Here are 4 great deals on high quality, brand name cookware.
These are top brands. Most pieces made by these brands go for way more than these pieces go for.
Why do these cost so much less than other pieces from these brands? It's hard to say. We do know that high-end cookware companies often have a few pieces significantly marked down from their usual prices to lure customers to their brand. Or it could also be that the pieces aren't big sellers, but we doubt that's the case because these are all infinitely versatile, usable, and come with the high quality you'd expect from these brands.
Here we share what we think are the best cookware deals of 2020--deals you should jump on before they're gone. So whether you want to get an early start on your gift shopping or need a new piece or two for hosting your holiday dinner, these pieces are absolute steals.
All-Clad D3 12 Inch Frying Pan with Lid: $99
You might be thinking this is one of All-Clad's less popular or inferior lines, but that's not the case. D3 is their best selling, most popular line, and this may be the last skillet you ever buy. It's a truly excellent performer--yet lightweight enough for anyone with ergonomic issues to handle pretty easily (the 12-inch pan weighs 4 pounds).
By the time we wrote this, the 12-inch was unavailable on Amazon (but it will almost certainly be back, so we're including the link). You can find it on these other sites, too, and not being as popular as Amazon, we have high hopes that there will be plenty of stock available.
It's rare for skillets to be sold with a lid, and even rarer for the lidded option to cost less than the un-lidded option. But that's exactly the case here: if you check out the un-lidded 12-inch skillet, you will see that it sells for almost $70 more. The 10-inch sells for almost $30 more.
Just a few weeks ago, this lidded 12-inch skillet was selling for $119-$129. We don't know why it's marked down now. But it is--and you should take advantage of it.
This is truly, and absolutely, one of the best cookware deals to be found.
Note also that the 10-inch and 12-inch sizes are both priced as $99, so get the one that best fits your needs. (We highly recommend the bigger one though, as it's the more expensive upgrade and rarely comes in a set.)
If you want to find out more about this excellent skillet or see how it stacks up to other All-Clad lines, see our Ultimate All-Clad Cookware Review.
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Demeyere Industry 5/5 Plus 3.5 Quart Sauciér ($99-$120)
If there's one pan you need to have excellent heating properties, a sauciér is it. For delicate sauces, you need a pan with fast, even heating that won't scorch. Industry 5 is an excellent contender.
If you're not familiar with Demeyere cookware, it's made in Belgium, has been around for more than 100 years. Demeyere has changed the name of this line once or twice, so you may see it called Industry 5 or 5 Plus, but we guarantee you it's exactly the same cookware whatever the name: 5-ply clad stainless with three internal layers of aluminum. It's 3mm thick, making it about 20% thicker than All-Clad D3 (or D5).
The result of this thicker layer? Faster, more even heating.
If you want the best of the best, Demeyere is the way to go. It's only drawback is its weight: this 3.5 quart sauciér (large enough to double as an essential pan!) weighs about 6 pounds. (For comparison, the All-Clad D3 4 qt. essential pan weighs just under 4 pounds.)
All the lines of Demeyere cookware typically sell for much more than this piece; in fact, Demeyere is one of the highest-priced clad stainless cookware brands in the world (with quality to match). That makes this piece a great deal. It's even less expensive than the smaller Industry 5 2-qt sauciér for reasons we'll probably never understand. The All-Clad D3 3-qt sauciér is almost $100 more, and won't have nearly the good heating performance as the Industry 5.
The Industry 5 3.5-qt. sauciér is all over the board pricewise. The lowest we've seen it is $99, but you can pay $150 or more if you don't shop around. (We included a few higher prices, like the W-S price, so you can see what we mean.)
Whether $99, $119, or $149, we guarantee you it's the same pan. So don't pay more than you have to for it. But if you're a serious sauce maker or have a loved one who is, you should snap this pan up before the price goes up (as it certainly will).
If you want to read more about sauciér pans, see our article How to Choose the Best Sauce Pans for Your Kitchen. (This pan is one of our favorites.)
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Kila Chef 11 Inch Copper Bottom Frying Pan ($99)
This pan is ideal for anyone who loves copper cookware but doesn't want to spend big bucks on the European stuff. Because it's not just copper-colored or copper-coated: there's a substantial layer of copper in this pan.
The Kila Chef pan is 3.5mm thick, with 1.5mm copper, 1.5mm aluminum, and a 0.5mm stainless steel cooking surface. This is more copper than you'll get in All-Clad Copper Core. It's actually as much as in the lower cost Mauviel 150 line. When you add to this the 1.5mm of aluminum--which they added to keep the costs down yet keep the performance exceptional--you have the performance of a roughly 2.25mm thick copper skillet--about the same as the 2.3mm higher end Mauviel 250 cookware.
All for $99!
This is an 11-inch skillet, so it's good sized. It weighs 3 pounds, so it's got a nice heft yet is still easy to handle. This is impressive for a pan that's 3.5mm thick (almost a full millimeter thicker than All-Clad D3).
Kila Chef makes some other pans (see their Amazon page) and all are reasonably priced, but not all have the thick 1.5mm layer of copper. So if you're interested in another Kila Chef product, note that not all of them have this same spectacular configuration.
Kila Chef is a new company, and a bit of an unknown. They are an American company with manufacturing plants in China. A lot of reviewers have complained about the handle coming loose. But other than that, this is an exceptionally well made--and very pretty--pan for just $99.
If you want to read more about copper cookware, see our Guide to All the Types of Copper Cookware.
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le Creuset 6.75 Quart Dutch Oven ($249-$299)
Le Creuset is synonymous with high quality cookware. In particular, they are known for their enameled cast iron Dutch ovens in a wide range of colors.
We recently discovered the 6.75 quart size, which for some reason is priced $50-$100 less than the 5.5 quart size; the price depends on the color you choose, where you buy it, and whether or not you hit a sale.
Why is this larger size less than the smaller 5.5 quart size? One reason may be because it has a different shape than the traditional LC Dutch oven: it's shallower and wider than the 5.5/7.25 quart sizes. However, we think this is a good thing: it has more flat cooking surface, meaning you can brown your stew or soup meat in fewer batches.
Think of it as the difference between a 10-inch skillet and a 12-inch skillet--but with enough volume to make a large batch of soup, stew, stock, osso buco, or whatever else you use your Dutch oven for.
And it's actually only about a half-inch shallower than the 5.5 quart pot. It feels like more than that because of the larger diameter.
The only possible problem we can foresee is that if you have a small burner, you may get some uneven heating. But this shouldn't be an issue for standard cooktops; if you can use a 12-inch frying pan, you can use this pot with no problems. Just be sure to let it heat through for several minutes before you start cooking in order to get the most even heating (a standard practice you should use with all your cast iron cookware).
If you or someone you love has been wanting a le Creuset but you've balked at the price, this Dutch oven offers one of the best deals you're ever going to find. No, it's not a steal, but it's the best price we've seen on any le Creuset Dutch oven ever.
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These are truly the best, most amazing cookware deals you're going to find anywhere this year. If we find more, we will let you know--sign up for our newsletters (below) or keep up with us on Facebook to stay current on the deals we find.
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