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Old 07-12-2006, 10:57 AM   #1
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Double-burner grill pans

I know they're only a weak substitute for the real thing, but I'm in the market for a stovetop grill that fits over two burners. I don't want a reversible one because I already have a perfectly suitable double-burner griddle.

I've narrowed my choice down to two very different pans and would love some advice:

One is the 20 x 13 All-Clad LTD nonstick grill that sells for $99. It has received glowing reviews on Amazon and cooking.com. http://www.cooking.com/products/shprodde.asp?SKU=127714

The other is the 21 x 11 Calphalon One infused anodized (not nonstick) that sells for $160 but with a 10% discount coupon at cooking.com. http://www.cooking.com/products/shprodde.asp?SKU=208158

Both weigh about the same -- and much less than cast iron, which is just too heavy for me. Both have prominent handles (the CI handles are nicely angled away from the pan) that I need to be able to rotate the pan between two different-sized burners. The All-Clad is easier to clean, but the CI allows for metal utensils. I have pieces of both types of cookware and am familiar with their use.

My tendency is to go with the lower-priced and easier to clean All-Clad nonstick, but I'm wondering whether the CI would actually brown the food better and maybe last longer. If so, I'd be willing to fork up the difference.

I should add that unfortunately I have one of those gas cooktops with a downdraft, not a hood, if that matters here.

I'd love to hear from anyone who has either grill or from anyone who has an opinion one way or the other.


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Old 07-12-2006, 07:21 PM   #2
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oooooooooooooh! Those are sure nice! I'd probably go with the second one, myself, as I love my Calphalon pans!

Here's something to consider: if you have a Kohl's nearby, they are forever putting their kitchen stuff on sale! Keep an eye out (btw, there's a big sale on right now on the whole store)

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Old 07-12-2006, 08:20 PM   #3
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Check out TJ Maxx's too.

I wouldn't go for a nonstick, but then that's me.

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Old 07-12-2006, 09:02 PM   #4
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Yeah, I'm tending toward the CI. Unfortunately, Kohl's and TJ Maxx don't carry that line.
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Old 07-21-2006, 10:09 AM   #5
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I was looking at the Le Creuset or the Lodge Logic Pro combination Grill/Griddle double burner pans and ended up ordering the Lodge because it is much cheaper. I hope I'm not going to be sorry. Does anyone own one or the other? I suppose I could always return it unused if anyone can talk me into buying the more expensive one.
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