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All-Clad Cookware Buyers Guide

All-Clad LogoIf you travel in the company of foodies you will certainly hear the name All-Clad mentioned when it comes to discussing the tools of the trade. The name All-Clad has become synonymous with excellence in the culinary arts. If you look at fine food publications when it comes to cookware no matter what the brand, it will inevitably be compared to All-Clad. All-Clad has truly become the standard by which all cookware is measured. All-Clad brought the world cookware with a clad design, hence the name All-Clad. So what is clad cookware? To understand clad you might reach into your pocket and pull out a dime or a quarter. If you look at the edge of the coin you can see it is 3 pieces of metal bound together. Actually All-Clad used to mint dimes, quarters and half dollars for the US government.

Over time John Ulam, founder of All-clad, realized that by bonding different metals together special properties could be achieved. The synergies found when binding stainless steel and aluminum or stainless steel and copper resulted in cookware celebrated around the world! 18/10 stainless steel became the universal cooking surface as this steel does not interact with food. The core metals chosen were aluminum for quick even heating or copper which does exactly what aluminum does only faster! Different clad designs came to cookware and we know them as MC2 or Master Clad Cookware, Stainless Steel, d5 Brushed Stainless Steel and Copper Core! A lot of our customers ask us which is the best design, that really is the hardest question to answer. It really all depends on what you are looking for in your cookware. The information below should help you find the right design for you.


All-Clad D5 Induction

What is All-Clad d5? D5 All-Clad brushed stainless steel cookware is composed of a magnetic stainless steel exterior bound to 2 layers of aluminum for even heating and 2 layers of 18/10 stainless steel. Again, magnetic steel for use on all cook tops including induction, aluminum for even heating and 18/10 stainless steel for even greater even heating and because it will not react to food. One of the most popular products in the line is the All-Clad d5 nonstick fry pan, it is one of our customer favorites.



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All-Clad Stainless Steel

The Stainless Steel line features a magnetic stainless steel exterior (18/0 stainless steel) to allow this cookware to be used with all cook tops including induction. The Core is a generous layer of aluminum for even heating, and these 2 layers are bound to 18/10 stainless steel which provides the cooking surface as it will not react to food. All-Clad uses bonded aluminum for it's stainless core.



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All-Clad Non-Stick Cookware Collection

All-clad also has 2 non-clad lines, Hard Anodized and Specialty cookware. The Hard Anodized cookware is made of a solid aluminum body with an anodized dark colored outer surface. The exterior surface is harder than steel which resists scratching and preserves its appearance over time. The cooking surface is a PFOA free nonstick surface that will last! One of the most popular products is the All-Clad non-stick fry pan.



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All-Clad Copper Core Induction

Copper Core sports a magnetic stainless steel exterior mated to 2 layers of aluminum with a thick copper layer between them and an 18/10 stainless steel cooking surface. Again magnetic steel for use with induction, aluminum and copper for the quickest heating stainless cookware ever and 18/10 stainless steel as it will not interact with the food. All-Clad copper stainless uses a sturdy 5-ply construction for even heat distribution.



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All-Clad D7 Collection

Providing 2 times more even heating and superior durability versus enameled cast iron, All-Clad introduces their newest technology, D7 stainless.



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All-Clad Specialty Collection & Accessories

The Specialty Cookware or Gourmet Accessories are made of solid 18/10 stainless steel. It is attractive, durable and does not interact with food. Including the All-Clad cookware induction cook-top and other quality cooking tools.



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Our All-Clad guide features a cookware comparison chart to help you find the difference between each line


Feature Stainless Steel d5 Brushed Stainless Copper Core Hard Anodized Specialty
Rolled Brim: No Yes Yes No No
Induction: Yes Yes Yes No No
Ply: 3 Ply 5 Ply 5 Ply 1 Ply 1 Ply
Exterior Material: Magnetic Stainless Steel Magnetic Stainless Steel Magnetic Stainless Steel Hard Anodized Stainless Steel
Cooking Surface: 18/10 Stainless Steel 18/10 Stainless Steel 18/10 Stainless Steel PFOA Free Nonstick 18/10 Stainless Steel
Core: Aluminum Aluminum & Stainless Steel Aluminum & Copper Aluminum 18/10 Stainless Steel
Dishwasher Safe: Yes Yes No No Yes
Oven Safe: 500 degrees 500 degrees 500 degrees 450 degrees 500 degrees
Made In: USA USA USA China China
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