All Clad 14 Piece Stainless
Steel Cookware Set Review
"The ultimate cookware for
discerning home cooks"
We love the durability and good looks of All Clad cookware and felt it was time to review one of
their top of the line sets - in this case the
All Clad 14 Piece Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set.
All-Clad are amongst the top sellers in quality cookware today
and for good reason. Their cookware is made with
precision, care and is of a quality that many cookware
manufacturers find hard to beat.
We have a fond liking for All-Clad. Not only is it a first rate cookware product
but it also just looks so damn good. You can pick All-Clad cookware a mile away
- it certainly stands out amongst the multitude of cookware products sitting
on the shelf.
- 10 inch frypan
- 12 inch frypan
- 2qt saucepan with lid
- 3qt saucepan with lid
- 3qt saute pan with lid
- 6qt saute pan with lid
- 8qt stock pot with lid
- 12 inch chefs pan with lid
Once you have bought this set, you really shouldn't need
This All Clad set is both
stove and oven proof safe plus it is suitable for induction stovetops.
The cool to touch,
oven safe steel handles are securely riveted to the cookware for easy grip and
If you spend a lot of time searching for recipes online and
just love creating new and interesting dishes then All
Clad is for you. This is chef quality cookware at its
finest but it does come with a price tag.
However, if you sit down and think about it...and yes we
have... then in the long run this set will
actually save you money. Just think of all the cookware
sets you've had in the past and the reason why you are
looking for a new one. It is most likely that your old
set fell to pieces - the handles fell off or the coating
started to come away or it just didn't cook food with
the precision you were looking for. With this
14 piece set
you aren't going to have those sort of
problems - this is truly one set that is going to last
you a lifetime. You will be handing this cookware set down to
What is the All Clad 14 Piece Cookware Set Made of?
The All Clad stainless range features an 18/10 stainless steel interior
cooking surface and a magnetic stainless steel exterior.
Now you may be wondering what all this means.
Firstly, 18/10 is just a number that indicates the amount of metal alloys that
make up the stainless steel mix. Stainless steel is not just made up of steel
but a mix of metals including chromium and nickel. The 18 refers to the amount
of chromium and the 10 refers to the amount of nickel. Without these extra
metals your stainless steel would not be 'stainless'. 18/10 indicates that
this is good quality stainless steel.
Now for the 'magnetic' bit. Having a magnetic base on the cookware allows it
to be used safely on induction stovetops. But never fear, it is also suitable for
the more traditional stovetops as well.
But it doesn't stop there. Sandwiched between these two layers of stainless
steel is a layer of aluminum and this is what makes the cookware
work the way it does.
Stainless steel on its own is not a good conductor of heat which is why the
aluminum core comes into play. Aluminum conducts heat evenly which means
your meals are cooked evenly. In other words, you won't find that part of your
steak has been burnt while the other part is only just cooked.
You will also find that you gain greater control
as the mix of metals ensure that the cookware reacts quickly to
temperature changes. This is particularly important when you are
cooking sauces or other delicate mixtures that can otherwise
The beauty of this type of construction is that you don't get
the problem of aluminum contamination as the aluminum is sandwiched between
the two layers of stainless steel.
The Best Looking Cookware...
I know I am bringing this up again, but what we really love
about the All-Clad stainless steel collection is the beauty of its
construction. It's sleek, stylish and stands out compared to most other cookware sets.
New Larger Handles!
One of the
biggest issues with All Clad cookware was the handles which we and many others
found to be too thin and uncomfortable. Fortunately, All Clad have been
listening to feedback and have introduced new more comfortable handles on the
Tri-Ply range of cookware.
The stockpot in
this set also includes larger hoop handles making it easier to transport from
stove top to bench top.
New Engraved Capacity Marking
This isn't a
biggie but All Clad have also just introduced new engraved capacity markings
to the base of their cookware. So you know at a glance the capacity of your
particular All Clad pan. Hence no more overflows as you will know exactly how
much your All Clad pan will hold.
Is it Dishwasher Safe?
Yes, this set is
fully dishwasher safe, however, we recommend hand washing. In fact, we recommend
hand washing all cookware whether it is classified as dishwasher safe or not. It
just means that the cookware looks better for longer.
Where is it made?
All Clad makes
all of their bonded cookware in the USA. They also purchase all of their
metals in the USA. At one point, All Clad were manufacturing their lids in
China, however after receiving numerous complaints they have come back to
manufacturing the lids in the US.
Important: Read This
Before Buying All Clad
All Clad began manufacturing the lids in the US once again and also introduced
the larger handles. This means there will probably be a number of older
versions of the set still on the market. However, we do know that
Metrokitchen have stated on their website that they have the new
range in stock and at this point, as far as we know, they are the only online
cookware store that has indicated that they are selling the latest range. So
if you want all US made All Clad with the larger handles then you might want
to take a look at Metrokitchen.
Metrokitchen include some pretty impressive free gift package when
you purchase over a certain amount including an All Clad lasagne pan, oven
mitts and cookbook. And yes, you do get all three gifts!
Our Final Word
We found it hard to find something we didn't like about this set and in fact,
as I write this I am still searching for something to say.
One possible drawback for some could be the price. Sure this isn't cheap
at over $1000 but as we have already mentioned, this set should last you a lifetime and
just look at how many
pieces you are getting for your money.
When you think that this cookware is used by professional chefs then you
know you can't
Where Can You Buy the All Clad 14 Piece Tri-Ply
The best place to buy All Clad is
Metrokitchen. All Clad is their speciality and they have the
latest version of the Tri-Ply range. Plus with the added
bonus of the free gifts including an All Clad lasagne pan, All Clad oven mitts
and a cookbook when you spend more than $500 you will really get the best bang
for your buck!
>> Click here for Metrokitchen.
What Others Are Saying
We did a lot of research on the net to find out what others had
to say about this product. In general this cookware set rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 on
most of the sites we researched. The majority of consumers gave this set a 5 star
rating. The rest rated it a 4.
We only found one reviewer who gave it less than that with a 3
star rating. Their problem was that food stuck to their pans.
We see this time and time again when people complain about
food sticking to the surface of stainless steel. This is usually as a result
of using high temperatures. With All Clad you actually only need to use low to
medium temperatures and this is consistent with most high end cookware. Cheap
cookware requires very high heats to work effectively and that is what people
are used to. When they purchase a quality set like this they can't figure out why such
an expensive set doesn't cook as well as they continue to use these high
heats. Simply lowering the temperature works wonders.
Here are some general comments from consumers on the internet:
"The quality, beauty and ease of cleaning far exceeded my
"As far as performance, these pans are everything that I
dreamed they would be. Cleanup was far easier than I was expecting. Food
doesn't seem to stick anywhere as much as another stainless steel set I owned
in the past (not All Clad)."
"I was however surprised to feel how heavy they are. I guess
you get used to the weight of cheap pans."
"What else can I add? The cookware is the best I've ever used,
and will likely last many years to come. They are beautifully crafted, sturdy,
and perform as can be expected from professional cookware."
"Expensive but worth it!"
"Yes, I can see why All-Clad stainless is the choice of chefs
the world over!"
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