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Irregular all clad cookware

TheGoodLife

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I was looking for some all clad cookare and basicly stumbled upon a few nice pieces in tj maxx. I'm wondering what is different with irregular pieces and if the difference is severe? I purchased a good size sautÃ
pan for 59.99 when the original price was 125$ and I'm debating going back to the store to purchase the copper core 14inch stir fry pan for 159.99$ when the original price was 345$.
 

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Originally Posted by TheGoodLife
I was looking for some all clad cookare and basicly stumbled upon a few nice pieces in tj maxx. I'm wondering what is different with irregular pieces and if the difference is severe? I purchased a good size sautÃ
pan for 59.99 when the original price was 125$ and I'm debating going back to the store to purchase the copper core 14inch stir fry pan for 159.99$ when the original price was 345$.


Probably a slight scratch, something cosmetic. I once stumbled on a Dualit toaster that had a scratch in the paint, picked it up for about $100 and I think the retail was $500 or so. That was about 10 years ago and it is still going strong. If you can't tell what the irregularity is, then I would go back and by what you need.
 

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I bought some irregular all-clad. It depends, of course, but most of my stuff it was a very very small cosmetic defect. For instance, I think my saute pan had a 1" scratch on the bottom. Other stuff had almost imperceptible blemishes.
 

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I would hope that the irregulars being sold somewhere like that are mostly cosmetic defects.

Obviously you don't really care if there is a scratch on the outside of your pan (unless you are giving a gleaming new stock pot as a gift or something)...you will get more scratches the first time you cook with it.

If there were other issues--like handle attachment or bonding of the layers in the base (for multi-layer bottomed pans)--then you might want to stay away. I think you would be safe here though as All-Clad would not want to hurt their brand image with defective products ("I bought one of those fancy all-clad pans and the damn handle fell off--back to XX brand for me")
 

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Originally Posted by otc
I would hope that the irregulars being sold somewhere like that are mostly cosmetic defects.

Obviously you don't really care if there is a scratch on the outside of your pan (unless you are giving a gleaming new stock pot as a gift or something)...you will get more scratches the first time you cook with it.

If there were other issues--like handle attachment or bonding of the layers in the base (for multi-layer bottomed pans)--then you might want to stay away. I think you would be safe here though as All-Clad would not want to hurt their brand image with defective products ("I bought one of those fancy all-clad pans and the damn handle fell off--back to XX brand for me")


I can state with certainty that All-Clad only sells irregulars that suffer from cosmetic defects, not functional ones, at least if they're purchased through their outlet.
 

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Originally Posted by edmorel
If you can't tell what the irregularity is, then I would go back and by what you need.

I've bought all-clad seconds. They should have an "S" imprinted somewhere. I can usually tell what it is, like a handle not perfectly lined up, etc. But if you can't tell, all the better.
 

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For those of you wishing to minimize your mistakes in your walk through this veil of tears called Life, I suggest if you had to purchase just one pot/pan from the All Clad Stainless collection it be the 14 inch fryer. A very close second would be the 4-quart saucepan with loop. They are the most versatile and useful. You can cheap out on everything else -- except perhaps your non-stick fryer, 'cause you don't want carcinogenic chemicals leeching into your pork chops -- but these two items from the esteemed American manufacturer are essential.

M'kay?
 

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is that a 14" skillet? Not that useful unless you have a large family or cook large meals all the time.

I agree about the helper handle. Those damn things should be on every saucepan standard
 

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Sorry, I misspoke.

Not the 14" fryer, but the 12" one.

14" is too large.

'Had to measure to be sure.
 

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