I am looking in to getting a few aluminum and carbon steel restaurant supply style pans either from a local supply store, or FSW/Webstaurant. After poking through many of these forums i have noticed there have been a lot of name dropping of brands that do things well and then those who live and die by another brand and feel like it is necessary to battle it out. I am more curious of the gap in quality between the lowest of the low, for example sake say a standard 10" fry pan. There are aluminum ones ranging from $8 at the low end and $20-40 for the name-ier brand type pans, and similar prices for carbon pans. Is there a noticeable quality difference? Is an $8 pan going to need to be proportionally replaced 4 times to equal the top shelf $40?
*Note this is not meant to be the main set of the house, more the travel/on the go pan set