Multi-Ply Cookware: Clad Cookware

Multi-ply or Clad

Stainless steel is durable, reasonably priced and looks great for cookware. However, pure stainless steel has a one flaw, that is it is not the best heat conductor. Why heat conductivity of metal is important? It is because, food cooks evenly and thoroughly in best heat conductor metal such as aluminum, copper or cast iron. Cast iron can be heavy and copper can be expensive. So best solution was to place copper or aluminum core in between stainless steel layers to make it Multi ply, hence making it better heat conductor cookware, without raising the price and keeping the beauty of stainless steel material.

Most common “clad” or “ply” is triple ply, meaning there are three layers or stainless steel and other heat conductive metal. Occasionally you will find cookware that are 7 ply or 9 ply, meaning 7 or 9 layers of other heat conductive metal and stainless steel material. For most home cooks, three ply is sufficient and do not have to spend extra for 7 layers or more.

Multi-ply orClad cookware combines several metals in one cookware. Multi-ply cookware usually has a copper or aluminum core, with a stainless steel or nonstick interior. The exterior could be a aluminum or copper making stainless steel cookware to be better heat conductor. This combination of strengths makes multi-ply cookware cook friendly and desirable.


  • Mixes various metal in to one making it beneficial to cooking
  • Copper core cookware benefit without polishing work
  • Versatile and user friendly
  • Many (without non-stick) are dish washer safe
  • Will not react with acidic food


  • Can be expensive

Here are some of our Favorite Clad or Multi Ply Stainless Steel Cookware choices with detailed reviews, with pros and cons, so you can buy cookware that is right for your kitchen and life style.

Top Multi-ply Stainless Steel Cookware Sets

Cuisinart Multiclad Pro 12 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Rating: 4.5 stars

This is our pick for the best stainless steel cookware set. It is well liked by experts and home cooks. It comes with 12 pieces of most used cookware you will be using in the kitchen. You will get clad quality without the all-clad prices with this set.

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Cuisinart Chef’s Classic

Rating: 4 stars

This is 10 piece stainless steel cookware set from Cuisinart. They are very affordable shiny and versatile cookware. You will love to use in your kitchen for everyday cooking and more.

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Emeril Pro Clad Cookware

Rating: 4.5 stars

Take your cooking to next level with Emeril’s 10 pieces pro-clad stainless steel set. It is made for passionate and demanding cook who work hard and expect more in cookware. It is tri-ply, quality cookware set.

Click here for review :Emeril Pro-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set
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All Clad Frying Pan

Rating:>4.5 stars

This 12 inch, large frying pan is made 3 ply with copper core between the steel layer, great for cooking food evenly, and is oven safe. This frying pan is large enough to cook saute’ onion, fry tofu, make hash brown to scramble eggs in. This is One of All-clad’s best selling quality pan that you will be glad to have in your kitchen.

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