We’re going to have a closer look at Emeril All Clad nonstick cookware set in this review. This 12- piece set is the result of a successful partnership agreement signed back in 2000, between famous American restaurant chef and television personality Emeril Lagasse and All Clad, one of the best cookware set manufacturers in America. The purpose was to develop a line of cookware named Emerilware. Now you may ask if Emeril All Clad set should perform as well as regular All Clad set. It’s a valid question, we understand, given All Clad’s brand value.
Before we answer this question, we can have a look at the obvious differences they have. First, the All Clad set is made of three layers with aluminum in the middle meaning it’s a triple-ply construction while the Emeril set is constructed with solid aluminum with a nonstick coating on.
This is the main reason, we believe, why Emeril set is selling at a cheaper price compared to regular All Clad set. Cheapness doesn’t necessarily make a product or service inferior although some people believe the opposite. However, logically we can conclude that All Clad won’t do a bad job here in ensuring good performance of the Emerilware product line as their own brand reputation is associated with it.
What this Emeril by All Clad includes:
- 1 8”- fry pan
- 1 10”- fry pan with lid
- 1 – quart sauce pan with lid
- 1 3-quart sauté’ pan with lid
- 1 3-quart casserole pot with lid
- 1 6-quart stockpot with lid
- 1 3-quart stainless steel steamer insert
The color on each of the pot and pans is matt black giving them an elegant look. The ergonomically designed handles are made out of stainless steel and riveted to the main piece firmly giving a safe and comfortable grip. All the handles bear the Emeril logos making them stand out from other cookwares. They look simply gorgeous for the combination of the black color on the main vessels and the shiny stainless steel used in the rim and top handles of the lids.
The nonstick coating used in this set is PFOA(Perfluorooctanoic Acid)-a human-made chemical compound which is used in the manufacture of Teflon-supposedly not good for human health—free. It is also Cadmium-a chemical element that is listed in the European Restriction of Hazardous Substances, due to its toxicity-free.
So just for this obvious health reasons, this set enjoys an edge over its other cheaper alternatives. The pots and pans in the set can stand a temperature up to 450 degree F while the lids can tolerate heat up to 350 degrees. The handles are “Stay Cool” type during normal cooking and thus don’t require kitchen mitt. This cookware set works on ceramic, gas, and electric stoves alone. So Induction cooking is not possible. For long lasting durability of the nonstick coating, use of metal utensils is not advised at any time. Use of dishwasher for the cleanup is not allowed either.
Now having said all that, we needed to test the performance of this cookware set, in our kitchen. We decided to cook some food for us using the 8”pan, the tiniest member of the Emeril All Clad cookware family. We started out by making some scrambled eggs. To season the cooking surface of the pan for the first time around we added a small amount of olive oil to the surface before we put the egg in. The desired dish got cooked in no time as the cooking surface got heated up fairly quickly and the heat distribution was quite even. We stirred the egg around with a plastic spatula lest it should get burned or get cooked unevenly. Nothing like that happened. When done, our scrambled egg slid out the pan onto the plate almost effortlessly, with a light push of the turner we were using.
The next item we tried out was mixed veggies. We successfully sautéed a small amount of mixed vegetables. This time no seasoning of the pan was needed. The veggies got cooked quite perfectly. The next day we tested the 3-quart sauce pan to cook Dal Makhani, an Indian delicacy. This dish requires slow cooking. So it took hours. We needed to be patient. But finally we were not disappointed.
We couldn’t or didn’t finish using all the pieces in the set as of writing this review. But we assume the rest of the pieces will turn out to be satisfactory.
By the way, the pan was really easy to clean. We could simply wipe it clean with a piece of paper towel while the pot needed a sponge and some soapy water as we were left with some residue as it’s not uncommon for that particular dish.
- Looks expensive for the price
- Oven safe(to a certain point)
- Functional nonstick coating
- Even heat distribution ensured
- Ergonomic and “stay cool” type handles
- Easy to clean
- Limited life time warranty
- Reasonable price
- Induction cooking not advised
- Dishwasher unfriendly
People with discriminating and discerning taste in the look out for a cookware set will find this product worth their time and efforts invested in their search.As far as we are concerned, this Emeril nonstick cookware set by All Clad can unhesitatingly be recommended to a prospective buyer. All Clad has not done any injustice to its name, that’s for sure. Buyers will surely get the value for their money.