Well the best deal going on at the moment for quality SS cookware is @zwillingonline.com They have some sweet buys on the Sensation line. Demeyere of Belgium makes the Sensation and it's sister line Industry. 5 ply fully clad with thick conductive aluminum layer for even heating. Demeyere IMO is much better all around cookware than All Clad. Demeyere also makes the $$$ Atlantis, John Pawson and the Proline skillet. BTW Although more expensive the Proline does outperform the Sensation/Industry a little heating wise, but it is heavy making it a little clunky feeling on the stovetop.
I went all in on the Sensation and now have a very complete set that I am absolutely thrilled with. That sale at Zwilling has been going on for awhile so I don't know how long those prices will be up there for, but we are talking over 50% of of MSRP!. I had some Sensation pieces before and added on with this sale. Wish I had waited cause would of got a better deal with these prices. The sets are a particularly good deal. Well thought out with no throw in pieces that you don't want. Seriously! thats almost unheard of in a set. The mfg.'s almost always push something on you that you don't want in a set. I would usually advise against a set except in this case. All good sizes/shapes no repetition.
Yeah other than that I like the disc bottom SS commercial lines from Sitram of France. which offers the Profeserie or Catering lines. Catering has copper disc but no go on Induction. Still great though. I also like the disc bottom Paderno World Cuisine Grand Gourmet/Volrath Centurion. made in Italy. Great feature on GG/Centurion is the double steel reinforced rim. Handles are good also comfortable stay cool tubular. Only thing with disc bottom cookware is if the diameter of pan is not wide enough flame hobs can scorch on the sides. I wouldn't go Disc bottom on a frypan or small to medium saucier. Better to go clad up the sides on a skillet basically. Straight sided pans are fine being disc bottom and I have a larger Volrath Centurion 26cm 4.3 qt rounded saute that performs well even with no cladding up the sides. BTW Paderno GG/Volrath Centurion tend to have more depth and less diameter for their capacity. I wouldn't go under 8" diameter if you have a gas hob, because flames could lick up the sides around the disc and scorch.
Remember that cookware is a durable good purchase and will last along time. I wanted to be happy with whats taking up space in my kitchen so I invested in quality. The build quality will be better 0n Euro Mfg. cookware and standards of European factories is going to be much higher than anything made overseas.
Oh one more thing, a great common feature that just happens to be on the cookware lines I mentioned, is that the handles are all welded on, no rivets! So food doesn't get stuck on inside. I particularly like the welded rivetless design of the Sensation/Industry handles, very nice and the same design as the more expensive Proline/Atlantis/Pawson
Edited by BlueWolf - 8/3/15 at 2:53am