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I'm looking to get a good set of pots (about $200). I don't know if I want to good with non-stick or Pyrex or stainless steel or copper based. Which last the longest, which cooks the best? These are only a few things to be considered. Any help would be appreciated.

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Last updated: Oct. 3, 2012 12:40 pm
Posted: Oct. 3, 2012 6:29 am
Answered by: Sugarnspice
Oct. 3, 2012 6:38 am
I have Scanpan and love it! If you can buy one piece at a time when it's on sale, you can save on the price. Check out Sur La Table, if there's one in your area, or the Scanpan or Sur La Table sites:
Emily Nicole
Oct. 3, 2012 7:53 am
If I was going to buy new pans I would go with enameled. I have never heard anyone complain about them. They don't scratch or have cancer related stigmas. You would probally have to search for a deal though.
Oct. 3, 2012 8:08 am
I would not choose non-stick. The coating always peels and gets scratched eventually. You cannot heat them above medium or they peel (the instructions tell you that these days) so you can't get a good sear on meat. I have a non-stick omelet pan but wouldn't buy any other non-stick pans. I like stainless with a heavy disk bottom. They are expensive but last pretty much forever.
Oct. 3, 2012 8:22 am
As much as I love my Scanpan, I also have some stainless steel skillets with heavy bottoms I use for just the reason janet mentions....they're great for searing meats. The nonstick material in the Scanpan is superior to most and, in the 10 plus years I've had it, I don't have any scratches or peeling on the interior. I am very careful not to use metal utensils in them and wash them by hand, never in the diswasher. The outsides show some scratches from cramming them in the cupboard with other items, though.
Oct. 3, 2012 8:25 am
I would not buy a set but rather the pieces you use. I like my Farberware but Calphalon is nery nice.
Oct. 3, 2012 8:30 am
I bought all of my Scanpan pieces open stock and got just those I wanted. The sets all included pieces I would never use.
Oct. 3, 2012 8:37 am
Scanpans are made of ceramic titanium and metal utensils can be used with them. They are safe up to 500ยบ so they can go in the oven and have none of the problems of other non-stick pans. They will never peel. I have the sir-fry pan and love it. My other pans are All-Clad which are also very nice. I would buy one quality pan at a time rather than a set. There are many pieces in a set that don't get used. You can also buy a universal lid that will fit any pan in you kitchen.
Oct. 3, 2012 8:37 am
I love the nonstick pans, but they have to be a higher quality or you'll have the problems people have mentioned with peeling. I have a set of Caphalon nonstick, cant remember the name of the set, its a couple years old now. I love the way it works and looks, the only thing about the set I chose is that if you don't warm it up very slowly before you start cooking in the pan it gets permanently discolored...what the heck!!
Answered by: Celeste
Oct. 3, 2012 9:16 am
I have both . I use Healthy Legends non-stick and calphalon stainless. I have only four stainless pieces, I use them for high heat cooking:
Oct. 3, 2012 10:30 am
I have a set of Pyrex pans (glass) and hate them. They stick like crazy, always look soiled even if I take a wire scrubber to them. Love my non-stick Orgreenic pan.
Oct. 3, 2012 12:40 pm
Thanks everyone...great input!!!
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