The Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro is a 12 piece stainless steel cookware set, covering most of your everyday cooking needs. The pots and pans are whole-clad with aluminum and distribute heat evenly all through the bottom and the walls.
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Pro Durable and long-lasting set
The set can withstand heavy use - the cooking surface is made from high-quality stainless steel (grade 18/10) and is resistant to scratches and rust. However, as with all stainless steel pans, wooden or plastic utensils are recommended for increased longevity. The outside is a little bit less durable: the manufactuer does not disclose the steel grade used for the outside and does not mark it as being 18/10. Most probably it is 18/0, without any nickel content, to strengthen the magnetic properties of the pans (for use on induction stovetops), but it is not confirmed by the manufacturer.
Pro Evenly heats the bottom and walls of the vessel
This set is Tri-ply whole-clad: the aluminum is sandwiched between steel to increase heat transmission, and it goes all through the pan up to the edges. This lets the pan heat up quickly and cooks the food not only from the bottom up, but also through the walls.
Pro Versatile set, covering most cooking needs
The Cuisinart MCP-12N set includes 12 pieces for everyday use: 2 fry pans (8 and 10-inch), a sauté pan (3.5-quart) with a helper handle and a lid, 2 saucepans (1.5 and 3-quart) with lids, a stockpot (8-quart) with a lid, a steamer basket with a lid.
Pro Drip-free pouring and sealed-in steam
The pots and pans in this set have a flared lip, which serves two purposes. First, it makes pouring less messy and more precise.Second, the stainless steel lids fit inside the lip very tightly and seal in the steam when cooking.
Con Takes more effort to clean than non-stick cookware
Stainless steel can discolor if overheated or have some stuck-on food after cooking. It takes more time and effort to clean than non-stick cookware. However, food can be removed by soaking the pans in water and scrubbing and scrubbing, while stains can be removed by using a cleanser.
Con No medium-sized pot
The set does not include a medium-sized pot: there are a 3-quart saucepan and an 8-quart stockpot, but there is no pot in the 4.5-5.5-quart range.
Con Lid handles get hot easily
The lids are made of stainless steel, so the heat transfers to the metal handles easily and they can become very hot. It is recommended to always lift the lids with an oven mitt or a dishcloth.