There are 2 items with slightly different prices but the exact same photo. I ordered both because I couldn't find or get any explanation of the difference. So here's the difference:
Overstock # 12032167-000-000 "Cooks Pro Stainless Steel 8-quart Pasta Cooker-Stainless Pasta Cooker and Overstock # 12032203-000-000 "Stainless Steel 4-piece Multi-purpose Pasta Cooker-Stainless Pasta Cooker are exactly the same EXCEPT that the bottom of the bottom pot (the one that rests on the burner) of # 12032203-000-000 "Stainless, etc." is not as heavy duty as # 12032167-000-000 Cook's Pro, etc." It IS still firm and solid, medium weight, NOT lightweight and thin like some other pot's I've seen whose bottoms I could actually pop like a cheap cookie tin. The bottom pot by itself weighs 2 1/4 lbs for the heavier one (#528) and 1 1/2 lbs on the lighter one (#512) The manufacturer's model/SKU is #528 on the heavier-weight pot and is #512. on the medium-weight pot. I am keeping the heavier one #528 because I expect to use it a lot. Hope this helps someone else make a choice.
I bought this thinking it would be used only for pasta but find I use it frequently for everything. It is good quality w/ a strong bottom so one doesn't get that warping that is common w/ cheaper pots.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? same
Please tell us about the quality of the product. excellent
How accurate was the on site description of the product? accurate
Was looking for something I could use for boiling pasta quickly, and this filled the bill. The inside discolored after using, but I don't really care. Heats up quickly on my induction cooktop, and isn't too heavy to move from stove to sink when filled with water. I'm very happy with my purchase.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Right on.
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Light weight stainless steel, works great on my induction cooktop. Isn't too heavy filled with water. Spotting on the inside, even with hand-washing, but who cares?
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Accurate.
Thank you for your interest. One of the features of these pans is that they are easy to clean. However, using a dishwasher is controversial; experts are divided on the effect detergents have on stainless-steel finishes. If you do use the dishwasher, it is recommended that you remove your cookware after the wash cycle and dry it by hand to avoid spotting.overstockcustomercare1 on Aug 23, 2012
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