Cuisinart is a home appliance company that has been a household name since the early 1970s. They offer a wide range of appliances from blenders and food processors to toasters and electric skillets. But they’re also known for their nonstick and copper cookware lines. Cuisinart has a reputation for producing cookware that’s priced more affordable, which is a big draw if your main priority is finding a large tri-ply set that’s within your budget.
Our Verdict: Cuisinart’s copper cookware features a tri-ply stainless steel-clad design with a copper finish that works to improve heating and cooking efficiency. The set is offered at a reasonable price and can be a great choice for the buyer in need of a durable cookware set that can heat and cook food more efficiently than stainless-steel pots and pans. However, the pots and pans feature a thinner than average layer of copper, which can negatively impact the cookware’s ability to regulate temperatures like cookware made with a thicker copper exterior. This set is not recommended for professional kitchens or the serious chef, however, it can be a good fit for the home cook in search of a durable set of cookware that can easily handle daily use.
Continue reading to learn more about what this Cuisinart cookware set has to offer.
Overview and Features
In terms of cookware and kitchen appliances, Cuisinart is a company that offers a little of everything. They’re also a very well-known brand who produces a wide range of appliances and gadgets ranging from crock pots and mixers to rice cookers and a wide range of cookware.
The manufacturer produces products that are reasonably priced so it’s fair to say that many of their products are not pro quality, but they are more durable and reliable compared to competing brands. Basically, this set will be a great fit for a home kitchen.
This cookware provides better heat distribution compared to competing tri-ply sets. Each piece is extremely durable, easy to maintain, and can withstand daily use. While the largest pan in this set is the ten-inch skillet instead of an ideal twelve-inch model, this set includes all the basic pots and pans you’ll need to prepare a large meal.
Since Cuisinart features an extensive line of cookware you can easily add pieces to this set over time, including a larger stockpot and skillet.
This ten-piece set consists of the following:
- 1-quart pan with lid
- 2.5-quart pan with lid
- 4-quart sauté pan with lid
- 10-inch skillet
- 8-inch skillet with helper handle
- 8-quart stockpot
Since there are so many pieces in this set it can be a great choice if you’re just starting out and in need of an affordable, large cookware set that can handle cooking bigger meals. This is a set that’s designed with the beginner in mind, which means it doesn’t quite offer the same type of standards that a pro chef will expect from copper cookware. And it doesn’t have to. Tri-ply cookware works much differently compared your basic copper pots and pans. It may not be able to regulate cooking temperatures as well, but it offers a higher level of durability and has low maintenance needs, which is exactly what the beginner is looking for.
The interior lining of the pots and pans are made out of stainless steel. The stainless-steel is what makes this cookware set so durable and easy to care for. It can also add some heft to the pots and pans. This type of added durability is a huge plus for any cook who needs a reliable set of pots and pans that can be used on a daily basis.
Since the interior has stainless-steel lining you also won’t need to have the pots and pans relined every few years.
Tri-Ply Cookware at its Best
Are you in desperate need of a cookware upgrade, but you don’t have much of a budget to work with?
If you normally only cook with nonstick cookware, then you already know that it has to be replaced every year, once the coating begins to deteriorate. By upgrading to a tri-ply set you’ll enjoy improved longevity and durability from your pots and pans. With proper care, this set can last a lifetime. If your nonstick cookware is worn or scratched from using metal utensils, then now is the time to make the switch.
Tri-ply cookware allows for more versatility in the kitchen. You’ll be able to cook at higher temperatures without damaging the pots or pans, which is critical when it comes to getting a good sear on your meats.
This set consists of an aluminum core, a stainless-steel lining and a copper exterior. The stainless-steel lining will allow your food to develop better fond and a richer color. The result? Tender, flavor-packed meats.
How Does It Stand Up to Traditional Copper Cookware?
Traditional copper cookware is popular among amateur and professional cooks because it heats up quickly and it’s able to regulate temperatures, which is what makes it perfect for use with delicate dishes or if you need to cook a meal in a hurry. Additionally, the copper itself is beautiful, which is why you’ll find many of these pots and pans on display in both commercial and home kitchens.
Since this is a tri-ply set, it’s important to understand that it doesn’t work the same as a traditional copper cookware set. It’s not able to heat up your food or cook it as quickly or as efficiently as traditional copper pots and pans, but it does have a reputation for regulating temperatures much better than aluminum and stainless steel cookware.
If you’re an experienced cook, then this try-ply set probably isn’t for you. While it will end up costing you more in the long run, you’re much better off buying a traditional copper cookware set that can meet your exact cooking needs. To learn more, click here to see our copper cookware buying guide.
The handles are attached with rivets and made out of stainless steel. However, since there is no protective coating, the handles tend to get very hot during use.
The lids are well-designed, offering a nice snug fit that significantly cuts down on evaporation.
Quality and Performance
If you’re looking for a sturdy cookware set that can handle plenty of wear and tear in the kitchen, then your search is over.
Ask any cook or chef and they’ll tell you that copper cookware is the cornerstone of any kitchen. While most home cooks are more inclined to purchase cookware in sets because doing so is a much cheaper option compared to purchasing pieces individually, when you buy a set you often have to compromise. Some of the pieces in this set run smaller than what you might prefer, such as the ten-inch skillet. If you regularly cook large meals, then you’ll definitely need to upgrade to at least a twelve-inch skillet.
In regard to performance, these pots and pans heat up quickly and offer excellent heat conduction. They’re also more durable compared to traditional copper cookware, although the copper exterior is still delicate and can become discolored easily, without regular routine polishing after use.
There have been some reports from buyers who have claimed that even with proper care and maintenance the exterior of the pots and pans can remain discolored, even after a good polishing. Because of this, if you’re looking for a lower priced copper cookware set that’ts display-worthy you may want to pass this set by.
If you’re on a tight budget and need to upgrade your cookware then this set by Cuisinart is a great option.
This set costs less than our top pick, the Matfer 915901 8 Piece Bourgeat copper cookware set, and it doesn’t conduct heat quite as evenly. However, we liked the weight of this cookware more. It was also more comfortable to hold compared to competing tri-ply sets such as the eight-piece ceramic coated copper cookware set by Concord.
- Large set
- Extremely durable
- Easier to maintain than traditional copper cookware
- Stainless-steel lining
- Thin copper exterior
- Comes with a small ten-inch skillet.
- Easily becomes discolored
- Doesn’t conduct heat as well as traditional copper cookware