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All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set Review

By: Kelly Burgess on September 08, 2017

Bottom Line

The All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set is one of the top-rated stainless steel cookware sets we see at retail sites, which is pretty impressive for an item in this price class. Its cost doesn't deter too many people, who consider it practically an heirloom.

Pros

  • Fast, even heating
  • Oven safe to 500 degrees
  • Highly durable
  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Some scrubbing/soaking required
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Breaking it down

Performance

Flawless results from a high-end product. The pots and pans in the All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set feature All-Clad's tri-ply construction -- two layers of stainless steel wrapped around an aluminum core. Moreover, the pots and pans are fully clad with the aluminum core extending up their sides, helping promote a more even transfer of heat. And, in expert testing, All-Clad easily outperforms the competition. It's the top pick at one professional test kitchen, with editors there giving it perfect scores for design, cooking and pan sizes. TheSweethome.com makes this All-Clad cookware set their upgrade pick, noting that it actually outperformed their top pick in even heating due to its "unparalleled heat conduction." Owners agree, saying 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 some scattered 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. $7 for 12 ounces) to scrub, or just soak the pan for a few hours or overnight and then wipe it out. At TheSweethome.com, the All-Clad cookware was the set that "looked like new after cleaning." The pots and pans are dishwasher safe, but most experts and owners recommend hand-washing of any cookware. 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 (one is available separately and we review it 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. And, as TheSweethome.com points out, there are many other pieces you can add to this set to expand it.

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 Sweethome.com dubs it a "buy-it-for-life cookware set." 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.

Our Sources

Michael Sullivan, Jan. 3, 2017

The All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set is the upgrade pick in this roundup after extensive testing. Michael Sullivan notes that, "This top-of-the-line cookware had the most even heat distribution compared with the competition." He also praises its durability and versatility.

Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, May 2009

Although this is an older review, all except one of the tested cookware sets are still widely available, popular, and are top finishers in testing at other expert sites. Three sets are Recommended, two are Recommended with Reservations, and one is Not Recommended.

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

ConsumerReports.org includes the All-Clad Stainless-Steel 7-Piece cookware set in its kitchen cookware roundup. Although this has fewer pieces than our recommendation, that set can be expected to perform similarly.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2017

The All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set earns an overall rating of 4.2 stars out of 5 in around 160 customer reviews (though that also includes some feedback on five-piece and 14-piece assortments). Knowledgeable cooks love these high-end stainless pans. Negative reviews primarily center on food sticking to the pans, but these are not intended to be nonstick pans.

Contributors to Macys.com, As of September 2017

In nearly 120 reviews the All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set earns close to perfect ratings; 93 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 they don't like how "sticky" they are.

Contributors to Wayfair.com, As of September 2017

The All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set gets an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 in more than 105 reviews here. In spite of the relatively high price tag, most say that it's great cookware that is well worth the investment.

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