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Brand Suggestions?

Michael & I started registering this past weekend.  We don't have a house yet, (we live with my parents right now), so we need A LOT of stuff!  Our problem is that we just don't really know much about what are good brands to look into/choose.

So, I was wondering if you ladies could give me a little direction?!  Right now, we want to do some research on cookware & vacuums.

Any suggestions for brands to look into?  TIA ladies!  = )

Re: Brand Suggestions?

  • edited December 2011
    I'm in love with our Dyson...
  • edited December 2011
    I would second martiac--- I love my Dyson! I have the smaller version of the big roller ball (don't remember the specific name haha) because I just live in an apt right now, but will definitely upgrade to the larger model eventually. I love it.
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    I was going to look into All Clad and Calphalon as of now for cookware. I guess (or I have heard, have not looked into this myself) that you shouldn't have the non stick pans until after 2014 or 2015, as there is something in the coating that causes thyroid issues? not sure. But after that time, the manufacturers are required to make the nonstick without the problem chemical. (Somebody please correct me if this is wrong)

    Also, I think lots of people love their Dysons, this is something I was going to look into. I have looked at miele vacuums as well, those also are rated really great, but probably not as available for a registry or whatnot.
  • edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_minnesota-minneapolis-st-paul_brand-suggestions?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local Wedding BoardsForum:81Discussion:51d19c2c-61cf-4af7-8480-fbfa33c728cdPost:9b8e134d-6fff-46d0-b823-16ebcb146d34">Re: Brand Suggestions?</a>:
    [QUOTE]I was going to look into All Clad and Calphalon as of now for cookware. I guess (or I have heard, have not looked into this myself) that you shouldn't have the non stick pans until after 2014 or 2015, as there is something in the coating that causes thyroid issues? not sure. But after that time, the manufacturers are required to make the nonstick without the problem chemical. (Somebody please correct me if this is wrong) Posted by KateJ10[/QUOTE]

    I heard this also, from FMIL.  I didn't know anything about it until she told me & still haven't really looked into it yet.  It's definitely good to know though!
  • aligrossaligross member
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    edited December 2011
    As far as cookware.... Fi and I registered for the same brand that his entire family has. Gpa got it for everyone a couple years back for Christmas and has it at both cabins and both homes in Florida... so we use it ALOT. It's incredible! I love it - I actually told Gpa that I was just going to steal the set from one of the cabins after we get married. I know you can find it at Macy's. It's easy to use, heavy enough but not too heavy, it's got great fitting lids and handles and really "wears" well... The brand is Anolon Advanced Cookware!

    As far as vacuums... I LOVE my Dyson as well, but I know some people don't like spending $500+ on one. My sister is in love with her Bissel - it's also a "cyclonic" like a Dyson, but I don't think anything works as well as the Dyson does!
  • wittyschaffywittyschaffy member
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    edited December 2011
    PM me if you want a full list of kitchen stuff.  :)  I have worked in 2 big box stores and one local retailer for cookware for the last 6 years and have tons of product knowledge and own quite a bit of stuff from different manufacturers.  (one of the perks of working for stores like that is you get to try out product and one of the things I desperately miss about not working my "fun" part time job anymore!)

    The short version - AllClad pans, Le Creuset french (aka dutch) oven, Wustoff or Shun knives. 


  • Bimbi284Bimbi284 member
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    edited December 2011
    We have an All Clad set that we LOVE! I also am a big fan of Calphalon, so we have that for our baking sheets/pans. Pyrex is THE brand for glass cooking stuff (baking dishes, measuring cups), and you can get a good deal on sets of that stuff.

    For cooking utensils, we really like OXO stuff as well. We also got some stainless steel measuring spoons and cups from Crate and Barrel that are great, as well as their bamboo wooden utensils.

    If you are really into cooking, you'll want a good knife set as well. Wusthof are amazing, but pricey. We have J Henckel's knives and they have lasted me several years already. When its time to upgrade, we'll probably fo for Wusthof.

    Kitchen Aid is great for blenders and other gadgets, and we also have our fair share of cuisinart stuff.

    Dysons are good for vacuums as far as I know, but we have a bissel that's been good to us!
  • SSaltzman87SSaltzman87 member
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    edited December 2011
    I love our Dyson vaccuum, we have the Animal one :-)

    As far as cookware goes- stay away from Calphalon (their cookware has really high levels of aluminum in it, and heavy metals are never a good idea to ingest-plus there are better brands for pots and pans that are cheaper anyway). OXO, Kitchenaid, Le Creuset, and Cuisinart are all good brands.
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  • kschuekschue member
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    edited December 2011

    Another idea: Look into Consumer Reports - There was a "best of issue" in Nov 2010 and they cover almost everything. Cooks Illustrated (mag) & America's Test Kitchen (PBS show)- rocks for putting kitchen stuff to the test.


    All Three suggestions have on-line Subscriptions or Consumer Reports and Cooks can be found at the library. Have a study date :) 

  • edited December 2011

    We registered for the Dyson animal one too! It was VERY hard for me to put high ticket items ($500+) on our registry but my mom insisted and said some of our relatives will go in on larger ticket items. Everyone I have talked to said its the best they  have had, plus the manufactor warranty is amazing, which reassured us that the money would be well spent.

    I asked about cookware a while back - since I registered for a cheap set and was having second thoughts here are the responses I got. Witty was amazingly helpful so I would take advantage of her offer and pick her brain for other kitchen items!

    http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_minnesota-minneapolis-st-paul_cookware?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local Wedding BoardsForum:81Discussion:cdf6b28e-f415-4651-b84c-23761e07e266Post:7f2a3c49-b04a-443b-9953-1c7ab3adf5a5


    HTH!

  • edited December 2011
    I registered for a Shark Navigator at Target instead of the Dyson. I just don't see the value in the Dyson. I have heard really great things about the shark and it gets really good reviews:

    http://bit.ly/euJQGX

    We also registered for the Caphalon Contemporary line. It is a hard anodized aluminum with the non-stick. They have a stainless line without the non-stick but I didn't think I would be happy with how the wore overtime. I guess I am not that paranoid about the coatings...
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    I LOVE my Dyson, as well! It is totally worth the extra money. Just an FYI, though, some carpet companies do not stand behind their warranty if you admit to using a Dyson. So, if something ever goes wrong with your carpet that is covered by a warranty, tell them you do not use a Dyson :)
  • edited December 2011
    We went with Calphalon for cookware and I believe our vaccuum is also a Dyson. Love the vaccuum, but I can't speak for the cookware yet
  • maybe984maybe984 member
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_minnesota-minneapolis-st-paul_brand-suggestions?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local Wedding BoardsForum:81Discussion:51d19c2c-61cf-4af7-8480-fbfa33c728cdPost:d681592e-415f-438b-8f47-7dffd95bcede">Re: Brand Suggestions?</a>:
    [QUOTE]I registered for a Shark Navigator at Target instead of the Dyson. I just don't see the value in the Dyson. I have heard really great things about the shark and it gets really good reviews: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://bit.ly/euJQGX">http://bit.ly/euJQGX</a> Posted by EmilyCMN[/QUOTE]

    My mom has a Shark Navigator, and they're good for hard floors and rugs... but I would highly suggest against using them for all-purpose vacuuming. They don't seem to pick up everything, and thicker carpets seem to burn them out really quickly.

    I didn't think the Dyson could live up to its hype, either... but we bought one... and it's amazing. We put the DC25 on our Target registry... and even though no one bought it, we were able to combine gift cards, our completion discount, and another sale to knock our out-of-pocket price down to about $75.

    But yeah, I agree with a lot of the previous comments. All-Clad or Le Creuset for cookware, KitchenAid for electrical appliances, ... oh... and Waring Pro (especially their blenders).

    Also, if you want some dinner/flatware suggestions and have some generous family members, I might suggest Denby dinnerware and Gorham flatware. They both do a lot of high-end daily-use type stuff, which I much prefer over fine china and fine silverware. Spendy, but worth it.
  • edited December 2011
    Our Dyson is like our first-born child, we love it so much.  I wish we'd have gotten the animal one, but we bought ours before we got our Wesley, who sheds a ton in the warm months, even though he's short-haired.  They're expensive if you're paying the regular price, but we got ours on sale at Dayton's and were able to use one of those 20% off savings passes they've been doing for a few years now for cardholders and got ours for well under $400.

    I don't have anything to add about cookware, but if you're looking for electric gadgets, Kitchen Aid are fantastic.  I've got the artisan stand mixer and an immersion blender and I love them both to death.  If you're registering for a blender or food processor, do splurge and ask for the better brand, like Cuisinart or Kitchen Aid.  There's nothing worse than a motorized gadget that never works when you need it to, which is what I've always gotten from the cheap (Black & Decker) ones.
  • edited December 2011
    Note my siggy pic...hahaha FI and I registered for the Dyson.  Our dog sheds like it's a job. 

    Also I'd stay away from calcephon, great cookware yes but there's a chemical in the teflon coating that's a carcinogen (causes cancer).  Except at Kohl's we found "cooking with calcephon" that's stainless steele.  I'd just suggest not getting the coated stuff.  

    FI is in love with his Wustof knife set, pricey, but he swears by them.   
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