Calphalon vs. All Clad vs. Other Brands – Which Is Best?

Cooking at home is a great way to eat healthy and save money at the same time. If you are looking to get started preparing your own meals, you will be faced with the decision of which brand of cookware to choose from.

Two of the most popular options are All Clad and Calphalon. I've outlined my experience with both brands below, as well as a few other brands you may want to take into consideration.

To help with your decision, I’ll compare Calphalon vs All Clad - looking at price, durability and cooking capability. In addition, I’ll also show you some other cookware set brands, to see how they stack up. So, what does each brand have to offer? Which is the best? Continue reading below to find out.

All Clad vs Calphalon

All-Clad 401488R Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set

All Clad is an American brand of pots and pans, well-known for their superior quality. The quality comes from the beautiful stainless steel that their cookware is made out of.

All Clad pans are uniquely made with heat conducting strips that run up the sides of the All-Clad pan, as opposed to a metal ring at the bottom that many other brands have. This means that heat runs up the sides in an All-Clad pan, creating even heat distribution and cooking.

The top selling All Clad pieces include any of the tri-ply stainless steel cookware. This tri-ply stainless steel cookware is constructed of a magnetic stainless steel exterior, pure aluminum core layer, and stainless steel interior cooking surface. It is the optimal design for rapid and even heating.

Because of this, it is one of the more expensive brands of cookware you will find. A single stainless-steel sauce pan could run you as much as $120.00 (yikes!).

Calphalon Classic Stainless Steel Cookware Set 10-Piece

Calphalon’s cookware is also held in high regard. They make pans that are comparable to the ones made by All clad, in terms of size and shape.

The real differences when looking at All Clad vs Calphalon are price and performance. Calphalon products are less expensive. Like All Clad, they also offer pans in stainless steel, a quality material that can last a lifetime.

Unlike All-Clad stainless steel cookware, most of Calphalon cookware pieces are nonstick. The non-stick surface is very convenient for easy food release and quick clean up. Similarly to All-Clad cookware, Calphalon products also have an aluminum core in order to heat up food quickly and evenly.

However, when stacked up against other brands, Calphalon’s products don’t perform as well. They can get dented easily, and the pan's thin bases make it easy to overheat, which can lead to burnt or overcooked food.

The choice between Calphalon vs All-Clad stainless steel cookware is really a choice between two small sacrifices. With All Clad, you will pay more but you are getting some of the best cookware available - cookware that is equally at home in your house as well as the kitchens of professional chefs.

Calphalon offers a cheaper alternative, both in terms of price and quality. I don’t want you to think that Calphalon’s pots and pans are immensely inferior to All Clad, but the cheaper price tag does mean you’ll get a less than optimal performance.

Both brands of cookware are usually dishwasher safe and oven safe. ​

What About Other Brands?

Not everyone has the money to splurge on a $1,200 all-clad stainless steel cookware set. If you’re looking to save money, or you don’t want to commit to buying a full kitchen set of restaurant quality cookware, you may want to consider an alternative brand. Lets look at a few less-well-known brands, and see how they compare to Calphalon and All Clad.

Calphalon vs Cuisinart

Cuisinart MCP-12 MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set

Cuisinart offers several different sets of cookware. One of the most popular sets is their stainless steel series.

Their Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Tri-Ply Stainless Steel sets have the most quality and reliable pieces of cookware. 

When comparing Cuisinart vs Calphalon, Cuisinart includes the tri-ply stainless steel for thorough heat distribution with the aluminum core in the middle. Calphalon products do include an aluminum core for even heating, but not the three layers.

Similarly to Calphalon, Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel products are dishwasher safe and oven safe as well.

Ideally, you want cookware that has a metal core that goes up the sides as well; this ensures even heat distribution and will heat up your pots and pans faster. Cuisinart offers several lines of cookware that have a stretched metal bottom. Both of these brands are similar in price, so if you want the best quality for your dollar, go with Cuisinart.

Analon vs Calphalon

Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set

Analon has a slight edge in durability over Calphalon. Their 11-Piece bronze set is well loved by customers for its style and unique color.

Its nonstick surface is long-lasting and scratch resistant, compared to Calphalon products that are known to scratch easily.

Analon sets generally are a bit more pricey than Calphalon, but no where near as expensive as All Clad. This makes Analon a good choice for those who want something between Calphalon and All Clad.

The Verdict

Choosing which brand of cookware to purchase can be a difficult decision. You need to consider what you can afford, and what it is you want to do with your cookware.

If you are someone who wants long lasting, high-quality cookware, and you are willing to shell out some extra money, go with All Clad. It really is the gold standard for cookware. If you plan on cooking only occasionally, and you would rather save some money, try Calphalon or one of the other brands.

Many people don’t own just one brand of cookware. Try different products and see what you like. You can build your own collection of pots and pans based off what your individual needs are. Good luck, and happy cooking.

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