@mcanavino@yakkoTDI Hah never thought of that. Marketing from different eras merged in a fun way. I still remember as a child seeing ads about “cars from the Dodge Brothers” even though they were long dead at the time that was the origin of the name. Not sure when the RAM part and logo came in.
Consumer Reports has not rated the Oxo Good Grips. (But has the Oxo Ceramic Professional. That set is also based on hard-anodized Al, but is ceramic-surfaced and made without PTFE. It tied in top 2 with the GreenPan Reserve set in CR ratings of a gajillion nonstick cookware sets. That set is induction cooktop compatible, and rated to 600 °F, with the lids rated to 425 °F.)
I’m unaware of Tramontina’s history, but this Oxo Good Grips set, based on Meh’s feature description and cropped images, appears very similar to the Tramontina 10-pc set sold at Costco: www.costco.com/.product.4000176072.html.
There are minor size differences, and all of that is listed on the product information page. The biggest difference worth mentioning is that that set is on clearance in the warehouses for $80 and on the Web site for $90 with “free” S/H.
FYI, so y’all may make an informed decision as to whether this is a must-buy or pass.
@bartsimpson@Polymathic Yeah I always thought of Tramontina as the ‘budget’ Costco brand but not sure if it’s exclusive to Costco. Generally cheap but adequate, is probably the best I could say.
In the past I sometimes found better quality sets on clearance at Costco which was nice when I needed some new stuff, but I’d agree with @bass1193 (see later post) that eventually you’ll find it’s better to get individual pieces of the size/style you like, rather than large sets of lower-quality stuff.
@bartsimpson@bass1193@pmarin@Polymathic Tramontina isn’t exclusive to Costco, & some of their stuff is pretty decent for budget-level. Totally agree that it’s usually better to choose individual pieces so you can customize your own set according to your needs/preferences.
@Trinityscrew I would use a 12-inch skillet a lot more than what used to be called a chicken fryer and they are now apparently calling a 3-quart saute skillet. Even the smaller skillets don’t seem to have very sloping sides. How are you supposed to flip your food around like they do on TV? (I really do that.)
Yeah, and America’s test kitchen also wisely recommends to never buy a set of knives or a set of pans build that shit as you need and find the exact right pieces to suit your needs. More expensive in the long run but you’re a better-off cook!
@bass1193 I’ve bought plenty of sets of both but have to agree, especially as you get older and more stable (?) and know what you like and need. Sets are good ‘starters’ but what you need as a single person or couple will be different from a big family with children.
I have had good luck finding individual pieces now that I know what style/brands I like. And sometimes the W and A sites had good deals on single items. In particular I found some Breville brand stainless steel pans that were surprisingly good, though heavy — which can be good.