Le Creuset Stainless
I'm addicted to cookware and have been thinking of getting a 3 or 4 quart saute pan (which I really don't need). Most of my cookware is either All-Clad stainless or Le Creuset enamled. My local store carries top of the line cookware (Staub, Le Creuset, Viking) and was wondering if anybody has any of the newer Le Creuset stainless pieces. I'm willing to try either of these lines as they are the stainless pieces the store carries.
How does it compare with All-Clad? The same performance and dependibility?
vinhotinto75, if: (1) you are addicted to cookware, and (2) you don't need a 3 or 4 quart saucepan, then you are thinking of self-indulgence, right? In that case, you aren't looking for a minivan with good fuel economy, but a sexy sports car with vroom-vroom. Have you looked at these higher performance models?
Demeyere Atlantis: http://www.amazon.com/Demeyere-Atlantis-3-2-Quart-Saucepan-Lid/dp/B000GT4416
Iittala Hackman Dahlstrom Tools: http://www.fjorn.com/tc1623121.html
I don't have any experience with the LC stainless but I can offer some advice. Stick with what you know and what the manufacturer knows. LC makes a good product but so does All-Clad. However, they are both known for completely different styles of cookware.
With that said, there isn't usually much difference in actual quality when it comes to things like stainless steel as long as you're talking about truly full clad pans with 3 layers. There are differences in size, shape, rivets, lid type, etc. but in reality, there's only so many ways to create a stainless-aluminum-stainless layered cookware.
My suggestion is to look online instead of your local store. 90% of the time the prices will be better online. If you're a smart shopper, you'll also only consider places that offer free shipping. On Amazon.com, the price difference for 3 qt saute pans between the two brands is about $10...