All-Clad, Calaphalon, Etc – Which Cookware to Register For???

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: What cookware brand do you recommend?
    All-Clad : (15 votes)
    33 %
    Calphalon : (20 votes)
    43 %
    Other - Suggestion Posted Below : (11 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    609 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    You really can’t go wrong with Calphalon. FI and I got a Circulon set from my parents for our engagement which we love, but we also registered for some Calphalon items to add to our set.

    Post # 4
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    1205 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I am in love with my All Clad tri-ply.  It goes in the dishwasher, it cooks super evenly, it looks really pretty on my pot rack, and it seems like it will last forever. 

    We have the ($$$) All Clad for our saucepans & roasting pan, but less expensive nonstick for frying pans since I do a lot of eggs and lowfat cooking. The nonstick won’t last forever no matter what you buy–alas.  Also most nonstick won’t go in the dishwasher.

    I had a calphablon frying pan when I was younger and franky was never really happy with it. The All Clad is a much more even heat.

    Post # 5
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    3693 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We got All-Clad, and so far I’m happy with it, although I’m still getting used to cooking with stainless steel (and not non-stick). It was ridiculously expensive though, and I can’t speak to if it’s actually any better than the Calphalon.

    Post # 6
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    2209 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I have a Circulon set (hard anodized, like Calphalon) that has served me well, but I’m a little wary about the possible health concerns related to non-stick cookware.  I think for some things, like eggs, non-stick is perfect, but when we register, I’m leaning toward some heavy stainless steel cookware.  I would love a set of All-Clad (or even just a few pieces), but it is pretty pricey.  

    Using a dishwasher is not recommended for my current set, which is made of the same materials as Calphalon cookware.  If I were you, I’d go for some heavy stainless steel; All-Clad or otherwise.

    Post # 7
    Member
    5445 posts
    Bee Keeper

    We avoid non stick cookware because it’s not safe for use. We have stainless steel and some glass pots and pans we got recently that we actually really like. 

    Post # 8
    Member
    1619 posts
    Bumble bee

    Cooks Illustrated  review march 1 2009:

    • all clad is the gold standard. 10 pieces @799.95
    • Tramontina 18/10 tri ply 8 pieces 144.95 – amazing bargain performing comparably to all clad though cooking surfaces slightly smaller. Available only at WalMart
    • Calphalon tri ply 10 piece 299.99 solid performer,but set contains smaller stockpot and frypan compared to all clad.  Also has glass lid cooks illustrated prefers solid (vs glass) lid.

    Tramontina and all clad Calphalon have different lines – it’s important to make sure you’re comparing/registering for the 18/10 tri ply (fully clad vs. disk bottom) versions. 

    They pretty consistently have the same results when they test single pans as well.  All clad almost always wins by a hair, but they are very happy with other choices (not always Tramontina or calphalon) given the large price variance. 

    Post # 10
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    3084 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @Cappugcino:  I registered for – and got – a set of cuisinart French classic stainless steel cookware. It’s well rated online and many of the reviews said its like all-clad but without the price. 

    Post # 12
    Member
    3084 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @Cappugcino:  no problem! It’s $300, but it works well & it’s tri-ply. So with the 20% off coupon, it’s worth it. Plus stainless steel lasts forever. My mom still has her pot set from nearly 30 years ago. 

    Post # 13
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    1754 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I suggest you buy a couple of Le Creuset peices, especially a large Dutch Oven. They are very expensive, but totally worth it – they last FOREVER and are beautiful and very heavy bottomed. 

     

    Post # 14
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    168 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    We registered for Anolon Nouvelle Copper.

    Post # 15
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    6890 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    My All Clad set is fabulous and as a set it comes closest to what I would choose individually.  The 8 at. stockpot is a great piece to have since it makes an admirable substitute for a Dutch oven, is a great size for soups etc.   I like having the 2 and 4 quart size pans, too.  I added a Le Creuset Dutch oven  a few years ago and love it.   I also have several non stick and cast iron.

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