Cookware Handles: Riveted, Welded, or Screwed On?
Cookware handles typically come in three varieties: riveted, welded, or screwed on. This is an important consideration when purchasing a new cookware set, as you’ll want to make sure the handle is durable enough for your cooking needs.
Riveted handles are the sturdiest handles in cookware. Rivets are small pieces of metal that are crushed into position between two harder pieces of metal. The rivet will then hold the two pieces of metal together, and essentially permanently attaches the vessel body and the handle.
The benefit of this is that the rivets never need to be tightened. The downside, however, is that riveted handles may have debris and bacteria buildup between the rivet and the vessel body and can be difficult to clean. Additionally, there are bumps within the inner body of the cooking vessel, and when the nonstick coating is used on the cooking surface sometimes the rivets aren’t covered; as a result, your nonstick pan might have two (or three) uncoated parts (the rivets)!
Welded handles are made when the handle is melted onto the body under extremely high heat. This presents a uniform construction and a smooth interior in the cooking vessel. Additionally welded handles tend to be more sanitary than riveted handles because there are no cracks in which debris can collect.
The downside to welded handles is that they are not as sturdy as riveted handles, and when the weld “fails,” the failure can be catastrophic! Also, welded handles are less frequently found in aluminum or copper cookware because they have lower softening and melting points than stainless steel.
Screwed-on handles are the third most commonly seen type. These are usually used in economically-priced cookware and have the added benefit of being incredibly easy to tighten and replace – in fact, out of the three types of handles this is the only type that is user-replaceable.
The downside is that screwed-on handles tend to be the least sturdy, and for some people, may not seem too aesthetically appealing.
To learn more about different types of cookware, read our Cookware Buying Guide.