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Cuisinart Multiclad - does it exist?

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I did some research into stainless steel cookware and decided on the Cuisinart Multiclad Pro line based on looks, price and reviews. I know that I can order it online, but I wanted to see and feel a piece of it. I went to a multitude of stores in my area and it is nowhere to be found. I called Cuisinart and they said that Bloomingdale's carries it. I went to Bloomingdales and they said that they don't carry it anymore. I live in a major metropolitan area at the edge of three states and there is nowhere that carries this line? I see so much Calphalon, Emeril, Martha Stewart, Gordon Ramsey, and of course All-Clad in the stores. I'm wondering now if perhaps it is being discontinued. Why would Cuisinart make this so hard to find? Or is it that stores feel they don't need to carry more than one fully clad cookware company? Or does All-Clad have some kind of exclusivity arrangement with stores?

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  1. I bought some Cuisinart MultiClad pieces about seven years ago after carefully considering whether I needed to spring for All Clad. I was trying to replace my old basic pots that I had received when I got married nearly twenty years earlier. The pots are clearly stamped "Made in Korea" and have good weight and a very thick bottom. They are not truly "clad" -- they are disk bottom pans. They can take very high oven temperatures and have performed very well for me. But, I cannot find them ANYWHERE any more. I used to be able to find them at Bed Bath and Beyond, but no longer. All I see now are cheap Cuisinart pots that are a fraction of the weight. These appear to be made in China. I was absolutely shocked to see how thin and light one of them was at Tuesday Morning -- not at all like the pots I have at home. It looked like my pots, but it was so light that I wondered if it was stainless steel.

    I would recommend steering clear of the other Cuisinart lines. There are so many other brands to look at that range in price from reasonable to very expensive. The lack of availability makes me wonder. I have since tried quite a few different brands.

    If price is a consideration, you might want to look into Tramontina. 125West.com has, under the Kitchen area, Tramontina at great prices. Since these are made in Brazil, they are a great deal. There are a few to choose from. I have also heard really good things about the Sam's Club clad pans and the Costco house brand (but avoid non-stick).

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    1. re: RGC1982

      Oddly, Cuisinart itself says its Multiclad pans are clad all the way around with aluminum.

    2. Multiclad is hard to find off-line. I've had the best luck with Amazon for prices and selection. The handles are similar to Cuisinart Chef's Classic line. Note the handles differ between pots and pans, with pans allowing you to manuever the pan easier. I like the handles better on the Multiclad line. They are narrow (but not too narrow), with rounded edges. There's a notch for your thumb and they don't "cut" like All-Clad does with smaller hands.

      I've got several pieces of Multiclad and none of them have the disk bottom. They are fully clad, with multiple layers....hence the name MULTICLAD. They perform beautifully for a fraction of the big names. I also have several pieces of Chef's Classic (disk bottom) and they ALSO perform well. Overall, no complaints about the Cuisinart pans.

      I also have Tramontina and Tivoli, which I've picked up very inexpensively at HomeGoods/TJMaxx and Tuesday Morning. I got a Tramontina 12" open skillet for $50. It performs well, handles are not uncomfortable and the pan is well balanced. I've noticed the larger stock pots are disk bottom.

      Please note I have a professional gas stove and cook with many different lines (Calphalon Commercial and Professional Hard Anodized, LeCrueset, Cuisinart, Tramontina, Tivoli, restaurant supply store). I probably have about 100 pieces of cookware and use them all.

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      1. re: Dee S

        I too have the Cusinart Multiclad set bought over 3 years ago and they are fully clad, 5 layers. I'm in Canada so I bought mine at Cayne's SuperHousewares in Ontario. They perform well (I use them daily) and would recommend them.

        1. re: Dee S

          I might be wrong about it not being fully clad, but the bottoms appear to be thicker than the sides. Mine appear to have a thin copper line all the way around the bottom of the pan that is sandwiched between other layers. You can see this thin line, and it somewhat resembles that All Clad line that has copper on the bottom (it is the most expensive one). I remember going through detailed comparison with All Clad construction and deciding that these were by far a better value for about the same construction, so perhaps they are fully clad after all. It's been six or seven yearsm so I may not be remembering it accurately. They certainly have the weight of clad pieces. The copper sandwiched in the bottom is what is throwing me off. It could also be that my pots are older, and may be made differently. If you have 100 pieces of cookware (and I kudos to you if you have the storage space for that, since I can only manage about forty pieces in my large kitchen), I defer to you for having the most up-to-date information about this line.

          One more thing -- I don't necessarily buy the idea that the name truly implies anything. It should, but the buyer needs to beware. The thin, light saucepan that I examined at Tuesday Morning last week was either a replica or an attempt by the manufacturer to produce a cheap, inferior product to serve a different segment of the market. It was also stamped "MultiClad", and it was made in China. If you had seen it, you would have as been shocked as I was. Just a piece of junk.

          I don't cook on a professional stove, but I have used mine on gas and ceramic with great performance. If you can find them, go for it.

          1. re: RGC1982

            hmm.. mine don't have the disk bottoms but according to the online specs they are 3 layer - not 5 as i had written earlier.
            there's a special deal to get a free kettle if you buy one of the sets here:
            http://www.chefscatalog.com/product/2...

            1. re: RGC1982

              The easiest way to think of a disk bottom is having a frisbee stuck on the bottom of your pan, Disk bottom pans have an additional piece tagged/welded/fused on the outside bottom to assist in distributing heat.

              A clad pan will not have a visible piece added to the bottom but should be fully incorporated into the structure.

              1. re: Dee S

                I decided to check out All Clad's Copper Core on the Williams Sonoma website. Those are clad pans that have a visible copper line all the way around the bottom, so that doesn't rule out that my older set is clad. It may well be, based on the weight.

                I have a feeling that Cuisinart has been manufacturing different construction types over the last few years in different countries, which may be causing the wide variation in descriptions. Like I said below, I think my Multiclads have a thicker bottom than the sides, and there is a visible copper line -- not all that different from the All Clad mentioned above.

                That said, I have a Demeyere sauteuse, which is a fully clad conical pan, that is probably my "go to" pan, and I think it is great. I also have thick bottomed Paderno Grand Gourment and Sitram, which are obviously disk bottoms, and I really like those too. I think it is hard to go wrong if you choose a quality pot.

                1. re: RGC1982

                  Like you I bought Cuisinart pans to replace old stuff I'd had for years. I bought mine within the last 8 years. If you bought Everyday Stainless, then I know that Cuisinart quit making that line. I used to see individual pots in places like T.J.Maxx, and actually that's how I bought mine except for the first which I found at Bed Bath and Beyond.

                  Everyday stainless pans are straight sided, have rolled handles, and have copper discs sandwiched between two layers of stainless on their bottoms.. Like you, I really like my pots and pans. They perform well and go into the dishwasher.

                  Sometimes I see Everyday Stainless pots on ebay.

            2. re: Dee S

              The multiclad is definitely a fully clad pan, not a disc bottom. It seems that everyone who owns them is very happy with them. Too bad I can't buy them in a store. I've never seen Tramontina in a store either, but I steer clear of Home Goods/TJMaxx/Tuesday Morning. I'm going to just order from Amazon, and if for some reason I don't like what I've gotten I can always return it.

              1. re: Linda513

                I can understand why you'd want to stay away from them but I've gotten some amazing deals at HG/TJM/TM. Those are great places to find pieces when you want to add to your collection without dropping big bucks. The Tramontina 12" saute pan retails for $200 and I got it for $50. I got a 6-3/4 qt oval LeCrueset dutch oven for $60 at TJM. The LeCrueset piece was marked irregular; the irregularity was the paint fade. Doesn't impact performance at all!

                I was checking out Multiclad the other day on Amazon and they have a bunch of it. Seems like there is some new product out there as well. I recall seing a set that was pretty decently priced (like 260) and it was tempting but I've already got a ton of cookware.

                I'm on a hunt for a new Windsor pan to replace the well worn Calphalon ine I have. I should just turn it in but have no idea what they'd send me in return.

                1. re: Dee S

                  Bought that set (multiclad pro). Very sturdy, heavy, fine looking pans. I buyed the 12 pieces set for 300$. I doubt theres any better clad inox/aluminium pans for that price outhere, honestly. And im looking for em for a long time now.

                  1. re: DonTeflon

                    I can vouch for the performance of the Multiclad line. I bought my 12 piece set several months ago for about $200 and added a few additional pieces. Food cooks evenly and the pans are easy to clean. Very highly recommended. Keep an eye on Amazon...I've seen the prices there drop lower than $190 for the 12-piece set.

            3. A few years ago Multiclad was ubiquitous in kitchen stores and department stores, but you are right Linda513, there are not a lot of places that carry it anymore. Back then (about five years ago) I picked up a set on sale and have loved using it ever since. My set is the original Multiclad stainless steel. At the time I bought it Cuisinart had two or three versions of it: stainless steel, copper and one other line I think. They were trying to copy All Clad and it was a good strategy because Multiclad was about half the price of All Clad and seemed to be nearly as good in most ways. The original Cuisinart Multiclad has a long flat fanning handle on their sauce pans (which I'm still not crazy about, but I didn't particularly like the All Clad handles either). A couple of years after I bought the original Multiclad set it was discontinued. Then a while later Cusinart came out with Multiclad Pro - the same pots but with different handles ( from pictures I think I like them better), and without the copper clad line. I believe Cuisinart has a new (?) Multiclad LTD line (same idea as All Clad LTD).

              Talking to a Cuisinart rep the other day (in Canada) he said their Multiclads were going to become more widely available in 2008. So maybe you'll start to see them in more stores over the next 6-8 months.

              Hope this helps.

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              1. re: Seitan

                Thanks - interesting history. I guess its all about supply and demand. I don't know anyone who would go out specifically to buy Cuisinart cookware, most people don't even know they make cookware. Its all All-Clad and Calphalon in stores.

                Since I wrote the original post I have been to Tuesday Morning and picked up some great Tramontina pans and a skillet. I also ordered the Gourmet Standard 5 qt saute pan from Amazon. It was very highly rated in Cooks Illustrated and incredibly well priced. Then I ordered the 8 qt Cuisinart multiclad pro stockpot. Its the first piece of the multiclad pro that I have seen, and I really think it is exceptional. I'm sure its made in China, so some might disagree. I liked it so much I went ahead and ordered a couple more multiclad pro pieces - a 3 qt "casserole" (basically a saute pan with two handles), and the 3 quart saucepan.

                We keep a kosher home, so we need two of everything. That's a lot of pots and pans!

              2. Go to Thursday Mornings, if there is one nearby, and look at the Tramontina stainless cookware. I have it and love it. I also have All Clad, but love the Tramontina. I saw it there, and then went online at Wal Mart (honestly!!), and got it for a steal!! I couldn't believe the price and even called Tramontina to see if it was the same cookware, and they said that it was and Wal Mart just gets a good deal! Not in the store (at least not in the one near me), but you order it online and pick it up at the store, so no shipping. By the way, there seems to be a lot of sites for the Multiclad .
                http://www.google.com/search?sourceid...

                1. I was wondering the same thing as you. I live in NJ and found the Cuisinart Multiclad Pro in Fortunoff - the store in Woodbridge, NJ has it on display and in-stock. Although I've seen it online for Macy's, the only store I found it in locally wouldn't sell it to me because they didn't have a price for it.