“Clad” in stainless steel cookware patois is code for a pan with various types of metals bonded to one another. Think of clad skillets like a sandwich; typically, the top and bottom layers are hardwearing, shiny stainless steel and the middle layers are various forms of quick-heating aluminum. Because of this, the best stainless steel cookware is clad metal — it heats faster and lasts longer than pure steel or aluminum cookware.
Today on Massdrop, Viking’s 5-ply fry pans in 8-inch and 12-inch options are well over 50 percent off retail price. The pans feature a more upward-sloping handle, slightly higher walls and heavier construction than similarly priced competition (like All-Clad).
Gear Patrol also recommends:
Tramontina Skillet ($28)
Made In Fry Pan ($69)
All-Clad Skillet ($100)
A note on Massdrop:
Massdrop is not like other online retailers. It’s a members-only site that requires signing up (all it takes is an email address). If you’re not a member, you can sign up here. When you place an order from Massdrop at a discounted price, you’re not buying from them directly. The site works by taking orders from consumers, then bulk ordering product at a discount directly from brands and other wholesalers. For more information on how Massdrop works, click here.
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