For 3 years I have been looking forward to purchasing new pots and pans, and after much saving and research, the day has finally come! I will be purchasing them from Williams-Sonoma (I work for the company and get a generous discount), and walked in tonight ready to purchase new All Clad d5 stainless pots and pans (a combo of items I know I'd use, not a pre-built set). However, much to my surprise, when picking them up tonight I noticed for the first time that the actual shapes of the pots don't seem ideal to me, nor do the handles. Another exclusive set there by a brand called Lagostina caught my eye, and I fell in love with their shapes/feel. However, I have never heard of this company before and after doing hours of research tonight, I still can't find all that much (and the items are not offered on the Williams-Sonoma website, only in store, so I can't even post the link). And I've always had All-Clad in my head as the ultimate...the best-of-the-best and what I've been saving for and looking forward to for so long.
While researching Lagostina, I came across so many cookware sites and reviews that now I feel like I'm back to square one after years of waiting for this moment! All Clad? Little-known Lagostina? Bag stainless and go for Le Creuset? UGH!!!
Here's a little bit about me: I love to cook, but have only done so for the past 1.5 years and still have a ton to learn. I really only use 3 pots and 2 pans right now...very basic stuff (but horrible quality and in need of replacement right away)...but I would love to learn so much more over the next few years. I just really want to buy stuff that I know will last me a long time, if not forever, not just what I need and understand now. My greatest goal is to excel in cooking and entertaining, and I feel like so much is resting on this decision.
Any advice for this oh-so-confused consumer would be much appreciated. Thank you for your time! :)