As a cooking instructor, this writer has had the opportunity to cook with most of the name brands. I also own a number of pieces from different manufacturers and have extensive experience with three high-quality lines, All-Clad, Calphalon and Le Creuset. When a no-name set started wearing out four years ago, Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Cookware assumed a prominent place in my kitchen.
At a Glance
- 18/10 stainless steel inside and out, aluminum core
- Available in 7- and 12-piece sets
- Stainless steel riveted handles
- Drip-free pouring rims
- Limited lifetime warranty
- Even heating across the pan's base and sides
- Handles stay cool
- Brushed aluminum exterior
- Low price relative to similar sets
- Not available with non-stick interiors (some other Cuisinart products are non-stick)
Guide Review: Cuisinart Cookware -- Multiclad Pro
What I wanted in a new set of cookware: clad, stainless steel cookware to eliminate (or at least minimize) hot spots; riveted handles, because this was the main weak point in the old set, which had welded handles. And they were failing. It also had to be dishwasher-safe, and finally, completely oven-proof.
I'd used most of the clad cookware available but not any made by Cuisinart. So ordering a Cuisinart Multiclad Pro skillet to give it a try seemed like a good strategy, since buying the whole set is expensive, and you want to be sure the quality is what you are looking for. The skillet was used frequently over a month's time and was impressive. It had good balance, a nice, long handle that didn't get hot at all and was comfortable to hold, and it cleaned up beautifully. So after that successful test, ordering 10-piece set seemed like a good idea.
This turned out to be an excellent choice. Even when you get distracted and leave an empty skillet heating on the stove at medium-high heat for 15 minutes or burn rice in a saucepan, the Cuisinart Multiclan Pro pans survive nicely. You can use the soup pot as a braiser in the oven with complete success and maintain perfect control of a tomato sauce reduction that took three hours in the saute pan.
You can put this cookware through the wringer, and you will find it to be dependable and consistent. With the occasional help of Barkeeper's Friend (a mildly abrasive stainless-steel cleanser), you can keep it looking as good as new. Best of all, it's about half the price of equivalent brands. You can feel good about recommending this Cuisinart cookware to your foodie friends.
(The non-stick cookware is not covered in this review. Non-stick always has a limited life, although Cuisinart should honor its guarantee.)