The kitchen is usually the most used area in a home. Kitchens are where food is prepared, meals are shared and families bond. Having a high quality and durable cookware set is an essential kitchen item. Read More
From cooking old family recipes to experimenting with new recipes, the kitchen serves to function any cooking or baking done in the comfort of your own home. The right kitchen tools and utensils help to make cooking or baking simpler and quicker. With a complete set of pots and pans, you can easily boil, fry, sautee or warm up food right on your stove.
There are so many cookware sets available online. They sell from a wide variety of price ranges. It is tricky to decide which cookware set to choose for your kitchen. How do you know which cookware set is best for your cooking needs? That is the important question I am here to answer for you. I have spent endly hours researching cookware sets. I will discuss in detail my top #5 cookware set selections and why. Just keep reading below to find the best cookware set for your cooking needs!
Top 5 Best Cookware Sets Reviews
#1 Vremi 15 Piece Nonstick Cookware Set
BPA FREE UTENSILS
MICROWAVE SAFE EXCEPT FOR LIDS
HANDELS MAY COME OFF OVERTIME
CANNOT BE USED ON INDUCTION COOKTOPS
VENTED GLASS MAY NOT HOLD UP IN HIGH TEMPS
The Tayloright #1 choice is Vremi 15 Piece Nonstick Cookware Set. I LOVE THIS COOKWARE SET! Vremi designs cookware sets that are high quality and as an added bonus, affordably priced! This specific cooking set comes with 15 different kitchen tools that will surely make your cooking lives much easier. They include so much in this bundled set, it is amazing! This cookware set includes 4 pots with 4 glass lids, 2 sauce/frying pans, and 5 different cooking ladles and spatulas! Great value right?
The pots and pans included in this cookware set are made of high-grade aluminum. They have an enameled exterior and a non-stick interior that helps distribute heat evenly. The non-stick interior also helps you sauté and stir-fry food in pans without the hassle of food sticking to the surface, even without using oil. All pots and pans are also 100% microwave safe up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit, except for the lids. You can simply heat up leftovers without having to move them to another container.
The lids on the pots and pans are made of glass which allows you to peek inside them without lifting the lid off. The knobs on the lids are generously sized making them easy to hold.
The cooking utensils including with the Vremi cookware set are all warp and scratch resistant. They are also made of BPA free nylon material.
This cooking set is very lightweight so it is easy to carry, even for a weakling like myself. The pots and pans in this cookware set come in a variety of sizes. One drawback of this set, however, is that it is not compatible with induction stoves. You can only use them on gas or electric stovetop ranges. This cookware set is so popular, the stock actually runs out quickly.
#2 Vremi 8 Piece Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set
DURABLE SCRATCH RESISTANT
CERAMIC NON-STICK COATING
A BIT PRICEY
HANDLES MAY NOT LAST LONGTERM
HANDLES MAY NOT HOLD OUT IN HIGH TEMPS
The Tayloright #2 choice is Vremi 8 Piece Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set. The yellow exterior of this cookware set is so bright and cheerful! It is the perfect cookware set for yellow lovers. These pots and pans are so cute and trendy looking they will make cooking fun! If you want a cooking set that adds a splash of color to your kitchen, then the Vremi 8 Piece Ceramic cookware set is the right one for you! Plus this set also comes in other colors besides yellow, bright green or bright blue.
Besides this cookware set looking great, they are also made very well. This cookware set includes: 2 dutch oven pots, 1 casserole pot, and 2 angled fry pans. Unfortunately, this specific cookware set does not come with cooking utensils. Also, all pots and pans are made die-cast aluminum and coated with ceramic marble material for a non-stick, hassle-free cooking surface. This cookware set’s non-stick coating allows food to slide right out of the pots and pans easily. The non-stick coating also makes these pots and pans very easy to clean. The Vremi 8 Piece Ceramic set is also scratch resistant.
The wooden handles are not just for looks. The wooden handles on the Vremi cookware set are Bakelite, ergonomic handles especially designed to maneuver the pots and pans easily. They are surprisingly heat resistant so you do not have to be careful to use a hot pad while grabbing hold of these pots or pans. There is a small gap between the lid and body which helps release steam and pressure easily.
Lastly, the thing that is remarkably different between this Vremi set compared to the one we had reviewed earlier is the fact that it can be used on induction stovetops. This cookware set is compatible with gas, electric, and halogen stovetops. As an added bonus, this set is dishwasher-friendly!
#3 T-fal E765SH Ultimate 17-Piece Cookware Set
BODY MADE OF ALUMINUM
TITANIUM NON-STICK PANS
THERMO-SPOT HEAT INDICATOR
MICROWAVE SAFE EXCEPT FOR LIDS
COMPATIBLE WITH MANY HEAT SOURCES
HANDLES MAY HEAT UP
RIVETED HANDLES ARE NOT NON-STICK
RIVETED HANDLES COME LOOSE OVERTIME
The Tayloright #3 choice is T-falE765SH Ultimate Hard Anodized Scratch Resistant Titanium Nonstick Thermo-spot Heat Indicator Anti-Warp Base Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free Cookware Set.
I am sure you have heard of T-fal before, it is a very popular kitchen brand. This T-fal cookware set includes a HUGE amount of pieces! There are 17 pieces included in this cookware set! You will never find a bigger bundle of kitchen tools all in one set! The T-fal E765SH Ultimate cookware set includes: 3 frying pans (one lid), 1 square griddle, 3 saucepans (with lids), 1 deep sauté pan, 1 Dutch oven with lid pot, 1 steamer insert with side handles, and one egg wonder pan! Incredible value huh?
The egg wonder pan is ideal for frying perfectly shaped omelets. But of course, the number of kitchen tools in this set is not the only reason it won the top #3 choice! The sleek, black body of each pot and pan is made of hard-anodized aluminum. This strong aluminum coating makes the pots and pans very durable and long-lasting.
All pots and pans are also non-stick – only this time, hard titanium is the secret behind their non-stick characteristics. With its highly effective, non-stick properties, you can cook 100% fat-free food that is not only flavorful but also healthy. The interior is resistant to scratch, just make sure you’re using the appropriate equipment to cook with it.
One huge plus of having this cooking set is that everything comes with a unique thermo-spot heat indicator. If you click on the link, you’d see it’s the red, circular design on the middle of each pot or pan. More than just being a decorative add-on, this spot actually measures heat so that you can cook your meals in perfectly pre-heated pans. The manner of heating is also very flexible. All pots and pans can be cooked over gas, electric, halogen, or ceramic stovetops.
Lastly, the handles are made of riveted silicone which is, as you may already know, very good at keeping away heat. They are also soft and firm to the touch which makes manoeuvring the cooking tools that much easier. The entire cookware set is also microwave safe to up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, except for the lids!
If you are looking for a complete kitchen tool set, this 17 piece T-fal set is the right choice for you!
#4 Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe 10-Piece Cookware Set
EVEN HEAT DISTRIBUTION
RUBBER KNOBS AND HANDLES
MICROWAVE SAFE UP TO 350 DEGREES
MAY HEAT FOOD UNEVENLY
NON-STICK MAY NOT LAST LONGTERM
The Tayloright #4 choice is the Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe 10-Piece Cookware Set. This cookware set includes: 2 saucepans (with lid), 1 stockpot (with lid), 1 sauté pan (with lid), and 2 skillet pans. That is 10 pieces of high-quality cookware in one affordable cookware set.
The knobs and handles of the pots and pans in this cookware set come in a happy tangerine, deep red, or gorgeous marine blue color. That gives you a total of three beautiful color accents to choose from. The pot and pans exterior material is made of hard-anodized aluminum. This material is highly preferred by cooking professionals because of great durability and uniform heating properties. The thing with the normal aluminum material is that it tends to create, “hot spots” when the pan is heating. This means that there are certain areas on the cookware that heats faster than others, making any food cooked around these areas burn faster – creating a burnt or unevenly cooked product. Having hard-anodized aluminum used as the exterior material allows food to heat evenly.
Lastly, the handles are made of a rubberized material which prevents the handles from heating up. You will not need to use a hot pad when holding onto the handles or lids of these pots and pans. The lids are scratch and shatter resistant. And best of all, the entire Rachael Ray cookware set is 100% dishwasher safe for easy clean-up!
#5 Paula Deen 12 Piece Riverbend Aluminum Nonstick Cookware Set
OVEN SAFE UP TO 350 DEGREES
AVAILABLE IN DIFFERENT COLORS
SCRATCH AND SHATTERPROOF LIDS
NON-STICK MAY NOT LAST LONGTERM
HANDLES MAY COME LOOSE OVERTIME
NOT DESIGNED FOR INDUCTION COOKERS
The Tayloright #5 choice is the Paula Deen 12 Piece Riverbend Aluminum Nonstick Cookware Set. Among all the sets I have reviewed today, I find this one to be the prettiest looking. It comes in three, gorgeously chic colors: gulf blue speckle, lavender speckle, and red speckle. The speckles add a special touch to the exterior, making it ideal not just for cooking but for serving dishes as well!
Just like the Rachael Ray cookware set, the Paula Deen cookware set is also dishwasher friendly. This cookware set includes: 1 stock pot (with lid), 3 frying pans (with one lid), 2 sauce pans (with lids), and two cooking ladles. All having that beautifully colored exterior and a jet black interior that is perfect for frying, sautéing, and simmering your favorite homemade dishes.
The Paula Deen cookware set has a non-stick coating for easy cooking and clean-up. The body is made of high-grade aluminum material that’s durable and long-lasting. The ladles that come with the set are made of heat-proof nylon material that is perfect for non-stick pans. The lids are scratch and shatter-resistant.
The only drawback of this cooking set is that it is not, “induction stove-friendly.” It works well with other heating sources like gas or electric stovetops but not with induction. Everything is also microwave safe up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (except the utensils.)
Learn More About Cookware Sets
My personal cookware set at home is all the reason I need to come back from work early. Friends of mine would call me up for brunch; my colleagues would beep me up for dinner hangouts. And I turn them down, every time. Not that I’m being withdrawn or unsociable (I actually like being around people) but because I just love to cook my own meals at home. I like to shop around for fresh ingredients, whip something totally crazy (yet healthy) for me and the hubby, and play around with my amazing cookware set. I know, I sound like a kid who received her first ever cooking playset for Christmas, but I just love my pots and pans. They make me feel of possibilities. And no fast food burger or fancy steak can tempt me to look the other way around.
Some people like coffee machines; others love inspiring art pieces. And here I am, fascinated by cookware sets. Does that sound too weird? I think it’s pretty normal. We all have our preferences, after all. Mine just happened to be cooking wares.
Anyway, I was passing through my online feed a second ago and it hit me, why shouldn’t I share this obsession with you? Of course, I’m not hoping to get you into it as much as I do. I just thought it would be convenient if you had your own cooking set at home, you know. There are many advantages to having it – especially when you’ve got yourself the good kind.
In order to come to love something better, I believe information is key. So why don’t you stick around for a bit and learn more about cookware sets before deciding to buy one for yourself? As a bonus, I might even drop a few personal tips I like to follow when I buy my own cookware! Mind you, I’m an excellent cook – or so, my husband would say (lol). Why not tag along and find out for yourself?
Here’s a simple illustration of what you can expect from this article:
Cookware guide + cookware buying tips = AWESOME
Well, if you’re up for all of that, then I suggest you turn your learning mode all the way up to turbo because we are going for one scrumptious ride! Unleash your inner chef in 3, 2, 1 – GO!
What Is A Cookware Set?
A cookware set is a collection of different kitchen items you will likely need in your cooking activities. Each set is a little bit unique and different and can range from humble starter sets to full-blown cookware madness! Of course, you are the one who gets to choose what kind of cooking set will be most appropriate for your needs at home.
There are a number of benefits to buying cooking (and we actually have a different section for that later on) but the most important benefit is the feeling of completeness. Aside from must-have ingredients and condiments, there are must-have tools and items for cooking too. Let’s face it. We’re not cooking professionals. I’m certainly not a professional chef and you being super engrossed in reading this guide tell me you aren’t one too. So we need more than just a knife and super awesome mincing skills to get by – agree?
Anyway, if you’re into cooking and enjoy making creative meals, then getting yourself a good set of cooking necessities is a must. I’m telling you, it’s one decision you won’t regret – so long as you buy the right kind, of course.
What Is Included In A Cookware Set?
Cooking sets vary by manufacturer or distributor. Some cooking sets would have just 4-5 pieces of cooking essentials while other (more professional) types can go as much as having 10 cooking wares in a single set. But in general, you’ll always find the following items in a cooking set:
Pots (of different sizes)
Sauce Pans (of different sizes)
Frying Pans (of different sizes)
Laddles (these sometimes come complimentary to the whole package)
However, it is important to note that “many” doesn’t always mean “better.” You always have to put your immediate need and preferences into account when making a purchasing decision. Buying a 15-piece cookware set when in fact you only frequently use around three to four of the items included is very impractical. Carefully assess your kitchen, your usual homemade recipes, and new creations you would definitely like to give a try and find out which kitchen tools serve the most purpose in your cooking style. When you’ve got this all cleared out, then that’s when you decide which cookware set to buy.
Again, please refrain from buying items you wouldn’t need. Less is always better around the house. The less you have, the more room you free. Yes, I’m talking to you houseware hoarder.
What Are The Benefits Of Buying Cookware In Sets?
There are many benefits to buying cooking equipment in sets – just as there are benefits to buying cooking ingredients in bulk, or buying beer in cylinders. The more you buy, the less you pay – this is a common purchasing rule for many manufacturing and retailing companies. And here below, I’ve listed some of the most eye-catching benefits of buying cookware sets.
Take note, I just listed “some” not “all” so if you think there are more important benefits to buying cooking sets, feel free to share it with us later on!
Convenience of Purchase
One very good benefit of buying cookware in sets is that you get to buy it as one whole package. Sure, some of you may prefer to go over your purchases very carefully and would rather buy cookware one by one. But for us busybodies, having to choose one type of saucepan and choosing another type of saucepan individually can be a real hassle. The same goes for individually selecting pots, ladles, spatulas, frying pans, and square griddles. Buying it all in one set offers much convenience because you can skip the tedious selection process. I believe that this doesn’t just hold true for me. It holds true for everybody who can’t afford to include “Purchase Kitchenware Individually” in their schedules.
Get Better (Often Discounted) Deals
Another thing about buying in sets is that you usually get a better deal buying cookware in groups than when you purchase them individually. Sets are often discounted. Otherwise, there won’t be much of a difference between marketing them in sets rather than selling them per item. You can try to see this for yourself. When you do some shopping next time, try to pass by cookware section and compare prices. One pot of a particular brand can cost up to $25 while a set of 4 pots of the same brand can cost you $68. Sure, you get some pots in smaller sizes but still, a big price difference will still exist. This is why I believe buying cookware sets is still far more practical and convenient. You exert half the effort, spend half the time, and spend less than the actual price. So, I don’t know about you but buying sets certainly feel like an advantage more than it is a disadvantage.
Get Complimentary Items Bundled With The Package
Next are freebies. Who doesn’t like getting something completely free? Well, when you buy cooking equipment in bundles, the chances of getting complimentary items is very likely to happen. It could be something simple like a cheese grater, a scissor, or an extra spatula, but the fact that it’s free – like $0.00 cost – makes it extra special. I personally like getting free items, especially when the deal is already great. Think about it. You already get a considerable discount when you buy cookware in sets, getting free items is just a pretty sweet bonus! It is important to note however, that free items are not given away all the time. This is just a personal observation but timing your purchase on sale months or holidays will boost your chance of getting free items better. So watch out for the next big, scheduled sales – online and offline!
Always Have Something For Every Dish
Lastly, another great benefit of getting a cooking set is that you get the equipment in different sizes so there’s always going to be something to use for all kinds of dishes. It is also an advantage when you’re usually cooking dinner for several other guests. Cooking for the family is one thing; cooking for a much bigger audience is another. You got to have enough equipment to get everything ready. Luckily, cooking sets offer a very practical solution to your spontaneous social engagements. Most sets include larger versions of medium-sized equipment so you can easily shift from being a family-cook to a hospitable house host anytime!
What Are The Dangers Of Buying Cookware In Sets?
When there are benefits, there are also dangers. Buying cooking equipment in sets isn’t just fine and dandy all the time. There are certain instances when your trust falls into bad company. And when it does, your expectations go down the drain as well. To better prepare you for the worst, we also wrote some of the most alarming dangers of buying cookware sets. Here we go:
Buying in sets would mean that all your kitchen equipment will be received by you at the same time. This also means that you get to use them at the same time, abuse them at the same time (hopefully not), and maybe wear them out at the same time. You get the picture. It’s an all-in, all-out kind of thing. In your defense, you could say that you won’t be using every piece of equipment bundled in the package all at once – let alone with the same frequency. Usually, pans would receive more attention during cooking as you’ll need it to sauté, fry, or sizzle some quick meals – especially for breakfast. So they should be the ones retire first, right? Although that may be the case, that doesn’t mean that the ones you use less often will around forever – not unless they are made 100% of stainless steel. But then again, they would be terribly heavy if that is the case. Everything expires at some point. This is especially true with man-made things. And when you buy cookware in sets, it is only natural for them to expire at the same time. Maybe they won’t expire on the same exact day, but on the same period (e.g. the same month or year). As I said a while ago, it’s an all-in, all-out process. In contrast to this, individually buying cooking equipment logically means that they won’t go out at the same time. At the very least, this leaves you with available equipment to use when the other ones have called it quits already.
Or, you can just purchase a new cooking set. However, you should consider doing this when you begin to observe the first few signs of expiration. This way, you won’t have to wait long until your brand new set arrives!
Bad Quality Runs Through The Family
Another danger of buying cookware sets is that when one works terribly, the odds are high that the other ones would work just as terribly too. It’s a package – good or bad as it may be. And when your purchase does not have a replacement warranty, you’re stuck with the same bad group forever. Or, until you can get yourself a new set – of course! But even if you do get a new one, you can’t take back the money you spent on buying the faulty bunch. You could try and resell it, if your conscience can take it, but other than that, there really isn’t much you can do with a bad purchase. You can also try and keep using it, until the bad becomes worse and it can no longer be utilized.
Bad luck just happens sometimes. And it doesn’t feel nice at all. There are a couple of ways you can avoid such bad luck from happening to you, however. We’ll further discuss it later.
You Risk A Bigger Purchase
The thing with buying in sets is that you’re going to spend more because of the bigger purchase. This also means you risk more. Buying a single pan has less risk than buying a package of 5 pans. In the same way, buying a single kitchen knife has far lesser risk than buying a complete butcher’s set. The bigger the package is, the pricier it’ll be. One wrong choice and your money can go up in smoke in a matter of seconds – especially when you purchase something with zero warranty. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it over and over again: Never buy something without having the slightest guarantee for your purchase. The fact that something, a household item at that, is put up for sale without any form of warranty should make you suspicious already. Sellers who are confident about their product will always have a return or a refund policy. Not having one is basically saying “This product is questionable. Get it and it’ll be your problem already not ours.”
So, what’s the whole moral of the story? Always see to it that your purchases are guaranteed.
How Do I Know I’m Buying The Right Cookware Set?
Choosing the right cookware set can be a very tough decision. As we’ve enumerated earlier, you risk buying an entire package of crappy equipment and you risk a good deal of money doing so. So as much as possible, we want our purchases to be legit. I for one would hate it if someone delivers a bad cooking set on my front door. I could literally lose it and punch the delivery guy on the face – not that, he’s at fault though. In my case, I guess it’s a good and safer thing that one can only find out he’s got a box full of rejects after he starts using it. Otherwise, I’d really go full-on crazy on the person who delivers it to my home (lol). Anyway, let’s save talking about how crazy I can be some other time. For now, let me show you some ways you can be sure you’re buying the right cooking set:
Always, Always Look At Material
Material is a very important factor to look at when you’re making a purchase – not just for cookware but almost for every other thing you buy. The quality of the material used to create the product can tell you a lot about how a product will perform. For pots and pans, aluminum is the usual material used for the body. But not just any aluminum, you must look for high-grade aluminum material. Stainless steel is also an excellent material to use for a cookware’s body but they can be quite expensive. They can shoot up the price of a set by a good amount. Not to mention, cooking equipment made of stainless steel are usually heavier and harder to maneuver.
As for the inner surface of the cooking equipment, you should look for something non-stick. It’s such a drag to have egg or chicken sticking violently on the surface of your pan. It really turns me off when one of my pans does that. It can ruin the whole aesthetic of the food. And mind you, how your food turns out to look like can make or break a person’s appetite. Food may be largely about taste, but good presentation is the key to having people try it. You may have the tastiest dish in the world, but if it looks nasty, people would hesitate to try it. Non-stick cookware that releases food as easily as it accepts it is something that could help you whip up something that does not only taste good, but looks good as well.
Know The Manufacturer
Another thing to familiarize yourself with before making any purchase is the company who manufactured the product. You can tell a lot about a product just by knowing its manufacturer. When the manufacturer is well-known for creating and distributing only the best, high-quality products to the market, even when a certain cookware collection is a new release, you already have a good idea of its quality. And you can go ahead and buy it without any hesitation.
However, it is important to know that manufacturers don’t always deliver what is expected. They are not gods so they are still susceptible to human error no matter how well they do their market studies or how much funds and effort they invest into product development. They may do something remarkable it terms of quality but fail to meet people’s criteria for convenience. So let’s just clear this up real quick. We’re not saying that solely relying on the available knowledge you have about the manufacturer can guarantee you a good purchasing decision. We’re just saying it’s a good start. Of course, you’ll need to look at other factors and resources as well – like the others mentioned in this section.
Read Available Reviews About The Product
Next, you have to understand that you don’t have to undergo every horrible experience in order to learn from them. Sometimes, simply learning from what others have experienced should be enough to tell you whether you should or should not try something out. Buying cooking equipment, for example, shouldn’t be so hard when you seek public opinion for help. And boy, are they so abundant.
This review, for instance, is already one source that can help you with your purchasing decision. Online reviews in reputable platforms can also help you come up with a sound choice. You’d be surprised with how much literature is available for one product online. It makes you wonder why so many people go out of their way to write them. But then again, that’s not your problem to deal with. Maybe they just thought it would be a great way to help others with their purchases, no? I personally enjoy the interaction and exchanges I have with other avid cookware enthusiasts. This really drives me to write more and more reviews whenever I have the time!
You should be careful, however. Not everything you read on the internet is true. Be mindful of the personalities you listen to. For all you know, they’re reviewing products not for the purpose of public information but for personal gain. People nowadays will post false or inaccurate reviews about products for a little more than just $10. I know that’s a very low amount to sacrifice your credibility to, but hey, we all have our reasons. Just be mindful of what you read and you should be a-okay!
Simply Lean Before You Leap
Just don’t decide on a hurry, okay? Avoid making rash, impulsive purchases just because you need something urgently or when you see a really good deal. You got to anticipate that people who are selling products are well-rounded in marketing ploys and tactics. They can draw your attention in many ways, including crazy sales and giveaways, but always think before you act – or lean before you leap. Oftentimes, we can avoid disastrous situations by simply taking the time to assess our own way of thinking. We have to stop, pause, and clearly understand what we’re getting ourselves into before making any step going to that direction.
You may think cookware sets aren’t such a big deal. But for people who actually need to squeeze the purchase into their budget, it is kind of a big deal.
Pro Tips On Buying Cookware Sets
I may not be a professional chef or even have a degree on cooking, but I do know good pans when I see them! So if you want to get a good cookware set, you have to keep the following things in mind:
Good Quality Doesn’t Come Cheap
Okay. So, some of you want to get the best equipment for the least price. Well, that’s just no feasibly possible. Manufacturers have companies to run; they won’t just be giving out great kitchenware and tools for almost nothing! Great quality is achieved through the integration of good material, good workmanship, and good design. This is why it is a no-brainer for great equipment to come at a certain price. If you want good quality, you have to be willing to pay for it.
Only Get What You Currently Need
In the review section earlier, we had sets that would have as much as 17 pieces of cookware. The more the merrier, you say. But really, excess cookware is just another source of clutter inside the house. “If you don’t need much, don’t purchase much” is what I’d always say. Just buy what you currently need to get around. If you don’t do much cooking but would simply want to have some accessible cooking equipment around, just go for smaller sets. More definitely doesn’t mean better!
First Choice Is Usually The Best Choice
This is just based off my personal experience of purchasing cookware, but oftentimes, our first choice is the best choice. We often change our choices due to pricing factors or other eye-catching package deals. But when you’ve already come to fix your eye in something, everything else is likely to fall short of your expectations. And you’ll end up thinking “Oh, I should’ve bought that one set” or “I should’ve gone with my first choice.” To avoid such regrets, just go with your first choice in the first place!