Shopping for cookware can be hard. There are many options on the market, including staple brands like All-Clad, Cuisinart, and Calphalon. Tramontina is another old competitor on the market. Founded in Brazil in 1911, it makes some of the most cost-effective cookware you can find today.
Tramontina makes cookware lines for many markets, including lines that you might find at Wal-Mart and even high-end sets that can compete with more expensive brands.
Options For All
The biggest difference between Tramontina and brands like NuWave or even Pioneer Woman is that Tramontina makes a pretty big variety of cookware. You can find both pieces and sets with ceramic, enamel, PTFE nonstick, or stainless steel cooking surfaces.
You also can choose between hard anodized and stainless steel exteriors in a variety of colors and finishes, All of these options are priced extremely competitively, meaning that Tramontina offers a great way for you to get the exact style of cookware you want on a tight budget.
Given the wide variety of options that Tramontina offers, there aren’t too many general statements to be made about the cookware. Instead, let’s dive right into a few specific reviews!
This 9-piece set is made from the normal trifecta of materials. It’s got a cooking surface made of high nickel stainless steel, an aluminum core for lighter weight and great heat distribution, and a stainless steel exterior to make cleaning easy.
The outer layer is magnetic, too, meaning that this set works great with induction cooktops.
I think that this is a great alternative to an All-Clad stainless set, especially if you’re on a budget. While this set is a bit heavy and you won’t get quite the same level of customer service from Tramontina that you might expect from All-Clad, the pots and pans themselves perform very similarly in the kitchen. They’re made with pretty similar materials, too, so you’d expect them to hold up to the rigors of everyday use about the same.
None of these pots or pans have a non-stick cooking surface. Depending on your cooking style, this could be a plus or a minus. It means you don’t have to worry about your cookware degrading over time, which is very nice, but you will have to manage your cooking temperatures and use enough fat to prevent food from sticking. With a bit of practice, however, you can cook just about any dish in a stainless steel pan.
This set has glass lids with steam vents and stainless steel handles. It’s not especially oven safe, although you can probably use it at fairly high temperatures if you simply remove the lids before putting it in the oven. The handles use a pretty normal design and will stay cool during short cooking jobs, but you’ll definitely want to use potholders if you’re boiling something for a while.
Nine piece sets tend to contain a weird item and this set is no different. In this case, the “weird” item is a steamer insert, which is probably my favorite thing to get in a cookware set. Steamer inserts are great for many types of vegetable and seafood dishes. If you like mussels, clams, or most vegetables, a steamer basket will make your life a lot easier.
As I mentioned before, the best part about Tramontina is that they make a cookware line for every set of needs. This stainless steel set is perfect for someone who’s more concerned about having a durable set of pots and pans than having a non-stick cooking surface. If you want an easier time cooking eggs, check out the other options below!
This cookware set is comparable to a NuWave Duralon or Greenlife set. It’s made fromaluminum and has a porcelain enamel exterior and a ceramic nonstick interior. It comes with soft-grip handles, glass lids with steam vents, and a strainer.
Tramontina claims it’s dishwasher safe, although that may make the non-stick ceramic wear out a bit sooner than if you stick to hand washing only.
Non-sticks don’t last forever. This set is no different. Even with proper care (always using a small amount of oil, hand-washing with appropriate cleaners only, using medium or low heat for most cooking jobs), you can expect to replace this set after about 3 years. Unlike PTFE non-sticks, ceramic non-sticks simply become stickier over time. This means that you can actually keep using the pots and pans for things like boiling water while you shop for a replacement set.
There’s a lifetime warranty on this set (and pretty much every other Tramontina set), but you won’t be able to use it when the non-stick inevitably fails. Again, non-stick coatings all have a pretty similar lifespan. Whether you choose Tramontina, GreenPan, or T-Fal, you’ll still have to replace your pots and pans after a couple years.
As far as cooking performance goes, there’s not a lot to complain about with this set. The aluminum interior gives it excellent performance heat=wise, enabling the pots and pans to heat up quickly and cool off when you turn the burner down. The enamel exteriors are very easy to wipe clean when you spill a bit of sauce, and the handles seem sturdy and are very comfortable to the touch, even on high heat. Best of all, this whole set is induction capable, so you can use it on any cooktop.
Overall, this set will fit right at home in most kitchens. If you prefer a ceramic-based non-stick or you want a dishwasher safe set that you won’t feel bad about having to replace, this Tramontina cookware set is a great choice for your kitchen.
This cookware set utilizes hard-anodized aluminum, PTFE nonstick, glass lids with steam vents, and stainless steel handles. It’s a great all-purpose set that you can use in the kitchen to make pretty much any dish. You get a wide variety of frying pans, pots, and saute pans that enable you to cook dishes of all shapes and sizes without worry.
Traditional PTFE (Teflon-esque) non-sticks like these are incredibly effective. They’re arguably better than ceramic non-sticks when it comes to cooking healthy. This is because you really ought to use a small bit of fat to cook with ceramic non-sticks, while Teflon-style non-stick tends to perform fine with no oil at all. In other words, these pots and pans can help you lose weight.
Like the other non-stick set, you will have to replace this set after a few years. The PTFE will eventually begin to scratch and flake off. This will make the pots and pans much less non-stick. You can make this set last longer by avoiding metal utensils and high temperatures, but it will still degrade over time.
The anodized aluminum used in these Tramontina pans gives them great thermal conductivity. The lack of a porcelain exterior means that it should be very slightly better than the set above, in theory. In practice, there’s not really a difference. You get great, even heat distribution after a very short time on the burner, but it’s not remarkably better than any other aluminum-core set.
I would absolutely recommend this set over the ceramic non-stick set above if you want more pieces in your cookware set or you think that avoiding cooking oil will help your diet. If not, I think the ceramic may be a trivially better choice due to the way it degrades. Feel free to choose the set that you think fits your needs and kitchen best!
This frying pan is available in several sizes. It’s got a silicone handle, a sturdy aluminum base, and a modern PTFE nonstick called Eclipse.
It’s completely free of PFOA and other toxins.
The primary advantage to a frying pan like this one is that it’s NSF certified for professional use. Many restaurant cooks choose to buy this very pan with their own money in order to make cooking eggs and other delicate, sticky dishes easier at their restaurant.
It’s a bit more durable than a regular non-stick cooking pan, meaning that it might hold up longer in your kitchen.
There is one downside to this frying pan, and that’s that it doesn’t work on induction cooktops. Otherwise, however, the excellent heat distribution, incredible non-stick, and superior durability make it a great choice.
I said earlier that Tramontina was a great choice of brand due to the sheer variety they offer. This stockpot is a great example of that. It’s available in 4 sizes ranging from 12 to 24 quarts. If you’re a fan of making big dishes, you’ll definitely want to choose theÂ Tramontina stockpotÂ that’s sized right for your kitchen.
This stockpot isn’t nonstick, of course, because you’ll probably be using it for sauces, soups, and deep-frying anyway. Instead, it’s got an 18/10 stainless steel cooking surface and exterior. This lets it be completely dishwasher safe and even makes it induction compatible, meaning that you can use your stock pot on the type of range that will boil its contents the fastest.
There’s an included stainless steel lid that helps keep steam and heat trapped inside while you cook. The entire package is oven safe to up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can even use it under most home broilers. This makes these stockpots a near-perfect choice for most home kitchens.
The only small snag that I can find is the lack of silicone handles. Stockpots tend to be used over the heat for a pretty long time, so the handles will absolutely get hot. You’ll have to use potholders (or towels) to move this stockpot. Still, it’s a pretty minor flaw. I’m very happy with these stockpots otherwise.
An aluminum core ensures that each size of stockpot heats up quickly when you turn on the flame. This means that your soups, sauces, and other dishes won’t take forever to heat. Given the extra-high capacity of these stockpots, you’ll really love this extra bit of thermal conductivity. It takes a lot of heat to bring five gallons of liquid to a rolling boil.
Overall, I think that these are some of the best stainless steel stockpots on the market today. You’ve got plenty of options when it comes to size, and the sturdy construction and lifetime warranty are pretty hard to beat. If you’re a big fan of gumbo, chowder, or making your own stock at home, you’ll definitely want one of these pots.
Available in several colors, this set of frying pans is perfect for most kitchens. It’s a great choice if you have a stainless steel cookware set and you just want some simple options for cooking eggs and other dishes. It’s got most of the features you want, including handles that stay cool, a PTFE and PFOA-free ceramic non-stick, and an aluminum body that gives you great heat distribution.
I’m not going to dive into too much detail about these pans. They’re very similar to the pieces in the full ceramic cookware set above. What I will mention is that getting 3 pans is an absolute lifesaver when it comes to non-stick. This is because non-stick fails over time. If you primarily use one pan at a time, however, it’ll increase the lifespan of this set by a factor of three. Given the incredibly low price of this set, it’s a great way to ensure that you’ll have a non-stick pan available for a very, very long time.
As I said before, I think that this is one of the very best sets to choose if you just want a simple non-stick frying pan for eggs and other sticky dishes. The sturdy construction, effective non-stick, and the fact that you get backup pans makes this set a great choice.
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