It seems like every time a favorite brand of kitchen appliance or tool starts manufacturing its goods in China, quality slips. Chowhounds complain about cruddy new Swing-A-Way can openers and Weber grills, amongst other downgraded products. One oft-bandied-about solution to such problems is buying heavy old cookware in thrift stores and used kitchen shops. Another is supporting businesses that still do their manufacturing in the U.S., such as:
All-Clad: Get ready, I'm going to blow your mind—All-Clad makes all of its pots and pans and bakeware in the U.S.! However, it imports appliances, tools, and, um, lids. So you can buy a pan guilt-free, but make sure and feel bad every time you put on the lid.
Anchor-Hocking: Man, is it ever hard to find glassware not manufactured overseas. But Anchor-Hocking continues to hold onto its domestic status, with an enormous selection of plates, glasses, bakeware, and other drop-it-and-it's-dead items.
Lenox: Put Lenox's fine china on your wedding registry if you love America—it's still made here. Casual dinnerware, however, is imported.
Lodge: The maker of cast iron pans does import enameled cast iron, but its regular iron pans and Dutch ovens are still made domestically.
Nordic Ware: Don't let the name fool you; Nordic Ware is from Minnesota. This bakeware company is best known for its Bundt pans, but it makes a whole lot of other bakeware, pots, pans, and stuff for the grill.
Pyrex: Yeah, we know, the old stuff is sturdier. But you'll take what you can get, and you'll like it.
Naturally, most artisan producers make things like ceramic dishes, cutlery, and kitchen linens in the U.S.A. But what other big manufacturers are we missing?