The Lesser-Known Cookware Brand Our Editors Love and Want You To Know About — Plus Our Top Picks

published Oct 20, 2021
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When it comes to quality cookware, the same all-star names typically come up in conversation any time you ask someone their favorite brand. Here at Kitchn, we’re all about those cookware classics, but it’s also our job to enlighten you about under-the-radar brands that also deserve a spot atop your stove or inside your kitchen cabinets. 



our very own) and have developed quite the cult following, especially when it comes to their hearty nonstick cookware.

So what Tramontina pieces are worth investing in? Well, I’m so glad you asked. Peep seven of our favorites below, and consider this your official welcome into the Tramontina Fan Club. We’re happy to have you. 

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An editor favorite here at Kitchn, Tramontina’s 10-inch frying pan was named the best budget nonstick skillet on our 2021 Best List. It features a blissfully slick surface that allows everything from eggs to sauce to crepes to glide easily over top, as well as a safety-first, silicone-covered handle for worry-free cooking. The nonstick coating lasted the longest of any of the pans we’ve tried, so you know you’re investing in a piece that you’ll have for years to come.

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was $380.00

If you’re starting your kitchen cookware collection from scratch and are overwhelmed by the options (and prices) of full-scale sets, look no further than this Tramontina bundle. Modestly priced at just $250 (a fraction of what you’d pay for other brands), this eight-piece set boasts 18/10 stainless steel production, just like high-end picks like All-Clad. The weighty pans are durable, stylish, and (most importantly) effective — they're great for whipping up everything from braised meats and fried fish to a slow Sunday sauce. Bonus: They’ll clean up just as easily as your favorite nonstick variety.

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This versatile cookware set has everything home chefs need to find delicious success in the kitchen at a fraction of the cost. Named to our Best List in 2019, Tramontina’s Tri-Ply Clad 12-piece cookware set boasts superior heat distribution so your veggies and meats will brown perfectly even, plus a stainless steel exterior that is compatible with any cooktop and oven safe up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Buying this set will score you all the essentials, including a 10-inch frying pan, 6-quart saute pan, 5-quart Dutch oven, and 8-quart stockpot.

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was $120.00

You may be used to seeing Dutch ovens outfitted in ceramic or cast iron, but we can assure you that this stainless steel version is just as worthy of a spot in your kitchen. Another Best List winner for 2021, the Tramontina Dutch oven is lightweight and induction friendly while also being a bit more durable for everyday use (it held up well to metal utensils and dents in our testing). Plus, with a 5-quart capacity, you can use it to make everything from braised short ribs to vegetarian chili.

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was $69.95

A covered saucepan is one of those kitchen essentials that ends up being way more useful than you first anticipated. Obviously it’s great for warming up sauce or infusing butter with herbs, but it also comes in handy for reheating leftovers, whisking up a roux, or making an after-dinner creme bruleé. This budget-friendly pick from Tramontina has it all (it did make our Best List, after all) — from tall sides and a spacious surface area to a handy helper handle that will keep you safe while cooking. Made from stainless steel construction, it will distribute heat evenly and hold its own against repeated use and washing.

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Tri-Ply stainless steel construction allows this Tramontina saucepan to heat its contents from all sides, not just the base. Coming in at an affordable $76.90, this 4-quart beauty is the perfect pick for the home chef that needs cookware that does the work without taking up too much space. Bonus: It’s dishwasher safe, oven safe, and compatible with any cooktop.

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If ceramic cookware is more your vibe, you’ll love Tramontina’s Ceramica Deluxe set. Comprised of 10 useful pieces (including 8-inch and 12-inch frying pans, a 3-quart saucepan, and an 11-inch skillet), it’s made with a porcelain enamel finish on the exterior and white nonstick ceramic finish on the interior, resulting in cookware that is as effective as it is beautiful. The entire set is free from PFOA, PTFE, lead, and cadmium, so you can cook easy knowing your food is safe.