Calphalon x William Sonoma Nonstick Set
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  2. Ceramic Cookware: Nordic Ware Verde Ceramic Nonstick Wok
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  3. Stainless Steel Cookware: Viking Culinary 5-ply Stainless Steel
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  4. Cast Iron Cookware: Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
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  5. Carbon Steel Cookware: Marquette Castings Carbon Steel Skillet
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  6. Copper Cookware: All-Clad Copper Core Cookware Set
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What Cookware Brands are Made in America?

In this list, I have only included pans that are manufactured fully in the USA. The only exceptions are pans with foreign-made handles that are attached in the US. Other than that, the entire body of the pan needs to be made on US soil to qualify.

  • Lodge- This brand has a foundry in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, where it manufactures carbon steel and cast iron. But it's worth noting that Lodge’s enamel cast iron is made in China.
  • Made In Cookware-  This brand is famous for its stainless steel. They are a US-based company with a foundry in Tennessee, but some of its cookware is made in Italy.
  • All-Clad- Known for its fully clad stainless steel and nonstick stainless steel options, All-Clad is a household name for a reason. However, only the Copper Core and D5 nonstick collections are made in the USA.
  • Heritage Steel- If you love a family-owned business, then this stainless steel cookware company is for you. Its cookware is all manufactured in Clarksville, Tennessee.
  • Marquette- Located on the picturesque coast of Lake Superior, this small company is a Michigan gem. It manufactures locally sourced carbon steel and cast iron cookware. But its enamel cast iron is made in China.
  • Cast-a-Way- This is a small two-person company based in South Carolina. They specialize in hand-forged carbon steel skillets and their signature Pioneer pans.
  • Copper State Forge- This is another wonderful small company, this time run by a father and son team. This company is located in Goodyear, Arizona. They offer a range of hand-forged roasters and skillets.
  • Blu Skillet Ironware- As the name suggests, this small Seattle studio focuses on forging carbon steel French skillets, frying pans, and gratins. The company was started by two friends passionate about great, nontoxic cookware.
  • Smithey- This is another small carbon steel company, but it carries a wider range of products than some of the others we mentioned. Its foundry is located in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • North West Skillet Company- This carbon steel company specializes in skillets, which is probably apparent. All the pans are hand-forged in Northeast Oregon by blacksmith Peter Clark
  • Solidteknics- This is a popular Australian brand that also has a factory in Chicago. It offers a limited number of carbon steel pans available made in the US.
  • Nordic Ware- This brand specializes in aluminized steel cookware with ceramic, PTFE-free, nonstick coating. Its factory is located in Tennessee, like so many other cookware companies.
  • Calphalon- This is a large company that designs all its products in the US. But only its Elite range, in collaboration with William Sonoma, is actually manufactured in the USA.
calphalon cookware made in the USA
  • Vollrath- The Wear-Ever nonstick and stainless line and the carbon steel are the only lines from this brand made in the USA. The rest of its cookware is manufactured in China.
  • Viking- This brand is well known for its high-quality cookware made from various materials. Most of their ranges are made in China, but their 5-ply stainless steel line is made in the USA.
  • Borough Furnace- Located in the New York Finger Lakes, this two-person forge is the only manufacturer of enamel cast iron in the USA. They have one Dutch oven available, but they also have a more extensive range of cast iron products.
  • The Field Company- This cast iron brand was founded by two brothers in New York. Currently, its products are manufactured in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
  • Finex- This cookware company got its start with the help of Kickstarter. It specializes in cast iron cookware, and is known for its artisan hexagonal pans with spring handles. It was acquired by Lodge Cookware in 2019.
  • Lancaster Cast Iron Cookware- As the name suggests, this company specializes in cast iron. The brand is relatively new, only being founded in 2018, and its foundry is located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 
  • Nest Homeware- This is yet another American cast iron brand, this time hailing from Providence, Rhode Island. It is known for its elegantly shaped cookware.
  • Stargazer Cast Iron- This cast iron company focuses on making cookware sustainably. ITs manufacturing stages are split between Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
  • Butter Pat Cast Iron- This is a small 41-person company that hand casts quality cast iron cookware. It is located in Alexandria, Virginia, and was just acquired by Yeti.
  • Lifetime Cookware- This brand was founded in 1909, but it has been manufacturing out of its West Bend, Wisconsin factory since 1956. It specializes in stainless steel cookware.

Lodge 12” Cast Iron Skillet- Best Cast Iron Made in USA

Best Cast Iron Made in USA
Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
5.0

This Lodge 12” Cast Iron Skillet is the kind of pan you buy, use all the time, and keep forever. It's made from durable raw cast iron that has incredible heat retention at a really affordable price.

Where is it made: South Pittsburg, Tennessee
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Cast iron requires a little extra love and care, but if you’re willing to put in the time to season it, it will serve you well for years. This material is reactive to acidic foods and can leach small amounts of iron into your food, so if you’re sensitive to that, I suggest avoiding it.

Quick Overview:

  • Material: Cast iron
  • Sizes available: 12”

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Heirloom quality
  • Induction compatible

Cons

  • Requires seasoning
  • Heavy
  • Reactive to acidic food

Viking Culinary Stainless Steel Cookware Set- Best Stainless Steel Made in USA

Best Stainless Steel Made in USA
Viking Culinary Stainless Steel Cookware Set
4.5

So many stainless steel brands claim to be made in the US, but when you dig, they’re only assembled here. But this Viking Culinary 5-ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set is a great exception.

Where is it made: Viking pans are made in the USA, but the company does not specify where.
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This set is made from fully clad 5-ply stainless steel, so it heats up quickly and evenly. As with all stainless steel cookware without a coating, these pans take some time to get used to. But if you preheat them well and use enough oil, they should be semi-nonstick.

Quick Overview:

  • Material: Stainless steel including lids
  • Sizes available: 8” and 10” frying pans, 2 and 3-qt saucepans with lids, 8-qt stock pot with lid, 3.4-qt saute pan with lid

Pros

  • Dishwasher safe
  • Oven safe
  • Induction compatible

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Can’t see through the lids
  • Heavy

All-Clad Copper Core Cookware Set- Best Copper Cookware Made in USA

Best Copper Cookware Made in USA
All-Clad Copper Core Cookware Set
4.5

For my luxury cookware lovers out there, I present to you the All-Clad Copper Core Stainless Steel Cookware Set.

Where is it made: This particular All-Clad set is made in the USA, but they don’t specify exactly where.
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This is a 5-ply stainless steel set that uses copper to make its pans heat quickly with precise heat control. It's only a thin ring set into the base, so there’s no significant threat of the copper coming into contact with your food. If you take care of it, this set will last you a lifetime.

Quick Overview:

  • Material: Stainless steel with copper core in base, stainless steel lids
  • Sizes available: 8” and 10” frying pans, 2-qt and 3-qt saucepans with lids, 3-qt saute pan with lid, 3-qt saute pan with lid, 8-qt stock pot with lid

Pros

  • Heirloom quality
  • Induction compatible
  • Oven and broiler safe 600°F

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Shiny surface scratches easily
  • Takes a learning curve to use

Calphalon x William Sonoma Frying Pan and Saute Pan Set- Best Nonstick Cookware Made in USA

Best Nonstick Cookware Made in USA
Calphalon x William Sonoma Frying Pan and Saute Pan Set
4.8

Nonstick frying pans made in the USA are few and far between, but this Calphalon x William Sonoma Nonstick 2-pc Set is a great option.

Where is it made: This collection is made in the USA, but Calphalon has not specified exactly where.
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If you prefer to avoid PTFE (Teflon) in your cookware, then maybe skip this set and go for my Nordic Ware recommendation below. But if you don’t mind it, these pans have a really effective nonstick that is textured for more sauteeing power. Both these pans are multi-purpose, so you’ll find yourself reaching for them all the time.

Quick Overview:

  • Material: Hard anodized aluminum with PTFE nonstick with stainless steel handle and tempered glass lid
  • Sizes available: 10” fry pan, 3-qt saute pan, lid that fits both pans

Pros

  • Dishwasher safe
  • Oven safe 500°F
  • Multipurpose set

Cons

  • Not available on Amazon
  • Not a long-lasting pan, since no nonstick lasts very long
  • PTFE (Teflon) nonstick

Nordic Ware Ceramic Nonstick Wok- Best Ceramic Cookware Made in USA

Best Ceramic Cookware Made in USA
Nordic Ware Ceramic Nonstick Wok
4.3

US-made ceramic nonstick pans are really hard to find! But look no further than Nordic Ware, especially the Nordic Ware Ceramic Nonstick Wok.

Where is it made: Made in the US with a Chinese-made handle
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The Verde ceramic nonstick range is quite extensive, but I decided to pick out this pan because it's the only wok I could find made in the USA that’s not part of a set. This pan heats quickly and evenly up the tall sides so you can stir fry effectively. It also requires no maintenance compared to its carbon steel counterparts that need to be seasoned.

Quick Overview:

  • Material: Aluminized steel, silicone covered handle
  • Sizes available: 12”

Pros

  • Affordable
  • PTFE-free nonstick
  • Two handles

Cons

  • Not oven safe due to silicone handle
  • Handle made in China, attached in the US
  • Not available on Amazon

Marquette Carbon Steel Skillet- Best Carbon Steel Cookware Made in USA

Best Carbon Steel Cookware Made in USA
Marquette Carbon Steel Skillet
4.8
Buying carbon steel from one of the many small forges in the US is very tempting, because the pieces are so stunning, but they come at a hefty price tag. So, if you have a more limited budget, this Marquette 10’75” Carbon Steel Skillet might be the perfect solution.
Where is it made: This pan is made in Michigan on the shores of Lake Superior, just miles from where the iron is mined.
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It's a beautiful pan from a small business, and the price is reasonable compared to competitors. This is the perfect all-purpose pan to use on the stovetop or the oven. I particularly like this pan for searing.

Quick Overview:

  • Material: Carbon steel with stainless steel handle
  • Sizes available: 10.75”

Pros

  • Middle of the range price
  • Small business
  • Great for searing

Cons

  • Thick and heavy
  • Preseasoned with flax, could chip off
  • Only one size option

Buyer’s Guide

History of Cookware Brands Made in the USA

The commercial cookware industry in America began in the 19th century with cast iron pans. The casting methods were brought to the US with the English colonizers, as cast iron pans had been a staple in European countries since the 1700s. The carbon steel industry was born in the same way, and there are still many boutique carbon steel and cast iron companies around today.

Founded in 1896, Lodge is the oldest continuously running cookware company in the United States. It was started by a family, and the company has stayed family-run to this day. 

The iconic American stainless steel brand, All Clad, invented the fully clad stainless steel pan in 1971. It was followed by Heritage Steel in 1983. Nordic Ware seems to be one of the first (and few) to make nonstick cookware in the USA. Its bakeware has been manufactured in the US for over 75 years.

How to Choose Your Cookware Material

When you’re trying to decide what cookware material to choose, there are lots of questions to consider. What appearance are you looking for? How are you going to use the pan? Is the material safe? How much effort are you willing to put into cleaning and maintaining your cookware?

At the Skillful Cook, we’ve written extensive guides to each type of cookware material. I’ll link to those guides below and include a quick list of properties of each material. 

Stainless Steel  

stainless steel cookware made in USA

Read the full stainless steel guide!

  • Classic silver-toned finish
  • Very durable surface 
  • Great for searing
  • Long lifespan
  • Multipurpose
  • Nonreactive
  • Dishwasher safe and can handle soaking
  • Oven safe
  • Suitable for high-heat cooking
  • Poor heat conductor if it doesn't have an aluminum or copper core

Nonstick (Teflon)

Read the full US-made nonstick cookware guide.

  • Easy food release
  • Ideal for low-fat cooking
  • Only last 3-5 years
  • Contains PTFE and PFAS
  • Use only on medium-low
  • Acidic food can degrade coating
  • Hand wash recommended
  • Plain appearance

Ceramic

ceramic cookware made in the USA

Check out our ceramic cookware guide.

  • PTFE-free nonstick coating
  • Easy food release
  • Only lasts 3-5 years
  • Hand wash recommended
  • Use on medium-low

Pure Ceramic or Stoneware

Learn more about pure ceramic cookware here.

  • Great heat retention
  • Subject to thermal shock
  • No metal base
  • Heavy
  • Attractive color options
  • Not suitable for stovetop (besides some exceptions)
  • Long lifespan
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Variable nonstick properties

Carbon Steel

carbon steel cookware made in the USA

Is carbon steel safe? Find out here.

  • Quick heating
  • Nontoxic
  • Reactive to acidic foods
  • Moderate weight
  • Oven safe
  • Needs to be seasoned
  • Can warp if heated too quickly
  • Semi nonstick

Enamel Cast Iron

enamel cast iron cookware made in the USA

Learn more about enameled cast iron cookware like Le Creuset.

  • Great heat retention
  • Less susceptible to thermal shock than stoneware
  • Some concerns regarding traces of lead in some brands
  • Compatible with all cooktops
  • Can scratch glass cooktops
  • Semi nonstick
  • Hand wash recommended
  • Heavy
  • Expensive
  • Heirloom quality
  • Attractive appearance

Cast Iron

Find out all you wanted to know about cast iron – and more.

  • Very durable
  • Heirloom quality
  • Reactive to acidic foods
  • Needs to be seasoned 
  • Heavy
  • Oven safe
  • Compatible with all cooktops including open flame
  • Can scratch glass cooktops

Copper

Learn about what makes great copper cookware in our guide.

  • Very expensive
  • Bare copper has toxicity risk, so it must always be lined
  • Requires polishing
  • Not oven safe
  • Not nonstick
  • Attractive appearance

Cookware Brands that Are No Longer Made in the US

Unfortunately, some classic American brands have moved their factories overseas. Most of the time, this is due to the low manufacturing costs in other countries.

Farberware, Revere Ware, Calphalon, and Pfaltzgraff are American icons that, sadly, have moved all or most of their cookware manufacturing to China. Even Lodge and All-Clad now manufacture some of their cookware overseas.

360 Cookware is a stainless steel brand made in Wisconsin. It claims that 85% of its cookware components originate primarily in the USA. The brand has stated on its website that, due to sourcing issues, some of its parts come from South Korea, but that it hopes to get back to 100% US manufacturing. 

Is American Kitchen Cookware made in the USA?

This is a brand that many get caught by because of the cleverly chosen name. But if you look a little closer, American Kitchen pans are made from imported components and only assembled in the US.

Conclusion

Finding truly US-made cookware can be difficult, but hopefully, this article has made it much easier! I was surprised and encouraged to see how many brands still make cookware in the US. (And if you’re looking for US-made dinnerware, there are some fabulous options for that, too!)

Overall, I recommend the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet as a great all-purpose pan and the Viking Stainless Steel Cookware Set for a full selection of pots that will last you a lifetime.

If you have any more questions about US-made cookware, please feel free to drop your questions below.

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After finding the chef life a little too high-paced, Amy decided to take her cooking skills and use them to teach others through food writing. She uses her knowledge as a pastry chef and experience as a head chef to write articles that are engaging and helpful while being as entertaining as possible.

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