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whatscooking's picture

A friend asked me for a 10-inch stainless steel skillet or saute pan recommendation.  She's only just beginning to cook and I am hesitant to suggest All-Clad because it is so expensive.  I use it, but I've acquired pieces slowly over the years and I cook regularly so I can justify/rationalize it.  Can someone recommend a good brand that is a little less pricey than All-Clad but still a good kitchen work horse.  I've been browsing, looking at Circulon and Cuisinart.  I just have no experience with those.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #56522, reply #1 of 32)

I have a Cuisinart that I have been very pleased with. Look on Amazon--even in the Outlet.

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Marcia's picture

(post #56522, reply #2 of 32)

I have several Cuisinart pieces, which, like Gretchen, I was very pleased with. I say was because they don't work on my new induction range, but they are of excellent quality and work well with other sources of heat.

Quilter's picture

(post #56522, reply #3 of 32)

I have a Cuisinart pan that works just fine for me.  But I don't use it very often - I use my old Lodge cast iron unless I need a non-reactive pan.

thecooktoo's picture

(post #56522, reply #4 of 32)

CI recently did a Clad cookware comparison.  All-Clad, of course, won.  However, the Italian brand, Tramontina came in a very high second.  The only reason the Tramontina did not win in the 12" skillet category is because the bottom of the pan is 1/4 inch smaller than the AllClad...otherwise it was the itdentical same skillet.


They showed the two skillets cut in half and through the cross section, the clad layers were the  same.


If you can find Tramontina, that would be the one I would recommend.  Not sure who carries them, but I know Sams Club does carry some pieces.  And, less than half the cost of the AllClad


Jim-

tomato's picture

(post #56522, reply #5 of 32)

I think Tramontina is a great bargain! The set I bought from Amazon a few years ago no longer seems to be available, but Walmart.com has a good selection. Make sure it's the tri-ply stainless. I may be stoned for saying so, but I think it's every bit as good as All-Clad, with more comfortable handles, and at about 1/4 the price.

[edited when I re-read and realized what I said made no sense]


Edited 8/14/2009 3:00 pm ET by tomato

Syb's picture

(post #56522, reply #6 of 32)

I have a couple of Tramontina pans, and for your friend's purposes, they are probably a good choice.  They're nice and heavy, which reinforces my belief that at least the bottoms are tri-ply, but I don't know about the sides.


I have slowly acquired All-Clad and love it, of course.  I guess I haven't paid much attention to other brands.  I recently realized that the All-Clad is so wonderful because, although many brands use tri-ply construction on the bottoms, they just use stainless steel on the sides.  All-Clad is so easy to clean because the tri-ply construction is used on the bottom and all the way up the sides.


I just found the info on my Tramontina Tri-Chef Cookware that I bought in 1992.  It has a tri-ply bottom, Steel/Copper/Steel.  I don't know if this is the same as what they are selling now.  One thing I especially like about my Tramontina large skillet is that even though I've used it at high heat quite a bit, the bottom remains perfectly flat, which is more than I can say about some brands.  If your friend can find it at an acceptable price, I'd say go for it.

unbaked's picture

(post #56522, reply #7 of 32)

Calphalon TriPly, which can sometimes be had on Amazon for really good prices. Actually try the Friday sale, they have several brands on sale most Fridays.

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Memsahib's picture

(post #56522, reply #8 of 32)

I just happened to see Tramontina today at Home Goods. Didn't stop to examine because I'm not in the market for pans but if that's a store in your area, you might try them.

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CulinaryArtist's picture

(post #56522, reply #9 of 32)

I use the Emerillware w/copper layer between ss at a client's house with good success, they are made by All Clad and not as expensive but not sure that they are a lot less expensive.
She purchased a whole set but I've seen the pieces separately I think at bed bath & beyond.

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sweetpotato's picture

(post #56522, reply #10 of 32)

I need new stainless cookware for my induction cooktop. I was planning to bite the bullet and buy All Clad until Henckels stainless was recommended to me by a friend. It has good reviews on Amazon and I am now leaning towards buying it. More food for thought...LOL.

Marcia's picture

(post #56522, reply #11 of 32)

Thanks for the Henckels stainless recommendation. We have a new induction range, and I don't need much new in the way of cookware, but I do need a couple of large skillets. I've been avoiding a purchase so far, but I'll check this out.

sweetpotato's picture

(post #56522, reply #12 of 32)

You're welcome. I hope it works out for you. My induction will hopefully be installed towards the end of September (yay! I'm looking forward to it!!) ... so I have a little bit of time to get some pots and pans.


 

Marcia's picture

(post #56522, reply #13 of 32)

We had an induction cooktop from the late 80s until we moved, so I have a lot of induction compatible cookware already. There's always cast iron, but I am in search of a large stainless skillet or two. Many fairly inexpensive ones are nonstick and that's not what I want. I didn't see what I was looking for on Amazon, but there are some other links I found with good prices. I don't need or want a set.

I hope you enjoy your cooktop as much as we're enjoying ours. :)

hcookie's picture

(post #56522, reply #14 of 32)

My induction cooktop is waiting in the garage for the countertops to be installed.


Some induction lines beside All Clad stainless are Demeyere (mixed disk and multi-ply), Viking Multi-ply, Tramontina TriPly, Le Creuset TriPly, KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions (disk), Vollrath Tribute, Bourgeat Stainless (disk).  For nonstick fry pans Bed Bath and Beyond carries Farberware Millenium.


I splurged on 2 pieces of Demeyere Atlantis; a fry pan and a sauce pan.  I need to add a less expensive pasta pot.  Along with my enameled cast iron pieces I will have a good start.

sweetpotato's picture

(post #56522, reply #17 of 32)

That's a great list. I copied it down to take with me to shop. I was just at Bed Bath and Beyond yesterday with my magnet :-)

Wade's picture

(post #56522, reply #18 of 32)

So if I am understanding what everyone is saying then the Tramontina that sells as a set in Walmart for about 150 dollars for 8-10 pieces is almost as good as Al Clad. Am I out of my mind or what. My wife is wanting some new cookware but I want to get some thing that is pretty good and not fall apart in a few years.


On side not, Is the Tri-ply stainless as easy to clean as the non-stick is?

sweetpotato's picture

(post #56522, reply #19 of 32)

I'm afraid I don't have any experience with Tramontina. It does get confusing looking at the different sets and trying to figure out what will work well and last for many years! There are different sets of varying quality that get good reviews on Amazon.


My induction cooktop should be installed this week and I've put off buying any new pans until I know it's working.   Although I did buy a 12" All Clad skillet (great price!) at Sur La Table today. :-)

leonap's picture

(post #56522, reply #20 of 32)

I do not have any but given what I have heard over and over, if I were in the market for a cookware set, I would buy the Tramontina. Be sure you look at what each set contains. If I'm not mistaken, the 8-piece set for about $150 does not contain a 12" skillet. I would be lost without my 12" skillet. No, tri-ply doesn't clean up as easily as nonstick, but Barkeeper's Friend makes clean-up easy with very little scrubbing.

FL.Cook's picture

(post #56522, reply #21 of 32)

I have at least three pieces, and I love it! Refuse to pay the price for All Clad! Just go online and order the 12" skillet from then. It will cost you the same for the whole set, then one piece from All Clad!


Edited 10/11/2009 8:35 pm ET by FL.Cook

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Wade's picture

(post #56522, reply #22 of 32)

Well I decided to go ahead and give it a try and bought a 10" skilet to try out. Spent 25 dollars but then that is better than spending a couple hundred and not liking it. Atleast this way I will have an extra pan if I do like it, or rather if my wife likes it. :)


By the way what are you talking about "bartenders friend"?

Gretchen's picture

(post #56522, reply #24 of 32)

There are others available also on Amazon on sale. KA makes a line and Costco and Sam's carry "knockoffs".


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FL.Cook's picture

(post #56522, reply #26 of 32)

It wasn't me talking about Bartenders friend, but I do use it all the time. It is a wonderful product which I use on my pots and pans, my sink, etc. You can buy it in any grocery store. I know that you will enjoy the pan.

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Wade's picture

(post #56522, reply #27 of 32)

Sorry I clicked on the wrong person, it was Leonap that mentioned about Bartenders Friend. Thanks for the info though. I am going to try out the new pan this evening if I get off work in time.

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #56522, reply #28 of 32)

Bartenders Friend will scratch your pans.  If you don't mind scratching, it is ok.  Spray on oven cleaner is much more effective and won't scratch stainless.

tomato's picture

(post #56522, reply #23 of 32)

I have a lot of Tramontina tri-ply, and I think it's as good as All-Clad, and WAY cheaper. The specs are virtually the same! I also find stainless easier to clean than the nonstick.

Wade's picture

(post #56522, reply #32 of 32)

To all that recomended Tramontina you were correct. I bought the one skilet and tried it out. It worked great, so I guess we will get the rest of the set. Thanks for the guidance, it is greatly appreciated.

bwf17's picture

(post #56522, reply #25 of 32)

I have 3 pieces also and love them.  I did not need the pieces in the set.

 

 
shipscook's picture

(post #56522, reply #15 of 32)

I have a few peices of All Clad and Cuisinart that I got ar thrift stores or on really good sales. They are nice--


However on my job as cook I use mostly carbon steel saute and fry pans. So for home I expanded my collection with commercial Vollrath from restuarant supply.


They must be seasoned like cast iron, but it's easy to learn and I feel a very comforting chore! And  they get prettier with all that love.


these are available on Amazon-


http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Dgarden&field-keywords=vollrath+carbon+steel+saute+pan&x=13&y=18


these are saute pans, you can do a seach on Amazon for other frypans etc. The prices at Amazon look better than restuarant supply.


Nan


 


 


Edited 8/15/2009 3:32 pm ET by shipscook

FL.Cook's picture

(post #56522, reply #16 of 32)

I really like the Tramontina that I have. You can order it online from Walmart,and have it shipped to the store at no charge.

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Geoffchef's picture

(post #56522, reply #29 of 32)

I have replaced all my old pots with Cuisinox. Tri-ply, fully clad and half the price of AC. FC did a comparison of 4 qt saucepans a while back and picked the Cuisinox. There are a bunch of tri-ply options out there now, but around here Cuisinox is definitely the best deal, and I'm very happy with them.


 


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