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Old 03-08-2008, 05:33 PM   #1
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Best Cookware ???

Yes, I have some cast iron. Yes, I have the occasional non-stick.

BUT, if I wanted to buy cookware that forms the "basis" of my set, what would it be?

My requirements:

- Dishwasher safe
- Not non-stick (bleah)
- Not some "esoteric" brand ... so stuff like All-Clad, Calphalon, etc ...
- Price? Hmmmm ... maybe as much as All-Clad Copper Core irregular e.g. Saute Pan at $200, but less is alway good!
- Good looks, with minimal care and upkeep (Good looks = solid, dependable, classic, not contemporary weird).

What do people think? Just some solid 3-ply SS, copper-bottom, or ... ?

Okay ... food fight begin! <smile>


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Old 03-08-2008, 05:40 PM   #2
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Well, your requirements limit your selection right away, which is fine. You want dishwasher safe? Go with AllClad Stainless, it is their most versatile and popular line, including being induction ready and dishwasher safe. Yes there are "similar" try ply clads out there from Cosco to Sur le Table and Gourmet Chef etc. Do they meet all your requirements? dunno

Copper tarnishes at high heat, and other surfaces are pitted or grayed by the alkali pellets in auto dishwashing detergents.

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Old 03-08-2008, 06:15 PM   #3
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What about All-Clad Copper Core? Are they significantly better than All-Clad SS?
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Old 03-08-2008, 07:22 PM   #4
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Not significantly better and not dishwasher safe.
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Old 03-09-2008, 01:58 AM   #5
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DeMeyere is great stuff if you have the bucks. Was using it for the last four years and couldnt hurt if I tried. We had the Sirocco line it just felt right and did what you wanted. Never dented warped or discolored never had a problem with cleanup. I am sure they will last a lifetime. I think it is better looking than AllClad too

That said I am not really sure if they are worth the $ I could not happily go back to the super cheapo stuff I was using before but I am getting by quite fine with an assortment of much lower cost but still decent quality cookware.

My thoughs are put the money down on the pieces that count the most the ones you know you will use everyday and expect to perform for you. go to the store and handle them see what feels right.

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Old 03-09-2008, 09:06 AM   #6
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I just bought a new set of cookware and did some research. I really wanted the All Clad because it's supposed to be the best and highly rated but you'll pay and arm and a leg for it and with a daughter in college, etc., it's out of my budget right now, and I need a whole set.

For the money I thought Calphalon Tri-Ply was the best deal. I got it at Linen's & Things. I opened a charge card and got 20% off my first purchase, which saved me $80 off of $399.

I also tried the Tramontina set (which is a All-Clad copy). Supposedly All-Clads patent has run out. It cooked very nicely and was shinier than the Calphalon but it scratched immediately, and with one use and one dunk in the dish water there were spots in the frying pan that would not come off even with Barkeeper's Friend and a lot of elbow greast so that went back. They don't sell the Tramontina cookware set, just a huge stockpot, at Costco in my area (that's where it was highly recommended to buy it). I got it at Walmart so maybe that explains my problem; I don't know.

If you live near a Le Gourmet outlet, they have an All Clad knock off that is 1/3 the price and highly recommended. I live about 1-1/2 hours away from one. Next time I go there I'm going to get a stock pot and try it. I wouldn't buy a whole set though because it would be too hard to return if I didn't like it.

My opinion is the stockpot and frying pan are the most important. Well, I mostly use my cast iron skillet and love it and doubt I'll ever stop using it so I'll try another All Clad knock off stockpot or a real All Clad stockpot some day.

Good luck in your search.


Those have been my observations in the past couple of weeks. I'm very satisfied with the Calphalon. It cooks evenly, hasn't scratched yet, and cleans up without leaving any spots. I still prefer my cast iron skillet almost every day.

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