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Cookware

Lékué Rice and Grain Cooker

Outside of the electric rice cooker, grain cookery is sort of a big question mark. With its microwave cooking pot, Lékué promises to make cooking seven types of grains as easy as nuking water for tea. We investigated. READ MORE

Cookware

Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 12-Inch Everyday Pan

Calphalon calls this an everyday pan, meaning you'll reach for it nearly every time you make dinner. Can this high-sided nonstick pan measure up? We found out. READ MORE

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Camerons Original Stovetop Smoker

Smoked foods are part of the kitchen repertoire, but firing up the backyard smoker isn't always practical. An indoor stovetop smoker sounds ideal, but can you find one that's easy to use and doesn't smoke you out? We fired up the Original Stovetop Smoker by Camerons. READ MORE

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Staub 5-1/2-Quart Round Cocotte

Enameled cast iron like Le Creuset is a natural for braising meats, but it has a few quirks. Staub makes braising pans (called cocottes) with a few features that Le Creuset's lack. Can they add up to a better beef bourguignon? We tested to find out. READ MORE

Cookware

Tumbleweed Deep Dish Chicken Cooker

Whatever you call it—beer can chicken, beer-butt chicken—vertical roasting is here to stay. Tumbleweed Pottery's ceramic Deep Dish Chicken Cooker is nice and roomy, plus it looks handsome, but can it cook a better bird? We found out. READ MORE

Roasting Pans

Viking Stainless Steel Roasting Pan

When you're ready to invest in a roasting pan, you want one that you can spend the rest of your life with. Viking has a great reputation for heavy-duty ranges; can a pan embossed with the same name be just as good? We tested the Viking Stainless Steel Roasting Pan to find out. READ MORE

Cookware

All-Clad Stainless 1.5-Quart Sauce Pan

All-Clad has a well-deserved reputation for quality stainless cookware, but which pieces are you going to use often enough to justify the investment? A 1.5-quart saucepan sounds useful—we got busy in the CHOW Test Kitchen to see just how utilitarian it is. READ MORE

Roasting Pans

KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions Stainless Steel Roaster

The KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions Stainless Steel Roaster is affordable for the size, but does this large roasting pan pass the crucial holiday-bird test? We cranked the oven to find out. READ MORE

Cookware

All-Clad Hard Anodized Nonstick Grande Grille Pan

Range-top grills are great when you don't feel like firing up the outdoor barbecue. All-Clad's Grande Grille Pan has deluxe dimensions, but is it worth the $100 you'll drop on it? We got out the tongs to find out. READ MORE

Roasting Pans

All-Clad Roti Pan Open Rectangular Stainless Roaster

Even if you only use a roasting pan during the holidays, you want to buy one that lasts. That means making an investment. All-Clad pots and saucepans are well-made and durable, so does it follow that an All-Clad roaster is just as good? We trussed up a bird and got roasting to find out. READ MORE

Cookware

Lodge Logic 12-Inch Cast Iron Pan

Cast iron is as American as Paul Bunyan's ax, but it's always been fussy about seasoning and rust. Lodge tried to fix that with its Logic line, but can these pans be useful as everyday cookware? We fired up the stove to find out. READ MORE

Cookware

Simply Calphalon Ceramic Nonstick 8-Inch and 10-Inch Omelet Pan Set

So-called ecofriendly ceramic nonstick pans have proliferated so much it's hard to keep track of them all. This Simply Calphalon set of omelet pans in two sizes is a Bed Bath & Beyond exclusive. It's affordable, but can the pans hold their own against a hot burner? We cracked a few eggs to find out. READ MORE

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Williams-Sonoma 14-Inch Hammered Flat Bottom Wok

Like a cast-iron skillet you'll cherish for decades, a wok should be something you keep for life. That means the one you bring into your kitchen has to be just right. Is this Williams-Sonoma 14-inch carbon-steel wok the one you'll want to grow old gracefully with? We got stir-frying to find out. READ MORE

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Victorio Stainless Steel Multi-Use Canner

You can do water bath canning in an old stockpot or a Dutch oven, but a roomy, heavy-duty canner with a few bells and whistles is an urban homesteader's dream. How does the Victorio VKP1130 stack up? We put up some summer fruit jams to find out. READ MORE

Cookware

GreenPan Paris 10-Inch Hard Anodized Open Fry Pan

GreenPan's Thermolon ceramic nonstick cooking surface is safer for the environment, but how does the Paris 10-inch hard anodized fry pan perform in your kitchen? Our Product Review Team fries up some tests to see. READ MORE

Cookware

Le Creuset Rectangular Skinny Grill

A lot of cooks love Le Creuset French ovens and braisers, but can the best-known maker of enameled cast iron design a grill pan worthy of your dollars? We tested three wildly different foods on Le Creuset's compact Rectangular Skinny Grill to find out. READ MORE

Cookware

12-Inch Chef's Stainless Steel Fry Pan from Emeril by All-Clad

Emeril's 12-inch fry pan has the All-Clad name and a budget price, but can it perform as well as regular All-Clad? We seared, sautéed, and pan-roasted to see just how well this cobranded cookware stacks up. READ MORE