Which stainless brand do you prefer?
I've decided that I'm over my Calphalon cookware. I mostly cook with cast iron these days but I need a pot for boiling pasta and a skillet for rice (hard to clean out of CI.) I'd like to go with stainless this time around so I don't have to worry about the occasional trips through the dishwasher.
Since I only need 2-3 pieces price isn't a huge factor though I'd rather not break the bank. I'll probably check out places like TJ Maxx first anyway.
So, what brand would you buy?
I am happy with my JCPenney cooks tri-ply SS cookware. Never really used any other brand though, haven't felt the need to yet. I might have gone with tramontina, but there wan nowhere that I could go to actually feel/hold it. For just boiling pasta/rice, I don't think you'll find much difference in any brand.
I like my Cuisinart multi pot, I have the 12 quart but it also comes in 8 quart.
For skillets I like my All-Clad d5
Tramontina tri-ply is great, comes in open stock or sets
All Clad very good but I truly don't detect any difference in performance or construction in my All-Clad to the much less expensive Tramontina
Recently fell a bit in love with Mauviel which is a lot more expensive - not necessary but so very nice to own
If I were replacing my older set of Cuisinart stainless cookware, I'd buy Tramontina. I did have to replace a small saucepan, and I was impressed with the Tramontina. If I understand this correctly, the Tramonitina tri-ply will be able to go to induction, should you someday buy an induction stove or cooktop. I love the fat hollow handles! And it conducts heat and dishwashes well.