Q: I recently got married and registered for quite a bit of All-Clad Stainless Steel cookware. Now we are rounding out the set ourselves. I received 8-inch and 10-inch fry pans, and a 14-inch deep sauté pan. I'd like one more big fry pan to round out the toolkit.
I planned on getting the 12-inch fry pan until I came across the 14-inch French skillet (which is both bigger and about $40 cheaper at just $99). What would you recommend getting? Are there any significant differences that I'm not seeing? Is there anything the fry pan can do that the French skillet can't?
Sent by Evan
Editor: Evan, congratulations on your new collection of All-Clad! We examine the differences between the All-Clad fry pan (pictured above on the bottom) and newer French skillet (pictured above on the top) here:
They are basically slightly bigger, lighter, and deeper. We really like the way they look and we are always in favor of a little more depth in a frying pan, and we also always feel that bigger is better when you are talking about skillets. So that would be our pick.
But what do the readers say?