Hello! New here and just switching to SS cookware. I got a set of disc-bottom 18/10 SS and then gifted another set. Both sets appear to be of similar quality (middle of the road?) and the pans/pots have some heft and appear well constructed. I don't need two sets and would just like to keep one. When checking out the sets, I noticed that one set has really thick bases (~ 11mm). The other set has more normal looking bases (~ 9mm). But I don't want to judge just by the "look" of the bases. I decided to tap each and noticed that they actually sound somewhat different. One set has a more distinctive and higher pitch metal sound and more of a ring while the other set sounds more "dead" with a thinner lower pitch metal sound, almost plasticy. Normally I would think that the set with a thinner sound "sounds cheaper" but I seem to recall that the thicker the metal, the "deader" the sound will be. Does anyone have any experience in this area?
How would you go about checking the the quality of SS cookware aside from some visual inspection? Is heavier better?