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Old 07-31-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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Advice on purchase of skillet

Hello Everybody:

I have been looking for a 10 - 12 inch skillet (frying pan) without much success. I want stainless steel, mirror finish inside, three-ply with either aluminum or copper core, and (here's the rub) a tight fitting lid. A help handle (I think that's what it is called) would be nice but not essential. I does not matter if the handle is riveted.

I went so far as to buy a huge Cuisinart set that met all these requirements and with the assurance that the lids in the set would fit the two skillets included but of course they did not. So I took it back.

Could someone suggest a brand, and store or online outlet? I don't mind paying a reasonable amount for this but I don't want to have to mortgage the house.

Thanks for all your help,

Valentine.

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Old 07-31-2013, 07:46 PM   #2
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All-Clad makes a 12" skillet and a 12" lid. You'd have to call them or find them in a store to be sure they fit.

Skillets are almost always sold with no lid.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:35 PM   #3
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I know Cuisinart's lids will work from sauté pan to skillet. The lids that came with my 3.5 and 5.5 sauté pans fit well onto my 10" and 12" skillet respectively.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:55 PM   #4
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I know Cuisinart's lids will work from sauté pan to skillet. The lids that came with my 3.5 and 5.5 sauté pans fit well onto my 10" and 12" skillet respectively.
+1. I have the Cuisinart set too.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:53 AM   #5
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The last stainless cookware set we bought was from Sam's Club. I have no complaints with it. It bears the name Wolfgang Puck, but it was on sale.
The lids fit very well.
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:54 AM   #6
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Go to cookware and more's website.
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:53 AM   #7
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Call me crazy but I prefer Kitchen Aid stainless cookware because of the way the lids fit. However I must admit all my skillets are cast iron.
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:58 PM   #8
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I have an Emeril stainless skillet that I love. But I like my cast iron skillet better. :)
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Old 09-17-2013, 05:14 PM   #9
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With most SS sets, the large lid is designed to fit the stock pot and the frying pan. When looking on line, make sure you look at the specifications and take careful note of the width of the frying pan, cover and stock pot. I would rather buy and shop for in person, individual pots than a set. It might be more costly than buying a set, but you would have exactly what you want and need. And think of all the fun you will have seeing and touching all those beautiful pans.

I would think if the cover fits too tightly on any pan, you are almost creating a pressure pot atmosphere inside the pan. That could be come dangerous.
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Old 09-17-2013, 05:17 PM   #10
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I have a Calphalon set. I like a saute pan better than a skillet; the 3.5-quart saute pan that came with the set has a nice, tight-fitting glass lid.
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