I know we all cook the majority of our food in Instant Pots now, but you still need to pull out regular cookware on occasion, and no, I’m not counting that nonstick egg pan you bought in college that’s flaking off carcinogens into your omelettes every weekend. There’s no shortage of good pots and pans out there, but Great Jones makes some of the best performing (and best looking) cookware I’ve ever tried.
Great Jones currently offers five pieces of cookware: an enameled dutch oven, a stockpot, a saucepan, a skillet, and a small ceramic egg pan, and they all include Instagram-ready, rose gold-tinted handles, with no visible rivets on the inside of the pans. It’s Great Jones’ signature, and it’s one of the best looking handles I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t hurt that they’re comfortable to hold too, and don’t get hot. For true aesthetes, the dutch oven also comes in a variety of bold colors.
But looks aside, Great Jones checked off all the major performance and usability boxes. The pans are oven safe to 500 degrees, dishwasher safe, induction-friendly, and include laser-etched measurement markers on the inside, which can potentially save you a few dirty measuring cups. Most importantly though, the stockpot, saucepan, and skillet are all constructed from fully clad stainless steel, meaning their fast-heating aluminum cores extend up the sidewalls for even heating throughout. That’s the same type of construction you’d find in more expensive pans from the likes of Cuisinart and All-Clad, even as these are priced decidedly in the mid-range of the market.
To test out the stockpot they sent me to try, I boiled two cups of water on identical gas burners over high heat in both the Great Jones 8 qt. pot and a Faberware 8 qt. pot that I’ve been using for several years. The Faberware is, admittedly, a less expensive pan, but the Great Jones absolutely trounced it, reaching a rolling boil about a minute and a half faster. It’s clear that this isn’t just marketing hype, and these aren’t just cheap pans with millennial-friendly looks; they’re the real deal.
It’s early days, but we’d love to see Great Jones expand the line to more sizes (a smaller saucepan, in particular, would be lovely), but the five on offer now (priced from $45-$145 each, or $395 as a full set) should cover just about anything you want to cook.