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Mar 24, 2010 11:06 AM

Food Network Stainless Steel cookware set at Kohls

Anyone have any experience with this line?

I'm trying to decide between this and the Tramontina set at Walmart. I only cook for 2 about 99% of the time, so the Tramontina sizes seem huge to me. But I know people usually prefer the stainless steel lids to the glass ones that the Kohls set has. I can get the Kohls set for about $100 less than the Tramontina with coupons and Kohls cash back, so of course I'm leaning towards that set. But I can't find any reviews on it anywhere.

Just wondering if they would be as good as the Tramontina line.

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    1. re: chuckl

      I would use most of the pieces at one time or another. The Kohls set isn't sold individually, so if I went that route I would have to get the Tramontina. By the time I get all the individual pieces I'm almost at the cost of the set.

      1. re: mishasmom

        the tramontina 10 piece is 249

        they also have the 8 piece with smaller pans for 149, my local store carries that one.

    2. Can you get a replacement of the glass lids when it is broken? Are you sure that the glass lid is also oven safe? The set includes a saute pan. I have many good recipes asking to use a saute pan in oven. If I were you, I would avoid any set with glass lids because I know I would be careless sometimes and even pylex shutters in oven. I know Calphalon's lines are also with glass lids, but at least their replacement lids seem widely available including BBB. The stainless steel lid itself is enough for me to go with tramontina. On top of that, CI's good review on it.

      1. From reputation, I will go for Tramontina and especially the Walmart prices shown by grnidkjun. I am just not super impressed with the Food Network knives. I know, I know. Knives are not the same as cookware, but I am just saying I think that we should not buy into the "Food Network"'s name.

        On top, the Tramontina set is made with 18/10 stainless steel. Better looking.

        1. I have a set of stainless with stainless lids and some stainless pans with glass lids, and I really like the glass lids. The oven-safe question is pertinent, as well as knowing if you would be able to order replacement lids.

          I think it is best to handle the pans you are considering, decide if they are comfy in your hand, and whether they feel balanced. and if the handles are well attached. I think a set is a good way to get started with decent pans. If you become cooking obsessed you will want other and better things, but a moderately priced set is a good way to begin.

          There is no black and white answer to this question. Ultimately you have to decide which set meets your needs. I wouldn't make this decision based on cost, unless you have to.

          1. I know nothing at all about the Food Network products but the glass lids would stop me from considering it. I do have the Tramontina - the 8 piece set and some open stock pieces and I have been delighted with it. I also have several pieces of All-Clad stainless and they are, as Cook's Ilustrated reported, equal in beauty, performance and construction.

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            1. re: knet

              Why do people worry about glass lids this much? I have glass lid and the only think I don't like about it is that it is more difficult to clean.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                I have a combination of glass and stainless.. I have the stainless that have come with my ply cookware.. and I've kept several glass lids from my old set that I've replaced. Sometimes I like a glass lid and if they fit the ply cookware.. then sometimes I use them too. I've not had issues with the glass lids getting cloudy.. I just wash them in the dishwasher.