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Sep 21, 2007 09:18 PM

If you were choosing one of these cookware sets...

...which one would you get? And why?

(And also, thanks in advance for your patience w/me!)

I'm using some rewards I earned w/my health insurance to redeem cool stuff, and I'm thinking about upgrading my current stuff. I cook pretty often and really enjoy using good products. I want to take into consideration durability, ease of clean-up, and overall performance.

I have 32,000 insurance bucks to spend, so the numbers below reflect what these sets. For the point value, which set will serve me best?

30,176 -- All-Clad Stainless 9-Piece Cookware Set

25,676 -- Swiss Diamond Cast-Aluminum Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set

21,176 -- Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless-Steel 13-Piece Cookware Set

15,882 -- Emerilware Hard Anodized 14-Piece Cookware Set

15,830 -- Cuisinart MCP-12 Multiclad Pro Stainless-Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set

13,182 -- Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 17-Piece Cookware Set

10,588 -- Calphalon Commercial Hard Anodized 9-Piece Set

10,535 -- Cuisinart Chef's Classic Stainless 14-Piece Cookware Set

10,058 -- Anolon Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Titanium 10-Piece Cookware set

9,791 -- Circulon 2 10-Piece Set

9,690 -- Kitchenaid Gourmet Essentials Hard Anodized 12 Piece Cookware Set

9,529 -- Anolon Professional 12-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set

9,529 -- Cuisinart Chefs Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 12-Piece Cookware Set

9,209 -- Circulon Total 10-Piece Cookware Set

8,999 -- Circulon Classic 14-Piece Cookware Set

7,939 -- KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials 10-Piece Hard Anodized Cookware Set

Okay, I'll stop here! There are even more options, but I figure the lower the point value, the worse the set will be.

Advice? Thoughts? Feedback?

Thanks soooo much for helping me pick out a great set!

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  1. Of the choices, i'd definitely put all of your eggs in one basket and get the All-Clad 9 piece stainless set. As I'm sure many people will echo, I'm not a fan of sets as I find that some pots/pans/lids just never get used. But, in this scenario, it sounds like a set is the way to go with the rewards points. Unless there are serious possibilities for other gear with the leftover points, there isn't another set on this list that I think keeps up with the All-Clad for durability, ease of cleaning and flat out performance in cooking. Have fun!

    1. I have the Cuisinart MCP-12 set. It's really great bang-for-the-buck. The fully cladded construction is VERY similar to all-clad for a fraction of the cost.

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      1. re: kennon

        I also have the Cuisinart Multiclad set. I've had it for 3 yrs and it serves me well. Good value imo.

      2. I have a set of all clad consisting of about six pots and pans. A couple of years ago, I was searching for a 10 qt. stock pot but didn't want to spend all the money for an all clad one. I bought a Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless-Steel one off amazon for about $60. In my opinion, it cooks just as well as all clad. It heats up just as quickly and the heat stays nice and even. I am incredibly impressed with this line, and recommend it to everyone who asks. Actually, I think I reach for my calphalon pots more often than the all clad. I'm really picky about cookware and bakeware and can't stand cheap inferior products. All clad is the prestigous one, so people tend to choose that line.

          1. re: nicoleberry83

            I've never used All Clad, and have one very large Swiss Diamond nonstick skillet that I love, and have cooked with my mother's caphalon which I've not been thrilled with. However, based on everything I've read on these boards, in this case, unless there is something else that you are dying to do with those points, I'd spend them on the All-Clad - you don't need all those pieces of non-stick. If there are pieces you won't use, you can always give them away!

            The other thing worth thinking about perhaps as well is - are the pieces in each set more or less the same?

            1. re: MMRuth

              I don't buy sets. I buy the pieces I know I need and will use. I don't care if they all don't match. That is a non-issue. Functionality is the priority

              1. re: Candy

                Yes. But in this case the OP has a particular situation that would seem to mean he/she is going to end up with a set.

                1. re: ccbweb

                  Hi there!

                  Hands down, I'd pick the All-Clad stainless. It cooks wonderfully and will last you a lifetime,

                  Good Luck!


                  1. re: ccbweb

                    Right - I agree with you Candy, and I don't either, but here she has the chance to use these points etc. ...

            2. Nicole, I think the key word in your original post is "rewards". I suggest you go ahead and get the All-Clad and reward yourself. I don't think anyone will dispute the quality or durability of All-Clad; bang for the buck where most All-Clad arguments start, and this is where you have a distinct advantage with your insurance rewards. Wow, I wish I had your dilemma. Whatever you choose, enjoy.