Truly remarkable cooking requires nothing short of an artist’s creativity and talent. And as a brush is to a painter, cookware is one of the central tools every great chef needs to create their masterpiece. From saucepans to skillets, materials that retain an even heat, are non-stick, non-toxic and easy to maintain are key. Here are a few we love—perfect for everyone, from beginners to pros.

Lodge Cast Iron Blacklock 96, 10.25-inch triple seasoned cast iron skillet, $60

Mauviel1830 M’HERITAGE 150s saucepan, 4.7-inch, 90 percent copper and 10 percent stainless steel, $180

Staub 5QT Tall Cocotte, in cherry $486

All-Clad D3 stainless steel 10-inch and 12-inch fry pan set, $300

Caraway Non-toxic ceramic sauté pan, $135