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Long term Cuisinart vs All-Clad review
on December 3, 2015
I have had these for over 5 years! A few months after buying these, I bought a set of slightly used All-Clad from a friend at a deal I could not refuse. So I have had years to compare All-Clad to Cuisinart directly and side-by-side in my personal kitchen. Nice.
When I bought these, I was also interested in All-Clad. I see a lot of reviews comparing the two, so hopefully my direct comparison will be helpful. I do not know the exact set of All-Clad's I have. Please refer to the pics.
Here is my quick comparison in case you do not want to read this whole review.
1) Cuisinart are a great value for the price and will be great for cooking your food. If you buy these, you will be happy, and you should feel confident you made a great purchase.
2) The All-Clad are better than the Cuisinart. They are not twice or more as good as the price would imply, but they are definitely better.
The Cuisinart have a very solid construction. After years of abuse, they are not bent and the handles are well attached. The lids handles and cover material are definitely thinner and less substantial compared to the All-Clad's. The Cuisinart pot thickness is just about the same at the All-Clad and I cannot notice a difference.
The Cuisinart heat up very quickly in general, but are just a little slower than the All-Clad. This is noticeable with everyday use, but is not a big deal. I boiled 2 cups of cold water in the medium pots side by side and the All-Clad boiled about 30 seconds faster. Both brands have a very even heating and there is no noticeable difference. This is a big plus for the Cuisinart's.
After years of use, the Cuisinart's slowly developed a type of tarnish or imperfections on the surface. In the pictures you can see the small pot has it the worst and it is almost translucent. Right before the pictures, I thoroughly scrubbed and dried the small pot. All pots are very clean. There might be some chemical that can take it off, but I just don't know what it is. The large pot has a blueish/whiteish haze and the medium pot has several spots that cannot be washed off. Please see pics. All of the All-Clad have no spots, tarnish or haze. The All-Clad surfaces look pristine aside of the surface scratches. The tarnish is more noticeable in person than it is in the pictures, but doesn't look horrible or unhealthy.
The thing is like about the Cuisinart better than the All-Clad is that the small and medium pots have rounded edges that are nicer to handle when cleaning. The All-Clad are very abruptly cornered. Also the medium pot has a longer handle because it's slightly smaller. This stays cooler longer than the short handles of the medium All-Clad pot. The small All-Clad pot handle is nicer though. It has a better shape for handling when cooking.
As for pot size, the medium All-Clad is by far my favorite and most used. It's just the perfect size for boiling water for pasta or making so many things. It's just tall enough to not have splashing issues. I like the wider bottom surface area too. The small Cuisinart is a little too short and therefore splashes a little too much, whereas the small All-Clad is better. The large pots are equal in comparison. The All-Clad has a larger bottom surface and the Cuisinart has taller sides. I like them both depending on the application. I am not including the other pots in both sets because of time, and I just use them much less. I prefer non-stick or cast iron frying pans.
So overall, I like them both and they are both great. If I had to choose, I would buy the All-Clad since I can afford it. That's with the understanding that they are not twice as good as the Cuisinart. If I was on a budget, or I think it's dumb to pay more money for a diminished return, I would be very happy with the Cuisinart's. Good luck. I hope this helped you.