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Tramontina vs. Kirkland stainless steel cookware

Posted by jwats612 (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 26, 10 at 17:02

All

I am weighing these two products. The Pros and Cons as I see them are:

Kirkland
- Perhaps a better base-5 layer, includes copper
- Less expensive as a set-significantly
- Costco's amazing customer service
- No need to shop at Walmart or Sam's Club--an irrational thing with me

Tramontina
- Clad all over the pan, not just the bottom
- Available in open stock

Both are apparently well made and should last a long long time

I was wondwering if anyone had faced this choice and how they decided..or simply have an opinion

Thanks in advance

John


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RE: Tramontina vs. Kirkland stainless steel cookware

I love my Tramontina tri-ply. I have some All Clad as well and the two are virtually identical in form and function. I've never used Kirkland so I can't comment on it but the fact that Tramontina is available in open stock would be the deciding factor for me. I chose only the pieces I needed and had them sent to my local Walmarts (free shipping). In this way the Tramontina was cheaper for me than the Kirkland set would have been.


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RE: Tramontina vs. Kirkland stainless steel cookware

I only have experience with Kirkland Stainless but it has served me well for a couple of years so far. Cooks well, easy to clean, doesn't burn or scorch on the bottom which means the heat distribution is even (if you keep the temperature at a proper level). It is the only thing I will use when making pudding, as my other pots have a tendency to stick. You can also brown meats very nicely. The 5-ply bottoms are magnetic, so I assume they will work on induction cooktops. I don't have one, so I can't try it out.

Of course, Kirkland is not open stock but if I needed other pieces, I would just add from a set that is.

I also do not patronize Wal-Mart or Sam's Club as I understand they ask good brand name manufacturers to produce lower quality items so that they (Wal-Mart) can sell them cheaper than the competition. So I feel you never know what you're really getting if you shop at a Wal-Mart or related store.


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