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Jan 5, 2011 12:28 PM

Tramontina 18/10 Stainless cookware - Walmart vs. Sam's

After much help from this site, I have ordered a new induction cooktop -- unfortunately the magnet test shows that most of my cookware won't work with it. I don't want to spend a fortune, so am now looking seriously at purchasing tramontina 3-ply 18/10 stainless steel. Walmart has a nice starter set and Sam's Club used to have one that is similar but about $50 higher which they call "premium". You can still get this premium set on Amazon. Does anybody know if there is really real difference? The different descriptions unfortunately are not backed up with specifications. Thanks so much for your help.

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  1. It would be easier to point out the differences if you had posted links to each set of cookware. The difference between Tramontina sets in the past has been that the more expensive set contains 10" and 12" skillets instead of 8" and 10" skillets. If that's the case in your situation, pay the extra $50 to get the larger skillets.

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    1. re: John E.

      +2. If you're cooking for more than just 2 people (i.e., a family), you'll want the 12" and 10" skillets.

      Also Walmart on-line has the Tramontina set created to meet the recommendations of Cook's Illustrated. It has all useful sizes, plus a dutch oven and cast iron skillet and is a terrific value.

    2. Not sure, but I think Tramontina "Premium" is fully clad all over (i.e. including the sides) while the less expensive line has only a tri-ply encapsulated bottom disc.

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      1. re: ski_gpsy

        The less expensive line is also fully clad. I have two of those sets, all fully cladded

        1. re: knet

          I think it must depend on where you buy Tramontina and how much you spend because, just one example, at Amazon a 15piece set is;

          "18/10 stainless steel construction with a tri-ply bonded base", whereas another set, the Tramontina "Premium" has;

          "...pure aluminum core sandwiched between two layers of high-quality 18/10 stainless steel that covers not only the base but also extends up the sidewalls to the rim."

          So obviously Tramontina makes a line that is tri-ply on the base only, and another that is fully clad. I think it bears scrutiny when choosing which Tramontina to buy, and where to purchase it in order to make sure you get the one you want.