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Tramontina Cookware Reviews – Are they worth it?

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You might ask why I am publishing a review of cookware on a power tools and home improvement 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 power 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 talking with my class instructor and other participants, doing significant research, and visiting multiple stores, I ended up buying a set of Tramontina cookware.  After over a year of use, I love the Tramontina cookware sets and decided to publish this cookware secret.

Here are my top Tramontina cookware sets, along with detailed reviews and a short cookware guide below.

Tramontina Cookware Sets List

Products
Product NameDetailsPrice
Tramontina Gourmet Stainless Steel

  • Tri-Ply Clad Stainless Steel
      Fast & Even Heating
        Oven & Dishwasher Safe
Buy On Amazon
Tramontina 10-Piece Hard Anodized


  • All-purpose 10-Piece Set
      Fast Heating & Non-Stick Surface
        Oven Safe
Buy On Amazon
Tramontina 8-Piece Ceramic Set


  • All-purpose 8-Piece Set
      Fast & Even Heating
        Dishwasher & Oven-Safe
Buy On Amazon
Tramontina 14-Piece Induction-Ready Ceramic Set


  • Induction-Compatible 14-Piece Set
      Fast Heating & Cleans Easy
        Dishwasher & Oven-Safe
Buy On Amazon
Tramontina 11-Piece Nesting Nonstick Set


  • Nonstick 11-Piece Set
      Interlocking Handles & Stackable
        Dishwasher & Oven-Safe
Buy On Amazon

Where is Tramontina Made?

In case you didn’t know, Tramontina is a private 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 manufactures its cookware in Brazil, China, Italy, and the United States (Wisconsin), with its United States distribution center (subsidiary) established in 1986.  Depending on the manufacturing location, certain Tramontina cookware sets may come with different lid materials and different piece combinations.

The Tramontina brand is known for high-quality cookware at more affordable prices and competes well with the more well-known brands in the United States and abroad.  In fact, the NY Times Wirecutter review site named the Tramontina Gourmet 12-Piece Try-Ply Clad Stainless Steel set their #1 Cookware Set in 2021 for home cooks.  Also, the Food Kitchen Network named the same set their Best Value Stainless Set in 2021.

Tramontina Cookware Reviews

1. Tramontina Gourmet Try-Ply Clad Stainless Steel Review

Best Features Tramontina 80116/249DS Gourmet Stainless...

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Handle Design
  • Good Pan Size Selection
  • NSF Certified

My Overall Rating

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

More detailed review ↴

Tramontina’s Tri-Ply Clad Stainless Steel cookware set offers premium quality for an affordable price in different piece combinations.   The 12-piece set includes 8-inch and 10-inch Fry Pans, 1.5-quart, 2-quart, and 3-Quart Covered Sauce Pans, a 6-quart Covered Deep Sauté Pan, and an 8-quart Covered Stock Pot.  Depending on your needs, they also offer 10-piece and 8-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.

All of the Gourmet Try-Ply Clad Stainless Steel sets have stainless steel handles that stay cooler due to their unique shape where it connects to the pan and can be held longer due to their 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.  And these sets are compatible with all types of cooktops, including induction ones, due to their magnetic steel feature.

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.

While stainless steel cleanup requires effort, cleaning is made easier by the “mirror-polish” finish of the pan exteriors and the satin finish of the pan interiors.  And the cookware set is NSF certified and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Benefits You Will Get

  • Multi-piece set with versatile pan sizes to cover most of your home and professional 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

Things I liked

  • Identical performance to the top brands for a few hundred dollars less in price
  • Handle is lightweight
  • Heats fast
  • Versatile pan sizes
  • NSF Certified

Things I didn't Like
  • The skillet sides have a gradual slope which makes it harder to flip food

2. Tramontina 10-Piece Hard Anodized Cookware Review

Best Features Tramontina 15-Piece Hard Anodized Cookware...

  • All-purpose set
  • Easy To Clean
  • StainLess Steel Handles

My Overall Rating

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

More detailed review ↴

For those of you who prefer non-stick cookware, this Tramontina Hard Anodized set offers quality construction with great looks and a good 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 their stainless steel cookware counterparts that stay cool and are easy to hold.

This Hard Anodized Aluminum set works with gas, electric, and ceramic glass cooktops, but not induction ones, due to the non-magnetic property of aluminum (see my cookware guide at the bottom of this post for more information).

Tramontina recommends only hand-washing this cookware set and avoiding putting the pans into the dishwasher, as this could damage “Hard Anodized” Aluminum over time.  But due to the nonstick coating,  cleaning is easy and it won’t take too much time.  That said, this cookware set tends to have a really long life.

Benefits You Will Get

  • You will get an all-purpose, easy-clean cookware set, even with the smaller 10-piece set.
  • Fast & even heating similar to stainless steel with a nonstick coating
  • Heat and shatter-resistance glass lids with easy-to-hold stainless steel handles
  • Oven-safe

Things I liked

  • 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

Things I didn't Like
  • Recommended hand washing only. It’s not dishwasher safe.
  • Not compatible with induction cooktops
  • I would prefer a slightly larger, 12-inch, Fry Pan

3. Tramontina 8-Piece Ceramic Cookware Set

Best Features Tramontina Cookware Set Ceramic 8-Piece,...

  • Heats Fast and Evenly
  • Comfortable Handle Design
  • Easy to Clean

My Overall Rating

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

After their Gourmet Stainless Steel and Hard-Anodized Aluminum-Metal sets, my next choice for a Tramontina cookware set is their 8-piece Aluminum Ceramic one.

When I bought it, it came in Metallic Red but it appears that Tramontina has changed the color to Metallic Copper.  It’s part of the Tramontina Style collection.  Regardless of the color, this set is made from high-gauge, 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 cadmium-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 making 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 as the stainless steel and hard-anodized aluminum sets with the addition of silicone soft-grips that are easy to hold.  But unlike the previous sets, the handles on this set will conduct heat, so you'll need to use oven mitts if over a heat source or in the oven for a longer period of time.

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.

Another issue that experienced cooks will state is that many ceramic cookware sets don't work with induction stovetops due to the lack of conducting metal on the bottom of the pans.  This set falls within that category due to its porcelain-enamel exterior and aluminum construction.  But that's only an issue if you actually have an induction cooktop, otherwise, you are good to go with using it on gas, electric, and ceramic glass cooktops.

The main reason I like this ceramic cookware set is its 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 the ceramic nonstick interior makes cleaning a breeze.

Benefits You Will Get

  • 8-piece multi-purpose, non-stick, non-toxic ceramic cookware set
  • Top performance pans that heat fast and evenly, and then cool down quickly.
  • Over and dishwasher-safe
  • Heat and shatter-resistant glass lids

Things I liked

  • Very easy to clean
  • Fast and even heating
  • Silicon handles that are comfortable and stable
  • Metallic color

Things I didn't Like
  • After a few years, the non-stick ceramic might get damaged from dishwasher cleaning and usage.
  • Not compatible with induction cooktops
  • Handles will conduct heat after a period of time

4. Tramontina 14-Piece Ceramic Induction-Ready Cookware Set

 

Best Features   Tramontina Cookware Set 14-Piece (Blue),...

  • Induction Cooktop Compatible
  • Easy To Use and Clean
  • Nonstick Coating

My Overall Rating

(5 / 5)

More detailed review 

Tramontina has solved the ceramic pan compatibility issue with induction cooktops with their newer 14-Piece Ceramic Induction-Ready cookware sets.  They did so by installing a magnetic metal plate in the bottom of every pan that is embedded into the forged heavy-gauge aluminum construction.

The 14-piece set includes an 8-inch and 10-inch Fry Pans, a 4.5-quart Covered Deep Sauté Pan, 1.5-quart and 3-quart Covered Sauce Pans, and a 5-quart Covered Dutch Oven.  Plus the set comes with heat-resistant and shatter-resistant, tempered glass lids with stainless steel rims, and soft-touch, oven-safe Bakelite handles.  This makes this newer set compatible with induction cooktops, in addition to gas, electric and ceramic ones.

Tramontina kept the nonstick, non-toxic ceramic interior coating that is made without any PFOA, FTFE, lead, or cadmium contents.  This makes cleaning up a breeze, and this cookware set is both dishwasher-safe and oven-safe up to 350°F / 176°C temperatures.

Plus, Tramontina kept the price in a very affordable range for this entry-level ceramic cookware set that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Added bonuses are that you can get this cookware set in one of four good-looking colors and with four color-matched cooking utensils to suit your preference and get you cooking right away.  I don’t normally care about the color of my cookware, but I had to say something with this set’s choices.  I think Tramontina has hit one out of the park with this induction-ready ceramic cookware set.

Benefits You Will Get

  • High-quality construction multi-piece set to cover most of your basic cooking needs
  • Fast and even heating compatible with induction cooktops and ovens
  • Ergonomic handle allows you to hold the pan easily for a long time.
  • Heat and shatter-resistant lids
  • Easy cooking and cleanup with the non-toxic, nonstick surface
  • Oven and dishwasher safe

Things I liked

  • Identical performance to more expensive aluminum and ceramic cookware sets
  • The Covered Sauce Pans seem like the right size choices for most cooking
  • Easy to clean and dishwasher safe
  • Modern colors

Things I didn't Like
  • As with all ceramic cookware sets, the interior ceramic coating may wear after years of constant washing
  • I would have like a slightly larger, like 12-inch Fry Pan

5. Tramontina 11-Piece Nesting Nonstick Cookware Set

 Best Features   Tramontina Nesting 11 Pc Nonstick Cookware...

  • Stackable for Compact Storage
  • Easy To Use
  • Nonstick Coating

My Overall Rating

(5 / 5)

More detailed review 

Another newer cookware set from Tramontina is their Style collection 11-Piece Nesting Nonstick ones.  The pieces have interlocking handles, fit within each other, and lids from one pan that fits inside the next larger pan, all to supposedly save you up to 50% cupboard space.  I can attest that they do seem to fit together well and take up less space than more traditional cookware sets.

The 11-Piece Nesting Nonstick sets include a 12-inch Sauté Pan, 1.25-quart and 2-quart Covered Sauce Pans, a 3-quart Covered Casserole Pan, a 3-quart Covered Sauce Pan, and a 4.75-quart Covered Sauce Pot along with heat-resistant and shatter-resistant, tempered glass lids with stainless steel rims and large lid knobs that function as spoon rests.

Even though they are a more compact design, these Nesting 11-piece cookware sets maintain performance with their heavy-gauge aluminum construction for fast heating along with a porcelain-enamel exterior available in one of three modern-looking colors.  Instead of a ceramic interior, Tramontina uses a three-coat, nonstick, non-toxic Teflon platinum interior coating that is made without any PFOA, lead, or cadmium contents.  This still makes cleaning up a breeze, and this cookware set is both dishwasher-safe and oven-safe up to 350°F / 176°C temperatures.

While not compatible with induction cooktops, they do work with the usual gas, electric and ceramic ones.  And again, Tramontina kept the price in an affordable range for this multi-piece cookware set that is good for busy people.

Benefits You Will Get

  • Affordable, multi-piece set to cover your basic cooking needs
  • Interlocking handles and stackable fits that save storage space
  • Heavy-gauge aluminum construction for fast heating
  • Easy cooking and cleanup with the non-toxic, nonstick surface
  • Heat and shatter-resistant lids
  • Oven and dishwasher safe

Things I liked

  • Good performance for entry-level to mid-range aluminum cookware sets
  • The 12-inch Sauté Pan covers all of my frying needs
  • Saves drawer or cupboard space with minimalist design
  • Dishwasher and oven-safe

Things I didn't Like
  • Avoid using metal utensils as they can scratch the internal coating
  • I would prefer a 3-quart Covered Sauce Pan for more versatility

 


Why I Chose Tramontina For Cookware

Choosing cookware can be mindboggling with all the choices available.  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.  Then 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.

I’ve found that the Tramontina cookware combines the best of these elements and the above sets provide exceptional quality at affordable prices.  Your choice depends on the material you like or have experience using to cook, the look you prefer, and the amount of clean-up you can tolerate.

So, to answer the question – Are Tramontina cookware sets worth it?  Yes, they definitely are.

And if you are now ready to check out my favorite Tramontina cookware sets, here's my list again:

Products
Product NameDetailsPrice
Tramontina Gourmet Stainless Steel

  • Tri-Ply Clad Stainless Steel
      Fast & Even Heating
        Oven & Dishwasher Safe
Buy On Amazon
Tramontina 10-Piece Hard Anodized


  • All-purpose 10-Piece Set
      Fast Heating & Non-Stick Surface
        Oven Safe
Buy On Amazon
Tramontina 8-Piece Ceramic Set


  • All-purpose 8-Piece Set
      Fast & Even Heating
        Dishwasher & Oven-Safe
Buy On Amazon
Tramontina 14-Piece Induction-Ready Ceramic Set


  • Induction-Compatible 14-Piece Set
      Fast Heating & Cleans Easy
        Dishwasher & Oven-Safe
Buy On Amazon
Tramontina 11-Piece Nesting Nonstick Set


  • Nonstick 11-Piece Set
      Interlocking Handles & Stackable
        Dishwasher & Oven-Safe
Buy On Amazon

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