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Calphalon Tri-Ply 8-piece Cookware Set $250.00 shipped (and why I believe in getting really good pots)

There are kitchen items which I've purchased and couldn't care less about the brand or type, and then there are kitchen items where the brand is, well, religion.  When it comes to cookware sets, I am a strict believer in Calphalon Tri-Ply.

I have been through many, many sets of pots.  When I first moved out of my parents' house into my own apartment, I started with Farberware.  I graduated to T-Fal when I got married.  I've been through aluminum,  ceramic, non-stick, glass, Cuisinart, Emeril, Rachael Ray, WearEver, etc.  You name it; I've owned the pot. 

And every single last one of them went into the trash or was given away or freecycled.  And it's because of all my purchase mistakes and "cheaping out" on pots that I've come to realize that cookware is an area where it makes no sense to get cheap stuff.   Buying a set of pots is an investment , rather than a one-time purchase.

I got to the point where I just refused to keep throwing away money.  About 10 or so years ago, I bought my set of Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Calphalon at Bed Bath & Beyond and paid a small fortune for them.  I never looked back and I have no regrets.  I've added to my set over the years, but I've never had to replace a single pot.  Because of the three-ply construction (aluminum core, sandwiched on each side by heavy duty stainless steel), my cooking became much more even and has definitely improved.  Unlike the anodized set, my tri-ply stainless set goes right in the dishwasher and cleans up beautifully. Even after almost a decade, my pots gleam and I am not a gentle cook.

This is a picture of my 10-year old Calphalon tri-ply pots (below).  Yes, they are still in such great shape that I keep them out on a pot rack in my kitchen.  No black, burnt bottoms; no dings or dents, no peeling, no gauges.  Can you say that about your ten-year old pots?  And believe me, I'm not the type of person who spends a long time taking care of her cookware.  I just put them in the dishwasher and then hang them on the rack.

My Calphalon set

Calphalon pots are incredibly well made.  The handles are riveted on.  The lids are made of thick, tempured glass.  The pot bottoms are thick.  They don't dent (at least mine haven't).  They are all metal, so you can put them in the oven and even under the broiler (without the glass lids).  And they are all covered by Calphalon's Lifetime Warranty.

Now, I want Daily Cheapskate readers to have a set of Calphalon pots, but I don't want you to spend what I did on them.  I've been tracking the prices on Calphalon Tri-Ply Sets on several different vendor sites.  

Amazon just had a nice price drop on the Calphalon 8-piece set:  $250.00 with free shipping..  It's a smallish set (5 pots + 3 lids) but it's a great starter set and very easy to add to as other Calphalon components go on sale.  It's certainly not cheap at $250.00, but this set generally goes for $270-$300 and I don't think you will regret making the investment in this wonderful brand.  

I plan on having my Calphalon pots for another few decades be"H, and I'm pretty sure you will too.

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