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Old 12-26-2012, 09:13 PM   #11
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Can somebody explain to me why would SS pan would not be dishwasher safe, or rather not recommended for dishwasher use please. I bought both sets, and am trying to figure out which one to keep.

Kirkland is 5-ply, but is not recommended for dishwasher. The material itself feels heavier/thicker.

Cuisinart is 3 ply, material itself feels thinner, but is dishwasher safe and also has the pasta cooker insert for the large pot which I have been thinking about.

The dishwasher is a kind of big deal for me. As I do not like doing dishes.

Please tell me what you think peoples
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:22 PM   #12
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Charlie, I am not familiar with either set, but I really like the pasta insert. I use it when I make stock. I can just lift all the bones or vegis out of the water and tilt the insert to let it drip.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:26 PM   #13
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There may be an issue with dishwasher detergent staining the stainless.

I have had a Kirkland set (3-ply, 10 pieces $150 about 12 years ago) and it is excellent. I wouldn't trade it for All-Clad.

I also have a three-ply Cuisinart piece that's about half the age and also great.

I think the thicker Costco set would perform better but the bottom line is which set has the pieces you need most.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:27 PM   #14
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Yeah, insert is definitely a nice option. Common pros' help me out. What say you? You can look at the links above too, please help.
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Keep in mind you could most likely pick up a stainless pasta insert at a thrift store to fit your new pot.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:35 PM   #16
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Yeah, insert is definitely a nice option. Common pros' help me out. What say you? You can look at the links above too, please help.
Charlie, I only ever cook pasta for two so just toss the pasta into boiling water and dump it into a strainer. I have no desire to have a pasta pot with an insert.
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Charlie, I only ever cook pasta for two so just toss the pasta into boiling water and dump it into a strainer. I have no desire to have a pasta pot with an insert.
I don't use my past insert for pasta. I use it for making stock and it can also be used for steaming food.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:17 PM   #18
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Can somebody explain to me why would SS pan would not be dishwasher safe, or rather not recommended for dishwasher use please. I bought both sets, and am trying to figure out which one to keep.

Kirkland is 5-ply, but is not recommended for dishwasher. The material itself feels heavier/thicker.

Cuisinart is 3 ply, material itself feels thinner, but is dishwasher safe and also has the pasta cooker insert for the large pot which I have been thinking about.

The dishwasher is a kind of big deal for me. As I do not like doing dishes.

Please tell me what you think peoples
Charlie, some detergents for dishwashers are very harsh and can etch the bottom on the SS pan. And some SS has not been tempered long enough and is softer than others. At least that is what The Pirate tells me. And Spike also.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:19 AM   #19
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I have some cuisinart cookware and love them. I have a 1 qt,
2 qt w/strainer lid, 3 qt w/strainer lid, 3 qt, 5.5 qt pot w/ 2 helper handles, 4 qt, 8 qt w/pasta insert and a 5.5 qt saute pan. I think I may have a couple others but can't remember sizes.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:40 PM   #20
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I have some Cuisinart cookware and love them. I have a 1 qt,
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2 qt w/strainer lid, 3 qt w/strainer lid, 3 qt, 5.5 qt pot w/ 2 helper handles, 4 qt, 8 qt w/pasta insert and a 5.5 qt sauté pan. I think I may have a couple others but can't remember sizes.




That sounds like the set I got.





So what do you people think of the thickness of the pots/material? How much difference it will make in the cooking? Kirkland is a bit thicker.



Kirkland is 5 ply bottom with copper core. SS, aluminum, copper, aluminum, SS.



Cuisinart is 3-ply. SS, aluminum, SS.



But both pots have the same thickness of the bottom, 1/4 inch, I measured them.



Kirkland though has 100% satisfaction guarantee has limited life time warranty. Cuisinart Has Life time warranty.



Kirkland has 3 different things it says about washing. On the site it says, Dishwasher is not recommended (or something likes that) on the box it says Hand washing recommended, on the paper inside it says leads and pans are dishwasher safe.



Cuisinart simply says Dishwasher safe.



Not as significant but Cuisinart is $10 dollars cheaper, but it also offers a rebate, some free mixing SS bowls, I have to send the paperwork. Originally it was $199, but I had 20% coupon.

And all of that brings me back to the beginning. The question remains:
So what do you people think of the thickness of the pots/material? How much difference it will make in the cooking?
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