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Sep 6, 2006 03:52 PM

Kirkland stainless pans - yea or nay?

Thinking about buying a set of Costco's Kirkland stainless-steel pans. I know the non-stick were rated pretty highly in Consumer Reports, but that same article didn't even mention the stainless ones. Anyone here have any experience with them? Are they a good value?

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  1. I bought the set about 3 months ago. I guess I would say I'm pretty pleased. I miss having a big fryer and a nonstick so I need to go purchase those. It's much different cooking with them than the dark anodized nonstick I've been used to. Things tend to stick unless you use lots of oil. For me, it's virtually impossible to do potstickers and have them come out in one piece. With meat you have to let it sear and then wait for it to release itself. If you try to turn too soon it will stick. They can be a chore to clean on the outside. The inside, you just soak for a few minutes and it's pretty easy, but trying to maintain that mirror finish outside is a task. The biggest pan, to my liking, doesn't have near enough cooking space, but then I cook large quantities. They do retain the heat pretty well though. I have a gas cooktop so between the heat retention and the gas, the lowest setting is even sometimes too much for "low heat". I had done a lot of looking while trying to decide on this set. I almost went with allclad but they were so expensive. The thing with this set is that with Costco, save the receipt and even a year down the road if you're not happy, they'll take it back and give you a full refund. That's what my son has done with his Ipod because it's died a couple of time. Can't beat their return policy. If you have any specific questions let me know. Hope that helps.

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    1. re: mrsmegawatt

      That's just the info I was looking for. Thanks!

      1. re: mrsmegawatt

        I have used Barkeeper's Friend Stainless Steel Cleaner in the liquid form to remove cloudiness from the inside of the pan and polish the outside. I bought it at Bed Bath Beyond

        1. re: Hapa Dude

          Thanks hapadude. I'll look for that!

          1. re: mrsmegawatt

            I've just discovered Kleen King, a metal polish/cleanser like Bar Keeper's Friend that actually works better. It's at Bed Bath and Beyond, too.

      2. I bought the Kirkland set about 2 years ago, and it's holding up well. I really need to use my barkeerper's friend though . . . my 10-in saute pan is showing it's age! I debated all-clad too, but just couldn't justify the price. I haven't had any problems, and the pans/pots are WAY BETTER than the random assortment I used to use! I would definitely recommend.

        1. really? you have to use a lot of oil when using these pots and pans? I don't know if I like that. I was thinking about buying them from costco...
          anybody has any idea about not using too much oil?

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          1. re: joey0920

            I bought a set of stainless Cuisinart and they are great. I also use the Barkeepers cleaner and it works well. I've used All-Clad too, and I agree, too pricey for me, and the Cuisinart works just as well.

            I don't have a sticking problem. I use a tiny amount of oil to get a good sear. I do have both a 10" and 12" non-stick pan, but I hardly ever use them.

            1. re: joey0920

              You do not have to use a lot of oil if you heat your pans BEFORE adding any ingredients, including oil. This also makes the pans virtually nonstick.

            2. Stack8, which Cuisinart set did you purchase? I am considering both the Kirkland 13-piece 5-ply set and the Cuisinart Chef's Classic 10-piece 3-ply set. I have been reading a lot of (surprisingly) good reviews about the Kirkland, but have not found much at all about the Cuisinart Chef's Classic.

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              1. re: humble

                Hi Humble, I think my set is the Chefs Classic. I've never used the Kirkland cookware before but I have a buddy of mine that has top of the line Al Clad. The only difference I can see is that my cookware was made in Korea and his in the US.

                If you get the Kirkland, let me know what you think of them. My sister could use some new stainless.

              2. I have bought odds and ends pieces to add to my all clad set. Love them! My favorite is the paella shaped pan. Just bought the roaster a few weeks ago...