Last Updated Feb 2020 – All-Clad revolutionized the cookware industry when they began to sell bonded cookware in 1971. Before this, it was pretty unconventional to sandwich multiple types of metal together to make cookware. Over the course of the next several years, All-Clad began to sell more and more of their new pots and pans.
Due to the unique combination of metals they employed, they were able to make light, durable cookware that had excellent thermal performance and could last for years.
The success of All-Clad has to lead to numerous other cookware brands copying their techniques.
Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Vs All-Clad
All-Clad was the original brand to offer multi-layer metal cookware. This means that it has a bit more expertise when it comes to manufacturing high-quality pots and pans. In other words, All-Clad cookware is often a bit higher quality and produced with stricter quality controls than competing brands.
When compared with Cuisinart, however, there doesn’t seem to be a noticeable difference. You can expect pots and pans from both brands to be perfect right out of the box. Not only that, you can expect them to last you for many years. Both brands offer very similar limited lifetime warranties, too.
All-Clad Vs Cuisinart: Performance In The Kitchen
The performance of each brand is pretty identical, too. All-Clad and Cuisinart use the same materials to make their cookware, so you get the same type of steel and the same layer of aluminum in both sets. As a result, both All-Clad and Cuisinart multi-clad pots and pans have nearly identical heating characteristics and durability.
Cuisinart Multiclad Vs All-Clad: Minor Differences
There is some difference in how the pots and pans heat up due to different thicknesses of different metals being used in different places. Overall, however, you’re unlikely to notice any of these differences between regular kitchen use.
Is All-Clad Worth The Money?
Despite this extreme similarity, All-Clad is still very much worth a little bit more money. This is because the All-Clad brand carries a large amount of prestige. Just like you might pay a little bit more money for a designer piece of clothing, it’s not a bad idea to pay a bit more for a genuine All-Clad cookware set.
Not only will you impress your dinner guests with your cookware, you’ll also deal with happier customer service agents in the result of a mishap.
Cookware Lasts a Long Time
Another factor here is the fact that stainless steel cookware can last a really long time. Cuisinart has been making this cookware for less time than All-Clad. This is important because there’s less information about how Cuisinart bonded cookware holds up on extremely long timescales.
In other words, we know how All-Clad pots and pans made in the early 80’s look now (they’ve generally held up extremely well). We don’t necessarily have information about Cuisinart bonded cookware from the same time period. As a result, we don’t have a good way of guessing what Cuisinart cookware made today will look like in 35 years.
The extreme longevity of these cookware sets also helps justify the cost. Over a twenty-year time span, it’s a lot easier to justify a few extra bucks for a slightly nicer set. Keep this in mind when you order your cookware. You’re literally making an investment in your future.
Cuisinart Multi-Clad vs Tri-Ply
It’s worth noting that Cuisinart offers two lines in the All-Clad style: the Cuisinart Multi-Clad line and the Cuisinart Tri-Ply Stainless Steel line. There’s not a huge difference between the two sets. In fact, the differences are mostly aesthetic.
The Tri-Ply French Classic line has a mirror finish on the full exterior and has higher quality lids, while the cheaper Multi-Clad line has rolled edges for pouring and a two-tone exterior that features steel that isn’t quite as shiny.
In other words, you should choose the French Tri-Ply line if you like really pretty, shiny steel and the Multi-Clad line in pretty much every other case.
Here are some specific cookware reviews to better inform your buying decisions:
All-Clad Cookware Reviews:
This burnished cookware set looks incredible in your kitchen. It’s fully functional, too, of course, with 3-ply construction that gives you the excellent heat transfer of aluminum and the incredible durability of stainless steel. This set features steel handles and lids and is oven safe to 600 F.
There are quite a few All-Clad sets out there.
This one really encapsulates the essence of the company very well.
It’s a high-quality set that includes just the right number of beautiful pieces. It also uses the company’s signature multi-ply construction in a simple and elegant way.
The stainless steel cooking surface of this set isn’t non-stick, of course, so it’ll take a bit of time for you to learn how to cook with it. As long as you’re willing to put in the practice, however, you’ll be cooking any dish you want in no-time at all. Even if you screw up, this cookware set is dishwasher safe, so you can just throw it in the machine and let it do the cleaning for you.
With no non-stick coating to worry about, there’s no expiration date for these pots and pans. This means that you might be able to give this set to your kids or even grandkids later down the line as long as you care for it properly.
Like other multi-ply cookware sets, the aluminum cores make this cookware heat up very evenly and quickly. It performs very well in the kitchen, although you might find yourself using potholders to handle the steel lids.
If you want genuine All-Clad, this basic silver cookware set is one of the best ways to start your collection.
All-Clad has branched out from their roots of making multi-ply cookware. This egg pan is a great example of their newer non-stick products. Whether your existing cookware is All-Clad or from a different brand, it’s a great way to make your life a little bit easier by providing a non-stick cooking surface for specific tasks (like making eggs).
Other than the PFOA-free non-stick, this is pretty much just a regular All-Clad pan. It’s got an aluminum core sandwiched between bits of high-quality stainless steel. It also features an All-Clad branded steel handle and durable riveted construction.
The only possible downside to this pan is the limited life of the non-stick coating. All-Clad’s limited warranty won’t cover any damage to the non-stick, and the non-stick tends to have a limited lifespan of a couple of years. While no amount of care will prevent the non-stick coating from flaking off eventually, you can delay it by avoiding metal utensils, high cooking temperatures, and abrasive cleaners.
If you want to supplement your cookware collection with a high-quality All-Clad egg pan, this product is perfect for you!
Cuisinart Cookware Reviews
As I mentioned above, Cuisinart has a pretty similar line of cookware called “French Classic Tri-Ply“.
The French Classic line is a bit fancier in appearance, lacks rolled rims, and is slightly more expensive. Otherwise, it’s very similar. Feel free to choose it over this line if you want shinier Cuisinart pots and pans (or if it’s on sale).
This Cuisinart cookware collection is very similar to the All-Clad set above. It’s made of the same materials: 18/10 stainless steel and aluminum. It’s got similar metal handles and lids. In fact, the actual look of each cookware piece is pretty darn similar. If you covered up branding on each cookware set, you might actually have trouble telling them apart.
Performance wise, the sets are virtually identical. Each set is dishwasher safe, technically, and oven safe to a pretty high temperature. The biggest difference is perhaps the fact that the Cuisinart set has slightly rolled rims that make for easier pouring, although you might be hard-pressed to notice this feature if you’re not actively looking for it.
One slight upside to the Cuisinart set (other than the cost) is the inclusion of a matching steamer basket. This is a great tool to have handy in your kitchen. Steamer inserts are perfect for making a variety of seafood and vegetable dishes or even reheating frozen dumplings.
Like the All-Clad set, of course, this stainless steel cookware set doesn’t have a non-stick interior. Instead, you’ll have to use fat and careful temperature management to keep your food from sticking. Like the All-Clad set, however, it’s technically dishwasher safe, so you can just throw it in your favorite kitchen machine and let it do the work instead.
If you want All-Clad looks, quality, and performance on a budget, this Cuisinart set is an excellent choice. You’ll get a very similar set of cookware that costs a whole lot less. The only thing you’re really missing out on is the All-Clad logo.
I feel like it wouldn’t be fair to review an All-Clad non-stick skillet without also reviewing a Cuisinart one. This skillet set isn’t the cheapest on the market, but it’s very comparable to the All-Clad skillet above. It comes with two aluminum frying pans with 18/10 stainless exteriors and modern PTFE non-stick interiors. Both frying pans have stainless steel handles (that resemble the All-Clad handles) and a burnished exterior that looks great hanging from a hook in your kitchen.
Again, these pans are very similar to the All-Clad option when it comes to performance. They heat up quickly, they’re fantastically non-stick, and the Quantanium non-stick has a finite lifespan of a couple years with proper care. There’s not really a huge amount of difference other than the All-Clad logo.
If you want a cheaper option to cook your eggs after you pick up either of the stainless steel sets above, this Cuisinart 2-pan set is a solid choice. While it still has a short (ish) lifespan compared to an all-metal cookware set, it has the distinct advantage of coming with two pans. This means you can throw one in the cupboard while you use the other one!
All-Clad Vs Cuisinart: Which Is Better?
The moral of the story here is that you should choose Cuisinart on a budget and All-Clad if you care about branding. As long as you have the money, there’s nothing wrong with getting All-Clad. In fact, it’s arguably the superior choice simply because we know that All-Clad has been making multi-ply cookware for longer.
This means we know what 30-year old multi-clad All-Clad cookware looks like, unlike Cuisinart.
You’ll also impress any friends that poke around in your kitchen with the All-Clad name. On the other hand, Cuisinart makes cookware that’s very comparable in terms of looks and performance that costs quite a bit less.
If you’re not too concerned with the marginal advantages that All-Clad brings to the table, it’s probably a much smarter buy. You won’t lose too much as far as your cookware is concerned, but you will save a whole lot of money.