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chickster Jan 30, 2007 04:44 PM

Hi everyone! Newbie here. I'm interested in purchasing some stainless steel cookware and have my eyes on Cuisinart's MultiClad line. The price is fairly affordable and I've read some good reviews on Amazon.com. But you all seem really knowledgeable here so I'd appreciate your opinions too. Also, can anyone provide some insight as to the comfort of the handles? I've found the All-Clad handles to be too uncomfortable for my small hands. Thanks for any help you can provide!

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    Dee S Jan 30, 2007 04:53 PM

    I believe you also posted this question on ths.gardenweb.com Cookware forum. I answered there and am pasting my response here. I should add that I cook on a high BTU (16,000 + per burner) gas stove.

    I have two pieces of Multiclad (10" fry pan and 14" wok)and a couple of Chef's Classic. I compared the handles of the Cuisinart product to All-Clad and found AC uncomfortable. They're rather sharp if your hands are small. The Multiclad is tapered from pan to tip and does not "curl" up. There is an indent for your thumb so tossing pan contents is easy.
    Overall performance of Multiclad is great. I would not hesitate to buy more. Amazon.com has some sales so watch the prices. I think I got the wok for less than $50. I know I paid $30 for the fry pan.

    The Chef's Classic has a different handle but it's similar in comfort. Performance is above average, considering it's not clad. Not bad pans; I would recommend them (and have). TJMaxx/Marshalls/HomeGoods has decent prices on Chef's Classic and would be a place to start to check out the handles.

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      ChowFun_derek Feb 2, 2007 09:24 AM

      Question...are both Cuisenarts' Multiclad AND Chef's Classic lines ......fully clad (similar to All Clad) or just the Multiclad line? If both are, what are the differences between the 2 lines?

      Thanks

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        chickster Feb 2, 2007 09:59 AM

        My understanding is that only the Multiclad line is fully clad.

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          Nancy Berry Feb 2, 2007 10:02 AM

          Cuisinart's Multi-Clad Pro line is fully clad, the Chef's Classic line just has a disk on the bottom of the pans. I just got the Multi-Clad Pro 12 piece set that amazon.com is offering for $225.88 with free shipping. I like it very much and am planning to add the 12-in frypan with helper handle ($69.95 free shipping) and the 5-1/2 qt. covered sautee pan ($79.95 free shipping) to this set in the future. That would pretty much complete it for me. The set is a wonderful complement to my Le Creuset cast iron pieces.

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            Dee S Feb 2, 2007 10:42 AM

            Correct. Multi-Clad is fully clad; Chef's Classic has a disk on the bottom. My Multi-Clad pieces are saucier, 14" wok and 10" non-stick frying pan. My Chef's Classic pieces are 12 qt and 16 qt stock pots and a 3 qt straight sided saute pan. The disk bottoms really don't affect the stock pot performance. I don't notice much of a performance decrease with the saute pan.

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        chickster Jan 30, 2007 05:12 PM

        Thanks Dee! I just saw your reply on the other website. (I almost gave up because several days had gone by without any response.) I appreciate your feedback. My biggest complaint about All-Clad is exactly what you described, so it's good to know that Multiclad products don't have the same problem.

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          annimal Jan 31, 2007 11:46 AM

          i picked up a cuisinart multiclad pro saute pan at marshalls on clearance. it's GREAT! i'm so happy with it, it's affordable, heats evenly and my only complaint is that they didn't have a second, larger one for me to buy!!

          1. Ambimom Apr 6, 2010 08:04 AM

            America's Test Kitchen introduced me to Tramontina cookware and I've never been disappointed. Their try-ply is equivalent to All Clad, only at a third of the price. It is sold in this country by Walmart, which may be a turn-off to some, but IMHO it's superior to Cuisinart. I got my 5-quart saucepan for $56 and it is a real workhorse. It even has a "helper" handle, something that neither All Clad nor Cuisinart have on their equivalent 5-quart saucepans. When that pan is filled, you will bless that helper handle, believe me!

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              knet Apr 6, 2010 04:34 PM

              I second the poster who recommends Tramotina tri-ply. I've been thrilled with it and I still love my AC. However, since the question is about Cuisinart Multi-clad I'll add that I bought three pieces for a friend's kitchen and I've had the chance to use it often when cooking there. I like it quite a bit, so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. My friend has been very happy with it as well, though frankly not much of a cook to begin with.

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                breadchick Apr 6, 2010 04:54 PM

                I needed a new 8 qt soup/stock pot, and really didn't want to spend any more money on All Clad (I have quite a bit.) So, based on Cook's Illustrated ratings of several 8 qt pots, they really like the Cuisinart Multiclad Pro. I bought it, and am very happy with it. It has the heft of AC, and the handles are easier to grip - even with potholders.

                Ironically, I was just washing it this evening and mentioned to my husband that I saved a bundle by not automatically ordering the AC 8 qt. Huge savings.

                I also have the CMC Pro 5.5 qt casserole, which is about the size of a 13 in. covered saute, but with two loop handles so it goes in the oven with ease. Great for meatballs and sauce, etc.

                The 8 qt was $99.95 and 5.5 qt was $89.95 at Chef's Catalog.

                Compare that to All Clad 8 qt at $294.95 and 13" braiser (which I actually bought many years ago and it really is great) at $214.95.

                Good deals.

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                  hobbybaker Apr 6, 2010 07:41 PM

                  Hi, breadchick - good to hear about MC pro 5.5 qt casserole. How do you feel about the lid of MC pro? Is it as heavy as the All-Clad lids to fit tightly?

                  I am considering to add this one or 6 qt AC buffet casserole. I can well imagine the easiness of two handles in stead of one long handle in the oven as you mentioned. And that is why I want to add one of them in stead of a 6 qt saute pan, which is with one long handle.

                  I like ACs but since I will probably use it only for entertaining, I do hesitate to shell out $ for the All-Clad b/c. I can save huge as the MC is $89 as you mentioned.

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                    breadchick Apr 6, 2010 08:28 PM

                    I just compared the lid of the 5.5 with my AC lids and the AC is slightly heavier, but not that crazy difference. It has the same amount of wiggle room if you move the lid back and forth. After again looking at the two brands, the MC Pro has a mirror finish inside and my AC has that typical satin finish. I don't know if that makes a difference or not.

                    I do know that it doesn't need high heat to cook with - similar to AC.

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                      hobbybaker Apr 7, 2010 05:50 AM

                      BC thanks for your input on the lid and the inner finish. It is a big help to me. As the AC is now backorder at cookwarenmore, I will give it a try to the MC pro. Thanks.

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