The pots and pans I’ve been using on a day-to-day basis for most of my adult life aren’t exactly high end. In fact, they’re almost 20 years old and were certainly not built to last.
When I was in my first apartment after graduating from college, I bought a set of cheap cookware on sale at Kohl’s. I was in an entry-level job, making an entry-level salary, so cost was my sole consideration at the time. Quality wasn’t a concern, since I mostly intended to use the saucepan to boil water for my Kraft mac and cheese or heat up a can of soup.
But fortunately for me (and for Kevin), I’ve learned a thing or two about cooking since then, and have expanded my repertoire. And I now know that using good quality cookware can make all the difference in avoiding burned, unevenly cooked or undercooked food.
After doing quite a bit of research, I settled on the America’s Test Kitchen recommendation: All-Clad stainless steel cookware. (Let’s face it, they could recommend cooking on a rock over a bonfire and I’d go on the hunt for a new rock. I always trust them. ALWAYS.) All-Clad is sturdy and cooks evenly. No hot spots or cool spots on the surface of the pan, yay!
The one big drawback to All-Clad, though: It’s hella expensive. These days, my income is a bit higher than it was 20 years ago, but I’m still a total cheapskate and absolutely hate dropping a ton of money on things that are that super pricey.
But like Grandpa Ralph used to say: Only the rich can afford to buy cheap. You get what you pay for.
So I went on the hunt to identify where to find cheap All-Clad. Maybe I CAN have it all, Grandpa Ralph!
All-Clad has several different product lines – some of which are more high end and expensive than others. For my needs, though, even the most basic tri-ply aluminum core All-Clad is leaps and bounds above what I’ve been using for the last 20 years, so I’m not too picky about which line I’m purchasing.
Rather than buying a full set in one pop (which can easily cost $700 or more – ouch!), I’ve started to build my upgraded cookware collection one piece at a time, as I find great deals. Turns out it’s possible to find discounted All-Clad if you know where to look:
Finding Cheap All-Clad at TJ Maxx/Marshalls/HomeGoods
These stores are all part of the same company, and they all carry All-Clad from time to time. They rotate their stock often and All-Clad gets snapped up quickly, so you just have to drop in regularly to see what you can find. At my local HomeGoods, I recently found a 10″ frying pan for $69. But other times, there’s nothin’. Treat it like a treasure hunt, I guess.
Don’t Forget about tjmaxx.com
TJ Maxx sells merchandise on its website too, though Marshalls and HomeGoods do not. Be sure to take a peek at the bakeware/cookware category on tjmaxx.com frequently. All-Clad pieces show up there pretty often, and they seem to stick around a bit longer than they do in the physical stores, making it a lot easier to get your hands on one. On tjmaxx.com, I bought a 3.5-quart saucepan with a lid for under $100, while the same model retails at $150 in other stores.
What about Wayfair?
Guess what, guys? Wayfair.com is a great place to find cheap All-Clad too! I admit, I’ve never actually purchased anything from Wayfair.com before, but I have spent a lot of time browsing their site and they have a lot of cool stuff for your house. I think their business model is a lot like TJ Maxx, Marshalls & Homegoods, where they buy overstocked merchandise from manufacturers and large retailers, and then sell it to us at a discount.
And a place you might have never heard of before: Cookware & More
Cookware & More is an outlet that sells overstock and slightly irregular cookware – including All-Clad. I’ve not purchased anything from them (yet) but based on the reviews I’ve read on the irregular All-Clad pieces, and other shoppers’ experiences I’ve read about online, the flaws are typically so minor that most people can’t even find anything wrong with them.
And of course, there’s always Craigslist
We’ve spotted quite a few great All-Clad pieces on Craigslist. A lot of what we’ve seen on Craigslist seems to be posted by people who received duplicates or unneeded items as wedding gifts.
What am I missing? What other places have you found (online or in person) where you can get a great deal on All-Clad?
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