If your kitchen's still stocked with $10 nonstick skillets and saucepans that you can bend with your bare hands, it's time to throw all of that away and upgrade to tri-ply cookware.
This 12-piece Emeril by All-Clad set is actually designed by All-Clad, the most respected name in cookware. The only major differences between these pans and real All-Clad pieces is that they're made in China rather than the US, and the aluminum cores are only on the base of the pans, rather than extending all the way up the sides. Sure, those are both drawbacks, but you can get this entire set for about the price of a single All-Clad skillet ($115 shipped today, via Woot), so they might be worth overlooking unless you're running a restaurant.
So what exactly makes these so much better than the cheap pots and pans you bought in college? The secret is their three-layer construction that sandwiches a layer of fast-heating aluminum inside two layers of layer of durable and heat-retaining stainless steel. That means your pans get hot fast, stay hot longer, and distribute heat very evenly. If you find yourself reading Skillet or Foodspin with any regularity, you'll love these. [Emeril by All-Clad Stainless 12-Piece Cookware Set, $110]
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