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Old 08-01-2006, 02:01 AM   #1
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All-Clad stainless - Is it worth it?

Nearly every food network show uses All Clad stainless cookware. I am registering for wedding stuff (and love to cook I might add) and am wondering if All Clad is one of the best or simply appears that way b/c they give all their stuff to the hosts to showcase on their programs? Would I be better off with different cookware? Note: I am not interested in anything that is more expensive than All Clad Stainless line (don't want copper, etc).

I know topics similar to this have probably been discussed ad nauseum on this site, but this shouldn't require a lengthy reply...Basically: 1) "yes to the all clad, it is one of the best if not the best so get it, OR 2) "all clad is OK (or it sucks) get X brand of cookware instead"....

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Old 08-01-2006, 02:35 AM   #2
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AallClad is VERY good cookware. They DO spend a lot on advertising by giving it to lots of cooking shows so you will see it and think it's so good.

It is, however, very heavy! When my niece got married, she could have chosen any cookweare on the market her little heart desired, money no object. She decided against AllClad because she's a small person (5 feet 3, around 105 pounds) and when she picked up some of the larger pieces, she thought they were too heavy empty for her to be able to manage when they were full of.... oh, say chicken soup? pasta? She chose cuisinart stainless cookware, and I know she likes it very much.

Personally, I have a melange of different brands, as I like different kinds of cookware for different uses. Most professionals don't have "sets" of cookware unless some company gave it to them for promo purposes. but that's just us.
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Old 08-01-2006, 05:52 AM   #3
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if you can afford All Clad, go for it.

i wish i could afford it...

my budget limits me to the ikea 365 line of cookware... it is 18/10 stainless, performs well, and has lasted years of "abuse" in my kitchen.
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Old 08-01-2006, 08:01 AM   #4
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Yes All Clad is one of the best. There is other cookware out there that is close to or as good as All Clad though for a fraction of the price. Part of what you are paying for is the name and how it looks. All Clad looks very pretty.

Since these are wedding gifts for you I would say go with the All Clad. If you were buying them yourself and had a tight budget then All Clad might not be the way to go as it would break the bank pretty quickly.

Yes they are heavy, but that is part of what makes them so good. The heavier the pan the better the heat distribution will be which means even cooking and no hot spots.
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Old 08-01-2006, 08:45 AM   #5
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1) "yes to the all clad, it is one of the best if not the best so get it,

that gets my vote!!! I love AllClad!!
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Old 08-01-2006, 09:24 AM   #6
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Yes All Clad is one of the best. There is other cookware out there that is close to or as good as All Clad though for a fraction of the price. Part of what you are paying for is the name and how it looks. All Clad looks very pretty.

Since these are wedding gifts for you I would say go with the All Clad. If you were buying them yourself and had a tight budget then All Clad might not be the way to go as it would break the bank pretty quickly.

Yes they are heavy, but that is part of what makes them so good. The heavier the pan the better the heat distribution will be which means even cooking and no hot spots.
can you make any suggestions for an all clad substitute at a good/fair price?
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Old 08-01-2006, 09:27 AM   #7
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Calphalon makes a very good product and costs less than All Clad. Another good way to go is to check out restaurant supply stores. The cookware may not be pretty, but if you don't care about looks then you can find quality stuff at a fraction of the price of All Clad. As for names of that stuff, I do not know. I will let one of the professional chefs answer that part of the question.
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Old 08-01-2006, 09:54 AM   #8
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The construction is what makes All-Clad so good. They use a tri-ply construction. That is, a layer of aluminum between two layers of stainless (in the SS line). This material is used to make the entire body of the pan, not just a disk attached to the bottom. This style provides the durability of the SS with the great conductivity of the aluminum.

Many manufacturers offer tri-ply for less and they are usually quite good. As mentioned, Calphalon SS is good stuff. Also look for the LeGourmet Chef line. You can find them in the outlet store of the same name. they are low priced and also quite good. I have some of their saucepans and they perform without a problem. I have not tried any of their skillets or sauté pans.
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The construction is what makes All-Clad so good. They use a tri-ply construction. That is, a layer of aluminum between two layers of stainless (in the SS line). This material is used to make the entire body of the pan, not just a disk attached to the bottom. This style provides the durability of the SS with the great conductivity of the aluminum.
Cuisinart made the original tri-ply stainless steel cookware that was available in this country, and their sandwich is with copper, the best conductor of heat. The original Cuisinart cookware was made in France, and is really special. I like it much better than AllClad. However, since the cookware is no longer made in France (now it's someplace like SriLanka) the quality is not the same, altho it is still good cookware at a fraction of the cost.

For those of you who like to hunt in yard sales, tho... I bet you could find some of the original Cuisinart cookware for a song!

My all-time favorite piece of cookware is an original Cuisinart 5 1/2 quart deep saute pan with lid. you can really cook a LARGE amount of food in that! with even heat throughout.
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Old 08-01-2006, 10:09 AM   #10
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ChefJune:

You're right about it's being rare, I've never seen it. The most common Cuisinart cookware available now seems to have a disk bottom.
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