Pots & Pans... stainless steel or non stick?

United States
March 21, 2007 12:26am CST
I love stainless steel cookware, it is so shiny and washes so clean, but I must admit, my favorite skillet is a non stick one. I was wondering how many on mylot have a preference and why? I am looking for a new set of cookware to buy this year, and I am overwhelmed when I start looking. Everyone has their own brand now, Emeril, Rachael Ray. I just get confused, and I'd like to get some opinions.
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7 responses
• United States
24 Mar 07
I have used non-stick before. The reason I do not like it is that it does not take too long before it peels off or is scratched off. We have had this huge set of stainless steel pots and pans since before I was a teenager. I am 46 years old. I cook for my mother and she still has that set. I continue to use them. They are in excellent shape. They have copper bottoms.
• United States
24 Mar 07
You know, I just love the non-stick cookware, but you are right, it will peel and scratch off in time. Even though stainless is more exspensive, it really is worth the extra money b/c of the fact that it last so long.
• United States
22 Mar 07
I've had my TFal for about 3 years now. I much more prefer my old stainless steel pots and pans from the 20 years before. They're upstairs in the garage, and I think I'm gonna go get them down! I like teflon for eggs, but that's about it. Stainless steel always shines.
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• United States
23 Mar 07
My ex mother in law bought me a set of Tfal years ago, and I used those until they just fell apart! I loved them. But stainless is around it seems like forever. I have a huge pot a friend bought me for spaghetti noodles, seems I was always borrowing hers, LOL. But I have had this bright, shiny pot for about 20 years and it still looks like new.
• United States
21 Mar 07
I prefer non stick.I do like the stainless steel.I tried steel cooker ware but cleaning is very dificult.stick it to bottom.Non stick is very easy for me to clean.But I heard from some one non stick cant use for very long time..I dont know this is correct or not.
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• United States
22 Mar 07
I have a couple of non stick pans, but I think you are right, they don't last as long as stainless cookware does.
@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I may be giving in to more alarmist fear tactics by the media, but with recent reports about problems with teflon, I'm buying stainless steel for anything I need to replace. Plus, if something gets burned on, you can scrub stainless steel with a steel wool pad. Also, there is no coating that will flake or peel off.
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• United States
22 Mar 07
I have wondered about the teflon, if people were taking the warnings seriously or not. I thought maybe they had improved it now and it was safer to use, because it is still so widely used. I love stainless steel for being able to clean it to make it look like new again.
@kaperkitty (1097)
• Canada
21 Mar 07
now i just bought a new set of pots and knives mind you know i can;t afford to buy food to cook in them lol!!! but i did go to a really good store and got some tips then went to ebay and bought the brans they suggested for at least 60% less lol..so OK i could buy some really cheap meat maybe to cook lol..but i did buy stainless steal the big soup pot i fit into nicely lol kidding its a little snug sorry too much coffee this morning..the sauce pots i bought 4 various sizes and a non stick fry pan lol..the deep one for stir fry and the like.oops before Iforget when buying good pots look for 1.forged handles very important this means the handles will not detach from the pot and 2. glass lids with a lid that has a small steam opening is the Best 3bottom thats rigged for stability 4.a good pot will always need to be seasoned with a slight oiling before initial use...i better get that in before forget I'm not really that funny.so good pots one sinful fry pan i can live with that can you??? your friend Cheryl
• United States
21 Mar 07
I do not have a preference in cookware brands. LOL in fact the last one I picked up was for only 2 dollars at a thrift store. None the less, I was a happy camper! I always use nonstick. I can't stand tohave food stuck to the bottom, or having to coat it with grease or oil to prevent the problem. I try not to throw in too much added fat in my every day cooking.
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@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I like stainless steel too but I do have one frying pan the is non stick. And I use that alot. But they dont hold up as long as the stainless steel ones.