I'm looking for a nice saucepan for my mom. Basically, I'm looking for all-clad without the all-clad price. My mom has seen me use and abuse my 3qt all clad pan. I cook on high heat, I've boiled it dry, I always put it in the dishwasher...and it looks and performs great. It's never warped, it cleans up good with barkeepers friend, it's awesome.
My mom right now has disk bottom revere ware, she's afraid the disk is going to come off. She won't cook above medium heat. She won't even boil water above medium heat which is just painful to watch and wait for. The reason why? The documentation that came with it said not to use it above medium heat and she's a rule following gal. I need something that does NOT prohibit cooking on high. Preferably with a lifetime warranty (even if the exclusions mean it's actually kind of a joke), and I need it to be affordable because I can't spend 3x everyone else's xmas gift price on hers...it won't go over with the wife.
I've looked at Cuisinart multiclad pro...the price is right, but the first thing in the documentation says not to use it on high heat (it sounds like it's just because you'll burn your food...which is just plain stupid). Also, I've heard negatives about their customer service.
I've looked at Sitram, and would be happy to own it myself...but my mom worries about the bottom of her revere ware popping off. If I give her essentially the same pan and say "It's guaranteed to 1000 degrees! It won't come off or warp, it's commercial quality!" I don't think it's really going to make any difference to her, she'll still be nervous.
I also need something that's got a decently thick inner layer of stainless. She's boiled her pans dry numerous times and she has a tendency to just throw them away because she thinks they are ruined. I need something that I can just hit it with some sandpaper and clean it out, polish it back up and give it back to her good as new. I've heard that one of the brands was very thin inside and someone posted about scratching through the inner clad surface. That won't work.
Clearly the easy solution is just to buy her what I have, because it's proven. Maybe there's another alternative though?