All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set Review

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All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set

The All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set is one of the top-rated stainless steel cookware sets at Amazon.com, which is fairly unusual for an item in this price class. Its cost doesn't deter too many people, who consider it practically an heirloom. All-Clad draws a few complaints from people who say food sticks and that this cookware requires some elbow grease to clean, but most are more than happy to put in a bit more work given its superior cooking performance. This set includes 8-inch and 10-inch fry pans, 2-quart and 3-quart sauce pans with lids; a 3-quart sautŽ pan with a lid and an 8-quart stock pot with a lid.

ProsFast, even heating , Oven safe, Stay cool handles , Highly durable, Dishwasher safeConsSome scrubbing/soaking required

Performance

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.

Ease of use

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. $5 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. 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.

Durability

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.

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Our Sources

1. Sweethome.com

The Best Skillet, Michael Zhao, April 6, 2015

Cooking enthusiast Michael Zhao chooses the best skillet by hands on testing, research and speaking with experts. Ultimately, he chooses 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 (but we do review it here), it is the same material, so performance and value of the entire set should be similar.

2. Cook's Illustrated

Cookware Sets, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine , May 1, 2009

In this review, editors narrow the wide selection of cookware on the market to six sets that offer what they consider the most usable pieces. The All-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless 10-piece Cookware Set, which editors call their "natural starting point," goes up against less expensive sets from brands like Calphalon and Tramontina. Reviewers consider the cookware's construction, the weight of the pans and whether the handles get hot. This is an older review, but the products remain the same or very similar so the tests are still relevant. Elsewhere on this site, individual All-Clad pieces of the same construction are reviewed.

3. Amazon.com

All-Clad 401488R Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set, 10-Piece, Silver, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2015

The All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set earns a high overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 in nearly 80 customer reviews (though that also includes some feedback on 5-piece and 14-piece assortments). It gets high praise for its even heating, stay cool handles and 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.

4. Macys.com

All-Clad Stainless Steel 10 Piece Cookware Set, Contributors to Macys.com, As of September 2015

In nearly 45 reviews the All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set earns close to perfect ratings, with owners saying 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.

5. Wayfair.com

Stainless Steel 10 Piece Cookware Set by All-Clad, Contributors to Wayfair.com, As of September 2015

The All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set is one of the highest rated sets on this site, with an overall rating of 4.9 stars out of 5 in nearly 30 reviews. In spite of the relatively high price tag, most say it's great cookware that is well worth the investment.

6. Good Housekeeping

All-Clad Stainless Steel 12-Inch Skillet, Editors of Good Housekeeping, November 2012

Editors of Good Housekeeping call the All-Clad 12-inch skillet "one of our top performers" in testing. While this skillet is not included in the 10-piece set (it includes 8-inch and 10-inch skillets), it is the same material, so one can expect the cookware set to perform just as well.