All-Clad Essentials Nonstick Cookware, 10-Piece

Last updated date: July 16, 2020

DWYM Score
9.2

All-Clad Essentials Nonstick Cookware, 10-Piece

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Overall Take

Unlike most nonstick cookware, this set can withstand high heat and be used in the oven. It's made out of warp-resistant durable aluminum. You can stack the pans easily without scratching the surface. In our analysis of 54 expert reviews, the All-Clad All-Clad Essentials Nonstick Cookware, 10-Piece placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 16, 2020:
Checkout The Best Nonstick Cookware for a detailed review of all the top nonstick cookware.

Expert Summarized Score
8.4
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
64 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The 10-piece set includes everything you need to get your kitchen started
- The Kitchn
We’re fans of sets like these that include small and medium sauteé pans, both of which fit into the larger pan for storage.
- Good Housekeeping
All-Clad gets consistently high marks from home cooks and professional chefs alike, who rely on it for even distribution of heat and unmatched durability.
- CNET
With All-Clad anodized construction, robust PFOA-free nonstick and signature stainless-steel handles, the cooking quality is admirable—good sears, steady simmers and impressive egg recipes.
- All Cookware Find
The pots and pans have a PFOA-free nonstick surface that will easily release the food being fried so you can avoid the frustrating mess when the food sticks to the cooking surface.
- Kitchen Gear Zone
What experts didn't like

From The Manufacturer

You spoke we listened The essentials nonstick collection is thoughtfully designed to allow you to cook serve clean and store with ease Essential multi-purpose pieces move seamlessly from stovetop to oven to table and back into your cabinets where they nest without scratching the PFOA-free nonstick surface Fry steam roast boil and strain without worry - cleanup is a breeze! This set includes two fry pans an 8 5 inch and a 10 5 inch with sloped sides for easy flipping and tossing a 4 quart sauté pan with lid and straight sides for one-pan meals or deglazing after browning a 2 5 quart sauce pan with lid for preparing grains and rice a 7 quart Stockpot with lid and a multi-purpose insert for straining steaming and rinsing in the sink and a 13 inch square pan Perfect for griddling and roasting along With two bonus silicone Trivets for use on the table when serving or between pans when storing. Heat source: GAS - ELECTRIC - CERAMIC - HALOGEN.

An Overview On Nonstick Cookware

If you want to avoid using excess fat when cooking, but don’t want your food to stick to the bottom of your pots and pans, you need to invest in a nonstick cookware set. A nonstick coating is typically made out of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), of which Teflon is a commonly known brand. This surface is designed to allow food to brown on the pan without getting stuck to it.

Aside from using less fat when cooking, as less oil or cooking fat is needed when using nonstick pans, there are a number of other advantages to using nonstick cookware in your kitchen. One of the biggest perks is that these pots and pans are more affordable than their counterparts, which are often  made from stainless steel or copper. Most nonstick cookware is made out of aluminum, which is a less expensive material.

If you’re a beginner cook or one that often multitasks while cooking, nonstick pans make your job a little easier as you don’t have to worry about the food getting stuck to the pan while you’re distracted.

Nonstick cookware also means less cleanup. There are no burnt bits of food left for you to scrub once you’re done cooking. Plus, it’s an excellent choice to use with delicate food that may break apart when frying, such as fish. The nonstick coating helps to keep everything held together while cooking.

While nonstick cookware has many benefits, there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to purchase a set. For example, you cannot use nonstick cookware at very high temperatures, as that may cause the coating to melt. In addition, most nonstick cookware cannot be used in the oven, as it’s designed for stovetop use only.

Also, you should avoid using metal utensils with nonstick cookware as they can damage the coating. And nonstick cookware should not be placed in the dishwasher as that may cause the coating to come off.

DWYM Fun Fact

How long the nonstick coating lasts on your pots and pans depends on how well you take care of it. Avoid using metal utensils on your nonstick cookware, and instead go with wooden, plastic or silicon spoons and spatulas. This will ensure you don’t get any scratches in your coating.

While you don’t need to use oil when cooking with a nonstick pan, you should use a very small amount each time. Over time, food residue left over in the pan can affect the efficacy of the coating, and using a tiny amount of fat when cooking helps to preserve the nonstick coating of your cookware.

Be sure not to wash your nonstick pans with cold water when they are still hot, as the drastic temperature change can warp your pans.

The Nonstick Cookware Buying Guide

  • One of the most important things to pay attention to when buying nonstick cookware is the type of coating it has. The results you get will depend on the number of layers of coating and the type of formula that has been used on the cookware. This will also affect the price. If you’re going for longevity and durability, opt for three layers of nonstick coating, and make sure that the finish is matte, not shiny.
  • Most nonstick cookware is made out of aluminum because of its heat conductivity properties. Thicker aluminum pans will provide you with better heat distribution; however, they are also heavier and can be difficult to maneuver when full. Pans that are thin may warp more easily than thicker pans.
  • Nonstick cookware sets come with multiple pieces. Consider what kinds of cooking you do most often and ensure that the set includes the sizes of pots and pans you need. Keep in mind that nonstick cookware is not ideal for searing or browning. Most nonstick cookware sets come with multiple frying pans, pots, strainers and lids. Many will also include griddle trays and utensils.
  • Consider the style and décor of your kitchen. While many nonstick pans are black or grey with glass lids, you can also find some sets that bring a bright pop of color to your kitchen. These are great for both vintage and contemporary styles.
  • Do you have trouble figuring out when your pan has heated up? Opt for nonstick cookware that comes with a thermo-spot indicator. This is a red marking in the middle of each pan that turns bright red when the pan has been sufficiently preheated.