Wednesday, August 18, 2010

All-Clad vs. Tramontina

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt has an interesting piece comparing an All-Clad skillet to Walmart's own Tramontina brand (which costs 1/3 as much). Cook's Illustrated has run these tests as well... with a similar conclusion... but they don't generally get down to the nitty gritty of the tests they run... only discussing them in broad strokes. Bottom line: If you want a clad skillet (and if you like cooking you should want one of these) for a fraction of the cost, head to Walmart, not Williams Sonoma. For example, this 8 piece Tramontina set costs less than my single All-Clad skillet did... and would perform as good or better than my exorbitant pan.