What every best Cookware has:
- A useful assortment of pieces
- Good cooking performance.
- For nonstick cookware, a surface that is truly nonstick.
Rivals that of much more expensive sets. In several professional tests, Tramontina skillets and cookware sets offer performance rivaling that found in the much pricier All-Clad cookware. Like the All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set (Est. $700), Tramontina 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 owners explain that cooking with 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 largely expecting the same type of nonstick performance as dedicated nonstick pans offer, and stainless steel will always disappoint in that area. Others do not understand that using stainless steel has a learning curve, but a number of more experienced stainless steel cooks offer advice and resources to get the most out of their cookware. Some users complain that the pans are on the small side, although we saw a number of comments that they're perfect for single cooks or couples. The riveted handles can be more difficult to clean and, although the pans are dishwasher safe, you may have to do some scrubbing of the bottom of the pan to keep discoloration under control.
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. 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.
ConsumerReports.org includes the Tramontina 8-piece cookware set in its kitchen cookware roundup. Sets are evaluated and rated on cooking evenness, speed of heating, ease of cleaning, and handle temperature, comfort and sturdiness.
Editors at Good Housekeeping's Kitchen Appliances & Technology Lab tested 72 cookware lines; evaluating skillets over a variety of cooking tasks, including the Tramontina 12-inch stainless skillet. They praise it's even heating, but say it can be tricky to clean. This is a test of only one skillet, but the editors note that this was a test of "cookware," so the results can be applied to the entire line.
Although All-Clad is the top choice in this roundup, Michael Zhao and Leslie Stockton choose Tramontina 12-inch pan as a close runner up and are very complimentary of its performance; they do note the smaller cooking surface, though. 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.
The Tramontina 8-piece 18/10 Stainless Steel TriPly-Clad Cookware Set earns an overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 in nearly 600 reviews. 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.