The Tramontina 8-piece 18/10 Stainless Steel TriPly-Clad Cookware Set, sold mainly at Walmart, offers superior construction and cooking performance at a bargain price. It heats food evenly, and its riveted handles stay cool. The main disadvantage with this cookware is that the individual pans are small, limiting their usefulness.
Rivals that of much more expensive sets. In tests conducted by one foodie magazine, this 8-picece Tramontina cookware set offers the same slow, even heating found in a much pricier All-Clad cookware set. Like the All-Clad set, this cookware has tri-ply construction, with a core of aluminum sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel. The pots and pans are also fully clad, meaning that the aluminum core extends all the way up the sides of each piece. This construction helps with heat retention and even distribution. Shoppers at Walmart.com wax lyrical about its performance. A few users are frustrated that food tends to stick and scorch, but more experienced users explains that stainless steel has a learning curve.
Pay attention to experienced owners. As with all stainless steel, the only consistent complaint we saw regarding the Tramontina set was that food sticks to the pan. However, these folks were expecting the same type of nonstick performance as dedicated nonstick pans offer, and stainless steel will always disappoint in that area. Others did not understand that stainless steel has a learning curve, but a number of more experienced stainless steel cooks offered them advice and resources to get the most out of their cookware. A few users complain that the pan handles are too narrow making it difficult to hold a pan with one hand while pouring or washing. Another complication of the long, narrow handles is that the smallest saucepan can tip easily, especially when empty. On the plus side, the handles stay cool during cooking, a feature that users like.
Astonishingly well made for the price. The pans in included in this Tramontina set are reasonably but not uncomfortably heavy, and their riveted handles are sturdy. The outer surface is made of 18/10 stainless steel, an alloy containing 18 percent chromium and 10 percent nickel. The high nickel content helps the pots resist corrosion and maintain their shine. (Many cheaper stainless cookware sets are made with "100 percent stainless steel," which contains no nickel, and reviews of such sets tend to include many complaints from users about pitting and staining of the surface.) We did not see any durability complaints with this Tramontina set, although in the event that any problems develop, the set is backed by a lifetime warranty. However, like many manufacturers, Tramontina requires the user to cover shipping costs for cookware repairs or replacement.
Cooking enthusiast Michael Zhao chooses the best skillet by hands on testing, research and speaking with experts. Ultimately, he chooses the All-Clad 12-inch Stainless Steel Fry Pan, but the Tramontina 12-inch Tri-Ply Clad pan is a close runner up and he's very complimentary of its performance. This pan is not included in the cookware set we review, however, it is the same material, so performance and value of the entire set can be extrapolated.
Review: The Best Skillet , Michael Zhao, July 18, 2014
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
In this review, editors narrow the wide selection of cookware on the market to six sets that offer what they consider the most useful pieces. The Tramontina 8-piece 18/10 Stainless Steel TriPly-Clad Cookware Set goes up against much pricier sets from brands like All-Clad and Calphalon. In addition to cooking tests, reviewers consider the cookware's construction, the weight of the pans and whether the handles get hot.
Review: Cookware Sets, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, May 1, 2009
The Tramontina 8-piece 18/10 Stainless Steel TriPly-Clad Cookware Set earns an overall average of 4.8 stars out of 5 in more than 485 reviews from users at Walmart.com. Owners call it a terrific value, with praise for its even heating, stay-cool handles and attractive looks. Most users are satisfied with the assortment of pans, though some say they are a bit too small. There were also some complaints that the handles are too thin and the skillets have no lids.
Review: Tramontina 8-Piece 18/10 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Clad Cookware Set, Contributors to Walmart.com , As of August 2014