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Drew Barrymore’s Cookware Is Literally Some of the Best I’ve Ever Used — And It’s On Major Sale Right Now

updated Dec 7, 2022
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Graphic featuring a sage green cookware set by Drew Barrymore
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If there’s one thing that amazes me, it’s finding out that a product actually lives up to what it’s supposed to do. For example, if someone says that a drink is going to be the best I’ve ever tasted, I expect it to be just that. I also feel the same when I go to restaurants and hear a server tell me that they have the best version of a famous dish in their respective city. Unfortunately for me, though, most of these situations never measure up to what they’re supposed to give — and that also includes tools and appliances that I use in my own kitchen.

To me, there’s truly nothing worse than spending money on a fancy new piece of cookware that promises all of the bells and whistles that I need, only to be met with severe disappointment. In most cases, I’m only looking for three simple things when it comes to cookware: design, functionality, and price. And honestly, is that too much to ask?

For some brands the answer to that question is absolutely yes, but Drew Barrymore’s Beautiful cookware seems to have nailed that for me. And as someone who has been a fan of the brand for some time now, I’m really not surprised.

Adding to its already impressive line of kitchenware (like a 5-in-1 skillet and a stand mixer), the brand’s cookware recently got new look so everything is much sleeker and fresh. I tested the 12-piece cookware set, which comes with both an 8- and 10-inch fry pan, a 2-quart saucepan, 3-quart sauté pan, 5-quart Dutch oven, three lids, and four cookware protectors for $149.

There’s an even larger 20-piece set that’s on sale right now and is truly a steal. It includes all the items in the 12-piece set, plus a 3-quart saucepan with a lid, a steamer insert, and five wooden utensils, and is down to just $119 from the usual price of $199.

You can shop some of the cookware individually, like the 10-inch fry pan or 5-quart Dutch oven, but not everything is available, so your best bets are the 12-piece or 20-piece set.

All of the Beautiful cookware come in four gorgeous colors (Black Sesame, Cornflower Blue, Sage Green, and White Icing), and prices are quite reasonable (if you couldn’t tell!).

Credit: Ni'Kesia Pannell

I received the 12-piece set in Sage and couldn’t wait to see if it hit all the points on my cookware wish list. And as I expected, it most definitely did. Even after a month of regular use, Barrymore’s Beautiful cookware has really given me something to be excited about.

Credit: Ni'Kesia Pannell

The 2-quart saucepan has been a top contender all month, and it’s great to just keep on the stove because it’s so versatile. I’d also make quick sandwiches for lunch with minimal butter on the 8-inch pan and y’all — when I say my sandwich slid all around that frying pan! There was literally no sticking involved. But while the pans made me want to be in the kitchen more, it’s the Dutch oven that really stole the show.

Using the 5-quart offering as a one-pot answer to making my famous chili, I immediately fell in love with the way that it evenly heated each ingredient for my recipe. More impressively, nothing — and I mean nothing — was stuck to the bottom of the Dutch oven during the cooking process or when reheating on the stove in the days after for leftovers. Of course, when I took it out of the fridge before reheating, there was a bit stuck the sides but once I finally finished off the chili (about two days later), the cleaning process was one of the easiest I’ve ever had.

Credit: Ni'Kesia Pannell

While I only used my pieces on the stovetop, for those who desire to place either of the pieces in the oven, you’re safe in that department too, as each item — including the lids — is oven-safe up to 500°F. It can even be used on an induction cooktop and it’s dishwasher-safe, although I would recommend washing by hand to preserve the longterm look of each piece as well as the nonstick coating.

So if you’re wondering whether or not this set will be in constant rotation for me, the answer is — without a doubt — yes. And much like my Beautiful One-Touch Electric Tea Kettle, it’s destined to get very good use.