Can’t really spot the differences between Cuisinart Multiclad and Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Sets? Well, if so, you are in the right place!
Today, we are going to dive deep into the features of both sets to help you understand which one will be the better product.
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Cuisinart Multiclad Quick Review
Cuisinart Multiclad MCP-12N Pro cookware set consists of 12 pieces as listed below:
- an 8-quart stockpot,
- 1.5-quart and 3-quart saucepans,
- a 3-1/2 saute pan – each with a lid
- 8- and 10-inch open skillets,
- as well as a steam insert with its own lid.
All of the pieces are made from stainless steel, which is brushed on the exterior and the base surface of the interior. Stainless steel allows this cookware to be oven-safe for up to 550 degrees of Fahrenheit.
The whole set features a triple-layer construction with conductive aluminum in the middle to allow the heat to evenly distribute across the surface of the cookware.
The riveted handles of each piece are designed to stay cool to the touch at all times.
The lids of this cookware set are designed to fit tight for maximum heat retention and flavor preservation in the food. Each of the pieces also has tapered rims for drip-free pouring.
Lastly, every piece of this cookware set is dishwasher-safe.
Calphalon Tri Ply Quick Review
Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 13-Piece Cookware Set is a bit different when it comes to the pieces:
- it comes with a 6-quart stockpot,
- 3-quart saute pan,
- 3-quart chef’s pan,
- 1-1/2- and 2-1/2-quart saucepans – all of them with lids –
- as well as open 8-, 10-, and 12-inch omelet pans.
Like Cuisinart’s set, all of the pieces of this cookware are made from stainless steel, with a similar layout of the brushed and polished steel.
This cookware set is perfectly suitable for use with temperatures of up to 500 F. However, no matter how hot the cookware gets, the handles of each piece are designed to remain cool.
The construction of this cookware set is triple-layer as well (aluminium in the core and two layers of stainless steel), which strongly contributes to even heat distribution.
Lastly, this cookware set is completely dishwasher-safe as well.
Comparison between Cuisinart Multiclad Vs Calphalon Tri Ply
As you could have noticed from the product features, there are some slight differences between the two sets. However, they go a bit beyond that. Let’s now thoroughly examine the similarities and differences between the two sets so you get a better idea of what each of them is capable of.
Stainless steel construction
Both of the cookware sets are completely made from stainless steel. This, on one hand, means that the cookware will be able to last for a lifetime thanks to its superb durability.
Besides, stainless steel hugely contributes to the flavor preservation of the food since its lining doesn’t leach into the food when cooking, which is sometimes an issue with other types of cookware. Stainless steel cookware can also be used with virtually any kind of ovens and broilers.
On the other hand, the pieces in both cookware sets are not non-stick, meaning that the food could stick to them when cooking. This certainly is an inconvenience, but the fact that you could use any kind of cleaning solution to wash the sets makes up for it. And by the way, that’s why both cookware sets are dishwasher-safe.
Both sets feature triple-layer design. Each of the pieces has 2 layers of steel, as well as one layer of aluminum in between. Aluminum conducts heat extremely well, which means that the pieces will be heated up evenly across their whole surface. Such a design also addresses the issue of hot spots, so you should always have food that is cooked evenly.
Tapered rims for non-drip pouring
While Calphalon doesn’t specify that their cookware set has tapered rims, you could notice them upon closer examination of the set. Both of the sets thus have tapered rims, which allows them to avoid dripping while pouring.
Riveted, cool handles
The handles in both Cuisinart and Calphalon cookware set are riveted for maximum durability. Apart from that, they are designed to stay cool to the touch at all times.
Different Pieces in the Set
The first obvious difference is the cookware pieces included in the sets. And this concerns not only the number of pieces in the sets but the types and sizes as well.
- The stockpot of the Cuisinart set is 8-quart, while Calphalon’s pot is 6-quart. If you need a larger stockpot, Cuisinart is an obvious winner. The handles of the pots are also different: they are a bit wider and flatter with Cuisinart’s pot, which could make it slightly more convenient.
- Chef’s pan. Calphalon cookware set comes with a 3-quart chef’s pan, which is absent from the Cuisinart set.
- Calphalon set comes with 8-, 10-, and 12-inch pans, while Cuisinart set only includes 8- and 10-inch pans.
- Both sets come with two saucepans. The smaller saucepans have the same 1-1/2-quart size, while the large saucepan is 3-quart with Cuisinart’s set and 2-1/2-quart with Calphalon’s set.
- Saute pan. The saute pan of the Cuisinart set is 3-1/2-quart, slightly bigger than the 3-quart saute pan of the Calphalon set.
- Steamer insert. Cuisinart set comes with a steamer insert for the 3-quart saucepan, which allows you to steam your food.
Varying max temperature
Cuisinart set can withstand slightly higher temperatures – 550 F against 500 F of the Calphalon set. This means that Cuisinart cookware set will be a bit more versatile than the Calphalon Tri-Ply set.
Tightfitting lids in Cuisinart Multiclad Pro
Cuisinart Multiclad set comes with tightfitting lids for maximum heat and food flavor retention. This isn’t the case with the Calphalon set. However, it should be noted that the cooking results of the sets are quite comparable in spite of this small difference.
Glass lids in Calphalon Set
The biggest advantage for some people in the Calphalon set is that the cookware comes with see-through glass lids. This would allow you to monitor the cooking process without opening the lid, which would be impossible with the Cuisinart cookware set.
Lastly, the design. While both sets feature gorgeous polished appearance, they differ in details. Calphalon set has more curves in it, while Cuisinart Multiclad seems to be a bit more restrained. While looks don’t really impact performance, they are important since they can significantly alter how your kitchen looks. It will be up to you which design is the best.
Price is an important aspect to consider of course. Currently the Cuisinart MCP-12N Pro set is much cheaper than the Calphalon Tri-Ply set (Cuisinart is around half-price of Calphalon).
So all in all, both sets are very comparable when it comes to their general features. They both make good food and both are durable.
However, it’s the details that make the difference. For example, if you absolutely need transparent glass lids, the Calphalon set would be the right choice.
Or if you want to steam your food and want a cheaper product, you would want to go for the Cuisinart set. In the end, your choice will depend on which features you want to have in your kitchen.