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Revere Ware Tri-Ply cookware

Revere Ware is most well known for its copper bottom cookware.  An often overlooked variety is the aluminum core Tri-Ply cookware, which has an aluminum disk on the bottom of the piece sandwiched between an inner and outer stainless steel shell.  An aluminum core is what most high-end cookware uses today to spread the heat out evenly.

The bottoms of these Tri-Ply pieces can be identified by the protruding disc on the bottom.

Here what our photo guide has to say about Tri-Ply cookware:

Kitchen technology changed in the mid 1980’s with the introduction of the smooth glass/ceramic cooktop surfaces. These surfaces used embedded thermostats requiring cookware with thick, cast metal bottoms (as opposed to the pressed steel or electroplated bottoms used by Revere Ware). In March of 1986, Revere responded with the Aluminum Disc Bottom Cookware, sometimes called “tri-ply” or “slab bottom” (identified internally as the 2000 line). It continued the classic Revere Ware styling of the earlier 1400 and 7000 lines, but used a stainless steel coated aluminum disc brazed to the bottom of each piece allowing for use on smooth cooktops (and giving it the heat dispersion capability needed for use on conventional cooktops. Initially, the discs were brazed and buffed in Korea, and the final product assembled at Clinton. Later the entire production process was moved to Clinton. The line was an immediate success, amounting to 20% Revere’s total cookware sales in 1986.

The aluminum disk is actually quite think and pretty effective at spreading the heat.

Because of the construction, these pieces are suitable for glass top stoves, as they are much more likely than the copper bottom variety to remain flat.

There is some danger though.  If overheated to the extreme, they can disintegrate, although that is extremely rare.

There were other versions of Revere Ware deemed Tri-Ply as well, that contained a carbon steel core between two stainless steel layers.  They were made to look like the tradition Revere Ware pans, sans the copper bottom.  I much prefer the aluminum disk variety over these, as I think they are better at spreading the heat.  The carbon steel core variety will not have the round disc on the bottom.

14 Responses to Revere Ware Tri-Ply cookware

  1. William Shannon April 15, 2019 at 8:42 am #

    I have a stainless steel Revere Ware roasting pan, 13 x 9 x2, #item 60098, and the stainless steel rack which fits inside the pan is broken. I want to buy a replacement rack.

    • RevereWareParts April 15, 2019 at 8:52 am #

      Unfortunately we don’t supply those. Your most likely option would be to look to eBay to find another set you can poach that rack from.

  2. Nancy Watson April 26, 2019 at 10:13 am #

    I have a Tri Clad bottom that is beginning to seperate. I would like to get it replaced. How can I do this?

    • RevereWareParts April 26, 2019 at 11:13 am #

      Warranty replacement is out as the Revere Ware brand is officially dead, and they no longer offer any warranty replacement.

      Your best option is a thrift store or eBay.

  3. MaryAnn May 27, 2019 at 3:03 pm #

    My concern is that after overheating my tri-ply sauce pan, the inside bottom of the pan remained dis colored, as if the stainless steel coating had been burned/scrubbed off, and I don’t know what metal is being revealed from below the stainless steel coating.

    • RevereWareParts May 27, 2019 at 7:43 pm #

      See this post on heat tint. That could be the discoloration you are seeing. The other thing it could be is hard water that is burned onto the bottom of the cookware. A good soak in vinegar, some scrubbing with a Scotch Brite pad, and polishing with Bar Keepers Friend should resolve that.

      Stainless steel can be damaged by overheating. Scratching it with utensils does damage the finish but it is quickly repaired as the chromium in the stainless steel reacts with oxygen in the air to form the chromium oxide protective layer over the damage part.

      • Laura Parsons August 3, 2020 at 4:15 pm #

        I have found that pouring in enough distilled vinegar to cover the bottom of a stainless steel pan that has “rainbow” discoloration almost always takes it away almost immediately. Just swish it around and rinse.

  4. Pam Evans June 4, 2019 at 10:28 pm #

    Where can I still buy Revere Tri-Ply cookware?

    • RevereWareParts June 5, 2019 at 4:11 pm #

      New Tri-Ply cookware isn’t available anymore. It is possible there may be some old stock still being sold here and there online, but Revere Ware is no longer making it.

      Your best bet is to find whatever you need on eBay. We recently added a Tri-Ply page to our eBay categorization tool for Revere Ware cookware, so I would try that.

      • Muriel June 26, 2021 at 11:41 am #

        My tri-ply disc came off the pan. I have the stainless steel outer disc and the inner disc core, either carbon steel or aluminum, I don’t know. How were these materials bonded together? Wondering if I can take it some place to be fixed. Don’t imagine jb weld would work well.

        • RevereWareParts June 26, 2021 at 2:29 pm #

          I do hear a few reports of this every year, so it does happen, but I still think it is a relative rarity and most tri-ply will last and is reasonably good cookware.

          I don’t know how they were bonded. The temperature on the bottom would almost certainly be too high for JB Weld. With other stainless steel repairs like handles, people have resorted to spot welding or brazing, but I think with the aluminum disk, this would not be as effective. Spot welding along such a large part of the pot or pan would be very unsightly and probably not make that great a bond, which would allow debris to get in there as stuff inevitably overflows when cooking. Brazing would leave some material between the rim of the disk and the bottom, so the disk itself would not contact the bottom very well and the heat transfer would likely be poor.

          You can almost certainly find a suitable replacement on eBay, for probably not that much.

  5. Grace January 22, 2021 at 6:30 pm #

    The bottom of my 3qt tri ply pan separated when I forgot to put water in. After the pan cooled down it seemed to adhere again. Can I still use it?

    • RevereWareParts July 18, 2021 at 2:25 pm #

      I would not recommend using it if it has already separated.

  6. Bob June 9, 2021 at 9:39 am #

    Watch out for the aluminum tri-ply. If cleaned in a dishwasher, over time, the aluminum center section gets eaten away by the soap, leaving behind a RAZOR-sharp edge to the bottom disk

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