(Closed) Which cookware to buy?

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

These are good reliable reviews from experts putting them to the test

http://www.consumersearch.com/cookware

I would avoid nonstick for your pots and pans and only have one for omelets. Most of them dont really remain “nonstick” for long, are full of carcinogens and need to be replaced often.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m wondering this, as well, for our registry. I want the new ceramic coated ones (rather that Teflon/non-stick coating), but I haven’t seen a nice set yet (not one that’s still available anyway). I’m tempted to just get the stainless steel ones, but I have no idea how to cook with them.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

Most of my pots and pans are from KitchenAid, we bought them at Canadian Tire, bought on sale when they go from 50-75% off. And  2 good pots from my mom. (Stock pot to make soups in, a good ol’ cast iron skillet)

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@vorpalette:  I would advise against this for your general set of pans. Ceramic coating isnt really nonstick and cant take high temperatures which you will need for many purposes.  Plus they are heavy and cumbersome to use if you dont really need to.

Its great as a large dutch oven/soup pot, but not for your entire set. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Birdee106:  All Clad is a brand of pots and pans. I have a set and they are great! Definitely one of the best brands you can get.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I love my Paderno pots & pans.  They are very industrial looking and work great.  The best thing to do is go to the outlets of very good quality cookware.  Depending on the size of the pot/pan, I paid about $80 – $150 per pot.  This was significantly discounted from the original price.  It is a huge investment, but you’re probably better off paying more at the beginning and getting good quality, than buying something in the mid-range and having them break down, warp, etc.

Tip: choose something with a solid base – helps distribute heat evenly throughout the pot and will hold up against warping. 

http://paderno.com/

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Well first, you have to decide what kinds you want.  So I would do some research on the general types before you decide.  But I do think it’s best to have a mixture of some types, because no one type will suit everything you cook.  So you might have to buy a main set and then some additional pieces.

I would read reviews.  Amazon is always a good place to read reviews.  I think that is your best bet.  I have some (pretty inexpensive) Paula Deen ones as far as nonstick/teflon that work fine (they were a gift).

Macy’s has pretty good reviews too.  For instance, see

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/calphalon-simply-nonstick-cookware-10-piece-set?ID=371637&CategoryID=7558

I don’t know where you want to buy from, but if you want some individual pieces places like TJ Maxx are a good place to look.  They have some high end ones that are usually half off the retail price.  But I don’t think they have the sets (that I’ve seen).

But I am putting the All-Clad stainless steel ones on my registry and if I don’t get them I am buying them after.  But they are a little more than you wanted to spend, I think around $700 for a 10 piece set.  I also put one of their copper core sauce pots on my registry.  But they should last a lifetime.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@kes18:  All mine are copper core and you wont regret buying it! Its really great. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ThreeMeers:  I would love all of them (I think that set is double the price, around $1400) but I don’t know if I can justify that jump!  But at least a saucepan for sauces, sugars, etc!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I love Calphalon cookware… especially their nonstick… they have a warranty so if it starts sticking you can return them…. Bed bath and beyond does easy exchanges. We just replace our 9 inh skillet that I have had for 9 years. Definitely reccomend them

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@kes18:  I actually got mine years ago from overstock (back when it really was an overstock website). They werent a name brand but are super heavy duty and are still perfect 9 years later. I read a ton of reviews and compared thicknesses, materials etc. I ended up paying only about $400 for the set. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee

@Birdee106:  All Clad is a very high end pot brand, basically the best. They are $$$$$ but if you are a serious cook, worth it. Many of them are copper core, so copper surrounded by stainless steel. Copper is a fantastic heat conductor so they heat really evenly and react quickly to changes in heat. But copper is reactive so direct contact with some foods will mess the food up, change its color, etc. So a copper core surrounded by stainless steel is the best of both worlds.

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