During my cookware search, I came across several questions about the All Clad d5 vs Copper Core cookware collections, and which is the best option. I’ll share my thoughts and opinions, but first a little background.
The patented All Clad stainless with d5 technology cookware (commonly referred to as All Clad d5) was introduced to the world at the end of 2009. It was designed in conjunction with Williams-Sonoma.
In a number of ways the All Clad d5 cookware is similar to the All Clad Copper Core cookware. But of course, there are noteworthy differences.
All Clad d5 Vs Copper Core: Similarities
The most notable similarity is that All Clad d5 cookware contains 5-plys or layers of metal. The layers go all the way up to the top of the cookware. The inner and outer layers are made of stainless steel. But the outer layer is magnetized so that it will work with induction cooktops. A third stainless steel layer is at the core of the d5, and it is sandwiched between two aluminum layers. The stainless steel core helps to defuse or spread the heat from the two aluminum layers.
All Clad claims that the d5 design “provides 20% more even heating and 15% more efficient cooking than traditional bonded cookware.” This translates into more even browning, fewer hot spots, and less scorching.
The handles and other features of the All Clad d5 are similar to the Copper Core cookware, as well. Overall, I think the d5 cookware is very nice looking and I would be proud to own it. You can buy single pots and pans or find it in sets of 7, 10, 15, and 27 pieces.
All Clad d5 Vs Copper Core: Differences
Now, the one big difference between All Clad d5 and All Clad Copper Core cookware is the layer of metal at the very center of the 5 plys. The Copper Core collection has copper rather than stainless steel at its heart. All the other metal layers are the same, including the magnetized stainless outer layer.
Copper conducts heat more efficiently than both aluminum and stainless steel. Again, this is touted to provide a more efficient and effective cooking experience. While this may be true, I’m not totally convinced that the average home cook, like me, would notice a significant difference. But several people in forums did mention that the All Clad Copper Core seems to heat up faster than their All Clad 3-ply stainless cookware.
Having said that, in my opinion, the All Clad Copper Core cookware is the most elegant looking cookware on the market. And figuring this was going to be my last set of cookware, I wanted some copper. These were big pluses for me, but you may not care. If so, then by all means give the All Clad d5 cookware serious consideration. You’re not going to hurt my feelings :-).
One other thing to keep in mind. There’s no doubt that you could save a few hundred dollars by going with a set of All Clad d5 cookware over the Copper Core. But when you spread that price difference over 20 years, 30 years or longer, it’s really not enough to reject the Copper Core if you have your heart set on it. Heck, just think about how much you’ll spend on cars over that period of time.
All Clad d5 Vs Copper Core: Video Analysis
Finally, I have a couple of great All Clad d5 videos for you. In the first video, some of the above points are mentioned, but what I really want you to check out is the pan with the 5 metal layers peeled back. You’ll get a great visual of how All Clad cookware is made and it’s quality. In addition, the spokesperson in the video states that the d5 cookware is exclusive to Williams-Sonoma. However, I’ve seen this cookware sold on Amazon and elsewhere.
In this second video, you’ll get a more in-depth cooking demonstration and discussion of the All Clad d5 features.
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