All Clad Reviews:
Whether you are getting married or just upgrading your cookware set, it's a good idea to consider the All-Clad cookware
lines. All Clad currently offers 6 different lines - Cop R Chef, Copper Core, Emerilware, LTD, Master Chef 2, and Stainless. The brand All Clad is widely accepted as the top of the line when it comes to cookware so perhaps they are designed more for the avid home chef out there versus the once a week at home cook. The individual pots and pans from All Clad are quite expensive and the sets (7, 9, and 12 pieces) will set you back at least $300 and many are $500 to $1000.
You might say "Why is All Clad so expensive?"
The first thing is that their design and materials are the best quality and provide a superior cooking performance versus lessor brands. The stainless steel All Clad sets
are very efficient at head conduction and owners (like me) say they are easy to clean. My wife got started in cooking schools years ago and began taking our meals very seriously at home. After our initial cookware set for our wedding began to flake and slowly break down, my wife convinced me that All Clad was a great investment.
- I must say the 9 piece set
that we purchased ($500+) has held up admirably and her cooking skills have only gotten better. Now I can't attribute her cooking directly to the pots and pans, but she says they make a difference. If $500 sounds like a lot consider that you get a lifetime warranty with stainless and copper sets which means they will last. We have had zero problems with our set, although I highly recommend hand washing them after each meal and don't let food build up on them or else it is hard to get off. You can put a set together slowly if you are on a budget, but you get better deals when you purchase a larger group of their pots and pans together. For intance, the 12 inch fry pan
sells for $125 and the 1 1/2 quart saucepan
goes for $75 in their stainless collection. We researched our purchase of the stainless steel cookware set from All Clad for months reading online reviews and seeing what cooking magazines and websites had to say about all their lines. The stainless set gets the best reviews from owners and it's quite a bit cheaper than the Copper Core series which although may be superior in performance is hard to justify in terms of cost. The Emerilware
are cheaper and don't score as high when it comes to owner feedback and comments. If you were going to consider something other than the Stainless series, we would say go with the Master Chef 2 that still rates well from consumers and provides consistent cooking performance for home chefs. Over the last year we have added to our collection by buying the French skillet, Stockpot, and 5 quart colander. I look at it this way, if you plan on cooking meals for the next 30 or 40 years why not invest in a quality cookware set that will last forever. All Clad has gained a reputation in the industry and is sold in stores like Williams-Sonoma, Bed Bath and Beyond, Macy's, Sur La Table, Crate & Barrel, and on websites like Cooking.com or Amazon. See the online All Clad cookware store here
which lists all the products they sell with pictures, descriptions, and prices.
All Clad Cookware Set:
One of the best cookware sets in terms of performance and popularity is the All-Clad Stainless 9-Piece Cookware Set
which sells for around $560 on Amazon.com. The All Clad set includes a 3 quart saute pan, 10 inch fry pan, 3 quart covered casserole pan, 6 quart covered stockpot, and a 2 quart covered saucepan. Considered a top rated starter set for the home chef out there, the 3-ply technology (aluminum core with stainless steel layers surrounding it) provides even heating and consistent cooking performance. The stay cool handles are convenient and the each piece works on gas or electric ranges as well as induction cooktops. They are even oven safe up to 500 degrees (stainless interior) and 400 degrees (non-stick cooking surface). Most reviews have comments like "best cookware set on the market", "great quality, excellent performance", and "stainless cookware at its best". I think that if you compare All Clad to other leading cookware brands that you will see the difference is enough to justify the higher cost. Some owners mention the high price but most agree that the products overall performance and durability are what set it apart from the competition. The other All Clad cookware sets are available on Amazon and you can find them online - Copper Core
, Master Chef 2
, and LTD All Clad
All Clad Pots and Pans:
Not everyone wants or needs to buy a complete set of cookware for their kitchen. Buying a pan here or pot there does make sense and sometimes you need to add to your current collection of All Clad. Individual pans like the 12 inch fry pan or the 1 1/2 quart saucepan are top sellers on Amazon and reviews are almost perfect (5 of 5 stars) on these 2 products. Steamer baskets and saucier pans are also very popular and make great additions to any All Clad set you may have already purchased. My wife is currently looking into the 4 quart casserole pan which is great for making soups and baking casseroles. All Clad recently released their 6 1/2 quart Slow Cooker and reviews are mixed on this item. At $180 it's pricey and some owners complain about problems after only a few months. Although it comes recommended by cooking magazines, we say stick with a more reliable (and cheaper) model for now. We bought a slow cooker at Costco for about $80 and it's given us no problems in the first year of use. Not all All Clad products are top rated, but many get the highest rankings per expert chefs and home cooks so if you are thinking about buying a new set of cookware check out all the All Clad pots and pans available online here
All Clad Copper Core:
Most everyone agrees that stainless steel cookware looks great and is really easy to clean. The one thing that experts say stainless cookware lacks is the ability to match copper which is the best heat conductive material on the market. All Clad has come out with their Copper Core line of cookware which add both stainless steel exterior and interiors along wtih a copper core (replaces the aluminum). Now you get great looking cookware on the outside and the best heat conducting material on the inside. The stainless steel is stick resistant and the copper core gives you "fast, even cooking" per their website. How much is Copper Core All Clad?
The 7 piece set sells for $830 and the 14 piece set goes for $1800+. It's not meant for the average cook, but makes a great present to the professional chef or avid home chef. You can view all the most popular All Clad Copper Core line products here