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Good (value) brands for pots and pans?

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Hey guys, I'm a college student looking to purchase some pots and pans. While I would love to make a good investment, it's not something I can handle at the moment. I'm just planning to visit local Ross, Marshalls, and T.J.Maxx stores to see what they have available at a price point I can manage. It would be immensely helpful if I could get some brand/line recommendations. From what I've read so far, it seems that Cuisinart's Chef's Classic line looks fine, and it isn't too expensive. However, I can't be sure I will run into while shopping, so I was hoping to get some other recommendations as well. I am looking for value, of course, but good quality as well.

Thank you!

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  1. Tramontina brand is good, but you will almost never see them in Ross, Marshalls and TJ Maxx. In these stores, I would look for Cuisinart MCP or Calphalon Triply. Emerilware should be ok too. Of course, they also carry All Clad there, but these will be more expensive.