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Cookware Made in the USA: A Complete Guide

By trk

November 17, 2020

All-Clad, cookware, Heritage Steel, Made in USA

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If you want cookware made in the USA, you have to do some digging to find it.

Imported cookware isn't necessarily poor quality. In fact, some of it is very high quality. We discuss some good Chinese-made brands in our articles Stainless Steel Cookware Sets: A Detailed Buying Guide and The Best Stainless Cookware Set for Every Budget. If you're on a tight budget, some imported cookware is an excellent option.

But we certainly understand the desire to buy American-made cookware. There are many reasons why you might want to do so, from supporting American businesses to getting higher quality products and better customer service. 

The truth is, if you want to buy 100% American-made cookware, it requires a fair amount of research (like we said: digging). Fortunately, you've got us: we did the work of finding the cookware made in the USA--and even which lines of which brands are made here. This wasn't always easy, because some companies are quietly moving their operations overseas to save money and increase profits, while striving to maintain the image of having an American-made product. And because this migration overseas isn't being talked about, it's easy to get this wrong. We found a surprising amount of misinformation all over the Internet--but we're pretty sure we got it right. 

So read on to find out all you need to know to buy cookware made here, in the good ol' US of A.

Aluminum and Nonstick Cookware Made in the USA

Most nonstick cookware is made in China, but we found three brands who still make some of their cookware here.

We recommend buying only nonstick skillets, not entire sets, because of their short life span: they tend to lose their nonstick properties rather quickly, and you really only need it for your skillet. 

We have several articles on buying nonstick cookware, reviews, safety information and more. See our Cookware page for a list of our nonstick articles.

Calphalon (Contemporary and Select Lines Only)

Calphalon Contemporary skillet

See Calphalon cookware store on Amazon

See Calphalon Contemporary omelet pan on Amazon

Go to Calphalon website

Calphalon is an American company with dozens of cookware lines. They're best known for their aluminum nonstick cookware, but they make clad stainless cookware as well as other products. There's a lot of confusing and conflicting information on the Internet about which Calphalon lines are made where.

Here's what we found out:

  • Calphalon Contemporary and Calphalon Select nonstick lines are still made mostly in the USA, but some pieces from these lines may be made overseas. Calphalon does not always specify which pieces are made where (at least, we couldn't find that info). 
  • Calphalon Unison nonstick was made in the USA, but it has been phased out and replaced with cookware made in China. You may still be able to find some Unison pieces on Amazon.
  • The Signature line replaces Unison and AccuCore. Signature is made in China.
  • All of Calphalon's clad stainless cookware is made in China.

So from what we can tell, it looks like Calphalon is slowly moving the bulk of their manufacturing overseas. If you buy Calphalon, it can be tricky to figure out if you're buying an American-made product--and their cookware sets are the worst, because it doesn't look like any of their set pieces are made entirely in the US.

If it is important to you to buy American-made products, Calphalon may not be the best choice. 

Nordic Ware

Nordic Ware skillet

See Nordic Ware Texas Skillet on Amazon (pictured here)

See Nordic Ware store on Amazon

See Nordic Ware cookware at Nordicware.com

If you want to be sure to buy an American-made product, Nordic Ware is a better bet than Calphalon these days. Nordic Ware makes aluminum nonstick cookware and bakeware. They are a small, privately owned company based in Minneapolis, MN. They still make most of their cookware and bakeware in a factory in the Twin Cities--but not all of it. 

We couldn't find information on what is made here and what is made overseas. Our best guess is that if you buy their core products--aluminum/nonstick cookware and bakeware--it's made in the US. If you buy one of their other products, there's a decent chance it's made in China. 

Vollrath Wear-Ever

Vollrath WearEver nonstick skillet

See Vollrath Wear-Ever on Amazon

See Vollrath Wear-Ever line on Amazon

Vollrath is a Wisconsin-based manufacturer that makes dozens of kitchen products, many of them in China. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that their Wear-Ever line of aluminum cookware is still made here in the USA.

Vollrath makes commercial grade products for restaurant kitchens, so they are super heavy duty. The Wear-Ever line is surprisingly reasonably priced, too. 

Because Vollrath makes a lot of their products overseas, we can't guarantee with 100% certainty that all of the Wear-Ever line is made in the USA. Our best recommendation is to check the listing carefully before you buy. (And we do know that the skillet linked to above is made in the USA.)

Since Vollrath is a commercial-product company, they often do not honor warranties for items sold to home users. This isn't a big deal for cookware, but you may want to get an Amazon extended warranty if you decide to go with this brand.

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Cast Iron Cookware Made in the USA

Cast iron skillets have had a resurgence in popularity recently, and a number of small, artisan cast iron makers have popped up in the past few years; almost all of them are made here in the USA. Whether or not you want to pay artisan prices for cast iron cookware is another question, but if you don't, there's always Lodge, which makes some of the most reasonably priced made-in-USA cookware on the market.

But you have to be careful! Because not all Lodge pieces are made in the US. (More on this in a minute.)

In any case, cast iron is an excellent replacement for nonstick cookware, which people are moving away from for a number of reasons (e.g., potential health and safety issues and having to be extremely careful about temperature and utensils). Cast iron has none of the worries that come with nonstick cookware--plus, it lasts forever.

For more information on cast iron skillets, see our article The Best Cast Iron Skillets: How Much Should You Spend?

Field

Cookware Made in the USA

See Field website

Field makes beautiful pans, and they also have the lightest cast iron in the business. You will pay a premium for it, but if you or someone you know loves cooking with cast iron but has mobility issues, Field offers top notch cast iron in a (slightly) lighter package. Its highly machined finish is one of the smoothest you'll find anywhere.

You can read more about Field cast iron skillets in this article

Finex

Finex Cast Iron Skillet

See Finex cast iron on Amazon

See Finex website

Finex is beautifully made cast iron, with a price to match. Whether you love or hate the octagonal design, it's definitely eye-catching. It may be a bit over-engineered, but it's high quality cookware. One of the heavier boutique brands on the market--weighs more than standard Lodge pans. 100% made in the USA.

Lodge

Cookware Made in the USA

See Lodge cast iron on Amazon

Lodge is one of the oldest and most trusted US brands. But if you want to buy an American-made product, stick to their bare cast iron skillets, because their enameled Dutch ovens are made in China.

It's tough to beat Lodge prices and quality. If you want a skillet for your kitchen workhorse, Lodge is an excellent choice. It's not as smooth as the boutique brands, but at a fraction of the price, you can live with the rougher surface until it smooths out with use (polymerized oils fill in the rough spots and make the pan smoother and more nonstick with every use).

Most other inexpensive cast iron skillets are made overseas, so Lodge is one of the few choices--maybe the only choice--for budget-friendly American cast iron. 

Read more about Lodge here.

Nest

Cookware Made in the USA

See Nest braising pan on Amazon

See Nest Homecare website

Nest makes gorgeous artisan cast iron. One of the reasons to buy artisan cast iron is that the surfaces are machined to a fine polished smoothness, and Nest has one of the smoothest surfaces you'll find anywhere. Whether this is worth the premium price tag is up to you, but it is a pleasure to use, and look at, this gorgeous cast iron. 

Its "cherry tree" handles are unique in the business; they're pretty, but more importantly they feel natural in the hand and are a great help with holding and stabilizing the pan.

Smithey Ironware

Cookware Made in the USA

See the Smithey Ironware website

It's another gorgeous artisan cast iron skillet. 

If you're in the market for the artisan stuff, the main reason to buy one brand over another is really just aesthetic choice. Since all cast iron is durable and will last for life, get the one you want: no matter how much you spend, your cost-per-year-of-use will be low. We think the Smithey pans are some of the prettiest ones out there.

Stargazer

Stargazer cast iron skillet

See the Stargazer website

Stargazer skillets also have an extremely smooth surface and are one of the few cast iron brands to have a turned pouring lip to help prevent drips. They have a grooved handle--similar to the All-Clad handle that gets a lot of hate but is actually an excellent design--that can help stabilize the pan a little better than some other handle designs. 

You can read more about Stargazer in this article.

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Clad Stainless Steel Cookware Made in the USA

There are three or four American makers of clad stainless, and two of them make several lines of cookware. The makers with several lines are Regal Ware and New Era; we list their lines separately except for the many waterless brands from Regal Ware, which are all very similar.

There's also All-Clad, the new startup Made In, and USA Pan. 

All of the made-in-USA clad stainless cookware is excellent quality, so it's hard to go wrong with any of it. Our suggestion is to go with the brand you like the most (trust us: pleasing aesthetics are important for any daily use object).

Just be sure you're getting the features you want--if you do that, this will probably be the last set of cookware you'll ever buy. 

360 Cookware

Cookware Made in the USA

See 360 Cookware sets on Amazon

See 360 skillet on Amazon

360 cookware is one of the brands made by Regal Ware in West Bend, WI. It is considered a waterless brand, meaning you can cook with very little water and no added fat. For more on waterless cookware, see our detailed analysis.

Unlike other waterless brands, however, 360 makes a lidless skillet and has no gimmicky vents or steam controls. 360 is excellent, high quality clad stainless cookware and great for all-around use, waterless or otherwise. 

All-Clad

Cookware Made in the USA

See All-Clad D3 7 piece set on Amazon

See All-Clad D3 covered skillet on Amazon (a top deal!)

See All-Clad Copper Core on Amazon (the best upgrade option)

All-Clad clad stainless cookware, made in Canonsburg, PA, is probably the best known and most popular American-made cookware. It is excellent quality, and well worth its purchase price. It has a lifetime warranty and its cost-per-year-of-use is low, making it a good bargain if you're looking for a set of cookware that will last a lifetime.

All-Clad makes several lines and all are great. We recommend their basic tri-ply, D3 if you want the best price and best performance. Copper Core is our upgrade choice. See our Ultimate All-Clad Review, our Copper Core Review, and All-Clad D3 Vs. D5: Which Is Better? for more information.

Note that while All-Clad clad stainless cookware is all still made here in the USA, the company does make some products overseas. Their aluminum nonstick cookware, electronics, and utensils are all made in China. Their stainless lids are also now made in China, including the lids for their clad stainless lines. So if you want a 100% American product, All-Clad is not it. 

American Kitchen Cookware

Cookware Made in the USA

See American Kitchen cookware on Amazon

See the American Kitchen website

American Kitchen is made by Regal Ware in West Bend, Wisconsin. Their lines include tri-ply clad stainless and cast aluminum nonstick cookware.

Though we haven't tested it, there's no doubt this is high quality cookware. Prices are in the All-Clad range, so that's the market they're going after. 

We don't have a lot more information on the American Kitchen line, but we can tell you that it is a 100% American made product, including lids and nonstick aluminum.

American Waterless Cookware

Cookware Made in the USA

See the American Waterless Cookware site

American Waterless cookware is made by the New Era company in Clarksville TN. It is excellent quality waterless cookware. You can see from the picture that this is pretty standard waterless cookware. It is top quality stuff, though, with "vacuumatic" lids and made from 316Ti "surgical" stainless steel (as are many of the New Era brands).

There are a few different lines of American Waterless so if you're interested in it, your best bet is to follow the link above and do your research on their site. There's also a toll free number you can call with questions or to set up an appointment with a representative.

Belkraft Waterless Cookware

Cookware Made in the USA

See the Belkraft website

Belkraft is a waterless, "vacuumatic" cookware brand made by New Era Cookware. Like their other brands, Belkraft is made of 316Ti surgical stainless steel and 439 ferritic (magnetic) stainless for induction compatibility. Both of these steels are considered extremely durable and corrosion resistant.

As you can see from the photo, Belkraft and American Waterless (above) are very similar in design. There's no doubt the lines differ, but we haven't done enough research to tell you how--you'll have to contact the company to find out more. 

Belkraft is a direct-to-consumer brand, so you have to contact the company (via the website) to request information. We have no doubt it's high quality cookware, but the "waterless" label usually carries a premium price--and you can get other New Era cookware (like Heritage Steel), made of the same steel, for less. 

Heritage Steel (by Hammer Stahl--by New Era) 

Cookware Made in the USA

See Heritage Steel cookware sets on Amazon

See Heritage Steel skillet on Amazon

See Heritage Steel sauce pans on Amazon

See Heritage Steel sauté pans on Amazon 

See Heritage Steel cookware at Everything Kitchens 

Go to Heritage Steel website

Heritage Steel is another brand owned by New Era Cookware in Clarksville, Tennessee. New Era also made Hammer Stahl and American Clad, but these brands seem to have now become Heritage Steel.

You may still be able to find Hammer Stahl and American Clad cookware online, but they're being phased out. The configuration is different than the Heritage Steel, being 7-ply and nearly identical in design to the high end Belgian line Demeyere (and truly exceptional cookware).

Heritage Steel is 5-ply cookware with three internal layers of aluminum. Like many New Era products, Heritage Steel is made from 316Ti stainless, a high grade of surgical stainless with titanium--New Era claims 316Ti is even more corrosion resistant than regular 18/10 stainless. The external stainless is 439 stainless, a ferritic stainless (for induction compatibility) that is more corrosion resistant than the 400 stainless used by All-Clad and other brands.

In short, this is extremely durable cookware. We haven't tested it, so we don't know how it compares to brands like All-Clad and Demeyere, but judging by reviews, it's high quality cookware with enough aluminum to provide great performance.

We really like the sets of this brand: they contain good-sized pieces and no filler pieces. In some sets, the skillet comes with its own lid, which is uncommon, and a very nice perk.

If you're looking for a set, be sure to check both Amazon and everythingkitchens.com, as the set pieces can vary. 

Made In

Cookware Made in the USA

Go to Made In cookware site

Made In is a direct-to-consumer brand founded by a Kickstart campaign in 2016. Since then, they've expanded their stainless cookware to include carbon steel, nonstick, and copper cookware, as well as knives, bakeware, and even a rolling pin and a spoon.

Maybe the first thing to know here is that not all Made In products are made in the USA. It might be just the clad stainless cookware that's made here: their carbon steel pans are made in France, and their nonstick cookware is made in Italy. So while they don't have any products made in China, their products are definitely not 100% made in the USA (which is ironic considering their name, which is meant to capitalize on the made-in-USA label).

Also: with the way they package their cookware sets now--that is, with clad stainless, carbon steel, and nonstick pieces together--it's impossible to buy a set that's fully made in the USA.

That's frustrating for people who want to buy American-made products.

Also, before buying, you should know that carbon steel is generally much less expensive than the Made In prices: you can find a 12-inch carbon steel skillet on Amazon for $20-$40 less than the Made In price (and like cast iron, all carbon steel is pretty much the same, so there's no real reason to pay a higher price for it). 

So even if you like the idea of buying a set that contains stainless and carbon steel, and possibly nonstick, too, you may be paying too much for it. 

About the clad stainless cookware: Made In stainless is 5-ply with 3 inner layers of aluminum. This is a good basic configuration, but we wish they'd provide details on the thickness of this cookware on their website. (We have requested this information and gotten no reply.) We haven't been able to find this info, so without cutting it open and measuring, we can't provide a precise recommendation--we don't know how well it performs, and without the actual construction given, we can only guess. 

So while people love this cookware and it's had great success, we are reserving judgment until we actually test it. It's probably high quality, but the heating performance is an unknown (to us, anyway) at this point. And we're not crazy about them mixing different cookware types in the same set, because it makes it harder to know if the price is good--or not so good. However, if you love the idea of getting both a stainless and a carbon steel skillet, this may be the only brand offering such a mix. 

Health Craft, Lifetime, Royal Queen, Saladmaster

Cookware Made in the USA

See the Health Craft website

See the Lifetime website

See the Royal Queen (Amway) website

See the Saladmaster website

These are all brands of waterless cookware made by Regal Ware in West Bend Wisconsin. Though they have different configurations (some have 3 plies, some have as many as 9), they are all sold by the direct selling method--meaning you'll most likely have to talk to a representative and watch a presentation before you'll know the price. 

If you think All-Clad is expensive, you'll be shocked at what these high-end waterless brands go for.

People swear by brands like Saladmaster, which has an excellent reputation for quality and durability, as well as for aiding those who want to live a healthy, low-fat lifestyle. It's our belief that you can cook healthily with any cookware--including cookware much less expensive--but the Regal Ware brands do have an excellent reputation. 

See our article Waterless Cookware: A Detailed Analysis for more information.

USA Pan

Cookware Made in the USA

See USA Pan store on Amazon

See the USA Pan cookware set on Amazon

See the USA Pan website

USA Pan has been around since the 1950s, but they were a commercial brand and have been selling to home users only since 2009. They are best known for their bakeware, which has a reputation as being one of the best brands on the market. 

Their cookware is 5-ply clad stainless with 3 internal layers of aluminum. It's marketed as waterless, with vapor-seal lids, but the price is considerably less than other American-made brands of waterless cookware. 

Unfortunately, we're not 100% certain that USA Pan cookware is made here in the USA. They state that their bakeware is made here, but we haven't found such a statement for their cookware. This doesn't mean it isn't made here--but it might not be. The best we can say is that the cookware is probably made in the US.

Also unfortunate is that at the time of this writing (late 2020), nearly all of their products are out of stock, both on Amazon and on their website. We suspect this is due to Covid-19, so if you're interested in this cookware or bakeware, check back occasionally to see if it's available.

Viking

Cookware Made in the USA

See Viking 3-ply set on Amazon

See Viking 5-ply set on Amazon

See Viking 3-ply skillet on Amazon

Go to the Viking cookware site

Viking--yes, the same company that makes high-end kitchen appliances--makes some, but not all, their cookware in the USA. Their 3-ply and 5-ply with stainless lids (what they call their professional lines) are made in the USA; the rest of their cookware is made overseas (probably in China).

Viking cookware is beautiful, and it's going to run as much or more than All-Clad. As pretty as this cookware is, though, we don't recommend it. The 3-ply is 2.5mm thick--compare to All-Clad D3 at 2.7mm. This means that you're paying the same or more for thinner cookware--cookware that isn't going to heat as quickly or as evenly.

The 5-ply has three internal layers of aluminum, which is good (better than having internal stainless steel), but it is also on the thin side. If you want 5-ply cookware, we recommend Demeyere Industry 5/5 Plus if you don't mind that it's imported from Belgium. If you want a made-in-USA product, we recommend All-Clad D3, which is less expensive and has more aluminum (for better overall performance).

Vollrath Tribute

Cookware Made in the USA

See Vollrath Tribute 12-inch nonstick on Amazon (tri-ply)

See Vollrath Tribute 10-inch skillet on Amazon

See Vollrath Tribute line at webstaurantstore.com

Vollrath is a Wisconsin-based company that makes primarily commercial-grade products. Their Mirage Pro induction burner is one of our all-time favorite products, even though it's made in China.

Vollrath makes most of their products in China, so we were pleasantly surprised to find that some of their cookware is made here in the USA. We're not sure which of their lines are made here, but we do know for certain that the two pans we link to above are made in the USA. Most of the Tribute line seems to be made here--but check the listing carefully before buying if you want to be sure.

Since Vollrath is a commercial-product company, they often do not honor warranties for items sold to home users. This isn't a big deal for cookware, but you may want to get an Amazon extended warranty if you decide to go with this brand.

Wolf Gourmet Cookware

Cookware Made in the USA

See Wolf Gourmet Cookware on Amazon

See Wolf Gourmet Cookware website

Wolf-Subzero-Cole is an American company that still makes most of their products here, including their fabulous ranges and Subzero refrigerators. Their small electronics are made in China.

Their clad stainless cookware is 100% made in the USA. It's one of the few 7-ply lines of cookware, so it's heavy duty and quite durable. However, the plies are alternating layers of stainless steel and aluminum; if you've read any of our other articles, you know that we don't care for internal layers of stainless. Stainless is for durability, and adds nothing to the heating properties. Therefore, it should be on the outside of the cookware, with internal layers of heat-spreading metals like aluminum and copper. 

Furthermore, this is expensive cookware--which makes perfect sense, as it's made by a premium brand. So you're going to pay a lot for those extra layers of stainless steel, and not get much better performance out of them.

One feature of these pans that's kind of cool is that the bottoms are "beveled," which means they're slightly angled around the sides so there are no right angles to collect food particles and gunk. This means no worries when stirring or whisking, because the utensil can reach every inch of the cooking surface. This isn't cool enough for us to recommend these pans, and the drawback is that there's less flat cooking surface. But it's something we've only ever seen in this cookware, so we thought we should mention it.

If you want a multi-ply cookware, we recommend taking a look at Demeyere, which has a 5-ply line and a 7-ply line--it's top notch cookware, made in Belgium, and though it's expensive, you'll get unmatched performance from it, so we think it's worth the high cost. Much as we love Wolf ranges, we can't say the same about their cookware.

If you're set on American-made cookware, it's tough to beat All-Clad D3 or Copper Core (and if you're going to pay premium prices, All-Clad is definitely the way to go).

For more about Demeyere cookware, see our article All-Clad Vs. Demeyere: Which Is Better?

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Copper Cookware Made in the USA

Ah, what semi-serious cook doesn't dream of having a kitchen full of copper cookware? Not only is it gorgeous, but it's also the best-performing cookware on the market: copper heats faster and more evenly than any other type of cookware.

At least, it does if there's enough of it, and if there is enough of it, it's some of the most expensive cookware on the market. 

These two American makers are testament to that fact. You're not going to find better quality, or performance, anywhere else in the world. 

Brooklyn Copper Cookware

Cookware Made in the USA

See the Brooklyn Copper Cookware site

Brooklyn Copper Cookware is an artisan brand made entirely in the USA. These pans are turned on a lathe rather than stamped, so each pan is made lovingly by hand. They have the traditional tin lining (the original nonstick surface) and cast iron handles. Their copper is 99% pure and certified free of lead, cadmium, and other toxins; it ranges between 2.5 and 3.2mm thick, depending on the piece. Their tin linings are 99.9% pure--some of the purest tin to be found in cookware--note also that tin is a much better conductor of heat than stainless, so it is the preferred lining by most serious chefs (even though it requires occasional re-tinning).

In short, Brooklyn Copper Cookware makes cookware that is top-of-the-line. It's as beautiful as it is functional, and it's one of the few truly artisan cookware products still made anywhere in the world.

It may not be a pan you'd buy for yourself, but if you have a cookware enthusiast on your holiday gift list and a big budget, a pan from BCC would be a gift that would last for a lifetime--and one that would be remembered for a lifetime.

Duparquet

Cookware Made in the USA

See Duparquet cookware website

Duparquet is another artisanal brand of copper cookware made entirely in the USA. It's beautiful stuff, with a few more offerings than BCC: they make tin-lined and silver-lined copper cookware, as well as a few pieces of all-silver cookware, as well as knives and bowls.

If you don't know, silver is considered an even better conductor of heat than copper. The only reason it's not used extensively in cookware is because of the cost. Few people want to pay the price for silver cookware.

But Duparquet gives you that option, so if you're looking for something unique and really special, check out this site. 

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Final Thoughts

These are all the American brands of cookware that we could find. We hope it was a helpful list. If you know of any brands we missed, please let us know in the comments below.

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