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Jul 10, 2008 05:27 PM

Tramontina vs. All Clad

I have yet another cookware question with regard to my wedding registry. I wish I found this site sooner, I have learned so much already though!

So, I've read up on the stainless clad tri-ply Tramontina that Walmart sells. It looks very appealing to me and the price is just fantastic. Most of the reviews I've read recommend it, but I did read one review which found the Tramontina to be thinner than All-clad, thus leading to hot spots on the saute pan. Has anyone here used both brands? If so, please share you thoughts. I also have a slight concern about the Tramontina being made in China. Is my concern totally unfounded when it comes to stainless cookware?

Thanks for your help!

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  1. I went through this same process several months ago when I wanted to buy some multiclad cookware for use on my new Wolf gas range at home. I had planned on buying the Kirkland (Costco) set made by Tramontina as it's well thought-of but they no longer carry it (same goes for the sister set sold as Member's Mark at Sam's). I ended up buying a set of store-branded triply on sale at Surlatable and supplementing with several pieces from Walmart's Tramontina line as I just couldn't stomach the All-Clad prices. Also, I didn't like the feel of the All-Clad handles. The Wal-Mart Tramontina pieces do seem very slightly thinner; however, they seem to clean up better than the more expensive, heavier cookware from Surlatable. I am currently remodeling the kitchen at our vacation home and putting in a DCS gas range. I'm going to buy the Walmart Tramontina set without hesitation for this location. It really is good stuff at a great price. You can also buy individual pieces to add to your set. Some people don't like to buy a set at all but I like the pieces in this set. I will add a 2-quart saucepan and the 8 qt. stockpot with pasta insert to my set (both also sold through Walmart. com). A skillet is not available at Walmart as far as I know; this is where you could upgrade to All-Clad (or Calphalon triply - good performance for less $$) if you don't mind mixing your pieces. I thought that the Walmart Tramontina line is made in Brazil, not China?

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    1. re: koigirl

      For some reason I thought the Walmart Tramontina was made in China. lists the country of origin as USA and/or Imported, so no help there.

      1. re: mrs.corgi

        I bought the Tramontina set at Walmart and the package said 'Made in USA'. That was a big factor in my purchase. I rarely shop at Walmart. My daughter, who I bought the set for, loves it.

      2. re: koigirl

        I bought the Costco Tramontina tri-ply set for my daughter and she loves it. According to the label on the box, it was made in Brazil.

      3. Also wanted to add: I haven't noticed any hot spots. I am going to end up outfitting two kitchens for much less than the price of one starter set of All-Clad.

        1. Thanks for asking this question! I'm in the process of registering as well!

          Tramontina is supposed to be Brazilian made, but doesn't specify that exactly. Perhaps the boxes in the store do?

          Does anybody know if the clad Tramontina is induction capable?

          Right now I'm sold on the All Clad because its American made and induction capable. But if the Tramontina is induction capable then there is no reason to buy the All Clad! (My friend is from Brazil so I'd be supporting her homeland - hehe)

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          1. re: sarawithanh

            I've seen Tramontina pieces in the local Wal-Mart that were made in China, Italy and the United States.

            1. re: sarawithanh

              I have a 12" all clad Tramontina skillet made in China (love it!) and tested with a magnet for induction capabilities. Magnet doesn't stick; not induction capable.

                1. re: macic

                  wish someone would update this list!

                  1. re: jwg

                    At this point, the vast majority of newly manufactured stainless or stainless-clad lines are induction capable. It's almost easier to list those that are not. Maybe someone who's recently shopped for such cookware will be kind enough to point out the current exceptions. If shopping in person, take along a magnet to check.

                    Cast iron, enameled cast iron, and carbon steel pans work on induction without exception, as far as I'm aware. Enameled steel pans likewise.

                    Most copper cookware will not work on induction; the only exception so far is DeBuyer's Prima Matera line. [All-Clad's Copper Core line, which is 1mm or less copper inside stainless, has been induction capable since at least 2011. Again, a magnet will tell.]

                    All-aluminum pans will not work on induction -- but quite a few companies have put magnetic-steel inserts into the base so that they are induction capable. For example, the cast-aliuminum-nonstick Swiss Diamond has an Induction line -- the same pieces as their regular line only with 'Induction' added to the name (so assume non-induction unless you see that in the name). Tramontina has a heavy straight-gauge aluminum line, Lyon, that works wonderfully on induction (see Chef's Catalog). Marketers of aluminum cookware that will work on induction usually make a point of saying so.

                    Glass will not work on induction, nor will porcelain or stoneware. One exception to this is the Revolution line from Revol, which works on both induction and in a microwave as well as in regular ovens.

                2. re: sarawithanh

                  I just received the 8-piece "TriClad" set from walmart, I figured the price was too good to pass up even if it's not induction compatible (I don't yet have an induction burner).

                  The box says they are "18/10 stainless, aluminum core, magnetic stainless" and sure enough my fridge magnets stick to the pans.

                  It would seem that Tramontina has modified their pans to be induction compatible.

                  Also: +1 on the all-clad comparisons, they appear to be basically the same weight and construction as the all clad pans I have. I'll re-post when I've tried them out. Since I now have an 8-inch all clad fry pan and an 8-inch tramontina, I'll play around with those and post my thoughts.

                  ps: they are stamped "made in china" and "NSF". Nice to see the NSF certification.

                  1. re: sarawithanh

                    I have a Tramontina 12 inch tri-ply skillet made in China which is induction capable and a magnet does attach to it.

                    1. re: sarawithanh

                      Acually most of Tramontina are made in USA in their facility in Sugarland , and some of them are made in Brazil or china but all of them are assembeled and packaged in USA

                    2. The triclad Tramontina line sold at Walmart is available only at their website, at least in my area (North Carolina). It is made in Brazil; my boxes indicate this. The Tramontina available in Walmart stores here is the 18/10 stainless line. Maybe that's what you are seeing. There is another more expensive Tramontina multiclad line available at other stores online that is made in China.

                      1. I decided to go ahead and give the Tramontina set a try since it is at my local Walmart. I don't have any All Clad to compare it to, but it seems very nice. As mentioned the set is composed of smaller sized pots, however the set I am replacing is a non-stick Wearever of the same size. My set of the "Gourmet" Tramontina all-clad tri-ply is made in China, which is the only thing I don't like about it.

                        I'm going to keep a few of the All-Clad pieces on my registry, like the 3 qt curved side saucier. It will be interesting to compare the two brands side by side.

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                        1. re: mrs.corgi

                          I realize mrs.corgi made the decision to purchase Tramontina cookware from Walmart but I feel like I have add a little to this discussion. We cook on a true commercial stove (Vulcan) in our home. Some of the burners are capable of putting out 30,000 btu's of heat. Our cookware of choice is plain ordinary cast iron. But there are times when we do 10 dishes for a large gathering and we need lots of little pans for reduced serving sizes. We thought of all clad first but were put off by the inflated prices. But then we found the Tramontina pans at Walmart. I'm a tool & die maker. I took my old micrometer into the stores and physically measured the thickness of comparable sized all clad and Tramontina. They were vertually identical in thickness. I'm of the opinion that there is a rolling mill somewhere in China that uses the bonding process perfected by All Clad and is supplying the entire industry. Some of the all clad is made in the USA and some in China. Tramontina recently purchased a factory in Wisconsin and now produces cookware in the USA. Walwart sells cladTramontine thru it's website. Walmart also sells American made single wall stainless cook ware in it's stores. How can we, as consumers, possibly keep track of point of origin of products we purchase when materials used, parts used and assembly of finished goods come from multiple countries?

                          1. re: Sniffles

                            Thanks for the information. I have had various pieces of Tramontina stainless that I have ordered online from Walmart, plus a few pieces of AllClad, that I received as gifts. I cannot tell the difference between the two. Now that you have cleared that up, I'm very happy to not have to pay those huge prices for All Clad

                            1. re: Mother of four

                              There may be no difference in thickness but the Tramontina is lighter weight than my All-Clad or Surlatable pieces which is actually a plus as far as I'm concerned. Interesting to know the thickness is the same and that even All-Clad now manufactures some of their pieces in China. It seems to be that way with almost everything nowadays; even if it's made (assembled) in the US, many of the components were manufactured overseas. I thought the Tramontina prices were too good to be true for triply pots and pans but they really are a great deal for a very low price. In fact, I prefer them to my more-expensive Surlatable and All-Clad pieces because they're lighter and (for whatever reason - IDK) easier to clean up.

                              1. re: koigirl

                                The All-Clad stainless steel weighs 2 lbs and 11.5 ounces
                                The Tramontina weighs 3 lbs and 9 ounces

                                So the Tramontina weighs 14.5 more ounces (almost a whole pound). However, when lifting the pan they both appear to be about the same.

                                I plan to purchase an All-Clad stainless steel today or tomorrow and I'll compare both pans.

                              2. re: Mother of four

                                Are you using the All-clad stainless?