During the next year we will be re-equip our home kitchen and among other things, I'd love the forums opinion on the above mentioned cookware, specifically saucepans. We're two to tango so esthetics turned out to be very important. After initially looking at Mauviel (which was turned down by me because the handles were too thin compared to the others) and Demeyere (which was turned down because they were "very ugly"), I landed on the De Buyer's Affinity series and she on Le Creuset's 3-ply series. Now, none of us are great chefs in any way, but friends are and we'd love to invite them from time to time and the family's intention is to really put some time in improving the home cooking. Also, we really want to buy durable stuff with good guarantees (preferable lifetime).
There's a rather big price difference and even though the price doesn't really matter that much to be the final weight, who wouldn't say it's better to save some money for something else.
Is there any major differences in the way they handle heat, both in speed and how evenly it's spread (including up on the walls)? Any other minor quirks about any of the ones? It seems from pictures (no store here has them, they have to be bought online eventually) that the De Buyer is just a tad more curved which I'd like, but maybe that's just the photographs. Do they differ when it comes to cleaning?
Any input appreciated!