Jessica Alba’s Favorite Under-$30 Pan Has One Luxe Detail That Makes It Look More Expensive

updated Oct 29, 2020
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Actress Jessica Alba attends the Valentino show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France.
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You don’t need to spend lots of money on fancy pots and pans to achieve your dream kitchen—just take it from Jessica Alba. The actor and eco-friendly founder certainly has an enviable cooking space, but the pan she tapped for her recent collaboration with Amazon is deceptively affordable.

Alba recently published an Amazon wishlist that essentially works in reverse. Rather than shopping for her, you can shop like the Honest Company founder, who tapped her Honest Beauty products and favorite fitness essentials alike. Nestled among her picks is a lot of non-stick cookware: There’s a pan, a wok, two skillets, and even an entire cookware set all finished with similar faux-wood handles that make the affordable pieces look way more expensive than they are.

Take the Cooklover wok, for example, which retails for $60 and is made from aluminum and features a non-stick coating that is still eco-friendly and does not contain perfluorooctanoic acid (aka PFOA). The handles on both the wok and the glass lid are made from silicone Bakelite, so while they look like wood, they stand less of a chance of getting scorched. Genius!

The constructions certainly makes for a safer cooking experience, but you should still err on the side of caution when it comes to use: While the wok can withstand temperatures up to 280 degrees Fahrenheit, that means it less than ideal for use in the oven.

The non-stick frying pans from Carote that Alba tapped follow the same story. Each retails for $24.99, comes with a glass lid, and measures in at a space-saving 8-inch diameter. (The difference between the two? One features an additional handle in that same wood-finish Bakelite.) Even the brand’s sauté pan is affordable. While Alba likes the 9.5-inch diameter option, which costs $25.99, larger options won’t cost you much more.

And if you’re looking to replace all of your pots and pans in one go, the 14-piece set from Gibson features the same wood-finish Bakelite handles. The only major difference is the finish of the actual cookware itself; the set comes in a sleek matte black while the individual pieces feature a speckled terrazzo effect.

Of course, Alba’s list also features some splurge-worthy items. (Would it be a true wish list without a few dream buys?) The copper cookware set she likes is Oprah-approved and certainly shiny, but it’s currently sold out on Amazon. Still interested? You can nab it at West Elm for $400.

As for other home basics, the Molekule air purifier she recommends is currently on sale for $399. If anyone asks you what you’d like for the holidays, might I suggest you simply send them Alba’s list? It could save a lot of time—and save you both money along the way.