Best stainless steel cookware set?

posted 1 week ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

CloverBells :  I’ve been really happy with my calphalon pans. I’ve had them 5+ years and still going strong! What do you use now? 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2020 - Clarksville, VA

I’m not sure where you’re located but I have the Biltmore brand stainless steel set from Belk and they’re great. I’ve had a nonstick frying pan from them for years and I love it. I got the stainless steel set last Christmas and they wash so well. I’ve coveted it for years because I love the shape of the pots.

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Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

We didn’t do stainless, we did the Calphalon with the space saving lids, and I just wanted to chime in that they have been a game changer! They take up so much less space in the cabinet and we love that they lock on! My mom has had Calphalon forever as well with absolutely no issues. They will always be my brand of choice! And I am pretty sure they have a stainless set. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I have a combination of Calphalon no-scratch non stick and Belgique stainless. Not expensive, but so reliably good. They wash well and have held up to the day to day. 

Keep in mind that cookware isn’t going to be pretty forever– it’s meant to be used! For that reason, I go with reasonably priced and reliable. My sets have lasted me for 8 years so far. 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

CloverBells :  stainless is great because you can finish things in the oven, but you do need to lube it up with butter or oil. I still keep a non-stick around for frying eggs because that’s not the best in stainless.  I actually love my cast iron but it needs to be reseasoned. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

I’ve always cooked a lot and now Fiance and I cook a lot together. Over the past 20+ years I have owned and used Calphalon, Cuisinart and All-Clad. I am still using the All-Clad pieces on a regular basis that entire time, but none of the Calphalon or Cuisinart. Some of my Calphalon pieces developed pitting in the bottom over time. I gave the rest to my son when he moved out and replaced with All-Clad.

I recommend a (well-seasoned) cast iron skillet over nonstick and adding a Le Creuset dutch oven to your list. Both will last a lifetime if cared for properly. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

We have the All Clad D3 stainless steel set that sort of nests within each other to save space. LOVE IT. It’s not non stick but who gives a crap – just use butter or oil and then scrub the begeesus out of it or throw it in the dishwasher. We exclusively use the stainless set and cast iron now. Nonstick gives me the willies. I’m not one of those afraid of chemicals but nonstick is weird to me.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

We have a combination of my vintage stainless steel Cuisinart (which my parents bought in the 1980s and it still looks brand new) and some newer pieces of All Clad (with the copper core).

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

So personally, I find buying whole sets of cookware normally very impractical. Think about the pans you currently use a lot, and buy something to replace those. Do you need 4 sizes of fry pans and 6 sizes of pots? Probably not lol. So I prefer to buy pieces individually based on what I cook. This will save you money, but also allow you to buy the best quality since you only need one or two of the expensive guys. 

I have a heavy, straight side skellet all clad that I love. I also love my lodge cast iron, my (way too many) le creuset. I also have one of the very small non stick fry pans for eggs, and some random pots for boiling pasta. 

I dont have the exact one off hand but it looks like this:

 Image result for all clad straight side

It is heavy, yes! But it has the handle on the other side. I love being able to throw it in the oven. I think its personal preference if you like the straight sides. I prefer it because you can hold more lol. I use this as my daily cooker. You can make pasta sauce and then toss the pasta with it. You can make a huge amount of ground meat and turn it into sauce or stew or chili. Sears meat amazing and can go in the oven to finish. I probably wouldn’t cook fish or eggs in it (pref non stick), but basically anything else goes in this. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I got an all-clad set right after my wedding and we still love them today! We’ve had them almost 5 years and they are still wonderful! I was worried about buying a set but we use them all, even the casserole pan. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I have calphalon stainless steel pits/pans, I love the pots. I don’t use the pans that much. I have one hard-anodized nonstick calphalon pan that’s my work horse. 

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