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Paderno of PEI any good?

I know they don't compare with Paderno of Italy, but does anyone have an opinion on this cookware made in Canada?

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  1. It is excellent for what it is. Once per year they have substantial sales on their products. I bought the "Albertan" set last fall for $199, discounted from the regular $799. Yes, you read that correctly.

    I don't know where this notion comes from that the Canadian Paderno is vastly inferior to the Italian one. They are both stainless steel pots with aluminum disc bottoms. The disc on the Canadian pots is not encapsulated in any way, which I find to be a detriment to the looks of the pots which have an unnatural "lump" on the bottom (the disc). On the other hand, this form of construction allows you to clearly see that there is a substantial amount of aluminum there and while I haven't measured it and am not at home to do so, I'd estimate that it is similar to the 1/5th to 1/4 inch thickness as reported in the Italian ones. Furthermore, the Canadian company provides a 25 year warranty against any defects, warping, or loosening of the (welded) handles; this should assure you of their manufacturing quality. The lids fit beautifully and the rolled edges do allow drip-free pouring. The handles have hoops to allow for hanging and the lids will slide over the handle to hang with the pots.

    They are not the best pots in the world. With disc bottoms they heat extremely evenly - on the bottom. They are not All-Clad, or copper Mauviels, or heavy Le Creusets, but then again, I bought my entire set for less money than one piece of those. At the end of the day they are above-average pots and pans with a world-class warranty, and superbly even heating (bottom, not sides) available from time to time for remarkable prices. I have no regrets about my purchase.

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    1. re: Zedeff

      Thanks, Zedeff. I suspected as much. From looking at past posts it seemed as if paderno canada was a cheap imitation-- good to hear that isn't the case.

    2. I really like the Paderno pieces that I have (I brought them with me when I moved to Belgium!).

      Like Zedeff said, the sale prices can't be beat - I don't think I've ever paid full price.

      1. It is NOT the same cookware. Paderno Grand Gourmet, made in Italy and sold at Bridge Kitchenware, is tit-for-tat similar to Sitram Catering/Professional.

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        1. re: RGC1982

          Paderno Grand Gourmet and Sitram Catering are similar in quality, but there's at least one big difference between them. Paderno GG has a 1/4"-thick aluminum disc bottom, while the Sitram Catering line's disc bottom is 2.5-mm-thick copper covered by a thin layer of stainless steel. Sitram's less-expensive Profiserie line has a thick aluminum disc bottom, but that cookware isn't as sturdy as the Paderno.

          1. re: Miss Priss

            Agreed totally. I really intended to convey that those are both in a different class of cookware than the PEI version, which is intended as a moderately priced line. I was trying to find something similar to compare it to. They are both different from the PEI version and from each other, but Sitram and Paderno GG are, IMO, much nicer than the PEI stuff. Your comment was interesting, because I happen to like the 1/4" thick disk bottom of the Paderno GG quite a bit too.

            1. re: RGC1982

              Thanks for the info! I've often admired Paderno GG at kitchenware shops, but right now it's outside my price range. I did get a couple of Sitram Catering pieces at a deep discount, and they're great.

        2. we were in PEI on the long weekend and bought a Paderno egg pan
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AQHZIS?s... but ours was $48 inclg tax

          1. You might want to get your facts straight. Paderno is from PEI, NOT Italy


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              1. re: rdm08966

                There are two Padernos. One is in PEI, and another unrelated company is in Italy. That is why I, and others, have been trying to differentiate the Italian made brand. The line most often seen here from Italy is Paderno Grand Gourment. Paderno from PEI is totally different stuff.

              2. The Fusion 5 collection from Paderno was a huge disappointment.
                They might look great but their claim that these pots and pans conduct heat quickly is simply not true.
                The insides of the pan and the bottoms of the lids stain with every single use that you have to use a scourring Stainless steel cleaning poduct after every use to get rid of those unsightly stains and that even though I never go more than a medium heat setting and always hand wash them.
                The lids feel and react as if they are an after market import and not truly made by Paderno but for Paderno and because of that they stain even more and some of these stains are permanent.If this was not bad enough the company did not invest enough time with the designs of these lids and as a result these pots don't stack well.
                Where credit is due is that these pots and pans from this collection are really attractive and in all fairness cook very well.
                At the asking price they go for I truly would would not recommend them and do regret this purchase especially since I was expecting them to be an investment.Sadly they are going to the cottage.

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                1. re: Misleading

                  Which Paderno are you referring to, Italy or PEI. I last bought my PEI Padernos in 1996. I have been to the factory and taken their tour. Their products are reasonably priced and excellent quality. I really doubt that other cookware has much more to offer.

                  1. re: Misleading

                    I haven't used any stainless pots or pans that didn't stain, either from the food or the heat that is why they sell the cleaner for them but if you use a scouring pad you will only make it worse , as far as stacking, again I haven't seen any that are designed to stack.

                  2. I have been using PEI Paderno for years and just love it. Make sure it is the Canadian line as they are bringing in some lines from over seas. I do caution you if you have a glass/ceramic stovetop as the grooved base (for larger surface area to heat the pan) may scratch the suface.

                    1. We went to a Culinary Bootcamp at Holland College in PEI (Charlottown) last summer for our honeymoon, and the chefs raved about the Paderno cookware and cutlery in their kitchen. So, we stopped by the factory outlet store to check it out, and honestly I wasn't impressed. Reminded me of Farberware. I'm not giving up my All Clads.

                      1. Hi,
                        I have used the classic cookware since 1971 and have about everything they have made. It has been good! Its either Vollrath or Paderno for my stainless. My French copper I love most but use the stainless when cooking anyhing that might be acidic that would hurt my tin linings.

                        They have replaced several pots after 10+ plus years use with no questions.. Most of that was my fault adding salt before a boil , really my fault. Most everything has a 20 year guarentee for the classic cookware. Most of the other lines are not made in PEI but imports to broaden their line of items.

                        Hope this helps,


                        1. I have used Paderno since 1975. It is fantastic. We even use it in our high schools classrooms. So far (10 yrs) and they haven't broken any. I just ordered a new set of pots to use on my induction stove. and i ordered more paderno. At the sale price of course. I think they are the best pots in the world.

                          1. I have an issue with my ceramic coated Paderno frypay and called PEI head office. The lady was very, very rude and told me without a reciept they will not honor the warranty. I keep lots of reciepts but did not think I needed it for a simple frypan. This pan retails for $79 and lasted just over a year. It is a lot of money for that lenght of time. I took care of it and cleaned as per Paderno's recommendations. I will NEVER EVER purchase these products again!!!

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                            1. re: Kellyanne1959

                              FYI: if you used a credit card, your credit card company will have a copy of the receipt they can send you.

                            2. I love my 35+ year old Paderno purchased from Fred Bridge at his recommendation. Can you buy made-in-Italy Paderno on the web? If so, does anyone have a link? Thanks.

                              1. I am from PEI and this is where Paderno Is made.My kitchen cupboards are full of Paderno and I love them!!!Best part is they are strong durable pots and when I leave this world then my neice will enjoy tem for her lifetime.Paderno is a great ompany to deal with If you have a problem with something they can help.If you make the purchase remember the cleaner and you can you can use it stronger than directions say.I would buy one peice and test it out then decide I'm sure you would be happy with this product.I am a cook and in our restaurant we also use paderno pots as many do here .We have no problems with them .I LOVE MY PADERNO!!!!!!!!!!

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                                1. re: Dephia

                                  I love my Paderno classic pots and pans.
                                  The ONLY PROBLEM with Paderno

                                  Their CUSTOMER SERVICE DOES NOT ANSWER CUSTOMER EMAILS.

                                  I hope their management gets this message !


                                2. I have not purchased cookware from Paderno (PEI), but I have purchased bakewear in the past. I will not buy their products any longer. In my experience, the tart pans, springform pans and other baking pans are very flimsy, not well contructed and do not come clean in the same way that a higer quality pan does. Furthermore, specifically for the tart pans, they are not as deep as others I have purchased. I prefer a heftier weight to my baking pans, which I find prvides a more even product. I would rather invest in a higher quality, more expensive product that lasts longer and provides a better end result.