I want to buy some new stainless steel pots and pans. I like the quality and look of All-Clad and this is what I probably would get--IF IT WEREN'T SO DAMN EXPENSIVE. However, I have recently noticed some other brands coming out with similar triple-layered construction. Calphalon makes a tri-ply set as does Costco's in-house Kirkland Signature brand. Has anyone compared these to All-Clad or to each other? It's important to me to get complete stainless construction, including steel rivets because I've had aluminum rivets wear out and corrode on me in the past.
My other thought is to get plain old Sitram Profiserie restraunt pans: durable, utilitarian, will last forever, even if there's not triple-layer construction (can get these at a discount through a friend). Not as cool, but maybe cool isn't critical. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.