I’m a mother of two, and let me tell you, when I got to know the all clad tri-ply stainless steel 9-piece set, it was like a revelation. This is not to say the set is perfect, but for the most part, I am incredibly grateful to have encountered such a wonderful set of culinary engineering.
The investment you make is a pretty big one, but remember, this is the type of cookware you can hand down to your children when you no longer need it. The stuff that goes into making this All-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 9-Piece Cookware Set is top-quality.
The set looks super sleek and beautiful in the photos on their website, and it’s got performance to match. Using it almost feels like being transported to one of those television-studio kitchens where cooks like Rachael Ray or Bobby Flay go at it!
In this article, our goal is to provide you with some insight about this particular 9-piece stainless steel set, show you how to properly care for it and inform you of what test recipes we made while we had it. Stick with us to learn more!
We had a ton of fun testing this set out. Let’s beat around the bush no longer, here is the review of the famed all clad 9-piece set.
Upon taking it out of the box, we were amazed at the beauty and simplicity of this set. It looks so ordinary and unassuming; you would never know that it is a dream of so many cooks to own such a set. That is something that can only be learned from doing.
Before we get to that, here is a taste of what comes in this set: a 2-quart covered saucepan, one sauté pan measuring in at 3 quarts with cover included, a frying pan measuring 10 inches in diameter, and a 3-quart casserole pan with cover. To tell you the truth, my favorite piece was the stockpot, which holds 6 quarts. The lids, by the way, are great. They help lock in the flavor, which was perfect for our beef stew.
The set felt comfortable and sturdy as I held it in my hands. The strength of these pieces is easy to feel and see. We noted the stainless-steel handles on the sides of the pans and wondered if they got hot when in use. They do not — they stay cool! I still use an oven glove just to be safe, though.
Although you cannot see it, the construction of these pans is really something else. They manage to combine functionality with a beautiful outer layer. The material used to craft these is high grade 18/10 stainless steel.
This pan is stick-resistant; you won’t need to use a lot of oil or butter to cook. The pans are also resistant to corrosion and staining which you sometimes get with lesser cookware. The craftsmanship on these pans is truly remarkable. It should be noted that these pans come with a lifetime warranty against any defects.
It helps to have a little extra peace of mind.
The pans themselves perform extremely well, and they are designed for plenty of use. They have a three-ply construction: two layers of stainless steel plus a thick aluminum center that will ensure heat gets spread evenly across the bottom of the pan as well as up the side. So, if you are making soup, rest assured it will get nice and hot!
We know this for a fact after the aforementioned beef stew. The stockpot ensured we were left full and with plenty of leftovers to take home. Sautéing the onions, mushrooms and beef right in the stock pot was a cinch. The carrots and potatoes, added later, ended up tender and warm.
Another great perk I would like to mention about this pure stainless-steel cookware set is that it is oven-safe up to 500 degrees. This was a blessing when we made Swedish meatballs, as it was so convenient to pop the pan into the oven to keep the food warm.
We also made some other classic recipes, such as spaghetti sauce with the saucepan and omelets in the frying pan. Everything went well, as the pans seem to operate best on medium heat. That’s one bone I would pick with these pans; sometimes you just need high heat, such as when you are making a stir-fry.
Another thing I did not particularly care for about this set of all clad stainless-steel pans is that the lids simply did not stay cool. It’s good that I wear oven gloves when I cook because those lids were very warm even through my glove! Do keep that in mind when you use these.
Putting that aside, I’d still say this is an excellent all-clad cookware set. It will hold up under extensive use but does require some care to stay in top shape. It is definitely a top-quality product for passionate home cooks.
Care of the All-Clad Tri-Ply Set
An all-clad stainless-steel cookware set this beautiful requires a little bit of care on your part. Here’s how to care for it.
To clean each piece, just use warm soapy water. They can go into the dishwasher, but it is advised you hand-wash them. Be sure you wash them as soon as they cool, as any food film left behind can stick or cause the pans to discolor.
The best way to clean up your pans is to use a product known as Bar Keeper’s Friend; this is a stainless-steel polish that works wonders and makes the pans look as shiny as day one. All you need is a soft sponge or cloth. Put some of the BKF on the cloth until it reaches a soupy and pasty consistency. Rub it in a circular motion over the pan, and then use water to rinse it away.
One thing to note is that if your water has a high iron concentration, you might see some rusty discolorations on your cookware. BKF gets rid of that in no time.
The Pros and Cons of the All-Clad 9-piece set
Everything has its advantages and disadvantages. I’ve summarized below the pros and cons you need to consider before getting the All-clad Tri-Ply cookware set.
- The pans heat up evenly and make cooking incredibly easy.
- These pans are dishwasher safe, although hand-washing is better.
- Pans are functional but also look beautiful in your kitchen.
- This set requires a pretty hefty initial investment.
- Pans are not ideal for use at high heat.
- Lid handles do not stay cool.
Overall, the All-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 9-Piece Cookware Set is a real piece of work. You will enjoy using it if you decide to pick it up. Like anything else, it’s far from perfect, but this mostly has to do with small quality-of-life issues. The cooking speaks for itself when we say that this set truly excels.
With this set, your cooking will taste great and become a little easier too. Just make sure you provide the right care and use each piece as the instructions indicate. Do this, and rest assured: they’ll last you and your family a very long time.