Some of my old cookware had been deteriorating for quite a while but I never got around to replacing them until recently. Instead of buying individual pieces, I realized that it was cheaper to just buy an entire set in my case.
I didn’t expect to find such an overwhelming amount of information on them, though. Reading different product recommendation, it was easy to be lured into buying one of those fancy, ridiculously expensive, professional chef-endorsed cookware sets.
However, expensive doesn’t always mean good. I saw quite a lot of cookware sets that had many pieces I rarely use, and few of what I actually need.
In addition, quality apparently is not restricted to expensive brands. There are many products out there that perform just as well as these top-tier sets do but at a fraction of the latter’s price.
This is how I ended up getting the Tramontina 12-pc tri-ply clad 18/10 grading set. Read on to find out why I recommend it in this Tramontina 12-piece Tri-ply review.
About The Set
The 12-pc set includes the following (dimensions in L x W x H):
- 10″ Sauté Pan (10.50 in x 3.50 in x 18.69 in)
- 12″ Sauté Pan (20.50 in x 12.44 in x 2.00 in)
- 5 Qt. Covered Sauté Pan (22.50 in x 12.06 in x 5.12 in)
- 5 Qt. Covered Sauce Pan (17.63 in x 8.25 in x 7.00 in)
- 3 Qt. Covered Sauce Pan (15.88 in x 8.12 in x 5.62 in)
- 5 Qt. Dutch Oven (13.75 in x 9.94 in x 6.06 in)
- 12 Qt. Covered Stock Pot (15.19in x 11.62in x 9.56in)
The Cookware Set Features:
- 18/10 stainless grading
- Magnetic stainless steel (exterior)
- Lifetime warranty
- Oven-safe up to 500F/260C
- Tri-ply cladding
- Mirror finish
- Dishwasher compatibility
- Cooktop compatibility (all kinds)
- Precision-fitted lids
- Riveted cast handles
Why Choose This Tramontina Tri-Ply Clad Cookware?
The first thing that pushed me into getting the Tramontina cookware set is the fact that it has all of what I use more or less daily.
The sizes are also just right for my needs. They’re not like other cookware that come in impractical sizes that work only for extremely small meals. The 5-quart pans do well when I cook for a big group and the stockpot could fit more than 10 lbs of potatoes.
The saute pans are large enough to accommodate a decent serving of chicken breasts as well as delicate kinds of meat.
The cookware pieces are also well-shaped. The sauce pans are structured low and wide, making them perfect for finicky cooking tasks while the tall sides of the other pieces do a good job when simmering.
One of the first things I noticed about the Tramontina cookware set is the nice mirror finish that the pieces come in. I didn’t see right away that they were dishwasher safe, so I used a steel pad to remove a crusty spot. I thought that would scratch the finish, but it didn’t!
The steel is also hardy. Those pans sure weigh heavier than they look. Also, the steel hasn’t warp even after many uses. But then again, warping can also be a result of improper usage, which I’m careful to avoid.
This cookware set has been with me for a while now and it still shows no sign of corrosion anywhere. That’s probably the 18/10 steel composition in action. In case you’re hearing about ratios like this for the first time, the first number (18) is the chromium content of the steel. The second number (10) indicates the nickel content.
These two are responsible for much of a cookware’s durability, particularly their resistance to rust.
I saw on some Tramontina stainless steel cookware reviews that the exterior of the pans is made of magnetic steel. This turns out to be a lot more important than I thought. Basically, if a magnet sticks to the steel, that means the steel doesn’t have nickel.
The absence of nickel is good news for the food, but bad for the cookware (Remember that nickel helps resist rust.). However, there isn’t really a fully magnetic outfit. Half-magnetic apparently is the best available right now, and Tramontina has that.
Finally, the material doesn’t react with food, which is why it’s a top choice of cookware material.
Cooking and Heating
This Tramontina cookware set is made of tri-ply clad stainless steel. “Tri-ply” means that aluminum coil is sandwiched between two sheets of stainless steel to facilitate heating. This is true for the base and the sides, unlike others where only the bottom are cladded (disk-bottom).
Tramontina uses this technology well. I was surprised to find that it takes significantly less heat to cook using their cookware compared to my old pans. The Tramontina cookware heats up quickly, distributes heat evenly, and retains heat well.
I must say the Tramontina cookware pieces are easy to use for various meal and cooking types. Not all of the pans in the set come with lids, but the lids of the sauce pans fit the open ones just fine. That’s a small detail that makes a huge difference.
The lids do a fine job of keeping steam and flavors in while the riveted cast handles are stable and give a comfortable grip.
Although the handles do heat up, they do so slowly so I’m not going to complain. Besides, that’s easily resolved by using cheap handle sleeves.
Also, while the straight edges are ideal for tossing ingredients, they can cause liquid to drip on the stove when being lifted. I consider this a minor issue, though.
Generally, the dishwasher can take care of it. Every now and then, there’d be stubborn stains, but they go away with an abrasive cleaner.
Of course, there’s the issue of food sticking to the pan. It takes a little adjustment especially if you’re switching from nonstick, but it’s not an awfully long learning curve.
Here’s a helpful tip: Heat the pan for two to three minutes before putting anything in it so that stuck ingredients get easily removed using hot water.
As listed earlier, everything in the Tramontina 12-piece set is safe for oven heating up to 500F and are covered by the manufacturer’s lifetime warranty. They’re also safe for use with any stovetop, including induction cooktops.
Good Quality Where You Least Expect It
No offense to the company, but if you look around for quality cookware online, Tramontina isn’t usually the first brand that comes up. However, it stands high up there with those more expensive names when it comes to quality.
All of the pieces in the 12-piece set perform so well, Tramontina might have been thinking of me when they were planning the product out. It’s practical, economical, and delivers where it’s needed.