A budding chef should have a pot or pan for every occasion.
Investing in a high-quality set of cookware will be the difference between amateur cooking, and being able to produce professional-quality, multi-course meals night after night.
Certain dishes require specific cooking methods and techniques, so it’s worth investing in a set of cookware that allows you to cook a range of food.
Best known for their range of food processors, Cuisinart has come out with the Cuisinart Multiclad Pro stainless steel 12-piece cookware set to suit all your culinary needs.
In this article, we’ve reviewed some of the best features of the set, looking at things such as design, quality, and performance.
So, hear us out. The Cuisinart Multiclad Pro cookware set isn’t completely free from flaws.
There are a few minor design elements that, if we could wave a magic wand, we would like to improve, but overall it’s a decent set of cookware that will serve you well.
We’ll get into the specifics shortly, but first, here’s a general overview of what we loved, and what we didn’t like so much.
You’ll notice that the things we loved far outweighed the select few things that didn’t tick our checklist, so hold off on making your choice until you’ve reached the end of this article.
The final decision will ultimately come down to what you’re looking for in a cookware set.
What We Liked
- Attractive, polished design
- No discoloration over time
- Triple-ply construction enhances heat-conducting capabilities
- Oven safe up to 550℉
- Dishwasher safe
- Suitable for use with induction cooktops
- Drip-free pouring rim
- Backed by a lifetime warranty
What We Didn’t Like
- Skillet could be larger
- Handles on the smaller pots are slightly too small
What You Get
This 12-piece cookware set provides everything you need to cook a variety of dishes, including a 1.5-quart saucepan and a 3-quart saucepan, both with lids, an 8-inch open skillet, a 10-inch open skillet, a 3.5-quart sauté pan with a lid, an 8-quart stockpot with a lid, and finally, a steamer insert, which also comes with a lid.
That last one is a particularly useful addition, it hasn’t just been included to bump up the number of pieces. As well as steaming with it you can use this as a colander to rinse or drain food before you even begin cooking.
Sauté pans are an essential part of any kitchen due to their versatility. Use them to brown, sear, and a number of other things without worrying about dirtying your cooktop with juice or liquid splattering over the high sides.
The base foundation of so many great dishes starts with a good stock, and the stockpot you get in the Cuisinart Multiclad Pro set would be a great tool to have in your arsenal.
How do you like your eggs in the morning? The 8-inch skillet will produce perfect results whichever way you prefer to have them. To reheat leftovers or create smaller side dishes, the 10-inch skillet is the pan for the job.
One of the things we love about this cookware set is how versatile it is. You’ll have a range of sizes to suit a number of cooking applications, with each one being large enough to hold value on its own as well as being a part of the set.
For example, the 3.5-quart sauté pan features tall sides which are perfect for meat braising and sauces. Alternatively, you can use it to roast food like chicken, or if you’re catering for a vegetarian, a whole cauliflower.
The stockpot is similarly generous in terms of size, with an 8-quart capacity that is more than suitable for making stock. However, it doesn't cross over the line of being borderline too big, where it takes up too much room in your cupboard without actually being that valuable.
If we could change anything, we’d opt to swap the 10-inch skillet for a larger version. While the 8-inch skillet comes in handy for smaller portions, there isn’t a huge jump up from this to the 10-inch skillet so you wouldn’t be able to use it for, say, cooking a steak, forcing you to use one of the other pots or pans.
This classic set has the added advantage of a tapered rim around the edges, making it easier to pour without spilling sauce all over your kitchen counters. The lids fit snugly to the pans to keep all of the moisture and flavor trapped inside during cooking.
There isn’t a non-stick coating on the inside of the pans which might be disappointing news to some, but it actually means they’re likely to last longer as it won’t scratch as easily if you’re using abrasive cleaning products.
Our only issue with the design is the handles, which are sized in relation to the size of the pan. This is fine on the larger pieces, and it does lend a certain uniformity to the overall collection, but it also means that the loops on the smaller pans are barely big enough to fit your fingers through.
It might not be a dealbreaker, but if we could make one change it would be to add a little extra finger room for easier handling of the smaller pans.
Heat Conduction Abilities
Each piece of cookware was manufactured using stainless steel and features a triple-ply aluminum core to ensure equal heat distribution and even cooking. Aluminum is a great material for cookware because of its excellent heat conducting capabilities.
It can handle high temperatures and doesn’t cause heat spots. It heats quickly yet evenly and it retains the temperature well. Using the lids that come with the pans allows you to keep heat from escaping, or they can be used to keep your food warm while you get ready to plate up.
Drop your meat into any one of these pans and you’ll heat a satisfying sizzle as it touches the hot oil. As it cooks, you’ll notice even browning as you begin to turn your food over. Even without a nonstick coating, the contents don’t stick to the bottom of these pans when browned enough.
It’s not all about the base, however, as every element of this set has been carefully thought out. The lids are constructed with tempered glass, and their universal design means that you can also use them for any other pots from the set with the same circumference, so you won’t have to rummage around at the back of your cupboards searching for the right one.
Stainless steel is a durable material, so you don’t have to worry about scratching your pan and you can be quite vigorous when scrubbing it clean. If you burn your food or leave it too long before cleaning up, it can be a little bit trickier to clean.
Our top tip would be to add a little bit of hot water to the pan as soon as you’ve finished cooking because it will prevent any residual sauce or browning from hardening, as this would make it more difficult to remove.
Another good way to make the cleaning process easier is to make use of the flavors in the browning on the bottom of the pan by adding some red wine or stock to glaze the pan for a delicious sauce.
After cooking a multi-course meal where you’ve used a number of the pans from the set, the last thing you’ll probably want to do is do the washing up by hand. Conveniently, the entire Cuisinart Multiclad Pro set is dishwasher safe.
Overall, this is a pretty impressive set when you consider the price.
It’s not cheap, but you get a lot out of this 12-piece set thanks to the range of sizes, their high quality, and impressive performance. It might not be completely perfect (then again, what is?) but it’s a solid investment and would be a great addition to any kitchen.
We’d recommend the Cuisinart Multiclad Pro cookware set to budding chefs and beginners, as it’s a great set that includes all the basic pans you’d need to create multiple different dishes.
The only thing you may want to add to your collection is a nonstick pan or maybe a cast-iron grill, as these would round off the set well.
Ultimately, this is a cookware set that is perfect for you if:
- You want a high-end quality product without the high-end price tag attached.
- You want a versatile set with multiple options that allow you to cook different dishes.
- You love the results you get using stainless steel pans.
You have an induction cooktop.
Our final note is to say that should you have any problems, the Cuisinart Multiclad Pro cookware set is so reliable that it comes backed by a lifetime warranty, so it’ll serve you well for years to come.