Farberware has been in business for over 100 years, but is it a good cookware brand?
In this review, I break down the pros and cons of Farberware pots and pans. You’ll learn about its style, construction, materials, and performance.
After testing it for several years, I reveal the good, bad, and everything in between.
Use the links below to navigate the review:
- Materials and Construction
- Farberware vs. the Competition
- Farberware Cookware FAQs
- Bottom Line: Is Farberware Cookware Worth Buying?
Farberware cookware’s design is functional, not fancy. In this section, you’ll get a close look at the brand’s most popular collection, Farberware Classic. I’ll also point out some standout features from other collections.
The Farberware Classic exterior is polished stainless steel. The skillets have a traditional shape with rolled rims and sloped sides.
They feature a stainless steel base with an aluminum core.
The Millennium collection is also stainless steel with a thick steel base and aluminum core. But unlike Classic, the skillet walls are straighter (less sloped).
Across all three collections, you can choose exterior colors like red, light blue, black, gray, and copper.
The Classic and Millennium collections have brushed stainless steel or black non-stick interiors.
Classic Traditions stainless interiors feature a dimpled surface that aids in searing and food release. That is also true of High Performance, although the textured surface is non-stick.
One of the main benefits of the Classic (Series and Traditions) collections is their rivet-free interiors. Without rivets, you get a completely uninterrupted cooking surface that’s easier to clean.
Alternatively, Millennium cookware has exposed rivets on the interior.
The Smart Control and Cookstart collections use DiamondMax Nonstick. Farberware claims the finish is three times more durable than traditional non-stick coatings. The interiors are dark or light-colored.
The DuraStrong collection features a black non-stick interior called PowerDiamond. Farberware claims that the surface is 2.5 times more durable than traditional non-stick.
Across the brand, the handles are primarily black and made of phenolic material — a durable plastic that can withstand heat up to 350°F.
The Classic collection features shiny black phenolic handles. The handles have a vintage look with an upward curved edge designed to provide a sturdy grip.
There’s a small ring at the end of the handle so that you can hang the pan on a hook.
The Classic Series and Classic Traditions handles are screw welded to the sides of the cookware.
The Classic and Glide collections are the only options for welded handles (the others are riveted). Glide has copper-colored accents on the handles, while Classic handles are all black.
Classic handles are noticeably shorter than many other brands. The handle on the 10-inch skillet is a little over 6 inches. Most 10-inch skillet handles are around 8 inches.
The Classic Series is the only collection with stainless steel lids. The rest use tempered glass lids.
The Classic Series lids have black phenolic knobs. There are many shapes and styles of lid knobs and handles across the Farberware collections. For example, DuraStrong offers a round knob with a recessed top, while Millenium features an arc-shaped handle.
One of the most interesting knob designs is on the Smart Control collection. The knob has a built-in vent. When pressed, steam is released.
Farberware makes three types of cookware: stainless steel, hard-anodized aluminum, and aluminum.
The chart below shows the different types of construction available within each collection:
|Collection||Interior Material||Exterior Material|
|Classic||Stainless Steel or PTFE Non-Stick||Stainless Steel|
|Classic Traditions||Stainless Steel or Ceramic Non-Stick||Stainless Steel|
|Eco Advantage||Ceramic Non-Stick||Aluminum with Silicone Polyester Finish|
|DuraStrong||PowerDiamond (PTFE) Non-Stick||Aluminum with Silicone Polyester Finish|
|Glide||Ceramic Non-Stick||Aluminum with Silicone Polyester Finish|
|Millennium||Stainless Steel or PTFE Non-Stick||Stainless Steel|
|High Performance||PTFE Non-Stick||Aluminum with Silicone Polyester Finish|
|Cookstart||DiamondMax (PTFE) Non-Stick||Aluminum with Silicone Polyester Finish|
|Smart Control||DiamondMax (PTFE) Non-Stick||Aluminum with Silicone Polyester Finish|
|Neat Nest||PTFE Non-Stick||Aluminum with Silicone Polyester Finish|
The stainless steel pans are not fully-clad. Instead, it’s made with a thick, tri-ply steel base with an aluminum core. This type of construction is often referred to as an impact-bonded base.
Fully-clad cookware heats more evenly and lasts longer because the bonded layers are present throughout the pan (even up the sides).
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Learn more about the differences between fully-clad pans and pans with an impact-bonded base in my guide to cookware materials.
The Classic Series and Millennium feature stainless steel or PTFE non-stick interiors. Classic Traditions only has stainless interiors.
The aluminum cookware features a silicone polyester exterior coating for easy cleanup. The interior is coated with either PTFE (Teflon) or ceramic non-stick material.
Farberware offers two specialty PTFE non-stick coatings. The strongest is DiamondMax. Farberware claims that it is three times more durable than traditional non-stick coatings.
The second is PowerDiamond, which is touted as 2.5 times more durable than traditional non-stick.
Farberware offers ceramic non-stick in the Glide and Eco Advantage collections if you prefer a PTFE-free option.
I’ve been rigorously testing Farberware pans for over a year. Here’s how it performs.
On the positive side, Farberware pans heat up extremely fast. These pans are much thinner than brands like All-Clad, Made In, and Demeyere. And because of that, heat distributes quickly through the material.
If you need to boil water or grill a sandwich for an impatient child, this cookware gets the job done fast.
Similarly, since the walls are relatively thin, Farberware pans are lightweight and easy to maneuver. Although there are better-performing lightweight pans, these are some of the lightest.
For example, the Farberware Classic 10-inch skillet weighs 1.3 pounds. Most 10-inch skillets weigh well over 2 pounds, sometimes over 3.
Unfortunately, thin, lightweight cookware presents some issues. Because Farberware cookware is so thin and light, it’s challenging to control the heat.
The pan’s temperature fluctuates significantly as you add and remove ingredients, making it difficult to get consistent results.
I found it incredibly difficult to brown chicken cutlets evenly in the Farberware Classic pan. The pan got way too hot and browned the breading before the chicken could cook at all.
As I cooked each piece, the pan’s temperature fluctuated. Some cutlets browned much faster than others.
Another negative is that the sides of the pan don’t heat at the same rate as the bottom. Since Farberware stainless steel pans have an impact-bonded base (aluminum at the bottom but not up the sides), the bottom gets hot while the sides stay cool.
The temperature of the bottom and the sides is so different that I can keep my hand on the sides without feeling any heat while the bottom is warm.
While the lack of heat up the sides won’t impact meals like chicken or steak that cook primarily on the flat cooking surface, it leads to uneven results when sautéing, stir frying, or any other meals where ingredients touch the sides.
Another downside worth mentioning is the short handles. At only 6 inches, the handles on the 10-inch skillet force you to place your hand closer to the heat and don’t give you much leverage for shaking or flipping.
Also, the ring on the handle gets in the way and can be distracting while you cook.
Overall, Farberware is not the best-performing cookware. It’s thin, lightweight, and heats up fast, but it has poor heat retention, making it difficult to get consistent results.
Based on my testing in the kitchen, Farberware doesn’t offer the best heat conduction and retention. But how does it compare within those categories against the competition?
To find out, I conducted two simple tests. First, I poured two cups of cold water into a Farberware pan. Then, I set the pan on the stove and turned the heat to high.
After only 1 minute and 2 seconds, the water began to bubble. After 1 minute and 29 seconds, it came to a full boil.
The water bubbles formed a ring around the center of the pan, indicating cold spots in the center and along the edges. I was not surprised to see that because this pan only has heat-conductive material (aluminum) at the base (not up the sides).
I conduct this same test with every cookware brand I review, and below are the results. As you can see, the Farberware pan heated faster than nearly 20 other pans. While this can be a positive (fast-heating pans save you time), it’s also a negative (fast-heating pans are thin and don’t retain heat well).
|Pan||Time to First Bubbles||Time to Boil|
|Farberware||1 minute and 2 seconds||1 minute and 29 seconds|
|Made In fry pan||1 minute and 40 seconds||2 minutes and 21 seconds|
|Misen fry pan||1 minute and 50 seconds||2 minutes and 25 seconds|
|Anolon fry pan||1 minute and 55 seconds||2 minutes and 27 seconds|
|HexClad fry pan||1 minute and 40 seconds||2 minutes and 30 seconds|
|Zwilling fry pan||1 minute and 45 seconds||2 minutes and 31 seconds|
|T-fal fry pan||1 minute and 50 seconds||2 minutes and 32 seconds|
|Gotham Steel fry pan||1 minute and 58 seconds||2 minutes and 32 seconds|
|Rachael Ray fry pan||1 minute and 47 seconds||2 minutes and 36 seconds|
|Viking fry pan||1 minute and 42 seconds||2 minute and 39 seconds|
|Calphalon fry pan||1 minute and 45 seconds||2 minutes and 40 seconds|
|Pioneer Woman fry pan||2 minute and 2 seconds||2 minute and 46 seconds|
|Hestan fry pan||1 minute and 52 seconds||2 minutes and 47 seconds|
|GreenLife pan||2 minutes and 11 seconds||2 minutes and 47 seconds|
|Tramontina fry pan||1 minute and 53 seconds||2 minutes and 52 seconds|
|Circulon fry pan||2 minutes and 7 seconds||2 minutes and 55 seconds|
|All-Clad skillet||1 minute and 55 seconds||2 minutes and 55 seconds|
|Demeyere Industry fry pan||2 minutes and 3 seconds||3 minutes and 10 seconds|
|Ballarini fry pan||2 minutes and 15 seconds||3 minutes and 12 seconds|
|Heritage Steel fry pan||1 minutes and 59 seconds||3 minutes and 15 seconds|
|Demeyere Atlantis fry pan||2 minutes and 11 seconds||3 minutes and 25 seconds|
After the water boiled, I removed the pan from the stove and set it aside.
After five minutes, I measured the water temperature. It was 112.0°F.
After ten minutes, the water was 95.4°F.
As the benchmarks below show, Farberware has one of the lowest heat retention scores. Again, I expected these results. Throughout my testing in the kitchen, I repeatedly noticed the lack of heat retention.
|Pan||Temperature After 5 Minutes||Temperature After 10 Minutes|
|Made In fry pan||121.1°F||106.6°F|
|Demeyere Atlantis fry pan||122.0°F||106.3°F|
|Misen fry pan||118.6°F||103.4°F|
|Zwilling fry pan||121.1°F||103.0°F|
|Rachael Ray fry pan||126.3°F||102.7°F|
|HexClad fry pan||120.7°F||102.4°F|
|Circulon fry pan||133.3°F||102.0°F|
|Tramontina fry pan||118.5°F||101.3°F|
|Calphalon fry pan||112.8°F||101.1°F|
|Ballarini fry pan||120°F||99.9°F|
|Hestan fry pan||114°F||98°F|
|Demeyere Industry fry pan||115.2°F||96.6°F|
|Viking fry pan||106.6°F||95.9°F|
|Farberware fry pan||112.0°F||95.4°F|
|GreenLife fry pan||119.0°F||95.0°F|
|Gotham Steel fry pan||113.0°F||95.0°F|
|Anolon fry pan||112.7°F||90.9°F|
|Pioneer Woman fry pan||104.3°F||90.9°F|
|T-fal fry pan||108.7°F||88.0°F|
One of the greatest benefits of Farberware is its low price. Simply put, Farberware is one of the most affordable cookware brands. Its target market is budget-conscious home cooks.
For perspective, for the cost of one All-Clad D3 stainless steel skillet, you can buy four Classic fry pan sets that include 8.25-inch and 10-inch skillets — that’s eight Farberware skillets for the price of one All-Clad pan.
Pricing varies by collection and where you buy it. For example, the most expensive collection is Millennium, while the least costly is Easy Clean Pro.
But no matter the collection you choose, you can get multi-piece cookware sets for the cost of one or two skillets from a brand like All-Clad.
The chart below shows the current prices for the most popular Farberware pots, pans, and sets, on Amazon. Click the prices to learn more about each item.
|Farberware Classic 2-Quart Saucepan||Amazon|
|Farberware Aluminum 3-Piece Set||Amazon|
|Farberware Classic 8.25-Inch and 10-Inch Fry Pan Set||Amazon|
|Farberware Dishwasher-Safe 15-Piece Set||Amazon|
|Farberware Millennium 10-Piece Set||Amazon|
|Farberware Classic 15-Piece Set||Amazon|
|Farberware Glide Pro Hard Anodized 11-Piece Set||Amazon|
Although Farberware cookware is affordable, don’t buy it until you understand the downsides.
Uneven Cooking: Uneven heat distribution is a common complaint about Farberware cookware. Hot spots can burn the outside of vegetables, meat, and fish and leave them uncooked or undercooked inside.
Poor Heat Retention: My testing proved that Farberware cookware has poor heat retention. If you attempt to sear steak on these pans, bring the meat to room temperature first. Placing a cold steak on these pans will significantly lower the cooking surface’s temperature and make it difficult to get an even sear.
Plastic Handles Limit Oven-Safe Temperatures: Some collections, such as Classic and DuraStrong, use phenolic or other synthetic plastic handles. These handles limit the oven temperature to 350°F.
Short Handles: The handles within the Classic collection are two inches shorter than most brands. Because of that, your hand is closer to the heat. Also, the dangling hook ring at the end of the handle means you must choke up and grip even closer to the pan.
Loose Handles: Since the handles in the Classic collection are screwed onto the welded bracket, they often become loose. Although you can quickly tighten them with a screwdriver, it’s risky to cook with handles that can become loose or unhook and detach.
Food Sticks to Stainless Steel: Sticking food on stainless steel cookware is a common complaint among customers on Amazon and Walmart.com. Even in my tests, I noticed how easily food stuck to the pan. You can reduce sticking food by using a high smoke point oil and allowing the pan to properly preheat before adding food.
Food sticks to ceramic non-stick: The ceramic non-stick coating (Eco Advantage and Glide collections) works well initially, but food begins sticking after several months. If you’re considering buying Farberware non-stick cookware, go with a collection featuring DiamondMax or PowerDiamond non-stick coating — those coatings perform better and last longer.
Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about Farberware cookware.
Yes, all Farberware cookware is oven safe. Millennium is oven safe up to 500°F. All other cookware is safe up to 350°F.
Yes, Farberware pans are dishwasher-safe. However, the Hard Anodized Ceramic collection requires hand washing. For cookware longevity, I always recommend hand washing over using the dishwasher.
Millennium and 120 Limited are the only induction-compatible collections.
Yes, all Farberware cookware is PFOA-free. PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid, is a chemical linked to cancer. It is no longer manufactured in the United States and is banned from use in cookware.
Meyer Corporation acquired Farberware in 1997.
Although the brand started out manufacturing in the US, today, much of Farberware cookware is made in China.
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Bottom Line: Is Farberware Cookware Worth Buying?
Now that you have the facts — is Farberware a good brand?
This Farberware review taught you about the brand’s materials, construction, performance, price, and more.
If you are still on the fence, here’s a quick recap of why you should or shouldn’t buy Farberware.
You should buy Farberware cookware if:
- You are looking for affordable cookware.
- You want thin, lightweight cookware that heats fast.
- You prefer a brand with a long history. Farberware is over a century old.
- You want a brand you can see and touch before you make a purchase (it’s available in several stores).
- You are looking for cookware that offers time- and space-saving designs.
You should not buy Farberware cookware if:
- You are looking for cookware that will last ten years or more.
- You want pans that will heat evenly and retain heat well.
- You want broiler-safe cookware.
- You prefer long stainless steel cookware handles.
- You want to use high-heat techniques, such as stirfrying or searing.
- You want multiple induction-compatible collections.
Bottom line — Farberware is decent low-cost cookware but has several flaws. The quality and performance aren’t comparable to more expensive brands. In other words, you get what you pay for. It’s the type of cookware you’ll find at a vacation rental house. It gets the job done, and if it gets damaged or worn out, you can replace it cheaply.
If you’re looking for an affordable pan to make eggs and cook simple meals, Farberware is a viable option. But if you’re serious about cooking and plan to use it for searing, browning, braising, frying, and other more advanced techniques, I don’t recommend it.
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