Recently I purchased a set of Rever Chef's Request to review for the website. My goal is to find good, QUALITY merchandise that working folks can afford.
Well, let's just say I am impressed. Impressed to the point of doing a little research.
American cookware manufacturers have responded to the demand for excellent cookware at a reasonable price. To accomplish this, the manufacture is done overseas. Steel is relatively cheap. So much so, in fact, that it is now cheaper to build a home with stronger steel studs than the conventional wooden ones. The expensive part of steel fabrication (as I found out recently when I got a price to build a stainless steel charcoal grill prototype) is the actual fabrication itself.
Thus, there are now many good quality cookware sets available at VERY reasonable prices.
Now, you do sacrifice some of the features found in the highest quality sets. Instead of seamless tri-ply construction, you will find a seam at the bottom. In some of the highest quality sets, the aluminum insert actually goes up the sides to ensure even heating from top to bottom. The new, cheaper sets have just a disk on the bottom only. Of course...MOST of the expensive sets are made like this as well.
Hope this helped.
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