Made in Cookware is a new cookware company started in 2016. They have one of the oddest name in the industry but I suppose thats what made them famous. They have a direct to consumer model which supposedly lowers the price. What this means is that the manufacturer sells right to the buyer. It seems that recently, their marketing scheme is to partner up with celebrity chef to market their ware. So far, it seems to be working. But the question is, how is their cookware? Is it really that much better and is it better than other manufacturer like All Clad?
Made in Cookware vs All Clad Quick Summary
|Categories||Made In 12 Inch Skillet||All Clad 12 Inch D5 Non Stick Skillet|
|Colors||Brushed Steel||Brushed Steel|
|Metal Utensil Safe||Yes||Yes|
|Weight||Mid Weight||Mid Weight|
|Stove Top||All Stove Top Including Induction||All Stove Top Including Induction|
|Warranty||Lifetime Warranty||Lifetime Warranty|
|Country of Manufacturer||America||America|
|Thoughts||Its a pretty good skillet, but it also looks like a copy of All Clad Skillet. The handle is better but the warranty and longevity of the company is questionable.||All Clad has one of the best Skillet in the industry. The only issue is the handle. However, they have a lifetime warranty and you can be assure that it will last a lifetime.|
|Reviewed Cookware||Made In 12 inch Skillet||All Clad 12 inch d5|
What is Fully Cladded Cookware?
Fully cladded cookware has several layers of different metal that follows the same thickness throughout the pan. This ensures that the heat is the same from the base of the pan to the rim. All Clad was the one who invented this type of cookware. Ever since their patent expire, there has been a lot of copies of this design. Which goes to show you how well it is. Regardless, both Made In Cookware and the All Clad d5 version uses a 5 layer steel configuration.
I tried to find the configuration of their cookware but found nothing. But I assume it follows the same formula as All Clad. It consists of Stainless, Aluminum Alloy, Stainless, Aluminum Allow and Stainless Steel. The stainless steel are used on the outer and the inner portion because they are non reactive. However, they are poor conductor of heat. The Core is made of Aluminum for fast heat conduction. I am assuming the center stainless steel lets it retain its heat better. By following this configuration, you get the best of both world.
Made in Cookware vs All Clad Design
This section will take about the design difference between Made in Cookware vs All Clad. We will see the construction of the handle, warranty, shape and overall user friendliness. We will be mostly focusing on the skillet for this review.
The handle is one of the most important because it affects ergonomics the most. Odd angles and balance can cause undue stress on your wrist. For this reason, manufacturer needs to pay attention to how its designed.
Made In Handle
The handle on Made In Cookware is similar to how All Clad is designed but more comfortable. In the center, there is a divot to improve grip. Instead of a curve U shape, the handle is more flat and rounded to reduce fatigue. Near the base of the handle, there is a small notch for your index finger. much like how All Clad is designed. Overall, it is a comfortable handle that helps you maintain grip.
All Clad has a bad reputation for their handle design. For whatever reason, they were reluctant to change its design. It was not until recently that they tested out a newer design in the LTD and C4 line. However, their mainline still uses the traditional handle design. It has U cuve that tapers inward. The U curve gives it two sharp edges that digs into your hand. However, it also improves grip and prevent the skillet from rotating. The bottom has a notch that was a result of a Chef Thomas Keller. He said that by simply putting a thumb notch under the handle, you can improve control over the pan. You can get a more detailed view on how All Clad is made in the video below.
Made in Cookware vs All Clad Shape
The shape of a skillet will affect the evaporation speed, usability, and performance of the pan.
Made In Cookware Shape
The shape that Made In has is almost identical to that of All Clad. The sides rises gradually and it has no sharp edges. The lips are rolled to improve the pouring of the liquid. However, it seems to be more extended than All Clad. Overall, its a great shape.
All Clad Shape
The shape of All Clad is simply perfect. It is no wonder that Made In copied the design of All Clad. The low flaring sides lets you flip food with ease. It also aids in evaporation of liquid. Pans with high sidewall will tend to condense steam and retain moisture content. Overall, All Clad has the best skillet shape in the industry.
Price and Warranty
The price of Made In cookware at MSRP is literally half of what you will pay for All Clad. They also carry a lifetime warranty as well. But here is the thing, they are a startup. All Clad has been in business for over 50 years. Will Made In Cookware be around in 10 or 20 year time? That lifetime warranty wont really amount to much if they go out of business. Not only that, I heard of some quality control issue in regard to the center bowing. This causes oil to pool on the outer edge of the pan. I would use this information and use the best judgement for your situation.
Direct to Consumer Cheaper?
So one of the biggest marketing point is the direct to consumer model. Because of this model, madein cookware is cheaper than the competition. I personally think its just because they are new. Manufacturer has a deal with retailers, they cannot sell product under a certain price. There is the msrp and there is the real price. By undercutting the MSRP, consumers are more likely to buy it. Which is why you often see things on sale. Given as such, at the time of this article, Made In 12 inch Skillet is 89 dollar. While the Current Price at amazon is 150. Around 60 dollar more for what you pay for Made In Cookware. I dont see that as that big of a difference, not for a better warranty.
Made in Cookware Review vs All Clad Thoughts
Quite frankly, it looks like the skillet on Made In Cookware is a blatant copy of All Clad skillet. Whats the saying, imitation is the best form of flattery? That is not to say that they are bad, they did a improvement on the handle design. But that is not saying much when it comes to All Clad. While All Clad is almost Twice As Expensive at msrp, you get the assurance that you will have a pan that will last a lifetime. Madein is a start up and quite frankly a lot of them fail. What you choose is up to you, but I personally don’t like gambling.
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