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Opinions on Cuisinart MultiClad

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Dee S

      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

      1. re: ChowFun_derek

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

        1. re: ChowFun_derek

          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.

          1. re: Nancy Berry

            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.

      2. 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.

        1. 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!!

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            1. 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!