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Jan 1, 2010 01:51 PM

Emerilware? Quality comparable to All-Clad Stainless?

Hi. My wife and I recently got married and went to Macys to complete our registry. We were about to purchase the All-Clad Stainless set that was on the registry, until we noticed the Emerilware set by All-Clad.

Is the quality comparable? What is the difference? If they're both all-clad, why is there such a huge difference in price ($200 for the Emerilware set vs a single pan)?

My wife and i are heavy cookers and would like a quality set that lasts a lifetime.

Thank you all in advance

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  1. Hyperactive,

    As you know, All Clad Stainless is full triply. Stainless-aluminum-stainless all the way through. I am not sure which Emerilware you are talking about, as they are few. The one Emerilware set which is the most similar to All Clad Stainless is the Emerilware Pro-Clad. Pro-Clad is also triply all the way through. The real main difference is that All Clad is made in US and Emerilware is made in China. That is the official differentiation:

    (See Question 20).

    I am sure there are other difference. One possibility is that Emeril Pro-Clad is not made of 18/10 stainless steel, but cheaper 18/0 stainless steel. Don't get me wrong. 18/0 will perform just as good as 18/10 for cooking. It will, however, lose its shine faster.

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      1. re: HYPEractive

        There are a couple of other differences between All-Clad and Emerilware by All-Clad.

        1. All-Clad's tri-play construction extends all the way up the sides of the pans. Emerilware has a tri-play base disk only and single ply construction elsewhere.

        2. Emerilware has glass lids.

        3. People have reported that the balances on the Emerilware is off, with the too heavy for the rest of the pans. My guess is that this is because All-Clad is using the same handles on Emerilware that they use on All-Clad but the pans are much lighter construction.

        This is not too say it's a bad line, but it compares more with Farberware's Millennium line or Cuisinart's Chef Classic line than with the regular All-Clad line.

        1. re: HYPEractive


          Emerilware Pro-Clad is fully clad up to the sides. By the way, I did some more research. It appears Pro-Clad use 18/10 stainless steel, so it is not the cheaper 18/0. It may have 18/0 exterior and 18/10 interior just like the normal All Clad.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            Just to clarify, I was referring to the Emerilware Stainless Steel line, not the Emerilware Pro-Clad line. The Emerilware Stainless Steel line is not clad all the way up the sides.

            The OP quoted a price of $200 for the Emerilware set he was looking at and that's consistent with the pricing on the Emerilware Stainless Steel line. I've never seen the Emerilware Pro-Clad set priced that low even on sale. And actually I don't believe Macy's even carries the Pro-Clad line, at least they don't through their website. It could be different in stores.

            1. re: taos

              I think sure the author of the OP can sort these information. If you feel he saw the Emerilware Stainless Steel set in the store, then feel free to tell him so.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                Thank you to the both of you! I was just seeing if the quality difference is substantial enough to warrant the price difference.

                We decided to stick with All-Clad Stainless. Even though we can't buy as many pieces at once, we are going to slowly purchase pieces until we have our dream set.

                1. re: HYPEractive


                  That is probably a better choice. You get to buy one or two piece a year. :)

                  On top of that, you may find different materials are better for different cookware. You may want a All-Clad triply stainless steel saucepan, but with a Lodge cast iron skillet, a Le Creseut enameled cast iron Dutch Oven, a carbon-steel wok, an anodized aluminum stock pot. ... .

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    I'm still confused as to why you both think All-Clad is so much better, CK and taos. If The Emerilware Pro-Clad line is fully clad, with 18/10 stainless steel, manufactured by All-Clad ... the only difference I can see is that the handles are different, and I actually prefer them. What am I missing? The price difference is huge, and largely due to the fact Emerilware is made in China. But beyond that, is there any appreciable difference? Has anyone else used the Emerilward Pro-Clad?

                    1. re: herring


                      I don't.

                      In fact, I am the kind of person go out of his way to not buy THE top brand. I skipped All-Clad Stainless and went for Calphalon Triply (made in China). I refused to buy Le Cresuset enameled cast iron and bought Lodge Color enameled cast iron (made in China). Ironically, my carbon steel wok is made in USA.

                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        Thanks, CK! I don't mind paying for quality, but don't want to spend money needlessly. Bed Bath and Beyond has the Emerilware Pro-Clad 4-quart saute pan I've been thinking about for half the price of the tri-ply Calphalon and, of course probably a third of what All-Clad's sells for. I'm not rushing to buy anything right now, but good to know someone w/your knowledge (I've read many of your other posts!) doesn't see anything that I was missing.

                        1. re: herring


                          Thanks. I am flattered. I don't see anything wrong with Pro-Clad. I read many positive reviews.

                          Here is my conspiracy theory: the launch of Emerilware Pro-Clad may be a signal that All-Clad (as a company) is considering to drop the All-Clad Stainless line.

                          People have been buying All-Clad Stainless despite its higher price point because they believe All-Clad triply technology is better. It is a company which markets toward people who want the best. With the newly launch d5, these people will buy d5 instead.


                          On the other hand, people who like to save money will buy triply cookware from All-Clad competitors. The original All-Clad Stainless cookware will be squeezed on two sides, so the launch of Pro-Clad seems logical

                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                            Interesting ... though for now the d5 is sold only at Williams Sonoma. Makes me wonder if the WS outlets are filled w/the regular (soon-to-be-extinct?) stainless steel line. The new "ergonomic" handles look just like the ones on the Emerilware pans, for the record. I look forward to seeing if your interesting theory pans out! (ba dum DUM!)

                            1. re: herring

                              You want good pots and pans and are concerned with price? Get the Tramontina tri-ply set at Wal-mart.. their sauce pans get reviewed as almost on par with All-Clad and they are like 1/3 of the price..

                              1. re: grant.cook

                                Thanks, but I live in NY where BBBs are plentiful and WalMarts are nonexistent! I could order online, I suppose ... I've seen Tramontina reviewed well by Cook's Illustrated. Thanks!

                                1. re: herring

                                  There's a couple out near Flanders, NJ.. see ém when I travel there for business.. you'd have to have them ordered and shipped-to-store to be sure the inventory you wanted was there..

                              2. re: herring

                                herring, I was at my local williams-sonoma OUTLET after X'mas. Many All-Clad pieces, mainly LTD and stainless. Some of them are second quality and some of them are first quality. Discount was 40%. Also, over the last weekend, my local WS store had a floor sample items of SS and sets of SS on sale, too. I did not find what I am looking for, which is a saucier, but it might be a good time to look their SS, if you do not mind the saucepans have no lips and corved edged for pouring.

                        2. re: herring

                          I have them an love them. See below...

                          1. re: herring

                            I use the emeril pro clad everyday it's great cooks good cleans good .I also have his hard anodized I actually like the pro clad better.Just clean it with barkeepers friend when it looks stained. It will always look new if you do.

            2. I have had my Emerilware by All-Clad set for longer than I can remember. I do know that I also bought it at either Macy's or Penny's on sale with coupon for $160. It was the 10-piece set with metal lids and came with a bonus rack to hang them from. The 2 qt, the 3 qt and the 6 qt pots I use almost daily. The saute and fry pans I use less. In any case, they all have heavy bottoms and seem to conduct heat evenly. Food also browns beautifully in these pans. Now I'm cooking on a smooth, glass top electric range, but given my situation, I do not regret my choice at all. You have only yourselves to impress. You might see if they have a single Emerilware pan that you can try out. I actually did have another E-ware pan that I had had for a while and been pleased with before I bought the whole set.

              1. I hate to tell you this but All-clad stainless isn't 18/10. It's 18/0. It needs to be that to be magnetic and induction capable as 18/10 isn't magnetic. It's a very expensive, and very high grade of 18/0 though.

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                1. re: blondelle


                  Both All-Clad and Emerilware Pro-Clad are 18/10 interior and 18/0 exterior.


                  18/0 is 18/0. Not sure what you mean by high grade. Do you want to explain why it is higher grade?

                  1. re: blondelle

                    Wouldn't it be the aluminum core that is "induced" to heat by the magnetic fields?

                    1. re: grant.cook


                      I think aluminum has a very small magnetic permeability. In a kitchen setting, aluminum is considered non-magnetic. Try putting a magnetic next to an aluminum can.

                    2. re: blondelle

                      Ahaa. Recently while debating the options for a new stove with my GE repairman since I've finally put in a propane tank, he thought I should first look at the induction stoves. I found that my Emerilware pans had no magnetic attraction at all though my Ikea sauce pans were strong attractors.

                      1. re: junescook

                        I have one of the Emeril - Proclad pans with the Non stick coating.. and I have 2 AC non stick pans. Regarding the non stick.. the coatings on the two lines are different.
                        The pro clad is slicker to the touch. If I hadn't gotten the AC at greatly reduced prices, I would have had no problem getting more of the Pro Clad non stick to mix in with the AC stainless and KA I have.

                        If you are looking at the ProClad vs AC.. the AC feels a little heavier to me.
                        The PC handles are a little more comfortable.
                        I've also seen both the emeril ProClad and emerilware lines quite a bit lately at TJMaxx.

                        I know I refer to TJM and Marshalls a good bit, but in putting together updated cookware.. I've saved just under 60% over retail by getting a mix of pieces bit by bit by watching these stores and kitchen store clearances as well.

                        You and your honey can put together more than you thought fairly quickly. ;)