(Closed) BEST Quality cookware?

posted 5 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

The best is All-Clad (specifically D5).

However, you should not buy an entire set all one brand. You should buy the best for each type of use. Your fry pans, skillets (some of them), sauce pans, etc. should be stainless, like All-Clad.

Your dutch ovens and grill pans and one skillet should be cast iron, of which coated like Le Creuset is a good option. So it Staub and Emile Henry. I personally have Le Creseut and love it.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I like Le Creuset for things like dutch ovens, bakeware, etc., but if you want the best of the best for cooking I’d go with copper pans. They can last a lifetime.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I guess it depends on what you’re using this for.  I cook every night, so a Calphalon nonstick set was really practical and will definitely last.  (I think this is what I got http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/calphalon-simply-nonstick-14-piece-cookware-set?ID=371636&cm_mmc=GOOGLE_Home_Elec_Corp-_-Brands+SH+PLA1_Home+-+PLA+-+Calphalon-_-45592741692-_-mkwid_iRA4UUrA)

 

I don’t find Le Creuset cookware practical for every day use so I wouldn’t waste your money on buying a set of enameled cast iron.  I think this is soapboxy, but I know a lot of people like and namedrop Le Creuset because it’s expensive and pretty, but as someone who grew up in a kitchen full of it I can honestly say that my dad used the dutch ovens for roasts, and the pots for boiling water and steaming vegetables and that’s about it.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@Ellegee:  Calphalon nonstick will NOT definitely last. The coating on non-stick pans can only last so long, no matter the quality. Alton Brown has a great article about it in his book Gear for your Kitchen. Expensive non-stick is a waste of money. The investment is in the quality of the pan, but the coating may last about 6 or 7 years if you are perfect about caring for it, and then the pan is a health risk.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@mrsSonthebeach:  6 or 7 years is okay with me 🙂

ETA: $300 for 5 years or so of every day, low maintenance use and care is not expensive, and I think that it’s practical for most home “cooks” (not chefs).  I’m not so much concerned about health risks associated with Teflon; I don’t work in a Teflon manufacturing environment and it’s rare that my stuff is going to be heated hot or long enough to be a risk to anyone. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

According to this site it is All Clad stainless steel as a set, but you wil want a few specialty pieces that are not stainless steel.

 

http://www.consumersearch.com/cookware

 

 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@Ellegee:  if you’re lucky and a perfectionist… never overheating, never washing while too warm, never putting it in the dishwasher, never heating it dry, never dropping it. Most people get about 2 years out of it. The best advice on non-stick is to buy it cheap and replace every 2 years. I’d rather just use cast iron so that I’m not treating cookware like it’s disposable.

OP wants to never have to buy this stuff again. Stainless, cast iron, and copper can last a lifetime or more. We have stainless pieces from DH’s great grandmother (plus the All-Clad and Le Creuset we’ve gotten over the years… though the Le Creuset will not last as long as non-enameled cast iron).

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

All-Clad is considered the best for stainless steel pans. I love my Calphalon Tri-Ply pans. I also have a small non-stick pan that I use for eggs. We’ve had it a year, and it’s already showing wear. Those only last a few years, so just buy cheap ones (sad fact of life). I love my Le Creuset pot (I have the 5.5 qt) and use it for soups, stews, and big batches of food (potatoes, pasta, etc). Copper core is FAB, but if you’re not going to use it to its potential, don’t waste the money.

I recommend buying what you need. A lot of times, those sets don’t fit what I need (wrong sizes, styles) for how I cook. Also, there are a lot of threads on here about cookware. Do a search and you’ll find tons of information.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I’d just like to throw out that nowadays not *all* non-stick cookware is made with Teflon.

A LOT of it is, but not all of it. You just have to do a little digging to find it. 🙂

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mrsSonthebeach:  I agree with this! Smile

My advice is to go to places like TJMaxx or HomeGoods they often have All-Clad/Creuset/Staub and other nice cookware that is 1/2 off regular retail price.

I have some on my registry and if I don’t get it I’m planning on buying it….because I don’t want to ever purchase any ever again after that!

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@kes18:  I see Le Creuset at Homegoods all the time when the colors are retired. The deals are unbelievable.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mrsSonthebeach:  Yep, I love browsing their kitchen/dining sections!  You can always find a great deal!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

@mrsSonthebeach:  Yes!  This is what my aesthetician told me a short while ago…I’ve been eyeing Le Creuset for a while now and can’t get over how expensive they are on their website or at Williams-Sonoma.

Post # 16
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Wannabee

@Kes18   I agree, there are a lot of great deals on items at Home Goods and TJ Maxx… I shop there all the time! The Le Creuset, however, is one thing that I would be careful buying there… although a “retired” color, such as the Kiwi, will occasionally pop up, the Le Creuset outlet stores are where the surplus and retired colors are sent by the company. In other words, if it’s at TJ Maxx or Home Goods, it’s due to a defect… sometimes it’s a chip, sometimes a glazing defect. So it might not match perfectly with pieces you already have or are looking to purchase : ) 

 

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