I'm looking to buy a 3 quart All-Clad saucepan that comes with a lid. We already have 3 other All Clad pots and pans and I love them all. I've been searching around the internet to try to find the pots on websites that are having sales, like Macy's which is currently having 15% off. I noticed that they are selling this covered 3.5 quart saucepan for only $139.99 (http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/al...), but then I noticed that the standard 3 quart saucepan is almost $50 more (http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/al...).
I can't seem to discern why the 3.5 quart is that much less expensive despite being bigger and I am wary because I don't want to end up with a cheaper version of the pan I am looking for (i.e. other posters have told me this is the case if you get their pasta pentola / multipot -- it's not the same grade of stainless steel and is made in China, not the USA, which is why it's so much cheaper than other All Clad pots of comparable size). On the website there is a Q & A in which a Macy's staff member states that this pot is in fact made in the USA, so at least I know that is true. Anyone else have any other thoughts? All other things being equal, I would definitely get the 3.5 quart over the 3 quart, as it would be worth saving the $50, but if it means I'm getting something not up to standard All Clad quality, then I'd rather spend the extra bit and get the best.