Questions about Lagostina Pots, Henckels Frying Pans, Shun Knives, Ingenia mixing bowls

johnnybravo | Aug 5, 201201:35 AM     28

We recently got married and had some gift cards/cash to burn. We are in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Some of the following we did find online for cheaper, but aren't sure if that would hold with shipping. We can return most of this if we want though. Here are the details on the home cookware we got, and the related questions:

We got a 14 piece set from lagostina from Home Outfitters for $180(plus tax)
-Is this a good quality set?
-Is this a good price for the set?
-I hear lagostina is a good brand, but this is Lagostina EuroChef. Is Eurochef a crappy end of lagostina (like international Henckels knives)? Or is it just a naming convention for the specific set of pots?
-One thing I noticed is that water gets trapped in between the panes of glass in the lids. Is this normal/okay?

We got 2 Zwilling sol thermolon granite non-stick ceramic coating pans from Home Outfitters. An 8" for $115(plus tax) and a 11" for $170(plus tax). They say they are PTFE-free, PFOA-free and 60% less CO2 when manufactured than most non-sticks. Says it is SIGMA Clad 3-ply. Has stainless steel, aluminum core, and magnetic stainless steel layers. Also has symbols that say it can be used with gas, induction, halogen, electro, ceran, and oven 300 degrees fahrenheit. I couldn't find much about thermolon granite ceramic (not sure how they are granite AND ceramic).
-What is thermolon granite ceramic coating?
-Is it safer than teflon?
-Is it good quality?
-Will the non stick last?
-I've read that ceramic thermolon usually doesn't last as long as teflon pans. In what way(the non-stickiness, or the pan)?
-Do you think that the fact that these are Henckels Zwilling pans add to their longevity?
-We found these online for a much cheaper amount (not sure how much shipping would be though). Was this a good deal?

We got a Shun Classic 7pc Essential block set at House of Knives for $450(plus tax) . We also got a good deal on a particle board as a result(a $49.00 La Cucina Pezzo Board 3/8" 12 x 16 for $24.00, plus tax). Shun is a big name brand, but I'm wondering if we got a fair deal for this set.
-Was this a good deal?
-Are these knives good quality, or are they kind of crappy Shun knives (like Henckels international)?
-We noticed a faint line from the rubbing of some waxy material on the bamboo block. We tried to cover it up using some mineral oil Has anyone else experienced this with Shun blocks being mailing with knives?

(couldn't find a link, sorry)
We got a INGENIA® 4 PC STAINLESS STEEL MIXING BOWL SET from Home Outfitters for $30. Dimensions are: 11" x 6.5", 10" x 5.5", 8.5" x 4.5", 7" x 4"
-We figured we could cheap out on mixing bowls since you aren't cooking anything in them, is this true?
-Was this a good deal?

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