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post #1 of 6
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Hi.  I need to buy a quantity of non-stick skillets, and don't want to spend the money for SS if it's not necessary.

Never had much interest in aluminum until now, and don't know what to get.  I'll be needing 7" and 10" and 12", several of each.


On the different restaurant equipment sites nothing is mentioned as to bottom thickness as it is with the SS ones.

The first few brands I came across were names such as Vollrath, Carlisle, Browne Foodservice and Update International.


These are to be used with electric hot plates, not gas, so I need as flat and thick a bottom as I can get.


Do you folks have any suggestions as to which brand of aluminum skillet to get?


Thanks much.

post #2 of 6

Before I invest my money in a product I have never used before (be it knives or kitchen equipment or tools) I want to actually handle it.

I also go into the search with an open mind, brand names do not always guarantee quality, and might not be a good fit for me.

Perform a computer search for kitchen/restaurant supply stores in your area.

Upscale or bargain houses, it does not matter as you don't have to actually purchase from there, the object of the game is to find the item that will fit your needs.

Look at it, read any spec info attached to it.

Pick it up and check for heft.

Should feel like an extension of your arm.

If the product passes your tests then search for the best buy (don't forget to factor in shipping).




Question...why non stick?

Just asking as non stick items rarely hold up under heavy use.

You may find yourself tossing pans sooner than you would have if you had invested in a SS clad bottom product.

Sometimes you have to spend more up front in order to save money later.



post #3 of 6

as strange as this sounds my kitchen just switched to cast iron for all saute pans.... i wont touch anything else again. 

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

I've been buying kitchen equipment, including skillets, for 45 years, but do not have ready access to a large local equipment supplier where I can go pick up the skillets to get a feel for them.  Most are several hundred miles away, so I buy mail order from some very reputable companies I've been doing business with for many years.


I use a lot of cast iron as well as stainless, even a couple of carbons.  And a few stainless non-stick.


I am familiar with quite a few of the various brands, cheap and expensive, high end and low end.  I have an open mind, I just want to know if anyone knows which brand would have the heaviest bottom in their experience. 


My present skillets ran from $40 to around $150, pots and pans are all higher end, though.  These are mostly Vollrath Centurian's, and I've had some of them for over twenty-five years.  Even a couple of Centurian 12" skillets.  Two or three, I've had since the things first came out.  Don't know when, but probably got them in the early seventies with my first restaurant, and they're still going strong...bottoms still flat as a flitter.  So I definitely agree about buying quality. 


Back to the original question, I want non-stick simply because they are non-stick.  I want aluminum because it is lighter than stainless steel.  I don't want expensive because they're gonna get beat up.  I just want a thick-bottom, inexpensive, non-stick aluminum skillet recommendation.  Hopefully the things won't warp easily. 


Trying to keep the price down, for example on a 10" skillet, to around $30-$40.  I would like $30 much better than $40 !!  <[ : ^ )

post #5 of 6

Well there you go!

Call your usual sales contact and ask him/her to send you a selection to look at.

If you have been a VERY good customer you would not be out of line asking someone to make a sales call and bring them to you.

Happy hunting.



post #6 of 6

You can buy a set of three different size pans at Costco for about $25.00, probably at Sam's Club also.  you may have to replace every 3 months but they are light and flat bottomed.

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