Rarely do you find someone who is completely dissatisfied with All-Clad. Their anodized set is bound to impress you with a stylized appearance and durable construction.
While All-Clad is generally known for their expensive products, this particular set raises some eyebrows with a modest price for a 10-Piece set. For those who are interested in maintaining a certain aesthetic in their kitchen, the pieces in this set are designed to keep up that appearance. Durability is discussed below, where we find out a little bit more about the anodization process.
If you’re not familiar with All-Clad, they’re regarded as the cream of the crop for cookware. All-Clad has a whole lineup of professional chefs that use and testify to the quality of their products. If you’re in the need to cook just like the pro’s, then All-Clad is the way to go. In the following review, you’ll get an idea why the products are held in such high regard.
What’s in the Set?
- 8in Fry pan
- 10in Fry pan
- 2qt Sauce pan plus lid
- 3qt Sauce pan plus lids
- 4qt Sauté pan plus lid
- 8qt Stockpot plus lid
Anodization refers to the process of purging chemicals from the cookware after they’ve been constructed. This process also solidifies them, thereby ensuring long-lasting durability. I know I pay close attention to cookware that is anodized because it has a higher likelihood to stay true to that durability claim. A common problem with aluminum cookware is paint chipping that leaves interior layers exposed.
You’ll notice that the products in this All-Clad set have a different construction than most aluminum cookware-being slightly more rounded at the bottom. The underside of the cookware is referred to as bonded stainless steel.
All-Clad isn’t the only stainless steel and aluminum bonded together, but nevertheless, it serves an important purpose. The stainless steel prevents the bottom from warping and becoming uneven. An uneven bottom may create hotspots and irregularities on the cooking surface, and we all know the problems that arise from there.
The All-Clad set contains the usual items for sets containing 8-11 pieces of cookware, which beginners or smaller families will appreciate.
Compared to other sets, there’s not too much difference with each item in terms of size. Most sets of this quantity contain frying pans 8-10in and sauce/sauté pans ranging from 2-4qt.
I’m sure I’ve seen aluminum and stainless steel cookware bonded together before, but I just can’t remember where. In any case, this construction doesn’t appear to be as common as straight aluminum or stainless steel.
All-Clad is known in particular for cookware that alternates layers of aluminum and stainless steel, sometimes up to seven layers deep.
Most cookware these days come with glass lids to check so you can check on your food. These covers sit on the rim of the cookware rather than just below it, in order to keep the heat locked inside.
Each lid and piece of cookware is safe to use in the dishwasher.
I was a bit dismayed to see All-Clad’s stainless steel set priced so high, but they really surprised me with this aluminum set. I could see myself upgrading to All-Clad’s set in the near future. In terms of price, it’s not too much different from Calphalon’s popular 12-piece aluminum set.
One thing you’re probably asking yourself is how does this set differ from all other aluminum sets that you’ve encountered? Apart from having the benefits of nonstick and a bonded bottom, all pieces are applicable on induction stoves and safe in the oven up to 500 °. Even the stainless steel handles are built to handle the heat.
I’m not expecting my household to grow in size anytime soon, so I can actually see this set being a worthwhile buy in the near future. Considering the fact that I can easily wash them in the dishwasher, I can use and reuse them with little delay.