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I'm looking for opinions and advice in choosing between All-clad and Lincoln Wear-ever. I just got married and have some gift money to spend. The set of All-Clad that I like will cost about $600. If I go with an almost equivalent set of Lincoln Wear-Ever it will be about half - $300.

My ideal set includes 2 non-stick fry pans which I gather aren't worth getting from All-Clad because of durability issues of the non-stick surface. This is actually how I got the idea to go with Lincoln Wear-ever. Now that I'm thinking about it, I'm wondering why not get everything from them.

How big of a difference is it? Particularly since I don't have a super high output stove.

Thanks

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  1. People here can get pretty worked up over their favorite cookware. I figure something popular in restaurant kitchens (speaking of Wearever) is plenty good for the home and will last for many years. I bought an All-Clad saucepan a few years ago; though it's fine, I realized in later research that I could have something as useful for half the price. I had an All-Clad fry pan which I gave up using because I was not about about to spend 15-20 minutes cleaning it after every use.

    As you may already know, the best buys on Wearever and the equally popular Vollrath are often at restaurant supply stores. I've had good service from Surfas.

    To furtheer confuse you, my favorite fry pans, after using every kind known to mankind. now are moderately priced French-made carbon steel, which I got from Chef's Catalog. I have only one non-stick pan, a 23-buck Vollrath that I use only for eggs and crepes and the like.

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    1. re: mpalmer6c

      I'm curious to what Lincoln Wear-Ever Set you are refering to. I'm not familiar with their sets, per se. They do have a number of individual pieces available in various levels of quality. They have the low end Optio line and the much higher end Centurion line. Vollrath has a line that competes with All Clad called Tribute. The Tribute line is very nice and broad but covers are seperate and are way expensive. Just curious. chezdick

      1. re: chezdick

        Unless it has changed Wear-ever does not sell their products in sets, as they typical audience is the commercial kitchen. I have a few pieces of Wearever that I bought when I was in the kitchen and I love them.

        I also have a few pieces of All-clad and I also love them. I pick the pan on the dish I am making, as I tend to make pan sauces in the AC if they acidic bases because of the interaction with aluminum. If I am frying or searing something to be put in the oven to finish I will grab the Wearever. If you but the Teflon coated pans, make sure you get the Ceramic Guard or Ever Smooth line.

        Chezdick, I had not heard of the Tribute line, but it appears to be a very nice and I am sure it will do well in the upscale commercial kitchen.

        The Wear-ever Centurion line looks to be a copy of Sitram

        1. re: chezdick

          It's not a prepackaged set - I just meant that I would by the equivalent items.

      2. Thanks for the advice. I wasn't initially aware of the issues with acidic foods. So that's at least one difference. I've also discovered "Cookware & More" - so I've decided to go with a small set of All-Clad irregulars and a non-stick from Wear-ever.

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        1. re: southernwayfarer

          I have several pieces of Wearever and have really liked it -- they hold up better than most anything and aren't expensive. I have 1 small All-Clad saute pan and rarely use it because everything sticks and it is hard to clean.

          I first bought Wearever after reading that it's what Julia Child used -- she used to buy it at a hardware store. I figured that if it was good enough for her, it would work for me, and it does. It's also inexpensive enough that it's not a big deal to replace in a couple years if the nonstick goes. Even more expensive ones eventually have coating failure!

          1. re: eamcd

            One caveat about Wearever products. Many years ago the Wearever brand was sold off into the consumer market. What is available today under that brand is Wal-Mart crap. Lincoln Wearever is a commercial product line that is a serious performer in the kitchen. It's just like the Faberwear stuff your grandma had. That stuff was good ( just like Julia Childs Wearever) but todays product is just an inferior shadow of it's former self.

          2. re: southernwayfarer

            i agree with the person who said you might not want to get a set. rather get different brands and materials that cook best for different purposes. you might want to take a fun trip to a restaurant supply store. see what the pros use. and of course, your kitchen would hardly be complete without at least one old cast iron skillet. (notice i say old- lots of the new ones are not so good, aka Junk) remember how good the food was at Grandmas? did she use cast iron?