Which brand is the better choice?
All Clad technology makes their stainless steel cookware better than Viking stainless steel sets. On the other hand, Viking has a much more durable nonstick set.
Viking Tri-Ply Cookware Vs All Clad Tri-Ply Cookware
Tri-ply cookware is thicker than other forms (read: impact-bonded) from the fusion of three different layers of metal into one body. Stainless steel is chosen for its durability (as well as ease of maintenance) with aluminum or copper in the middle layer for better heat conduction.
The first difference between the sets offered by Viking and All Clad is in the numbers.
While Viking comes as only a 13-piece set, the options from All Clad allow you pick all the way from a 5-unit pack to the largest 21-piece set. This makes All Clad a better choice for fitting different cooking capacities!
Cleaning And Durability
Diverting attention to the build, both sets feature stainless steel on the outside. That way, cleaning is a breeze and durability is suddenly not to be questioned.
With aluminum on the inside of both units, you should expect the same range of heating performance. Likewise, they are both suitable for use in ovens, on the stovetop and on grills.
However, multiple users have reported that the All Clad set doesn’t live up to its name in being dishwasher safe.
Both cooking sets come with riveted handles made of the same steel material as the outer body. The choice of steel is so that the heat does not get transferred too much to the handles during handling – but that is not the case with the Vikings set which is notorious for hotter handles.
Every Other Thing
Another issue you might want to look out for on the All-Clad set is a discoloration (usually a yellowing) after the very first use. That, combined with a sticking problem that may users seem to be complaining about.
Things are not all rosy for the Vikings tri-ply set either. The same discoloration issue has been reported with some sets here while the handles get hot – hotter than you would expect, that is.
Besides the obvious price advantage that Vikings already hold here, their units also come with a pasta insert which eliminates the need for a separate colander. Overall, All-Clad D3 offers better performance than the Viking set.
Viking 5-Ply Stainless Cookware Vs All Clad 5-Ply Bonded Cookware
If tri-ply units are known to have three layers, then it is just rational than the 5-ply picks get five different layers too. That is exactly the case here.
For the Vikings set, three layers of aluminum are wedged between two external coatings of stainless steel for a better balance of performance and durability. All Clad takes a more unique approach to their set, bonding aluminum and stainless steel in alternating layers resulting in stainless steel on the outsides of the unit.
The latter design allows for even heating in the cookware while the design from Vikings will lead to faster heating and performance.
Compatibility with induction cooktops is guaranteed on both models. By extension, they also hold up great in dishwashers, ovens and boilers.
Not only that, but the heat distribution mechanism in both models ensures even cooking. All that, and we have not mentioned the tendency for All Clad cookware to reach a uniform temperature faster than the Viking 5-ply sets.
Even though both 5-ply cookware sets have been specially designed to account for optimal heat transfer models, their riveted handles don’t harbor any of the heat – vastly improving the ease of handling.
Finally, it comes down to the pieces offered in each set.
Viking keeps to habit in offering just one pick of 10 pieces, but All Clad is having none of that. Designing as much as 4 different picks (5-piece, 7-piece, 10-piece and 14-piece), they are the clear winners in the choice department.
But, there’s a catch: You would have to splurge more than half of what you would be getting a similar Viking set for on an All Clad D5 set. This instantly blows most of the All Clad argument out of the water when a performance-price comparison is made.
Every Other Thing
Before you put your money on the Viking 5-ply set, you should know that they have a common discoloration problem. The relatively good news is, this problem might even be worse on the All Clad sets. That, in addition to both units suffering so much from having sticky residue after cooking is done.
Given that the All Clad set promises to be oven-proof, the material of built looks too light to make that true. We know that Vikings make some of their products outside of the US, but All Clad might have done the same thing with this one, only to pass it off as a US product.
For those who are willing to shell out some more serious bucks for almost the same problems you would face with a Vikings set, All Clad is an ideal pick. Otherwise, stick with the Viking set.
Viking Hard Anodized Non-Stick Vs All Clad Hard Anodized Non-Stick
As the name implies, non-stick cookware is there to get rid of all your sticky food problems. If you love to make certain sticky meals (think omelets) but do not like to deal with the hassle of cleaning the cookware afterwards, these are the ideal picks for you.
These sets achieve the non-stick feature by carrying special coating on the inside which repels all advances from your food, so to speak.
Now that we know why they are important, which is the best for you between these two? For one, this is going to be a tough pick.
Both sets employ the same PFOA-free coating material to ensure a healthier cooking for you. However, Vikings pulls forward here in offering three layers of coating material on each of the cookware. That instantly makes it the better option for maximum food release with the least risk of residue.
In fact, the triple coating from Vikings could make all the difference in your choice. With many users reporting the thin coating on their All Clad wearing off in just a couple of months of regular use, the aim of the sets seems to be defeated in its entirety.
On another front, these two models are great for use in the oven, and on induction cookers too. For both models, though, the glass lids make them less practical for ovens at higher temperatures.
On the flipside, the 8” product from the Viking set is not suitable for use on an induction cooker, which is not the case on its rival model. One thing the rival sets could both agree on, though, are the riveted stainless-steel handles. That makes for warmer handles, a more comfortable hold and durability (from the rivets).
Unfortunately for All Clad, this is where the party ends. Vikings, on the other hand, makes a practical addition of measuring markings in the larger vessels for better addition or reduction of ingredients. The set also comes with flared rims (on the fry pans) to aid easy tossing/ drip-free pouring. For good measure, the Vikings non-stick set is reportedly more dishwasher safe than its rival.
Sadly, Viking offers this non-stick set with only a 10-piece option. All Clad does better on their end, allowing customers pick from an 8-piece package through the 13-piece offering.
Comparing on pricing levels, though, All Clad manages to edge out Viking.
But then, price is not everything. Looking at the performance, ergonomics and of course, functionality, we would pick the Vikings non-stick over the All Clad alternative many times over.
There, you have a comparison of three (3) different product ranges from both manufacturers. You cannot but agree that they closely follow each other in term of details, performance, user-friendliness and ergonomics.
While they are both great brands, the differences cannot be ignored.
From the above, All Clad will always be the best bet if you don’t look at the price tag – and if you are willing to live with the slew of problems they could spring up in no time. Given that all their products are totally made in the US, you have more assurance of the value you are getting for every penny spent. That is not to mention being able to choose from a variety of set options rather than being confined to a standard choice.
Viking, on the other hand, are on a mission to make the best specifications available at a more reasonable price range. This, they do by sourcing/ making some of their products away from the US. You can also check out our review of the full Viking cookware lineup.
True, they might suffer a little bit in quality in some areas, but chances are you wouldn’t even notice – especially for the prices they come at.