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All Clad or ???

Rick Mar 27, 2011 03:20 PM

I'm looking at buying a 12" D5 stainless All Clad at Williams Sonoma for $130. Any other brands I should be considering that are around the same price (or less)? I picked up a 10" All Clad LTD2 at Marshall's today for $60 but was disappointed to bring it home and find out it doesn't work on my portable induction unit. Really like the pan otherwise, but I'd like to have something that work with my induction unit and 12" is the size I'd really prefer anyway. I couldn't pass up an All Clad pan for $60 though!

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    don515 RE: Rick Mar 27, 2011 03:24 PM

    Rick if you are near Pittsburgh All Clad has a factory sale in June and December. Most stuff 1/2 off retail some deals are even better..


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      Rick RE: don515 Mar 27, 2011 03:28 PM

      I actually live in Pittsburgh! Thanks, never knew about this. Where exactly is this sale located?

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        ProfessorBear RE: Rick Mar 27, 2011 03:44 PM

        Usually at the Washington County Fairgrounds, as far as I know. I'm up by Sharon and haven't been either, but I keep wanting to go!

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          don515 RE: Rick Mar 27, 2011 05:55 PM

          its just off 79 south before washington give em a call ...


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        E_M RE: Rick Mar 27, 2011 03:25 PM

        Demeyere, Viking, Mauviel, or American Kitchen

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          mettleurge RE: Rick Mar 27, 2011 03:32 PM

          Vollrath carbon steel. It's what restaurants use. Not pretty, but the best functional gear there.

          Never mind, not for induction.

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            Rella RE: mettleurge Mar 27, 2011 03:46 PM

            I'm reading at
            it is Induction ready.

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            jbsiegel RE: Rick Mar 27, 2011 05:28 PM

            I **love** my 12" non-stick All Clad. Is the one you are looking at non-stick? I guess it depends on what you are using it for...

            I'm about to get a 10" non-stick one too. I was making at omelette today, and the 8" was kind of small and the 12" kind of big. Seems like a good enough reason to justify a 10"!!

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              Rick RE: jbsiegel Mar 27, 2011 05:33 PM

              No, a traditional stainless steel pan. I have this 10" All Clad LTD2 sitting here and I'm trying to decide if I REALLY need that 12" or not.

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              ellabee RE: Rick Mar 27, 2011 05:30 PM

              You can get a 12" Regal American Kitchen tri-ply skillet, made in Wisconsin, for $60. I have the 10" version, and love it -- long, comfortable handle, good quality but not unduly heavy, just an excellent value.

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                jdmfish RE: ellabee Mar 28, 2011 04:25 AM



                I picked up the 9.5" for $70 shipped from Amazon. Well worth the money, and I'm working on my second Mauviel piece. I have an 8" AC skillet, love it for the price I paid $40 shipped from C&M, but in my hands, I feel the Mauviel pieces are just a bit better - in construction, handle, etc.

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                cheesemaestro RE: Rick Mar 28, 2011 07:37 AM

                Cookwarenmore has sales on irregular All-Clad twice a year. The March sale is ending on April 3. During the sale period, you can get an additional 20% off the listed price (already discounted), even if you buy just one item. During the rest of the year, you need to order at least four pieces to get the extra 20%. So if you buy this week, you can get a 12" All-Clad d5 frying pan for about $87, plus $9.95 for shipping. Usually, the imperfections are minor, as many satisfied customers on CH have noted.


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                  Cascadian Connoiseur RE: cheesemaestro Mar 29, 2011 02:50 PM

                  Thank you!! Just ordered a nonstick MC2 12" frypan for 88 shipped. Best deal ever!

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                  knet RE: Rick Mar 28, 2011 06:30 PM

                  I am a big fan of All Clad, a bigger fan of Tramontina tri ply and now very impressed with Mauviel M'Cook line. It's a question of price and what feels good to you.

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                    blondelle RE: Rick Mar 29, 2011 05:44 AM

                    Call one of the Williams Sonoma outlet stores. You can find them online. They have some great buys. Got the 4 1/2 A-C qt. saute and simmer in stainless for $65 and the 9" A-C French skillet in d5 for $45 which was a mistake I think as it was supposed to be the stainless. Shipping is high, but maybe you have a store near you.

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                      Rick RE: Rick Mar 29, 2011 07:38 AM

                      I can get a two pack of these Vollrath 12" tri ply, for $75 from my local restaurant supply, anyone have experience with them?


                      1. KansasKate RE: Rick Mar 29, 2011 07:46 AM

                        We too cook on a portable induction unit. We love our All-Clad Copper Core pans and ScanPan CTX skillet.

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                          Rick RE: KansasKate Mar 29, 2011 12:18 PM

                          I must say when comparing them side by side, I actually like the feel of the ScanPan over the All Clad, seemed like they were one notch higher in quality. Never hear much about ScanPan though, All Clad seems to be the big name.

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