Register for cookware set or individual pots and pans

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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5204 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Depends on how you like to stock your kitchen.

I like to have what I want and nothing more, so for me individual pots and pans would be the way to go.  

Post # 4
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401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’d register for individual pots and pans. IMO, you can’t get a decent set of pans for less than $400, and I wouldn’t count on anyone buying you that expensive of a gift. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@arsing89:  We registered at BB&B and they allowed us to register for a set, and then break it down into the pots and pans from the set.  I didn’t think that anyone would buy us the full set as it was expensive (and then surprise, my parents did for Christmas) 

Post # 7
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852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I suggest registering for both……

You might have a group of people that will go in together to buy the set for you.

And you might have individuals that will buy you a single pot/pan. 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I did an All-Clad set, it was a 10 piece one (6 pots/pans with 4 lids).  This worked out well for me.  I use every pan (some more than others), but I don’t need more than this.  So I think anything larger would be a waste of money (and I cook a lot).  You could also get by on less though, depending on how much you cook and what you tend to make.

This was better for me than registering for individual pieces because I would not have received pieces or the set as gifts.  I mostly received cash or smaller gifts.  I had a 20% off coupon from BB&B that I used to buy the set after our wedding, which I couldn’t have used on individual pans (well you could with a lot of coupons I guess).  That was the best way to purchase it, outside of going into TJ Maxx frequently to see if they had any in stock (not sure it would have been any cheaper though).   Mine averaged out to $93 per piece (6 pots/pans with their lids), cheaper than buying individually.  TJ Maxx has good prices on individual pieces, I think maybe 1/3 or up to 1/2 off retail.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We registered for both individual pots and pans, and a complete set. The odds of us getting a complete set are slim, but even if we get a few individual pans we can trade them in for a set.

I registered for Calphalon Stainless cookware

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@arsing89:  I’ve ended up buying all of this stuff over the years, but I’d also recommend registering for for an enameled cast iron pan for your biggest pan. I just got a dutch oven and braising pan, but I think I will use them for making soup/chili from now on, since cast iron with a spiked lid is better for cooking things slowly. I think something like this:

http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-1315373/Sur+La+Table+Red+Round+Oven+7+qt.

would be more useful than something like this:

http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-555912/Le+Creuset+3+ply+Stainless+Steel+Soup+Pot

I have a pan like the second one, but I doubt I’ll use it much anymore.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We registered for both.  So far we have a small All-Clad set and some individual pots and pans from them.  From what I hear about this brand, I might go ahead and get them myself if we don’t get it as a wedding present!

Post # 12
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5204 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@arsing89:  I agree.  For me the uncluttered cupboard on a daily basis is worth more than the extra pots and pans. 

Post # 13
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2209 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We registered just for the individual pots and pans.  We registered for individual items for two reasons:

1.  They’re All-Clad.  Way pricey; I would never expect someone to spend $600-$900 in one chunk on a cookware set for us.  The individual pieces I picked run from $100-$295.  Still not cheap, and I’ll be surprised if anyone purchases the top end one, but we can always buy it after the wedding.

2.  I didn’t like the pieces that were included in the smallest All-Clad set BB&B offered, and the next biggest set had too many pieces to store in our small kitchen.  I didn’t want to register for pieces I wasn’t going to use.

Post # 14
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9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@arsing89:  If you cook regularly and have an idea of the types of pots and pans you use the most then register for individual pots and pans.  If you don’t cook often or you’re not sure what you need (or you need to replace all of your pots and pans) then registering for a set is your best bet.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper

Anything other than All Clad I’d probably go separately because of my preference for sizes ie 2 and 4 quart pot, 10 and 12 inch stainless frying pans, and a 8 quart stockpot make a perfect starter set. But since they are expensive you might want to collect separately in any case.   To that, I would add a few non stick and cast iron fry pans, and a Dutch oven such as Le Creuset for slow cooking.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

@arsing89:  Do you like to cook? If so, you probably use certain pots/pans more than others. We also came up with a list of features we wanted and didn’t want. 

When we registered we wanted 

– clear lids on the saute pans (to see whats cooking inside without opening and losing heat)

– NOT nonstick (its not very environmentally friendly)

– Uncoated handles, as I like to cook from stovetop to oven

I have a full set of cheaper pots and pans now, as well as a few LeCreuset pieces. I use my Dutch oven, saute pan, stockpot, and frying pan regularly. Everything else just sits there. So I registered for 2 AllClad saute pans, 1 LeCreuset stockpot and 1 AllClad frying pan. That way I don’t have to wash everything so often.

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