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RE: Best cookware for induction? (Follow-Up #35)

posted by: srsm on 03.28.2008 at 11:35 am in Cookware Forum

I recently made the switch from gas to induction and had to replace my cookware. I did hours and hours and HOURS of research and visited, magnet in hand, many stores - from WalMart to Williams-Sonoma, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, etc ad infinitum. I also visited two large kitchen supply houses. Here are my conclusions:

Only a fool or the status obsessed would waste money on All-Clad. You might as well burn lots of $20 bills.
The best value in stainless is Emerilware, made by All-Clad, and available many places.
Best value in enamel coated cast iron - fabulous Dutch ovens - is Martha Stewart at Macys and Lodge. These are LeCrueset quality at half the price. The Martha Stewart stainless looked quite nice but I dont know if it is induction suitable.
Best value in all-purpose/non stick is Circulon Infinite. This is truly wonderful, very high quality, stuff. It is available both open stock and in sets. Careful: Circulon makes several lines, but only the Infinite is induction compatible.The 10 pc set retails at $299 - I bought mine from Macys who was offering two extra bonus pieces - a very nice 4 qt sauce pan and a kind of Paella pan. I notices that latter was not the Infinite line, and they instantly substituted a 12" saute pan that retailed for $129. Best of all, I asked for and got a 20% discount and so got the 10 pc set plus the two bonus pieces for $240!! Also- the 10 pc set comes with three lids but they fit, perfectly, all of the pans in the set.
Tramontina makes two lines that are induction - the cheaper one is pretty flimsy, but ethe more expensive one - called "Professional", is All-Clad solid, and very reasonable. WalMart carries these open stock. Their 12 qt stockpot - $40 - is a great buy.
Dont get anything with a coper bottom - they leave a messy residue on the cooktop.

ALWAYS take a magnet to make sure the pans really are magnetic.

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RE: GE Cafe AG Range - Is that your final answer? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: dbk1964 on 02.03.2008 at 11:59 pm in Appliances Forum

After receiving my second All Gas GE Cafe range this past Friday and finding it damaged in the box, and after having spent 1 1/2 months and 5 service calls dealing with GE about the problem with my original range, I would not recommend buying the GE Cafe right now. It is too new and there are way too many problems being reported with very conflicting information being given between their Service Department, their Answer Line and their Customer Service Center and their Techs. If you are interested in the range, I would suggest waiting a few months for GE to acknowledge that they are experiencing real problems and fix them. It is a great looking stove and has some wonderful features, but something is very wrong if this many people are having problems. I am sure there are more folks with problems who do not know about this site or who may not have yet tried all the functions of their stoves to know they have these issues. Unfortunately, I have not found another range with similar features...believe me, I have been looking....because if this second range cannot be repaired or if it functions improperly if we do end up installing it, I am giving up on being a GE Cafe owner!

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