Comparison of premium pans

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berkshirelad

Comparison of premium pans

Hello all

I am currently contemplating blowing a chunk of my bonus on some high quality cookware pieces and was curious to know peoples views and experiences of some of the brands I am considering.

Specifically

1. Mauviel M Cook, All Clad and Le Creuset 3 play for stainless cookware.

2. Scan pan, SKK and Le Creuset toughened non-stick for non-stick cookware.

I am considering 2 or 3 pieces within each of the two categories.

I do already have a couple of le creuset items (3 ply saucepans, toughened non stick fry pan, 3 play saute pan and cast iron casserole) and have no complaints so far on these.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Welshcookie

Pans

Take yourself to a good kitchen shop and have a good browse. Pick the pans up, take your time.

Le Cruseaut has its faults. Heavy, bulky to store, etc. But I like it for casseroles, etc.

Twenty years ago I treated myself to some Le Bourgeat saucepans. I use them every day and I have added to them over the years. None of them are non-stick,from choice, but they suit me.

Saucepans etc are such a personal thing it is impossible to tell someone what is best. For example I keep one old aluminium pan for mashed potatoes because I can bash the masher on the rim with impunity; woe betide anybody that did that on my posh pans. Or used a metal implement in them. My goodness that makes me sound nerdy!

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SonyaK

pans

I agree it's a personal choice. Also depends what heat source you're using - Scanpan's older lines don't work on induction.

I find Circulon very good for non-stick pans, especially the Infinite range. Cheaper than SKK too!! I've got a few and am very happy with them (no, I don't have shares in the company!!!)

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berkshirelad

Thanks

Thanks for the pointers. I am taking myself off to a couple of shops / department stores after work today, with my credit card standing to attention!

I have to admit circulon don't really do it for me - I managed to get yogurt and curry spice marinade (on some lamb) burn't on between the ridges in a pan, and nothing I did would shift it!

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ROSEMARY S

good pans


Nisbets are very good for all kinds of pans including Tri-ply pans similar to Al-Clad, just as good at a fraction of the price. I have recently bought a Titanium pan from ProCook - a great pan for non-stick, also similar to SKK but at a fraction of the price.
Worth having a look.
Also Lakeland have a good range of pans.

Hope this helps.

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Nausea Bagwash

Pans

Personally I am still in love with my Le Creuset after over 35 years faithfull service. They are the old Volcanic colour which is suddenly becoming fashionable again after years in the doldrums.

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SonyaK

Comparison of premium pans

'Baggers I got my set of L/C for my first wedding in 1974, the large fry pan was instrumental in my divorce, 32 stitches in the back of my head and not a mark on the pan.'

Bolas
If that story is true then you're lucky to be alive!!!
I've always found L/C to be far too heavy - although good for bashing husbands, perhaps!!!
I really like Circulon - good to see they have your seal of
approval too!

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Gerry

lethal Le Cruset

" the large fry pan was instrumental in my divorce, 32 stitches in the back of my head and not a mark on the pan."
Bolas, have you read "Last Night On Twisted River"?

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Odelle

premium pans

"Hello all

I am currently contemplating blowing a chunk of my bonus on some high quality cookware pieces and was curious to know peoples views and experiences of some of the brands I am considering.

Specifically

1. Mauviel M Cook, All Clad and Le Creuset 3 play for stainless cookware.

2. Scan pan, SKK and Le Creuset toughened non-stick for non-stick cookware.

I am considering 2 or 3 pieces within each of the two categories.

I do already have a couple of le creuset items (3 ply saucepans, toughened non stick fry pan, 3 play saute pan and cast iron casserole) and have no complaints so far on these.

Thanks in advance for any advice!"

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Odelle

premium pans

I swear by 'QVC' for their premium range of not stick, metal utensil safe! pans.
They usually have 'Special Offers' or try me price on a particular new range, which is at a much reduced cost.
I know it may sound 'silly' purchasing pans that you've never seen, held, viewed close up......however, they are brilliant, mid-range priced compared to others on the market, they are excellent!
The beauty is that you can try them for 30 days, used them as much as you like and if after your 30 days you're not happy, phone them & they will arrange for them to be collected by courier for a full refund (minus your original P&P), where else can you do that? It's a brilliant idea, the pans are superb, oven safe, have you ever baked a cake in a saute pan before? Trust me you can. They are called "Cooks Essentials",just visit QVCuk.com website & place an order, as simple as that!
My 1st saute pan I gave to my son to use at University, I'd used it since the range was first introduced, so it was well used even then,at least 12yrs ago & he tells me it's still going strong regardless of the many uses, moves to different places,it's still his favourite pan to use!
I have had various pans over the years, none come close to these. I also had the 'Le Crueset' range that appear to be making a come-back on all the cookery shows, believe me there's no comparison.
Take it from a chef, try before you buy,you'll be converted......Where else can you buy pans,use them & return them for a no quibble money back guarantee?
Try & enjoy, they tick all the boxes one could ever require in pans.
Hope this helps,
Regards, Odelle.

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Odelle

premium pans

I swear by 'QVC' for their premium range of not stick, metal utensil safe! pans.
They usually have 'Special Offers' or try me price on a particular new range, which is at a much reduced cost.
I know it may sound 'silly' purchasing pans that you've never seen, held, viewed close up......however, they are brilliant, mid-range priced compared to others on the market, they are excellent!
The beauty is that you can try them for 30 days, used them as much as you like and if after your 30 days you're not happy, phone them & they will arrange for them to be collected by courier for a full refund (minus your original P&P), where else can you do that? It's a brilliant idea, the pans are superb, oven safe, have you ever baked a cake in a saute pan before? Trust me you can. They are called "Cooks Essentials",just visit QVCuk.com website & place an order, as simple as that!
My 1st saute pan I gave to my son to use at University, I'd used it since the range was first introduced, so it was well used even then,at least 12yrs ago & he tells me it's still going strong regardless of the many uses, moves to different places,it's still his favourite pan to use!
I have had various pans over the years, none come close to these. I also had the 'Le Crueset' range that appear to be making a come-back on all the cookery shows, believe me there's no comparison.
Take it from a chef, try before you buy,you'll be converted......Where else can you buy pans,use them & return them for a no quibble money back guarantee?
Try & enjoy, they tick all the boxes one could ever require in pans.
Hope this helps,
Regards, Odelle.

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SonyaK

Bolas

Seem to be in a time warp - that thread is quite old!!
Terrible story though - lucky you didn't have permanent damage done!!

 
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