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Is All-Clad Cookware Worth the High Price? (In-Depth Review)

Is All-Clad cookware worth it? Why is it so expensive? What makes All-Clad better than other brands?

If you’re in the market for new cookware and are considering All-Clad, these are totally normal questions to be asking yourself, especially when there are alternatives for half the price.

When it comes to stainless steel cookware, All-Clad is the gold standard, but premium products come with premium price tags. So, is All-Clad worth it? The short answer is, yes. All-Clad cookware is worth it because the materials and processes they use to make it result in superior cooking performance and durability.

Let me explain. 

All-Clad makes every piece of its stainless steel cookware by bonding (i.e., cladding) exterior layers of steel together with a core layer of aluminum (or, in some cases, copper). The steel exterior enhances durability, while the aluminum core conducts heat fast and evenly. This type of multi-clad construction, which All-Clad invented in the 1970s, results in unmatched cooking performance.

In addition to its multi-clad construction, All-Clad makes all of their stainless steel cookware in the U.S.A. with high-grade materials. Their strict manufacturing standards and meticulous quality control processes guarantee superior quality and durability

Even though the upfront cost of All-Clad is higher than other brands, its value is incredible when you consider you’ll own it for life—every piece comes with a lifetime warranty. Also, if you look hard enough, you can usually find great deals for All-Clad on Amazon and All-Clad.com.

If you’re still not convinced that All-Clad is worth the higher price, keep reading. I’ve been using it for over 10 years, and in this review, I break down the pros and cons so you can decide for yourself.

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Cookware Collections

All-Clad makes many different products, including cookware (pots and pans), small appliances (toasters, slow cookers, waffle makers), ovenware (roasting sheets, bakers), and kitchen tools (tongs, whisks, serving utensils, spatulas).

But, the focus of this review will be on their most popular product line: cookware.

All-Clad stainless steel cookware made in the USA

Before I get into the details of what makes All-Clad cookware different and whether the high prices are justified, let’s first examine the products and the various options available.

In 2020, All-Clad overhauled its cookware collections. They discontinued the C4 Copper, Master Chef, LTD, and Thomas Keller collections while introducing a new ceramic collection, FusionTec, a revamped version of its best-selling D3 cookware, D3 Everyday, and a new innovative lightweight collection, G5 Graphite Core.

In this section, I’ll walk through each collection available today and briefly highly what makes it unique.

You can get a complete breakdown of the top All-Clad stainless steel collections in our All-Clad Buyer’s Guide: Which All-Clad Cookware Collection Is the Best for You?

All-Clad D3 (view on Amazon or All-Clad.com):

The D3 collection is made with 3-ply construction, including a polished steel exterior, aluminum core, and stainless steel cooking surface.

All-Clad D3 Cookware Bonded Layers
All-Clad D3 Cookware Bonded Layers

It’s, by far, the company’s best-selling cookware due to its classic design, quick, even heating, and affordable price tag (relative to All-Clad’s higher-end collections).

D3 cookware is made in the USA, oven-safe up to 600°F, and lighter than All-Clad’s 5-ply collections (D5 and Copper Core).

All-Clad D3 Everyday (view on All-Clad.com):

One of the most common complaints about D3 cookware is that the handles are uncomfortable.

All-Clad addressed that feedback with the D3 Everyday collection by replacing the straight handles with more comfortable, contoured handles.

All-Clad D3 Everyday handle
All-Clad D3 Everyday handle

They also added flared pouring rims, interchangeable lids, and extended the skillet’s cooking surface by 30%.

Like the D3 collection, D3 Everyday is made in the USA, oven-safe up to 600°F, and features 3-ply construction.

The one downside is that this collection is only available on All-Clad.com, so you can’t hold it before buying.

All-Clad D5 (view on Amazon or All-Clad.com):

The D5 collection is a step up in quality and price from D3.

Bottom of All-Clad D5 pan
Bottom of All-Clad D5 pan

It’s made with five alternating layers of stainless steel and aluminum bonded together. The two outside layers are stainless steel, then two layers of aluminum, then one steel layer at the core.

All-Clad D5 Cookware Bonded Layers
All-Clad D5 Cookware Bonded Layers

The steel core slows heat transfer, reducing hot spots and ensuring completely even heat distribution.

Due to the additional layers of metal, it is slightly heavier, more durable, and more expensive than the D3 collection.

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All pieces feature flared rims for smooth pouring, and the handles have bolsters to prevent your hand from getting too close to the pan.

D5 cookware comes with a brushed or polished exterior (more on this in the next section).

All-Clad D5 brushed exterior 2
All-Clad D5 brushed exterior

It’s made in the USA and oven-safe up to 600°F.

Get an in-depth review of All-Clad D5 cookware and see how it stacks up against the D3 collection in our recent article: All-Clad D3 vs. D5: Which Stainless Steel Cookware Is Better? Or watch this All-Clad D5 Unboxing.

All-Clad Copper Core (view on Amazon or All-Clad.com):

Copper Core is All-Clad’s premium and most expensive collection, designed for professional use.

Bottom of All-Clad Copper Core pan
Bottom of All-Clad Copper Core pan

Like D5, Copper Core cookware features 5-ply construction: two layers of stainless steel on the exterior, two layers of aluminum, and, as the name suggests, copper at the core.

All-Clad Copper Core Cookware Bonded Layers Labeled
All-Clad Copper Core Cookware Bonded Layers

The star of this cookware is the copper core layer, which also appears as an elegant ring around the exterior.

All-Clad Copper Core Design
All-Clad Copper Core Design

Since copper has high thermal conductivity, this cookware heats faster and responds to temperature changes more quickly than any other All-Clad collection.

All-Clad Copper Core Cookware
All-Clad Copper Core Cookware

This cookware is ideal for meals that require precise temperature control, such as delicate sauces, fish, caramel, and chocolate, but it works exceptionally well with any ingredients.

The main downside is its cost — expect to pay much more than you would for D3 or D5.

Watch this All-Clad Copper Core Unboxing to learn more and get an up-close look.

All-Clad HA1 Non-Stick (view on Amazon or All-Clad.com):

The HA1 collection is All-Clad’s most popular non-stick collection. It’s made with a thick hard-anodized aluminum base, triple-layer non-stick coating, and a steel induction plate bonded to the bottom.

Bottom of All-Clad HA1 fry pan
Bottom of All-Clad HA1 fry pan
All-Clad HA1 thick pan walls
All-Clad HA1 thick pan walls

It has sturdy stainless steel handles, tempered glass lids, and is compatible with all cooktops.

Unlike All-Clad stainless steel cookware, the HA1 collection is made in China and only oven-safe up to 500°F.

Learn more about this collection in my in-depth All-Clad HA1 review.

All-Clad Essentials Non-Stick (view on Amazon or All-Clad.com):

Essentials is a step down in features and price from the HA1 collection.

All-Clad Essentials cooking surface
All-Clad Essentials cooking surface

It features the same hard-anodized base and triple-layer non-stick coating but lacks the steel induction plate. The steel plate not only makes HA1 cookware compatible with induction cooktops but also makes it more warp-resistant.

All-Clad Essentials bottom
All-Clad Essentials

Without the plate, Essentials cookware doesn’t work on induction cooktops and is more prone to warping (although it’s unlikely to warp if used correctly).

Another difference between Essentials and HA1 is that Essentials handles are redesigned and slightly more comfortable. The groove on top is more curved and not as deep as HA1 handles.

All-Clad Essentials pan handle
All-Clad Essentials pan handle
All-Clad HA1 handle
All-Clad HA1 handle

The Essentials collection is made in China and oven-safe up to 500°F.

Watch this All-Clad Non-Stick Unboxing to get an up-close look at the Essentials, HA1, and FusionTec collections.

All-Clad FusionTec (view on Amazon or All-Clad.com):

FusionTec is one of All-Clad’s newest cookware collections, launching in 2020. This cookware is made in Germany and features a thick steel core, coated in natural ceramic non-stick on the interior and exterior.

All-Clad FusionTec fry pan side view
All-Clad FusionTec fry pan

FusionTec is All-Clad’s only collection featuring a colored exterior (rose and platinum blue); the others are either steel or dark anodized aluminum.

All-Clad FusionTec fry pan colorful exterior
All-Clad FusionTec rose exterior

Although I appreciate the added color choices, I’m not a huge fan of ceramic non-stick surfaces since they break down and degrade much quicker than PTFE.

While the initial reviews of this collection are overwhelmingly positive, don’t expect the non-stick properties to last as long as the HA1 and Essentials collections.

All-Clad G5 Graphite Core (view on Williams-Sonoma.com)

G5 Graphite Core is All-Clad’s newest collection. It launched in 2021 and is the product of six years of research by the company’s innovation lab. All-Clad holds seven patents on its design, and it’s already won awards from Good Housekeeping and Popular Science.

All-Clad G5 Graphite Core bottom
All-Clad G5 Graphite Core bottom

So what makes this collection so special? This cookware is made of five layers. The top and bottom layers are steel, then two layers of aluminum, and finally, a thin graphite disc at the core.

All-Clad G5 Graphite Core interior
All-Clad G5 Graphite Core interior

Typically, materials that heat fast heat unevenly, and materials that heat evenly don’t heat fast. But graphite is different. It heats up incredibly fast and evenly. It’s also extremely light — 80% lighter than copper.

All-Clad G5 Graphite Core brushed exterior
All-Clad G5 Graphite Core brushed exterior

So, if you’re looking for lightweight cookware that heats incredibly well, this is the collection for you. The only downside is that there are only a handful of pieces available. Over time, I expect All-Clad to add more pots, pans, and sets to this collection.

To sum it up…

All-Clad makes their cookware with different layers and materials to achieve the ideal balance between durability and heat conduction.

All-Clad’s stainless steel exterior layers are ultra-durable and non-reactive, which means your cooking surface will never scratch or leach metals into your food.

The aluminum or copper (depending on the collection) core layers provide excellent heat conduction and retention properties, so your food cooks even and consistently.

If you are looking to equip yourself with a new set of pots and pans, you can save money by purchasing a set.

Each of the collections is available to purchase in a set. If you are looking for a couple of everyday pans, you can buy each item individually; however, the cost per piece is much lower when you buy a set.

All-Clad offers dozens of sets ranging from 2 pieces to 14 pieces. When you’re shopping, keep in mind that the lids count as a piece.

You can shop all sets on All-Clad.com and Amazon.

All-Clad Brushed vs. Polished/Regular Stainless Steel

In researching All-Clad cookware, you’ll notice that they describe some of the products as having “brushed” stainless steel or “polished/regular” stainless steel. So what is the difference?

The difference is simply the look on the surface of the pans. Brushed cookware has a dull, matte finish while polished cookware is shiny. They achieve the surface on brushed cookware through a process in which the metal is lightly sanded and then finished with a non-abrasive pad. 

All-Clad Copper Core and D5 exterior
All-Clad polished exterior (left) and brushed exterior (right)

Some customers say that brushed All-Clad cookware doesn’t show their wear as much. I’ve been using the polished cookware for a year, and, as long as you clean them right (jump to Cleaning and Caring section), they will look nice and new for a long time.

Here’s another side-by-side look at brushed and polished All-Clad cookware so you can see the difference.

Brushed vs Polished All Clad Cookware
Brushed (left) vs Polished (right)

Brushed and polished cookware performs the same, so it comes down to your personal preference from a design standpoint.

Learn more about brushed vs. polished stainless steel cookware in this quick guide.

Where It Is Made

One of the most appealing aspects of All-Clad cookware is the fact that they source all of their metals directly from US suppliers and manufacture all of their bonded stainless steel cookware in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

All-Clad G5 Graphite Core made in the USA
All-Clad G5 Graphite Core made in the USA

The D3, D5, Copper Core, and G5 stainless steel cookware collections are 100% made in the USA.

The only products they don’t produce in the US are some tools, accessories, and electric appliances that don’t require bonding. The HA1 and Essentials collections are made in China, and the FusionTec collection is made in Germany.

Also, the lids and handles across all collections are made in China and attached in the United States.


All-Clad makes their cookware with high-grade stainless steel. For the surface, they use 18/10 stainless steel, which is a form of 304-grade stainless steel made specifically to meet All-Clad’s extremely high standards.

For the exterior layer, All-Clad uses 18/0 magnetic stainless steel, allowing you to use the cookware on induction cooktops safely.

The core layer(s) vary by collection but are typically pure aluminum or copper. These materials conduct heat much faster and more evenly than steel—more on this in the next section.

Their materials are all tested and guaranteed to meet National Standard ISO 9000 and ASTM 240 (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards. All-Clad’s cookware is non-toxic and free of PFOA (polytetrafluoroethylene acid).

Aluminum will tarnish and leave a metallic taste in food. Cast iron will rust with if soaked in water. Stainless steel is non-reactive, which makes for a superior cooking surface. The exterior layer is made of magnetic stainless steel, which is compatible with all types of cooktops, including induction. With stainless steel, you taste the food, not the metals of the pan.

Manufacturing Process

All-Clad uses a process of bonding (or “cladding”) several layers of stainless steel, pure aluminum, and, in the case of the Copper Core Collection, copper.

All-Clad D5 versus Core Core bonded layers
Core Core (left), D5 (right)

This innovative process of bonding layers of metal together for even heating and precise temperature control was created by All-Clad in the 1970s. Since then, competitors have copied this method; however, there are two critical differences between All-Clad and other cookware brands.

First, All-Clad has the highest standard for the materials they use.

Secondly, All-Clad extends their bonded construction from the base up through the sides to ensure completely even distribution of heat with no cold spots. Other cookware brands typically only have bonded construction on the bottom cooking surface.

Take a behind the scenes look at their process in this video.


All-Clad has the highest standard for quality materials, all sourced from US suppliers. Combine that with their unique bonding process that comes to life in their US facility, and you get a premium product that will stand the test of time.  

When you pick up an All-Clad pot or pan, you can feel the durability.

They are built to last a lifetime, and that is not just a sales pitch. All-Clad guarantees that with a limited lifetime warranty for all of their cookware products.

The warranty covers almost everything as long as you properly use the products. For more details, view the warranty on All-Clad.com.

How to Properly Cook With All-Clad

All-Clad cookware distributes and holds heat so well that you rarely need to cook on high heat.

Whether you are searing meat, sauteing vegetables, and everything in between, low or medium heat will work best. The one exception is when you are boiling water. In that case, high heat is necessary, but in most cases, low/medium heat is optimal.

Most problems, like sticking or burning, occur when the temperature is too hot. If you use low and medium heat settings, your food will cook fast, even and perfect.

For delicate foods like eggs, fish, and pancakes, use extra caution, and keep the temperature low. If you don’t allow enough time for the crust to form and the natural release from the pan’s surface to occur, they will stick.

My favorite part of cooking with All-Clad is the fantastic sear you can put on meats. Others don’t even come close, especially pans with non-stick surfaces.

Is All-Clad Cookware Oven-Safe

To get the perfect sear, heat your pan slightly above medium heat. When the pan is warm, add oil and heat for another minute.

Salmon seared in an All-Clad pan
Salmon seared in an All-Clad pan

When the pan and oil are hot, place the meat carefully in the center of the pan. Be patient.

Do not touch the meat for at least 2 minutes, likely longer depending on the type of meat. If you try to move it right away, it will stick.

By giving it a few minutes, it develops a crust and naturally releases from the surface of the pan.

Chicken browned in an All-Clad pan
Chicken browned in an All-Clad pan

When you sear meats, there will be some bits and pieces stuck to the pan, but that is okay. They will quickly come off with soap and water.

If you’re feeling fancy, instead of washing the pan, use wine to deglaze it and make a sauce for your meal.

Common Questions About Cooking With All-Clad:

Question: Can you use All-Clad cookware on ceramic/glass/induction cooktops?

Yes, they work well on any cooktop.

Question: Are they safe to put into a hot oven?

Yes, their stainless steel cookware is oven-safe up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit and their non-stick cookware is oven-safe up to 500. Perfect for searing a steak and finishing it off in a warm oven.

Question: Do All-Clad handles get hot?

All-Clad handles are designed to stay cool on the stove but will certainly get hot in the oven. To be safe, use a cooking mitt or towel when handling.

Question: What should I do if the food is sticking?

Food could be sticking for a few reasons. Likely the heat is too high. If that’s not it, you may need more oil or butter to grease the pan. Make sure that the oil is hot before you add the food.

Be sure to let the food cook for a few minutes before trying to move or stir it. Doing so will allow the food to cook and create a crust that will naturally release it from the surface.

Question: Will salt damage All-Clad cookware?

Yes, salt can cause white dots or pits on your cookware. Be sure to bring liquids to a boil first, then add salt. The dots/pit will only impact the cookware cosmetically, but won’t hurt performance.

Question: Do I need to use wood or nylon utensils when I cook with All-Clad?

No, you can use metal, wood, or plastic.

How to Clean and Care for All-Clad Cookware

Click the video below to watch me explain how to clean All-Clad (or watch the video on YouTube).

If you follow the cooking instructions with All-Clad, cleaning is simple: soap and water.

If you have a minimal amount of leftover debris sticking to the pan, give it a short soak in soap and water and then scrub it off with a regular sponge. Never use steel wool; it will scratch and cause damage.

Be sure to rinse and dry the cookware entirely before putting it away. If water sits in the pan for days, it can cause spotting.

The stainless steel collections are dishwasher safe; however, if you have the Copper Core cookware, the heat and harsh detergents can tarnish the exterior copper band. I typically avoid washing cookware in the dishwasher because it takes up too much space, but that is just me.

Do not run cold water on them immediately after cooking. The rapid change in temperature can cause warping. I’ve made this mistake a few times and got away with it, but the best practice is to take the pan off the heat and let it cool down naturally before rinsing with water.

How to clean All Clad stainless steel cookware

What to Do If You Scorch Your All-Clad Cookware?

So, you decide to dismiss our advice, and you cook on high heat or crank the oven above 600 degrees. All of a sudden, your pan looks like it has been scorched in a fire.

Can’t say I didn’t warn you! Overheating will result in burnt food, a smoky kitchen, and discoloration of your beautiful cookware.

The good news is that you can fix this with the help of a magical product called Bar Keepers Friend which you can buy on Amazon:

Bar Keepers Friend
Bar Keepers Friend

Bar Keepers Friend is a special cleaning powder that has been sold since 1882, so you know it works.

Testing The Pink Stuff versus Bar Keepers Friend
Testing The Pink Stuff versus Bar Keepers Friend

It is less abrasive than brands like Comet, and my tests proved it works better on stainless steel than The Pink Stuff. The active ingredient, oxalic acid, is the perfect cleaning agent for stainless steel because it removes rust and discoloration and makes the metal resistant to oxidation.

Pan cleaned on the left with The Pink Stuff and on the right with Bar Keepers Friend
All-Clad pan cleaned on the left with The Pink Stuff and on the right with Bar Keepers Friend

Essentially, it creates a non-toxic layer on the steel to keep it resistant to damaging chemical reactions in the future.

To use it, combine a small amount of water with Bar Keeper’s Friend powder in your pan and mix it to create a paste. Rub that paste into the pan for about a minute and then scrub it off with more water.

Bar Keeper’s Friend will remove debris, discoloration, and stubborn residues.

Bottom line, if you buy All-Clad cookware, invest the few dollars in Bar Keepers Friend, it will make cleaning easy. You can purchase it on Amazon from this link.

If you’re having trouble removing stubborn stains, try the techniques in this in-depth guide on how to clean All-Clad or check out this quick video where I explain the easiest and quickest way to clean All-Clad.

Downsides of All-Clad Cookware

I touched on these throughout this article, but I want to reiterate a few things that you should know before you buy All-Clad cookware.


Number one, these are premium products; therefore, they are pricey. You can view the current prices on Amazon below:

I understand that not everyone can afford to splurge on a big 14-piece set. However, when you consider the quality and the fact that they will last a lifetime, the pricing, in my opinion, is justified.

Also, as I cover in the next section, All-Clad offers a range of collections, some are less expensive than others. So, if you’re looking to spend less but still get incredible quality, you might be able to find a collection that fits your budget.

Uncomfortable Handles:

Another common complaint about All-Clad is that the handles are uncomfortable. It’s true; the handles in the D3, D5, and HA1 collections are straight and cup-shaped and undeniably less enjoyable to hold compared to brands that have rounded handles.

All-Clad D5 handles side angle
All-Clad handles

However, this design serves an essential purpose; it locks the handle in your hand, so you have complete control when tilting and pouring. Pots and pans with smooth rounded handles can easily rotate in your hand, which is a major safety hazard when pouring hot liquids.

Food Sticks:

If you browse negative reviews of All-Clad, the complaint you’ll see most often is: food sticks to the stainless steel pans. Yes, this happens. These are not non-stick. There’s a time and place for non-stick pans, so I am not bashing them, they are great. But if you are cooking food that needs a good sear or crispy exterior, you can’t achieve that with non-stick.

If you are a beginner in the kitchen, you need to understand how to use All-Clad cookware properly. If you don’t, your food will stick.

Difficult to Clean:

This brings me to the final downside, All-Clad cookware is difficult to clean, and it’s hard to remove all the brown spots and discoloration.

Even if you use the cookware properly, keep the heat low, and grease the pan perfectly, you will inevitably run into some brown spots and discoloration. It happens to the best of us.

My answer to that, again, is Bar Keeper’s Friend. If soaking in soap and water doesn’t work, Bar Keeper’s Friend will. It is a little extra work, but your cookware will look as good as new.

How Much Does Each All-Clad Collection Cost?

All-Clad cookware is expensive, but how much does it actually cost?

Some All-Clad collections are more expensive than others; the price depends on the materials, construction, and design. 

For example, D3 is All-Clad’s least expensive collection since they make it with only three bonded layers (steel, aluminum, steel). Conversely, Copper Core is one of the pricier collections due to its 5-ply construction and unique copper core. 

To help you get a better sense of how much All-Clad really costs, check out the table below where I compare the current prices of each collection. 

Note: These prices are pulled in real-time from Amazon. You can click on the image or the price to check out more details and read dozens of reviews on Amazon. 

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History of All-Clad

Back in 1967, steel was a hot commodity with tons of new, expanding applications. Innovations in the 19th and 20th centuries continuously improved steel production, shifting from Bessemer converters, open-hearth furnaces, and oxygen steelmaking processes to electrical steelmaking. 

Thanks to that, world steel production was up to 770 million tons per year in 1989.

At the same time, aluminum cookware was receiving backlash about how it made food taste metallic.

The advantage of using aluminum is its fantastic thermal conductivity, a property that allows a pan to heat rapidly.

Although steel is a heartier material that doesn’t leave your food tasting like loose change, it just can’t beat aluminum in conductivity.

Enter John Ulam – an American metallurgist who had been working with U.S. Mint to produce dimes, quarters, and half-dollars, until he discovered a fix for ineffective aluminum cookware.

Ulam was a master of the bonding or “cladding” process, which occurs when you place two metals together under intense pressure and heat until they bond together into a single sheet.

Recognizing the potential in pairing stainless steel’s sturdiness with aluminum’s thermal conductivity, Ulam forever changed the world of cookware. He established All-Clad Metalcrafters in 1971, selling new and improved cookware to professional chefs and home cooks alike.

All-Clad D5 five bonded layers
All-Clad D5 bonded layers

The company has changed hands several times since its founder passed away in 1989. Although the French conglomerate, Groupe SEB, now owns All-Clad, they still use American steel and manufacture it in the All-Clad factories in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Over the past several decades, All-Clad has established itself as one of the top cookware brands in the world with a reputation for superior performance, elegant design, and unmatched durability.

They’ve also expanded into other products such as indoor grills, slow cookers, waffle makers, and toasters. 

You can find All-Clad cookware on the shelves at stores like Crate and Barrel, Macy’s, and online on Amazon and All-Clad.com, and it’s often the top cookware choice of brides and grooms for their wedding registry. 

All-Clad’s success is no fluke. Their commitment to innovation and meeting the needs of professional and home chefs is why All-Clad will continue to be a force in the cookware market for years to come.

Final Verdict: Is All-Clad Cookware Worth It?

Throughout my life I’ve bought many expensive, premium items like electronics, cars, appliances, jewelry, you name it. Very few of those items will last my lifetime, and even fewer will provide the value that All-Clad cookware does every day, meal after meal.

Premium products like this are an investment. With All-Clad, you never have to worry about purchasing cookware ever again, and they guarantee that with their lifetime warranty.  

So, in my opinion, the answer is, yes, All-Clad is absolutely worth it.

If you are still not sure, I would highly suggest purchasing one or two items, like the 12-inch Fry Pan, and try them out yourself.  

If you’re ready to upgrade your kitchen, buy All-Clad on All-Clad.com or Amazon.

If you love everything you’re hearing about All-Clad, but you can’t get over the price, you have two options.

Option one is to buy cookware from another brand (these are the best affordable All-Clad alternatives). 

Option two is to buy All-Clad Factory Seconds for up to 80% off the regular price.

All-Clad Factory Seconds are pots and pans that have minor cosmetic imperfections, but, otherwise, they’re the same as regular All-Clad cookware.

Throughout the year, All-Clad runs promotions on its retail outlet website HomeAndCookSales.com offering up to 80% off its most popular cookware—an unbelievable deal!

These sales come and go, but if you catch it at the right time, you can save hundreds on All-Clad. Check out the current deals on All-Clad Factory Seconds to learn more.

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21 thoughts on “Is All-Clad Cookware Worth the High Price? (In-Depth Review)”

    • Stainless steel pans only need a quick wash with water and dish soap, and they’re ready to go. Some people recommend seasoning stainless steel pans by heating the pan over medium heat, rubbing oil on the cooking surface, then letting the pan cool. That process makes the surface less sticky for the next use, but in my experience, if you properly grease the pan every time you use it, you won’t need to seasoning it before the first use or between uses.

      If you’re concerned about food sticking, check out this guide on why food sticks to stainless steel pans and how to prevent it.

  1. Thanks for your article. However you convinced me to not go with All-Clad. I’ll go with stainless 18/10. I don’t want any aluminum or copper in my pieces.

    • Hi Greg,

      To be clear, the aluminum and copper make up the core layer of All-Clad’s fully-clad cookware. The cooking surface of every collection (except the non-stick pans) is 18/10 stainless steel. In other words, your food will never touch aluminum or copper.

      I hope this helps.


  2. How are the pots in regards to pouring out sauces, liquids, etc? Do they pour cleanly out or dribble down the side? Photos look like some edges are straight while others are curved, just wondering if the straight ones pour as well as curved. I’m interested in a d3 set. Thanks!

    • Hi Stephanie,

      Good question. I have several pieces, some with flared edges and others with straight edges, and I haven’t had issues with any of them. The flared edges help with sliding eggs or other food from pan to plate, but both the straight and flared edges pour liquids fine. Just make sure you pour somewhat fast and tilt the pan/pot enough.

      I hope this helps!

  3. Like others I have had the same disappointing experience with All-Clad honoring their “life time” warranty. In general I find their cookware well made and it mostly works very well in our induction environment but their non-stick stuff is junk, the non-stick surface starts coming off within a year of light to moderate use and their warranty folks say that is “normal” wear and tear. What the heck, a lifetime warranty for a non-stick pan expects the non-stick to come off after a year or so of use? We have several All-Clad non-stick pans (in addition to other regular stuff) and they all have this problem to one degree or another, mostly around the edges of the pan where they are never exposed to high heat.

    I really discourage folks from spending up on these pans in the non-stick version; they are pretty but if you are going to use them at all realize you are likely getting the non-stick material in your food and All-Clad doesn’t care.

    I wonder if the ownership of this company has changed – I recall having issues with a pan many years ago and they were quick to repair it. to me it feels like an ownership or management change that is now riding on reputation and pinching our profits while they can.

    • Hi Chris,

      I’m sorry to hear about your experience with All-Clad’s non-stick cookware.

      Non-stick cookware (regardless of brand) is known to break down and need replacement every three to five years, but you shouldn’t be having these issues after one year.

      If you’re looking for an alternative to All-Clad’s non-stick cookware, I highly recommend the Made In non-stick collection. See this article for more details.


  4. Agree with the comment above. You would think a company such as All-Clad would stand behind their product and do the right thing by a customer, but this was not the case for me. I paid high dollar for this All-Clad non-stick skillet. I am an experienced cook with years in the kitchen. And, I don’t mind paying for a quality product. But this pan lost its non-stick property in a little over a year, which is unacceptable. I never used it over a medium heat setting. I washed by hand, as I do all of my pans. I did not use scouring pads or harsh chemicals. I only used silicone utensils. When it lost its non-stickiness, I sent it in to be replaced under the All-Clad warranty. That claim was denied due to what they suggested was use on a high heat setting. The All-Clad warranty is not worth the paper it is written on. They can claim it was used inappropriately when it was not. Your word against theirs. They win. In my opinion, they do not value current customers or their own reputation for good customer service. Their warranty is now in the trash next to my non-stick pan. I HIGHLY discourage the purchase of the All-Clad non-stick product. I suggest looking into ScanPan and/or Greenpan instead. Less expensive, higher quality.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience!

      I’m sorry to hear that your pan didn’t last.

      If you don’t mind sharing, how long did you have your pan? In general, non-stick pans last 3 to 5 years.

      • Hi! We did a huge kitchen remodel. Purchased Christmas 2018 from Williams-Sonoma, individually (not part of a set). Began using it (probably at least 1-2x a week) around April 2019. So, even though we owned it over a year, it lasted less than a year. I agree 3-5 years is the norm. We have other D5 All Clad stainless that have been excellent. And a 12 inch d5 All-Clad non-stick that was purchased at the same time that is still going strong. I believe this one was defective. I expected them to honor their warranty and stand behind their product. Extremely disappointed that they did not.

  5. For all that have spent a fortune on All Clad non stick frying pans, please know that All Clad does not honor the lifetime warranty. They will come up with observations that are not true and deny your warrant claim. That’s what they did to me.

    The Company is dishonest and disreputable when they offer a lifetime warranty and then have no intention of honoring it.

    • Hi Jay,

      All-Clad’s warranty covers “defects in material, construction, or workmanship for the lifetime of the product under normal use and following care instructions.”

      It does not cover normal wear and tear, damage caused by thermal shock (warping), discoloration, stains, etc.

      Can you provide more details about your experience? I’m curious to know specifically why they didn’t honor the warranty.


  6. I have used Stainless Steel all my life, I own a Farberware set stamped “Farberware The Bronx 1945”. These were giving to me from my grandmother when she passed away. I can say the quality of the Farberware verse All Clad is completely different. I have no discoloration in the Farberware and they are 74 years old. The quality of the steel has to be different. I received The All Clad D3 set for Christmas, the first time we used the pans they discolored and it was a task to remove the cloudiness. Cookware should NEVER discolor. I own the D5 12 Quart and it discolors as well. Save your money if you don’t want to spend hours making them factory original.

    • Hi Kim – Thanks for sharing your experience with All-Clad and Farberware. You should be able to avoid discoloration with proper use and care, but some discoloration is inevitable with all stainless steel cookware. I look forward to reviewing Farberware soon.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  7. I’ve had my All-Clad LTD cookware since we got married over 25 years ago. The outside of my pans looks like new. My husband once prepared grilled onions and my All Clad pan turned completely black! I thought it was a goner – but with some soft cleanser and soaking I was able to bring it back – thank goodness! I’ll never buy another brand – ever. I cook A Lot… all the time… and I’m a great cook.

    As far as sticking goes – I’m embarrassed to say that up until a few years ago, I thought this was just the way the pans functioned, so I just dealt with the arduous clean up because my food didn’t suffer.

    It wasn’t until I did some research on All Clad after someone asked me about stainless steel vs nonstick. I couldn’t convince them that stainless was the way to go, and that they’d never get the same fabulous sears, browning, and resulting delicious sauces and gravies in a nonstick pan. An article I read changed everything!

    Here’s the secret: HOT PAN – COLD OIL.

    That’s it. For years I tried to prep my pans with Pam, butter, olive oil – all to no avail in preventing food from sticking. Now I just heat up my pan and then add my cold fat/oil/butter. Also, once you’ve placed your food in and are trying to achieve a sear – DO NOT MOVE THE FOOD UNTIL IT COMES FREE WITH A GENTLE NUDGE OR MOVEMENT OF THE PAN. There is a process taking place between the pan/oil/food that needs to occur in order for a good sear.

    Anyway, there’s my 2 cents on these fantastic pans. Make the investment – they’re completely worth it. (I found this article because I’m shopping for a new All Clad pan to add to my Christmas list ?.)

    • Hi Amy,

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience with All-Clad!

      So many people think that food is destined to stick to stainless steel cookware, but your tips are right on target.

      I’m so glad to hear that your investment in All-Clad is paying off.

      I hope you enjoy the holiday season and cook lots of delicious meals with your All-Clad LTD set.

      Thanks for stopping by the site!


  8. Thank you for your article, it totally makes sense now. I thought my All-Clad was defective but I’m pretty new to the kitchen so it is a user error. I had a friend cooking at my house last night and she loved how the food cooked, she went to cooking classes and she is good so I searched for an article on the brand to send it to her. I’m happy I found this full article. I will follow the instructions from now on.


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