Post # 17
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I’ve had All-Clad for years, and I love, love, LOVE it. I have one non-stick pan for eggs, which my roommate my inherit when he moves out.
Don’t worry about registering for a BIG set ($400 or so)-people often chip in for the big gifts. If not, there’s always completion programs.
Post # 18
We have calphalon (awesome) and a stainless steel set that I had prior to getting married. oh and you MUST register for a le creuset dutch oven. It is the best thing I own, period. Like, of everything. Even my car
ETA – also big agreement on the PP who said to register piece by piece and not a whole set. You are really more likely to get more stuff that way, and you can be choosey about which pieces you want/need.
Post # 19
I disagree on the cookware set – I think it depends on your guests. For example my FH is in law school and for a wedding that we attended last year for a fellow law school student, all of the law students chipped in to buy the big cookware set.
Post # 20
I got Simply Calphalon…they actually arrived yesterday. I was so excited to get them washed and used them last night. I loved it. Non-stick was excellent, they were easy to hand wash and by the time I finished washing the other dishes, they were already dried and ready to be put up.
Post # 21
Are you an avid cook? If so, I would HIGHLY recommend going to a store and handling any pots/pans that you are thinking of getting. For example, All-Clad are considered the best of the stainless/aluminum/copper cookware lines, but I think their handles are at an awkward angle. Currently, I have the Cuisinart multi-clad stainless (alumnimum core) and I love them! They are a great option mid-price option (IMHO) and are less than half the price of All-Clad.
Post # 22
We went for the Calphalon Unison nonstick. They have some “sear” pieces and some “slide” pieces.
Post # 23
Fiance and I have the Cuisinart set from BB&B and LOVE it. It’s Chefs Classic Stainless Steel, and we have registered for a non stick pan too.
Post # 24
I didn’t register for a set, but selected a few Le Crueset & All Clad pieces (having used a lot of both I think they excel at different things) (also – for higher-end items individual pieces are more realistic gifts for most guests). I bought the Caphalon for myself several years ago and it’s been great…but I did so knowing that it was temporary (5-10 year) cookware and I’d upgrade to a lifetime investment set when I registered. So, absolutely no knocks against Caphalon here, I’ve loved using it, but you will have to replace it eventually. As another poster implied, it really, really sucks when you have to throw away an expensive item after it’s been compromised by a minuscule scratch…but in that situation your only choices are to keep it or poison your food.
ETA: I also don’t think a lot of big sets are necessary – many cooks would prefer 3-4 “quality” pieces than an army of inferior pots and pans.
Post # 25
That’s what my friends and family mostly have – one or the other.
lots of the reviews on macys.com, bbb.com are positive – but when i searched here and the knot, there were lots of strong opinions both ways.
thanks. and love, love your user name.
Post # 26
If you can swing the pricetag, I would absolutely, without a doubt, go for the All-Clad stainless steel for sauce pans, frying pans, and stock pots, and then register for a Le Cruset cast iron frying pan (and maybe grill pan), and a nice and big enameled cast iron Dutch oven. Yes, these pieces are heavy; yes, they have to be hand-washed; and yes, they are expensive… BUT (1) you will never have to replace them, and (2) they are the very best. If you like to cook, I think it is 100% worth it. I would not, however, register for a set. You are less likely to get it ($$$) and it will likely contain pieces you will never use. Think about what you will really use and then register for those pieces.
Just in case it helps, here is what I have (I *love* to cook, so my stuff gets a lot of use):
- 7 qt LC enameled cast iron Dutch oven – round, traditional shape
- 6 3/4 qt LC enameled cast iron Dutch oven – round, wide, shallow shape
- 12″ LC cast iron frying pan
- sqaure LC cast iron griddle pan and with panini press
- All-Clad steamer pot (I think it is 3 qt) – you can use the pot for small items (like warming soup or sauces) and there is a steamer insert
- 3 qt A-C pot with long handle
- 8 qt A-C stock pot
- 12″ A-C frying pan
- large A-C saute pan with lid (I think it is 6 qt)
- I also – I will admit it! – have a cheap non-stick frying pan that I use to scramble eggs. I like buying the ones at Target so I don’t feel bad if it gets stratched or starts to peel
Post # 27
Thanks. That’s a good way to look at it too – mix it up a little.
Easy to clean is a big priority for me! Thank you.
I would definitely register for calphalon-safe utensils if I got the cookware, that’s a good reminder.
I think that’s how we plan to go. That way, I think there will be more of a variety of price points, plus some of the sets aren’t a good fit for us – certain types of pans we’d use all the time, and others might just collect dust. Thanks.
le creuset is definitely going on there! i use my cheapie dutch oven all the time, and know i’ll get a lot of use out of a nice one.
Post # 28
We registered for the All-Clad d5 cookware set from Williams Sonoma. We got a couple pieces and ended up returning them and buying the 10-piece set. We’ve since added a few pieces onto it (like a steamer, non-stick frying pan), etc.
I hadn’t owned stainless steel before and it took a little getting used to – but I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I would NOT choose anything else.
They pans cook so wonderfully and are SO easy to clean up (thank you, Bar Keepers Friend). Even when stuff is stuck on, I wash it with soap/water, then squeeze some of the bar keepers friend on there (it’s like a liquid soap) – leave it for about 30 seconds and it lifts the gunk off in a heart beat and everything is sparkling like new. I know my pans will last a lifetime! And, after 1 1/2 years of heavy use (we cook at home at least 5 days out of the week), they are still shiny and brand new.
The thing with non-stick is that eventually, the coating will wear off and will need to be replaced. I think I read something like after 150 uses, it starts to lose it’s umph. Non-stick are not designed to last a lifetime.
I also like the fact that with the stainless I am 100% sure I’m not getting any strange chemical leakage on my food and/or ever have to worry about scrapping off any chemical coating. I do have to use silicone tipped tools (the stainless tools will scratch it) but that’s an easy solution, IMO.
I also have a cast iron 5 or 6 q pot w/ lid that I LOVE as well as a cast iron grill pan.
ETA: We don’t have a dishwasher – so all pots are washed and dried by hand.
Post # 29
that’s great to know, thanks. one thing i like about calphalon is when i’ve used it, and let it air-dry, it didn’t show any water spots. my stainless steel pots always show spots unless i hand dry.
We’re headed to Macy’s tonight and will be seeing it all in person. I will definitely be picking it up and looking for a good feel/fit.
I didn’t know that – I thought I might have to get different pans for searing. Good to know, thanks.
That is helpful to hear. Also, I didn’t know that if the nonstick got scratched you’d have to throw it out – is it b/c the coating is compromised and the chemicals leach out into the food?
Post # 30
This is a really great list, thanks! And probably just what we would want. Fiance will definitely want a non-stick for eggs, I like that you have a mix of brands and price points, too.
Post # 31
I love Barkeepers Friend. Right now I use it for my glass cooktop, good to know it will come in handy with pots/pans too. I was worried that the pots/pans would lose their shine, but it’s good to hear that yours haven’t, and still look nice.