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Aug 8, 2011 06:29 PM

Is Allclad the Gold Standard....

I have tons of AC SS pieces. Some quite large that I hardly use these days - but used daily when the kids were back at home..

I hardly go online to shop for cookware but do for other things.
Seems like everywhere you go, AC seems to be the standard.

For the record, I've never had to warranty anything except for their tea kettle, at 8 month old developed a leak on the spout and that was quickly replaced.

I've replaced alot of my main pieces of cookware with the Demeyre Atlantis series. They are SO much better when it comes to cleaning the interiors ?

I'm getting a bit old in the joints though and may soon shop for a lighter anodized aluminum daily set.

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  1. Yes, All-Clad is the gold standard triply cookware in US.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      I think what you really meant to say is "Yes, in the US only, because it is marketed heavily". Agreed on the US part, Chem. All Clad is ubiquitous. It is made in the US, and they have many outlets.

      I don't think it is the gold standard in terms of quality. It is good stuff, but I think there are other similar products made in Europe that are better in some pieces. If you had to pick a gold standard, it probably ought to be copper. All SS pieces are trying to to behave like copper in use, but with the convenience of SS.

      1. re: RGC1982


        Hi. I don't think it is gold standard as in the absolutely best quality, but rather a good solid cookware which is very well known and widely available -- a standard which other cookware can compare to.

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          And here I thought it was the "gold standard" because they set their prices based on an equal weight of gold!

          (P.S., I do love the two All Clad Copper Core pans I own)

          1. re: Eiron

            :) Since the gold (price) has surged against the US dollar, I wonder will All Clad increases its price point. :D

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      1. Wow, "Gold Standard" is a bit of an overstatement I believe, even for exclusively SS cookware. There are a number of people that do not like the handles of the AC pots and pans, so that's a strike against it as the gold standard right off. I don't think their technology is significantly different than most other quality SS cookware manufacturers, although I'd bet a weeks wages it's made better than most if not all the stuff coming out of China. Demeyere and Mauviel M would certianly vie for the gold standard position for SS cookware. Copper is probably closer to the gold standard of cookware, but I couldn't tell you which brand actually sets the standard to which all other cookware is measured. AC is a very good US made cookware and it may well be the best made in the US and mass marketed. I think I've covered myself on this one. I'm not counting the shop in NYC that makes copper on a one off basis.

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        1. re: mikie


          But I feel like it is a "gold standard" because most people heard of it, touched it and have access to All Clad. If you are to make the best SS cladded cookware in your garage, then that piece of excellent cookware still wouldn't be a gold standard because very few would have known about it.

          If I am to ask people about the industry gold standard of a kitchen knife, I think they will answer Henckels or Wusthof knives ($100-200) and not the $5120 knives made by Bob Kramer:

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            My son has AC, it's nice stuff, I happen to be one of the many that don't like the handles. And although it may be the most sucessful US made and marketed SS cookware, I'm not sure it's the gold standard. Although, I will admit, for many it is the cookware to which others are compared. If that makes it the "gold standard" then so be it, or is it just the "standard"?

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              One last comment on how I arrived at my not the "gold standard" conclusion. Meathead at has suggestions for cookware of various types and although he likes and uses AC for a number of pieces of cookware he never uses the term gold standard with regards to the AC, however he does use it in other recommendations.

              "8" Stainless Steel Frying Pan - This is for cooking small quantities of food. The 8" All-Clad Master Chef 2 Fry Pan with sloped sides is about as good as it gets"

              "12" Stainless Steel Frying Pan - This is the workhorse of the kitchen. Again, 12" All-Clad Fry Pan is the choice. Not cheap, but it will last a lifetime."

              However he does use the term "gold standard" in the following discriptions:

              " The Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet is the gold standard."
              "The KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer is the gold standard unit."

              There's a difference between "gold standard" and "about as good as it gets" ;) enjoy!

              1. re: mikie

                "There's a difference between "gold standard" and "about as good as it gets" "

                Yes, except when I read it, I consider "as good as it gets" better than "gold standard". I think I must have a different definition than most people when it comes to "gold standard". To me, "as good as it gets" means it is "the best" or "one of the best" -- something cannot be best.

                On the other hand, "gold standard" means it is widely accepted to be the trusted benchmark or to strive for.

                So while a M1A1 tank is the gold standard for US Army, it may not be "as good as it gets".

                Another example, many people consider fasting blood glucose as a gold standard for diagnosing diabetes, but I don't think it is the best method out there. So, no. It is not as good as it gets. :D

                "Fasting Blood Glucose (Blood Sugar) Level

                The gold standard for diagnosing diabetes is an elevated blood sugar level after an overnight fast (not eating anything after midnight). A value above 140 mg/dl on at least 2 occasions typically means a person has diabetes. Normal people have fasting sugar levels that generally run between 70 to 110 mg/dL."


                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  I believe you hit it, it's all about definition. Probably everyone here has a different opinion of what "gold standard" means. "About as good as it gets" and "as good as it gets" are not exactly the same thing. For me, at least, gold standard means there is none better, it is as good as is currently available, surpassed by none. Obviously opinions can and do vary.

                  I agree, it is certianly the cookware to which many, if not most, compare. And that certianly makes it an industry standard and benchmark.

                2. re: mikie

                  However he does use the term "gold standard" in the following discriptions:

                  " The Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet is the gold standard."

                  "The KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer is the gold standard unit."

                  Some people’s gold standard is another’s lowest standard, or it could be anywhere in between.

                  I find it hard to express reasons for considering a cookware product not being a gold standard, but in fact, an inferior in some cases, because of scorn – i.e., you just don’t know how to use a product, ad infinitum.

                  My Point? I suppose that: AC is some people's gold standard and others' lowest standard -- but I'm not in that category. I think that it is a gold standard US made product.

              2. re: mikie

                Oh gees watch what you say about AC for cying out loud , BmB is watching

              3. All-Clad doesn't have everything I want to buy. For instance I just got through ordering a Paderno baking sheet instead of All-Clad because after looking at AC's baking sheet, I see that it has some sort of higher lip on one side. They should call this something else. Had my eyes not been so keen :-)) I would've ordered this.

                I was not keen on the Paderno blue steel, although my first choice was the Matfer blue steel, which is no longer available in the size I wanted.

                So AllClad was not my gold standard today.

                To say that there are other products in pans to equal All-Clad, I was wanting a 1 Qt. pan - All-Clad was too expensive - something like $100+/-. I bought a Cuisinart SS, which alas does not pass the magnet test.

                I will just have to use a 1-1/2 qt. before I decide to pay for AC 1 qt.
                Gold standard for whom? AC or me?