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Made In vs. All-Clad: Which Cookware Is Better?

Are you shopping for premium cookware but can’t decide between Made In and All-Clad?

And in this guide, I give you a side-by-side comparison of All-Clad versus Made In.

You’ll learn how they differ in product offerings, materials, design, cooking performance, price, and more.

Let’s get started.

Difference 1: Product Offerings

One of the most significant differences between All-Clad and Made In is the number of products they offer.

All-Clad specializes in stainless steel cookware and has several collections, including D3, D5, Copper Core, and G5.

All-Clad D3 versus D5 stainless steel cookware
All-Clad D5 (left), D3 (right)

Each collection has unique materials, construction, design, and features. Although stainless steel cookware is their main product line, they make aluminum non-stick pans, copper pans, and a few small kitchen appliances.

Made In keeps it simple and makes your decision process much easier. Although they offer more types of cookware, including stainless steel, carbon steel, non-stick, copper, and enameled cast iron, there’s only one collection within each category.

Made In stainless steel and non-stick cookware
Made In stainless steel and non-stick cookware

Made In also makes premium forged kitchen knives and dinnerware such as plates, bowls, and glasses.

Click the buttons below to see both brands’ full product lineups.

Difference 2: Where It’s Made

Made In stainless steel and non-stick pots and pans are made in the United States and Italy. They make their carbon steel, copper, and enameled cast iron pots and pans in France.

Where Made In Cookware Is Made
Made In Cookware

All-Clad’s copper and stainless steel cookware is made in the United States at their Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, factory.

However, the lids and handles for these collections are manufactured in China and attached in the United States.

The one exception is All-Clad Gourmet. This collection of specialty pieces, like steamers, soup ramekins, and commercial-size stock pots, is made in China.

All-Clad’s hard-anodized aluminum non-stick collections, HA1 and Essentials, are made entirely in China.

Click the button below to learn more about Made In and All-Clad’s approach to manufacturing.

Difference 3: Stainless Steel Construction

Made In stainless steel pans feature 5-ply fully-clad construction. They’re made with a triple-layer aluminum core sandwiched between two layers of premium stainless steel.

Made In’s thick aluminum core transfers heat quickly and evenly, so you get consistent results every meal.

All-Clad offers more variety in terms of construction. For example, their best-selling D3 collection is made of a single layer of aluminum sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel.

All-Clad’s 5-ply Copper Core collection is made of three different metals: two exterior layers of stainless steel, two internal layers of aluminum, and a copper core.

The All-Clad collection that’s most similar to Made In in terms of construction is All-Clad D5 Brushed. This collection has a thin steel core layer surrounded by two layers of aluminum, followed by two exterior layers of steel.

The steel core diffuses the heat transfer, so it doesn’t heat up as fast as Made In, but it’s more forgiving. So, with All-Clad D5, you’re less likely to burn your food if you get distracted while cooking.

Click the links below to compare Made In and All-Clad’s stainless steel collections.

Difference 4: Non-Stick Construction

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

Best Non-Stick Cookware for Electric Stoves All-Clad HA1
All-Clad HA1

The Essentials collection has the same construction but lacks the steel induction plate. This cookware costs less, but it’s not compatible with induction.

Made In non-stick pans are made with the same durable and heat conductive materials they use to make their stainless steel cookware but with a high-quality non-stick coating applied twice to the cooking surface.

Made In Non-Stick Review

Both brands make durable non-stick cookware, but Made In is more effective on induction due to the steel exterior, while All-Clad is less expensive, and stains won’t be as visible on its dark exterior.

Click the links below to compare Made In and All-Clad’s non-stick collections.

Difference 5: Handle Design

Both brands have long, double-riveted, stainless steel handles designed to stay cool on cooktops. But that’s where the similarities end.

Made In handles are hollow inside, flat on the top, and bend upward near the base of the pan. All-Clad’s solid metal handles are straight with a U-shape on the top.

Made In versus All-Clad pan handles
Made In (bottom) versus All-Clad (top) handles

A lot of people dislike All-Clad handles. And, I agree, they’re not nearly as comfortable as Made In, but the sharp edges prevent your hand from rotating when you grab the handle with an oven mitt or towel.

All-Clad handle design
All-Clad handle design

Click the links below to get a closer look at each brand’s handles.

Difference 6: Cooking Performance

I’ve been using Made In and All-Clad for several years, and it’s difficult to tell them apart in terms of cooking performance.

Both heat up fast and evenly, and both retain heat well. When you put a piece of meat on these pans, they stay hot so you can get a nice, even sear.

Cooking shrimp in a Made In non-stick pan
Cooking shrimp in a Made In non-stick pan

Made In performs most similarly to All-Clad D3 since both have an aluminum core and are 3 mm thick. Besides the shape and angle of the handle, there’s almost no difference. If you use All-Clad D5 and Copper Core enough, you’ll notice a slight difference between those and Made In.

D5 heats up slightly slower due to its steel core layer, and Copper Core heats up somewhat faster thanks to its highly conductive core. Although the differences are subtle and the average home cook likely wouldn’t notice.

One advantage of Made In worth calling out is the temperature ratings. Made In stainless steel cookware is oven-safe up to 800 degrees F, and All-Clad stainless steel tops out at 600. Few recipes call for temps over 600, but it’s nice to know you have some extra leeway with Made In.

Overall, you can expect excellent performance when cooking with both Made In and All-Clad.

Learn more about the benefits of cooking with Made In and All-Clad at the links below.

Difference 7: Price

One of the major differences between All-Clad and Made In cookware is the price.

In short, All-Clad is significantly more expensive than Made In, and there are a few reasons why.

  • Most All-Clad cookware is made in the U.S.
  • It’s primarily sold through retailers that take a hefty margin
  • And customers are willing to pay a premium for the prestige of the All-Clad brand

Made In keeps prices low by cutting out the intermediaries. Instead of selling through retailers, Made In sells direct to customers on its website and through its Amazon store.

To be clear, Made In is less expensive than All-Clad, but it’s not cheap. But considering that Made In cookware is 5-ply, fully-clad, and made with premium materials, it’s an excellent value.

Click the links below to compare the current prices of Made In and All-Clad.

Should You Buy Made In or All-Clad?

So should you buy Made In or All-Clad? The decision comes down to options, design, and price.

Go with All-Clad if you want multiple options within each category, you like the U-shaped handles and polished finishes, and are okay with spending more for an established brand, even though part of that high price is due to retail markups and the brand’s history.

With Made In, you only have one option within each cookware category, but those options are thoughtfully designed in partnership with pro chefs. The handles are more comfortable, and the brushed exterior is sleek and modern. The best part is that, with Made In, you get All-Clad durability and performance at a much lower price.

I’m a big fan of both, but for the money, it’s hard to beat Made In.

If you’re ready to buy, check out Made In on MadeInCookware.com and All-Clad on All-Clad.com and Amazon.

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Andrew Palermo Founder of Prudent Reviews

Andrew Palermo - About the Author

Andrew is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Prudent Reviews. He began his career in marketing, managing campaigns for dozens of Fortune 500 brands. In 2018, Andrew founded Prudent Reviews and has since reviewed 600+ products. When he’s not testing the latest cookware, kitchen knives, and appliances, he’s spending time with his family, cooking, and doing house projects. Connect with Andrew via emailLinkedIn, or the Prudent Reviews YouTube channel.

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