Need help here. I bought my wife a full set of ManPans for Christmas. Beyond the unfortunate name, the product seemed really nice and well-crafted. But my wife thought they looked a little industrial and the bigger problem was that the handles were not comfortable for her. So, back to the drawing board....
What I was looking for:
1. Health-safe/eco friendly (so no teflon, no regular aluminum in contact with the food....)
3. Comfortable handles
4. Made in U.S.A. if possible....
I read later that the anodized aluminum treatment can wear off over time, so I started looking into the enamel and stainless. Enameled cookware seems to be just for cast iron, so I went to the steel.
I read good things about All-Clad and it seems to meet the requirements, even though it's pricey. Still, we were alright with the price - we found a store nearby and my wife tried them out. The handles were again uncomfortable.
They also had American Kitchen - the handles were comfortable and the set is price much lower.
My big concern - how durable is American Kitchen? Why are they so much less? Will we have them in 20 years?
If the durability is a big difference, we'd gladly go with All-Clad, but the handles being uncomfortable means I might have to go back to the drawing board.....