I have a couple of pieces of All-Clad cookware and have generally been pleased with their performance (no, I don't have a problem with the handles!!).
Recently, I bought an 8" All-Clad fry pan and had problems from the get-go. Food tended to stick, even though I used some olive oil and brought the temperature up slowly before starting to cook. I also had a problem getting the pan clean, despite the fact that I used only warm water and a recommended cleaner. Although I've used the pan only three or four times, it looks like I've had it for years. My other All-Clad items are in excellent shape.
Now the interesting part.....shortly after purchasing my pan, I noticed the same pan in Bed, Bath & Beyond for $19.95. I had paid $50 for mine at Williams Sonoma. I was told by a BB&B person that the pan MIGHT have been a "second" that was put on sale. She didn't seem to know why the pan in question might have been a second. There was no noticeable defect.
If inferior quality All-Clad stuff is out there at lower prices, what are the chances that I got a defective pan at the regular, high price? Anyone else have a similar experience?