I am certainly no Michelin-Star winner, but I do enjoy cooking – a lot. Nothing is more frustrating than having your signature dish ruined when it cooks unevenly or sticks to the bottom of the pot.

Spending a lot of money on exclusive cookware may not always pay off. But, when it comes to the D3 All-Clad collection, you can’t go wrong. These premium pots and pans are made to last and were the innovation of THE company that created the cladding process.

Before cladding became the sought-after feature of high-end cookware, pots and pans were either made of stainless steel, tin, or aluminum. Many still are, but now you have the choice of a combination of these elements, creating a unique cookware utensil used by renowned chefs around the world.

The D3 All-Clad range is one of many choices from All-Clad. It is positioned price-wise above the less expensive H1 Range, and below the very high-priced D5 Range. Although they are not cheap, for me this is a great choice, giving the best of the cutting-edge cladding technology, but not totally breaking the bank.

Yes, they are expensive and this is because of the unique construction called cladding. Let’s look a little closer …

What is cladding and how does it apply to D3?

According to Wikipedia, cladding is “The application of one material over another to provide a skin or layer” (1). Cladding can be done using very different materials that don’t usually bond together. This is what makes the process technically complex and expensive, requiring sophisticated machinery and strict quality standards.

When it comes to D3 All-Clad, the number 3 will give you a clue – 3 layers of metal materials are bonded together to create the walls of the cookware.

All-Clad did not invent these individual layers. They were already in use and are known to most cooks – aluminum and stainless steel. The innovation came in fusing them to get the best features of each, creating a superior product.

Stainless steel is non-toxic, long-lasting, and durable. It is non-reactive and won’t change the taste or appearance of the food when it comes into contact with acids or alkaline foods. It is dent, scratch, and erosion-resistant and is easy to clean.

Aluminum is a great conductor of heat.

By combining these two metals, D3 offers you the best of both in one product.

The D3 or Tri-Ply construction

This consists of

  • An outer layer of magnetic stainless steel. This layer defines the look of the product with a stylish polished silver finish. It also offers a magnetic component that makes it compatible with induction cooktops.
  • A middle layer of pure aluminum for heat retention and conduction.
  • An inner layer of food-grade 18/10 stainless steel. This is the layer that comes into contact with the food.
  • Some D3 pans have an additional non-stick coating on the inner layer, and others don’t. This will come down to a matter of personal choice. I do enjoy a non-stick surface. It is a great way to show off how I can flip pancakes with a flick of the wrist. On the other hand, deglazing a stainless steel pan with wine to create a delicious sauce is a skill that any serious cook wants to add to their repertoire. For this, a non-stick surface won’t do it.

Everything you need to know about D3 All-Clad

There are many features to consider when deciding to buy an expensive cookware set. Here is my take on the details of the D3 Collection.


D3 All-Clad can be used on all stovetops. The manufacturer recommends using a low to medium heat, This is because the multi-layer construction retains heat and does not require extreme temperatures.

You can also use your D3 pots and pans on induction cooktops. Induction cooktops do not use direct heat or coils. They are designed for cookware that has a magnetic surface with iron atoms that are stimulated to absorb heat. That is why the outer layer of the D3 construction is magnetic stainless steel.

D3 cookware heats up fast and retains heat. It also heats up evenly, allowing your food to cook perfectly both in the center and on the outer edges of the pan.

Stainless steel and non-stick

Stainless steel is durable, easy to care for, and looks stylish. It is composed of steel, chromium, and sometimes nickel. The chromium reduces the formation of rust and the nickel adds to its ability to resist corrosion. I love stainless steel because it is non-reactive. It won’t discolor when it comes into contact with acidic foods. Stainless steel is strong and the occasional bash or drop on the floor (hopefully not just before you serve supper) will not create any dents or scratches. You can wash stainless steel using regular dishwashing soap and it is dishwasher safe.

The D3 range offers stainless steel interiors and non-stick interiors. I enjoy both, but this does add to the cost. The best option is to have two fry-pans, one stainless steel and one non-stick. For the rest of the set, I would go with the stainless steel option.

Non-stick surfaces require extra attention when cleaning. They should never be washed using bleach, steel wool, abrasive pads, or oven cleaners. I would not recommend putting them into the dishwasher as the surface will get damaged over time.

The non-stick coating on All-Clad products is considered safe as it does not contain PFOAs. These are man-made chemicals used for products that require resistance to sticking, grease, and stains.

Handle design

If there are any complaints about the D3 range, it is usually about the handles. They have a grooved design that some people find uncomfortable. That being said, they won’t slip out of your hands and they also offer a thumb stop at the end for extra stability.

The handles are made of stainless steel and although stainless steel does not conduct heat well, the handles can get hot, especially if you have used your pots in the oven. Ensure that you have some oven gloves handy to avoid burns.

The handles are attached with sturdy rivets that ensure they won’t come loose or start wobbling after use. I cannot fault the design, but I do prefer a slightly wider and more comfortable handle.

Lids – to see through or not to see through

While glass lids do look stylish and allow you to take a peek at your food cooking, they don’t really add much value, other than making the product cheaper to produce. The D3 All-Clad range comes with matching stainless steel lids, which I like. They have sturdy stainless steel handles attached with strong rivets. The handles are easy to use with ample space for your fingers. One issue I have with cheap pots are tiny handles that offer no space to grip, or handles that come loose and fall off. This won’t happen with the D3 lids.

Weight of pots

The D3 cladding creates walls that are 2.6mm thick. This also creates a heavy pot. Heavy pots can be an important factor to consider if you suffer from weak arms or hands, or have arthritis in your fingers. If this is not a problem, heavy pots feel so much more sturdy and professional than cheap light tin pots.

Don’t use your D3 All-Clad pots to store food in the fridge. Your fridge shelves are probably not designed for this amount of weight. Rather empty the contents into a more suitable plastic container for storage.

Grooved rims

Grooved rims are a neat feature that prevents dripping. In the D3 range, the sauté pan and the skillet have grooved rims, the other pots and pans do not. It is not a deal breaker, but it would be cool if they all had this design.

Rounded inside design

I do enjoy the rounded design inside the pots. You don’t have to worry about nasty seams where food gets stuck and is impossible to wash out. Use a soft spatula to scrape out the pots and they will always be clean and hygienic.

Dishwasher safe

The manufacturer states that the pots and pans are dishwasher safe. I prefer to wash mine by hand. They are expensive and I like to know that I am looking after them as best I can. The non-stick pans are a definite no-go when it comes to dishwashers. These should be cleaned by hand to prevent the non-stick layer from eroding over time.


As a quick guide, here are my ratings for the D3 All-Clad Collection.

Overall Rating: 4.6

This is a superior product that is highly rated by home cooks and professionals.

Cleanup: 4.0

Although dishwashing is an option, I would rather hand wash and hand dry, which does take more time and effort.

Durability: 4.6

These heavy-duty pots and pans are made to last. They are strong and durable.

Even heating: 4.7

The tri-ply layers offer a superior even-heating experience. The combination of stainless steel and aluminum combine perfectly to retain heat. They do not require extreme heat and work best at low to medium temperatures.

Handling and ease of use: 4.2

When it comes to handling, some users find that the grooved handles can be uncomfortable to hold. Due to the multi-layer design, the cookware is heavier than cheaper brands. I enjoy the feel of a heavier pot, but it may become cumbersome for some people.

Value: 4.5

D3 All-Clad is not cheap. It is an investment that will last a lifetime. The product range is large and you can start with a few pieces and add more as you go along.

D3 product options

The D3 Collection offers a comprehensive selection of sets.
Standard Sets come in a choice of a 2, 5, 7, 10, and 14-piece set.

The main features of the sets are

  • Tri-Ply construction
  • Polished stainless steel finish
  • PFOA-free nonstick covering on some of the pans
  • Compatible with all cooktops, including induction
  • Oven safe up to 600°F
  • Securely riveted stainless steel handles
  • Stainless steel lids with riveted handles
  • Engineered and manufactured in the USA
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Let’s look at the Standard D3 Collections

2-piece sets

There are a few options

  • 8-inch fry pan
  • 1 quart sauce pan


  • 8-inch fry pan
  • 10-inch fry pan

These come in a choice of stainless steel or non-stick inner layers

5-piece set

The set includes

  • 10-inch fry pan
  • 3 quart sauce pan with lid
  • 3 quart sauté pan with lid

This is a good starter set for a small family. You can add a skillet or roasting pan to increase your options without spending a larger amount on a 7-piece set.

7-piece set

The set includes

  • 10 inch frying pan
  • 3 quart sauté pan with lid
  • 3 quart sauce pan with lid8
  • quart stock with lid

A great choice for a family and will give you all you need.

10-piece set

The set includes

  • 8 inch frying pan
  • 10 inch frying pan
  • 3 quart sauté pan with lid
  • 2 quart sauce pan with lid
  • 3 quart sauce pan with lid
  • 8 quart stock with lid

More expensive and may not be worth the extra outlay. The 2 quart sauce pan is small. You may do better buying the 7-piece set and an additional 3 quart sauce pan.

14-piece set

The set includes

  • 10 inch frying pan
  • 12 inch frying pan
  • 12 inch chef pan with lid
  • 2 quart sauce pan with lid
  • 3 quart sauce pan with lid
  • 3 quart sauté pan with lid
  • 6 quart sauté pan with lid
  • 8 quart stockpot with lid

Very expensive outlay. Probably not necessary for an average home cook, unless throwing lavish dinner parties for a large number of guests is your thing.

The Compact D3 Collection

The D3 Compact Collection is an interesting option. It features pots and pans that can stack within one another. This is perfect for people who have small kitchens and limited storage space.

The set includes

  • 8.5 inch skillet
  • 10.5 inch skillet
  • 2 quart sauce pan with lid
  • 3 quart sauce pan with lid
  • 4.5 quart sear & roast with lid
  • 5 quart stockpot with lid

D3 Open Stock

D3 Open Stock offers additional items that you can buy to add to your collection. The range includes all-purpose steamers, roasting pans, pasta pots, saucepans, skillets, double boilers, and more. You can add these as you go along, or ask someone to buy one for you as a birthday gift!


D3 Cookware Set Pros to consider –

  • World-famous brand name
  • High-end cladding consisting of 3 layers
  • Durable, strong, and long-lasting
  • PFOA-free non-stick coating on some items
  • Rounded design for easy cleaning
  • Oven and broiler-safe up to 600°F
  • Made in the USA
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

D3 Cookware Set Cons to consider

  • Stainless steel handles can get hot
  • Grooved handle design can be uncomfortable
  • Pots and pans are heavy

The D3 Cookware Range is a great choice that falls between All-Clad’s cheaper H1 Range and the far more expensive D5 Range.

It is costly and should be considered to be a lifelong purchase.

D3 All-Clad is ideal for people who love cooking and want a renowned name, a choice of different size pots and pans, durability, even heat distribution, and a stylish look. If you have the budget, treat yourself and show off in the kitchen.


Where is D3 All-Clad made?

The D3 Collection is bonded, engineered, and assembled in the USA. This is a win for users who dislike the ‘Made in China’ small print lurking at the bottom of the packaging.

What warranty does it carry?

The product comes with an impressive Limited Lifetime Warranty. Do not abuse your pots and pans, or the warranty will not be upheld.

Are the pots non-stick?

In the combination of the sets, some include non-stick items and some don’t. You can see this clearly in the photos, as the non-stick products stand out with a dark inner surface.

Are they oven-safe?

Yes, they are oven-safe and broiler-safe up to 600°F. The stainless steel handles will get hot in the oven. Keep a pair of oven gloves close by, or consider buying the All-Clad Grip Cookware Set, made of flexible silicone.

Are they dishwasher-safe?

According to the manufacturer, D3 All-Clad is dishwasher safe. However, I prefer to wash these expensive items by hand. The non-stick items should not be put into the dishwasher.






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