What is Tri Ply Cookware?

Tri Ply displays one of the worlds most popular and functional cookware concepts. Tri Ply is basically two or three different metals that are laminated or bonded together to obtain the advantages of the two metals in one piece of cookware.

The metals most often used to create this high quality cookware are stainless steel, aluminum and copper. This type of cookware is often more expensive but is very durable and conducts heat faster and more evenly. The two main types are with just a base or disc inserted in the bottom and on your top quality cookware the inside layer goes up the side as well as at the base.

The most popular type of tri ply is stainless steel with aluminum. This type has an aluminum core sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel. The construction of this type of cookware starts in the raw material stage, with sheets and blanks. The aluminum is laminated between two sheets of stainless steel and then molded into the desired shape.The highest quality of this type is when 18/10 stainless steel is used to cover the aluminum core with 18/8 and 18/0 being of slightly lesser quality due to the different amount of nickel and chromium used to make the stainless steel. This type of cookware, because of how it is constructed is expensive but worth the money since it lasts so long. It is great for all types of cooking and most brands can go from the stove top to the oven.

One thing to keep in mind when buying this type of cookware is that you can get the same high quality product without having to spend your life savings. There are quality cookware companies out there that can give you the same great product, made with the same materials as the top brands. Just be sure that you read up on the materials used and how it is made. The big companies know they are popular and will charge you more for their name so be careful.

Another type of tri ply cookware is made with copper, aluminum and stainless steel. It starts the same way as the stainless steel/aluminum kind but has copper laminated on the outside instead of stainless steel. It has three layers with copper on the outside, aluminum in the middle and a stainless steel interior. Copper is used for it’s conductivity as well as the aluminum since stainless steel alone is not a good conductor of heat. The process of making this type of cookware is also expensive, a little more so than the stainless steel and aluminum type. It is better for the stove top because of the insulation properties of the copper. Copper does react with food and will discolor it and can even be toxic with some foods which is why most copper cookware is lined with tin, nickel or stainless steel. Despite this fact it is still a top quality product. Having copper cookware will also make a statement in your kitchen with it’s classy look and mirrored finish.

As with all cookware products, as stated earlier, you want to do a little homework. Sometimes the big name brands are not the best buy for the money. You can look at what they offer for the price and compare. With a little knowledge you will most likely find a quality cookware set for about 30 to 50 percent cheaper than the big guys without compromising on quality.

My best advice is to compare prices by doing a little bit of online research and see if you will save any money. Thank you for your interest in this article and have a great day!



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4 Responses to What is Tri Ply Cookware?

  1. mickey says:

    What about Costco Kirkland’s Stainless Steel cookware set?

    • onestopcook says:

      Hi Mickey,

      Thanks for asking. Kirkland cookware is made in Italy and is of high quality 18/10 satainless steel and looks to be worth the money.
      It’s hard anodized construction makes it more durable than some other types of stainless steel. Some of their pans have a nonstick cooking surface which is good for easy cleaning but as with most nonstick surfaces they tend to flake off after a few years. I recommend using wood, bamboo or heat resistant rubber utensils when using any nonstick pan.
      The cookware is ovenproof up to 400 degrees and most sets have mirrored stainless steel lids, I prefer see through lids.
      I’ve personally never had the opportunity to try them but I’ve heard good things about this brand.
      Depending on how much you cook, I believe this brand has a good above average set to invest in.
      As with any type of investment I’d check into the warranty of the set in question so if it isn’t what you were looking for you can get refund or replacement piece if neccessary.
      Hope this helps.

  2. Tracy says:

    What is your opinion of Tramontina cookware?

    • onestopcook says:

      HI Tracy,

      Thanks for asking. Tramontina cookware is made with 18/10 stainless steel, the highest quality money can buy. It’s elegant look is pleasing to the eye.
      It’s of European descent but has made it’s way to the U.S. about 5 years ago. Because it is now made here they have been able to lower their prices to make it more affordable but it’s still a bit pricey.
      It holds up well but is a bit thin which can cause hot spots to form during cooking.
      The company does well but their interests are on more than just cookware, they sell a mutiple of other things besides cookware.
      My personal choice is from a lesser known company called Kinetic. They have the same high quality 18/10 stainless steel and tri-ply construction and at a better price.
      Depending on how much you cook and what your needs are it might be worthwhile for you to do a little research and find some information on both and compare.
      A good place to start would be to google Tramontina cookware reviews and Kinetic cookware reviews.
      Hope this helps 🙂
      Take care

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