I wanted to take a moment to let others know the quality of the All-Clad Seconds I bought during the sale last week. This was my first All-Clad purchase as well as my first time purchasing through the sale. I went to culinary school and cooked for a living for a short time before realizing I made a better home cook than a professional one and hung up the apron strings. After some years I found my love for cooking again and never forgot the quality of the All-Clad I had cooked with in the past, so I stalked a few of the seconds sales but never pulled the trigger for fear of wasting a substantial amount of money on duds. After receiving some money from my dad for my birthday (which hasn’t happened before) it seemed like the right time to say “F*** it” and go for it. Because even if they didn’t meet my expectations at least it was “free money”.
This is what I ordered:
10 piece set - Stainless Steel
3 Qt saucier - Stainless Steel
11” French skillet - Stainless Steel
Now the real point of this is to say, I’m really pleased with what I received. I would compare it to the open stock All-Clad I see in stores as far as scuffs, scratches and dings/pits. Very minimal and won’t matter once you start cooking with them.
Most pieces I can’t tell why it’s considered a second as nothing seems overtly “wrong” with it. The worst of it is on the 10” skillet from the set. It has about 4-5 pits on the cooking surface (all less then the size of a ball point pen mark) the only other noticble damage/defects are that the lid doesn’t sit completely flush on the French skillet and two scratches on the 3qt Saucier. The scratches aren’t deep but they do have a noticeable feel to them (same as the pitting on the skillet) but would be next to impossibe to notice once you used the pan a few times and put a bit of wear and tear on it. All the other pans only have minor scuffs or nothing noticeably wrong with them.
For less than $700 I’m really happy with what I got and am already considering what I want to get at the next sale. If your worried about the quality I’d say it’s overall a safe bet to order. You may get one or two things not up to your standards but I bet the majority would be quite acceptable.
Now for the fan girl excitement, I can tell right out of the gate that the French skillet is going to be my favorite. It got an audible “oh baby” when I lifted it out of the box and feels like magic waiting to happen in my hand. I wish I would have gotten the 1qt saucier, I read lots of people saying they wish they went bigger but while my 3qt will get plenty I’d use I totally see the need for a small one for weeknight sauces for two. I love the weight and soft touch feel of these pans. We’re moving in a few months and I initially thought I’d keep them in the box and wait to use them at our new house so they would feel more special but now that there here and I’ve held them I’m not so sure on how long I’ll hold out. My decade old copper core Emeril set is even rattier looking now and it seems a shame to hold out. Especially since it will be going to a good home with my younger brother to replace a cheap Teflon set he started with.