When comparing IKEA 365+ vs Cook N Home Nonstick Die Cast, Multicolor, the Slant community recommends IKEA 365+ for most people. In the question“What are the best cookware sets under $100?” IKEA 365+ is ranked 1st while Cook N Home Nonstick Die Cast, Multicolor is ranked 2nd. The most important reason people chose IKEA 365+ is:
This set is very basic, containing only two pots and a frying pan. However, the IKEA 365+ line has more products, available for purchase separately: [a 3.2-quart pot](http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70256752/), [a 10.6-quart stockpot](http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50256748/), [a 13-inch frying pan with a helper handle](http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50329900/) and [an 11-inch grill pan](http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40343652/). The pots are also compatible with steamer, boiler and pasta inserts from [STABIL series](http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/series/11889/).
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Pro Perfect for future expansion
This set is very basic, containing only two pots and a frying pan. However, the IKEA 365+ line has more products, available for purchase separately: a 3.2-quart pot, a 10.6-quart stockpot, a 13-inch frying pan with a helper handle and an 11-inch grill pan. The pots are also compatible with steamer, boiler and pasta inserts from STABIL series.
Pro Even heat all through the bottom and walls of the frying pan
The frying pan in this set is whole-clad: aluminum is sandwiched between steel to increase heat transmission and it goes all through the pan up to the edges. This construction lets the pan heat up quickly and cooks the food not only from the bottom up but also through the walls.
Pro Non-stick coating made without toxic PFOA
Unlike most Teflon non-stick cookware, IKEA 365+ series frying pans contain no potentially toxic PFOA or PFOS in the cooking surface coating.
Pro Easy to measure water/sauce
The pot and the saucepan in this set have measuring marks on the inside walls, so it is easy to measure liquid ingredients.
Pro No need to lift the lids to check on food
This set includes glass lids, there is no need to lift them to check on the food, and so no heat or steam is lost. The lids are also oven safe, the same as the pots.
Pro Good for those looking for an attractive set
The pieces in this set are painted in three bright colors, which is unusual for cookware. They serve well as a decoration, so there is no need to hide them in the cupboard.
Pro Heats quickly and evenly
This set is made of aluminum, so the heat spreads quickly and evenly all throughout the pan.
Pro Non-stick coating contains no potentially toxic chemicals
This set contains no PTFE or potentially toxic PFOA or PFOS in the cooking surface coating. The non-stick coating is made of ceramic, which is also cadmium and lead-free.
Pro Compact set, takes up little space
This set covers just the basic cooking needs: there is a 1.7-quart saucepan, a 4.2-quart casserole, and a 3-quart sauté/fry pan, all with accompanying lids. It is suitable for people who don't cook much or have limited storage space. The pieces are stackable, which is convenient in a small kitchen.
Con Less scratch and rust resistant than higher steel grade pans
This set is made of stainless steel with no nickel (grade18/0). Lack of nickel makes it more prone to scratching and rusting if metal utensils are used (in comparison with grade 18/10 sets). On the other hand, the lower steel grade also makes them more magnetic and suitable for induction stovetops.
Con Frying pan is not dishwasher safe
The pots from this set can go through the dishwasher, but the frying pan should only be hand-washed. Otherwise, the coating may lose its non-stick properties.
Con Not oven compatible
The pieces in this set have plastic handles that can melt if a pan is put in the oven.
Con Dishwasher safe, but hand-wash recommended
This cookware is dishwasher safe, but frequent use can lead to chipping in the ceramic coating and diminishing of non-stick properties.
Con Not induction-compatible
This cookware can be used on any stovetop, except for induction, since it does not have a magnetic bottom.