Post # 1
Mr. C and I are in the process of registering at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. For the most part it’s gone pretty smoothly, however we’re clueless when it comes to pots and pans. His mom uses generic store brand cookware, my mom uses a set a stainless set she got when she was married in the late 60’s. I’ve got a couple pieces of T-Fal that need to be thrown out that were okay, but I was never totally happy with. So, there isn’t any brand I’ve got first hand experience with that I particularly like.
Ideally I’d like something that can go in the dishwasher. I’m absolutely clueless on this and would love to know what people suggest!!!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 9
Thank you for sharing your cookware experiences. I’m going to research further and think for a few days, but it’s a huge help hearing first hand from other brides!!!
Post # 10
@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 # 11
@FoxyBride14: Thank you for the suggestion, I’ll be sure to check into them!
Post # 12
@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
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
We registered for Anolon Nouvelle Copper.
Post # 15
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.
Post # 16
I’m planning to put a couple Le Creuset piece on the registry. I’ve heard a lot of raves about the dutch oven.