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Stainless steel cookware is great for sautéing, searing, and browning. A high-quality set of stainless steel pots and pans is durable, corrosion free, and conducts heat well.
Since there is an increasing interest among consumers to buy products made in the United States, we wanted to share our thoughts on the best stainless steel cookware sets made in the USA. We offer our top picks for your consideration.
Let's look at our first set.
Reviews of the Best Stainless Steel Cookware Sets Made in USA
All-Clad D5 Brushed Stainless Steel 7-Pc Cookware Set
The All-Clad D5 Brushed Stainless Steel 7-Pc Cookware Set is constructed with American made metals and is manufactured in the USA. These pots and pans are compatible with all cooktops including induction.
There are 5, 7, 10, and 14 piece sets manufactured. However, sometimes vendors do not have one or more in stock.
- 10" fry pan
- 1.5 qt saucepan with lid
- 3 qt sauté pan with lid
- 8 qt stockpot with lid
The pots and pans in this cookware set have 5-ply construction. The layers are: inner cooking surface of 18/10 American-made stainless steel, aluminum layer, a stainless steel core, aluminum layer and an outer layer of magnetic stainless steel.
The starburst finish on the interior helps prevent food from sticking. This is not a chemical; instead it is a process whereby the surface is finely sanded with a machine. The outer finish on the cookware and lids are highly-polished.
The pieces in this All-Clad D5 Stainless Steel Cookware Set are made of high-quality stainless steel. Therefore, they are heavier than cheaper cookware. Having said this, most reviewers are satisfied with the weight of the pots and pans in this cookware set.
Handles and Rivets
The handles are long and are solid stainless steel. When scrambling eggs, the handles do not get very hot.
However, when cooks are using pots and pans that have metal handles, they often wrap them with a towel or silicone sleeve especially if they are cooking food at high temperatures.
Some reviewers indicate the handles dig into the palm of their hand. The strain can be relieved if the pan is held under the forearm and the thumb is rested on the groove in the handle.
The handles of the All-Clad D5 Stainless Steel pots and pans are solidly attached to the pan with stainless steel rivets.
The stainless steel lids fit tightly to the pots and pans. One thing to be aware of is that the handles on the lids get fairly hot if you have the temperature high enough so that steam or heat travels to the lid.
Use and Care
The high quality stainless steel and the proper pre-heating of the pan makes cooking very easy. Heat is evenly distributed thus eliminating food being burnt on the outside and undercooked on the inside. We found that we didn't need the heat as high as with other cookware.
Although All-Clad states this set is dishwasher safe, the pans are easily cleaned with warm soapy water. Barkeeper's Friend or baking soda will keep the pans looking new.
All-Clad states on their website that metal, plastic, and wooden utensils can be used.
All-Clad provides a limited lifetime warranty for all of their cookware products. (https://www.all-clad.com/CustomerService/Warranty)
Among the exclusions are: damage from drops, fire, flood, misuse or abuse. The warranty states minor imperfections and color variations are normal and therefore not covered as are stains, discolorations or scratches.
The All-Clad D5 Brushed 18/10 Stainless Steel 7-Pc Cookware Set is for both casual and serious cooks. Although a bit pricey, overall it is a great value given the superior construction, durability, versatility and quick and even heating of the pots and pans.
Additionally, it is a good investment as with proper care, you can rely on these pots and pans to last through years of regular use.
We appreciate the fact American made metals are used and the pots and pans are manufactured in the USA.
Viking Culinary Professional 5-Ply Stainless Steel 5-Pc Cookware Set
The Viking Culinary Professional Stainless Steel Cookware Set is manufactured in the USA. It can be used on induction as well as conventional cooktops and stoves. There are 5, 7, and 10 piece sets available.
- 10-inch Frying Pan
- 3.4-Qt Everyday Casserole Pan w/ lid
- 6-Qt Stock Pot/Dutch Oven w/ lid
These pots and pans have five-ply construction of mixed metals, which helps to maximize heat transfer and reduce energy usage.
They deliver superior cooking performance, and each layer of metal makes cooking efficient. The cookware is durable and designed to last a lifetime.
The exterior of the pots and pans is made of magnetic stainless steel so that it cooks evenly and efficiently on all cooktops, including induction. The next layer is an aluminum alloy that bonds to the middle layer, which is pure 3004 aluminum. The material of the fourth layer an aluminum alloy which is bonded to an interior layer of 18/10 stainless steel. The cooking surface is nonreactive and nonporous.
These five layers work together to allow for quick and even heat transfer while using less energy to reach the cooking temperatures that you need. The pure aluminum inner layer is one of the most conductive materials that can be used in cookware. This, combined with the stainless layers, gives the pots stability while preventing warping and allowing for easy maintenance.
The pots and pans are attractive with handles that are ergonomic and designed to stay cool. They are easy to hold and maneuver while being comfortable in your hands. They are attached permanently with stainless steel rivets, and you will have balance and control.
The larger items also have loop handles to help you hold them. In most conditions, the handles will stay cool to the touch. That said, if you use the pots and pans in the oven, you will need to use heat protection before you lift them. In addition, if you crowd the stovetop with various pots and pans, the handles may become hot.
Easy to Clean and Dishwasher Safe
This set is dishwasher safe and easy to clean. You can rinse them and place them in the dishwasher, and they will not lose their functionality or warp.
You can easily hand wash them by filling the sink with warm water and wiping them clean with a nylon sponge after letting them sit for a minute. If necessary, you can use BarKeeper's Friend for tough residue and to keep them looking new.
If you are looking to bring a commercial grade cookware set into your home kitchen, this is a great set. It offers the pots and pans you need to prepare most meals. The pieces are durable and come with a limited lifetime warranty.
All-Clad D3 Tri-Ply 5-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set
The All-Clad D3 collection is also manufactured in the USA with American made raw materials. The All-Clad D3 is available in 5, 7, 10, and 14 piece sets.
This set is compatible with conventional and induction cooktops and can be used on the stovetop or in the oven or broiler.
- 10" fry pan
- 3-qt saucepan with lid
- 3-qt sauté pan with lid
The pieces in the All-Clad D3 cookware set have 3-ply bonded construction with alternating layers of stainless steel and an aluminum core for even heating throughout. The stainless steel is 18/10 and made in the USA. The outer layer is made with magnetic stainless steel making it induction compatible.
The interior cooking surface is highly polished stainless steel with a starburst finish to help prevent food from sticking. The finish is not a chemical but rather a process whereby the pan is sanded using a machine.
Handles and Rivets
The handle is long and made with solid stainless steel. It is firmly attached to the pan with stainless steel rivets.
The shape of the handle is not to everyone's liking. They have a concave design and are not completely horizontal.
The lids are stainless steel and fits securely to the pot or pan. If steam gets to the lid the handle can get fairly hot.
All-Clad offers a limited lifetime warranty for all of their cookware products.
Made In Cookware
We did not include Made In Cookware on this list because not all of their products are manufactured in the USA. Their pots and pans are manufactured in either USA, Italy, or France.
- All of their stainless steel clad frying pans are manufactured in the USA.
- All other Stainless Clad and Non Stick cookware - Made in Italy
- The carbon steel pans is made in France in a factory that has been crafting carbon steel for centuries.
We are a fan of their products and composed a detailed review of their Sous Chef Cookware Set.
A few words about manufacturing country of origin
One reason people want to buy USA made products is to support the American economy. Another is to buy products with raw materials sourced in the USA. Yet others are troubled by the reported human right and environmental abuses and poor quality control found in some offshore factories.
A product made in a factory in China isn’t automatically toxic or low-quality. Many companies produce high-quality products using safe materials and treat their employees humanely.
Some companies own the factories in China that produce their cookware. This affords them control over the raw materials used and the manufacturing process. They also have the ability to supervise quality control and set the standards for employee treatment.
If you want to purchase cookware made in the USA, there are two factors to be aware of: 1) the country of origin of the raw materials and 2) the location of the factory that manufactures the raw materials.
As you are probably aware, high-quality, made in USA cookware is usually more expensive than pots and pans manufactured in countries such as China and Thailand where labor is cheaper.