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There are so many brands offering stainless steel cookware. But among the sea of options, there is only 1 that clearly stands out from the pack.

“Who makes the best stainless steel cookware set?” that’s what you’re here for. At the end of this cookware review, you’ll find out the answer.

Ready to rumble? Let’s start!

The Undisputable King of Stainless Steel Wares

All-Clad: The Patek Philippe of Stainless Steel Cookware

Patek Philippe. Louis Vuitton. Tiffany.

Are you able to tell me what these 3 honorable brands share in common? Even without much thinking, I’m sure you’ll be able to. These are brands that have accomplished the mastery status in terms of what they specialize in making.

Looking for a heirloom mechanical watch with the greatest craftmanship made by not the machine, but watch artist? Patek Philippe is your answer.

Looking for the finest handbag with highest quality crafmanship and near flawlessness up to the fine detail? Louis Vuitton is your answer.

I can go on and on. But the key is, in every product line, there is always one brand that has gone to where others are not capable of reaching. Simply because the path to the pinnacle is difficult and there is no shortcut to it.

To reach the highest level of mastery in whatever you do, you need time, persistence and lots of hard work. The God-like status that these brands have earned doesn’t come overnight. They are built over years and years of perfect customer satisfaction.

Many brands like to boast and lay claims to out-of-the-world features and benefits. But rarely few of them remain standing after going through the test of time.

All-Clad is the name that everyone would strive for when it comes to stainless steel wares. Started back in 1967 by a metallurgist named John Ulam, All-Clad has its root firmly to its Pennsylvania mill.

When most manufacturing companies fled the US in favor of cheaper places like China, All-Clad did not blink. Until today, you can be assured that every stainless steel cookware bearing the All-Clad brand has 100% of its component and material made in USA.

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The Legendary d5 Construction

Stainless steel is in general, a relatively poor conductor of heat. If only stainless steel is used, your pre-heating time will take ages and it will be unevenly distributed.

That’s why in most cookware reviews, you’ll find that the standard way of overcoming this limitation is to use triple-ply construction. What you get is an aluminum core that’s cladded in-between stainless steel cover at the top and bottom.

What All-Clad designers had come up with is definitely praise-worthy. It is made up of 5 layers (instead of 3). With the added stainless steel core, it makes your pots and pans much stronger.

If you’ve seen some pots and pans warping, you can rest assured that will not be the problem with your All-Clad wares.

Superior 5-ply construction in high quality stainless cookwareStrong riveted handle in Well-designed stainless steel skilletSuperior 5-Ply Metal Clad and Strong Riveted Handles Made to Last

What the 14-Pieces Set Includes

If you’ve gone through enough cookware reviews, you’d realize how most manufacturers try to blow up the number of pieces included in their sets.

For instance, Paula Deen’s Signature 15-Piece set sounds a lot. Only to be disappointed that 5 of the pieces actually went to measuring spoons (they are not cookware!).

The 14 pieces included in All-Clad 60090 Stainless Steel set are purely cookwares.

2 pieces of fry pans (sized 10- and 12-inch). 2 sauce pans with lids (sized 2 and 3 quart). 2 saute pans with lids (sized 3- and 6-quart). 1 chef’s pan with domed lid (sized 12-inch). 1 stock pot with lid (sized 8-quart).

It is an Expensive Set!

I really wish I could own an All-Clad cookware set in my life time. But just like most people, it remains a dream for now.

When you buy an All-Clad cookware set, that might be the only set you ever need to buy in a lifetime. Of course, the price tag it is fetching can afford you maybe up to 10 sets of the next best alternative.

With the all the greatness it has to offer, I don’t expect All-Clad cookware sets to be cheap. Neither should you!

Year after year, I always keep a look out for my dream All-Clad set everytime one of the big box retailers are holding their annual big sales. While you may be able to grab a steal bargain with products from other manufacturers, it is certainly not the case with All-Clad cooking wares.

So, remember this. The next time you see an All-Clad set being put on massive marked down, grab it before it’s gone.

The Best Stainless Steel Cookware Set for Average Joe

The Candidates

With so many brands, so many sets and so many reviews to choose from, get yourself ready for a prolonged quest in your search for the best stainless steel cookware.

There’s nothing wrong with going through each cookware review one-by-one, albeit you must all the time in the world to do that. With so many selections to consider, things may get murky easily. Don’t give up when you find yourself in that situation!

But now you have a smarter way of doing it. I’ve been through the same process. I can tell you it may be fun at the beginning but that won’t be for long.

If you want to skip all the pain yet you want the best stainless steel cookware set that works for an average (like you and me), look no further.

The only 3 sets that you should be looking at when you have little time to do your research are: 1. T-fal Ultimate Multi-layer 12-Piece set; 2. Cuisinart 77-10 Chef’s Classic 10-Piece set; and 3. Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad 10-Piece set.

These are 3 of the best-rated and best-selling sets. Deciding the winner between them is a tall order.

But anyway, if I can only make 1 recommendation, it will be Cuisinart 77-10 Chef’s Classic set. Let me explain.

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The Brand Factor

If you don’t wish to hunt for a new cookware set a year later, you should assign significant weight to brand consideration as part of your decision making equation.

T-fal is a great brand but one that I’d mostly associate with making some of the finest non-stick cookwares. When it comes to stainless steel wares, I think they are just as good as anyone else.

Next, we have Cuisinart. This is a brand that I believe most people need no introduction to. Some people even told me that it would be an insult to think of someone as not familiar with Cuisinart brand.

Cooks Standard, on the other hand, has very little reputation to offer. I tried searching for the manufacturer behind the brand, but to no avail.

Maybe I didn’t do my research right. But if you know which manufacturing company is behind the Cooks Standard brand, I’d be curious to know.

While it is to eliminate Cooks Standard from this consideration, deciding between T-fal and Cuisinart is highly subjective. It depends on personal preference and your own affinity with the brand.

I don’t hate T-fal but I’m not a big fan T-fal. I own a number of Cuisinart kitchen appliances. My experience with the brand has so far been nothing but fantastic.

So, it should be obvious to you which is my winner.

Inside the Box

On paper, it appears that T-fal may offer the best value for money. After all, it is a 12-piece set where Cuisinar and Cooks Standard are 10-piece sets.

Don’t let the number decieve you! In T-fal Ultimate set, only 10 pieces are considered as cookware. The 2 pieces are nothing but spoon and slotted turner.

I know some of the metal utensils are costly but I don’t believe what’s included in the set are of the finest quality. So, when taken out of the equation, the T-fal set is as good as a 10-piece set.

What do you get with the 10-piece set then? Let’s find out.

Let’s first start with the T-fal ultimate set. You get 2 fry pans (sized 8- and 10.5-inch). 3 sauce pans with lids (sized 1-, 2- and 3-quart). 5.5 covered Dutch Oven.

Now on to the Cuisinart Chef’s classic set. You get 2 fry pans (sized 8- and 10-inch). 2 saucepans with lids (sized 1.5- and 3-quart). 1 saute pan with lid (sized 3.5-quart). 1 stockpot with lid (sized 8-quart).

Then on to the Cooks Standard set. You get 2 skillets or fry pans (sized 8- and 10-inch). 2 saucepans with lids (sized 1.5 and 3-quart). 1 stockpot with lid (sized 8-quart). 1 steamer insert with lid.

Again, deciding the winner between the three is not that straightforward. It depends on your cooking style. It depends on what you need most often to cook your favorite dish.

I found T-fal’s Dutch Oven to be a poor inclusion. A good Dutch Oven is supposed to be made of material with good heat retention property. Stainless steel is certainly not! I’m not a regular user of Dutch Oven. But if I ever need one, I would go with the likes of Le Creuset Signature Dutch Oven.

Steaming is one of the healthiest way of preparing a meal. If you dishes like steamed egg and steamed vegetables are part of your daily diet, Cooks Standard’s set is what you want to be getting. Simply put, you don’t need to get a separate steamer when you get yourself this popular stainless steel set from Cooks Standard.

For me, I’m more of a sauce and saute person. So, for me, the 3 sauce pans that are included in Cuisinart set is what will be most useful. I don’t need a dutch oven. I don’t need a steamer.

Again as you can see, deciding the winner in this regard is subject to personal perference. But if I’m asked to, Cuisinart would be my best pick.

Glass vs Stainless Steel Lid

If the first 2 battle fronts have been a close call, the next one is quite easy.

Between glass and stainless steel lid, the winner is clear. If I can choose, I’d definitely love to have transparent glass lid.

Why? Simply because it allows me to peek at the cooking progress without having to lift up the lid. Stainless steel lids can get very hot. You need to be extra careful when lifting it up.

Both T-fal and Cooks Standard come with transparent glass lid but not Cuisinart.

On this front, Cuisinart is easily beaten out while T-fal and Cooks Standard are the shared winners.

Your Scoresheet

By now, you should have a clear idea on which is the best stainless steel cookware set. I don’t think anyone would argue against All-Clad’s supremacy. Anyone with sane mind will have no doubt that All-Clad 5-Ply Bonded Stainless Steel set is the best stainless steel cookware. But unless it is within your budget, knowing this fact is as good knowing that Ferrari V12 is the best car.

But for the average Joe and Jane? My recommendation would be the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic set.

Are you all made-up about stainless steel? If you’ve not, maybe you want to give cast iron a consideration? Be sure to check out which set emerge as the winner in our battle for the best cast iron cookware.

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