What is the difference between All-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless, Classic Stainless, and MC2?

Written by on September 2011

Because All-Clad comes in 3 types of silver colored cookware, some people are confused when shopping for All-Clad. We have the new All-Clad Tri-ply Stainless Steel, All-Clad Classic Stainless Steel, and All-Clad MC2. If you are not paying close attention you will not know what these are when shopping for them.

Introduced in 2011, the All-Clad Tri-ply Stainless is for people that want to buy American! While the All-Clad Classic Stainless Steel cookware is made in the USA with lids made in China,  The new All-Clad Tri-ply Stainless Steel line features lids made in the USA. This new line also features handles that are a little wider than Classic Stainless, offering more control when pouring and moving pots and pans around. The Tri-ply cookware line still features a 3-ply design, 18/10 steel cooking surfaces, aluminum cores for the even heating, and the highly polished exterior 18/0 stainless for lasting beauty and induction compatibility.

All-Clad Classic Stainless is the stainless steel line All-Clad has been selling for over a decade. This line has been discontinued, but we continue to offer it as we have a great deal in stock. This line has an 18/10 stainless steel interior because it will not interact with the food. The center layer is aluminum for its even heating characteristics (this layer does not come in contact with the food). The exterior is a glossy 18/0 stainless steel for its beauty and because it is a magnetic steel making it compatible with induction cook tops. The lids for this line are made in China. This line is cheaper than the All-Clad Tri-ply line making it a bargain. If beauty over time is important to you at an attractive price this is the right choice for you!

All-Clad MC2 has a brushed aluminum exterior that can be mistaken for stainless steel. This cookware has an inside layer or cooking surface made of 18/10 stainless steel because it does not interact with food. The outer layers are of aluminum for even heating. This line is the cheapest line and is frequently used by chefs and professional kitchens because it offers All-Clad performance at the lowest cost. While it looks beautiful new, it will discolor over time because aluminum is a porous metal. Businesses do not care about the appearance of their cookware because the patrons at a restaurant don’t see the cookware only the magic they work with the food! If appearance of your cookware over time is important to you, you will not want MC2. If you have an induction cook top you will want to avoid this line as it is not induction compatible. On the positive side, it is the quickest to heat and very even heating as it only has 1 layer of stainless steel and it is the cheapest of the All-Clad lines.

All-Clad cookware is made in Pennsylvania and is The standard by which all other cookware lines are measured. All-Clad is the line you buy and keep for life!

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