All-Clad Copper Core Cookware Set Review

This All-Clad Copper Core Cookware Set Review awards the All-Clad Copper Core as the best quality Copper Cookware Set and best healthy waterless cookware alternative. This is All-Clad’s flagship cookware line. If one is considering a waterless cookware system but questions if they can follow the waterless cooking requirements, spend the dollars on this All-Clad cookware line and learn to cook healthy. This is chef quality cookware at it’s finest. With an internal layer of copper, surrounded by aluminum, and then stainless steel, this 5-ply copper cookware is healthy, durable, dishwasher safe, and induction ready. In my reviews of  copper cookware, the All-Clad Copper Core Cookware line stands out as a great performer. It is not inexpensive. Copper costs a lot. But in terms of copper cookware, the All-Clad Copper Core cookware set is unmatched by anyone.

All-Clad Copper Core Cookware Set Review

Whether for yourself or as a gift to someone else, people love new cookware! Perhaps your cookware doesn’t match, or it is chipped and peeling. Does it lay flat on the stove or do oils puddle in a corner? Maybe yours sticks too much, doesn’t perform the way you would like it to, or perhaps you want a cookware set that is dishwasher safe.

You may have noticed scratches on the cooking surface, and concerned about the internal aluminum affecting your health. Maybe the handles get too hot or don’t fit your hand very well. Maybe you think of your cookware as being ugly. Perhaps you would like some that heats evenly and is easy to clean.

If you are like me, I have some cookware that has been passed down from my parents and other family members. I have a little bit of everything. I know I get tired of some pieces that don’t lay flat on my flat top stove causing butter to collect on one side. It would be nice to have comfortable handles that stay cool, heats evenly and all the way up the sides, and maybe even uses less heat. And it would be great if that cookware could last for many years to come!

In reviewing copper cookware sets, I found one that stands above the rest when it comes to QUALITY. There are many brands to consider including All Clad, Calphalon, KitchenAid, Mauviel and Bourgeat. But when it came to the ultimate QUALITY of the copper cookware set, only 1 copper kitchen cookware set remained.

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Copper Cookware Sets

Copper is the best cookware material as it heats quickly and evenly. Heat disperses along copper better than aluminum or stainless steel. Copper is found in cookware in one of two ways. First it can be found on the exterior of cookware. This gives a very attractive look but can be difficult to maintain. These are rarely dishwasher safe as the harsh dishwasher chemicals will discolor the expensive copper. Second, copper is found clad inside of cookware usual sandwiched between aluminum. All-Clad Copper Core is this second category. Copper is never used on the inside cooking surface as it reacts with food and is toxic.

When sandwiched within a 5-layer cookware, surrounded by aluminum and stainless steel, the copper is able to spread the heat evenly throughout the utensil, and with minimal heat from the stove. Fully clad up the side walls provides the best even heat, especially useful for thicker soups and sauces.

Waterless Cookware Sets

The concept behind waterless cookware is that it uses a lower temperature, is quicker to cook with because of the pressure cooking, supposed to retain more vitamins and minerals, have better flavor and built to last a lifetime. Who wouldn’t want that, right? As always the devil is in the details. The problems I have with waterless cookware are these:

  1. It can be outrageously expensive as many of these products are sold exclusively through distributors which adds several layers of cost.
  2. The marketing is often done at trade and home shows for the impulse buy where a well planned out demonstration hits the hot buttons of the participants.
  3. Waterless cooking, when done right, has it’s own cooking method and requires the owner to throw away the vast majority of stored recipes in order to get the claimed benefit.

If one is to talk about healthy living and healthy cooking, that is an excellent discussion to have. The bottom line is that a quality stainless steel cookware set like the All-Clad Copper Core can provide virtually the exact same benefits of waterless cooking without having to change recipes and spend unnecessarily more money.

All-Clad Copper Core Cookware Set Review

The All-Clad Copper Core Cookware Set Wins for Best Quality

The first thing you’ll notice is how solid and sturdy the cookware feels. Then, when you heat it up, it surrounds food with the most even heat possible. Cooks know the value of the importance of even heating. While this All-Clad Copper Core Cookware Set Review says the cookware is dishwasher safe, because of the exposed copper, it is still best to wash by hand. The copper will tarnish when used in the dishwasher, but can be cleaned. Because it can handle the broiler and 4540 degrees in the oven, one can use all kinds of cooking methods including one of my favorites, pan roasting. Start by sauteeing a thick pork chop or steak on top of the stove, flip it and insert in the oven to finish cooking. It gives the cook time to complete other parts of the meal while perfectly cooking a thick food.

No more warped cookware, mismatched sets, or scratched cookware. Say hello to a set that heats quickly, evenly, is dishwasher safe and durable.

REVIEW: What I Liked

  • Very solid. Will last generations.
  • Heats exceptionally well
  • Comes with 12″ skillet
  • Dishwashser safe
  • Induction ready
  • Can use lower heat levels to get same cooking performance
  • Most complete cookware set one can expect
  • Can handle any type of cooking method with ease

REVIEW: What I Didn’t Like

  • Will still need a nonstick skillet for delicate cooking like eggs and fish. See Scanpan.

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  Features How It Benefits You!
checkmark Sturdy Flat Bottom Great for all FLAT top stoves>
checkmark 5 layer construction Heats evenly and quickly
checkmark Stainless steel handles They stay cool
checkmark Stainless Steel lids Attractive and easy to clean
checkmark Induction ready Future proof cookware
checkmark Oven safe to 450 degrees Can handle all kinds of cooking methods
checkmark Dishwasher safe Easy to clean. Hand washing still recommended though.
checkmark Rave reviews. Everyone who uses Copper Core simply love it!
checkmark Lifetime Limited Warranty It’s a risk free purchase

A Healthy Cookware Set Decision

You may be wondering how a cookware set can be so costly and if it can be worth the price. Consider that this will probably be the last set you will ever buy, it is future proofed induction ready, and with all the other benefits it has, it is a slam dunk decision. No, it is not inexpensive, but value is about more than just cost. This All-Clad Copper Core cookware set review sees the All-Clad Copper Core cookware from a different perspective than most. I get questions from folks asking about waterless cooking systems. Because of how they are marketed, they are very expensive, often many thousands of dollars MORE EXPENSIVE than this All-Clad Copper Core. The problem I have with waterless systems is that one has to cook in a particular manner to get all the benefits. A lot of cooking methods have to be discarded. One can learn to cook healthy with the All-Clad Copper Core and save money compared to a waterless cooking system.

Stainless steel is a healthy cooking material. When one has the means and wants to cook healthy, there is no better choice than All-Clad Copper Core.

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About Mark Jala

Consumer advocate Mark Jala has a passion for food. As an avid cook, he gives you his opinions about the cookware reviewed and how it will impact your cooking. Mr. Jala blogs at www.CookTalkLove.com where his mission is to use home cooked meals as a time to build happy and loving family relationships.