Are the Mcware pots really as good as the magnalite brand? How do they vary in price?
Well that all depends which magnalite you got.
The Magnalite sold at wall-mart ain't your mama's Magnalite.
The whole story : LNK
I'M CONFUSED! HOW MANY MAGNALITES ARE THERE?
Magnalite Professional GHC....Magnalite Professional.....Wagner Ware Magnalite.....Magnalite Country Collection.....Magnalite Classic?
A. The first product was Magnalite by Wagner Ware. It was Aluminum cookware without any anodization. Immensely popular and quite readily available on eBay at reasonable prices. Quality cookware but without the added benefits of the later anodized Magnalite Professional. Prone to scratching and pitting if not well cared for.
B. Next came Magnalite Professional. Some of the pieces were identical in shape to the earlier Wagner Ware pieces but Mag Pro was Anodized and all the pieces had heavy riveted handles instead of cast handles.
C. Magnalite Professional GHC. Same product as "B" with the exception of an added "GHC" stamping to indicate General Housewares Corporation's purchase of the Magnalite line from Wagner Ware. I also believe there was a small period of time when the Magnalite Professional line was owned by Chicago Cutlery but the pieces were never marked as such.
D. Magnalite Country Collection. Many of the pieces were similar in appearance to Magnalite by Wagner Ware. They were not Anodized and they Wooden Knobs. I am unsure who actually produced this line.
E. Magnalite Classic. This is tricky. Magnalite Classic is a recent attempt to duplicate Wagner Ware Magnalite. I believe this line was re-introduced by former Wagner employees in the US for a limited time but all the current pieces are being produced in China. All of the model numbers are identical to the former Wagner Ware products but the Chinese products are clearly marked "Made In China".