Best Curtis Stone Cookware (Dura Pan Reviews)

Are you looking for a line of cookware designed by someone who understands the frustrations and limitations of cooking from home?

When you go to the effort of cooking yourself a meal, there are few things more irritating than food left cemented to your pan—causing a lengthy cleanup process on top of the time you have already spent over the hot stove. The Curtis Stone Company has designed a line of cookware specifically to save home cooks time and provide organization in your kitchen. Their Dura-Pan nonstick coating makes cleanup easy so that the joy of making a meal is not overshadowed by the dread of cleaning up afterward.

In this guide, we will outline the features of each of their primary cookware items and sets in order to help you avoid the added stress of chiseling food residue from your pans after cooking.

Curtis Stone Dura-Pan Nonstick 1.5-Quart Saucepan

Curtis Stone Dura Pan 1.5

This red saucepan can hold one and a half quarts, making it perfect for gravy, pasta sauce or pudding—or simply heating up some milk for hot chocolate. Its Dura-Pan nonstick coating will keep even thick, cheesy sauces such as Alfredo from adhering to the bottom and sides.  It is created from forged aluminum with a stainless steel bottom and a reinforced rim. Best of all, it has a vented, tempered-glass lid so that you do not have to have a separate pasta strainer—you can tip the pan and remove the water while keeping the pasta inside.

This dura pan can even be placed in the oven safely up to 400 degrees for the lid and 450 degrees for the pan. Its handle is stainless steel and double-riveted for security. With its compact size, nonstick coating, and affordable price, it will quickly become a favorite cookware item in your home.

Features:
  • The lowest price of the cookware items in this guide
  • Stainless steel disc bases
  • Reinforced rims
  • Stainless steel handle
  • Strainer lid
  • Oven-safe temperature – pan: 450º F; lid: 400º F
  • Weight: 3 pounds
  • Red
Things To Consider
This is not the largest saucepan on the market, so if you need to cook sauces for a large family, this might not be the best choice, but it is perfect for small families or singles.

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Curtis Stone Nonstick Cookware Set – 13 Piece

Curtis Stone Dura 13 piece

This red cookware set is incredibly versatile, featuring several saucepans of different sizes and shapes up to a large stockpot. It includes all the crucial pieces, as well as some specialty items such as a crepe pan and an egg poaching set. All the interiors are covered in the metal utensil-safe Dura-Pan nonstick coating that transforms your entire cleanup process by saving you a considerable amount of time.

This set also features the same durable forged aluminum material as well as interchangeable strainer lids. Because there are so many items in this set, it has one of the highest prices of the sets on this list.

Features:
  • 13-piece cookware set
  • Forged aluminum
  • Stainless steel bases
  • Reinforced rims
  • Stainless steel handles
  • Vented, glass lids
  • Interchangeable lid
  • Red
  • Weight: 15 pounds
  • High price
Things To Consider
If you do not cook frequently or you primarily cook for yourself or a small family, you might not need the wide range of items this cookware set offers. If that is the case, the high price might be a hindrance, and a smaller set would probably be more suitable.

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Curtis Stone Stainless Steel 5-piece Cookware Set (Non-Stick)

Curtis Stone Stainless Steel 5 Piece

This five-piece stainless steel cookware set has a more classic look than the red sets in this guide, and its timeless, neutral style fits well in the décor of any kitchen. The Dura-Diamond nonstick coating makes food release its grip quickly, and the cleanup is so easy you will feel like you dreamt it. These pots and pans are versatile, perfectly suited for simmering on the stove, baking in the oven, or serving food right on the table.

Many pots and pans have handles that can burn you if they are on the stove for too long, but the handles on this cookware set do not get hot. Because this set is small and has all the crucial items for a kitchen, it makes an ideal starter set or a refresher for pots and pans in your house that have been used many times and are nearing the end of their life.

Features:
  • Handles stay cool
  • Dura-Diamond nonstick coating
  • Silver
  • Made of aluminum and stainless steel
  • Weight: 10 pounds
  • Stainless steel handles with double rivets
  • Slightly higher price compared to some options on this list
  • Ideal for beginning a new collection or completing a current one
Things To Consider
If you have a passion for gourmet food and often cook items like crepes and Eggs Benedict, this set might be too basic and lack the variety of cookware you need.

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Curtis Stone Dura-Pan (8 Piece Cookware Set)

Curtis Stone Red Set

This eight-piece red cookware set includes a 10-inch frying pan, a 12-inch frying pan with a domed lid, a 2-quart Windsor pan with a strainer lid, a 4.8-quart stockpot with a lid and an insertable steamer. The pans are all made of aluminum and stainless steel, which offers even heating across their surfaces, with tempered glass and stainless steel lids.

This set has a unique five-layer nonstick titanium coating to give each item four times the durability and strength of most normal nonstick cookware. The stainless steel handles have a Y shape that helps reduce heat absorption so that they stay cool on the stove. Each item is lightweight, and the steamer tray is perfect for vegetables and fits the 12-inch frying pan. This set works on every stovetop, which includes induction stoves. They are safe for use in the oven up to 400 degrees, and they are technically dishwasher safe—although hand-washing is recommended to preserve the look of the exterior finish. The freckled interior color of each piece is aesthetically appealing, and it is safe for metal utensils, but nylon, wooden or silicone utensils are better for giving the items a longer life.

The built-in vents in the lids release excess steam and allow you to monitor your food as it cooks without letting heat escape. Better yet, the domed lid can transform the 12-inch frying pan into a small Dutch oven. Despite the wide variety this eight-piece set offers, it is firmly in the middle of the price range of the sets in this guide.

Features:
  • 10-inch frying pan
  • 12-inch frying pan with a domed lid
  • 2-quart pan with a straining lid
  • 4.8-quart stockpot with a lid
  • Insertable steamer
  • Average price
  • Aluminum and stainless steel pans
  • Tempered glass and stainless steel lids
  • Dura-Pan nonstick interior coating
  • Stainless steel handles with double rivets
  • Handles stay cool
  • Vented, tempered glass lids
  • Red
Things To Consider
The modern red paint is stylish, but it might not go with every kitchen color scheme, depending on your décor.

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Curtis Stone All-Purpose Cookware Set

Curtis Stone Single

This red cookware set offers seven pieces in a variety of sizes and styles. It includes one large round pot, one large oval pot, a small round pot, one medium shallow frying pan, one deeper medium frying pan, one large baking sheet, and one medium oval baking tray.

This set is perfect for a medium to large family or someone who frequently cooks a wide variety of food items. It has a slightly higher price than some of the other cookware set options, but it is worth it for the large range of essential pieces that it contains.

Features:
  • Red
  • Dura-Pan nonstick coating
  • Two large pots
  • One small round pot
  • Two medium frying pans
  • One large baking sheet
  • One medium oval baking tray
  • Slightly higher price compared to other cookware sets on this list
Things To Consider
Again, the speckled interior and red exterior is appealing, but it might not be well-suited for every kitchen style.
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Curtis Stone Dura-Pan 13-piece (Nonstick – Set)

Curtis Stone Blue Cookware

This cookware set is identical to the 13-piece cookware set detailed above, except that it features a bold, beautiful turquoise exterior. It still includes a stockpot, a small saucepan, a medium saucepan, four frying pans of different depths, five lids, and an egg poaching insert. Like the other 13-piece set, it is highly versatile and includes the unique addition of a crepe pan. Once again, the Dura-Pan nonstick coating makes cleanup a breeze.

Features:
  • 13-piece cookware set
  • Forged aluminum
  • Stainless steel disc bases
  • Reinforced pan rims
  • Dura-Pan nonstick titanium coatings are safe for metal utensils
  • Stainless steel handles with double rivets
  • Interchangeable lid
  • Turquoise
  • Weight: 20 pounds
  • Higher price compared to other options on this list
Things To Consider
As with the other 13-piece set in this guide, the price is higher and might be prohibitive if you are not planning to frequently cook specialty items.

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Curtis Stone Dura-Pan 8-piece Nonstick Set

8 Piece Cookware Blue

This set is identical to the eight-piece cookware set described above, but it has a unique, royal blue exterior. It still includes a 10-inch frying pan, a 12-inch frying pan with a domed lid, a 2-quart Windsor pan with a strainer lid, a 4.8-quart stockpot with a lid and a steamer insert. The nonstick coating is free of harmful chemicals such as perfluorooctanoic acid that can potentially cause cancer. Despite the wide variety of essential items, this set has a very reasonable price.

Features:
  • 10-inch frying pan
  • 12-inch frying pan with a domed lid
  • 2-quart pan with a straining lid
  • 4.8-quart stock pot with a lid
  • Insertable steamer
  • Average price compared to other sets on this list
  • Aluminum and stainless steel pans
  • Glass and stainless steel lids
  • Dura-Pan nonstick interior coating
  • Stainless steel handles with double rivets
  • Handles stay cool
  • Vented glass lids
  • Royal blue exterior
  • Average price
Things To Consider
The royal blue of the exterior is a stunning color, but it might not match your kitchen or individual style preferences.

Conclusion

All the cookware items in this guide promise to make your cleanup process much easier to handle with their highly durable nonstick coating. The right choice depends on your cooking needs. If you usually cook for a large family or you cook a variety of specialized items, one of the 13-piece sets is ideal. If you still want a wide variety but prefer more essential items, one of the eight-piece sets or the seven-piece set is a clear winner.

The five-piece sets provide the perfect starter or refresher kit for your kitchen, and the single saucepan is well-suited for a dorm or your first small apartment. No matter which item is right for you, the Curtis Stone Company cookware sets will save you time and make your life easier.


About the Curtis Stone Company
Curtis Stone started his career as a professional chef as a kitchen apprentice at the Savoy Hotel in Melbourne. He then journeyed to London to work for England’s most celebrated chef, Marco Pierre White, whose cookbook White Heat was the first Stone had ever read.

Curtis Stone offered to work for free just for the opportunity to learn. He started working at the Grill Room (Café Royal) the day he met White and managed to avoid being fired on his first day, like so many others had been before him. After 12 months, White opened a restaurant called Mirabelle, and Curtis Stone was made chef de partie for six months and then promoted to sous chef the year they won their first Michelin star. One year later, Curtis Stone was appointed head chef of another of White’s restaurants in London, Quo Vadis.

The following year they were one of the only four Italian restaurants to receive three Rosette awards. Stone’s combined knowledge and experience from a life spent in domestic and professional kitchens led him to create a range of cookware designed specifically for home cooks. As a chef, he had the luxury of working in professional kitchens where he had all the necessary supplies at his fingertips, but he also has worked in hundreds of domestic kitchens and knows the issues that home cooks face. His products create order in the kitchen to save customers time while looking beautiful.


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