Pioneer Woman Cookware Reviews 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

If you have ever seen Ree Drummond on the Food Network or read any of her numerous lifestyle blogs, you will know that she loves all things food-related.

She has put her name to a stunning range of cookware that is not only extremely practical, it is also amazingly affordable.

You can see her country roots in the vintage design of each piece, everything looks at home in a farmhouse kitchen or down on the ranch.

We have found some of her cookware sets for you to take a look at.

Hopefully, by reading our Pioneer Woman cookware reviews, we will help you to make an informed buying decision.

Pioneer Woman Vs Rachael Ray Cookware

These ladies have similar size and ranges in their cookware sets, both constructed in similar ways. It may come down to personal preference when choosing between the Pioneer Woman and Rachael Ray Cookware.

I compared Two similar 10-piece sets

  • Both were of aluminum construction with a porcelain enamel
  • Both had good-quality non-stick cooking surfaces that are not metal utensil compatible.
  • The Pioneer Woman set had a cast-iron frypan, unlike the Rachael Ray set
  • The Rachael Ray set was around $10 less expensive
  • Pioneer Woman is a lesser-known brand, Rachael Ray has been around for a longer time and has more positive reviews
  • All of the Pioneer Cookware reviews contain stunning vintage designs with a contemporary twist

Read our Pioneer Woman pots and pans reviews and see what you think.

Top 3 Pioneer Woman Cookware Set

Pioneer Woman Cookware Reviews

1. Pioneer Woman Vintage Speckle 10-Piece – Our Pick

This is a full 10-piece cooking set that includes everything a busy home cook could need. Pans for boiling and heating, pots for baking, and skillets for frying and searing, all together in one Pioneer Woman cookware set.

Each piece has an aluminum core coated in enameled porcelain, other than the smallest fry pan which is solid cast iron.

The speckled turquoise finish would make a lovely addition to any kitchen, but if that’s not for you, then it is also available in red, black, and linen colors.

What to expect

TypeSizeMaterialLid
Fry Pan8”Cast IronNo
Fry Pan9.5”AluminumNo
Saucepan1.1qtAluminumYes
Saucepan2.5qtAluminumYes
Dutch Oven5.5qtAluminumYes
Jumbo Cooker4.2qtAluminumYes

My favorite thing to do when I’m cooking is 1-pot dishes. Sometimes that means a casserole or soup, other times it means searing a cut of meat on the stove and then leaving it in the pan to finish off in the oven.

As all of this cookware is ovenproof, this is achievable.

With tempered glass lids and silicone-coated stainless steel handles, ovens temperatures of up to 350-degrees F are safe.

The pre-seasoned cast iron fry pan can withstand huge temperatures of 900-degrees F.

I love that the Pioneer Woman cast iron fry pan can withstand huge temperatures of 900-degrees F. It arrives pre-seasoned which means there’s no messing about, you can use it immediately.

The rest of the set is relatively lightweight, this makes it easy to transport around the kitchen.

The vintage speckled design gives the set a vintage feel with a modern twist.

Cooking is a cinch as 3 reinforced layers add great strength and durability along with a superior non-stick cooking surface.

The jumbo cooker would look fabulous as a dining table centerpiece at a dinner party.

Pros
  • The PFOA-free, non-toxic cooking surface
  • Color won’t fade or alter over time
  • Superior, tough cooking surface
  • Compatible with most cooking surfaces including glass and ceramic
  • Very easy to clean
  • Ideal for everyday use
  • Comfy grip, stay-cool handles
  • The large lid fits fry pan
Cons
  • Not induction safe
  • Not dishwasher recommended

2. Pioneer Woman Classic Belly Gradient Mint – Recommended

What a beautiful looking set this is, although it has a very modern style, it wouldn’t look at all out of place in a traditional farmhouse kitchen.

This Pioneer Woman pan set contains a wide variety of cookware, enough to make pretty much every meal you can think of.

The non-stick interior really is reliable, the aluminum ensures heat distributes and retains evenly.  Food releases easily, and because of the chemical-free ceramic coating, minimal oil is needed, if any at all.

What to expect

TypeSizeMaterialLid
Skillet8”Cast ironNo
Fry Pan9.5”Aluminum, ceramicNo
Saucepan1.5qtYes
Saucepan3.1qtYes
Dutch Oven5.5qtYes
Jumbo Cooker4.6qtYes

Tempered glass lids allow the user to keep an eye on the progress inside without having to lift them and lose valuable heat and moisture. They are also ovenproof up to 350-degrees F, remove the lids and the Pioneer Woman pots and pans can withstand an extra 50-degrees.

This may sound strange but I love that the cooking ware is recommended for hand wash only. There is something quite therapeutic about dipping each pan into the warm, soapy water and with only a wipe-over using a soft cloth, watching it return to new condition.

This is truly one of the easiest cookware sets I’ve ever known to maintain.

The smaller cast-iron skillet can withstand higher temperatures and is dishwasher safe. Don’t forget that you will need to re-season it after each wash.

This substantial Pioneer Woman cookware will not only look impressive on display in your kitchen, but it will also make cooking joy.

Pros
  • PFOA and PTFE-free non-stick coating
  • Exceptionally easy cleanup
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Affordable
  • Oven safe
  • Attractive belly-shape, vintage design
  • Tempered glass, interchangeable lids
  • Double riveted handles for added security
  • Ideal gift
Cons
  • Not recommended for dishwasher use
  • Cast iron skillet will need seasoning after washing
  • Not induction compatible
  • May chip when nesting, layer paper towel between to prevent

3. Pioneer Woman Vintage Speckle 24-Pcs – Recommended

This is a huge set that could virtually replace all existing shabby cookware in your kitchen.

I think it would be a perfect wedding present or ideal for someone starting out for the first time.

You wouldn’t just be giving them attractive, vintage-style cookware; you would be preparing them for all stages of cooking, from preparation through to serving.

What to expect

TypeSizeMaterialLid
Saucepan1qtAluminumYes
Saucepan2.5qtAluminumYes
Dutch Oven5.5qtAluminumYes
Fry Pan9.5.2AluminumNo
Skillet12”AluminumNo
Skillet8 inchCast IronNo
Mini Au GratinsX2Cast IronNo

Also included

  • 4 ceramic measuring bowls
  • 4 ceramic measuring spoons
  • 2 silicone sleeves
  • 2 wooden and 1 nylon utensils

The set is available in pretty turquoise of vibrant red and the ceramic ware has highlights of both that compliment the set beautifully. Everything is fully functional but also looks attractive when on display on a counter.

The steam vents on the glass lids are useful, also the fact that the handles stay cool when on the stove.

I love cooking on cast iron and there are 3-pieces in this set. All of which have amazing heat retention and durability; the cast is virtually indestructible!

The 2-silicone sleeves are ideal for preventing burns when lifting the skillet in and out of the oven. They slide on and off and can, therefore, be used with any other of the Pioneer Woman pans.

Is this cookware induction friendly? Sadly, it is made from aluminum which isn’t magnetic and so, no; it won’t work on an induction stove.

However, it will perform well on every other cooking surface, whether that is gas, electric, halogen, or ceramic.

This is a stunning set with a lovely speckled finish that could adorn every kitchen and be fully-functional for many happy years.

Pros
  • Huge set, ideal starter kit
  • Great value for money
  • Stunning vintage/modern design
  • A useful mix of cast iron and non-stick aluminum cookware
  • Substantial, without being too heavy
  • Available in red and turquoise
  • Oven safe
Cons
  • No lid fits the 12” skillet
  • Do not use metal utensils
  • Hand washing recommended

Paula Deen Vs Rachael Ray Cookware

If you’re struggling to decide between the 3 sets I took a look at the 10-piece set in each range.

Pioneer Woman Cookware

  • Aluminum with porcelain ceramic exterior
  • Ovenproof
  • PFOA and PTFE-free
  • Hand washing only
  • Vintage style
  • Not induction compatible

Paula Deen Cookware

  • Dishwasher safe
  • Ovenproof
  • Hard plastic handles
  • non-stick coating

Rachael Ray Cookware

  • Hard-anodized metal, 2x stronger than stainless steel
  • dishwasher safe
  • ovenproof
  • induction compatible
  • PFOA and lead-free,

While all 3 sets have similar durability and non-stick claims, the Rachael Ray set has the highest customer rating.

Hers is also the most expensive set at almost a third more than the other 2.

The Pioneer Woman cookware set is the only one that has an additional cast-iron fry pan.

The choice is very personal. Weigh up the factors, styles, and colors to find the most suitable set for you.

  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is Pioneer Woman porcelain enamel cookware dishwasher safe?

It is always recommended to wash your ceramic pots and pans by hand. You will honestly e amazed at just how simple the process is and just how little time it takes to get food remnants off the cookware. All Pioneer Woman cookware is designed to have non-stick cooking surfaces with easy food release. Dishwashing ceramic cookware can not only fade and stain any color; it can also prove harmful to any non-stick coatings.

Where is the Pioneer Woman ceramic cookware reviewed, made?

Most of the cookware is made expertly in China, though many of the non-stick baking tins are made in the USA.

Are the Pioneer Woman pans reviewed safe for oven use?

All of the cookware that we have feature is safe to use in the oven. Read each review to find out exactly what is the maximum temperature that they can withstand. Where the pots and pans have tempered glass lids, the glass will only be safe up to 350-degrees F. If you need a higher heat, we suggest you remove the lid first.

  And finally

You choose to buy the Best Pioneer Woman Cookware because you are a fan of Ree’s or because you are impressed with the product, I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

Each set would complement any kitchen while costing a fraction of the price of other brands.

I can’t imagine a better wedding gift than the Pioneer Woman 10-piece set featured in our reviews.

Each piece is a perfect combination of low-price, high-quality, and vintage design.

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