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There seem to be a lot of threads involving country of origin -- one person wants a kettle not made in China, another person wants to know if ECI from France is really that much better, etc. These 3 links might be helpful to those folks for whom country of origin is an issue:

This company sells sterling & stainless flatware. They tell you where each pattern is made.
http://www.silversuperstore.com/stain...

This website lists goods still made in the US:
http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/kitchen...

This company sells kitchenwares made by 15 European brands:
http://www.morethankitchen.com

HTH

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  1. Thanks for that, Kate. I just bought a set of flatware that had "China" stamped on the business end of each piece. Depressing. I ended up returning them for reasons that had nothing to do with where they were made (the design was faulty: the spoons really didn't fit, or function in, the human mouth), but I wasn't thrilled at the idea of touching the word "China" with my tongue with every bite.

    I'll probably buy at silversuperstore.com. Still, sad to see they only have *three* stainless flatware patterns that are made in the USA (and I'm no teabagger).

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    1. re: Jay F

      If you don't mind handwash and occasional polish, silver plated antique at Ebay is another way to go. I inherited US made silver plated flatware and bought a couple of serveware at Ebay to complete a set. We are two people household so I am ready to handwash. There are patterns which are still modern and elegant even today and I don't find anything similar in newer patterns/sets.

    2. "You must be rich to not purchase "Made in China" products."

      Sorry, can't agree with that. I always find it appalling to see others being able to buy an excess amount of stuff because things appear to be "cheap" and "affordable".

      I just managed to avoid buying another made in China salad spinner ($15+) by buying a made in US cloth bag for $4 and using 2 of my existing kitchen towels to catch any flying water.

      Believe it or not, a lot of made in US and EU stuff are very affordable.
      http://www.metrokitchen.com/category/...
      http://www.cookware.com/La-Vita-Vera-...

      A Chinese food mill is more expensive than the Italian version.
      http://fantes.com/food-mills.html

      My trash can is like $4, made in Italy, bought from Ikea.

      1. No I"m not rich and no I don't trade made in China for made in V,T,I,M,P, etc. I practice what I preach, I'll shop around, I don't buy what I don't need, and I save until I can buy what I want. I bought Staub cocotte 8.8 qt size on sale for under $100, that's about the same price a made in China enameled cast iron dutch oven. Bought my girls Henckels Four Star knife sets on clearance for $55. Bought my Wusthof knives on clearance and added to them with knives found on clearance, also Wusthof. I can purchase clothing made in Italy for no more than I would pay for the same item made in China, you just have to know how to shop. I have the advantage of being old enough that there isn't anything I have to have today, I can wait or I can cook in what I already have, I don't have to rush out to pay full retail for anything but groceries. I buy quality and don't plan to replace it next year or the year after. It's really not that difficult.

        And I certianly hope that in 50 years my grandkids won't be making plastic toys to export to China, that's why I don't buy stuff made there.

        1. To Mikie: Once again, I agree with you, especially when you say "Try getting by with two All-Clads instead of a 13 piece set of made in China clad cookware." All-Clad is made where I live. They make some things in China (their crappy lids that aren't heavy enough and bounce up and down as food bubbles in the pot), but they're mostly made in W. Pennsylvania. At least for now.

          To hobbybaker: I think I am going to start looking for used. It's not like it wears out. I don't want to do any polishing, so I'll be looking for stainless, but it's the same principle.

          To Kansas Kate: It's even more dire than you posted. The Revolution/Sherrill factory stopped making flatware in March, 2010, as of which date, no stainless steel flatware is being made in the USA.

          They still have stuff for sale, though: http://www.silversuperstore.com/stain...

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          1. re: Jay F

            I would say it is a good idea to look used/antique. We all know many times things made long time ago in xxxx is even better made to last longer than clappy new things ( often made in xxx ) and it is so hard these days to find good/affordable flatware not made in xxx sigh :)

            1. re: Jay F

              Not all stuff made in China is junk. I have a set of Dansk Master Series nonstick cookware that was made there that is far and away THE ABSOLUTE BEST nonstick I've ever owned - and I've tried everything from T-Fal to Le Creuset.

              The fit and finish is impeccable (gunmetal gray exterior with snug, precise cast aluminum lids), and they are the only nonsticks I've ever had - or even heard of - that are in just as good condition after nearly ten years of daily use as they were the day I bought them.

              I'd buy more in a heartbeat if I could find some, but I got them on closeout at a Dansk outlet store way back when such stores still existed and the whole line appears to have vanished completely without a trace. Alas.

              1. re: BobB

                I agree, BobB. Not everything made in China is junk. Any manufactured item -- no matter where it's made -- is only as good as its specifications. Our All-Clad mixing bowls were made in China, and we're very happy with them. No doubt that's because when All-Clad sources them, they insist on a certain thickness, a certain finish, etc. They're not just buying the cheapest bowl possible.

                My gripe is with the retailers who don't state up front where things are made. Give the consumer all the info and let us make our choices.

                1. re: KansasKate

                  "My gripe is with the retailers who don't state up front where things are made. Give the consumer all the info and let us make our choices."

                  I agree 1000%, especially for those companies that that trumpet a particular country in their packaging. One example is "Kuhn Rikon Switzerland" knives commonly carried at TJMaxx & Marshall's stores. They sport both the country name & the Swiss flag on their packaging, but are made in China. Another is "Osaka Japanese" knives, also a common item at TJM. In small print they state "Japanese style," & yes, they're made in China.

                  On the plus side, my local TJM just got in a huge stock of Kai Pure Komachi knives. Actually made in Japan & backed with Kai's lifetime sharpening. Bread, chef's, santoku, utlity, sandwich, & maybe a couple of others. Not one was more than $7.95.

                  1. re: Eiron

                    "They sport both the country name and the Swiss flag on their packaging, but are made in China."

                    My favorite for misleading information is a cookware manufacturer named MIU France. Despite their name, they are headquartered in China and their products are all made in China. They have no connection with France whatsoever.

                    1. re: cheesemaestro

                      Oh yes! That is a very good example how they use the image of "France" to sell. Another example is BIA Cordonbleu for made in China Porcelains- knockoffs for Apilco/Pillivuyt : )

                    2. re: Eiron

                      Some of the worst are knock-offs of tetsubin from old cast-iron works like Iwachu. The Chinese made teapots are often pitched by tea shops as "Japanese." The interiors of the copies usually aren't enameled but painted--all the better to deliver your RDA of heavy metals and solvents.

                    3. re: KansasKate

                      That is why I countercheck with cooking.com when I am not sure. They show clearly where products come from. I bought porcelain made in China at Crate and Barrel, but they said their products meet California states standard for lead etc. I don't ban any product simply because it is made in China, but I try to buy made in US or Europe or Japan wherever there are alternatives which make sense to me.

                      1. re: hobbybaker

                        California is awesome.

                    4. re: BobB

                      The converse, not all stuff made in the USA is good. We've all bought something that was US made that either broke or didn't work as well as we thought it should. But just as you found something made in China you think is the best ever, there are a number of people who have not been so fortunate. I think you need to play the odds. There have been too many instances where there was lead in the paint on childrens toys, or melamine in food products, or whatever was in the drywall that corroded plumbing and electrical wires in new houses, to just ignore the country of manufacture. Those are just the headlines, for everyone that gets on this board and debates the cost of LeCreuset vs whatever made in China brand, there are more disappointments than there are accolades. Sure, you might get lucky and your $50 enameled cast iron not chip, but that's not the odds.

                      I'm with KansasKate, I want to know where it's made so I can make that choice. I don't want to be fooled into thinking something is made somewhere when it's actually being made in China. I think it's only fair we should know that before we purchase so we can make informed choices.

                    5. re: Jay F

                      JayF: "The Revolution/Sherrill factory stopped making flatware in March, 2010, as of which date, no stainless steel flatware is being made in the USA."

                      I may be wrong, but I THINK that Nambé still is made in the USofA. Worth inquiring, anyway.
                      http://www.nambe.com/

                    6. Good links!

                      Cooking.com is usually very clear where the products are made (vs Amazon or else) .

                      1. Thank you KansasKate for including www.MoreThanKitchen.com in your list of online cookware retailers. We are very conscious about the origin of the products we are offering. We only offer cookware that is made in Germany, Switzerland or other European countries or the US of course. For some products it's difficult to find something NOT made in China, almost all of the kitchen utensils are made in China, regardless what brand. What we also found out is that a company can call the item made in e.g. Germany when the pieces are assembled in Germany! So the handle and the ladle are made in Germany but the two pieces are being put together in Germany and voila, made in Germany. It also works the other way around. We love the thermos carafes from alfi. ALL made in Germany except for one style that has a wicker casting. The thermos is made in Germany, shipped to China and the wicker is put on there, therefore it must be labeled made in China...