All-Clad Cookware Buying Guide

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Cookware Collection

All-Clad Copper Core Cookware

All-Clad D3 Stainless Steel Cookware

All-Clad D5 Stainless Steel Cookware

All-Clad HA1 Non-Stick Cookware

Best For

Home Chefs

Cooking Enthusiast 

Developing Cooks

New Cooks

Cooking Core

Copper

Aluminum

Aluminum and 

stainless-steel

Aluminum

Ply Layers

5-ply

3-ply

5-ply

1-ply

Cooking Surface

18/10 Stainless Steel 

18/10 Stainless Steel

 18/10 Stainless Steel

PFOA-free nonstick

Heat Reaction Time

Fast

Medium

Slow

Medium

Max Cooking Temperature

600° (500° for non-stick)

600° (500° for non-stick)

600° (500° for non-stick)

500°

Dishwasher Safe

Easy Pour Edges

Enlarged Loop Handles Available?

Induction Compatible 

Warranty

Lifetime

Lifetime

Lifetime

Lifetime

 
 

Copper Core All-Clad Cookware Collection
All-Clad Copper Core Cookware
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Best For: Home Chefs & Experienced Cooks
 
The Copper Core series is great for home chefs who know when their food is "just right" and needs a pan that can think and react as quickly as they do. Copper is one of the most heat-conductive metals in the world - that's why it's the core of All-Clad's Copper Core collection. The 5-ply Copper Core series features a solid layer of copper in the middle of each pan. This allows you to have incredible control while cooking - the copper core quickly accepts and disperses heat to the top-most stainless steel layer for quickly sauteeing peppers and onions but will also cool down quickly when removed from the heat so those veggies don't become overcooked and too soft.
 
 All-Clad Copper Core Cookware Construction 5 PLY - 18/10 stainless steel interior cooking surface aluminum layer copper core aluminium layer magnetic stainless steel exterior
  • All-Clad's Copper Core Collection is designed for the experienced home chef. 
  • It's 5-ply construction and solid copper core technology transfers heat effectively and evenly for high heat and precision cooking.
  • Stay cool stick handles are balanced for comfort while cooking.
  • Enlarged loop handles on select pans and pots allow extra room for pot holders while in use. 
  • Capacities are noted on the bottom of all cookware for quick reference.
  • Easy pour edges are sloped gradually to avoid messes
  • The stainless steel outer layer has been magnetized allowing Copper Core cookware to be used on all cooktops, including induction.

 


D3 All-Clad 3-PLY Stainless Steel Cookware
 
All-Clad D3 Stainless Steel Cookware
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Best For: Cooking Enthusiast & Intermediate Cooks
 
The D3 collection has an aluminum core with a layer of stainless steel encasing it creating 3 layers. Aluminum is an excellent conductor of heat but does not heat evenly or retain heat very well. That's where the stainless steel helps - it does retain heat and promotes even heating across the cooking surface. The D3 series gives you a good amount of control over the cooking process - these pans have a moderately-fast heat reaction time. That means the pan will react quickly to the level of heat you apply - the D3 heats quickly when you crank up the heat and will cool down quickly when the heat is turned down or taken off the burner. This makes it great for intermediate cooks developing their cooking skills where heat-sensitive recipes are being made. 
All-Clad D3 Stainless Steel Cookware Construction 3 Ply 18/10 stainless steel interior aluminum core induction stainless steel exterior
 
  • The D3 3-ply patented technology which utilizes three alternating layers of aluminum and stainless steel
  • The 18/10 brushed stainless steel outer layer has been magnetized allowing all D3 cookware to be used on all cooktops, including induction.
  • Oven and dishwasher safe. Collection will withstand up to 600° (500° for non-stick).
  • Stay cool stick handles are balanced for comfort while cooking.
  • Enlarged loop handles on select pans and pots allow extra room for pot holders while in use. 
  • Capacities are noted on bottom of all cookware for quick reference.
  • Easy pour edges are sloped gradually to avoid messes.
 

D5 All-Clad 5-PLY Stainless Steel Cookware
All-Clad D5 Stainless Steel Cookware
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Best For: Developing Cooks
 
The D5 has 5 alternating layers of stainless steel and aluminum. The extra layers provide a more evenly heated cooking surface. The D5 collection will also heat more slowly and retain heat longer compared to other collections. That makes this collection great for new and developing cooks - theses pans are more forgiving because heat transfers more slowly to your food which prevents burnt dishes. If you want a more heat-reactive pan, consider the D3 or Copper Core collection which will give you more control over the cooking process. 
All-Clad D5 Stainless Steel Cookware Construction 5 ply 18/10 stianless steel interiro aluminum layer stainless steel core aluminum layer induction stainless steel exterior
  • The D5 5-ply patented technology which utilizes five alternating layers of aluminum and stainless steel
  • The stainless steel core has 20% more even heating and 15% more energy efficient than traditional bonded cookware. This guarantees more even browning every time.
  • The 18/10 brushed stainless steel outer layer has been magnetized allowing D5 cookware to be used on all cooktops, including induction.
  • Oven and dishwasher safe. Collection will withstand up to 600° (500° for non-stick).
  • Stay cool stick handles are balanced for comfort while cooking.
  • Enlarged loop handles on select pans and pots allow extra room for pot holders while in use. 
  • Capacities are noted on the bottom of all cookware for quick reference.
  • Easy pour edges are sloped gradually to avoid messes.
 

HA1 All-Clad Non-Stick Cookware

All-Clad HA1 Non-Stick Cookware
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Best For: New Cooks & Beginners 
 
If you're tired of your food sticking to your pans or if you are new to cooking then the HA1 would be a great fit for you. The hard-anodized aluminum provides a non-stick cooking surface and the stainless steel base helps with even heat distribution. The HA1 is built commercial-strong so you won't have to worry about your cookware warping over time like the other non-stick brands. With a non-stick cooking surface, you can build your cooking confidence and have the easiest cleanup among all of All-Clad's collections. If you're wanting to sear steaks or make pan-sauces, All-Clad's other stainless steel lines would be a better fit. 
 
  • Hard anodized aluminum construction with durable PFOA-free nonstick coating.
  • Compatible for use on all cooktops, including induction due to the stainless-steel bonded base.
  • Oven safe up to 500* and dishwasher safe
  • Enjoy the premium quality All-Clad is known for with the convenience and lower price point of traditional non-stick.
 
 
 

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