Pots and pans for your home are a significant long-term investment, so doing your research up front can definitely pay off when you decide to buy. We did a ton of research to find all of the cookware made in America. Below, you’ll find the summary of our findings, additional details about each one, and the factors we considered in our research.
Full List of Cookware Brands Made in the USA
Made In is relatively new on the scene (started in 2016), but they are producing factory-direct cookware that is made to be high quality and affordable. They manufacture their cookware to have improved heat control whilst ensuring that the handles stay cool. However, only some of their skillets are made in the USA these days (they switched their manufacturing practices shortly after they started). We reached out to their founders for an interview a long time ago when more of their cookware was made here – be sure to check it out too.
Viking makes stainless steel cookware and is also a company that treats its employees well, rated the best place to work in Mississippi in 2016. Their 10-piece cookware set features 5-ply construction and an aluminum core that gets you better heat transfer from your stovetop, an even heating surface to cook on, and actually reduces energy usage compared to other cookware manufacturers. It’s also made with 18/10 stainless steel, which means it contains 18 percent chromium and 10 percent nickel – which is used for its super high quality and helps prevent rust. The ten-piece set includes frying pans, saucepans, and stockpots of varying sizes.
Smithey is a small cookware manufacturer based in South Carolina that produces cast iron and carbon steel cookware. They make dutch ovens, skillets, griddles, roasters, and other kitchen staples.
360 Cookware makes heirloom-quality cookware that is not designed to wear out or become inefficient over time. They’ve equipped over 60,000 kitchens with their stainless cookware that is made using the highest quality steel. 360 Cookware handcrafts its products in Wisconsin, USA, and doesn’t use any harsh chemicals when manufacturing its products. They believe their products are built to last and to back this up, offer a lifetime warranty with their products.
360 Cookware offers meal delivery cookware sets, saucepans, stock pots, saute pans, fry pans, slow cookers, cookware sets, and specialty items as part of its cookware range. They also offer a wide range of bakeware too. They use Vapor Technology on their products with lids that have a Vapor Seal – this technology is designed to heat food quickly and evenly whilst keeping heat and flavor locked inside.
Steelmade manufactures flat-top griddles for indoor and outdoor use – all using American-sourced steel. They have tons of sizes and varieties for everything from indoor gas ranges to outdoor grills. These griddles heat very well and have a super easy clean up process.
All-Clad has been making quality cookware and bakeware in their Pennsylvania manufacturing facility for over 50 years. Their bakeware is made to be reliable whilst at an affordable price. All-Clad bakeware has an even heating surface (oven safe up to 600 degrees) with a slightly tilted edge to make taking it in and out of the oven easier.
Headquartered in Tennessee, Lodge Manufacturing is synonymous with pre-seasoned cast iron skillets and has been working on its craft for over 100 years. They are also on our list of Dutch ovens made in the USA. These Lodge skillets weigh in at over 5 pounds, making them sturdy. They are designed to retain heat well and can be used in pretty much any cooking environment – stove top, oven, campfire, you name it. After you use it, make sure to clean it with just some hot water, a stiff brush, and towel dry – any form of soap or throwing it in the dishwasher is not recommended.
Nordic Ware is a family-owned business in Minnesota that has been making cookware and bakeware since 1946. They make a huge range of products in a wide range of materials. They offer everything from woks to saute pants, to waffle makers and quirky pancake pan designs. Nordic Ware’s cookware range is broken down into categories to make it easier to find what you’re looking for – cookware use includes woks, breakfast pans, restaurant cookware, stock pots, saute and skillets, griddles and grill pans, and cookware sets. They also break down their products into materials – cast aluminum cookware or formed aluminum cookware, as well as their collections.
It’s worth noting that despite being passionate about supporting the local economy and American jobs, only the majority of Nordic Ware’s products are made in the USA. However, each product description is transparent about where it’s manufactured and if any of the materials are imported too (and where they’re imported from), making it easier to find Made in the USA cookware that you’re after.
Nest Homeware manufactures cast-iron cookware out of their facility in Rhode Island. They offer skillets, dutch ovens, and several accessories. Their cookware isn’t cheap, but if they hold up to their promise of everything lasting a lifetime, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth.
FINEX USA’s vintage cast iron pans are ones that are easily recognizable for their patented unique shape. Their pans are octagonal – the angled sides are made to make it easier to access food using a spatula, as well as providing more spouts for pouring liquids easier and safer. They also have stainless steel coiled handles that temper heat better, stay cool for longer, and have a better grip. FINEX also takes the extra step in pre-seasoning its pans using organic flaxseed oil for a better non-stick surface.
These pans have machine-smoothed surfaces and have stone-tumble polishing, made to create heirloom-quality cookware that heats evenly. You can cook both indoors and outdoors and on any surface (including induction) with these pans. FINEX’s cookware range includes skillets, grill pans, griddles, dutch ovens, sets, lids, and presses.
Copper cookware is a great choice for your kitchen if you need very refined heat management. Brooklyn Copper Cookware specializes in copper cookware and makes pots and pans known for warming quickly and evenly distributing heat. That’s why you see professionals like expert candy makers use copper – they need to be very scientific about the temperatures they are cooking at and make sure heat is evenly distributed throughout their cooking surface. Brooklyn Copper Cookware is simple and organic, only made with 3 ingredients – copper, tin, and iron. Produced in Brooklyn, New York.
American Kitchen is a multi-generational family-owned cookware manufacturer based in Wisconsin that has been operating for over 100 years. Their products are broken down into stainless steel and non-stick, though their stainless steel range is much more extensive. Their cookware is made up of three layers – stainless steel for better durability, a 1050A aluminum core for improved performance, and an outside layer of high-density stainless steel, allowing you to use this cookware on any surface, whether its gas, electric, induction, or ceramic glass. American Kitchen offers cookware sets, casserole pans, skillets, saucepans, sauciers, saute pans, stockpots, and lids & inserts as part of its cookware range.
Relatively new on the scene, Borough Furnace was started in 2011 by partners John and Liz who looked to create quality enameled cast iron skillets. Since then their product range has expanded to include cookware and Dutch ovens, which are the only enameled cast iron ones made in the United States.
Borough Furnace’s cookware range is limited – encompassing frying skillets, a cazuela, a grill pan/braising lid, and a bottle opener, however, they machine their own tooling and make their own castings in-house, with an aim to provide high-quality products that are made with care and designed to last a lifetime of use.
As a restorer of vintage copper cookware, the founder of Duparquet noticed that factory-made copper pieces today didn’t compare to their vintage counterparts and felt the need to bring back quality copper pieces to the modern-day kitchen. They create heirloom-quality copper cookware for homes and have even supplied gourmet restaurants with their products. At their site, Duparquet spins the copper, rivets the handles, tins the cooking surface, and polishes the final piece in-house. Their cookware range includes sauteing pans, frying pans, saucepans, faite touts, as well as combo deals.
After inheriting vintage cast iron pans from the 1930s that survived many moves and many kitchens, brothers Stephen and Chris acquired new cast iron cookware that wasn’t anywhere near the same. Thus, they set out to create cast iron cookware like it used to be made, working with foundries and scientists to recreate their grandmother’s cookware. Field Company’s mission is to make cast iron cookware that is thin and light like it used to be, better for everyday use.
Field Company also wanted to create the only pan you would want in any size you could want. Their product range includes skillets, double-handed skillets, lids, griddles, and dutch ovens. Their pans are naturally non-stick and can be used in the kitchen, on the grill, or on a campfire. Field Company’s pans are also proudly stamped with ‘Made in the USA’ on the bottom.
Founded in 1959, USA PAN manufactures cookware and bakeware for both homes and professional kitchens. They make their products out of heavy gauge aluminized steel for better heat distribution and use distinctive fluted surfaces to add better air flow and strength. USA PAN’s range also includes an FDA-approved non-stick silicone coating which is also created without harmful PTFE or PFOA, making it better for releasing foods and easier to clean up.
USA PAN sells a wide range of bakeware, but its cookware is limited to saucepans and stock pots. It’s also worth noting that some of their products are made in the USA using globally sourced materials – so be sure to check out the product features on each page to be sure what you’re getting. USA PAN offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty for their products.
American Skillet Company makes state-shaped, pre-seasoned cast iron skillets for folks who want to show off their state pride in the kitchen. Everything is handmade in Wisconsin from start to finish.
Stargazer Cast Iron got started in 2015 and makes beautiful cast iron skillets. Everything is naturally non-stick and seasoned. Each skillet even has an innovative stay-cool handle.
Hammersmith Cookware has been around for a long time, but the current owner bought the business in 1986. He moved the factory to New Jersey, where they still produce some of the finest copper cookware in the country today.
GRIZZLY Cookware is a veteran-owned small cookware business in North Carolina that is making some beautiful cast iron skillets. They are pretty unique compared to most other cast iron brands, though – they make nickel-coated cast iron. They are one of the only American manufacturers that we’re aware of that focus solely on nickel-coated skillets.
What About Ceramic Cookware?
We were disappointed to find no quality US manufacturers of ceramic pots and pans. Brands known for their ceramic cookware like Ceramcor Xtrema Cookware, GreenLife, Calphalon, and Tramontina all make their ceramic products outside of the United States.
Also – if you’re looking for a slow cooker, Crockpot slow cookers are not made in the USA, but we list a couple of other decent options in the article linked here.
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How To Find Cookware Made In The USA
The kitchen is the heart of the home. Any home cook will want good quality cookware to make meal prep and cooking more manageable. When purchasing cookware, you may think buying a cheap pot from Walmart might save you money, but in reality, the cheaply made pots and pans will not only break down faster, but they can also be harmful to you and your family. If you’re looking for quality, one way to go about it is to look for cookware made in the USA. Plus, you’ll also support the local economy and American workers.
But with most production taking place abroad, how do you even begin to find American-made cookware? If you’re unsure where to start, this guide is for you.
What Does “Made in the USA” Mean?
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) defines “made in the USA” as something that is “all or virtually all” made in the United States. In other words, everything from the sourcing of the raw materials to the manufacturing of the product must take place in the US. Although the FTC protects the usage of the “made in the USA” label, it’s worth noting that they don’t do the best job of policing it.
If you’d like to learn more about this, check out our detailed “made in the USA” labeling guide.
There is a lot to consider when buying cookware made in the USA. Since it is a significant long-term investment, we must first look at the materials that are commonly used and determine where they are manufactured.
Stainless steel is an excellent option in cookware as it is non-toxic, extremely durable, and more resistant to dents and scratches than other similar materials.
China is the world’s leading steel producer, producing over half of the world’s steel. So, when looking for stainless steel products, it’s very likely that you’ll end up purchasing something made in China. However, steel made in the USA is up to three times stronger than Chinese-made steel. So, if you’re looking for quality, US-made steel is the way to go. Thankfully, steel made in the USA is not too difficult to find.
Cast iron is another popular material used in cookware. When cared for properly, a cast iron pan can last for generations, making it an economical choice.
Although the USA does land in the top 10 producing countries of iron ore, it does not produce as much as other countries. Australia, Brazil, and China top the charts for iron-ore production. However, just because most iron ore is sourced from these countries does not mean it will be impossible to find cast iron pans made in the USA. However, you may need to dig a little further and do your proper research to ensure that you are indeed purchasing fully US-made cast iron cookware.
After researching the materials, the next step to finding American-made cookware is to look at the labels. Title 19 Chapter 4 Section 1304 of the US Code is a huge help here. This legislation states that any products made or sourced abroad must be labeled as such. So, this is why you’ll find the labels that say “made in China,” “made in Bangladesh,” or “made in the USA.”
For the purposes of finding US-made cookware, you should be looking for the FTC-protected label, “made in the USA.”
You’ll find many labels that sound similar, such as “designed in the USA,” “made in America,” or “made in the USA with imported materials.” But none of these labels have the same significance and meaning as “made in the USA.”
It’s worth noting that the FTC is tasked with policing the usage of the “made in the USA” label. However, unfortunately, there is no pre-approval process, and it is up to the companies to determine whether or not their products meet the criteria. So, ultimately, it is up to the consumers to watch out for any false “made in the USA” claims and to report them to the FTC. This is why it’s worth doing additional research to ensure you are buying a genuinely American-made product.
Another thing to watch out for is the usage of the American flag sticker on labels. Just because a product has an American flag sticker does not mean it is made in the USA. Unfortunately, the flag sticker is not regulated, so it’s not the best way to determine whether or not certain cookware is American-made.
Check The Company’s Website
“Made in the USA” is a huge selling point, so companies are not likely to be silent about this fact. The company’s “About Us” page or the product page should state whether or not the product is made in the USA.
Keep in mind that companies are not required to state the country of origin on online or promotional materials, so if you can’t find any information about where the product is made, it’s best to assume it’s made overseas.
Call The Company
Still not sure where to find cookware made in the USA? Just call the company and a representative should be able to answer all your queries.
Cookware Not Made in the USA
There are several big cookware brands that are not making their products in the USA that we came across when doing our research. Check out the full list below as well as where they’re made. We’ll continue updating this as we find out more.