La Marque 84 Cookware is a new line of cookware made by Sur La Table. The name is a homage to Sur La Table first store at 84 Pine Street, Pike Place Market, La Marque 84. It seems like this line of cookware has all variety of cookware materials such as non stick, stainless and stoneware. The price that Sur La Table ask for these cookware is certainly on the more expensive side. At it’s msrp price, it is very comparable to that of All Clad. This review will take a closer look at how their stainless steel skillet is constructed and discuss whether its worth a try.
La Marque 84 Cookware Quick Summary
|Categories||La Marque 84 5 Ply Skillet|
|Colors||Polished Stainless Steel|
|Country of Manufacturer||China|
|Oven Temp Limit||500°F|
|Compatability||All Stovetops Including Induction|
|Thoughts||A very well made and thoughtout skillet. From the handle, shape and construction. This pan is affordable and performs really well. It is a great pan anyway you look at it.|
|Reviewed Cookware||La Marque 84 12 inch Skillet|
Stainless Steel vs Non Stick Frying Pan
Non Stick cookware are one of the best invention in the cookware industry. Its no wonder that this segment dominates the market. Howver, the major issue with non stick cookware is simply the durability. No matter how well you treat the cookware, once the nonstick finish goes, so does the pan. If you want something that last, you should stick with stainless steel. Of course the major downside is that everything sticks. Which is why its best to have a set of non stick cookware and stainless steel.
The questions then comes down to price point. If you are going to spend upward of 100 dollar or more, it is always best to stick with the stainless steel. It would not feel very nice if you had to toss that 100 dollar non stick pan after one year. For this very reason, I highly recommend that you stick with La Marque 84 stainless steel cookware. Unless you have money to burn. For a non stick pan, you get a cheap pan by T-Fal, those are perfect for stir fry and eggs. After one or two year, if you had to replace it, you wouldn’t give it a second thought.
La Marque 84 Skillet Design
This section will discuss the various aspect of La Marque 84 skillet. From the handle, shape, layers and design. We will see if this skillet is any good.
The handle design on the skillet is very well thought out. The base has a Y shape to act as a heat choke. That combined with a stainless steel handle, will prevent it from getting too hot on the stove top. The handle tapers toward the base to contour to the grip of your hand. The top surface is also flat to prevent the pan from rotating in your hand. Overall, this is a very ergonomic and well made handle.
The only issue that I have with the handle is the two rivets. In the past, skillets usually come with three rivets. There seems to be a trend among manufacturer to reduce the number of rivets, usually to save cost. While the stainless steel rivet is probably strong enough to last the life of the pan, it still irks me to pay more for less.
The shape of the skillet resembles very much like that of a traditional french skillet. If you look at All Clad or Mauviel french skillet, you can see the uncanny resemblance. The only difference is the existence of the rolled lip. A rolled lip is something that actually adds to the manufacturing cost. It is a good thing that this Sur La Table have opted to include it. The sidewall are not overly tall but not too low. This will make it difficult to reach a spatula underneath it. Also, liquid will not evaporate as quickly. Nevertheless, there is an upside to the sidewall. It makes it easier to toss food in the pan. If you master this technique, you can forego the need of a spatula.
Five Ply Construction
Their 5 ply construction is very similar to that of All Clad Copper Core series. There are five layer of cladded metal, whose thickness is the same from the bottom to the rim of the pan. This prevents scorching and heat spots to occur. The center is a combination of copper and aluminum. Both metal type are very heat conductive and it transfers it a lot better than that of stainless steel. The main reason why a stainless steel exterior and interior is used is because it is not reactive. If you use bare aluminum or copper with acidic food, it will impart a metallic taste to the food.
La Marque 84 Skillet Thoughts
Overall, this pan is very well made. The five ply construction conducts heat quickly and retains heat. The handle is comfortable and stay cools to the touch. While I prefer the shape design of All Clad skillet, this version is still well made. The price is almost half of what All Clad is and it comes with a lifetime warranty as well. The only issue is that its made in China and I question how long this pan will stay in production. If it goes out, how will the warranty situation be like? Either way, if you are looking for a good skillet for a good price, LA MARQUE 84 5 ply skillet is the way to go.
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