Le Creuset Stainless Steel Review

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Features

  • Tri-ply Construction: Stainless steel interior and exterior layers, pure aluminum core
  • Full Aluminum core results in even cooking – no hot spots
  • Helper handles on saucepans
  • Easy to pour rim
  • Capacities marked on the interior of saucepans & casseroles for easy measuring
  • Compatible will all cooking surfaces including induction.
  • Lifetime Warranty

Where to Buy:

Le Creuset is having this cookware built in China which makes the price very attractive. The product is manufactured to their most strict specifications and the quality surpasses that of Calphalon stainless steel cookware. While the pots are somewhat heavy they are not at all hard to handle. The brushed stainless steel exterior is just beautiful .The easy pour rims, and  the beautiful stainless steel lids make this cookware exceptional. The quality is excellent, quite similar to All Clad, with 3 ply layering which go from the bottom up to the sides of the pan: a must for even heating and cooking. The pots come with measure marks, and that is something we loved.
Compared to All Clad, this is a set of similar quality at a fraction of the price. You can expect to pay more than double for a similar All Clad set. So if you need quality but cannot afford All Clad, Le Creuset stainless steel is the way to go.

What you get with this All-Clad Stainless 8-Piece Cookware Set:

  • 9.5″ Fry Pan
  • 2-Quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 3-Quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 8″ nonstick omelette pan
  • 7.25-Quart Stockpot with Lid

What we liked

This set is extremely well priced. In fact I am not sure why cooks are not grabbing these sets as fast as they make them. Maybe it is because they are not advertised and not endorsed by another celebrity chef  (believe me, celebrity chef cookware is not necessarily good). In fact for the quality, I think it is a “steel” (…uh… steal)

We also liked the stainless steel lids.  We definitely prefer those to the glass see-through ones that are so ever popular. The rims are designed in such a way that it make pouring easy without spilling. They also have those measure marks that we loved!  Comfortable handles and nice enough weight. Not too heavy, not too light.

What we didn’t like

Actually, nothing.

It is hard to find what is not to like about this cookware. It rivals All Clad although it is not made in the USA. It is really a fine piece of cookware, shall we say BETTER than Calphalon stainless steel and not necessarily better but almost equal to All Clad (and that is the best complement I could have for any piece of cookware) You need to check these prices too! This set, for its quality and beauty, is definitely affordable!

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Specifications:

  • Made in China
  • Materials: Stainless Steel, Aluminum
  • Cleaning and Care: Dishwasher safe
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5 Comments

  1. Alma Boudreaux
    Posted December 15, 2011 at 9:20 AM | Permalink

    I purchased a set about a month ago. It is a great set. Like the review said, I can’t find anything I don’t like. I spent months comparing and returning sets. The handles on the saucepans stay cool enough that I don’t need to use a hotpad. The handles are ergonomic and very easy to use, unlike the clumsy ones on the All-Clad. The lids can be rested on the helper handle that is on the larger pans. The pouring rim is really good and works like it says. I especially like the stainless lids. Glass rims collect moisture and gunk from cooking and you can see the water rolling around between the seals and the glass. Fissler Solea is the only line that does not have this problem because there is no metal rim around the glass.
    The finish is beautiful on these pans. The interior is shiny stainless so I would recommend using cooking utensils that are not metal.
    Overall, the cookware is a great value in tri-ply. I did not like the fact that it is manufactured in China but this is high quality cookware at a reasonable price. It is extremely difficult to find USA made cookware. Regal in Wisconsin produces a good line, but the size configurations and selections were limited and did not match up with the way I cook (mostly for 2 people, so need smaller sizes). Le Creuset even makes two measuring cups in 2 and 3 cup sizes that match the set. They can be used on the cooktop for heating smaller items. There is also a good selection of larger pans that can be be purchased.

  2. Anne Wojna
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM | Permalink

    Had planned to buy USA made All Clad but hated the handles so much we kept shopping and are glad of it. We are extremely happy with our Le Creuset stainless. It heats quickly, cleans beautifully, the no drip lip is great, the handles and lids are well designed –which I can’t say for the competition. Generally we prefer to purchase goods not made in China but after researching the quality control that Le Creuset has set up at their plant, we decided to make an exception. Plus the price is terrific. BUT, I would still buy Le Creuset rather than All Clad even if they cost the same. After constant use, we have no complaints. Great product.

  3. nancy keyes
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM | Permalink

    We purchased the Le Creuset stainless steel pots on a whim. We were in the process of moving and stored them until we had moved and renovated our kitchen. I was concerned that I didn’t do enough research and my friends all swear by All Clad. Our beautiful new kitchen was finished at the end of May. We unpacked the pots and had forgotten how woderful they look and feel. We adore them! Love everything about them. They are heavy but not too heavy and clean beautifully. All of my worries were for nothing I realized the first time we used them! They are on open shelves and they look beautiful sharing the shelves with white ceramics and creamware.

  4. Michael in Toronto
    Posted November 21, 2013 at 10:38 AM | Permalink

    I bought the 20cm (8″) Le Creuset stainless skillet 4 years ago and have never been happy with it. I season it, I use only low and medium heats, I don’t wash it, I do wash it, I season it again, I try different foods. I pray. Virtually everything sticks. My wife and I are quite experienced cooks (as well as being quite well seasoned ourselves), so I don’t think we are making some kind of rookie mistake. Have a set of iron skillets which I love and which work perfectly. I bought this pan primarily to cook eggs, but after many attempts have given up on it in favor of the iron skillet or a cheap non-stick pan. Just pulled it out again this morning to try again and had yet another egg mess. What am I doing wrong?! Never have I spent so much time trying to figure out how to use a cooking utensil. This thing is going in the give away bin.

  5. Amy
    Posted December 29, 2013 at 10:24 PM | Permalink

    To: Michael in Toronto,

    I too cannot cook eggs in stainless steel skillets (and I ridded my kitchen of all non-stick cookware). I purchased the Le Creuset enameled cast iron omelet pan and it works wonderfully for eggs! I put a little butter or non-stick spray in the pan and let it heat-up while I’m preparing the eggs. Once the pan is hot, I put the eggs in. I use a plastic spatula and scrape the bottom as they cook (for scrambled). (Just let the eggs cook for sunny-side up style.) I have an induction stove, so I put the heat at around “2″. When I first got the pan, I had to play with the heat settings, because the eggs did stick at first, but once I found the magic setting for eggs, this pan worked great! I hope you see this! My stainless steel pans that I currently have work nicely for browning other foods. I don’t want the chemical problems associated with non-stick, thus the enameled cast iron omelet pan…

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