Stainless, Non-Stick, Cast Iron, or something else

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Jun 1, 2008
Long story short we have a set of pans we purchased 10yrs ago with a lifetime warranty and the coating has failed. The company is replacing them which is great as they were several hundred dollars but it got me thinking about what I would buy if I could.

We have used several inexpensive brands over the years but they seem to fail quickly. I have looked at HexClad as they look good, Costco has a set of non-stick that looks good. Just so many options.

So I figured id see what everyone else is using.

In addition to the non-stick we have we also have a decent cast iron collection.

So what type of pans do you folks prefer to use?
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We received a set of Revere-ware stainless steel pots and pans for a wedding present back in 85. They get used basically everyday and still look as good as the day we got them. We also have a couple of cast irons that get used once in a while, but I hate the maintenance. As for none stick we've gone thru our share. I basically consider them a disposable item. They'll get used for omelettes and grilled cheese, but that's about it.


I should mention that the cast iron gets used for dishes that have to go from stove top to oven because the stainless isn't oven compatible.
Mine are all family cast iron hand downs , or gifts bought for me .
I have a set of mid 80's Revere ware that I got when I bought my first house 35 years ago .
I use it everyday .
I don't see ever needing anything new unless I want something .

I also use a carbon fiber skillet of my Son's . Love that thing .
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I have a set of stainless Williams-Sonoma pans - they're comparable to All-Clad but have much more comfortable handles and were less expensive. The lids are also nicer than All-Clad lids.They were made in Italy by Heston. I've had them for over 10 years and they still look great; I primarily use them on my induction cooktop but they're oven safe and I have used some of them in the oven. The handles on both the pans and lids stay cool except when used in the oven. The line includes some non-stick pans butII don't have any.

Williams-Sonoma also has a less expensive stainless line that doesn't have the stay cool handles and is made in China. I bought my niece a set as a wedding present and they're pretty nice pans as well.
We bought a set of T-fal Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick pans a couple years ago and they have been good so far. We have had T-fal for years and the earlier stuff lost it's coating over time. I researched several different sets and this one rates as one of the best non stick at the time. Oh they can also be used in the oven is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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