A high-quality cookware set or individual piece made from durable materials and a hardy construction will last you a lifetime.

Sometimes the best route is to pay a high price once and never have to buy another cookware set, pot or pan for decades to come. This is far preferable to paying a small sum for a cheap set and having to replace it every couple of years when it wears out and become useless to you.

If you’re searching for new cookware to take you through the decades we’ve got a great review here for you today: the All-Clad MC2 range (MC = Master Chef).

All-Clad is an American-made brand which uses a bonding/cladding technique to create hard-wearing metal cookware items which perform excellently.

They layer their metals (stainless steel and aluminum) for the best heat conductivity and even heating throughout the whole pot or pan (up the sides) as opposed to simply adding a heat conducting layer on the bottom.

The MC2 range is characterized by 3 metal layers: stainless steel outer, aluminum core, stainless steel interior. The 18/10 stainless steel interior is safe as it is non-reactive and won’t cause leaching from acidic foods.

The handles are long, comfy to use and strongly riveted for durability. Tempted already? There are many other fantastic features to learn about!

Read on for reviews of the best items from the All-Clad MC2 range, from cookware sets to individual items…

See also:

The All-Clad Copper Core Cookware Collection Review
The All-Clad D5 Cookware Set Review

All Clad 700393 MC2 Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Bi, Ply Bonded Oven Safe PFOA Free Cookware Set (7 Pieces) – Silver, Silver
All-Clad 7112 MC2 Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Fry Pan Cookware, 12-Inch, Silver
All-Clad Stainless 20.3cm Nonstick Fry Pan
All-Clad Master Chef 2 3-Quart Saute Pan
All-Clad Master Chef 2 2-Quart Saucepan with Lid
All-Clad Master Chef 2 8-Quart Stockpot
All Clad 700393 MC2 Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Bi, Ply Bonded Oven Safe PFOA Free Cookware Set (7 Pieces) – Silver, Silver
All-Clad 7112 MC2 Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Fry Pan Cookware, 12-Inch, Silver
All-Clad Stainless 20.3cm Nonstick Fry Pan
All-Clad Master Chef 2 3-Quart Saute Pan
All-Clad Master Chef 2 2-Quart Saucepan with Lid
All-Clad Master Chef 2 8-Quart Stockpot
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All Clad 700393 MC2 Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Bi, Ply Bonded Oven Safe PFOA Free Cookware Set (7 Pieces) – Silver, Silver
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Cookware set

All-Clad MC2 Professional Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel 7-Piece Cookware Set

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First up is a cookware set for all of you out there who need a whole kitchen revamp or new cookware to bring to a new home.

The All-Clad MC2 7-piece cookware set has four key cookware pieces you will be sure to use daily. You get:

  • 8-inch fry pan
  • 5-quart saucepan with lid
  • 3-quart saute pan with lid
  • 6-quart stockpot with lid

This is an edited yet very thorough collection with one of each cookware essential.

You could use this set as your core collection and add an individual piece here and there as your family grows or your cooking adventures become more advanced. For a couple or a small family, you wouldn’t need anything else but what this collection offers.

Like all MC2 pieces, this set offers amazing heat conductivity and even heating thanks to the aluminum core which extends throughout the entire piece, not just along the bottom. The stainless steel interior is stick-resistant and will develop into a non-stick surface with proper seasoning and cleaning (handwash despite the “dishwasher safe” label!).

We love the contrast between the brushed stainless steel exterior and the high-shine lids, it just adds a little extra style flair. Speaking of the lids, they are very tightly-fitted to the rim of the cookware to seal in moisture, heat and nutrients. Each lid has a strong, riveted handle large enough to get a sturdy grip.

The handles on each piece are long, contoured and have a hole on the end so they can be hooked for storage if that’s your storage preference. They’re designed to be comfortable to hold, with a safe, strong grip. The saute pan and stock pot both have “helper handles” so you can lift with two hands and transfer safely from stove to oven to storage.

You can use each and every item in this set in the oven up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. This should be expected from an expensive, high-end set as it means your cooking options are wide open.

Broiling, slow cooking, keeping warm and roasting in the oven, as well as good old stovetop cooking methods, are all within your reach. Do note that the MC2 range is not induction compatible, (suitable for gas, ceramic, electric and halogen).

All Clad 700393 MC2 Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Bi, Ply Bonded Oven Safe PFOA Free Cookware Set (7 Pieces) – Silver, Silver
  • Made in USA
  • 8-Inch fry pan, 1-1/2-Quart covered saucepan, 3-Quart covered saute pan, and 6-Quart covered stockpot
  • Brushed aluminum exterior; 18/10 stainless-steel interior; pure aluminum inner core
  • Stainless-steel stay-cool handles secured with non-corrosive rivets
  • Sure-fitting stainless-steel lids form seal to keep in moisture and nutrients; Oven-safe to 500 degrees F; limitedwash by hand
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Aluminum core for heat conductivity and even heating

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Long, contoured, comfy handles

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Stick-resistant 18/10 stainless steel interior

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Attractive brushed stainless steel exterior with high-shine lids

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Versatile range of items (fry pan, saucepan, saute pan, stockpot)

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Tight-fitting lids

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Oven-safe up to 500 degrees F

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Protected by a lifetime limited warranty

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Stockpot and saute pan have helper handles for safe, secure carrying

Final Verdict

We think this is a wise choice if you’re looking for a high-quality cookware set with a carefully curated collection of items. It’s got everything you need, but it’s not so large and complicated that you have to completely rethink your kitchen storage.

If you require a cookware set which can be used on the stove and in the oven, add this to your shortlist. Ideal for starting afresh, perhaps in a new home or simply overhauling your old existing cookware.

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  • Value 90% 90%
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Fry Pans

All-Clad MC2 Professional Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Fry Pan, 12-Inch, Silver

All-Clad MC2 Professional Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Fry Pan

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The All-Clad MC2 12-inch fry pan is a fantastic kitchen staple for large portions of meat and veggies thanks to the wide cooking surface area. The edges have the characteristic MC2 feature of being curved for easy, mess-free pouring.

We love this because it means you can pour the leftover juices and sauces straight from the pan onto the plate.

True to form, the construction is made of 3 layers: brushed stainless steel outer, full aluminum core and a shiny stainless steel interior. The handle is long, contoured and designed to remain cool to touch when on the stove (gas, electric, ceramic, halogen).

And yup, you can pop this pan into the oven up to 600 degrees F with no risk of leaching metals or chipping surfaces (the joys of stainless steel!).

All-Clad 7112 MC2 Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Fry Pan Cookware, 12-Inch, Silver
  • All-Clad Master Chef 2 7112 MC2 Stainless Steel tri-ply bonded fry pan cookware, 12-inch, silver by All-Clad
  • 12-inch
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Large surface area

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3-ply stainless steel and aluminum for even heat distribution

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Sturdy, no-chip, non-leaching

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Long, comfy, cool-touch handle

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Oven safe up to 600 degrees F

Final Verdict

You can’t really go wrong with this frying pan if you’re after an extremely durable, hardy, oven-safe frying pan for everyday usage.

It’s not non-stick, but with proper technique (i.e. no cold foods on hot pan) and gentle cleaning you can achieve a stick-resistant finish. It’s expensive for one pan, but you’ll save money in the long run as you won’t need to replace it!

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  • Value 90% 90%
  • Durability 90% 90%
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All-Clad 7108NSR2 MC2 Professional Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Bi-Ply Bonded Oven Safe PFOA Free Nonstick Fry Pan Cookware, 8-Inch, Silver

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If you often find yourself cooking pancakes, fish, eggs or silken tofu, you’ll need a reliable non-stick pan to make the process smooth and frustration-free. This pan combines the MC2 construction (stainless steel, aluminum, stainless steel) for even heat distribution, with a non-stick cooking surface added.

The sloped sides and curved edges are great for easily slipping an omelet onto a plate or flipping a piece of fish. The handle is exactly as we expect from the MC2 range: long, contoured, comfortable, and heat-fighting for safe handling.

All-Clad Stainless 20.3cm Nonstick Fry Pan
  • Classic slope-sided, 8-inch frying pan
  • Stainless-steel interior; brushed-aluminum exterior; aluminum core
  • Layer of scratch-resistant, professional-grade nonstick bonded to interior
  • Long, comfortable stay-cool handle riveted for strength
  • Lifetime warranty against defects
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Non-stick surface for fat-free cooking

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Long, comfy, cool-touch handle

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Stainless steel, aluminum, stainless steel 3-ply layers for even heat distribution

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Sloped sides and curved edges for easy pouring and transferring

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Oven safe up to 400 degrees F

Final Verdict

As far as non-stick pans go, this one is one of the best. You get the best of both worlds: 3-ply design for thorough and even heat distribution as well as a high-quality non-stick surface.

The oven-safe design makes for a versatile piece of cookware you can put to many uses, day after day. Remember to only hand wash this pan to keep the non-stick surface strong and intact.

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  • Value 90% 90%
  • Durability 80% 80%
  • Versatility 90% 90%

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Saute Pan

All-Clad 7403 MC2 3-quart Saute Pan

All-Clad 7403 MC2 3-quart Saute Pan

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A saute pan really is a necessity for any home cook. You can cook larger items such as thick pieces of chicken or beef, without worrying about splattering or spillage as you might with a shallow frying pan.

You can add liquids and create sauces and stew-like textures easily without overfilling. The All-Clad MC2 3-quart saute pan has the brushed stainless steel exterior, heat-conducting aluminum core and stainless steel interior we need for even and reliable heat distribution.

We love the helper handle opposite the long handle as it means we can get a strong, balanced grip on the pan when transferring it from oven to stove with hot food and liquid inside. While it doesn’t have a non-stick coating, it can be stick-resistant if you preheat it properly and use room-temperature food.

By gently hand washing, you can preserve the oily cooking surface to create a light seasoning. We love the tight-fitting lid as you can cover your food as it simmers away, locking moisture and heat in.

All-Clad Master Chef 2 3-Quart Saute Pan
  • Classic 3-quart, 10-1/2-inch, straight-sided, 2-1/2-inch-deep sauté pan
  • Stainless-steel interior; handsome brushed aluminum exterior
  • Pure aluminum core for even heating
  • Comfortable lid and stay-cool pan handles riveted for strength
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High, flat sides

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Tight-fitting lid to lock in moisture and flavor

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Long, contoured handle

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Helper handle for sturdy transporting

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Oven-safe up to 500 degrees F

Final Verdict

We recommend this saute pan for anyone who’s in the market for a long-lasting, attractive saute pan with deep, straight sides for spill-free, spatter-free cooking. Make saucy meat dishes or simply pan sear fish without spitting butter all over the stove.

Use on the stove (not induction compatible) or in the oven, and give a quick hand wash before hanging up to store using the hole on the end of the main handle. Easy, attractive, durable and versatile.

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  • Value 90% 90%
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Saucepan

All-Clad 7202 MC2 2-quart saucepan

All-Clad 7202 MC2 2-quart saucepan

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We all need a classic saucepan, complete with a lid and handle. Stovetop oatmeal, sauces, gravies…it’s all best made in a deep-sided saucepan with an even heat distribution.

The All-Clad MC2 2-quart saucepan is expensive for a solo piece, but the quality of materials (stainless steel and aluminum of course) and durability makes it all work it. One great saucepan at a high cost which lasts forever is better than buying a cheap, flimsy one every couple of years.

The long, contoured handle is angled upward for easy handling and maneuvering of the pan. The lid is tight-fitting onto the pan so you can lock heat, moisture and nutrients into the pan when simmering and keeping food warm.

All-Clad Master Chef 2 2-Quart Saucepan with Lid
  • Classic, straight-sided, 2-quart saucepan
  • Stainless-steel interior; handsome brushed aluminum exterior
  • Pure aluminum core for even heating
  • Comfortable lid and stay-cool pan handles riveted for strength.
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High, straight sides for preventing spatters and spills

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Long, contoured, cool-touch handle

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Oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit

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Tight-fitting lid for trapping heat and moisture

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3-ply stainless steel, aluminum, stainless steel construction

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Even heat conductivity

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Durable, will last forever

Final Verdict

If you’re in the market for a very high-quality saucepan which will be a part of your kitchen collection forever, this is a perfect choice.

If you’re prepared to stick to hand washing and you love the silver aesthetic of stainless steel, there’s no better saucepan than this one. You could pair it with the 3.5-quart saucepan for a variety of sizes.

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  • Value 80% 80%
  • Durability 90% 90%
  • Versatility 80% 80%

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Stockpot

All-Clad 7508 MC2 8-quart Stockpot

All-Clad 7202 MC2 2-quart saucepan

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If you regularly make soups, stocks, bubbling chili or soft, braised meats, you really need a stockpot. What’s more, you need one which will hold up in the oven as well as on the stove.

The All-Clad M2 8-quart Stockpot is a fabulous choice for this purpose if your budget can extend to a high-end product which will last forever. The layered stainless steel and aluminum ensure the heat spreads evenly throughout the pot so you don’t get hot spots and uneven cooking.

The edge is curved for easy pouring, and the lid slots tightly into the contours of the edge to keep all that moisture and flavor locked in tight. The two loop handles on opposing sides are riveted firmly to the pan and are designed to allow the user to get a firm grip when carrying heavy, hot dishes to and from the oven and stove.

All-Clad Master Chef 2 8-Quart Stockpot
  • All-Clad 7508 MC2 Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Stockpot with Lid Cookware, 8-Quart, Silver
  • 8-Quart
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Tight-fitting lid

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Attractive brushed and polished silver

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3-ply stainless steel and aluminum construction

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Double loop handles for sturdy, strong carrying and transporting

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Oven-safe up to 500 degrees F

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Perfect for browning meat on stove then finishing in oven

Final Verdict

We think this is a fine choice for a long-lasting stock pot with both stove (everything except induction) and oven suitability.

If you’ve got a high budget set in place for a high-quality stock pot to use for decades, this one is perfect. As a wedding gift or new home gift, this could be a real stunner for a loved one who loves cooking and needs shiny new cookware.

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  • Value 90% 90%
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Chef’s Pan

All-Clad 7412 MC2 12-inch Chef’s Pan with Lid

All-Clad 7202 MC2 2-quart saucepan

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This pan is ideal for sauteing, frying and steaming foods quickly and easily. The high sides and wide mouth is characteristic of a classic chef’s pan. This is so that liquids can evaporate more efficiently which is needed for stir-fries and sauteed foods.

The round, domed lid comes in handy when you want to lock the moisture in, for steaming and locking juices into meats. It’s similar to a wok, with tall, curved sides ideal for tossing and quickly moving food around the pan.

Like the entire MC2 range, the Chef’s Pan has a brushed silver exterior with a high-shine silver lid. And of course, the main handle is long, contoured, comfortable to hold and resists heat.

There is also a helper handle on the opposite side of the main handle which makes it easy for the user to safely lift the pan when there is heavy, hot food inside.

As you would expect from the MC2 range, the Chef’s Pan is oven safe and should be hand washed for the best maintenance.

All-Clad 7412 MC2 Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Chefs Pan with Lid Cookware, 12-Inch, Silver
  • Rounded, wok-like, 12-inch pan with flat bottom pan for stir-frying
  • Stainless steel interior; handsome brushed aluminum exterior
  • Pure aluminum core for even heating
  • Long, comfortable, stay-cool handle riveted for strength; includes helper handle
  • Lifetime warranty against defects
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3-ply stainless steel and aluminum construction

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Attractive silver aesthetic

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Domed lid for trapping moisture

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Flat bottom with curved sides, perfect for tossing

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Long, contoured, cool-touch handle

Final Verdict

While this isn’t a staple or necessity in a basic kitchen collection, it would come in very handy for active, keen home cooks. The lid is quite high, so it pays to consider storage availability before making the choice.

If stir-fries and sauteed dishes are a regular part of your weekly home menu, as well as steamed veggies, then this could be a better choice than a regular frying pan.

The shiny, lustrous silver construction and stylish shape could make for a thoughtful and practical gift for a home cook.

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Final Thoughts

After studying the All-Clad MC2 cookware range, we think it’s worthy of putting at the top of your list for a new cookware set or an individual piece. It’s not as expensive as the D5 range or the Copper Core range, but it still offers the durability, heat conductivity and aesthetics we expect from All-Clad.

If you need cookware which is oven safe, easy to hand wash and comes with tight-fitting lids, definitely take a deeper look at the MC2 range. However, if you have an induction cooktop, keep looking as this set is only suited to gas, ceramic, electric and halogen cooktops.  

One thing you can be confident about is the durability of the All-Clad MC2 range.

  • There are no coatings or glazes so there’s no risk of peeling or chipping.
  • The cooking surface is made from 18/10 stainless steel so you won’t encounter leaching.
  • The handles are riveted to the pans so you won’t experience wobbly or unstable handles over time.
  • The 3-ply construction with 3 metal layers means you won’t come across that awful warping and uneven cooking surface you can encounter with flimsier cookware (but be sure to let the pan cool before washing, just to be safe).

 We give the All-Clad MC2 range two thumbs up!

 

All Clad 700393 MC2 Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Bi, Ply Bonded Oven Safe PFOA Free Cookware Set (7 Pieces) – Silver, Silver
  • Made in USA
  • 8-Inch fry pan, 1-1/2-Quart covered saucepan, 3-Quart covered saute pan, and 6-Quart covered stockpot
  • Brushed aluminum exterior; 18/10 stainless-steel interior; pure aluminum inner core
  • Stainless-steel stay-cool handles secured with non-corrosive rivets
  • Sure-fitting stainless-steel lids form seal to keep in moisture and nutrients; Oven-safe to 500 degrees F; limitedwash by hand

FAQs

All-clad MC2 vs D5

The All-Clad D5 range is similar to the MC2 range in terms of the kinds of items it includes, and the fact that they’re both a stainless steel/aluminum combo. However, the D5 range is more comprehensive and includes more pieces which the MC2 range doesn’t include.

The D5 range is a few steps up from the MC2 range in price and construction. That’s not to say that the MC2 range isn’t as good, but it’s just a little more affordable due to fewer metal layers.

Here are the key similarities and differences between the D5 and the MC2 ranges from All-Clad:

  • The MC2 range has 3 layers: Stainless steel interior, aluminum interior, stainless steel outer
  • The D5 range has 5 layers: stainless steel (interior), aluminum, stainless steel, aluminum, stainless steel (outer)
  • The D5 range is compatible with induction cooktops, whereas the MC2 range is not (compatible with gas, halogen, ceramic and electric stove tops)
  • The D5 range has a brushed collection and a polished collection whereas the MC2 range offers one collection, with both brushed and polished features (brushed exteriors and shiny lids)
  • The D5 range is more expensive than the MC2 range
  • The D5 range and MC2 range both come with a limited lifetime warranty

Is all clad MC2 oven safe?

Yes! Absolutely. You can use all MC2 pieces (lids included) in the oven up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The MC2 non-stick cookware items are oven-safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

This feature is crucial for all kinds of dishes and purposes: keeping dishes warm, giving one last blast of heat under the broiler, or slow cooking dishes for soft and tender meat.

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