Ok, I'm getting ready to register for my wedding and I need help with brand recommendations.
I've always loved the beautiful stainless All Clad, are these really the best pans to get? What about an immersion blender? Apparently there are lots of people wanting to buy gifts, and I actually have 2 showers planned (shoot me now) so the more things I can register for at various price points, the better.
All recommendations welcome!
I love All - Clad stainless pots and pans.
I love Le Creuset enamelled cast iron pots.
I love my Shun knives.
I have mostly kitchen aid small appliances and like them a lot.
Sitram pots (Bridgekitchenware.com)
Swiss Diamond non-stick large skillet
Henckles (sp?) knives - the Santuko is my current favorite
Cuisineart food processor
KitchenAid mixer - the one where you lift the bowl up and down
I've acquired these over the years and have been very happy with all of them.
All Clad stainless - definitely (don't get the nonstick - it never lasts)
Le Creuset for a dutch oven and a buffet braiser (Staub is also a great brand)
Lodge preseasoned cast iron skillets
Knives - any of the good brands... but I suggest you go to whatever store you're registered at (Williams Sonoma is great) and try them out. Whatever fits best in your hand should be the brand you select.
Emile Henri stoneware/bakers are great
Appliances - I have a lot of Cuisinart stuff (food processor, immersion blender, griddler, toaster oven, espresso maker) and it's fine.
Don't forget china, good glassware or crystal, and flatware.
I have several pieces of a Calphalon line that I don't think they make anymore (may have been called "commercial") and love them. My sister-in-law has All Clad pots (shiny on the outside, I do not know what line they are, sorry) and loves them.
I have a 5-quart (bowl) Kitchenaid mixer, about 15 years old. Still works great. They stopped doing 5-quart for awhile and were doing only 4 1/2 and 6-quart, but I see now that they are back to doing 5. 4 1/2 was a bit small and 6 a bit big for some recipes. The meat-grinder attachment comes in handy now and again.
I have a 14-cup Cuisinart, over 10 years old. Still works great. It is the type with the two levers that you push rather than the smooth control panel.
I also love my Henckel 4-star (I think) knives, but definitely put knives in your hand to see how they feel.
Good idea for you to look at the thread mentioned below and very thoughtful of you to think in terms of varying pricepoints. Don't be afraid to list all sorts of small items. Someone may get you a bunch of them and put them together with a bowl or cutting board or cookbook. Those little things add up when you have to get them yourself.
Don't know what stores you have in your area , whether you are going the department store route, or whether you are going to do a place or places that people can get to on-line, but I really like Sur La Table (if there's one near you, or you register on-line) over Williams-Sonoma, as they have a wider selection. Also, Crate & Barrel has a lot of everyday stuff at very reasonable prices in addition to a lot of tableware. From what my sister, who registered there for some things, they are apparently very cooperative with returns and taking things back months after the wedding, if you find you have second thoughts about something.
Congratulations, good luck and have fun.