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Jan 7, 2008 03:43 PM

Kirkland (Costco) brand Stainless Steel Cookware

I am interested in replacing my non-stick cookware with stainless steel. At Costco, I noticed what looked to be a pretty nice set for only $199. It seemed nice and heavy and felt good in my hand. I am wondering if anyone has any experience with this particular brand. I would love to not break the bank buying new cookware.

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  1. I don't know if this helps but I bought a large Kirkland pasta pot with insert a few years ago and it is made rock solid.

    1. I think Consumer Reports gave it a very high rating.

      1. Since the Kirkland items are usually rebranded, I'd look at the pans or the box to see if you can tell who the manufacturer is (you know, like how Kirkland jelly beans are really Jelly Belly). But, if you like the heft and feel of the set, I'd say go for it. I've been quite happy with the Kirkland brand so far (foods, appliances, even their wines).

        The only nitpick I have about sets is that I end up with a few pieces I have no use for. I find I can't get rid of them because I keep thinking I'll need them, but I haven't used them yet (a wok-type pan, a deep straight-sided skillet, and the pasta pot).

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        1. re: leanneabe

          Costco actually does the product development on these pans and works directly with the factories themselves, so not rebranded product.

        2. If it's relatively thick-walled, seems heavy and is 18/10 stainless, then it's highly unlikely that you'll be disappointed. The difference between this and a much more expensive pan is relatively marginal, but the difference between this and a $12 "stainless steel" pan at Wal Mart is night and day.

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          1. The kirkland stainless cookware only have 5-ply construction on the bottom of the pans (stainless steel exterior, aluminum disk, copper disk of unknown thickness, aluminum disk, then stainless steel). The sides of the pans are only stainless steel. Performance is probably fine for the skillets but you might not like how the sauce pans and stock pot conduct heat for a lot of liquid.

            If you like stainless steel, then there are several cheaper clones of the popular all-clad SS line: full aluminum core (not just at the base) cladded between SS layers. I would recommend instead of getting a set, pick 4-5 essential pots/pans instead.

            Of course costco has very relaxed return rules, so you can buy-try-return if you wish.

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            1. re: Cary

              Thanks for all of the input. I very much appreciate it. I don't usually like to buy sets for the very reasons mentioned in several of the posts. I am only considering this set because the price is so good. Since I have been happy with Costco as a whole, I am thinking of giving them a try. As mentioned, the return policy is excellent so I feel safe in that I won't be stuck with them if I don't like them. I'll report back after I give them a test drive.

              1. re: Cary

                I worked at Williams Sonoma for a while and All Clad would often introduce cheaper pans for people to test. The reason for why they were cheaper too was because they were made in China and not the US. I am not sure where All-Clad pans are made these days since I worked at the store about 4 years ago. The only lower end pans they would introduce were 8-inch fry pans and sauce pans.

                1. re: Mari

                  The clad stuff is still made in the USA. Lids and unclad stockpots(those with the cladding on the base not up the sides) are being made in China. Pieces like roasting pans are being made in China.

                  seems white boxes are US product(but lids are now being made offshore for these also and noted as such on the boxes). grey boxes are made in China.