Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by Doesney, Mar 17, 2008.
Any good reccomendations or deals out there. Looking to spend no more than 300.00
Bed Bath and Beyond has the Calphalon tri-ply. I just bought the 13 piece set for $400 and used a 20% off coupon. I paid $320 plus I got a $50 gift card and a free wok. I believe the 8 piece set was $300 minus the 20% ($240) and you still get the gift card but not the wok.
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I bought the Caphlon set 2 years ago, the one with the non-stick coating. Same deal, my son-in-law worked there at the time, so I got his discount. I hate them. The coating has come off, I've never used metal utensils only plastic or wood.
I've gone back to using my 35+ yrs old Le Creuset (flame orange! - gotta love the 70's Now, I'm looking to get the larger 7.5 qt. stock pot in the gorgeous new Caribbean blue color they have. These pots are great. Of course, now that I'm using them again, I remember why I stopped in the first place - they are heavy!! But they cook like a dream.
I think if I were looking for something else, I might try stainless steel - but heck, who wants to try to keep that looking shiny and new? Not me!!
We have the Calphalon tri-ply (NOT the non-stick). But we didn't get a set, we got what we needed, and will add on as we figure out what we need. Even though a set is a financial bargain, with limited storage space, it's not helpful to have things we won't use!
That said, I recently saw that Cuisinart is making what appears to be a tri-ply product, and it seemed MUCH more of a bargain than Calphalon. Kitchen Aid seems to make one, too, but I couldn't find it in anything but a set.
I should add that I also have the stainless steel. So far I really like it. Everything cooks faster and more even than my old pans. The salesman told me that the ss can go in the dishwasher but the non-stick cannot. He said the ns finish would come off if you did put it in the dw.
My fiancee wanted nice try-ply cookware when we moved into our apartment. I did a lot of researching, and two brands that were continuously mentioned were Kirkland and Members Mark - both from wholesale stores (Costco and Sam's Club, respectively). As we did not have a Costco near us, we ended up buying the Members Mark set from Sams, and after a year and a half, it's still wonderful. I clean it with "Bar Keepers Friend," which is pretty amazing stuff.
I've been in Costco lately, and I haven't seen the tri-ply set - only the kind with the copper/aluminum core at the bottom, which apparently isn't as good. But try to keep your eyes out - there are some deals to be had. If those brands do scare you away, I fully suggest Calphalon. All-Clad is obviously nice, but extremely expensive, when other brands certainly compare.
I have 10 or so pieces from All-Clad and the Member's Mark set from Sam's Club. I'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference in the two. I highly recommend the stainless Member's mark from Sam's! BTW, I do NOT like Calphalon at all and would prefer to pay for All-Clad rather than cook with Calphalon.
What is the difference between Calphalon and All-Clad. I have only had mine two weeks so I still have another two weeks to return the Calphalon if I want. I have only used them a couple of times so I am interested in what others say. TIA!
I don't think the core comes as far up the sides as All-Clad - I've had trouble with sticking. I don't find the handles to be comfortable and the pans seem unbalanced. YMMV
I bought a set today. I think I did pretty good after all my research. I bought the Food Network Brand Stainless Tri Ply 10 pc set @ Kohls. On sale from 399.00 to 319.00 plus I had a 30 percent coupon which made it 238.00 with tax But it came with two good bonuses. ! 16 qt tri ply stock pot and a specialty knoife that I have been eyeing anyway. So I am excited to try it. It gets good reviews. Apparently it is the same as emerilware. If I do not like it I will return it and spring for the ALL CLAD.
In regards to the core, it depends on what set. There is just a Calphalon Tri-ply set, but there is also the Calphalon Contemporary Stainless, whose handles I really find comfortable (while the All-Clad ones I find to be horrible - for me, anyway), and the aluminum core runs high.
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