If you are a professional chef, you definitely know the importance of the types of cookware that should be in your tool house. And if you are someone like me that just loves cooking, having to choose the best cookware comes with a little bit of difficulty. This is because for a professional chef, he/she has experienced different kinds of cookware and thus, knows exactly what to go for. But for me, I will have to consider some options in order to choose the one that is best for me. In this review, I am going to take you through a journey of the selection processes that I underwent before choosing from two close competitive cookware; Mauviel Cookware and All Clad Cookware.
Firstly, I will start with what these cookware have in common. Base on online reviews and product description, the two cookware have the following in common;
- Durability: Both brands are using ultra-sustainable products to make their cookware last. Indeed, the copper material for Mauviel and the stainless steel from All Clad are known to last a lifetime and is often transferred from generation to generation.
- Warranty: Both brands give a Limited Lifetime Warranty on all their cookware that protects you from the faults or craftsmanship problems of the manufacturer.
- Caring and cleaning: Both brands argue that their cookware is a secure dishwasher, but most specialists online suggest hand washing to prevent scratching, warping and unnecessary harm due to excessive heat and contact with sharp dishwasher utensils.
With the similarities done and dusted, I will go ahead to compare three close competitive sets;
Mauviel M’Cook 5 Ply Stainless Steel Cookware VS All-Clad Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Cookware
All-Clad 401599 Stainless Steel is one of the finest cookware presently available in stainless steel. It has a triply construction consisting of binding aluminum layers sandwiched among 18/10 layers of stainless steel. In addition to extending the lifespan of cookware, this bonding and cladding technology also guarantees even heat distribution. The heat flows from the bottom to the sides uniformly. This eliminates warm spots that cause the bottom portion to be warped. Mauviel M’Cook 5 Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set is a single-ply kitchen set appropriate for mostly unmarried individuals. The parts satisfy most of your kitchen cooking needs, but at a high budget price. The parts of this collection, like the All-Clad cookware are produced in stainless steel of high quality – 18/10. The aluminum capsular disk layer is placed at the bottom of the parts to evenly distribute heat.
For the All-Clad, the dripping-free property of the rims is also a great feature. It keeps your sides clean and removes mess on your countertops. About the handles, they are also made up of stainless steel, and this means that they have great cooling property, though I wouldn’t advice you hold any of the cookware straight out of the oven. For extended durability, these handles are then riveted onto the pans. The Mauviel cookware doesn’t have the dripping-free property, it is also made of steel handles but it differs in riveting.
The All-Clad and Mauviel cookware both come with stainless steel cover, but that of All-Clad has a more comfortable loop-handle that makes it more easily to open. All the parts of All-Clad can withstand up to 550F oven and they can also be used in a freezer for food storage. For the Mauviel, if you don’t mind the changes in appearance from heat, you can use the pots at 500F temperatures. Both pots are compatible with induction cookers and cooktops like gas, ceramic, and electrical cooktops. They are also secure for dishwasher.
If I have to choose between these two, I will have to go with the Mauviel. It has a 5-ply construction and it is relatively cheaper.
Mauviel M’Cook – 14 Piece Set Stainless Steel Vs All-Clad 14-Piece Brushed 18/10 Stainless Steel 5-Ply Bonded Cookware Set
The Mauviel M’Cook-14 Piece Set is another Mauviel cookware set for chefs in their kitchen needing more alternatives. There are 14 pieces in total and it has a highly polished kitchen surface. The set keeps its appearance without changing the flavor of food. The 14-piece All-Clad BD005714 D5 Brushed 18/10 Stainless Steel 5-Ply cookware is a cooking set that is professionally styled. The constituent parts of stainless steel have a soft tulip shape. This shape improves the general thermal effectiveness and its modern appearance. At the bottom of the pieces, a thick aluminum core is encapsulated between 18/10 layers of stainless steel. Note that the core of aluminum is only at the bottom and does not stretch along the sets ‘ wall or sides. Regardless, there is still a good thermal distribution at the bottom.
The Mauviel cookware has cool handles with elevated strength in stainless steel safely riveted on each piece of the cookware. It has a tightly fitted, self-basting cover that seals in moisture. Because of this, it tends to shorten cooking time and food flavors are also maintained. For All-Clad, The handles of stainless steel are safely attached to the pots. As a result, when held, they have better balance compared to Mauviel. This is one thing that most users like about this cookware. But then if you are an experienced cook, you will know the importance of flavor.
The edges of Mauviel tapered for easy drip-free transmission of contents on all parts. The set can accommodate all kinds of furnaces, including inductive types. The heat surround technology used inside the parts equally distributes heat from underneath to the sides. Therefore, as you cook, heat spots are not present. It can withstand oven heat of up to 500F, I am not sure if there is discoloration as I didn’t see such in the reviews. However, there are high tendencies of them scratching when the bottoms are sliding on gas cooktops. I also do not like the fact that the lids are not see through and the cleaning of the rivets is very hard.
For the All-Clad, the lid is also made of stainless steel. So it can resist relatively elevated quantities of heat because of this. Not only is this cookware secure for dishwasher, it is also secure for broilers. It is compatible with a variety of cooking methods; induction and glass stovetops included. However, the reviewers who used it said that burnt food tends to stick, which then becomes difficult to wash.
All-Clad Copper Core 5-Ply Cookware Set VS Mauviel M150S
The Mauviel M150S-10 Piece Set is quite expensive, but it’s also hi-end and sure to last because it has a lifetime guarantee to prove it. It is made up of 1.9 qt. and 2.7 qt lid cupboards, 3.2 qt. lid saute pan, 6.4 qt. Lid stockpot and a skillet (10”) among others. These are important elements that must be in your kitchen. It is a full copper set with just 10% 18/10 stainless steel covers. The handles are made of polished bronze which makes it great for high temperature kitchen duties. The All-Clad 600822 SS Copper Core 5-Ply set is a cookware collection of quality without the high price tag that often comes with copper. For comfort and perfect balance, the cool-grip handles are contoured and riveted for safety. The sets, especially the pots are 400 F secure in the oven. All parts are safe to clean with the dishwasher and the pots are suitable for use on every cooking stovetop, including induction cooker. With parts like the 1/2-quart saucepan, two 1/2-quart sauce pan and an 8-quart saucepan and skillet, you can be rest assured that your kitchen is covered.
According to the reviews, the only problem that seems to be wrong with Mauviel is the lids, and I mean compared to the All-Clad counterpart when I say this. The lids of the Mauviel cookware are said to be poorly designed as it allows moisture to escape. On temperature, both sets can be used in the oven and they are compatible with any stovetop. However, the Mauviel cookware cannot be used with an induction cooker because unlike All-Clad, it is mostly copper. All-Clad wins this for me. The prices are not much different and I will go with All-clad particularly because of the induction cooker factor.