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Old 01-04-2006, 12:07 AM   #11
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Try www.gardenweb.com for information on this set. Do a search for the Mark Brand. There has been some recent discussion.
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Old 01-04-2006, 02:58 AM   #12
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Thanks for the info Giggles ... I went out to that website and finally found a reference to the Member's Mark cookware - a review from the Dec. 2005 issue of Consumer Reports. While I wish that post had included a little more info on the testing and results that resulted in their rankings (and a complete list of the cookware tested) I do have to agree with the conclusion that you don't have to mortgage the farm to buy good quality cookware.
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Old 01-04-2006, 09:42 AM   #13
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I'm looking at the Dec 2005 CR.

Among the sets tested, the Members Mark rated 5th after:
  1. KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Brushed Stainless
  2. Calphalon Contemporary
  3. Emerilware Stainless
  4. Magnalite Classic
The set were rated on:
  1. Cooking Evenness
  2. Nonstick durability
  3. Safety
  4. Comfort
  5. Sturdiness
  6. Ease of Cleaning
These 5 all fell into the VG category, as did the next 5 sets.

The MM set received a negative rating for Sturdiness.
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Old 01-04-2006, 06:01 PM   #14
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You can't go wrong with the number 1 pick you posted Andy M.
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Old 01-04-2006, 06:01 PM   #15
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How is it that All-Clad nonstick was not even mentioned and the uncoated was ranked low? Cook's Illustrated test's ranked both they're favorite pans.
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How is it that All-Clad nonstick was not even mentioned and the uncoated was ranked low? Cook's Illustrated test's ranked both they're favorite pans.
All-Clad non-stick was not included in the test.

All-clad Master Chef ranked 8th and their Copper Core ranked 10th.
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Would the All-Clad non-stick perform better than the Copper Core though???

The cooper core set is like 700 bucks and lost to a 150 buck set of cookware.
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All-Clad non-stick was not included in the test.

All-clad Master Chef ranked 8th and their Copper Core ranked 10th.
thanks for that great response. Tells me zero.
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thanks for that great response. Tells me zero.
It tells you that All-Clad non-stick was not mentioned in the test because it wasn't tested. They don't claim to test every product on the market.

Perhaps if you want more complete information on the subject, you should buy the magazine.
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Would the All-Clad non-stick perform better than the Copper Core though???

The cooper core set is like 700 bucks and lost to a 150 buck set of cookware.
They are very different. The non-stick won't do things like browning meats or being oven safe at high temperatures as well as the copper core while the copper core will be harder to clean.

Some of the factors Consumer Union tests for are things that will differ in importance to different people. In the tests we have been discussing, comfort is one of the factors that can be different for each user. Ease of cleaning is also a factor that can be of varying importance.
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