The all clad copper core 10-piece set impressed us when we first saw it, but would it really live up to the hype? As with all things in life, the only way to know was to try.
I am just one in a family of four, and I spend lots of time in my kitchen whipping up meals for the gang. Therefore, we need a set that’s going to keep on trucking. If you’re in the same situation, look no further – the All-Clad Copper Core 10-Piece Cookware Set more than fits the bill.
Stay with us as we run through the details. We’ll take you through the good and the bad of this all clad copper core 10-piece set, so you know exactly what to expect. We will even go over some care instructions in case you choose to buy; it can’t hurt to keep these beauties looking good as new.
A Detailed Review of the All-Clad Copper Core Cookware
So, you’re thinking about getting an all-clad copper cookware and you’ve considered the 10-piece cookware. Allow this detailed review to bring you closer to a decision.
Upon taking this lovely ten-piece set out of the box, we couldn’t get over how shiny it was. This has the look and feel of professional-grade cookware. The set includes an 8- and 10-inch frying pan, a 2 qt and 3 qt covered saucepan, a 3-quart covered sauté pan and an 8-quart stockpot with cover.
The material of the set is beautiful 18/10 stainless steel. This set also offers great stick resistance thanks to the starburst finish. It won’t react with your food, either! Sometimes the acids in foods can react with metal cookware. Not this time!
You will notice right away that the handles on this set are stainless steel. Immediately, your first thought is that they’ll get extremely hot. Well, put your fears to rest. They vent very well. I still recommend the use of an oven glove or mitt just to be safe, but that’s just me. One more thing is that the handles are ergonomic and comfortable to hold.
The set is also great for those with induction cooktops. They are optimized for such use. Also nice is that these are safe for oven use up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.
How did we decide to test the set?
We decided to keep it simple and make the basics. With the 10-inch fry pan, I got some pancakes going, and seldom has it ever gone smoother. The pan does not stick easily, but you do need to make sure you use spray or coat it with oil before making your food. Bacon fried up nicely in the 8-inch pan on a separate burner, and the meal went off without a hitch.
Using the stock pot, I was able to make my family a large batch of chicken noodle soup. Here was a crucial test: could the pot perform?
First, I began by melting some butter in the pot and cooking the onion and celery in it. This went just fine. Afterward, the chicken, broth, carrots and egg noodles all went in. The test was going to be if the pot could really make the noodles and carrots soft without making them total mush. This went swimmingly; the soup was nice and hot throughout, everything soft and tasty.
There were a few things we didn’t care for when testing this set. For instance, the handles of the pot were rather long, and we had a hard time fitting them in the fridge. Another annoyance was how heavy the set was. They were slightly hard to maneuver.
But, all in all, these are nitpicks. For the most part, we felt privileged to be working with such high-quality cookware, and such quality-of-life flaws can be overlooked when food comes out tasting so great. In summary, this is a great all clad copper core induction set that lives up to the hype.
Granted, you have to be willing to take care of this set, as it is really the Cadillac of cookware. If you are on the fence about which All-Clad set to buy, this would be the one, as it excels in helping you pull off every recipe. It also works with induction cooktops, and has five layers, down to a thoroughly conductive copper core.
These all clad copper core pots are safe for use in your dishwasher (although we recommend hand-washing) and safe to put in the oven or broiler. What’s more, they feature pouring rims so you can serve food with ease. They’re even made in the USA. It is a serious investment that you can even hand down if you care for them properly.
- Heats up food quickly and evenly.
- Great for induction stovetops.
- Set is constructed of top-quality materials.
- Set is very heavy and hard to move around.
- Handles are very long and may not fit in fridge.
- Pot lids are not clear, so you have to lift them to see what you are cooking.
Caring for Your All-Clad Cookware
A cooking set of this level of quality deserves great care. After all, the beauty of this particular stainless-steel copper core cookware is unmatched, and you will certainly want to care for it. You will be making a major investment if you decide to pick this one up, so be sure you know the right way to care for it!
We should start by stating that mostly all of the All-Clad Stainless-Steel cookware is dishwasher-safe, save for the ones with a non-stick interior. However, we do not recommend the dishwasher for the Copper Core line of cookware as the primary means of keeping your set clean.
The reason for this is that copper ring around the outside may become tarnished.
Instead, we advise that you hand-wash and dry the exterior of the pan using a sponge or soft cloth. If you must use a dishwasher, immediately remove the pans from the machine after the wash cycle is over and dry them with a soft cloth immediately. It is advised that you wash each piece once before using so as to get rid of any oils still clinging from the manufacturing process.
When it comes to daily use, you should clean your All-Clad set with warm, soapy water after you have let the pans cool off. Washing them while they are still hot can lead to warping. Using a nylon scrubbing pad is perfect for the interior and especially for removal of grease and food, while a sponge and soft cloth can wash and dry the exterior.
You can also purchase separately the All-Clad Cleaner and Polish to aid you in getting rid of stuck-on food if your dish soap is just not cutting it. After you wash the pan, rinse it in hot water and then dry with a soft cloth to prevent fingerprints and water spots.
When it comes time to polishing your pans, use Stainless Steel Polish by Caron Doucet. This is a plant-based cleaner that is safe for your family and your copper core cookware. It’s easy to use and will keep your set looking like new.
If you are okay with making a big investment on a set that will look beautiful and serve you for years to come, then consider this All-Clad Copper Core 10-Piece Cookware Set. The cookware is durable and makes a great addition to your home especially if you really love to cook like our family does. So long as you care for it, this set will be with you for generations.