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Jan 4, 2014 10:30 PM

Tramontina 8 piece set made in China not Brazil

I recently purchased the I was expecting it to be made in Brazil not China. Is there any difference in quality? Would it be realistically possible to get an 8 piece Tramontina Tri-Ply Clad set that was made in Brazil?

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  1. You can get Emeril by All Clad, Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set for $ 179 at Amazon.

    Amazon also has an open box special of the same set for $ 145

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    1. re: Antilope


      True. Just want to be clear that the Emerilware are also made in China.


      No, I have not heard of any complaints of the quality. If "Made in China" bothers you, then you can return your set, and purchase something else.

      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        We bought a set of the open box special for our daughter. Beautiful set. Aluminum encapsulated base. The only complaint, on the 8-inch fry pan, the balance is off and the pan tips when empty. I still would buy the Emerilware over the Tramontina.

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          If a lot of the positive reviews are from owners who have Tramontina that's made in China I really don't have an issue. I would only have an issue if the "made in China" Tramontina was inferior to the "made in Brazil" Tramontina.

          1. re: GoodEatsSF

            As far as I understand, it is exactly the case that all the raving reviews of Walmart tri-ply were reviews of Chinese manufactured tri-ply. Done of the disc bottom stuff is Brazillian, but I believe all off the tri-ply came from China. Buy with confidence.

            1. re: GoodEatsSF

              My understanding is that there are no difference between Made in China vs Made in Brazil for the same line. Now, there are different lines of Tramontina cookware, but that is a different aspect altogether.

        2. FWIW, i bought 2 Tramontina pots this week from Costco: a 5 qt saute pan and an 8 qt multi cooker ( pot with pasta insert, steamer basket and SS lid). Both are made in Brazil. These are fully clad, not disk bottom.

          1. <Would it be realistically possible to get an 8 piece Tramontina Tri-Ply Clad set that was made in Brazil?>

            I think so. IIRC, the only the stuff sold at WM is induction ready and made in China. The stuff sold elsewhere, same construction, but not induction capable, is made in Brazil.

            <Is there any difference in quality? >

            Most Tramontina goods, regardless of origin, are good quality. The 4 quart saucepan I ordered from WM (china) was heavy and well built, with just one flaw; even at medium heat, with liquid in it, it always developed a blue rainbow. I know this happens to SS over high heat, but it didn't happen in my Calphalon Tri-Ply except at high heat, and not with a pan full of liquid.

            1. We have Tramontina pans made in both Brazil and China and have not noticed a difference in performance. Remember that not all goods made in China are junk. Your iPhone, if you have one, was made in China.

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              1. re: John E.

                +1. If most of us take a look around our homes, we'll find a wide variety of items made in China. Most of them perform quite well.

                1. re: DuffyH

                  I know that a lot of Chinese manufactured products are of good quality. However I still believe one of the most common phrases said by Chinese laborers is (translated) "What do the Americans do with all of this plastic crap?"

                2. re: John E.


                  I'm sad to say a subset of folks seem to constantly look past the BRILLIANCE of Chinese culture to always presuppose Chinese manufacturing inferior. (Present company on this board of course excluded!)

                  1. re: CaliforniaJoseph


                    It has nothing to do with Chinese culture or what China was capable of hundreds of years ago, it's about competitive pressures to make paroduct at the lowest possible price point. To do this, Chinese manufacturing takes every possible shortcut to make sure they are the low cost manufacturer. I personally have had customers who were having product made in China and the manufacturer was not using the correct polymer, the polylmer that the OEM company had submitted to Unerwriters Laboratories to confirm the product was safe. This has nothing to do with Chinese culture, but the pressures of being the low cost supplier and still make a buck. The laundry list of made in China products that are known to be made of inferior or dangerous raw materials, is far to great to go into here. Different companies have different levels of control over what is made in China, it's just impossible to know which companies have that superior level of control.

                    1. re: mikie

                      Yes, seriously. I maintain - without meaning to invalidate any of your concerns - that it's a "babies & bath water" scenario. I cannot discount it all.

                      1. re: CaliforniaJoseph

                        I'm not stating everything is bad, however there is probable cause for concern when it comes to the quality of many products where the reason for manufacture in a specific country or region is the lowest price.

                        1. re: mikie

                          Stamped on the bottom should be the letters NSF. Look it up this means that is is certified as quality in manufacturing and in safety of product. This is world wide certification markings. Like inspection..they can only get that marking if they are putting out good product. And Tramontina guarantees that there products whether made in Brazil or China are of high quality. There is a life time warranty on all their products.

                3. The line was slightly redesigned. The Brazil pieces are slightly lighter meaning less SS was used in the production of the pieces. Lids and pots are the same size and interchangeable. The most noticeable difference is the handle design. The Brazil models are larger and hollow. IMHO they are a better design but they should have kept everything the same or started a new line. The weight of the lids might be a slip in quality control on Tramontina's part. Great stuff either way and I noticed no difference in performance.