I purchased my 5-qart pot from BJ's Wholesale for $25 at Christmas time, and it is the best pot I have ever had. Nothing sticks, it puts a good sear on meats, and it is easy to clean. From looking at the website, it shows that the handles are covered in silicone, but mine is not, and the handles do get hot. The pan and cover can go right into the oven without being damaged. I made three pork roasts, chicken breast, and chili and nothing stuck.
I wanted to find more pans to go with it or even have a second pot for when mine is in the dishwasher, and I ordered the 11" fry pans and a second pot. Hopefully, I will get them as ordered.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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