All-Clad Copper-Core Cookware

Words Marcus Bloom | December 16, 2010
All-Clad Copper Core cookware blends the benefits of copper heating with the ease-of-use of stainless steel
Words Marcus Bloom December 16, 2010

If you’re looking for the ultimate gift for the foodie in your life, there is nothing greater than a glistening new set of cookware.  And if that foodie is serious about cooking, you really only have two cookware options:  stainless steel or copper.  Both have their advantages, but today we’re going to be bringing you the best of the stainless steel variety.

While I’ve used my fair share of stainless steel cookware, there’s none that’s been able to rival All-Clad’s Copper-Core.  Featuring an exceptionally unique five-ply construction, All-Clad’s Copper-Core feature… you guessed it… a layer of copper in the center, followed by an inner and outer layer of aluminum, and finally, an inner and outer layer of stainless steel.  Why the copper core you ask?  Because copper offers quite simply the best heat conductivity and responsiveness of any material during cooking.  In the real world, this means that hotspots in your cookware are eliminated, and furthermore, any adjustments you make to the cooking temperature translate to your food much, much quicker.

Thanks to All-Clad Copper-Core’s unique design, however, you gain many of the advantages of copper, without having to spend the extra amount for all copper construction.  In addition, All-Clad’s stainless steel exterior has two key advantages over traditional copper cookware.  First, the highly polished stainless steel exterior is signficantly easier to take care of than a copper exterior, and secondly, if you cook using induction technology, All-Clad’s new Copper-Core line is fully compatible with induction heating.

Having used All-Clad Copper Core for the past several months, I have to tell you, if you’re considering new stainless steel cookware, you won’t find any better.  I personally own four pieces:  the 6-quart saute pan, the 12-inch fry pan, the 7-quart stock pot and the 3-quart sauce pan, and all vastly outperform any stainless steel cookware I’ve used previously.  The heating is incredibly uniform, with hotspots completely eliminated, and variations to cooking temperatures occur significantly quicker with the All-Clad than any other stainless I’ve used.  In other words, the copper core lives up to its stated benefits, and it does so exceptionally well.  As for the subject of food sticking, with proper knowledge of using stainless steel cookware (proper temperature, use of oil, etc.), sticking is nonexistent.  I’ve made a wide assortment of foods with my All-Clad, including eggs and omelets, and the All-Clad perform as well as any non-stock products I’ve used.  When deglazing, the All-Clad’s again excel, with fond being removed easily to the point the cookware virtually cleans itself.  Another design element that I absolutely love are the rolled edges, which in addition to ensuring tight-fitting lids, also make pouring remarkably easy.

In terms of price, All-Clad Copper Core costs more than traditional stainless steel cookware but less than traditional copper cookware, with a seven-piece set currently selling on Amazon for about $750.  It’s the perfect price point, really, as All-Clad’s Copper Core are the perfect mix between stainless steel and full copper cookware.  If you’re looking for the best stainless steel cookware on the planet – cookware that will last a lifetime – this is it… it really is fantastic.  To learn more about All-Clad Copper Core’s features and to see the full list of available pieces, you can learn more at the official All-Clad website or buy now from