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Jun 20, 2011 04:56 PM

Tramontina Tri-Ply vs. Kirkland Signature Pots and Pans

I’ve been reading the posts on pots and pans for days now and I’m hoping to maybe just get some input from those of you who undoubtedly have more cooking experience than myself.

I’ve started learning to cook this year and am setting out to buy a set of pans, as I’ve previously been using roommates and am moving out on my own. A lot of posts encourage to buy pieces… but having calculated the costs, and owning at this point only a Lodge cast iron skillet and a Lodge dutch oven, it seems quite a bit more expensive to be buying them one at a time – therefore I’m leaning towards a set (with a budget of $200; and accruing other pieces as needed).

I’ve narrowed it down to Costco’s Kirkland signature 13 piece stainless steel set for $179.99 ( and Walmart’s Tramontina Tri-ply 10 piece set for $199.99 (

I see a lot of reviews regarding the quality of the Tramontina set, comparing it to All Clad – but I feel quite confused because the pieces offered in the Kirkland set seem more attractive (such as the 4 quart covered sauté pan, or the casserole dish – I can see myself using those frequently). I’m slightly overwhelmed and probably just need to make a decision, and would appreciate any suggestions/advice if you have any. Thank you!

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  1. Both look like excellent choices and I speak from experience on the Tramontina. Two things to consider - do you envision using the pieces of either set more often? I think you favour Kirkland in that aspect ( though Tramontina has a casserole as well as open stock) and since the Kirkland has copper - won't work for induction. So if you intend to use induction now or anytime in the future the Tramontina would be a better choice

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    1. re: knet

      wut do u mean copper so doesn't work on induct? it's 5ply and box says kirkland works on induction.

    2. Hold a piece or two in your hand before making a decision. The pan should feel comfortable and balanced and should not be too heavy or too light. I really like the handles on the Tramontina tri-ply--very round and comfortable. But the Kirkland might feel better in your hands. Take your time making a decision. You might be using those pans for 20 years! There isn't one right set of pans for everyone. There are so many choices out there, that one choice is going to be very good for you.

      1. Hi Jenny15x, please look at the Cuisinart Stainless lines as they are both excellent sets. My brother in law has the Chefs Classic and I have the MCP 12 pc +. I have added other mcp and 2 non stick fry pans fm the CC line to my collection. All told its about 20 pieces of either mcp or CC for About $700. Seems like a lot but WELL worth the money. Have fun in your search!

        1. I don't own any Tramontina so I can't comment on it, but I did own the Kirkland set. Did being the operative word. I hated them so much they turned me off stainless for years, until I got my All-Clad d5. The Kirkland are very bottom heavy and are not clad up the sides of the pan.

          1. Just to add something.

            The Kirkland signature cookware you mentioned are 5-ply at the bottom disc, alternating between stainless steel-aluminum-copper-aluminum-stainless steel. It claims that they can be used for induction cooking, as it states "Induction Suitable: Magnetic stainless steel cap on 5-ply base allows cookware to be used on induction cooktops, as well as all other cooktops"

            The Walmart Tramontina cookware are fully-triply between stainless steel-aluminum-stainless steel. They are also be used on an induction cooktop.

            Like diamond dave suggested, you may want to hold the cookware in your hands to see if you like the feeling. That is very personal and no one can really tell you how you will prefer. Of the feel is just one of the many things. A good feeling but low quality cookware are not going cut it.

            As for the difference between bottom-disc vs full-cladded, there are many passionate discussions on this topic. Many people prefer full-cladded. Other prefer bottom-disc.