All-Clad d5: Love and Lust (Hands-on/Review)

Yet in the end, as I trace the All-Clad logo on the top of the lid handle, I know it transcends all reason.


I finally broke down this weekend and purchased the d5 Stainless Steel All-Clad cookware set I was lusting for the longest time.

I had tried to be practical. I purchased a value-based K— copper core cookware set only to find myself, late at night, sneaking visits to Williams-Sonoma’s website. It was very sad and no way to live my life.

The entire experience was all very serendipitous. Just as my eyes were caressing the glistening pots and pans on the warm maple wood shelves at WS, an “All-Clad specialist” named Jim popped up from behind. He reminded me of the angel character in the augmented reality software featured in the movie “Disclosure” with Demi Moore.

I didn’t totally thwart embarrassment as Clint quickly volunteered the fact that I had indeed strayed by purchasing the K— brand cookware and now was at a “No, All-Clad, it is you I love!” dramatic moment.I almost wanted to say, “Angel, tell me the difference between All-Clad copper core and d5 lines.” I resisted because I was sure he would look at me strangely and I would have a Michael Scott moment.

I did ask Jim several questions and finally decided on the d5 line. He was supremely helpful answering every question originating from my analytical mind. My palpitating heart was already sold.

Yes, after several covert visits to the Williams-Sonoma website to browse the cookware porn photos, having received several email solicitations (which I am sure are specifically targeted at me based on my behavior on their website), this in-store experience sealed the deal.

It also helped that all the pieces I wanted were on sale. The 4 qt saute pan came with a splash guard which I didn’t really need, but it was on sale so how could I protest?

Splash screen on the All-Clad d5 4 qt saute pan.

I didn’t get the brushed stainless steel version of the cookware because I liked the shiny classic finish of the standard d5 line. I decided against copper core for now because I think the performance of the d5 line fits my everyday cooking style.

In the future, I plan to augment my set with a couple of choice pieces from the copper core line. I do love the look of the thin line of copper on the pots, but realistically that will tarnish and how often will I be polishing copper?

When I got home, I gently opened the boxes and carefully took out my All-Clad d5 cookware. Yes, I could try to justify my purchase by noting the performance of the d5 and how I will use this cookware for the rest of my life.

Yet in the end, as I trace the All-Clad logo on the top of the lid handle, I know it transcends all reason. All-Clad has produced cookware that I have fallen in love with, delivered in a exceptional retail experience at Williams-Sonoma and online at Amazon. That is priceless.

Even my cooking-illiterate husband Clint seems to notice.

Research Online: Amazon All-Clad kitchenware starting at only $49.95

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  • Pat

    I absolutely LOVE my All Clad. The heat conduction is tops and nothing, I mean NOTHING sticks to it.

    • Agreed. Had fun using my All Clad pieces this weekend. I do wonder how the copper core pieces would compare. For some reason, I find the Loreto gas stove throws off a lot more heat. Propane instead of gas perhaps?

      • Pat

        Yes…propane cooks hotter than our natural gas. Frankly, I have never been able to cook rice successfully on my Loreto stove. Had to move to cooking it in the microwave.

        • Jane

          Ok you show-offs who have gas stoves in Loreto, I will sit here in rainy Oakland and ignore the implicit reminder of that shiny surface on our stove that brings chills to our heartsas we plan meals there and then clean up afterwards. On another note, I really, really love my 2 All Clad Pans. Do you think it would be an insult to them to bring them down to our casa and that stove?

    • Agreed. Had fun using my All Clad pieces this weekend. I do wonder how the copper core pieces would compare. For some reason, I find the Loreto gas stove throws off a lot more heat. Propane instead of gas perhaps?

  • Lanoll

    Absolutely!! Just bought my first set at Christmas time. It is without any doubt the best purchase ever!! I am already adding pieces. Not only did I open each box with the fanfare the occasion called for, but each box is carefully stored away should I ever need to move them! Every kitchen cabinet has been cleared and each piece carefully arranged so as to avoid any scratches. It’s been almost two months and I am looking for excuses to cook!!

    • Funny, I slipped into WS this weekend and purchased the 4qt soup pot. I was considering the 3qt pot with steamer insert, but the size was just too small.

      After I read your comment, I did ask Clint if he had kept the boxes in the garage or did they go out with the last recycle/trash day. Luckily for him, the boxes are still in the garage. I do need a second pull out shelf so that my pieces do not scratch together.

  • JonCBoone

    I have done he same thing with the lusting t the stores and the Williams Sonoma website as well as All Clads web site. My wife even became upset at the fact that she wanted to get a new set and wanted to just buy anything there was on sale at Kohl’s. I was able to procrastinate long enough to settle for the Emerilware Pro Clad set. A set that is still All Clad but with Emeril’s name on it instead. Naturally that discounted it enough to where I could afford the new set but one day I will end up with the All Clad set of my dreams!

    • Jon, Good luck! I keep tracing my fingers along the All-Clad logos. Yes, a sign of a true obsession.