You might ask why I am publishing a review of cookware on a Tools For DIYers site. Well, after working all day with saws, sanders, sprayers, and other tools, I always seem to work up an appetite and take similar pride in my choice of cookware as I do with my home improvement and contracting tools.
Initially, I was new to purchasing cookware and even where to start looking. Signing up for a cooking class got me started. That said, after significant research and visiting stores, I ended up buying a set of Tramontina cookware and love it.
There are many established cookware brands, such as All-Clad, Anolon, Calphalon, Circulon, Cuisinart, Faberware, Rachel Ray, T-Fal, Tramontina, and Viking. And there are different cookware materials, such as aluminum, carbon steel, cast iron, ceramic, copper, enamel, glass, stainless steel, and silicone. Additionally, you want to consider the type of coating (stick vs. non-stick), the cladding type (number and type of materials fused together), the weight, the temperature limit, the cooking surface area, the lid type, the handle shape, color, and of course, the price. While it may seem like many things to consider when purchasing cookware, I’ve found that the Tramontina cookware combines the best of these elements. Therefore, I decided to publish my own Tramontina cookware reviews on this site.
In case you didn’t know, Tramontina is a Brazilian company founded in 1911 by Valentin Tramontina, the son of Italian immigrants. The company manufactures cookware, flatware, cutlery, and kitchen utensils and sells in over 120 countries. The company established a United States subsidiary in 1986.
Here are the top Tramontina cookware sets, along with detailed reviews and a short cookware guide below:
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Tramontina Cookware Reviews
1. Tramontina 80116/247DS Gourmet Stainless Steel Review
- Easy To Use
- Good Handle Design
- NSF Certified
My Overall Rating(5 / 5)
More detailed review ↴
Tramontina’s Tri-Ply Clad Stainless Steel cookware offers premium quality for an affordable price. The 8-piece set includes 8 and 10-inch Fry Pans, 2 and 3-Quart Covered Sauce Pans, and a 5-Quart Covered Dutch Oven. Tramontina also sells larger 10-piece and 12-piece sets.
The “tri-ply clad” construction means it has three metal layers (outside 18/10 stainless steel, an aluminum core, and inside magnetic stainless steel) and is induction-compatible. It heats fast and evenly from both the bottom and the sides. Many cookware sets say they are tri-ply, but most do not have the tri-ply throughout the entire pan and thus do not heat nor cook the food evenly. This avoids scorching the food when it touches the sides. I recommend using only low to medium heat settings.
The 80116/247DS set has the similar tainless steel handles that stay cooler due to its unique shape where it connects to the pan and can be held longer due to its rounded ends. It comes with stainless steel lids that won’t crack and are more durable than glass lids. The exterior is polished, and the interior has a satin finish.
I’ve found that this Tramontina cookware set has identical construction and performance to the premium brands for a few hundred dollars less in price. According to my research, for example, the Fry Pans from Tramontina have the same thickness, and similar weight to the same size pans from All-Clad.
Cleaning is made easier by the “mirror-polish” finish of the pan exteriors and the satin finish of the pan interiors.
Finally, the cookware set is NSF certified and comes with a lifetime warranty.
- Multi-piece set to cover most of your basic cooking needs
- High-quality construction with fast and even heating on the bottom plus the sides.
- A lightweight handle that stays cool and allows you to hold the pan easily for a long time.
- Stainless steel lids that won’t crack
- Oven and dishwasher safe
- Identical performance to the top brands for a few hundred dollars less in price
- Handle is lightweight
- Heats fast
- Easy to clean
- NSF Certified
- The skillet sides have a gradual slope which makes it harder to flip food
2. Tramontina 15-Piece (now 10-Piece) Hard Anodized Cookware Review
- All-purpose set
- Easy To Clean
- StainLess Steel Handles
My Overall Rating(5 / 5)
More detailed review ↴
For those of you who prefer non-stick cookware, this Tramontina Hard Anodized set offers quality construction with good looks for a great price. When I bought this set, it was offered with 15-pieces, but it has since been replaced by a newer 10-piece combination. The 10-piece set comes with 8 and 10-inch Fry Pans (Saute/skillet), 2 and 3-Quart covered Sauce Pans, a 4-Quart Covered deep Sauce Pan, and a 5-Quart Covered Dutch Oven.
The “Hard Anodized” term means Aluminum that is hardened through a special process to become corrosion and scratch-resistant while preventing any materials from leaking out into the food. And the non-stick surface has a PFOA-free Teflon-like coating on the inside that will reduce your oil usage significantly.
The pans have heatproof and shatter resistant glass lids that make it easier to monitor the cooking process, without having to take off the lid. And the pans and lids have the same unique shape handles as in their stainless steel cookware sets that stay cool and are easy to hold.
Tramontina recommends only hand-washing this cookware set and to avoid putting the pans into the dishwasher, as this could damage the Since this cookware set is made of the “Hard Anodized” Aluminum over time. But due to the nonstick coating, cleaning it is easy and it won’t take too much time. This cookware set tends to have a really long life and it’s suitable suitable for gas, electric and ceramic glass cooktops.
- You will get an all-purpose, easy-clean cookware set, even with the smaller 10-piece set.
- Good-looking multi-piece set to cover most of your basic cooking needs, even with the smaller 10-piece set
- High-quality construction with fast heating plus easy clean up due to the non-stick coating
- A lightweight stainless steel handle that stays cool and allows you to hold the pan easily for a long time.
- Can withstand up to 350F/176C in the oven
- NSF certified and lifetime warranty
- Recommended hand washing only. It’s not dishwasher safe.
3. Tramontina 80157/505DS (now 80110/219DS or 220 DS) 10-Piece Ceramic Cookware Set Review
After their Gourmet Stainless Steel and Hard-Anodized Aluminum-Metal sets, my next choice for a Tramontina cookware set is their 10-piece Aluminum Ceramic one.
When I bought it, it came in Metallic Red but it appears that Tramontina has changed the color to a Metallic Copper. It’s part of the Tramontina Style collection. Regardless of the color, this set is made from high-guage, scratch-resistant aluminum having a porcelain enamel coated exterior and an easy to clean, non-stick ceramic interior that is dishwasher safe. Plus the non-stick surface has a PFOA, PTFE, lead, and cadium-free coating on the inside that will reduce your oil usage significantly and lead to healthier meals.
The pans have the same heatproof and shatter resistant glass lids as the Hard-Anodized Aluminum set that make it easier to see the cooking process, without having to take off the lid. And the pans and lids have the same unique shape handles with the addition of silicone soft-grips, that stay cool and are easy to hold.
I have to say that generally, all non-stick ceramic interiors may wear out after a few years of use. Hand washing may prolong the usage. While this model (and almost all Tramontina models) has a lifetime warranty, that warranty doesn’t include replacing the non-stick ceramic interior.
However, this ceramic cookware set is lower-cost compared to the Stainless Steel and Hard-Anodized Aluminum sets but just as good-looking, and again, it’s dishwasher safe. It’s also made to withstand temperatures up to 350F/176C in the oven and can be used with gas, electric, and ceramic glass cooktops.
- 10-piece multi-purpose, non-stick cookware set
- Top performance pans that heat fast and evenly, and then cool down quickly.
- Dishwasher Safe
- Very easy to clean
- Silicon handles that are comfortable and stable while holding the cookware
- Metallic color
- After a few years the non-stick ceramic might get damaged from dishwasher cleaning and usage.
All of the above Tramontina cookware sets provide exceptional quality at affordable prices. Your choice depends on which material with you like cook, the look you prefer, and the amount of clean up you are okay to do.
So, to answer the question – Are they worth it? Yes, they definitely are.