When it comes to cookware, there are a couple of brands to choose from, but there are three in particular that are vying to be at the “best” spot — it’s Abbio vs All Clad vs Made In vs Calphalon. It’s basically like a battle between newer brands and more established ones.
Are you ready to find out what’s best among them all?
Have you been thinking about buying a new set of cookware lately, but are quite unsure of what brand to specifically buy? Well, then you are in the right place because that is exactly what we are going to talk about.
As mentioned, we are going to battle off old and more established brands versus newer cookware brands. It is Abbio vs All Clad vs Made In vs Calphalon.
Anyway, but before that, you are probably wondering — is there really a need to buy good cookware? Why the need?
Well, it’s very logical — you use it on a day-to-day basis especially if you are a mom who always wants to prepare well and newly cooked food every time. Since you are using it frequently, having the best cookware becomes an investment. It becomes essential. It becomes necessary. Unless of course if you do want to keep changing and buying net set every so often (because as you know, cheaper cookware means cheaper quality).
Among the four brands we mentioned, Abbio and Made In are relatively newer brands while All-Clad and Calphalon are more established. So, among these four, which one is the best deal?
Well, hang in there as we break down the difference between Abbio, All Clad, Made In, and Calphalon.
But first, as a user, how do you choose cookware?
CHOOSING A COOKWARE
Before we dig deeper into what each brand has to offer, it is important that as a user or a buyer, you fully understand first the need of knowing how to properly choose cookware. This will help you decide better in the end.
According to All Recipes, a very famous food blog, here are some of the things you have to take into consideration when choosing cookware:
- Heavy-Gauge Materials with Thick Bottoms
When choosing pots and pans, you have to ensure that they are “heavy enough to conduct heat evenly and keep foods from scorching”. There are different options available — there’s copper (the most expensive one), anodized aluminum, cast iron, and a non-stick pan. If you are looking for a good all-around choice, All Recipes recommends copper or aluminum as they are “durable, non-reactive, conducts heat well, and is easy to clean”.
- Well-Constructed, Heatproof Handles
The second thing that you need to take into consideration is making sure that the handles are well-constructed, and are heatproof. There are several options available as well, there are products that come with metal handles, plastic, wood, etc. Whatever you choose, just make sure that the handle is secured and won’t hurt your hands should you hold it while cooking.
- Secured Lids
When buying cookware, make sure that the lids fit tightly, and that it comes with heatproof knobs. Glass lids, according to All Recipes are the most convenient of all.
Apart from this, you may also decide whether you are going to buy the pre-packed cookware or buy them separately. Ideally, for starters, you save from buying pre-packed ones as compared to buying them one by one. Then again, it depends on your preference.
By the way, we just want to say that no matter what cookware you choose, it does not affect your food tastes. At the end of the day, they are just tools. How delicious your food will still depend on how good you are at cooking. Hope that is clear.
Anyway, so now that you already know what to look for – generally speaking, let’s move on comparing the three different cookware brands we mentioned — Abbio, All Clad, Made In, and Calphalon.
ABBIO VS ALL CLAD VS MADE IN VS CALPHALON: OVERVIEW
First and foremost, let’s get to know each brand first, so we get to appreciate each of them more.
Abbio is short for abbiocco, an Italian word that means happy, satisfied, and drowsy.
In their website, it says that the seed of Abbio was planted in the family kitchen — between family dinners and get together with friends. The company’s mission is “to inspire others to create their own home-cooked memories”.
Pretty simple, but very direct.
Abbio is basically a new player in the high-end cookware industry. To be honest, for a new-comer, Abbio is really very impressive.
Their products’ feel is heavy, solid, and like that of the few All-Clad pots out there. Comparing it to Calphalon pots, their cookware seems to be more carefully put together.
Cost-wise, Abbio set is a steal compared to the other brands. They definitely are the cheapest with a per piece cookware starting at $57 only.
An American company that started back in 1967, Clad Metals, is a “small metallurgical company that specialized in formulating bonded metals for a variety of industries“.
The person behind the company, John Ulam was a genius metallurgist. He realized that the combination of various kinds of metals creates composites that yield excellent results.
Fast-forward to 1971, Ulam established the All-Clad Metalcrafters. It was the beginning of producing “professional-quality bonded cookware for working chefs and avid home cooks“.
Because of the brand’s extraordinary properties and superior cooking performance, it flourished to what it is now.
Up to this day, All-Clad cookware is still handcrafted in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania using American-made steel just like the old times.
More so, the brand is still one of the most widely sought-after brands among the world’s top chefs and passionate home cooks.
If you want a further reference specifically between All Clad and Calphalon, check this video by TheCopperChef. It’s very insightful, promise!
Made In is also a pretty new brand when it comes to cooking ware. It was specifically set out back in 2016. To ensure they give their customers the best kitchen products, the company partnered with the best raw material providers, as well as multi-generational and family-owned manufacturers in the United States, Italy, and France.
Three years after their inception, Made In kitchenware are found in multiple three-Michelin-star restaurants like Alinea in Chicago, and New York City’s Le Bernardin. Apart from that Made In kitchenware is also relied upon by numerous top-rated restaurants and hotel groups all over the country. In addition, the brand has received five-star reviews from customers and the press, plus received countless recognitions.
Calphalon is a household name when it comes to cookware.
The company was originally founded in 1963 by Ronald Kazperzak in Perrysburg, Ohio. From Commercial Metal, he renames it to Commercial Aluminum Cookware Company with a purpose “to expand and upgrade the limited line of aluminum cookware for the foodservice industry”.
In 1968, Calphalon takes pride to be the very first company to adapt and apply a technology that was then developed by the aerospace industry. The said process is the very reason or Calphalon’s birth.
Fast-forward to 1976, Calphalon hard-anodized goes into retail. It was then that consumers had the very first experience of using superior cookware plus the durability that only professional chefs enjoyed back in the days.
Since then, the company continued to produce superb, innovative kitchen products, and ultimately, have earned the space they fill in now in the kitchenware industry.
ABBIO VS ALL CLAD VS MADE IN VS CALPHALON: PRICE COMPARISON
When deciding what kitchenware or cookware to buy, one of the major factors we consider is the price of the item, do you agree? This is especially true among moms. We have to ensure that whatever we buy, that is within the allotted budget, right?
Anyway, having said that, let’s make a little comparison when it comes to price point — Abbio vs All Clad vs Made In vs Calphalon.
Abbio, as mentioned earlier, is a new player in the high-end cookware industry. However, we are quite surprised because their cookware set is really very impressive. It’s heavy and quite similar to that of All-Clad.
Abbio cookware set is priced at around $287, which is definitely a good price given the fact that what they offer are really great products. But wait, there’s more! You will surely be amazed finding out that a piece of Abbio cookware costs around $57 only! Definitely a steal compared to the other three brands.
All Clad is second from the most expensive cookware set among the four brands. A set of All Clad cookware costs $654.24.
Meanwhile, on a per piece basis, All Clad is the most expensive with a piece costing $109.04. It is worth sharing though that both Abbio and All Clad offer products using the same kind of materials. It’s probably safe to say that apart from being in the business for a long time now, the brands have really gained an impressive reputation when it comes to their products, which is why even though newer brands using the same kind of materials are trying to compete with them, their prices do not go down.
Made In is the most expensive one when it comes to cookware sets. It comes second though when we talk about buying the product on a per-piece basis. It amounts to $104 a piece.
As with Calphalon, a set of cookware costs $274.99, while the cheapest piece of their cookware costs $55.
By the look at it, price-wise, we have to give it to Abbio. The company’s cookware price range is very affordable given the fact that they are providing cookware that is at par to even more established and well-known brands.
ABBIO VS ALL CLAD VS MADE IN VS CALPHALON: OVERALL COMPARISON
For a quick comparison guide, check the table below. This will serve as your guide as you choose the best cookware for you.
|ITEMS FOR COMPARISON||ABBIO||ALL CLAD||MADE IN||CALPHALON|
|Line||“The Set”||All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware Set||The Sous Chef Set||Calphalon 1876784 Contemporary Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware Set|
|Material||Aluminum core stainless steel exterior||Aluminum core stainless steel exterior||–||Hard-Anodized Aluminum|
|Price Per Set||$287||$654.24||$729||$274.99|
|Price Per Piece||$57||$109.04||$104||$55.00|
|Total Number of Pots and Pans||5||6||7||5|
|Set Contains||8-inch non-stick skillet (fry pan)10-inch non-stick skillet (fry pan)2-quart sauce pan with lid6-quart sauce pan with lid (stockpot)3-quart sauté pan with lid Four hot pads||8-inch fry pan10-inch fry pan2-quart sauce pan with lid3-quart sauce pan with lid3-quart sauté pan with lid8-quart stockpot with lid||10-inch fry pan 10-inch non-stick fry pan12-inch fry pan 2-quart sauce pan with lid4-quart sauce pan with lid3.5-quart sauté pan with lid8-quart stock pan with lid (stockpot)||8-inch frying pan10-inch frying pan1.5-quart same pan with lid2.5-quart sauce pan with lid8-quart Stockpot with lid|
|Ease of Cleaning||Very Easy||Easy||Very Easy||Very Easy|
|Durability||Very High||Very High||High||High|
|Max Temperature||450 degrees to 500 degrees||600 degrees||500 degrees to 800 degrees||450 degrees|
ABBIO VS ALL CLAD VS MADE IN VS CALPHALON: CUSTOMER REVIEWS
To help you more in your decision-making, here are some of Abbio, All Clad, Made In, and Calphalon’s customer reviews for your reference:
“While this whole set was great, I liked the sauté pan, stockpot, and saucepan the best because they were heavy-duty and had nice handles and flared sides (which made pouring things out of them easy). The stockpot is big enough to handle a pound of pasta, but not more than a few pounds of bones if you’re actually making stock.
They work as well as the set of All-Clad pans I have, but cost way less. Note: A thin film forms on the bottom of the pan after washing and drying, but the company says that it’s just water stains; nothing that will harm the pan. You can wipe it off with a vinegar solution if it bothers you.”
— Christine Gallary, Food Editor-at-Large (Published at The Kitchn)
“This cookware is beautiful, cooks insanely evenly, and is very easy to clean up. Just like the instructions say, if you want to get it gleaming, use Barkeeper’s Friend. The handles do stay quite cool; but, use a potholder when lifting the lids!!
It is the last cookware you will ever need, and it looks like it will last for many, many generations. The 14-piece set includes some really large pieces that are sure to satisfy almost any sort of exotic culinary needs you might have in the future. You might also take a look at getting the steamer insert, double boiler, 4 qtr. saucepan with loop (3 qtr. lid fits this too, so does steamer), possibly some smaller pieces like a little fry pan/saucier pan/butter melted, and of course the giant soup pot/steamer/pasta cooker.
I might also add their 6 piece kitchen utility set is extremely nice, and compliments this cookware well. It came packed extremely well.”
– UtopiaSoon (Published at Amazon)
“I’ve always been a fan of Calphalon and these don’t disappoint. They ship very well packed with most the material being cardboard. The pots and pans have pretty thick bases so they take alittle longer to heat up than some other pans that I’ve used.
The plus side is that there are no hotspots and they all heat up very easily. I also like the fit of the lids. They’re fairly heavy and have a nice snug fit, holding in steam very nicely. The handles also don’t get hot, which is nice. I want to be clear that the only reason I’m giving this set 4 stars is that they are only rated to 450 degrees in the oven. I’m assuming it’s because there is silicone on the handles.
It’s great for controlling heat and being nonslip, but it limits the temperature that they can be used in the oven. I would highly recommend this set to anyone looking for something non-stick. They’ve performed flawlessly and the price is unbeatable.”
– Scott Ratcliff (Published at Amazon)
“I have both the 10 and 12-inch carbon steel pans. I have used both over gas and electric stoves. All I can say is “where have you been?” They are superb in fast heat distribution. After a proper cure, they continue to get better with age. I look at my pans as a tool to great cooking.
I have learned to take a little extra with your tools and they will serve you well. These pans clean easily and just a quick heat dry and oil application and they are ready for action. They are especially good to do slow cook and then a quick oven sear.
The support from Made In is unmatched. I had a small issue with my pan and they made me happy. Luv it and luv their pans and supplies. I’m a customer for life.”
– Mike Weir (Published at Made In website)
FINAL THOUGHTS ON ABBIO VS ALL CLAD VS MADE IN VS CALPHALON
As we always say when we are making product comparison, it’s hard to choose which one is the best because we are all different, and our needs are also different from one another. While one can settle for the cheaper brand, others prefer the more high-end brand because they can afford.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to what it is that you need and if you can afford it. Well, if we are going to base it on the price alone, it has to be Abbio or Calphalon, but if we talk about a trusted brand and superiority, then we’d go for All Clad or Made In.
Do you see? It really depends. How about you? What it is exactly what you look for when buying cookware?