having always just used whatever I found in the flats I've rented, the wonky frying pan/electric hob combo in the last one is just too much. So I'm looking to buy my first frying pan to use for pretty much everything (except for saucepan/stock pot stuff, which are usable). This will include acidic stuff (tomato sauces and so on) as well as browning meat, etc. I definitely want something that can go in the oven, + lid.
From my research I've figured a tri-ply stainless steel pan is my best option, but I can't find most of the recommendations (e.g. tramontina) in the UK. In fact, I'm really struggling to find any not non-stick stainless steel plans online here. The only one I've found is only in restaurant supply sites and I can't find any reviews whatsoever, the only other alternatives are from amazon.com. The best options I've found so far are (all without lids):
http://www.amazon.com/Tramontina-Gourmet-Stainless-Steel-Tri-Ply/dp/B002P66CD6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330034938&sr=8-1 (£57 with shipping/import duties)
http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-MCP22-30H-MultiClad-Stainless-12-Inch/dp/B0009W38T4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1330034913&sr=8-2 (£57 with shipping/import duties)
I've heard a lot of good things of the tramontina, but the cuisinart also seems good (and is clad, not just the base). I can't see anything wrong with the Vogue triwall, and it's cheaper + from the UK, so easier if something goes wrong, but given there are no reviews online, what are the things to watch out for? Are there any other options in the UK?
In terms of lid, what's the best option, stainless steel, glass or silicone? The Vogue triwall have a lid which should fit (http://www.nisbets.co.uk/Tri-Wall-Lid/Y426/ProductDetail.raction), but the other ones don't.
Thanks for your help!