Cuisinart vs Tramontina Stainless Clad Cookware Set, which brand is better? In my opinion, both company are mid level grade cookware. Their products appeal to the general public rather than enthusiast. While Cuisinart makes a wide range of kitchen utensils and gadget, Tramontina focuses mostly on pots and pans. This comparison will go into details about the differences between their stainless steel cladded cookware.
Cuisinart vs Tramontina Quick Summary
|Colors||Brushed Silver||Polished Silver|
|Brand Awareness||America||North America|
|Pouring Lip||Yes||Only Skillet|
|Country of Manufacturer||China||Brazil|
|Thoughts||Great Selection of Cookware at a reasonable price. Handles are a painful to hold though.||All around great value. The cookware design is good and the handle is great. Cant go wrong with this set.|
|Tested Cookware||Cuisinart Multi Clad 12-Piece Cookware Set||Tramontina 80116/247DS Gourmet Stainless Steel Induction-Ready Tri-Ply Clad 8-Piece Cookware Set, NSF-Certified, Made in Brazil|
What is Cladding Technology
Cladding Technology is a invention that was first brought about by All Clad. They roll different metal into one. By doing this they combines the best properties of the different metal. A common configuration is stainless steel, aluminum and stainless steel. The exterior and interior stainless steel wont stain, rust or warp. The aluminum core will conduct heat fast and heat up the pan quickly.
Nowadays, this is the standard for the higher end of cookware. In the past it was more common for cookware to have a disc bottom. These disc bottom store and regulate heat well. But they can scorch food on the side. Not only that, they are not very durable. Its pretty common for the disc to separate from the base.
Cuisinart Multi Clad pro vs Tramontina Tri Ply Set
This section will go through the cookware set and discuss how they are designed. We will be reviewing the shape, handle and configuration of the cookware set.
The design of Cuisinart handle is very similar to All Clad. They both have a very sharp divot in the center. The problem is that those side edge will cut into your hand. The supposed reason for this is so that they can help you maintain grip. While it works, I would prefer a handle with a slightly texture grip. This is more comfortable and wont hurt.
Near the base, there is a heat choke. That limits the amount of heat that travel to the handle. And since stainless steel is a poor conductor of heat, it will stay cool to the touch.
The slight arch of the handle is ergonomic and comfortable to hold. When you are holding the pot from above, your hand will naturally follow the shape. However, any benefit from this is defeated by the sharp handle.
In terms of comfort, Tramontina handle is much better. It is round with a slight belly on the bottom. When you hold it, it will feel comfortable. The main issue with the handle is that it is polished. If you turn the pot with a greasy hand, it will rotate. They should have added a bit of texture to it.
The base of the handle, has a Y shape heat choke. That with the combination of stainless steel handle will prevent the handle from getting too hot. However, if you stick it in the oven, you should still use a towel. It can and will get hot.
Cuisinart vs Tramontina Shape
The Multi Clad pro cookware set has a pretty good selection of pot. All of them has a rolled lip for easy pouring. There are two version of the sauce pot, a wide and a narrow one. One can be used for searing food and creating stews. While the other one can be used for boiling liquid.
The stock pot can be used for soups and as a pasta maker. The only issue that I have is the skillet, those are more like a saute pan than a real skillet. A traditional skillet has low flaring side. But considering that they don’t even have a saute pan, I guess it can serve as both.
Tramontina Tri Ply
The pieces in the set by Tramontina are a little less versatile. They dont have the stock pot or pasta strainer. Instead, they give you a rondeau pan to act as a stock pot. Out of their set of cookware, only the frying pan has a rolled lip. If you are not use to pouring, liquid will dribble down the side.
Their frying pan well designed. It has low flaring side making it easier to turn food and promote liquid evaporation. While the cookware is less varied than Cuisinart, I feel that they are better made.
Exterior and Interior Finished
These two literally have the polar oppose in terms of finish. The cuisnart have a brushed exterior with a polished interior. The brushed exterior is great so that you do not have to worry about nicks and cuts. It will look like it is part of the pan. The polished interior will just get dull overtime. So getting a polished interior is a bit pointless.
In the Tramontina, the interior is polished with a brushed interior. The polished exterior looks nice initially. But over time, it will get marred and scratch. While I do like the look, it wont last as long as brushed. Another thing to note is that the brushed interior might actually make food stick more.
Cuisinart Multi Clad pro vs Tramontina Tri Ply Thoughts
Prices between these two sets are similar. They both have their strenght and weakness. However, the downfall to Cuisinart is the handle design. While I think it is a little more well designed, I feel Tramontina build quality is better. It looks and feels like something All Clad would make.
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