It offers 12 pieces in total which includes saucepans, skillets, sauté pans, stockpot and a steamer. It can be used by beginners and expert cooks as it lives up to the expectations and is an ideal choice for domestic purpose.
The built of the pieces ensures that the heat is evenly distributed and it cooks the food uniformly. The pieces have triple-ply construction with an aluminum core which is the reason for its excellent conduction of heat.
The lids fit tightly and are great in retaining heat and moisture for efficient cooking. The pieces do not lose their shine even after many washes and therefore continues to add an aesthetic appeal to the kitchen.
Also, the triple-ply stainless steel body with an aluminum core is quite effective in providing uniform heat from every direction to cook the food. The Cuisinart chef’s classic reviews are very positive and always echo of their magnificent look and their excellent performing non-stick surface which is reinforced with titanium.
The cookware must be cleaned by a soft sponge or a dishcloth and dishwasher should be avoided as hard detergents will damage the beautiful exteriors. The lids fit tightly and capture heat and moisture and, avoid their leakage and, in turn, cook the food uniformly.
The set is not dishwasher safe, it might be looked upon as a disadvantage but since it is so easy to clean, it is well compensated for. The heat is conducted uniformly through the distinctive composition of the exterior and hotspots are eliminated.
Under many Cuisinart contour stainless review, the set finds its mention now and then and has been a choice for many. It includes saucepans, sauté pans, stockpot, non-stick skillet, and a steamer insert.
The rims provide drip-free pouring and the strong handles ensure easy maneuverability. The mirror finish looks extraordinary and the aluminum encapsulated bottom is efficient in conducting heat, uniformly.
The versatility of this set and lifetime warranty on handles is good distinctive features. To provide better conduction, the manufacturers have used an aluminum encapsulated base which spreads heat quickly and uniformly.
One of the major advantages this holds over the previous cookware sets is the number of pieces it offers and this trait is lauded in Cuisinart chef’s classic reviews. Additionally, you can cook a meal for a crowd or just your family and therefore, it can be used for a domestic or professional purpose.
The pieces will even keep your food warm after it has been cooked and you can eat it at your own convenience as the lids can tightly be affixed and it helps in retaining heat and moisture. It is highly versatile due to its durable nature which is also economical since one does not need to buy different or other utensils for cooking through different means.
It is a common suggestion on Cuisinart stainless steel cookware reviews when it comes to cooking meals for many people. One of the main reasons that this cookware set has made it in this list is because it does not compromise its versatility for its looks.
The aluminum core in its base ensures even heating and its non-stick interior provides lasting food release and easy cleaning as it is also dishwasher safe. The pieces can also be used on the stove top or in the oven, and they are chest freezer safe for easy food storage.
It highly compliments modular kitchens and is praised for its looks under Cuisinart cookware set reviews. The silicone handles are well-riveted and provide a good grip and do not get heated on being used on a stove top.
Durability is of no use if the cookware cannot be handled easily; the utensils should help in cooking in every possible manner. Even in various Cuisinart contour stainless review, their classic looks were appreciated and the same can be said for chef’s special.
It becomes necessary to also provide many pieces in a cookware set to ensure that the customer’s requirements are fulfilled. Pans and skillets are the most utilized cookware and Cuisinart has ensured to increase their number in almost every set.
Under Cuisinart professional stainless-steel cookware, the brand offers a range of durable and versatile products which generally have an aluminum encapsulated bottom for quick and uniform heating. It indeed offers a variety of cookware sets which balances aesthetic appeal and versatility in different ratios.
If you need it for professional use, choose the one leaning towards versatility while for domestic purpose, the stunners can be opted for. Cuisinart provides multi-faceted cookware with stunning looks and therefore, they are ideal for professional as well as domestic cooking.
The cookware sets are value for money as they can be used in different methods of cooking without the worry of damaging them or reducing their life. If you're in the market for affordable yet good quality clad stainless cookware, you should definitely consider the Cuisinart brand.
Cuisinart makes a huge array of cookware lines, including several clad stainless options. We also include shorter reviews of the lesser known and less popular lines (as well as buying options) so you can do a full comparison.
This table summarizes the differences and should help get you looking in the right direction for your cookware purchase. These makes sense, as Cuisinart is synonymous with “food processor” for many people.
The food processor was an almost instant success in the US, and the Cuisinart company was born. Cuisinart was sold to Cohere --yes, the blow-dryer company--in 1989, after which they expanded into other small kitchen appliances and cookware.
Cuisinart is still owned by Cohere today, and cookware is now a large segment of their business, selling dozens of lines of cookware, including clad stainless, nonstick, enameled cast iron, and more. One notable exception is their French Classic cookware line (reviewed below), which is made in--that's right--France.
This takes advantage of the best attributes of the metals: durable stainless on the outside, heat-spreading aluminum (and/or copper) on the inside. The combination makes for durable cookware that provides excellent heating performance.
Most versions of Cuisinart clad stainless cookware use this design, with several variations on the theme (as you will see in the reviews below). What makes cookware good isn't the number of layers, but rather, the quality and amount of the materials used.
In disc-clad cookware, the bottom of the pot or pan has a layer of cladding that contains heat-spreading aluminum (and/or other materials). This bottom disc is bonded to the sides, which are a single layer of stainless.
Depending on the configuration, this can result in a circle of abrupt heat discontinuity where the cladding ends. This is most noticeable on pans that rely on the curved sides for cooking, such as a skillet or a saucier.
A bad (i.e., poor heat spreading) disc-clad configuration is a too-small and too-thin disc, shown in cross-section here (this is Cuisinart Chef's Classic cookware): Manufacturers save a lot of money with cheap disc cladding.
Always read the marketing write up carefully to make sure the cookware has full cladding (if that's what you want, anyway). However, their Professional Series has the wraparound configuration that offers wonderful performance.
Needless to say, we much prefer the Professional Series to the Chef's Classic, and for skillets and saucers, we recommend fully-clad pieces, like Multi clad Pro. You just need to be mindful of the discontinuity and compensate with extra stirring to help your solid foods cook evenly.
Demeter Atlantis (see it on Amazon) is some of the highest quality cookware in the world, and its straight-sided pieces are all disc-clad. On the other hand, if the disc cladding is too small and too thin (as in the first diagram above), it won't have good heating properties, and you should only buy if you can't afford better quality cookware.
Also, we do not recommend ever buying a bottom-clad skillet, as the sides of the pan are such an integral part of cooking. However: If you want to save some money and don't mind having non-matching cookware, you can do so by buying pieces like a roasting pan and a stock pot with cheap disc cladding (or in the case of the roasting pan, no cladding at all).
These pieces do not rely so much on heating properties to perform well, so you can save money by buying lower-end stock and put those dollars towards a top quality skillet, sauce pan and/or sauté pan: these are the pieces that get the most use and abuse in your kitchen, as well as the pieces that need excellent heating properties, so they're the ones that need to be top quality. When we research and review cookware, we look at six attributes: heating, durability, stability, ease of care, design/aesthetics, and value.
We give each cookware line (or individual piece) a rating from one to five in each category and an overall average. This provides a clear, easy-to-follow system that should be of great help in picking out cookware.
They use their triply clad stainless for all-purpose cooking and pull out the cast iron for searing or deep-frying. They may also have an aluminum skillet with a nonstick coating for eggs and other sticky foods (which may or may not have good heat retention, depending on how thick it is).
Real cookware geeks may also have a top-quality pan like a Demeter Proline skillet, opting for top performance over ease of use. The task also matters: for example, a cast iron Dutch oven is going to be far superior to a lighter weight clad stainless Dutch oven for oven braising, as the cast iron simply holds onto heat in a superior way; the heavier lid also aids in reducing evaporation (important when braising).
However, cast iron isn't necessary for most sauteing and pan frying needs, and triply clad stainless usually provide better results (as well as being easier to use). For example, copper is the fastest and most even heating, but it's expensive and can be hard to maintain.
So you can see that heating properties is a subject worthy of its own article (if not book). The kitchen can be a hostile environment, demanding a lot out of cookware, knives, dinnerware, small appliances, and more.
Most people want cookware that can stand up to hard use, even if this means it's not as easy to take care of. Cast iron cookware may be even more durable, but it's not as versatile, so clad stainless wins this category.
This is primarily concerned with cooking surface, and not a pan's exterior construction. Clad stainless wins this category, too, as it is an extremely stable, non-reactive material.
The only other cooking surface that's close is glass/ceramic, which loses out on other ratings (for example, it conducts heat terribly, and if a nonstick coating applied to an aluminum pan, doesn't last very long). Clad stainless can be sticky and a pain to wash, especially when not used properly (see our section on use below), so it doesn't win this category--that honor goes to nonstick.
First, aesthetics: You may think this is a foolish thing to look at for something as utilitarian as cookware, but let's be honest: it matters. The beauty of your cookware set can make or break how much you enjoy and value your kitchen time.
If you're considering a set, are the pan sizes large enough, or are there a bunch of filler pieces you won't use? Good quality clad stainless cookware is a joy to use and should fulfill almost all of your use requirements.
Occasionally, you may have to compromise (such as the handles on All-Clad triply, which a lot of people hate, but otherwise love the cookware). And the cost of clad stainless cookware is all over the place, so there are a few considerations involved in buying wisely.
A good quality set of clad stainless cookware is going to be a larger initial investment, but it's going to last decades; even mediocre clad stainless cookware is going to last for a very long time. This makes its cost-per-year-of-use low; probably even lower than the inexpensive nonstick cookware.
Most clad stainless cookware also comes with a lifetime warranty, so you can also factor that into the value--if a piece rusts or warps, the manufacturer will replace it, no questions asked. In the long run, your cost-per-year-of-use will be so low that you'll realize what a wise investment you made all those years ago.
Having said that, though, you do not have to buy at the top of the market to get good quality clad stainless cookware. Cuisinart Multi clad Pro is one of the best clad stainless values you'll find anywhere: You get All-Clad-like performance, and close to All-Clad quality, too, for a fraction of the cost.
Another is that they skimp on their stainless, and no longer use 18/10 grade for their cookware (this according to the Century Life website). And, if a piece does warp or rust, Cuisinart will replace it free of charge.
Whenever you buy a brand of cookware made in China, you are taking a risk. If you already own a lot of cookwares, you may want to instead focus on augmenting your collection with a few choice pieces.
You might think a premium retailer like Williams-Sonoma will be more expensive, but often they aren't, AND they might throw in a free extra piece with your purchase. Avoid sets that have everything but the kitchen sink; utensils and mixing bowls tend to be poor quality when included in a cookware set, as does the cookware itself--and again, you will probably prefer to pick out your own pieces.
Remember that you don't have to spend a fortune to get good quality, though you should read reviews and educate yourself so you can get exactly what you want without overspending. One of the biggest complaints about clad stainless cookware is that it's hard to clean.
For this reason, there are a lot of people who only buy nonstick cookware, despite its many drawbacks. There's a technique to cooking on clad stainless, and once you have it figured out, you'll find that it's not nearly as difficult to maintain as you may have heard.
Turn on the heat and let the pan get hot before adding any oil or food. Depending on your cook top and the heft of your cookware, this can take several minutes.
You can also use nonstick aerosol spray (like Pam) as long as you coat the entire cooking area. The hot oil forms a sort of barrier so your food won't stick as much and also helps create that wonderful fond that adds so much flavor (see Millard reaction for more info on this).
When it's developed a nice browned “crust,” it will release from the pan on its own--no sticking! This not only fancies up your meal, but also removes a lot of the goop from the pan, making it even easier to wash.
Clad stainless is never going to be as easy to clean as nonstick, but if you use it properly, you will rarely have an awful mess on your hands. Dishwasher soap is abrasive, and it can dull the surface of stainless cookware.
Because of its similarity to All-Clad triply, Multi clad Pro is also Cuisinart's highest quality cookware line. Closest to All Clad triply of any knockoff Stainless lids Drip-free lips Cool grip handles Oven safe to 550F (including lids) High polish finish (makes for easier cleaning) Dishwasher safe (though we recommend hand washing all cookware) Induction compatible Helper handles on large pieces Limited lifetime warranty Made in China.
MC Pro's aluminum layer may be slightly thinner, as it will crash a little more rapidly than an All-Clad triply skillet when you add cold food, but not by much. Most cooks won't notice the difference unless doing something like searing a steak, where heat retention is important (and you should use cast iron for this task anyway, because all triply is going to lose heat more quickly than cast iron).
Cuisinart isn't completely transparent about the grade of stainless steel they use in their cookware. According to CenturyLink.org, Cuisinart stopped claiming to use 18/10 grade stainless several years ago (even though the Amazon listings may say otherwise).
This is unfortunate, because stainless grades of 18/0 or less is less corrosion resistant and therefore more prone to rusting, pitting, and discoloration. But we tried to make this happen several times, with several pieces, and couldn't cause any of the MC Pro pans to warp.
Cuisinart honors their warranty and will provide excellent customer service should you have problems. Stability refers to how much cookware will react with food and other things it comes in contact with.
Being stainless steel, these pans are going to be very stable, not reacting with food or rusting. Stainless steel is not the easiest surface to clean; that honor goes to nonstick cookware.
The highly polished surface is very smooth and cleans up as easily as other clad stainless cookware we've tested except Demeter, which has a proprietary finish that makes cleanup easier. They're also split where they attach to the pan, allowing for air flow, which keeps the handles cool.
Excellent price Very good quality Limited lifetime warranty. Small pieces in sets so you'll probably need to supplement Uncertain what grade of stainless is used.
If you're looking for a set very close in construction and performance to All-Clad, Multi clad Pro is one of your best options at the best price. This is reflected in the price, as it is Cuisinart's most expensive clad cookware line.
If you prefer the design to Multi clad Pro, or want cookware that's not made in China, Cuisinart French Classic offers good performance and a beautiful aesthetic. Closest to All Clad triply of any knock off (similar to Multi clad Pro) Stainless lids Cool grip handles Oven safe to 500F (including lids) High Polish finish (makes for easier cleaning) Dishwasher safe (though we recommend hand washing all cookware) Induction compatible Helper handles on large pieces Limited lifetime warranty Made in France.
Once again, French Classic is basically Multi clad Pro with a different design, so the heating properties are some of the best to be found among affordable clad stainless cookware. Once again, see the Multi clad Pro section above, all of which applies to Cuisinart French Classic.
We let pans sit for several hours with water in them, used generous amounts of salt and acids in cooking, and had no issues at all with the cookware. The vast majority of product reviews (on Amazon and elsewhere) support our testing.
However, a small percentage of buyers reported warping, rusting, discoloration, and a few other quality issues. Stability refers to how much cookware will react with food and other things it comes in contact with.
Being stainless steel, French Classic pots and pans are going to be extremely non-reactive. They may be less stable than a brand like, say, All-Clad, because of the unknown grade of stainless steel that Cuisinart uses.
Stainless steel is not the easiest surface to clean; that honor goes to nonstick cookware. The reason for this is the high polish finish which creates a smooth exterior.
Right now brushed exteriors are popular because they hide wear and imperfections, but for ease of cleaning, the more polished the finish, the better. The high polish and the long Snoopy handles give these pots and pans an expensive, classy air.
Some drawbacks: Cuisinart French Classic does not have grooved lips for drip-free pouring, and they do drip. This was probably an aesthetic choice; French skillets never have lips, so to remain consistent they kept all the pieces lip-free.
The handles are squarish and have an indentation to help with grip (which Multi clad Pro doesn't have): The stainless lids and helper handles on the larger pieces are excellent.
The difference isn't huge, but we find the Multi clad Pro skillets more usable overall. At about $300 for the 10-piece set and $90 for a 12-inch skillet, this is one of Cuisinart's higher priced cookware lines.
If you think this is too much to pay for what is essentially a fancier version of Multi clad Pro, deduct a point. Beautiful Good quality Made in France (not China) Limited lifetime warranty.
Essentially higher-priced Multi clad Pro No lips for drip-free pouring Not sure what the grade of stainless steel is (though it's probably below 18/10). If you want a fancier version of Multi clad Pro, the French Classic is the way to go.
Or if you want to buy an affordable set that's not made in China, French Classic is a great option. By the way, both lines have several individual pieces available, as well, if you want to avoid buying a set.
The thick aluminum base with the wraparound design makes this surprisingly well-performing cookware. “Wraparound” disc cladding with thick aluminum base (minimizes heating discontinuity) Glass lids (though 11-piece set on Amazon has stainless lids) Cool grip handles Oven safe to 500F (including lids) High polish finish (makes for easier cleaning) Dishwasher safe (though we recommend hand washing all cookware) Induction compatible Helper handles on large pieces Limited lifetime warranty Made in China.
This design is strikingly similar to high-end bottom-clad cookware like Demeter Atlantis and Fisher. Professional Series doesn't contain any copper like Demeter, however, the thick aluminum base provides excellent, even heating, especially in comparison to cheaper lines of disc-clad cookware (like the Chef's Classic, reviewed below).
The wraparound design minimizes the heat discontinuity found with most disc-clad cookware: where the cladding ends, there's a ring where the heat is either too high from gas flames, or too low from an electric or induction hob. With a disc that extends slightly up the side of the pan, this ring of discontinuity is very, very small.
(In fact, you will find full cladding on the Demeter Atlantis pieces with curved sides for this very reason). It's something you can grow accustomed to using, and compensate for by stirring food regularly to even out the heating.
If you don't mind adjusting your skillet techniques somewhat, the Professional Series is absolutely a strong competitor to the higher-end (and much more expensive) disc clad cookware. We deducted a point for the disc cladding, but if you don't think this will bother you, you can consider this to have 4-star heating properties.
This doesn't affect heating performance, but may make the pans more prone to denting. Even though the Professional Series didn't show any signs of corrosion or rusting in our testing, we deducted half a point here (we give most clad stainless cookware 4 stars for durability).
Even so, clad stainless cookware is extremely durable and should last you many years, if not decades. And if you do have issues, Cuisinart's limited lifetime warranty should allow you to replace any piece that doesn't hold up to normal kitchen use.
Stability refers to how much cookware will react with food; for example, aluminum and cast iron cookware both react with acidic foods, which can impart an off, metallic taste to your meals. Being stainless steel, Professional Series pans are highly stable and non-reactive.
Because of the unknown grade of stainless steel that Cuisinart uses, Professional Series cookware may be less stable than a brand like, say, All-Clad. However, in our testing, the pans showed normal reactivity: that is to say, they are very stable, as is most stainless steel cookware.
Stainless steel is not the easiest surface to clean; only nonstick cookware gets that accolade. We give all clad stainless cookware an average rating for ease of care, and the Professional Series is no different.
Dutch oven in the larger set is also nice, and as we've already mentioned, most people are going to love the steamer insert. When you compare Cuisinart Professional Series to high-end bottom-clad cookware like Demeter Atlantis--which it was probably designed to compete with--the price makes it a no-brainer.
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However, it is one of Cuisinart's most affordable and most inclusive lines of cookware, as you can find double boilers, roasting pans, woks, pasta pots, and other open stock pieces not available in many of Cuisinart's other cookware lines. Colors include red, white, blue, and copper in addition to stainless.
Many retailers carry Chef's Classic, but Amazon, Walmart and Bed, Bath & Beyond generally have the best selection. Disc-clad aluminum base (not induction compatible) Glass lids (though 11-piece set on Amazon has stainless lids in photo) Cool grip handles Oven safe to 500F (including lids) High polish finish (makes for easier cleaning) Dishwasher safe (though we recommend hand washing all cookware) Many open stock pieces available, as well as several colors Limited lifetime warranty Made in China.
), and it's mostly a factor with frying and sauteing and not such an issue with steaming and boiling, but it's still a pain. If you want to skimp, we recommend you go with the Professional Series, which provides much better heating for not much more money.
However, in our testing we did not see any noticeable corrosion, rusting, or pitting, so we didn't deduct any points. We can't give it 4 stars, as we do to 18/10 products, but Chef's Classic is certainly equal to other stainless lines of Cuisinart cookware.
The same goes for stability: being clad stainless, Chef's Classic cookware is going to hold up and not be reactive with food. If you don't care about induction, you can raise the rating half a point.
The cookware is pretty, it's finished to nice high polish, and it has lips for drip-free pouring. The mediocre disc cladding is kind of a deal breaker for us--but everything else about this cookware is adequate or even above average.
The 8 qt stock pot is nice, and the steamer insert is a wonderful piece. Being on the bottom end of the clad stainless market, Chef's Classic may deserve a 5-star rating for value.
Economically priced Lots of buying options, including several open stock pieces not found in other Cuisinart cookware lines. Mediocre heating properties (too-small bottom cladding) Not induction compatible Not sure what the grade of stainless steel is (though it's below 18/10) Made in China.
If you're primarily interested in saving money, then Chef's Classic is the way to go. It's not a terrible option for a starter kitchen and has a lot of open stock pieces like roasting pans and woks, but you can do better.
For higher quality and better performance, spend a little more and get the Professional Series, or a little more yet and get the fully-clad Multi clad Pro (both reviewed above). On the other hand, if you don't care about matching cookware and want to save on pieces that don't get a lot of use and/or abuse--stock pots and roasting pans, for example--Chef's Classic is actually a decent option.
The hammered collection is one Cuisinart's fancier cookware sets, and it really is beautiful in either finish. Also, the pieces are a little small, with a 1 qt saucier, which is really just a tiny sauce pan with no lid.
Overall, This is very pretty cookware and if you love it, you can make it work--but functionally, there are better options available. Stainless lids Cool grip, hollow handles Oven safe to 500F (including lids) Hammered finish Stainless set is induction compatible; Copper set is not induction compatible.
Stainless set is dishwasher safe (though we recommend hand washing all cookware), Copper set is not dishwasher safe Limited lifetime warranty Made in China. It makes people think they're getting something great, when in reality, both the copper and the stainless heated almost exactly the same.
The copper discolors easily and while it won't affect the functionality, people are buying the cover for its beauty, and it's hard to keep it looking good. You may find that the copper scrubs right off if you use a harsh abrasive on the exterior (like Barkeeper's Friend).
We deduct half a point because we're unsure what grade of stainless Cuisinart uses, but it's probably not 18/10, so there's a greater possibility of corrosion. The copper exterior is even harder to maintain as it will discolor easily, especially if you have a gas stove.
The discoloration won't affect performance, but if you want to keep it looking new, you may have to invest a fair amount of effort. This effort may also result in scrubbing the copper plating off (though we had no issues in testing).
The Hammered Collections get 5 stars for beauty, but we deduct points for a few things. The hollow handles are great and do manage to stay cool very well (though use a heating pad if you're cooking on gas).
Sauté pan are also on the small side, although they are probably adequate unless you are routinely cooking for a crowd.