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Jun 24, 2010 06:01 AM

Looking for non all clad recomendations

My fiance and I had put the Calphalon Contemporary Stainless steel pots and pans on our registry but I've recently been reading that they are rather fickle to clean so I'm looking for some other recommendations regarding other brands. In particular the Le Creuset Stainless stuff. It looks really good but the low prices make me doubt their quality. Love to hear some ideas, thanks a lot!

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  1. On my brother's- in- law rec, I got a Cuisinart saute pan with lid. He's a fabulous cook - and now I know why! I find it cleans quite easily. I bought through Amazon, I think for $50.

    1. What did you read that make you think Calphalon contemporary stainless steel is difficult to clean? I own a Calphalon triply cookware (not contemporary) and it seems easy to clean. The only reason that the contemporary ones may be more difficult to clean is because of the brushed stainless steel exterior surface. Is that what you read? If so, then it is all about a trade off. Polished surface is easier to look old as scratches are very apparent. Brushed surface hides these minor imperfection.

      1. I have a couple of Calphalon Contemporary stainless steel saucepans, and I don't find them any harder (or easier) to clean than my other stainless cookware. According to the Calphalon website, they are also dishwasher safe. The only thing I don't like about the CC saucepans is that the edges don't have rolled lips for pouring. (Well, I don't really care for the glass lids with metal handles and no vent holes either.)

        1. I have one Calphalon tri-clad pan and it's easy enough to clean. However, if you are looking for good quality SS without the all-clad prices the best recommendation I can make is the Tramontina Tri-Ply cookware found at Wal-Mart. It can be ordered online and I think sometimes in store stock is low but it is truly incredible cookware.

          1. Ikea Favorit (the tri-ply stainless ones)

            You won't find them mentioned much here, but they look like solid offerings if looking for a saucepan. The fry pans seem to be non stick only for now unfortunately.

            The tramonita tri-ply's from wal mart are another solid choice. The Calphalon tri-ply's can be found on sale....actually if you hurry a lot of dept stores are having sales now. I just sawa 10" tri ply calphalon pan for 39 bucks at the local Macy's