A Metal Sandwich

Even at $95, These Stainless Steel Skillets Are an Absolute Steal

August 27, 2019 Home By

Bonded cookware isn’t new. The practice of layering metals to optimize a pan’s performance and durability was invented by All-Clad decades ago. Using copper in cookware isn’t new either; among metals that are safe to cook with, its thermal conductivity is unmatched. A combination of the two isn’t particularly novel either — many high-end cookware manufacturers make steel pans with copper cores. So what does Material Kitchen’s new collection of copper-imbued skillets have that others don’t? Price tags below $200 apiece.

Legacy brands like Mauviel and All-Clad both make steel-copper pans that work beautifully and burn holes in wallets. Material’s start at $95.

For those unfamiliar with copper’s functional cooking benefits, think of it as more responsive steel. Because it’s a drastically better heat conductor than steel, aluminum or iron, it heats up more quickly and is less prone to hot spots.

The pans are available now through Material’s site.

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Will Price

Will Price is Gear Patrol's home and drinks editor. He's from Atlanta and lives in Brooklyn. He's interested in bourbon, houseplants, cheap Japanese pens, and cast-iron skillets — maybe a little too much.

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