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8-piece tri-ply set, $120. Too good to be true?

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justjoe May 12, 2008 07:29 AM

8-piece Tramontina tri-ply clad stainless steel cookware set at Amazon $119.98.

Is it a trick? Is it just the base that's tri-ply?

http://www.amazon.com/SmartBargains-T...

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    blondelle RE: justjoe May 12, 2008 09:34 AM

    It's not a bad set, but the sizes aren't that great. The stockpot is only 5 qts. and the 8" skillet and 1 qt. saucepan aren't very useful pieces. You would have to add several other pieces to have a truly useful set.

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      justjoe RE: blondelle May 12, 2008 09:47 AM

      Yes, you're right. I just need buy individual items that I actually need.

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      Dee S RE: justjoe May 12, 2008 02:11 PM

      I have several Tramontina Tri-ply pieces and they are very nice. The construction is truly clad and not just a disk on the bottom. They perform extremely well on my gas range and clean up nicely. The handles are comfortable and the handles on the stock pot are easy to use with oven mitts. I highly recommend their products. Just so you know, I have pieces from many different lines of cookware, with Calphalon Commercial/Profression hard anodized being the most prominent.

      You could easily pick up this set, use the 5 qt stock pot for pasta and supplement with a nice 12" saute pan and some other stock pot as needed. You don't indicate your level of cooking but it's a good start for someone on a budget who wants decent cookware. While the 8" frying pan and 1 qt sauce pan are not very useful, they are nice to have hanging around.

      When I clicked on the link, the price was $149.99 plus 9.98 shipping. Not quite the bargain, IMO. If the price were as stated in your original post with no shipping, it would be a better deal. You used to be able to get it through WalMart's web site and have it delivered to the store for the same price (~$120).

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        justjoe RE: Dee S May 12, 2008 08:31 PM

        The price went up $30 since this morning, Dee! And, what's this, looks like the same thing, on Amazon, but $300!

        http://www.amazon.com/Tramontina-Tri-...

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        JanRan RE: justjoe May 14, 2008 05:42 PM

        I just bought my mom an 8-piece "tri-ply" stainless steel cookware set for Mother's Day, which was on sale the week before M-day for $99, half the regular price. The quality was great. Looks very similar to the Tramontina on Amazon except that it came with a covered skilled instead of the 2 frying pans. It was Kenmore brand.

        I found some reviews online that compared it very favorably to All Clad. Here's a review that shows a picture of the set. Only problem,,,I just went back to the Sears site to try to find it and it's not there!
        http://www.foodnetworkfans.com/forum/...

        I was hoping to buy myself a set.

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          bakeman RE: JanRan May 15, 2008 06:27 PM

          That's my review over on that forum! I still love the cookware and am so glad to have bought it. Keep checking sears.com I will probably show up again, it disappeared for a while shortly after I ordered it.

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            cas1971 RE: bakeman May 26, 2008 02:42 PM

            I fear that set may be discontinued. It hasn't been on Sears.com for a while, and when I went to a bricks-and-mortar Sears today, it was listed as being on clearance. I went ahead and bought the set, on the off chance that it's really on the way out for good -- I've heard such good things about it.

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            justjoe RE: JanRan May 16, 2008 06:20 AM

            That Sears set would have been great, a much better set for me than the briefly advertised $120 Amazon set, because I didn't want the frying pans, I like my cast iron frying pans. Too bad it's either out of stock or discontinued.

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              crazyrusher RE: JanRan Jul 9, 2010 07:36 AM

              http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12...

              is that the one? i know it was just added recently but im looking for a good set for the girlfriends aging nonstick set thats peeling.

              thanks

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              fhonmymind RE: justjoe May 15, 2008 11:05 AM

              10-pc. Tramontina $79.83..

              http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produc...

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                bakeman RE: fhonmymind May 15, 2008 06:25 PM

                That is not the same set, it is a much cheaper construction, with only the aluminum disk on the bottom.

              2. Hank Hanover RE: justjoe Jul 15, 2010 01:30 PM

                If it is the set I think it is, it doesn't have a 12 inch skillet or saute pan with lid so you will still need to get those. Tramontina is pretty good especially for a starter set. We can't all buy a $700 all clad set! I do think a 12 inch skillet and a 3 qt (12 inch) saute pan with a lid is necessary.

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                  Mother of four RE: justjoe Jul 17, 2010 04:16 PM

                  Try Walmart. Sorry, just saw that the orgional post was from 2008!

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