What every best Cookware has:
- A useful assortment of pieces
- Good cooking performance.
- For nonstick cookware, a surface that is truly nonstick.
Flawless results from a high-end product. All-Clad's tri-ply construction -- two layers of stainless steel wrapped around an aluminum core -- delivers slow, steady heat in professional tests. Moreover, the pots and pans are fully clad with the aluminum core extending up their sides, helping promote a more even transfer of heat. According to owner reviews, this 10-piece cookware set is a top performer in any cooking situation. A number of reviewers say these pans have actually made them better cooks. There are a couple of complaints about sticking food, but most of those reviews have generated a number of replies from All-Clad enthusiasts with helpful tips for using the pans properly.
A soak and a scrub and its good as new. Because stainless steel is not nonstick, reviewers say there is a learning curve to using any All-Clad cookware properly. Fortunately, there are many resources for doing so from All-Clad fanatics. As with any stainless steel cookware, a crust, or "fond" will form in the pan (as it is intended to), which means it needs more scrubbing than a pan with a nonstick surface. Most owners say to either use Bar Keepers Friend (Est. $7 for 12 ounces) to scrub, or just soak the pan for a few hours or overnight and then wipe it out. The pots and pans are dishwasher safe, but most owners prefer washing them by hand. The stainless steel handles stay cool on the stovetop (but will get hot when used in the oven or broiler). A few owners are unhappy that this set does not include a 12-inch skillet (but one is available separately, and reviewed here (Est. $120)), but most experts and users agree that this 10-piece set has a good selection of pots and pans in general and they have a cooking surface that is true to each pan.
Professional testers name the All-Clad's construction "superb." Handcrafted in the USA, the All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set is described in reviews as hefty and sturdily built. The pan's cooking surfaces are made of 18/10 stainless steel, which contains 10 percent nickel to improve corrosion resistance. The outer surface is made of magnetic stainless steel, which allows it to be used on induction cooktops. Many owners say their cookware still looks like new after years of use and quite a few say they hang their cookware to display, it's so attractive. This set is backed by a lifetime warranty, and unlike many manufacturers, All-Clad covers the cost of shipping damaged cookware back to them.
ConsumerReports.org includes the All-Clad Stainless-Steel 7-Piece cookware set in its kitchen cookware roundup. Sets are evaluated and rated on cooking evenness, speed of heating, ease of cleaning, and handle temperature, comfort and sturdiness. Although this has fewer pieces than our recommendation, that set can be expected to perform similarly.
Cooking enthusiasts Michael Zhao and Leslie Stockton choose the best skillet by hands on testing, research and speaking with experts. Ultimately, they choose the All-Clad 12-inch Stainless Steel Fry Pan. While this specific pan is not included in the cookware set we review in this report, it is the same material, so performance and value of the entire set should be similar.
The All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set earns an overall rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 in around 100 customer reviews (though that also includes some feedback on five-piece and 14-piece assortments). All-Clad pots and skillets get high praise for even heating, stay cool handles and a very attractive appearance. Most add that cleanup is easier once you get accustomed to the pans, and many highly recommend Bar Keepers Friend for scouring.
In nearly 55 reviews the All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set earns close to perfect ratings; 97 percent would recommend the product. Owners say the pans are terrific performers as well as beautiful to look at. The few dissenters say the pans are not easy to clean, or don't like the combination of pans included in the set.
The All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set gets an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 in more than 40 review here. In spite of the relatively high price tag, most say it's great cookware that is well worth the investment.