All-Clad 401488R Stainless Steel Cookware Tri-Ply Review

Introduction about All-Clad stainless steel cookware

If you’re tired of your inferior and useless pans, this ten piece cookware set features a useful collection for a chef of any skill. Here, patented technology features a durable 3-ply construction.

What does this mean for you? It means the cookware heats evenly and slowly, all the way to the edges. No longer do you need to push all the food the center of frying pan only to have it scorch.

If you’re tired of cheap pans that warp and heat your food unevenly, it is time to do yourself a favor and invest in a high-quality set that will last you for years. You don’t have to be a professional chef to enjoy high-quality cookware at home.

All-Clad stainless steel cookware 10 piece setWhat you get:

  • Two frying pans; an 8-inch and 10-inch
  • Saucepan with 2-quart capacity+ lid
  • Saucepan with 3-quart capacity + lid
  • 3-quart sauté pan with lid
  • 8-quart capacity stock pot with lid


Is this Cookware Set For You?

I feel that this set is a great addition to any household. Before marriage and kids, I avoided cooking like the plague. Now, four years and two children later, I have learned to enjoy it and have gotten good at it with practice. Cooking homemade meals every day has made me realize the difference cookware makes in the result.

It’s always a disappointment when the dish you worked so hard to prepare over-cooks on one side thanks to burner ‘hot spotting.’ Investing in cookware that heats evenly is an excellent way to avoid this obnoxious problem.

While the price is high, you have to think of it as an investment. Poor quality cookware will only yield mediocre results. Having cookware that you enjoy using encourages you to cook, saving you money on going out to eat. Did you know that cooking at home is a proven way to save money?

For the healthy conscious, cooking at home also allows you to know exactly what goes into your food. Investing in one great set is also a better alternative to buying cheap sets and then replacing them every few years.

Advantages of the All-Clad stainless steel cookware

All-Clad stainless steel cookwareThe All-Clad Stainless Steel set provides value, performance, and durability, time after time again. Along with the Master Chef line, it is the least expensive line of All-Clad.
The goal of All-clad was to combine multiple elements into a single cookware set. Now you can have the durability of iron without the weight, incredible heat conductivity and even cooking.

Stainless steel on the outside and aluminum encased on the inside allows your pots to heat faster than traditional iron pans without compromising on durability. This 3-ply bonded construction with the alternating levels of stainless steel, and aluminum also prevents your pans from warping over time.


The appearance of the All-Clad stainless steel set is lovely, with a highly polished starburst finish. This style of finish creates a natural stick resistance and also prevents your food from picking up any metallic taste and preserving the food’s natural flavors. The 18-10 stainless steel is hardened to perfection and is corrosion resistant, giving you exceptional, timeless beauty and functionality.

Compatible with all CooktopsVersatile With All Cooktops

The handles are permanently and securely attached via stainless steel rivets and are designed to accommodate a chef’s underhand grip. The cookware is compatible with all cooktops.
So even if you switch stove tops or move to a different house, your cookware is just as useful. It can handle gas, electric, side-heat, and induction.

Another advantage is that the pots are both broiler and oven safe. Bet you can’t say that about your plastic handle pots and pans!

Dishwasher SafeEase of Maintenance

The All-Clad cookware set is dishwasher safe making it a breeze to clean. Some are disappointed that the cookware no longer has that 100% new look without consistent polishing, but this is to be expected with all cookware.

If you want something to last, you have to take good care of it. With careful maintenance and polishing, your pots will continue to have a consistently aesthetic appearance. You can clean this set with abrasives such as Bar Keeper’s Friend and steel polishes for a lovely shine. Compared to non-stick coated pans, the All-Clad is easier to maintain in the long run.

Possible Disadvantages

So what are some of the cons? Price and weight are the two that come up the most. While the cookware is lighter than iron, it still packs some weight of its own. Because of this, many opt to go for traditional iron cookware which though heavier is cheaper.  Creating a pot with three-ply layers is an intense process that is more costly than casting a 1-piece.

The rivets on the handles of this set are a bit difficult to clean, but when you take into account the amount of structural durability they provide and the fact that they will last decades, it is hardly worth mentioning. A few extra seconds of cleaning is worth the years of use these pots will give you.

Others find a lack of anti-stick coating a disadvantage. Though non-stick surfaces have their advantages they wear off over time and become scratched, rendering the pots and pans useless.

Pots coated with non-stick coatings can’t be cleaned with steel wool and abrasives, nor can you use stainless utensils on them. With these factors combined, it becomes clear that stainless steel surfaces are easier to maintain and can withstand much more abuse than a non-stick pan can handle. The design of this cookware already minimizes sticking but adding a bit of olive oil and practicing will help you eliminate sticking all together.

All-Clad stainless steel cookware

The Verdict

Whether you’ve just begun cooking or have been cooking for years, you deserve quality cookware that makes you look forward to meal preparation. While you can keep buying sets or individual cheap cookware items you may, like I, come to the conclusion that it is better just to invest in a quality set that will last decades. All-Clad stainless steel cookware is better to invest in cookware that is versatile and can be used on any stovetop, oven, and broiler. The investment is worth it, and it does make a difference.

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