Zwilling vs All Clad Cookware

Zwilling is a german manufacturer of cutlery. They are most famous for their Henckels knife. However, they seem to have acquired more and more comapnies. Some of the company that they own include, staub, miyabi, ballarini and demeyre. With that many companies under its belt, it shouldn’t suprise anyone if they started their own line of cookware. Given as such, most of their cookware is built under the same principle of cladding technology. Which was started by an America Cookware manufacturer, All Clad. Given Zwilling strong background and manufacturing capabilities, how does it compare with All Clad? This Zwilling vs All Clad Cookware article will compare and contrast the equivalent model of both brand.

Zwilling Sensation vs All Clad Quick Summary


All Clad
ColorsPolished SilverBrushed and Polished
Brand AwarenessAmerica and EuropeAmerica
WeightMid WeightMid Weight
Country of ManufacturerBelgiumAmerica
ThoughtsA well designed pan. Handle is better than All Clad but the pan is more like a saucier. Not really a traditional Skillet.Classic example of how a frying pan should be. Low sides and rolled lip to promote evaporation. Handle is still horrible.
Reviewed CookwareZWILLING Sensation 9.5-inch SkilletAll-Clad D5 10 inch Fry Pan

Zwilling Sensation vs All Clad D5 Skillet Design

Both the Zwilling Sensation and All D5 model have a 5 ply layer. It seems to be most comparable cookware of these two company. A quick note about the layers. The reason why they made pans with 5 layers is so that it can store more heat. The pan with less layer, is lighter but wont sear as well. With a lighter pan, if you put too much food at once, food will steam. This is the reason why company make pans with more layer.

Zwilling Sensation Handle

The handle on these models is very well thought out. The finish on it is textured so that it can provide grip even if your hand is wet. On the base of the handle, there is a Y shape to act as a heat choke. This prevents heat from traveling to your hand. On the inside, there is no rivet, more than likely it was welded on. This rivetless design also helps you clean the inside of the pan.
The shape of the handle is also quite clever. It tapers inward and it has a slight belly to give your hand an ergonomic grip. This handle design looks and feel like the handle from All Clad thomas keller line.

All Clad D5 Handle

All Clad handle is notorious for its painful design. Its to edge digs into your hand as you use it. It might not hurt initially, but if you cook in it overtime, it will get sore. Apparently the reason for this, is so that you can maintain a good grip. All Clad uses a traditional rivet to keep it in place. Food will get stuck in the corner of it and it will be difficult to clean. It does do a good job in staying cool though. Overall, the handle on the Zwilling Sensation is better.


The shape of the skillet affects how liquid evaporate and how easy it is to maneuver the food. This can be a personal preference thing, but some pans are more equal than other.

Zwilling Sensation Shape

The shape of their skillet resmeble a low saucier. I love how the corner are soft and gradual. Other manufacturer have a very deep edge which makes it difficult when you make sauces. The lip is rolled so that you can pour liquid easily. Finally, due to its shape, you can toss food very easily. However, this is suppose to be a frying pan. Which is the main issue that I have with this pan. A frying pan is supposed to have a low sidewall to promote liquid evaporation. It also aids when turning food. It is really difficult to flip food with a spatula when you have a high sidewall. Dont get me wrong, the cookware is great. I just think that its miss classified into the wrong category.

All Clad D5 Shape

The shape of All Clad Skillets are one of the gold standard in the industry. It is one of the well designed skillet that I have used. The sides are low and the lip is rolled. This promotes evaporation of liquid and it lets you turn food with ease. Obviously, you cannot toss food as well as the Zwilling sensation pan but its not designed to do that. As a skillet, All Clad is the clear winner in this category.

Exterior Finish

The exterior finish on the All Clad pan is a simple design. You will either get a brushed or polished finish. ON the Zwilling however, they have a thing called the “Silvinox” apparently it prevents discoloration and it stays shiny longer. Apparently they made it with a electro chemical treatment. It might be electroplated with a different metal. I cant really verify. Anyways, I am not sure if it really works, but its interesting that they marketed it.

Interior Finish

The interior finish on these two pans are also very different. For whatever reason, zwilling have decided to give it a brushed finish. I know that manufacturer like lodge, rough their surface so that it can hold a season better. But most people do not season the stainless steel cookware. All Clad on the other hand, does have a slight conical surface to it. Both have issues with sticking but I imagine that the Zwilling will be worse. I have also been playing the idea of seasoning a stainless steel pan. I just have not gotten around to it.

Zwilling Sensation vs All Clad Thoughts

I think both pans are well designed. The handle on the Zwilling one is better and its shape is designed well. But the issue is that its not a traditional frying pan. It looks more like a miniature saucier. For that reason, if you want a Frying Pan, get the one from All Clad. But if you need something that is more for tossing food, get the Zwilling model. The lack of rivet makes it easy to clean.

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